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Re: forcing variable definition in IDL?

davidf@dfanning.com (David Fanning) writes:

> Don't bother. IDL scalars *are* single element arrays:
>    IDL> a=5
>    IDL> a[0] = 6 & Print, a

  Um... Not true. 

IDL> a=['foo|bar']
IDL> print,strsplit(a,'|',/extract)
% STRTOK: Expression must be a scalar in this context: STRING.
% Execution halted at:  STRSPLIT           24
%                       $MAIN$
IDL> retall
IDL> print,strsplit(a[0],'|',/extract)
foo bar

  There are some other RSI supplied code where one sees this behavior.

  By the way, this is idl 5.3. I haven't checked idl 5.4.

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