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If you want to create a subroutine that only the Foo package can access, lexically scoped coderefs are the way to go. However, I can only think of a few situations where you really need to be that secretive.

I find that most of the time all I need is to prevent a subclass overriding the subroutine, in which case I would either calling it as a subroutine rather than a method, or specify the package of the method directly. For example:

package Foo; sub _init { shift->{foo} = 1 } sub new { my $class = shift; my $self = bless {}, $class; _init($self); $self; } package Bar; use base qw(Foo); sub _init { shift->{bar} = 2 } sub new { my $class = shift; my $self = $class->SUPER::new; _init($self); $self; }

or

package Foo; sub _init { shift->{foo} = 1 } sub new { my $class = shift; my $self = bless {}, $class; $self->Foo::_init; $self; } package Bar; use base qw(Foo); sub _init { shift->{bar} = 2 } sub new { my $class = shift; my $self = $class->SUPER::new; $self->Bar::_init; $self; }

gives us

package main; use Data::Dumper; print Dumper(Bar->new); __END__ $VAR1 = bless( { 'bar' => 2, 'foo' => 1 }, 'Bar' );

In reply to Re: Private methods by adrianh
in thread Private methods by crouchingpenguin

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