Perl operators have the following
associativity and precedence:
nonassoc print printf exec system sort reverse
chmod chown kill unlink utime die return
right = += -= *= etc.
left | ^
nonassoc == != <=> eq ne cmp
nonassoc < > <= >= lt gt le ge
nonassoc chdir exit eval reset sleep rand umask
nonassoc -r -w -x etc.
left << >>
left + - .
left * / % x
left =~ !~
right ! ~ and unary minus
nonassoc ++ --
As mentioned earlier, if any list operator
(print, etc.) or any unary operator (chdir, etc.) is followed by
a left parenthesis as the next token on the same line, the
operator and arguments within parentheses are taken to be of
highest precedence, just like a normal function call. Examples:
chdir $foo || die; # (chdir $foo) || die
chdir($foo) || die; # (chdir $foo) || die
chdir ($foo) || die; # (chdir $foo) || die
chdir +($foo) || die; # (chdir $foo) || die
but, because * is higher precedence than ||:
chdir $foo * 20; # chdir ($foo * 20)
chdir($foo) * 20; # (chdir $foo) * 20
chdir ($foo) * 20; # (chdir $foo) * 20
chdir +($foo) * 20; # chdir ($foo * 20)
rand 10 * 20; # rand (10 * 20)
rand(10) * 20; # (rand 10) * 20
rand (10) * 20; # (rand 10) * 20
rand +(10) * 20; # rand (10 * 20)
In the absence of parentheses, the
precedence of list operators such as print, sort or chmod is either very
high or very low depending on whether you look at the left side
of operator or the right side of it. For example, in
@ary = (1, 3, sort 4, 2);
print @ary; # prints 1324
the commas on the right of the sort are evaluated before the sort, but the commas on the left are evaluated after. In
other words, list operators tend to gobble up all the arguments
that follow them, and then act like a simple term with regard to
the preceding expression. Note that you have to be careful with
# These evaluate exit before doing the print:
print($foo, exit); # Obviously not what you want.
print $foo, exit; # Nor is this.
# These do the print before evaluating exit:
(print $foo), exit; # This is what you want.
print($foo), exit; # Or this.
print ($foo), exit; # Or even this.
Also note that
print ($foo & 255) + 1, "\n";
probably doesn't do what you expect at