in reply to passing hashes and hash reference

What you want to do is pass the hash reference to your sub, which expects a reference. Try:

sub myroutine { $hash_ref = (shift); $$hash_ref{foo}='bar'; } myroutine(\%thishash);

If you wanted to make sure you were getting a hash reference inside your sub, add a line like this:
die "Not a HASH reference" unless (ref($hash_ref) eq "HASH");

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(tye)Re: passing hashes and hash reference
by tye (Sage) on Apr 20, 2001 at 21:19 UTC

    "HASH" eq ref($ref) is a fragile test and should be replaced with UNIVERSAL::isa($ref,"HASH").

    Update: The reason the original test is fragile is that it will make your code refuse to work on a hash if it happens to be blessed.

    Update2: Changed "HASH" eq ref to "HASH" eq ref($ref) to avoid confusion. Thanks, BMaximus.

            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
      Shouldn't that be: ref($hash) eq "HASH" ?
      Where $hash is a hashref?

      How about a bit more on why the UNIVERSAL::isa() method is better? I'm curious.

      How about:
      sub rref { return UNIVERSAL::isa(@_); } if (rref($hash_ref,'HASH')) { # Wow! It's a hash! }
      UNIVERSAL is such a wacky thing. It's exactly the kind of direction that I would expect Parrot to take, but only if somehow Java were involved.
        *isa= \&UNIVERSAL::isa; if( isa($ref,"HASH") ) {

        works for me. (:

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