shift(@ARGV) .....

Posted on 2003-12-06
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
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   I have two perl programs, which output the same results.
#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict ;

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

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

Thanks !!!

Question by:meow00
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ID: 9890198
ARGV is an array which stores values from stdin.
shift Remove the first element of an array, and return it.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9890205
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.

Author Comment

ID: 9892417
Thanks, just have one more question :
what does "@" mean here ? Thanks a lot !!!

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Accepted Solution

shivsa earned 60 total points
ID: 9892423
it represent an array variable.
in this context it is saying that ARGV is a array.
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ID: 9893422
perldoc perldata
perldoc -f shift

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