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When representing numeric literal values, Perl has a simple rule: integers that are prefixed with one or more leading zeroes are interpreted as octal, and integers with no leading zero are interpreted as decimal.

While simple, this rule is not known among many developers and is not obvious to those unaware of it. Consequently, do not prefix an integer with leading zeros. If it is to be interpreted as octal, use the oct() function, which clearly indicates the number to be treated as octal.

my $perm1 = 0644;      # noncompliant, octal
my $perm2 = "0644";    # noncompliant, decimal
my $perm3 = oct("644");  # compliant, octal
my $perm4 = 644;       # compliant, decimal

Risk Assessment

Recommendation

Severity

Likelihood

Remediation Cost

Priority

Level

INT00-PL

low

probable

medium

P4

L3

Automated Detection

Tool

Diagnostic

Perl::Critic

ValuesAndExpressions::ProhibitLeadingZeros

B::Lint

Illegal octal digit.*

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