shift(@ARGV) .....

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   I have two perl programs, which output the same results.
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#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict ;

my $dir ;
$dir = shift(@ARGV) || "/tmp" ; # line01..Q1
print $dir; print "\n" ;
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#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict ;

my $dir1 ;
$dir1 = $ARGV[0] || "/tmp" ;
print $dir1; print "\n" ;
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Q1. However, I do not understand what does it mean by "@ARGV" and "shift" in line01. Could anyone please explain it to me ?

Thanks !!!

meow.
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meow00Asked:
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shivsaCommented:
ARGV is an array which stores values from stdin.
shift Remove the first element of an array, and return it.
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shivsaCommented:
in first case,
shift takes the first value from array ARGV ie 0 and prints it.

in second case, u are not using shift and asking directly the first element of ARGV array and printing it.
thats why getting the same result.
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meow00Author Commented:
Thanks, just have one more question :
what does "@" mean here ? Thanks a lot !!!

meow.
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shivsaCommented:
it represent an array variable.
in this context it is saying that ARGV is a array.
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ozoCommented:
See
perldoc perldata
and
perldoc -f shift
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