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Before version 5.002, the standard Perl debugger didn't do a very nice job of printing out complex data structures. With 5.002 or above, the debugger includes several new features, including command line editing as well as the x command to dump out complex data structures. For example, given the assignment to $LoL above, here's the debugger output:

    DB<1> X $LoL
    $LoL = ARRAY(0x13b5a0)
       0  ARRAY(0x1f0a24)
          0  'fred'
          1  'barney'
          2  'pebbles'
          3  'bambam'
          4  'dino'
       1  ARRAY(0x13b558)
          0  'homer'
          1  'bart'
          2  'marge'
          3  'maggie'
       2  ARRAY(0x13b540)
          0  'george'
          1  'jane'
          2  'elroy'
          3  'judy'

There's also a lowercase x command which is nearly the same.

Source: Perl Data Structures Cookbook
Copyright: Larry Wall, et al.

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