global special variable for array index?

John R. Comeau comeaujr at
Thu Apr 20 13:02:05 CDT 2000

Isn't there a global special variable for the list index when you're
stepping through a list with a for (= foreach) statement?  For
example, I frequently have code like this:

my $index;
for my $element (@list)
    # some processing on $element

It would be much easier if there were a global special variable (like
$. for line numbers) so I don't have to keep track of $index myself.


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