eniosp eniosp - 5 months ago 8
Perl Question

Cannot get hash passed as reference in a module

I want to pass a hash reference to a module. But, in the module, I am not able to get the hash back.

The example:

use strict;
use Module1;

my $obj = new Module1;

my %h = (
k1 => 'V1'

print "reference on the caller", \%h, "\n";

my $y = $obj->printhash(\%h);

Now, Module1.pm:

package Module1;
use strict;
use Exporter qw(import);
our @EXPORT_OK = qw();
use Data::Dumper;

sub new {
my $class = $_[0];
my $objref = {};
bless $objref, $class;
return $objref;

sub printhash {
my $h = shift;

print "reference on module -> $h \n";
print "h on module -> ", Dumper $h, "\n";

The output will be something like:

reference on the callerHASH(0x2df8528)
reference on module -> Module1=HASH(0x16a3f60)
h on module -> $VAR1 = bless( {}, 'Module1' );
$VAR2 = '

How can I get back the value passed by the caller?
This is an old version of perl: v5.8.3


In Module1, change sub printhash to:

sub printhash {
    my ($self, $h) = @_;
    # leave the rest

When you invoke a method on a object as $obj->method( $param1 ) the method gets the class name as the first parameter, and $param1 as the second parameter.

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