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dump a perl data structure in a compact, human readable format

I wrote the following pair of functions for debugging Regexp::Assemble. It only deals with hashes, arrays and undef, but it sounds like that that's all you need.

The display is about as minimal and compact as I can get it.

sub _dump { my $path = shift; return _dump_node( $path ) if ref($path) eq 'HASH'; my $dump = '['; my $d; my $nr = 0; for $d( @$path ) { $dump .= ' ' if $nr++; if( ref($d) eq 'HASH' ) { $dump .= _dump_node($d); } elsif( ref($d) eq 'ARRAY' ) { $dump .= _dump($d); } elsif( defined $d ) { $dump .= ( ($d =~ /\s/ or not length $d) ? qq{'$d'} : $d ); } else { $dump .= '*'; } } $dump . ']'; } sub _dump_node { my $node = shift; my $dump = '{'; my $nr = 0; my $n; for $n (sort keys %$node) { $dump .= ' ' if $nr++; if( $n eq '' and not defined $node->{$n} ) { $dump .= '*'; } else { $dump .= "$n=>" . ( ref($node->{$n}) eq 'ARRAY' ? _dump($node->{$n}) : $node->{$n} ); } } $dump . '}'; }

I wasn't able to make complete sense of your data structure; I suspect you just invented it off the top of your head. Nevertheless:

my $ref = { a => [ 1, 2, 3 ], b => [ { X => 1, Y=> 2 }, { X => [ 1, 2, 3 ], Y => [ 4, 5, 6 ], Z => [ 7, 8, 9 ] }, ], }; print _dump($ref);

produces

{a=>[1 2 3] b=>[{X=>1 Y=>2} {X=>[1 2 3] Y=>[4 5 6] Z=>[7 8 9]}]}

- another intruder with the mooring in the heart of the Perl


In reply to Re: In need of a Dumper that has no pretentions to being anything else. by grinder
in thread In need of a Dumper that has no pretentions to being anything else. by BrowserUk

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