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Re: File Backup Utility

by toolic (Bishop)
on Jul 26, 2009 at 03:18 UTC ( #783259=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to File Backup Utility

Rather than rolling your own usage handling, consider the core module Pod::Usage. Format that really long help documentation print line as POD, and you're ready to go. POD turns your useful header comments into a manpage using perldoc.

Another alternative is to use a "here-document" (see perlop).

Add use warnings;.

You could check the return status of getopts and die if you do not want the user to pass bogus options.


scalar @ARGV < 0
I do not think this will ever evaluate to 'true' because I'm not sure if it is possible for an array to have a negative number of elements. Maybe scalar @ARGV == 0?

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Re^2: File Backup Utility
by misterMatt (Novice) on Jul 26, 2009 at 03:46 UTC
    Ahh yes, that should definitely be ==!
      and thank you very much for linking that stuff related to usage handling - I had no idea that even existed.
        neither did I before I started hanging out on PerlMonks.

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