Carp::Clan

NAME

Carp::Clan − Report errors from perspective of caller of a "clan" of modules

VERSION

version 6.08

SYNOPSIS

carp − warn of errors (from perspective of caller)
cluck − warn of errors with stack backtrace
croak − die of errors (from perspective of caller)
confess − die of errors with stack backtrace
use Carp::Clan qw(^MyClan::);
croak "We're outta here!";
use Carp::Clan;
confess "This is how we got here!";

DESCRIPTION

This module is based on ""Carp.pm"" from Perl 5.005_03. It has been modified to skip all package names matching the pattern given in the "use" statement inside the ""qw()"" term (or argument list).

Suppose you have a family of modules or classes named "Pack::A", "Pack::B" and so on, and each of them uses ""Carp::Clan qw(^Pack::);"" (or at least the one in which the error or warning gets raised).

Thus when for example your script "tool.pl" calls module "Pack::A", and module "Pack::A" calls module "Pack::B", an exception raised in module "Pack::B" will appear to have originated in "tool.pl" where "Pack::A" was called, and not in "Pack::A" where "Pack::B" was called, as the unmodified ""Carp.pm"" would try to make you believe ":−)".

This works similarly if "Pack::B" calls "Pack::C" where the exception is raised, et cetera.

In other words, this blames all errors in the ""Pack::*"" modules on the user of these modules, i.e., on you. ";−)"

The skipping of a clan (or family) of packages according to a pattern describing its members is necessary in cases where these modules are not classes derived from each other (and thus when examining @ISA − as in the original ""Carp.pm"" module − doesn’t help).

The purpose and advantage of this is that a "clan" of modules can work together (and call each other) and throw exceptions at various depths down the calling hierarchy and still appear as a monolithic block (as though they were a single module) from the perspective of the caller.

In case you just want to ward off all error messages from the module in which you ""use Carp::Clan"", i.e., if you want to make all error messages or warnings to appear to originate from where your module was called (this is what you usually used to ""use Carp;"" for ";−)"), instead of in your module itself (which is what you can do with a "die" or "warn" anyway), you do not need to provide a pattern, the module will automatically provide the correct one for you.

I.e., just ""use Carp::Clan;"" without any arguments and call "carp" or "croak" as appropriate, and they will automatically defend your module against all blames!

In other words, a pattern is only necessary if you want to make several modules (more than one) work together and appear as though they were only one.

Forcing a Stack Trace
As a debugging aid, you can force ""Carp::Clan"" to treat a "croak" as a "confess" and a "carp" as a "cluck". In other words, force a detailed stack trace to be given. This can be very helpful when trying to understand why, or from where, a warning or error is being generated.

This feature is enabled either by "importing" the non-existent symbol ’verbose’, or by setting the global variable "$Carp::Clan::Verbose" to a true value.

You would typically enable it by saying

use Carp::Clan qw(verbose);

Note that you can both specify a "family pattern" and the string "verbose" inside the ""qw()"" term (or argument list) of the "use" statement, but consider that a pattern of packages to skip is pointless when "verbose" causes a full stack trace anyway.

BUGS

The ""Carp::Clan"" routines don’t handle exception objects currently. If called with a first argument that is a reference, they simply call ""die()"" or ""warn()"", as appropriate.

Bugs may be submitted through the RT bug tracker <https://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=Carp-Clan> (or bug−Carp−Clan@rt.cpan.org <mailto:bug-Carp-Clan@rt.cpan.org>).

AUTHOR

Steffen Beyer <STBEY@cpan.org>

CONTRIBUTORS

Karen Etheridge <ether@cpan.org>

Joshua ben Jore <jjore@cpan.org>

Kent Fredric <kentnl@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This software is copyright (c) 2001 by Steffen Beyer, Joshua ben Jore.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.