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I've changed my code to be less terse and hopefully better understandable step by step.

> What if I may have a variable number of variables..

you can put a unlimited anount of elements into '$path' and it will work as long as the intermediate values really exist within the nested hashes (otherwise the result is undef).

> Is there a programatic way to read N variables into the reference?

??? what do you mean here with "reference"?

Cheers Rolf

( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)


In reply to Re^3: Symbolic references by LanX
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