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CORE::caller is always the built in caller function and can't be changed. CORE::GLOBAL::caller can be changed, and if it exists will be used by a caller() call instead of CORE::caller. Note that the function to use is chosen at compile time.

This is why the BEGIN block is needed in other cases of overriding caller. Perl picks which of the functions to use for a given caller() call when compiling the code. Once it has chosen to use CORE::GLOBAL::caller, the implementation for that function can be switched out and it will use whatever is currently stored in it. In your case, caller() calls directly in evaled code will always be compiled after you set up your override. Anyone using caller indirectly, such as through Carp, would be dealing with already compiled code and it would ignore your override.

Another potential issue is that CORE::caller() has special cased behavior for when called from the DB package. Your code will cause all caller calls to be from the DB package, which means @DB::args will always be populated even when that wasn't the intent. While that doesn't break any obvious things, it is a change in semantics. The effect of this is also currently limited by the previously mentioned compilation issue.

Properly maintaining the semantics of the original function takes extra care. I would recommend looking at Sub::Uplevel. You can likely use it directly to do the frame skipping, fixing both of the above issues. If not, its code can provide guidance on what you need to do.

In reply to Re^6: How/can one to save/restore CORE::caller inside an eval? by Haarg
in thread How/can one do save/restore CORE::caller inside an eval? by rockyb

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