Hi,

In message "[ruby-talk:03272] Re: BUG or something?"
    on 00/06/11, Wayne Scott <wscott / ichips.intel.com> writes:

|I am new to Ruby and this brings up a question I have had lately.  Why
|were the 'magic' global variables copied from perl? And $= which is a
|new one.

They are tricks for short programs; usage of these magic variables is
not recommended in general.

							matz.