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Section 10.2.  The until Control Structure

 
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10.2. The until Control Structure

Sometimes, you'll want to reverse the condition of a while loop. To do that, use until:

    until ($j > $i) {
      $j *= 2;
    }

This loop runs until the conditional expression returns true. It's really just a while loop in disguise, except it repeats as long as the conditional is false, rather than true. The conditional expression is evaluated before the first iteration, so this is a zero-or-more-times loop, just like the while loop.[*] As with if and unless, you could rewrite any until loop to become a while loop by negating the condition. But generally, you'll find it simple and natural to use until from time to time.

[*] Pascal programmers, take note: in Pascal, the repeat-until always runs at least one iteration, but an until loop in Perl may not run at all if the conditional expression is true before the loop starts.

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