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> I've always wondered why this isn't allowed to work.

because of the ambiguity of literal hashes and blocks, the parser can't tell what you mean between curlies w/o heuristics. For instance from time to time people are very confused why map doesn't work like they thought.

That's why Perl6 introduces < > for hashes.

You either need to ...

  • put a do in front of your { block },

  • or use a comma as statement separator.

     open(F, "<$somefile") || print("Could not open file\n"), exit 3;

But keep in mind, the if() solution you showed is the most readable for most programmers.

> Does anyone have a link to a discussion of why this is?

e.g. Re: map problem or Re: map syntax error -- weird

Cheers Rolf

( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

In reply to Re: Looking for discussions of "block after or" syntax error (hash vs block) by LanX
in thread Looking for discussions of "block after or" syntax error by wsanders

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