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The oft-cited list of values considered false is:

  • undef
  • 0
  • ""
  • "0"
  • Any blessed objects that overload conversion to boolean to return false
  • Empty lists and empty hashes

I did actually manage to find another value that Perl treats as false:


You can see its interesting behaviour here:

perl -E'say(-0.0 eq 0?"eq 0":"ne 0"); say(-0.0?"true":"false");' ne 0 false

Note that it's false but not (stringy) equal to zero.

This does vary between Perl versions. The behaviour documented above exists between Perl 5.6.x to 5.12.x (obviously you need to use print instead of say before Perl 5.10) and perhaps earlier. But in Perl 5.14.x, -0.0 is (stringy) equal to 0.

perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'

In reply to Re: What is true and false in Perl? by tobyink
in thread What is true and false in Perl? by root

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