in reply to Re: Unpacking byte stream long/quad little/big endian fields
in thread Unpacking byte stream long/quad little/big endian fields

Sure, that's essentially what I'm doing too. But sometimes people peek under the hood, and I'd like it sparking under there too.

Tux's answer provides a nice solution for Perl >= 5.10 and that's probably what I'll run with. 5.10 has been around long enough now that I'm not much worried about supporting anything earlier.

Optimising for fewest key strokes only makes sense transmitting to Pluto or beyond
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