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Hello,

Could someone tell me how I would copy a hash (including the keys) to a mulch-dimensional array?

I have this as my hash, stored in %pids:

$VAR1 = {
          '743' => [
                     '00:1'
                   ],
          '20687' => [
                       '01:3'
                     ],
          '27186' => [
                       '15:3'
                     ],
          '6929' => [
                      '12:0'
                    ],
          '24771' => [
                       '09:0'
                     ],
          '11804' => [
                       '01:1'
                     ],
          '27683' => [
                       '08:3'
                     ],
          '14976' => [
                       '04:3'
                     ],
}

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I'm using the following to copy the hash to the array but is keep giving me: "Can't use string ("743") as an ARRAY ref while "strict refs""

my @array = keys %pids;
my $counter = 0;
foreach $var(keys %pids){
	$counter = 0;
	
	while (@array){
		if ($array[$counter] =~ $var){
			$array[$counter][0] = @{$pids{$var}};
			$counter++;
		}
	}
}	
			
print Dumper \@array;

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Thanks.
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I'm as confused about what you are trying to do as perl is.
What would you want the resulting array to look like?
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#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use warnings;
use Data::Dumper;
my $VAR1 = {
          '743' => [
                     '00:1'
                   ],
          '20687' => [
                       '01:3'
                     ],
          '27186' => [
                       '15:3'
                     ],
          '6929' => [
                      '12:0'
                    ],
          '24771' => [
                       '09:0'
                     ],
          '11804' => [
                       '01:1'
                     ],
          '27683' => [
                       '08:3'
                     ],
          '14976' => [
                       '04:3'
                     ],
};
my %pids=%{$VAR1};
my @array;
# I'm guessing you're wanting something like one of these
my($k,$v);
push @array,[$k,@$v] while ($k,$v)=each %pids;                                  
print Dumper \@array;
@array=map{[$_,$pids{$_}]} keys %pids;
print Dumper \@array;
@array=map{[$_,[@{$pids{$_}}]]} keys %pids;
print Dumper \@array;
@array=map{[$_,@{$pids{$_}}]} keys %pids;
print Dumper \@array;
#some of them may look similar, but differ in whether a later modification to the array can also modify the hash and vice versa
__END__
my @array = keys %pids;
my $counter = 0;
foreach $var(keys %pids){
      $counter = 0;
      
      while (@array){
            if ($array[$counter] =~ $var){
                  $array[$counter][0] = @{$pids{$var}};
                  $counter++;
            }
      }
}      
                  
print Dumper \@array;
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