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Perl Language Reference Manual
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17.4 The Field ^* for Variable Width One-line-at-a-time Text

Like "@*", this is a variable width field. The value supplied must be a scalar variable. Perl puts the first line (up to the first "\n") of the text into the field, and then chops off the front of the string so that the next time the variable is referenced, more of the text can be printed. The variable will not be restored.

   $text = "line 1\nline 2\nline 3";
   format STDOUT =
   Text: ^*
   ~~    ^*
   Text: line 1
         line 2
         line 3
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