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I'm not sure if this one counts as an oddity, or a bug. I think it's defined behaviour, but I'm not sure.

substr() is implemented as an Lvalue subroutine, and it's a fatal error when assigned to incorrectly. I think means that when substr() is passed as a parameter, it gets treated like an Lvalue, since it can be assigned back to by modifying @_.

This code crashes on the subroutine call:

use strict; use warnings; my $x=""; foo( substr($x,2,1) ); # crashes here print "Alive!\n"; # not reached sub foo {}

This code doesn't:

use strict; use warnings; my $x=""; my $y=substr($x,2,1); # warns, doesn't crash foo($y); # no-op print "Alive\n"; # we get here just fine sub foo {}

I maintain that this is an odd behaviour, one way or the other. My hunch is that it counts as an "oddity" as opposed to a "bug": can the experts confirm or deny this?

In reply to substr oddity by Ytrew
in thread Perl oddities by brian_d_foy

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