|> vec could eliminate
> Use pack/unpack
The OP seems on a beginner level and you didn't demonstrate how this would be done.
Even I can't remember ever using vec and pack/unpack force me to reread their perldocs again and again.
So I'd appreciate if you could shown some example code solving the OP's question this way, please.
I really don't know by myself and am always eager to learn.
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