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Perl Language Reference Manual
by Larry Wall and others
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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 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.

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