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Thanks, all, for the help. I've gone down the command line switch route and have got my code working. But the code has two areas that smell to me, so I come again pleading for help. :-)
I have tests in three files that are called from a fourth, which is as follows:
This works fine, but I don't like the business of having to run the .bat file. However, I can't find any way of putting a command such as excelpod.pl -t with command line parameters into the list of test files to be run without getting an error. The second smell is in excelpod.pl, some of which is:
If I write this without all the conditionals, everything works, but running in "live mode" (as opposed to test mode) I get a message saying that no test were run. This might be mistaken for an error message and cause confusion, so I want to suppress it. But writing the "use if" line means that running in live mode generates a compile time error when I give the test plan (and I can find no way of providing that in the "use if" command). Wrapping it in an "eval" command results in a warning of a useless use of a constant in void context, and the only way I can find to avoid that is to suppress warnings.
As I say, the code is working and the tests are running, but I'd be a happier bunny either if I knew how to avoid the kludges or if I knew that they were unavoidable.