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This code is an infinite loop. fetchrow_hashref() returns a hashref. However, 
the code is taking the return value as an array. Because the
assignment incorrectly uses an array, the while() statement will
always be true.

# wrong, bad, infinite loop
    while((my $hr) = $sth->fetchrow_hashref())
	push(@da_list, $hr);

# Correct, performs as expected. The while() turns false when
# fetchrow_hashref() doesn't return a value;
    while(my $hr = $sth->fetchrow_hashref())
	push(@da_list, $hr);

Certain simple syntax errors will really mess up Perl
compilation. Large numbers of errors will be reported for lines that don't have errors.
In some cases the true error is near the end of the list of errors. In some
cases, the true error won't be reported. Here are a few examples.

# Missing "sub" on a subroutine.

	# code here

# Space after a variable, or accidently in the middle of a variable name.

$var _flag = 1;

Missing ;

Missing )

# No syntax error for misplaced ()
if (length($var < 0))