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Hi Gabor

> Why did the first example generate the warnings?

Wrong question. Since sort is a built-in, it was able to silence the warnings!

> What is the recommended way to silence them?

Use them twice?

> Why is this not mentioned in List::Util?

Maybe because the author is frustrated about not beeing able to simulate a built-in?

Seriously ...

... it's not that easy to design functional constructs with special variables in code-blocks like sort does.

I tried it in hgrep and then I was confronted with many scoping problems, what if the block is defined within another package or if $a and $b are declared as lexicals?

Look into the code of Hash::MostUtils to have an idea about the complications to solve all of this.

I bet that List::Util couldn't solve all of this.


To prove my last guess:

This prints 55, but after uncommenting the second line its only 0 ...oops!

use List::Util qw/reduce/; # my ($a,$b)=(0,0); print reduce { $b+=$a } 1..10;


and here the same problem for List::MoreUtils

use warnings; use strict; # my ($a,$b)=(0,0); use List::MoreUtils qw/pairwise/; my @a = (1 .. 5); my @b = (11 .. 15); my @x = pairwise { $a + $b } @a, @b; # returns 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 use Data::Dump; dd \@x;


At least sort simply dies

my ($a,$b)=(0,0); print sort { $b cmp $a } 1..10;

Can't use "my $b" in sort comparison at ... line 2.

use warnings; use strict; our ($a,$b); package Tst; print sort { $b cmp $a } 1..10;
Use of uninitialized value $b in string comparison (cmp) at /home/lanx +/B/PL/PM/ line 9. Use of uninitialized value $a in string comparison (cmp) at /home/lanx +/B/PL/PM/ line 9. Use of uninitialized value $b in string comparison (cmp) at /home/lanx +/B/PL/PM/ line 9. Use of uninitialized value $a in string comparison (cmp) at /home/lanx +/B/PL/PM/ line 9. ...

Cheers Rolf

In reply to Re: Name "main::a" used only once: possible typo (limitations of "sort" like functions) by LanX
in thread Name "main::a" used only once: possible typo by szabgab

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