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Re: split tosses away empty components even with positive width separators?

by Laurent_R (Abbot)
on May 06, 2013 at 11:05 UTC ( #1032244=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to split tosses away empty components even with positive width separators?

It is not a bug, it is a feature. ;-)

A list of two empty lists is an empty list, there is nothing tremendously paradoxical about it, it is quite natural and common sense (even though a different design decision could possibly have been made, but it would probably have led to useless complexities).

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Re^2: split tosses away empty components even with positive width separators?
by wrog (Friar) on May 06, 2013 at 12:32 UTC
    Perhaps so, if we were talking about a list of two empty lists, but a list of two empty strings is a totally different animal...

      Well, one must say that the behavior shown in the following debugger session does not seem to be completely consistent.

      DB<1> x split /-/, "-" empty array DB<2> x split /-/, "-foo-bar-" 0 '' 1 'foo' 2 'bar'

        But see the documentation pointed out by RichardK:

        >perl -wMstrict -le "printf qq{'$_' } for split /-/, '-foo-bar-', -1; " '' 'foo' 'bar' ''

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