It would be useful to maintain a list of CPAN
modules that have unusual behavior such as Acme::Bleach.
Perhaps MODULATOR could detect these modules and automatically update the list.
If these source-modifying modules all had
antidotes with a common naming convention,
then MODULATOR could check for self
modification and run the antidote if necessary.
I wrote a program to reverse the effects of Bleach.
I called it
If more people give in to the temptation of writing
perl code that has unusual side effects,
validation will grow in importance.
There is potential for harm in many more ways than
modifying source code, as merlyn points out.
A validation program could use checksums, take
advantage of MANIFEST information, etc. It could
also be useful for checking for non-perl applications.
It should work perfectly the first time! - toma
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