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Re: !Overriding Builtin print

by diotalevi (Canon)
on Oct 20, 2003 at 05:31 UTC ( #300477=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to !Overriding Builtin print

Update: Please see Initial Devel::UncheckedOps, a macro for perl for notes on how print() can be overridden.

Its a function of toke.c's Perl_keywords() function. The keywords with positive values aren't overridable (so says pp.c's pp_prototype function). I get the impression from S_scan_inputsymbol that glob() and readline()'s overrideability is more a function of explicit support than something handled by the prototype. It also got the impression it might have something to do with print's status as an indirect object method expecting a list. Some guesses anyway.

Maybe this generalizes to: all functions overridable by CORE::GLOBAL:: have must prototypes or be explicitly supported by the perl parser (and the only known exceptions are glob() and readline()).

Added: For those that care, I pulled the list of keywords from toke.c:Perl_keywords() that are marked as not being overridable. You'll notice glob() and readmore() are in this list - again, it works only because of explicit support.

__DATA__ __END__ AUTOLOAD BEGIN CHECK DESTROY do delete defined END else eval elsif exists for format foreach grep goto glob INIT if last local m my map next no our pos print printf package prototype q qr qq qw qx redo return require s scalar sort split study sub tr tie tied use undef until untie unless while y

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