return hash

Discussion in 'Perl' started by vertigo, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. vertigo

    vertigo Guest

    at the end of my function i return hash:
    return \%hash;

    and i want to use that function to receive that hash:
    my %newhash=MyFunction(); #line 14

    but i receive error:
    Reference found where even-sized list expected at line 14.

    and when i try:
    my \%newhash=MyFunction(); #line 14
    i receive syntax error.

    Why ?

    vertigo, Jul 15, 2004
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  2. No, you don't. You are returning a reference.
    Right. You cannot assign a scalar value to a hash variable.
    Because this is not Perl syntax.

    Have you tried a plain
    my $hashref = MyFunction();

    Jürgen Exner, Jul 15, 2004
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  3. vertigo

    vertigo Guest

    ok, it works, but how can i use this reference to printf all keys/values ?
    I tried:
    while (my($key,$value) = each $hashref)

    but received error. How can i access object when i have it's reference ?

    vertigo, Jul 15, 2004
  4. You use rule 1 or rule 2 from "perldoc perlreftut".
    If you are dealing with references, then you really should read this first,
    and then perldoc perlref.

    Having said that: in your original program, why are you returning a
    reference in the first place? If you are not interested in a reference to
    the hash, then just return the hash itself instead of a reference to it.

    Jürgen Exner, Jul 15, 2004
  5. vertigo

    Jeff Dunn Guest

    Do you want to return the hash or a reference to a hash

    return %hash #returns hash

    return \$hash retruns a reference.
    Jeff Dunn, Jul 15, 2004
  6. Hi,

    You are returning a *reference* to a hash. Thus, you need to do this:
    my $newhash = MyFunction();

    Then, you can access your hash like this:
    print $newhash->{'key'};

    Ofcourse, you can return a 'real' hash ( not a reference to it ) but
    that will copy the entire structure to the calle which is not
    recommended at all.
    Mohammd M. Hussain, Jul 15, 2004
  7. vertigo


    Dec 8, 2012
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    check out this link

    I just came across this while working on hashes:
    The "return" function can only return a reference to an array. So, I think you would have to do something like:

    $a_hash_table = build_a_hash_table();

    # your hash is now in %$a_hash_table
    # (the hash pointed to by the $a_hash_table scalar)

    # print the hash
    while ( ($k, $v) = each %$a_hash_table ) {
    print "$k => $v\n";

    sub build_a_hash_table
    #some code to build hash table: "%hash_table" for e.g
    return (\%hash_table);
    hope this helps.
    truptisavant, Dec 8, 2012
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