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Perl_API get_sv and SvIV_set

by BUU (Prior)
on Apr 16, 2006 at 23:30 UTC ( #543725=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
BUU has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm playing with patching the perl source and am attempting to create a new super global variable for nefarious purposes. I've added the following code to one of the opcodes in pp_ctl.c:
SV* super_i; super_i = get_sv("main::buu_test_i", TRUE); SvIV_set(super_i, 42);
Which *seems* to work properly. Unfortunately once I compile I can't seem to access my new variable from perl code. That is, when I try to print out what I think is the variable I just set I get undef. Do I need some special magic to make it accessible from perl, or do I need a specific perl command to invoke it? (I've tried $buu_test_i, $main::buu_test_i, and so on).

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Re: Perl_API get_sv and SvIV_set
by salva (Abbot) on Apr 16, 2006 at 23:34 UTC
    you also have to tell perl that the integer on the IV slot is good with SvIOK_on():
    SV* super_i; super_i = get_sv("main::buu_test_i", TRUE); SvIV_set(super_i, 42); SvIOK_on(super_i);
      Ah, you are completely correct and it works happily. However I wonder if you could answer another question. I am trying to find an op that gets called at the 'end' of every loop, just before the next iteration begins. Is there any such beast? The B module seems to imply that pp_redo is called, but in my tests it doesn't seem to be. Any ideas?

        It sounds like you are looking for the opcode equivalent of the 'continue' statement. From a casual look at the differences in the output of these two commands:

        perl -MO=Concise -e 'while ($z == 1) { $x=2;} continue {$y=3;}' perl -MO=Concise -e 'while ($z == 1) { $x=2;}'
        I would guess that the opcode is 'pp_next'.

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