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You need to use scalar(@{$a[0]}) to get 3. Your array contains only one element, the array reference. So if you want 3, you need to ask the referenced array for its size, not the container. Perhaps this example will help:

$ cat #/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Data::Dumper; my @a = (1, 2, 3); print "Size of a: ", scalar(@a), "\n"; print Dumper(\@a),"\n"; my @b = [0, 1, 2]; print "Size of b: ", scalar(@b), "\n"; print Dumper(\@b),"\n"; print "Size of b[0]: ", scalar(@{$b[0]}), "\n"; print Dumper($b[0]),"\n";

which gives us:

$ perl Size of a: 3 $VAR1 = [ 1, 2, 3 ]; Size of b: 1 $VAR1 = [ [ 0, 1, 2 ] ]; Size of b[0]: 3 $VAR1 = [ 0, 1, 2 ];


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In reply to Re: size of an array ref by roboticus
in thread size of an array ref by fionbarr

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