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by MurciaNew (Novice)
on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:55 UTC ( #1209108=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
MurciaNew has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello Monks, I am trying to learn more nice perl hacks, so I looked to modules in my perl lib (here File::Find). I found some constructs that I never saw before. Maybe someone can explain me these constructs or code snippets or the idea behind:

1) eval { eval "# $nada" }; # eval eval? evil!? ;-) 2) (-d _) # the underline? 3) 1 while $abs_name =~ s!/<regexp>/!; 4) local *_ = \my $a; 5) $SLnkSeen{$DEV, $INO}++; # %SLnkSeen 6) *name # for what the star? uses?


Greetings && ohm Guido

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Re: unknown code
by ikegami (Pope) on Feb 14, 2018 at 08:16 UTC

    1. Looks safe because it looks like a comment is being evaluated, but what if $nada contained a newline? If text is being inserted in to code without first being converted into code, you have a code injection bug.

    2. [See (6) first] _ refers to *_, the glob (symbol table entry) that contains $_, @_, etc. Here, it's used as a file handle, presumably populated by an earlier stat or -X operator.

    3. s/// returns true if it matched, so this code repeatedly performs the substitution until it doesn't match. This pattern is usually buggy. Replacing the whole with a single s///eg will solve these bugs.

    4. [See (6) first] Creates a lexical variable named $a and aliases $_ to it until the end of the current lexical scope. Note that creating a lexical named $a will cause problems for sort and similar functions.

    5. $h{$i, $j, ...} is equivalent to $h{join($;, $i, $j, ...)}.

    6. *name is a typeglob, or just glob for short. Globs are used as the entries of the symbol table, so a glob is a struct with a slot for each type of variable (scalar, array, hash, glob, code) and few others (file handle, directory handle, format). I could be missing some. One might say it's a bunch of variables of different types, perhaps even a glob of types... Globs are weird because they are both a type of variable (e.g. *foo) and a type of scalar (e.g. $foo = *foo;).

    Update: Added missing answer for (6).

Re: unknown code
by karlgoethebier (Monsignor) on Feb 14, 2018 at 10:22 UTC

    1): Aha - it's a fallback. Full code from File::Find:

    # check whether or not a scalar variable is tainted # (code straight from the Camel, 3rd ed., page 561) sub is_tainted_pp { my $arg = shift; my $nada = substr( $arg, 0, 0 ); # zero-length local $@; eval { eval "# $nada" }; return length($@) != 0; } # We need a function that checks if a scalar is tainted. # Either use the # Scalar::Util module's tainted() function # or our (slower) pure Perl # fallback is_tainted_pp() { local $@; eval { require Scalar::Util }; *is_tainted = $@ ? \&is_tainted_pp : \&Scalar::Util::tainted; }

    And i'm banging my head against a wall to understand it. This code mucked my day ;-)

    Best regards, Karl

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Re: unknown code -- typeglob
by Discipulus (Monsignor) on Feb 14, 2018 at 09:22 UTC
    6) *name ...

    This is a Perl typeglob: see Typeglobs on perldata

    Typeglobs are the internal data of which the symbol table is filled. Hic sunt leones .. here black magic begins..

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Re: unknown code
by rizzo (Scribe) on Feb 14, 2018 at 09:21 UTC

    6.) Typeglob

Re: unknown code (ppi_dumper knows everything)
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:33 UTC

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