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Endless recursion would occur, if constant() is not being found - for whatever reason... Normally, the routine is provided by the XS code, but in case the wrong shared library is being loaded, or the symbol isn't exported properly, or something like that, the call to constant() would be routed to AUTOLOAD itself, leading to the next level of recursion...

Quick proof of concept code:

#!/usr/bin/perl package Image::Magick; sub AUTOLOAD { # This AUTOLOAD is used to 'autoload' constants from the constant( +) # XS function. If a constant is not found then control is passed # to the AUTOLOAD in AutoLoader. my $constname; ($constname = $AUTOLOAD) =~ s/.*:://; print STDERR "$constname "; # DEBUG my $val = constant($constname, @_ ? $_[0] : 0); # the following code from the original sub is irrelevant (never re +ached) #if ($! != 0) { # if ($! =~ /Invalid/) { # $AutoLoader::AUTOLOAD = $AUTOLOAD; # goto &AutoLoader::AUTOLOAD; # } # else { # my($pack,$file,$line) = caller; # die "Your vendor has not defined PerlMagick macro $pack\: +\:$constname, used at $file line $line.\n"; # } #} #eval "sub $AUTOLOAD { $val }"; #goto &$AUTOLOAD; } package main; Image::Magick::not_there(); # starts endless recursion

I'm not sure why lepetitalbert's respective print statement doesn't print anything, but maybe it's just that STDOUT isn't connected to the terminal here, or some such...

In reply to Re^8: disable functions if module not installed by almut
in thread disable functions if module not installed by lepetitalbert

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