I'd like to expand a bit on tye
's remarks. He's right,
but the reasons he's right could be a little clearer.
Basically, yes, MeowChow
's code is "asking for it".
That's probably because he's taken a larger script
(such as this, perhaps
) and reduced it to the
bare minimum required to cause a segfault. In a large,
complicated script, it could be quite easy to have something
equivalent to those lines scattered about, here and there.
It would be very difficult to track that kind of bug down
(especially since bad() might work fine for any arguments
except @h), so we'd rather have perl just execute it
correctly. The point of having garbage collection in a
language like perl is that it's supposed to save us the
trouble of worrying about whether we've deallocated a
particular piece of memory or not.