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Re^2: non-scalar hash key

by Anonymous Monk
on Jun 17, 2009 at 09:57 UTC ( #772313=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: non-scalar hash key
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I think he want array of integers to become key, not value

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Re^3: non-scalar hash key
by kdejonghe (Novice) on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:00 UTC
      ah, okay.

      Well, a reference to an array is a scalar. So, perhaps something like:

      my @foo = qw/1 2 3 4 5 6/; my %bar = ( \@foo => 'elephants', ); my $zonk = \@foo; print "$bar{$zonk}\n";

      Darren :)

        The problem with your suggestion is that two arrays with the same elements will give two entries in the hash (because they will have different references). Consider:

        use strict; use warnings; use Data::Dumper; my @foo = qw/1 2 3 4 5 6/; my @fu = qw/1 2 3 4 5 6/; my %bar = ( \@foo => 'elephants', \@fu => 'zebras' ); print Dumper \%bar;

        Outputs something like:

        $VAR1 = { 'ARRAY(0x18ae770)' => 'zebras', 'ARRAY(0x17f0ec8)' => 'elephants' };


        my @foo = qw/1 2 3 4 5 6/; my @fu = qw/1 2 3 4 5 6/; my %bar = ( join ('',@foo) => 'elephants', join ('',@fu) => 'zebras' ); print Dumper \%bar;


        $VAR1 = { '123456' => 'zebras' };


        A reference to another array with the same sequence of integers should point to the same hash entry.
      I'm wondering why this is so difficult. If you take a string as the key to a hash, that string is actually an array of bytes, which is probably searched for by the C function strcmp. Now all I want is an array of which the elements are a tad larger (4 bytes iso 1 byte, because I need unsigned longs), and possibly another hash function (hashword in and another comparison function similar to strcmp but working on integers.

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