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Yes, that is fine. The problems come in when you want to strip some of the leading whitespace:

print unindent( <<" END" ); Usage: $0 [flags] [args] Gropples the snarflog. -v Verbose. -t mode Mode of groppling to use. "mode" can be: fast Minimize execution time. hard Maximize decryption time. wide Minimize alphabet size. Do not use on UTF8 files. END
Any attempt to write an unindent() for the above will run into problems in the face of 1) editors that insert tabs when maintenance work modifies the text, and 2) people who don't agree on how far apart tabstops should be set.

The only solution I've found that I like goes something like this:

sub unindent { s/^\s*\S//gm } print unindent( <<" END" ); .Usage: $0 [flags] [args] .Gropples the snarflog. . -v Verbose. . -t mode Mode of groppling to use. "mode" can be: . fast Minimize execution time. . hard Maximize decryption time. . wide Minimize alphabet size. .Do not use on UTF8 files. END

        - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")

In reply to Unindenting here-docs (Re: My day with Damian Conway) by tye
in thread My day with Damian Conway by petdance

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