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END blocks in perl

by clueless newbie (Chaplain)
on Oct 16, 2007 at 14:05 UTC ( #645178=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
clueless newbie has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

The issue has come up as to the reliability of perl's END block. Excluding hardware failure, what will prevent the END block from executing?

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Re: END blocks in perl
by Sidhekin (Priest) on Oct 16, 2007 at 14:32 UTC

    what will prevent the END block from executing?

    exec, for starters:

    perl -le 'END { print "Can you hear me?" } exec $^X, -le => exit => 0'

    Also, internal errors (segfaults, core dumps, whatever):

    perl -le 'END { print "Can you hear me?" } dump'

    So don't rely on it too much.

    print "Just another Perl ${\(trickster and hacker)},"
    The Sidhekin proves Sidhe did it!

Re: END blocks in perl
by toolic (Bishop) on Oct 16, 2007 at 14:48 UTC
      Can this be used to catch the seg faults and some of the whatevers that Sid has mentioned?
        You don't want a program that segfaults to continue. It tries to mess up the memory of your computer, and you should be glad it is not allowed to do so. A program which crosses its borders in that way should be examined and debugged immediately; it's not that kind of errors you can lightly sweep under the rug.


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Re: END blocks in perl
by adrianh (Chancellor) on Oct 18, 2007 at 12:59 UTC

    In addition to those methods already mentioned, POSIX::_exit() will not run END blocks.

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