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First of all, my congratulations for discovering Data::Dumper, you will never go anywhere without it ;)

This is a common problem with CGI's param method. It's being called in list context in this case. If the CGI form did not include a value for rs$i, then param("rs$i") in list context will return an empty list. The empty list just gets flattened away in a hash construction:

{ number => 1, name => "test", id => "test", rollSizzle => (), roll => undef, sizzle => undef } ## is the same as { number => 1, name => "test", id => "test", rollSizzle => "roll", undef => "sizzle", undef }
This explains the output you're getting. You can fix it by forcing scalar context:
{ number => $number, name => scalar param("n$i"), id => scalar param("id$i"), rollSizzle => scalar param("rs$i"), roll => $temp, sizzle => $temp };
At some point, this problem has bitten everyone who's ever done CGI programming with, and I wish there were an option to pass to to force scalar context behavior for all calls to param. I rarely use forms where multiple fields are named the same, so param's list context is rarely useful for me...

Now that I think of it, I will probably start changing the tops of my CGI scripts from now on:

# use CGI 'param'; use CGI; sub param { scalar CGI::param(@_) }


In reply to Re: Problem assigning values to Hash by blokhead
in thread Problem assigning values to Hash by Steny

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