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question about sort()

OK. I need to sort a list and I have the following code

@L=(35,10,0,27, 100,-4);
sub numeric { $A <=> $b; }
@L=sort numeric @L;

The only reference I have is an ancient Oreilly book on Perl 4.
does sort() actually sort the operand list or only return a sorted list?
Is it safe to use the source operand as the return value of sort() as well?

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In article <42**********@1 27.0.0.1>, Wiseguy <no***@uber.usa choice.net>
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OK. I need to sort a list and I have the following code

@L=(35,10,0,27, 100,-4);
sub numeric { $A <=> $b; }
@L=sort numeric @L;

The only reference I have is an ancient Oreilly book on Perl 4.
does sort() actually sort the operand list or only return a sorted list?
Is it safe to use the source operand as the return value of sort() as well?


One way to find out is try it. If you run the above code, you will get
some peculiar results. If you want to know why, put 'use strict;' at
the beginning of your program.

Another way is to read the documentation that comes with Perl
installations:

perldoc -f sort

although in this case that documentation does not explicitly say that
it sorts or doesn't sort the original array. So I refer you to method
1.

There are newer O'Reilly books on Perl. The curre

Good luck.

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Jul 19 '05 #2
it returns a sorted array, it doesn't modify the source

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict;
my @L=(35,10,0,27, 100,-4);
sub numeric { $a <=> $b; }
@L = sort numeric @L;
print @L;

Jul 19 '05 #3

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