in reply to Can we make $& better?

In perl 5.10, $^MATCH will be equivalent to $& but at the same time the global speed penalties will not come into play. This means $& can be left alone.

The price to pay is that you will need to add the /p modifier flag to the pattern in order to tell perl that you want them. A reasonable trade-off.

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