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Perl::Critic::Policy::Variables::RequireLexicalLoopIterators - Write for my $element (@list) {...} instead of for $element (@list) {...}.


This Policy is part of the core Perl::Critic distribution.


This policy asks you to use my-style lexical loop iterator variables:

    foreach my $zed (...) {

Unless you use my, for/foreach loops use a global variable with its value local to the block. In other words,

    foreach $zed (...) {

is more-or-less equivalent to

        local $zed
        foreach $zed (...) {

This may not seem like a big deal until you see code like

    my $bicycle;
    for $bicycle (@things_attached_to_the_bike_rack) {
        if (
            and $bicycle->has_baseball_card_in_spokes()
            and $bicycle->has_bent_kickstand()
        ) {


    if ( $bicycle and $bicycle->is_unlocked() ) {

which is not going to allow you to arrive in time for dinner with your family because the $bicycle outside the loop is not changed by the loop. You may have unlocked your bicycle, but you can't remember which one it was.

Lexical loop variables were introduced in Perl 5.004. This policy does not report violations on code which explicitly specifies an earlier version of Perl (e.g. require 5.002;).


This Policy is not configurable except for the standard options.


"Foreach Loops" in perlsyn

"my() in Control Structures" in perl5004delta


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <>


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