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Id: 132460
Status: resolved
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Owner: Nobody
Requestors: calestyo [at] scientia.net
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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:37:06 +0100 (CET)
Subject: ambiguity regarding "x" operator in perlop
To: perlbug [...] perl.org
From: calestyo [...] scientia.net
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This is a bug report for perl from calestyo@scientia.net, generated with the help of perlbug 1.40 running under perl 5.26.1. ----------------------------------------------------------------- In perlop it says: Show quoted text
>Binary "x" is the repetition operator. In scalar >context or if the left operand is not enclosed in >parentheses, it returns a string consisting of the >left operand repeated the number of times specified >by the right operand.
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>In list context, if the left operand is enclosed >in parentheses or is a list formed by qw/STRING/, >it repeats the list.
The last one seems to be wrong or ambiguous, AFAIU. The list context alone (WITHOUT "()"), doesn't make it repeat/create a list. E.g. @a=5x3; seems to give an array with one element being the string "555". So the sentence should rather read: Show quoted text
>In list context _AND_ if the left operand is enclosed >in parentheses or is a list formed by qw/STRING/, >it repeats the list.
Cheers, Chris. ----------------------------------------------------------------- --- Flags: category=docs severity=low --- Site configuration information for perl 5.26.1: Configured by Debian Project at Wed Oct 25 15:19:46 UTC 2017. Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 26 subversion 1) configuration: Platform: osname=linux osvers=4.9.0 archname=x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi uname='linux localhost 4.9.0 #1 smp debian 4.9.0 x86_64 gnulinux ' config_args='-Dusethreads -Duselargefiles -Dcc=x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc -Dcpp=x86_64-linux-gnu-cpp -Dld=x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc -Dccflags=-DDEBIAN -Wdate-time -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -g -O2 -fdebug-prefix-map=/build/perl-UQ756g/perl-5.26.1=. -fstack-protector-strong -Wformat -Werror=format-security -Dldflags= -Wl,-z,relro -Dlddlflags=-shared -Wl,-z,relro -Dcccdlflags=-fPIC -Darchname=x86_64-linux-gnu -Dprefix=/usr -Dprivlib=/usr/share/perl/5.26 -Darchlib=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/perl/5.26 -Dvendorprefix=/usr -Dvendorlib=/usr/share/perl5 -Dvendorarch=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/perl5/5.26 -Dsiteprefix=/usr/local -Dsitelib=/usr/local/share/perl/5.26.1 -Dsitearch=/usr/local/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/perl/5.26.1 -Dman1dir=/usr/share/man/man1 -Dman3dir=/usr/share/man/man3 -Dsiteman1dir=/usr/local/man/man1 -Dsiteman3dir=/usr/local/man/man3 -Duse64bitint -Dman1ext=1 -Dman3ext=3perl -Dpager=/usr/bin/sensible-pager -Uafs -Ud_csh -Ud_ualarm -Uusesfio -Uusenm -Ui_libutil -Uversiononly -DDEBUGGING=-g -Doptimize=-O2 -dEs -Duseshrplib -Dlibperl=libperl.so.5.26.1' hint=recommended useposix=true d_sigaction=define useithreads=define usemultiplicity=define use64bitint=define use64bitall=define uselongdouble=undef usemymalloc=n default_inc_excludes_dot=define bincompat5005=undef Compiler: cc='x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc' ccflags ='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DDEBIAN -fwrapv -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -I/usr/local/include -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64' optimize='-O2 -g' cppflags='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DDEBIAN -fwrapv -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -I/usr/local/include' ccversion='' gccversion='7.2.0' gccosandvers='' intsize=4 longsize=8 ptrsize=8 doublesize=8 byteorder=12345678 doublekind=3 d_longlong=define longlongsize=8 d_longdbl=define longdblsize=16 longdblkind=3 ivtype='long' ivsize=8 nvtype='double' nvsize=8 Off_t='off_t' lseeksize=8 alignbytes=8 prototype=define Linker and Libraries: ld='x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc' ldflags =' -fstack-protector-strong -L/usr/local/lib' libpth=/usr/local/lib /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-linux-gnu/7/include-fixed /usr/include/x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/lib /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu /lib/../lib /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/lib/../lib /lib libs=-lgdbm -lgdbm_compat -ldb -ldl -lm -lpthread -lc -lcrypt perllibs=-ldl -lm -lpthread -lc -lcrypt libc=libc-2.24.so so=so useshrplib=true libperl=libperl.so.5.26 gnulibc_version='2.24' Dynamic Linking: dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs dlext=so d_dlsymun=undef ccdlflags='-Wl,-E' cccdlflags='-fPIC' lddlflags='-shared -L/usr/local/lib -fstack-protector-strong' Locally applied patches: DEBPKG:debian/cpan_definstalldirs - Provide a sensible INSTALLDIRS default for modules installed from CPAN. DEBPKG:debian/db_file_ver - https://bugs.debian.org/340047 Remove overly restrictive DB_File version check. DEBPKG:debian/doc_info - Replace generic man(1) instructions with Debian-specific information. DEBPKG:debian/enc2xs_inc - https://bugs.debian.org/290336 Tweak enc2xs to follow symlinks and ignore missing @INC directories. DEBPKG:debian/errno_ver - https://bugs.debian.org/343351 Remove Errno version check due to upgrade problems with long-running processes. DEBPKG:debian/libperl_embed_doc - https://bugs.debian.org/186778 Note that libperl-dev package is required for embedded linking DEBPKG:fixes/respect_umask - Respect umask during installation DEBPKG:debian/writable_site_dirs - Set umask approproately for site install directories DEBPKG:debian/extutils_set_libperl_path - EU:MM: set location of libperl.a under /usr/lib DEBPKG:debian/no_packlist_perllocal - Don't install .packlist or perllocal.pod for perl or vendor DEBPKG:debian/fakeroot - Postpone LD_LIBRARY_PATH evaluation to the binary targets. DEBPKG:debian/instmodsh_doc - Debian policy doesn't install .packlist files for core or vendor. DEBPKG:debian/ld_run_path - Remove standard libs from LD_RUN_PATH as per Debian policy. DEBPKG:debian/libnet_config_path - Set location of libnet.cfg to /etc/perl/Net as /usr may not be writable. DEBPKG:debian/mod_paths - Tweak @INC ordering for Debian DEBPKG:debian/perlivp - https://bugs.debian.org/510895 Make perlivp skip include directories in /usr/local DEBPKG:debian/deprecate-with-apt - https://bugs.debian.org/747628 Point users to Debian packages of deprecated core modules DEBPKG:debian/squelch-locale-warnings - https://bugs.debian.org/508764 Squelch locale warnings in Debian package maintainer scripts DEBPKG:debian/patchlevel - https://bugs.debian.org/567489 List packaged patches for 5.26.1-2 in patchlevel.h DEBPKG:fixes/document_makemaker_ccflags - https://bugs.debian.org/628522 [rt.cpan.org #68613] Document that CCFLAGS should include $Config{ccflags} DEBPKG:debian/find_html2text - https://bugs.debian.org/640479 Configure CPAN::Distribution with correct name of html2text DEBPKG:debian/perl5db-x-terminal-emulator.patch - https://bugs.debian.org/668490 Invoke x-terminal-emulator rather than xterm in perl5db.pl DEBPKG:debian/cpan-missing-site-dirs - https://bugs.debian.org/688842 Fix CPAN::FirstTime defaults with nonexisting site dirs if a parent is writable DEBPKG:fixes/memoize_storable_nstore - [rt.cpan.org #77790] https://bugs.debian.org/587650 Memoize::Storable: respect 'nstore' option not respected DEBPKG:debian/makemaker-pasthru - https://bugs.debian.org/758471 Pass LD settings through to subdirectories DEBPKG:debian/makemaker-manext - https://bugs.debian.org/247370 Make EU::MakeMaker honour MANnEXT settings in generated manpage headers DEBPKG:debian/kfreebsd-softupdates - https://bugs.debian.org/796798 Work around Debian Bug#796798 DEBPKG:fixes/autodie-scope - https://bugs.debian.org/798096 Fix a scoping issue with "no autodie" and the "system" sub DEBPKG:fixes/memoize-pod - [rt.cpan.org #89441] Fix POD errors in Memoize DEBPKG:debian/hurd-softupdates - https://bugs.debian.org/822735 Fix t/op/stat.t failures on hurd DEBPKG:fixes/math_complex_doc_great_circle - https://bugs.debian.org/697567 [rt.cpan.org #114104] Math::Trig: clarify definition of great_circle_midpoint DEBPKG:fixes/math_complex_doc_see_also - https://bugs.debian.org/697568 [rt.cpan.org #114105] Math::Trig: add missing SEE ALSO DEBPKG:fixes/math_complex_doc_angle_units - https://bugs.debian.org/731505 [rt.cpan.org #114106] Math::Trig: document angle units DEBPKG:fixes/cpan_web_link - https://bugs.debian.org/367291 CPAN: Add link to main CPAN web site DEBPKG:fixes/time_piece_doc - https://bugs.debian.org/817925 Time::Piece: Improve documentation for add_months and add_years DEBPKG:fixes/extutils_makemaker_reproducible - https://bugs.debian.org/835815 https://bugs.debian.org/834190 Make perllocal.pod files reproducible DEBPKG:fixes/file_path_hurd_errno - File-Path: Fix test failure in Hurd due to hard-coded ENOENT DEBPKG:debian/hppa_op_optimize_workaround - https://bugs.debian.org/838613 Temporarily lower the optimization of op.c on hppa due to gcc-6 problems DEBPKG:debian/installman-utf8 - https://bugs.debian.org/840211 Generate man pages with UTF-8 characters DEBPKG:fixes/file_path_chmod_race - https://bugs.debian.org/863870 [rt.cpan.org #121951] Prevent directory chmod race attack. DEBPKG:fixes/extutils_file_path_compat - Correct the order of tests of chmod(). (#294) DEBPKG:fixes/getopt-long-2 - [rt.cpan.org #120300] Withdraw part of commit 5d9947fb445327c7299d8beb009d609bc70066c0, which tries to implement more GNU getopt_long campatibility. GNU DEBPKG:fixes/getopt-long-3 - provide a default value for optional arguments DEBPKG:fixes/getopt-long-4 - https://bugs.debian.org/864544 [rt.cpan.org #122068] Fix issue #122068. DEBPKG:fixes/test-builder-reset - https://bugs.debian.org/865894 Reset inside subtest maintains parent DEBPKG:debian/hppa_opmini_optimize_workaround - https://bugs.debian.org/869122 Lower the optimization level of opmini.c on hppa DEBPKG:debian/sh4_op_optimize_workaround - https://bugs.debian.org/869373 Also lower the optimization level of op.c and opmini.c on sh4 DEBPKG:fixes/json-pp-example - [rt.cpan.org #92793] https://bugs.debian.org/871837 fix RT-92793: bug in SYNOPSIS DEBPKG:debian/perldoc-pager - https://bugs.debian.org/870340 [rt.cpan.org #120229] Fix perldoc terminal escapes when sensible-pager is less DEBPKG:debian/prune_libs - https://bugs.debian.org/128355 Prune the list of libraries wanted to what we actually need. DEBPKG:debian/configure-regen - https://bugs.debian.org/762638 Regenerate Configure et al. after probe unit changes DEBPKG:fixes/rename-filexp.U-phase1 - regen-configure: rename filexp.U to filexp_path.U, phase 1 DEBPKG:fixes/rename-filexp.U-phase2 - regen-configure: rename filexp.U to filexp_path.U, phase 2 DEBPKG:fixes/packaging_test_skips - Skip various tests if PERL_BUILD_PACKAGING is set --- @INC for perl 5.26.1: /etc/perl /usr/local/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/perl/5.26.1 /usr/local/share/perl/5.26.1 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/perl5/5.26 /usr/share/perl5 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/perl/5.26 /usr/share/perl/5.26 /usr/local/lib/site_perl /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/perl-base --- Environment for perl 5.26.1: HOME=/home/calestyo LANG=en_DE.UTF-8 LANGUAGE (unset) LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset) LOGDIR (unset) PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games PERL_BADLANG (unset) SHELL=/bin/bash
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:12:09 +0000
Subject: Re: [perl #132460] ambiguity regarding "x" operator in perlop
To: perl5-porters [...] perl.org
From: Zefram <zefram [...] fysh.org>
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>The last one seems to be wrong or ambiguous, AFAIU.
I agree that it's unclear. Improved in commit e509fc38e46cb034d777e37ebaf2bf200600f75a. -zefram
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