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Re: Is $^M a leftover April Fool?

by Elian (Parson)
on Sep 01, 2003 at 17:01 UTC ( #288164=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Is $^M a leftover April Fool?

$^M was an Ilya-thing, which he added in during his work on perl's built-in memory allocation system. Nobody else ever really cared about it so far as I remember from p5p, so it suffers some from both neglect and unfinshedness. I remember in the 5.004/5.005 days that it used to work, but I honestly don't remember how, nor whether it ever worked for anyone other than Ilya.

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Re: Re: Is $^M a leftover April Fool?
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Sep 01, 2003 at 17:12 UTC

    Thanks for the info Elian, I'd pretty much come to the conclusion that it was a forgotten avenue, but it's nice to know I'm not just missing the plot somewhere.

    Would raising a bug against the documentation to add a note to the effect that it probably isn't useful outside of the core development team be in order do you think?

    Examine what is said, not who speaks.
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    If I understand your problem, I can solve it! Of course, the same can be said for you.

      Can't hurt. With the bug in, worst case is it gets ignored. Best case is either $^M is made to work, the docs are updated to reflect how it actually does work (if there's something you missed) or get chopped out.

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