> -------------- Original message ----------------------
> From: Larry Wall <>
>> On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 02:24:54PM +0100, TSa wrote:
>> > My idea is to let a pair numify to whatever the value numifies to.
>> > Same thing with stringification. In general I think that a pair should
>> > hide its key as far as possible if used as non-pair.
>> This makes sense to me, but I'd like to see any use cases to the
>> contrary, if anyone can think of one.
> The only use case I can think of is sorting a list of pairs;
>  should it default to sort by key or value?

Since sort uses infix:<cmp> as default comparison, and that has a
special rule for Pairs (compare on key first, if they are equal, compare
on the value) it doesn't really matter in this case what the string
value is.

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