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Using Perl and XML::Simple to parse XML file

I am trying to parse and XML file from weather.com. The file they send is pretty complicated so I wanted to first try a simpler file -- I tried the example given in the docs for XML::Simple. I can't get the example to print out individual element data
 I've included the perl code and the XML file.

If I print the "Dumper ($config)" out I get the data.

If I try and print an individual element out though with either of the lines below, I just get a "use of uninitialized value" message. I've tried every combination I can think of to print out individual element data out but I just can't get the sytax correct. Thanks for your help and suggestions.  
print $config->{logdir};
print $config->{server}->{kalahari}->{address}->[1];

Possibly XML::Simple isn't what I need. Any other ideas?

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
#Used to get weather data from weather.com 
use LWP::Simple;
use XML::Simple qw(:strict);
use Data::Dumper;
my $weatherdata = get($url);
my $xs = XML::Simple->new(ForceArray => 1, KeepRoot => 1, KeyAttr=>[]);
my $config = $xs->XMLin($weatherdata);
#print Dumper($config);  #Printing this out works fine. 
print $config->{logdir};
print $config->{server}->{kalahari}->{address}->[1];
<config logdir="/var/log/foo/" debugfile="/tmp/foo.debug">
    <server name="sahara" osname="solaris" osversion="2.6">
    <server name="gobi" osname="irix" osversion="6.5">
    <server name="kalahari" osname="linux" osversion="2.0.34">

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8/22/2022 - Mon

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Regarding the dumper output, I should have said:

The '[ ]' blocks indicate references to arrays.  The '{ }' indicate references to hashes.  A '( )' would indicate an array and the '=>' indicates a hash.

Thanks. Just what I needed.
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