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  • shift ARRAY

  • shift

    Shifts the first value of the array off and returns it, shortening the array by 1 and moving everything down. If there are no elements in the array, returns the undefined value. If ARRAY is omitted, shifts the @_ array within the lexical scope of subroutines and formats, and the @ARGV array outside of a subroutine and also within the lexical scopes established by the eval STRING , BEGIN {} , INIT {} , CHECK {} , UNITCHECK {} and END {} constructs.

    See also unshift, push, and pop. shift and unshift do the same thing to the left end of an array that pop and push do to the right end.