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reverse LIST

In list context, returns a list value consisting of the elements of LIST in the opposite order. In scalar context, concatenates the elements of LIST and returns a string value with all characters in the opposite order.

print reverse <>;           # line tac, last line first

undef $/;                   # for efficiency of <>
print scalar reverse <>;    # character tac, last line tsrif

This operator is also handy for inverting a hash, although there are some caveats. If a value is duplicated in the original hash, only one of those can be represented as a key in the inverted hash. Also, this has to unwind one hash and build a whole new one, which may take some time on a large hash, such as from a DBM file.

%by_name = reverse %by_address;     # Invert the hash