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Given a list of scalars or reference variables, writes out their contents in
perl syntax. The references can also be objects.  The content of each
variable is output in a single Perl statement.  Handles self-referential
structures correctly.

The return value can be "eval"ed to get back an identical copy of the
original reference structure.

Any references that are the same as one of those passed in will be named
$VAR*n* (where *n* is a numeric suffix), and other duplicate references
to substructures within $VAR*n* will be appropriately labeled using arrow
notation.  You can specify names for individual values to be dumped if you
use the "Dump()" method, or you can change the default $VAR prefix to
something else.  See $Data::Dumper::Varname and $Data::Dumper::Terse

The default output of self-referential structures can be "eval"ed, but the
nested references to $VAR*n* will be undefined, since a recursive
structure cannot be constructed using one Perl statement.  You should set the
"Purity" flag to 1 to get additional statements that will correctly fill in
these references.  Moreover, if "eval"ed when strictures are in effect,
you need to ensure that any variables it accesses are previously declared.

In the extended usage form, the references to be dumped can be given
user-specified names.  If a name begins with a "*", the output will
describe the dereferenced type of the supplied reference for hashes and
arrays, and coderefs.  Output of names will be avoided where possible if
the "Terse" flag is set.

In many cases, methods that are used to set the internal state of the
object will return the object itself, so method calls can be conveniently
chained together.

Several styles of output are possible, all controlled by setting
the "Indent" flag.  See "Configuration Variables or Methods" below
for details.

Source Files

Filename Size Changed Actions
Data-Dumper-2.125.tar.gz 77 KB about 8 years ago Download File
perl-Data-Dumper.spec 3.43 KB about 8 years ago Download File

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