ok, so i'm trying to create a here doc for a little program i'm writing and
it dosn't seem to want to work right!

this code works:
###
pry(main)> print <<NUMS
pry(main)*   08 02 22 97 38 15 00 40 00 75 04 05 07 78 52 12 50 77 91 08
pry(main)*   49 49 99 40 17 81 18 57 60 87 17 40 98 43 69 48 04 56 62 00
pry(main)* NUMS
  08 02 22 97 38 15 00 40 00 75 04 05 07 78 52 12 50 77 91 08
  49 49 99 40 17 81 18 57 60 87 17 40 98 43 69 48 04 56 62 00
=> nil
###

but this:
###
pry(main)> str = ''
=> ""
pry(main)> str <<NUMS
pry(main)*   08 02 22 97 38 15 00 40 00 75 04 05 07 78 52 12 50 77 91 08
pry(main)*   49 49 99 40 17 81 18 57 60 87 17 40 98 43 69 48 04 56 62 00
pry(main)* NUMS
###

gives me:
###
SyntaxError: (pry):43: Invalid octal digit
  08 02 22 97 38 15 00 40 00 75 04 05 07 78 52 12 50 77 91 08
    ^
(pry):43: syntax error, unexpected tINTEGER, expecting $end
  08 02 22 97 38 15 00 40 00 75 04 05 07 78 52 12 50 77 91 08
       ^
from
/home/serialhex/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p180/gems/pry-0.9.1/lib/pry/pry_instance.rb:226:in
`eval'
###

so why can i 'print' a here doc, but not set it to a variable???  or am i
doing something stupid wrong that i dont know what i'm doing with the stupid
and the wrongness??  (sorry, i think i need to catch up on some sleep too)

any help is appreciated
hex


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> > should use Linux over BSD?
>
> No.  That's it.  The cool name, that is.  We worked very hard on
> creating a name that would appeal to the majority of people, and it
> certainly paid off: thousands of people are using linux just to be able
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> mistake of putting a lot of numbers and weird abbreviations into the
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