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I think most would agree that it is easily identifyable as an issue in perl v5.8.8.
This was a known limitation of older Perl's (pre-5.10 from memory).
There are at least a couple of threads around here -- including one of my own -- that talk of this. If I succeed in digging one or more of them up, I'll update.
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In reply to Re: A strange old perl bug: "Can't use an undefined value as an ARRAY reference" error given for a misleading/wrong line number