perlit perlit - 2 months ago 4x
Perl Question

Is it possible to pass sprintf type arguments to a Perl function?

Consider the following sample code.

my $a = "test";
my $b = "stackoverflow";

test("%s - %s\n", $a, $b);

sub test {
my $error = sprintf(@_);
print $error;

This prints 3 and not a formatted string. Is it even possible to do what I'm trying?

cjm cjm

As VGE suggested, it's the prototype that's causing problems, but you need to use shift, not pop:

sub test {
    my $error = sprintf(shift, @_);
    print $error;

sprintf evaluates its first argument in scalar context. If that's an array, you get the length of the array.