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Re: Re: Deleting undef values from a hash

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Dec 14, 2003 at 23:25 UTC ( #314711=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Deleting undef values from a hash
in thread Deleting undef values from a hash

I think that you'll have a hard time finding that documented. ;-) (Though I have a pretty good idea why it works.)

I also wouldn't want to trust it across Perl versions. That seems very specific to perl5, and I would not plan on that specific optimization finding its way into Ponie for instance.

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Re: Re: Re: Deleting undef values from a hash
by ysth (Canon) on Dec 15, 2003 at 00:04 UTC
    It should be ok for perl5, though. The division of responsibilities between hv_delete_* and pp_delete pretty much require that it work. hv_delete_* will return null if the key didn't exist, which pp_delete will replace with the immortal undef value. If the key did exist, hv_delete_* will return the value (even undef) in a different sv.

    It's obviously better practice to check exists in the first place, outside of obfuscation and golf.

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