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Re^3: Know a perl's -I flag from perl?

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 16, 2012 at 00:21 UTC ( #1009024=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Know a perl's -I flag from perl?
in thread Read a perl's -I flag from perl?

The purpose of -I is to populate @INC

You don't need the original -I flags, you have @INC

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Re^4: Know a perl's -I flag from perl?
by tobyink (Abbot) on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:58 UTC

    But @INC can be altered at run time. Consider that your default @INC is just:


    You run perl -I/eg/custom

    Now @INC is:</c>

    /eg/custom /eg/lib

    Imagine that contains use mylibs which loads /eg/custom/ This module itself tinkers with @INC at run-time, adding another path at the front.

    /corporate/lib /eg/custom /eg/lib

    Now you want to launch another Perl process via system(), so what do you do? Something like:

    my @incs = map { "-I$_" } @INC; system($^X, @incs, '');

    So when the other script starts, it will start with this in @INC:

    /corporate/lib /eg/custom /eg/lib

    Now let's imagine that also does use mylibs. Rather than that loading /eg/custom/, it might now load /corporate/lib/, which is perhaps an older version of the mylibs package which behaves differently to how we wanted.

    Granted this is a rare situation, but there do exist packages along these lines; packages that exist entirely to manipulate @INC, such as local::lib. Combining these libraries with system($^X) can get you into a merry little pickle.

    perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'


      So before your script diddles @INC, preserve it?

      use constant FINC => [ @INC ]; use lib ...;

      And if you're worried about that, then worry about PERLLIB/PERL5LIB/PERL5OPTS...

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