|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Wrong + Right = Even Worseby choroba (Chancellor)
|on Apr 03, 2014 at 13:39 UTC||Need Help??|
In a legacy project at work, we have lots of scripts that should in fact be modules. But they declare no package, use the .pl extension and call each other via require. Originally, the full paths were used in require, which constituted one of the obstacles to run the project locally. I replaced all the occurrences of
and I was able to run some of the scripts locally (I had to add some paths to @INC).
After several days, we noticed some of the scripts failed. I inspected the code and discovered that there was one newer OO module that was written "correctly": it lived in a .pm file and declared a package. It used lib and only required the script names.
Combining "right" and "wrong" led to "even worse": The OO module required several .pl files. All the subroutines they declared were therefore created in the namespace of the module. Later, when a calling script required the same .pl file, it already existed in %INC, so it was not read again. No import was called anywhere, so the subroutines did not appear in the main:: package.
Here are sample files so you can try it yourself:
We now have 2 options:
I just had an idea: there is a third option. In the OO module, store %INC at the beginning, do all you need, then set %INC back to what it was.
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