Hi,

Actually it is even a problem for myself when I tried to put an
example in the newcomers list :)   (Well... it is a list for newcomers
from a newcomer :) )

I am using ruby 1.6.7 (2002-03-01) [i686-linux] and I got the
following:

hsh = Hash.new ([])
hsh['a'] << 'a'
puts hsh.length   # >> 0   ???

I think this example is equivalent as the code in the original post,
but it seems it does not work for me.  Any glitch in the code above? 
(I think I have some sense on what's actually going on, but I want to
imitate the code as in the original post.)

Regards,

Bill
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"Gavin Sinclair" <gsinclair / soyabean.com.au> wrote in message news:<0e9f01c26f84$f4f0c060$526332d2@nosedog>...

> It's a common problem (are you listening, Bill :).