After a few off list hints and hours of searching and reading I have solved
the issue. Here is the link to the page I found helpful. Very belated
thanks (almost 6 years) goes to Stas Bekman. Mike

http://www.gossamer-threads.com/list...arch_string=so
rt%20subroutine;#35645


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike OK"
To:
Sent: August 13, 2006 11:32 AM
Subject: Sort issue


> Hi
>
> I would like to do some custom sorting with some hash data that I

have
> stored. It will be used in a mod_perl application so I would like to

ensure
> that the variables are safe and local. My worry is that I plan to call a
> subroutine with sort but I have no idea how to pass the variables or if I
> even have to. Here is what I am planning. Any advice or links would

help.
> Thanks a lot. Mike
>
> @sortedkeys = sort by_field keys(%names);
>
> sub by_fields {
> my ($first_compare,$first_extra) = $names{$a};
> my ($second_compare,$second_extra) = $names{$b};
> ### I am spliting the value to sort on a secondary field other than the
> key
> ($first_compare <=> $second_compare || $first_extra <=> $second_extra);
> }
>
>
>
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