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Thats what hashes do. map a unique key to a unique values. But you can make that value an array ref and store your multiple values.

It also looks like you want to apply it recursively. May I ask what you are trying to do?


"To be civilized is to deny one's nature."
Here's enough rope to hang yourself with.
Merges N hashes arbitrarily deep. Making it merge arrays as well is left as an exercise for the reader.
Dies on circular references. Not heavily tested.
#!/usr/bin/perl use warnings; use strict; use Data::Dumper; BEGIN { my %SeenMerged = (); sub mergehashes{ # Dies on circular references my @hashrefs = @_; die "Passed a non hashref" if grep { ref $_ ne 'HASH' } @h +ashrefs; my %merged = (); my @seen = grep { ref $_ eq 'HASH' } @SeenMerged{@hashref +s}; # Break circular links.. if (@seen){ die "contains a circular reference! bailing..."; } @SeenMerged{@hashrefs} = @hashrefs; foreach my $h (@hashrefs){ while (my ($k,$v) = each %$h ){ push @{$merged{$k}}, $v; } } while (my ($k,$v) = each %merged){ my @hashes = grep { ref $_ eq 'HASH' } @$v; $merged{$k} = $v->[0] if (@$v == 1 && !ref $v->[0]); + $merged{$k} = mergehashes(@hashes) if @hashes; } delete @SeenMerged{@hashrefs}; return \%merged; } } my %hash1 = ( red => 1, brown => { green => 1, blue => { yellow => 1, }, black => 1, }, gray => 1, ); my %hash2 = ( white => 1, brown => { purple => 1, }, ); my $merged = mergehashes(\%hash1, \%hash2) ;#or die "Couldn't merge!"; print Dumper($merged);

In reply to Re: Re: Re: Merging hashes by shotgunefx
in thread Merging hashes by hotshot

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