in reply to Transforming a scalar to an array

I realize that local( $/, *INPUT ); gets rid of the new lines.

It doesn't actually. You end up with a scalar that still has a newline at the end of each line of text. You can, of course, use that to your advantage.

my @lines = split /\n/, $input;
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Re^2: Transforming a scalar to an array
by ikegami (Pope) on Jul 15, 2009 at 11:19 UTC
    That's different from <> in that it will trim trailing blank lines (which is probably fine) and chomp all lines (which is probably fine).