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Re^3: This could have DWIM better

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Mar 01, 2006 at 18:22 UTC ( #533721=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: This could have DWIM better
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Quoth perlsub:

Library modules should not in general export built-in names like open or chdir as part of their default @EXPORT list, because these may sneak into someone elseís namespace and change the semantics unexpectedly. Instead, if the module adds that name to @EXPORT_OK, then itís possible for a user to import the name explicitly, but not implicitly. That is, they could say

use Module 'open';

and it would import the open override. But if they said

use Module;

they would get the default imports without overrides.

The foregoing mechanism for overriding built-in is restricted, quite deliberately, to the package that requests the import. There is a second method that is sometimes applicable when you wish to override a built-in everywhere, without regard to namespace boundaries. This is achieved by importing a sub into the special namespace CORE::GLOBAL::.

Emphasis mine.

Makeshifts last the longest.

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Re^4: This could have DWIM better
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Mar 02, 2006 at 09:29 UTC

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. I misremembered this. Am I correct that this doesnt apply to prototypeless routines like print?


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