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@INC problem with SOAP::Lite

by john_oshea (Priest)
on Jan 09, 2007 at 19:16 UTC ( #593770=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
john_oshea has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi all,

I'm hoping one of you kind souls can point out where, exactly, I'm being a bit dim, as the problem I have, well it just has to be something really simple, but I just can't see it...

I have a SOAP server:

#!/usr/local/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use SOAP::Transport::HTTP; $|++; my $daemon = SOAP::Transport::HTTP::Daemon -> new( LocalAddr => 'localhost', LocalPort => 8080, R +euse => 1 ) -> dispatch_to('/Users/johno/Code/DCI/Wordbank-DCI-Ser +ver/lib'); print STDERR "SOAP server startup at ", $daemon->url, "\nServer INC:", + join(' ', @INC), "\n"; $daemon->handle;

...which is called from the following client:

#!/usr/local/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; #use SOAP::Lite +trace => ['all', '-transport']; use SOAP::Lite; my $soap = SOAP::Lite->new( uri => 'http://DCI/Wordbank::DCI::Server', proxy => '', on_fault => sub { my($soap, $res) = @_; die ref $res ? $res->faultdetail : $soap->tran +sport->status, "\n"; }); print $soap->hello()->result, "\n";

...and the server calls the following module:

package Wordbank::DCI::Server; use vars qw(@ISA); @ISA = qw(SOAP::Server::Parameters); use strict; use warnings; use Carp; sub hello { my $self = shift; print STDERR 'Module INC: ', join(' ', @INC), "\n"; return "Hello, world\n"; } 1;

All of which works perfectly, calls the hello method, and prints out quite a reasonable @INC value. Until I add in use Data::Dumper immediately after the use Carp line in the module, at which point I get the following (excerpted) error when I turn tracing on:

<soap:Fault><faultcode>soap:Client</faultcode><faultstring>Failed to a +ccess class (Wordbank::DCI::Server): Can't locate Data/ in @ +INC (@INC contains: /Users/johno/Code/DCI/Wordbank-DCI-Server/lib) at + /Users/johno/Code/DCI/Wordbank-DCI-Server/lib/Wordbank/DCI/ + line 9. BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /Users/johno/Code/DCI/Wordbank-DC +I-Server/lib/Wordbank/DCI/ line 9. Compilation failed in require at (eval 98) line 3. </faultstring><faultactor>http://localhost:8080/</faultactor></soap:Fa +ult>

...i.e. it appears that @INC is getting zapped to only contain the current module's directory. I can't even use lib... something to get around it as it can't use 'lib'.

Can anyone reproduce this? Am I being a complete klutz? Hay-ulp...

(OSX 10.4.8, Perl 5.8.8, SOAP::Lite 0.69)


Thanks to both almut and Ultra for both speedy and accurate replies.

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Re: @INC problem with SOAP::Lite
by almut (Canon) on Jan 09, 2007 at 22:28 UTC

    Not really sure, but my guess would be that it has to do with the following piece of code (SOAP/, line 2500):

    unless (defined(%{"${class}::"}) || exists($INC{join '/', split /::/ +, $class.'.pm'})) { # allow all for static and only specified path for dynamic binding +s local @INC = (($static ? @INC : ()), grep {!ref && m![/\\.]!} $sel +f->dispatch_to); eval 'local $^W; ' . "require $class"; die "Failed to access class ($class): $@" if $@; $self->dispatched($class) unless $static; }

    in particular the local @INC = ...

    A cursory glance at the surrounding lines makes me wonder what would happen if you "preload" Data::Dumper in the server (the idea being that it then already is loaded when the require is executed with the restricted @INC...).   Just an idea - could be entirely wrong, though.

Re: @INC problem with SOAP::Lite
by Ultra (Hermit) on Jan 09, 2007 at 22:37 UTC

    I'm getting the same with SOAP::Lite 0.69 on SuSE 10.1, and not just with Data::Dumper but with Anything::

    maybe it's a bug, and you should report it :)

    as a workaround (ugly one) that works for me, you can move Wordbank directory from lib/ to the daemon root, and replace

    -> dispatch_to('/Users/johno/Code/DCI/Wordbank-DCI-Server/lib');
    from the daemon code with:
    -> dispatch_to("Wordbank::DCI::Server");

    Dodge This!
Re: @INC problem with SOAP::Lite
by john_oshea (Priest) on Jan 10, 2007 at 10:28 UTC

    Update 2

    It appears that changing the dispatch_to parameters to the following allows for Data::Dumper use:

    -> dispatch_to('/Users/johno/Code/DCI/Wordbank-DCI-Server/lib', '/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.8/darwin-2level/');

    This makes me feel somewhat happier than hacking at the SOAP::Lite code, which, quite frankly, I don't understand. This seems not to introduce any gaping security holes(*), but I'd appreciate it if anyone who feels faint / nauseous at this would let me know what I'm letting myself in for ;-)

    (*) I can't, for instance, call getcwd from, which lives in the second path parameter.

      This makes me feel queasy. I think the problem results from SOAP::Lite lazy-loading your module after it has modified @INC:

      unless (defined(%{"${class}::"}) || exists($INC{join '/', split /::/ +, $class.'.pm'})) { # allow all for static and only specified path for dynamic binding +s local @INC = (($static ? @INC : ()), grep {!ref && m![/\\.]!} $sel +f->dispatch_to); eval 'local $^W; ' . "require $class"; die "Failed to access class ($class): $@" if $@; $self->dispatched($class) unless $static; }
      I think you should be able to fix the problem by force-loading your class(es) instead of waiting until SOAP::Lite decides to load them:

      use Wordbank::DCI::Server; use Wordbank::DCI::Another::Package; # and so on

        Hmmm. Yes. Now that I've done some more reading in the meantime, I get it. I think.. ;-)

        For anyone else who may get stuck on this, Corion's suggestion is the 'static linking' option mentioned in the security section of the SOAP::Lite documentation.

        Thanks for the help - much appreciated.

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