> Is it still a global in Perl 6? It's not even global in perl5.10. perldoc says: As of release 5 of Perl, assignment to $[ is treated as a compiler directive, and cannot influence the behavior of any other file. (That's why you can only assign compile-time constants to it.) Its use is highly discouraged.
Note that, unlike other compile-time directives (such as strict), assignment to $[ can be seen from outer lexical scopes in the same file. However, you can use local() on it to strictly bind its value to a lexical block. perl6's S28 "Special Names [DRAFT]" says under "Perl5 to Perl6 special variable translation": $[ - This feature has been removed