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IMHO it just too easy to do such mistake. Most of Perl operators that automagically assign to $_ (for/foreach, map, grep) do localize it so it doesn't affect outer scope. On the other hand magic in while(<>) construct doesn't work same way while newbie to Perl can expect Perl to do it. Frankly I've never though about such side effect of this construct before and I think I can say that I'm seasoned Perl programmer.

Anyway what I did wrong? I just have simple map construct (I've posted snipplet of real code in other reply to this thread) and that error was very confusing. Most of the time Perl does right thing with scopes and badly written external to my code module cannot affect my code so destructively. Usually I can treat them as black boxes.

Now instead of just writting use Net::DNS in my modules I will have to patch them to have something like { local $_; require Net::DNS } (until Net::DNS is fixed).

Ilya Martynov (

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