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[perl #38639] Problem with non-global variables within ?{} code in regexps

Richard Clayton
February 26, 2006 13:31
[perl #38639] Problem with non-global variables within ?{} code in regexps
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This is a bug report for perl from,
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The problem is in setting variable values in ?{} sections of a regexp

I am doing this within a foreach loop and the value is set the first time
around the loop, but the second time the value is not set.

Further experimentation has shown this works OK if the variable is global
(declared at the outermost level) but not if the variable is declared
within the foreach loop itself.

Possibly it's not meant to work for non-global variables... in which case
the bug is that it works once :) and doesn't fail every time around.

Fairly simple demo program below: the output I get is:

C:\work\scan\logs>perl -w
Test 1
T = 'abc'
T = 'abc'
Test 2
S = 'abc'
Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.) or string at line 52.
S = ''


and here's the program that gives the effect.  I've tried it on several
different versions of Perl, both on Windows and Linux and get the same
effect on all of them :(

Hope that's all clear -- if not then please just ask.


---example program---
# seems to be a Perl bug connected with the use of non-global variables
# in ?{} constructs within regexps
# Richard Clayton <>
# 26 Feb 2006
# from the documentation I think the problem is the second time around
# when the local variable isn't set ... but it may be that it's not
# supposed to work, in which case the first time around is the problem :)

use strict;

print "Test 1\n";

# first test ... the variable in the ?{} within the regexp is global

my @a;

$a[0] = "foobar";
$a[1] = "foobar";

my $T;

foreach my $a (@a)
   if ($a =~ /^foobar(?{$T = "abc"})$/)
      print "T = '$T'\n";

   print "----\n";

print "Test 2\n";

# second test ... the variable in the ?{} within the regexp is local
# and on the SECOND time around the loop it isn't set

my @b;

$b[0] = "foobar";
$b[1] = "foobar";

foreach my $b (@b)
   my $S;

   if ($b =~ /^foobar(?{$S = "abc"})$/)
      print "S = '$S'\n";

   print "----\n";

# end of example
---end of example program--

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