Just use exceptions instead. Nothing wrong with wrapping a series of these things in an eval block to catch the exception.
I prefer exceptions when an action will likely work 95% of the time or more. That way, the testing doesn't interfere with my examination of the control flow, and you get to do nice tricks like a "return $self" chain.
-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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