in reply to Practical example of "Is Perl code maintainable"

Just found another:

sub file_size { my ($file) = @_; if( ! -f $file ) { return 0; } my $dummy; my $size; ($dummy,$dummy, $dummy, $dummy, $dummy, $dummy, $dummy, $size, $dumm +y, $dummy, $dummy, $dummy, $dummy) = stat($file); return $size; }
which was either written because he never heard of -s or maybe to silence warnings when the file does not exist. I'm tempted to replace it with:
sub file_size { -s shift || 0 }