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From:
Linda Walsh
Date:
June 21, 2013 02:03
Subject:
[perl #118563] usage of letter bases as alphabetic identifiers disallowed?
Message ID:
rt-3.6.HEAD-2552-1371780198-1515.118563-75-0@perl.org
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This is a bug report for perl from perl-diddler@tlinx.org,
generated with the help of perlbug 1.39 running under perl 5.16.2.


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[Please describe your issue here]


I was attempting to clean up some code and tried to use
a foreign phoneme, or word or letter base, specifically,
"·" (U+00B7 MIDDLE DOT) in an identifier in perl, but
got a syntax error.

---sample program---

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use 5.16.0;
use utf8;

my $·=1;

---end---

Everything I read on the internet describe the above 
as being part of a word or identifier, and it has the
properties Diacritic, Extender, Grapheme Base, ID Continue
XID Continue.

As near as I can tell in looking at definitions for Grapheme
base, it seems it is something that would be part of a word
or identifier -- having a similar function to a letter.

It's not an operator, and it's not punctuation.  So is it
an oversite that is causing it to be flagged as a warning?
Or what's up...  Truth be known, I was
actually trying to define it with "use constant" (thus as a sub)
defined as "." (a single period or dot) so my joined strings
didn't look so tacky.

    use constant host => Subsite .".". Site .":". port;
    
could be something like:

   use constant host => subsite .·. Site .:. port;

if graphemes were able to be included...

It seemed like this could be an oversight, but if not, I'd like
to have it be an RFE for including such in varnames/sub names...

Tnx.  Going back to find some other char to use instead...sigh.

Perl beautification -- a truely thankless task.



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---
Flags:
    category=library
    severity=medium
    module=constant
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This perlbug was built using Perl 5.16.2 - Fri Feb 15 01:17:37 UTC 2013
It is being executed now by  Perl 5.16.2 - Fri Feb 15 01:12:05 UTC 2013.

Site configuration information for perl 5.16.2:

Configured by abuild at Fri Feb 15 01:12:05 UTC 2013.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 16 subversion 2) configuration:
   
  Platform:
    osname=linux, osvers=3.4.6-2.10-default, archname=x86_64-linux-thread-multi
    uname='linux build34 3.4.6-2.10-default #1 smp thu jul 26 09:36:26 utc 2012 (641c197) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 gnulinux '
    config_args='-ds -e -Dprefix=/usr -Dvendorprefix=/usr -Dinstallusrbinperl -Dusethreads -Di_db -Di_dbm -Di_ndbm -Di_gdbm -Dd_dbm_open -Duseshrplib=true -Doptimize=-fmessage-length=0 -O2 -Wall -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fstack-protector -funwind-tables -fasynchronous-unwind-tables -g -Wall -pipe -Accflags=-DPERL_USE_SAFE_PUTENV -Dotherlibdirs=/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl'
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
    useithreads=define, usemultiplicity=define
    useperlio=define, d_sfio=undef, uselargefiles=define, usesocks=undef
    use64bitint=define, use64bitall=define, uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
  Compiler:
    cc='cc', ccflags ='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DPERL_USE_SAFE_PUTENV -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64',
    optimize='-fmessage-length=0 -O2 -Wall -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fstack-protector -funwind-tables -fasynchronous-unwind-tables -g -Wall -pipe',
    cppflags='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DPERL_USE_SAFE_PUTENV -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector'
    ccversion='', gccversion='4.7.2 20130108 [gcc-4_7-branch revision 195012]', gccosandvers=''
    intsize=4, longsize=8, ptrsize=8, doublesize=8, byteorder=12345678
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=16
    ivtype='long', ivsize=8, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t', lseeksize=8
    alignbytes=8, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='cc', ldflags =' -L/usr/local/lib64 -fstack-protector'
    libpth=/lib64 /usr/lib64 /usr/local/lib64
    libs=-lm -ldl -lcrypt -lpthread
    perllibs=-lm -ldl -lcrypt -lpthread
    libc=/lib64/libc-2.17.so, so=so, useshrplib=true, libperl=libperl.so
    gnulibc_version='2.17'
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=so, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags='-Wl,-E -Wl,-rpath,/usr/lib/perl5/5.16.2/x86_64-linux-thread-multi/CORE'
    cccdlflags='-fPIC', lddlflags='-shared -L/usr/local/lib64 -fstack-protector'

Locally applied patches:
    

---
@INC for perl 5.16.2:
    /home/law/bin/lib
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.16.2/x86_64-linux-thread-multi
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.16.2
    /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.16.2/x86_64-linux-thread-multi
    /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.16.2
    /usr/lib/perl5/5.16.2/x86_64-linux-thread-multi
    /usr/lib/perl5/5.16.2
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.16.2/x86_64-linux-thread-multi
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.16.2
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl
    .

---
Environment for perl 5.16.2:
    HOME=/home/law
    LANG=en_US.UTF-8
    LANGUAGE (unset)
    LC_COLLATE=C
    LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib64/mpi/gcc/openmpi/lib64
    LOGDIR (unset)
    PATH=.:/home/law/bin/lib:/sbin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/lib64/mpi/gcc/openmpi/bin:/home/law/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/games:/opt/kde3/bin:/usr/lib/mit/bin:/usr/lib/mit/sbin:/usr/lib/qt3/bin:/opt/dell/srvadmin/bin:/usr/sbin:/etc/local/func_lib:/home/law/lib
    PERL5OPT=-CSA -I/home/law/bin/lib
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)
    SHELL=/bin/bash


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