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Re: Why didn't this sort?

by stephen (Priest)
on Jul 15, 2002 at 23:19 UTC ( #181965=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Why didn't this sort?

sort doesn't sort a list in-place. Instead, it returns a new sorted list. So:

foreach (sort @$outputRef) { print $_, "\n"; }
would print out a sorted list, but printing the contents of $outputRef would still print out an unsorted list.

If you need to save the sorted list for some reason, use an assignment:

@sorted = sort @$outputRef;


Note: Code untested, my Perlboxen are still in pieces...

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