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how do I add two variables as a "value" to single key in Perl hash
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by:mkatmonkey
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You can generate some sort of key based on those two variables or you can create a hash of hashes.  It's up to you to decide which approach is best based on your application.

Usually the best way is to generate a key by concatenating the two values together (if they're strings):

Simple key generator:

my $key = join('|',@values);

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by:Tintin
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Depends a little on what you mean.

Did you mean

$var1='abc';
$var2='def';
$hash{'key'}=$var1$var2;

or did you mean

$var1='abc';
$var2='def';
$hash{$var1$var2}='value';


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Or you could create a hash of array:

my %hash;
$hash{key} = [$var1, $var2];

You then access them as:
$hash{key}->[0]    #this is $var1
$hash{key}->[1]    #this is $var2
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by:ozo
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reading your question literally
$hash{$key} = $var1+$var2;
but maybe you mean
$hash{$var1,$var2}
could you clarify?
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by:saibsk
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I mean $hash{key} = value1, value2
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by:ozo
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that's equivalent to
($hash{key}=value1),value2
or did you mean
$hash{key} = [value1, value2];
or
$hash{key} = value1. value2
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