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Perl Language Reference Manual
by Larry Wall and others
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17.8 Repeating Format Lines

If you put two contiguous tilde characters "~~" anywhere into a line, the line will be repeated until all the fields on the line are exhausted, i.e. undefined. For special (caret) text fields this will occur sooner or later, but if you use a text field of the at variety, the expression you supply had better not give the same value every time forever! (shift(@f) is a simple example that would work.) Don't use a regular (at) numeric field in such lines, because it will never go blank.

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