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Lukas Mai
July 2, 2013 03:47
Re: [perl #118701] __PACKAGE__ does not work as a hash key
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On 02.07.2013 00:42, Jim Avera wrote:
> On 06/30/2013 05:06 AM, James E Keenan via RT wrote:
>> This limitation has been documented in 'perlmod' since 1997: ##### The
>> special symbol C<__PACKAGE__> contains the current package, but cannot
>> (easily) be used to construct variable names. ##### Is there any
>> compelling reason why we should alter this long-standing behavior?

Wrong part of the documentation. The above only means you can't say 
$__PACKAGE__::foo or similar. Jim isn't trying to construct a variable name.

> At this point in Perl's history not much is really compelling, so I
> guess the answer is no.
> But still, perldata says __PACKAGE__ etc. are "special literals" which
> may (only) be used as "separate tokens".  That makes it sound like they
> are recognized while scanning regardless of the context.
> I found this the hard way (i.e. as a silent bug) when $hash{__PACKAGE__}
> interpreted __PACKAGE__ as a bareword or unquoted string, rather than as
> a special literal token.  It's another "hidden gotcha" which would be
> nice to eliminate.

As Father Chrysostomos explained, hash keys always autoquote 
identifiers. Special-casing __PACKAGE__ would introduce another hidden 
gotcha, not eliminate it.

Lukas Mai <>

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