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Unexpected perl

Posted Fri Jun 30 11:26:07 2017 Florian Lohoff in

I always thought that perl sort function variables $a and $b where completely of local scope - Today i was told a different story.

The error message was:

Can't call method "id" on an undefined value at ./genconf line 1442.

I was trying to sort an array of objects with something like

foreach my $obj ( sort { $a->id() cmp $b->id() } @$objarrayref

The cause of the error message was trivial - 1000 lines down i used $a as an dummy variable

my $a=afunctionwhosereturnidontwant();

Which overided my $a in the sort function - Unexpected.