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Old 07-19-2001
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Does anybody know how to return hash tables created in a function?

I have something like so:

%a_hash_table = build_a_hash_table();

sub build_a_hash_table

#some code to build hash table: "%hash_table" for e.g

return %hash_table;

----> This unfortunately doesn't seem to work. The hash table in the main doesn't equal the one I create in the sub routine. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Old 07-19-2001
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);

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