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Father Chrysostomos
January 22, 2012 12:58
[perl #108780] overload::StrVal and qr//
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According to the overload documentation, overload::StrVal returns the string that "" would return in the absence of string overloading.

But this isn’t actually the case:

    $\ = "\n";
    use overload;
    no overloading;
    print qr//;                   # prints (?^:)
    print overload::StrVal(qr//); # prints Regexp=REGEXP(0x803e50)

qr// thingies are not actually using overloading.

overload::StrVal pretends that they are.

The overloading pragma knows they are not.

Should one of overload::StrVal and change to match the other?

Or should the we just document this oddity?

This discrepancy is unfortunate, as it prevents this type of simplification:

commit 8f6eeb4da8aeaa8cbb3b291181bdac4515d92e2d
Author: Father Chrysostomos <>
Date:   Wed Jan 18 13:03:32 2012 -0800

    In overload::AddrRef, use ‘no overloading’
    This speeds this up by about 13 times.

diff --git a/lib/ b/lib/
index a2797e7..2cd98bb 100644
--- a/lib/
+++ b/lib/
@@ -113,17 +113,8 @@ sub Method {
 sub AddrRef {
-  my $package = ref $_[0];
-  return "$_[0]" unless $package;
-  local $@;
-  local $!;
-  require Scalar::Util;
-  my $class = Scalar::Util::blessed($_[0]);
-  my $class_prefix = defined($class) ? "$class=" : "";
-  my $type = Scalar::Util::reftype($_[0]);
-  my $addr = Scalar::Util::refaddr($_[0]);
-  return sprintf("%s%s(0x%x)", $class_prefix, $type, $addr);
+  no overloading;
+  "$_[0]";
 *StrVal = *AddrRef;
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