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I think what is disturbing me is that the 'a' in the pack format can be a multi-bytes character.

Me too. You've gotta wonder what's going to happen more often: someone wanting pack non-encoded characters or someone accidentally packing non-encoded characters. I would say the latter, so I find it weird that it doesn't croak ("Wide char in ...") when passed non-encoded characters.

It could be a side effect of allowing pack and unpack to work with fixed-width fields, where the width is in characters rather than bytes.

my $rec_format = 'a4a5a1'; my $rec_size = 10; binmode $fh_out, ':encoding(UTF-8)'; print $fh_out pack($rec_format, @fields); ... binmode $fh_in, ':encoding(UTF-8)'; read($fh_in, my $rec = '', $rec_size); @fields = unpack($rec_format, $rec);

In reply to Re^8: Understanding pack and unpack changes for binary data between 5.8 and 5.10 by ikegami
in thread Understanding pack and unpack changes for binary data between 5.8 and 5.10 by dkg

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