in reply to typeglob/symbolic reference question

No. Your second example attempts to assign an anonymous subroutine to an lvalue sub called 'color'. If there is a sub called 'color' and it is not an lvalue sub you'll get:Can't modify non-lvalue subroutine call ... If it exists and is an lvalue sub, it would assign the address of the anonymous sub to its target lvalue.

This $x = 'color'; *{$x} = sub {#do something}; is equivalent to sub color { #do something };

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