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Answer: How do I empty out a hash?

by arno (Scribe)
on Oct 04, 2003 at 12:39 UTC ( #296498=categorized answer: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Q&A > hashes > How do I empty out a hash? - Answer contributed by arno


To delete a key, you don't need to know her value.
Here's my code :

my %hash = ( Carol => 22, Mary => 21, Chris => 30 ); map { delete $hash{$_} } keys %hash;
Update: Of course this makes use of map in void context. Yick. And a couple other suggestions came in by way of followup:

  • delete @hash{(keys %hash)}; # Hash slice
  • %hash = (); # Most efficient method.


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Re: Answer: How do I empty out a hash?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Oct 04, 2003 at 16:10 UTC
    Easier yet.
    delete @hash{(keys %hash)};
    Update: this is, of course, only useful when you want to use delete the keys from one hash in another one, as in
    delete @foo{(keys %bar)};
    Otherwise, only the below solution makes any sense.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

      Even more easier!

      %hash = ();

      And twice more quicker also.

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