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Kwalitee and the prompt() method

by pokki (Monk)
on Jan 01, 2011 at 14:03 UTC ( #879996=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
pokki has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello monks,

This page on Kwalitee mentions the optional indicator "no_stdin_for_prompting":

no_stdin_for_prompting
Shortcoming: This distribution is using direct call from STDIN instead of prompt())
Remedy: Use the prompt() method

This seems to suggest that there is One True prompt method to be used. Poking around on CPAN gives me IO::Prompt and Term::Prompt, both of which define a prompt(). Should I use one of these? Which is recommended? Can I implement my own prompt()? (Probably shouldn't.) If it's called something else, will kwalitee tests nag me for using <STDIN> in that method?

Am I just nitpicking? A huge majority of distributions are complying to this, according to CPANTS -- maybe because most don't use STDIN anyway, directly or indirectly?

(I have no actual use case to present. This is just me being curious.)

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Re: Kwalitee and the prompt() method
by moritz (Cardinal) on Jan 01, 2011 at 14:45 UTC

      Ohhh.

      Yeah, I was definitely looking in the wrong direction for this. Thanks for the clarification!

Re: Kwalitee and the prompt() method
by tinita (Parson) on Jan 01, 2011 at 14:51 UTC
    There is a prompt() method/function in ExtUtils::MakeMaker as well as in Module::Build and Module::Install (moritz explained what it is good for), so that the recommendation will work for whatever you use as an installer.

      Thanks as well!

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