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autodie::exception(3perl)

perl v5.28.1
2019-03-31

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NAME

autodie::exception - Exceptions from autodying functions.

SYNOPSIS

    eval {
        use autodie;

        open(my $fh, <, some_file.txt);

        ...
    };

    if (my $E = $@) {
        say "Ooops!  ",$E->caller," had problems: $@";
    }

DESCRIPTION

When an autodie enabled function fails, it generates an autodie::exception object. This can be interrogated to determine further information about the error that occurred.
This document is broken into two sections; those methods that are most useful to the end-developer, and those methods for anyone wishing to subclass or get very familiar with autodie::exception.

Common Methods

These methods are intended to be used in the everyday dealing of exceptions.
The following assume that the error has been copied into a separate scalar:
    if ($E = $@) {
        ...
    }

This is not required, but is recommended in case any code is called which may reset or alter $@.
args
    my $array_ref = $E->args;

Provides a reference to the arguments passed to the subroutine that died.
function
    my $sub = $E->function;

The subroutine (including package) that threw the exception.
file
    my $file = $E->file;

The file in which the error occurred (eg, myscript.pl or MyTest.pm).
package
    my $package = $E->package;

The package from which the exceptional subroutine was called.
caller
    my $caller = $E->caller;

The subroutine that called the exceptional code.
line
    my $line = $E->line;

The line in $E->file where the exceptional code was called.
context
    my $context = $E->context;

The context in which the subroutine was called by autodie; usually the same as the context in which you called the autodying subroutine. This can be ’list’, ’scalar’, or undefined (unknown). It will never be ’void’, as autodie always captures the return value in one way or another.
For some core functions that always return a scalar value regardless of their context (eg, chown), this may be ’scalar’, even if you used a list context.
return
    my $return_value = $E->return;

The value(s) returned by the failed subroutine. When the subroutine was called in a list context, this will always be a reference to an array containing the results. When the subroutine was called in a scalar context, this will be the actual scalar returned.
errno
    my $errno = $E->errno;

The value of $! at the time when the exception occurred.
NOTE: This method will leave the main autodie::exception class and become part of a role in the future. You should only call errno for exceptions where $! would reasonably have been set on failure.
eval_error
    my $old_eval_error = $E->eval_error;

The contents of $@ immediately after autodie triggered an exception. This may be useful when dealing with modules such as Text::Balanced that set (but do not throw) $@ on error.
matches
    if ( $e->matches(open) ) { ... }

    if ( open ~~ $e ) { ... }

matches is used to determine whether a given exception matches a particular role.
An exception is considered to match a string if:
o For a string not starting with a colon, the string exactly matches the package and subroutine that threw the exception. For example, MyModule::log. If the string does not contain a package name, CORE:: is assumed.
o For a string that does start with a colon, if the subroutine throwing the exception does that behaviour. For example, the CORE::open subroutine does :file, :io and :all.
See CATEGORIES in autodie for further information.
On Perl 5.10 and above, using smart-match (~~) with an autodie::exception object will use matches underneath. This module used to recommend using smart-match with the exception object on the left hand side, but in future Perls that is likely to stop working. The smart-match facility of this class should only be used with the exception object on the right hand side. Having the exception object on the right is both future-proof and portable to older Perls, back to 5.10. Beware that this facility can only be relied upon when it is certain that the exception object actually is an autodie::exception object; it is no more capable than an explicit call to the matches method.

Advanced methods

The following methods, while usable from anywhere, are primarily intended for developers wishing to subclass autodie::exception, write code that registers custom error messages, or otherwise work closely with the autodie::exception model.
register
    autodie::exception->register( CORE::open => \&mysub );

The register method allows for the registration of a message handler for a given subroutine. The full subroutine name including the package should be used.
Registered message handlers will receive the autodie::exception object as the first parameter.
add_file_and_line
    say "Problem occurred",$@->add_file_and_line;

Returns the string at %s line %d, where %s is replaced with the filename, and %d is replaced with the line number.
Primarily intended for use by format handlers.
stringify
    say "The error was: ",$@->stringify;

Formats the error as a human readable string. Usually there’s no reason to call this directly, as it is used automatically if an autodie::exception object is ever used as a string.
Child classes can override this method to change how they’re stringified.
format_default
    my $error_string = $E->format_default;

This produces the default error string for the given exception, without using any registered message handlers. It is primarily intended to be called from a message handler when they have been passed an exception they don’t want to format.
Child classes can override this method to change how default messages are formatted.
new
    my $error = autodie::exception->new(
        args => \@_,
        function => "CORE::open",
        errno => $!,
        context => scalar,
        return => undef,
    );

Creates a new autodie::exception object. Normally called directly from an autodying function. The function argument is required, its the function we were trying to call that generated the exception. The args parameter is optional.
The errno value is optional. In versions of autodie::exception 1.99 and earlier the code would try to automatically use the current value of $!, but this was unreliable and is no longer supported.
Atrributes such as package, file, and caller are determined automatically, and cannot be specified.

SEE ALSO

autodie, autodie::exception::system

LICENSE

Copyright (C)2008 Paul Fenwick
This is free software. You may modify and/or redistribute this code under the same terms as Perl 5.10 itself, or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5.

AUTHOR

Paul Fenwick <>
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