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See "$^V" for a more modern representation of the Perl version that allows accurate string comparisons.

The version + patchlevel / 1000 of the Perl interpreter. This variable can be used to determine whether the Perl interpreter executing a script is in the right range of versions:

warn "No PerlIO!\n" if $] lt '5.008';

The floating point representation can sometimes lead to inaccurate numeric comparisons, so string comparisons are recommended.

See also the documentation of use VERSION and require VERSION for a convenient way to fail if the running Perl interpreter is too old.

Mnemonic: Is this version of perl in the right bracket?