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Re: [perl #132588] In-place sort does not kill weak refs

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Dave Mitchell
December 18, 2017 09:58
Re: [perl #132588] In-place sort does not kill weak refs
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On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 10:41:31PM +0000, Zefram wrote:
> Father Chrysostomos wrote:
> >$ perl5.27.7 -le 'use Scalar::Util "weaken"; weaken ($a = \$_[0]); @_ = sort @_; print $a; print \$_[0]'
> After coming up with blessedness and then tiedness, I was wondering what
> other kinds of magic might be applied to an array element, and how sort
> would need to treat them.  This one confirms that in general sort needs
> to take the slow path for any kind of magic.  We don't distinguish between
> magic that's part of the container and magic that's part of the value, but
> we have little of the latter, so wouldn't lose much by not catering to it.

I think that by default, in-place sort should make a copy of every SV
(thus emulating the action of pp_aassign) *except* for special cases
of SV such as SvREFCNT == 1, no magic etc.

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