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$number wasn't guaranteed to be a whole number (and I guess that makes % fail)

No, Perl is OK with that:

3:03 >perl -MData::Dump -wE "my @array; $array[5.35968 % 2] = 42; dd +\@array;" [undef, 42] 3:03 >

But the original loop almost certainly wasn’t doing what you thought it was. With an initial value of 192:

3:03 >perl -wE "my $iterations = 0; my $number = 192; while ($number +!= 0) { $number /= 2; ++$iterations; } say qq[$iterations iterations] +;" 1083 iterations 3:06 >

The loop terminates when $number is zero, but (on my Perl, which is 64-bit) this test doesn’t succeed until division by two has reduced $number all the way down to half of 4.94065645841247 × 10-324 — which is a very small number!

Hope that helps,

Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

In reply to Re^3: I need help with the error "Modification of non-creatable array value attempted" by Athanasius
in thread I need help with the error "Modification of non-creatable array value attempted" by Hramyzn

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