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Not sure what you might've been expecting? I threw lots of prints at your code:
$pattern = '[aeiou]'; ( $s1, $s2, $s3, $s4 ) = qw( name nerd noodle froodle ); printf "was: '%s'\n", join("' '",$s1,$s2,$s3,$s4); foreach my $item ($s1,$s2,$s3,$s4,) { $item =~ s/$pattern/ /g; } printf "now: '%s'\n", join("' '",$s1,$s2,$s3,$s4); ( $s1, $s2, $s3, $s4 ) = qw( name nerd noodle froodle ); @a = ( $s1, $s2, $s3, $s4 ); print "\n"; printf "was: '%s'\n", join("' '",$s1,$s2,$s3,$s4); printf "was: '%s'\n", join("' '",@a); foreach my $item (@a) { $item =~ s/$pattern/ /g; } printf "now: '%s'\n", join("' '",$s1,$s2,$s3,$s4); printf "now: '%s'\n", join("' '",@a);
and got
  was:  'name'   'nerd'   'noodle'   'froodle'
  now:  'n m '   'n rd'   'n  dl '   'fr  dl '

  was:  'name'   'nerd'   'noodle'   'froodle'
  was:  'name'   'nerd'   'noodle'   'froodle'
  now:  'name'   'nerd'   'noodle'   'froodle'
  now:  'n m '   'n rd'   'n  dl '   'fr  dl '
When you did
my @look_for = ($name,$nerd,$noodle,$froodle);
you copied the _values_ in each variable into the array. You then looped through the array elements changing their values through the magic of foreach aliasing. But that doesn't change the variables you copied from.

In reply to Re: array confusion by shenme
in thread array confusion by Anonymous Monk

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