MirBSD manpage: AutoSplit(3p)

AutoSplit(3p)   Perl Programmers Reference Guide    AutoSplit(3p)


     AutoSplit - split a package for autoloading


      autosplit($file, $dir, $keep, $check, $modtime);



     This function will split up your program into files that the
     AutoLoader module can handle. It is used by both the stan-
     dard perl libraries and by the MakeMaker utility, to
     automatically configure libraries for autoloading.

     The "autosplit" interface splits the specified file into a
     hierarchy rooted at the directory $dir. It creates direc-
     tories as needed to reflect class hierarchy, and creates the
     file autosplit.ix. This file acts as both forward declara-
     tion of all package routines, and as timestamp for the last
     update of the hierarchy.

     The remaining three arguments to "autosplit" govern other
     options to the autosplitter.

       If the third argument, $keep, is false, then any pre-
       existing "*.al" files in the autoload directory are
       removed if they are no longer part of the module
       (obsoleted functions). $keep defaults to 0.

       The fourth argument, $check, instructs "autosplit" to
       check the module currently being split to ensure that it
       includes a "use" specification for the AutoLoader module,
       and skips the module if AutoLoader is not detected. $check
       defaults to 1.

       Lastly, the $modtime argument specifies that "autosplit"
       is to check the modification time of the module against
       that of the "autosplit.ix" file, and only split the module
       if it is newer. $modtime defaults to 1.

     Typical use of AutoSplit in the perl MakeMaker utility is
     via the command-line with:

      perl -e 'use AutoSplit; autosplit($ARGV[0], $ARGV[1], 0, 1, 1)'

     Defined as a Make macro, it is invoked with file and direc-
     tory arguments; "autosplit" will split the specified file
     into the specified directory and delete obsolete ".al"
     files, after checking first that the module does use the

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     AutoLoader, and ensuring that the module is not already
     currently split in its current form (the modtime test).

     The "autosplit_lib_modules" form is used in the building of
     perl. It takes as input a list of files (modules) that are
     assumed to reside in a directory lib relative to the current
     directory. Each file is sent to the autosplitter one at a
     time, to be split into the directory lib/auto.

     In both usages of the autosplitter, only subroutines defined
     following the perl __END__ token are split out into separate
     files. Some routines may be placed prior to this marker to
     force their immediate loading and parsing.

     Multiple packages

     As of version 1.01 of the AutoSplit module it is possible to
     have multiple packages within a single file. Both of the
     following cases are supported:

        package NAME;
        sub AAA { ... }
        package NAME::option1;
        sub BBB { ... }
        package NAME::option2;
        sub BBB { ... }

        package NAME;
        sub AAA { ... }
        sub NAME::option1::BBB { ... }
        sub NAME::option2::BBB { ... }


     "AutoSplit" will inform the user if it is necessary to
     create the top-level directory specified in the invocation.
     It is preferred that the script or installation process that
     invokes "AutoSplit" have created the full directory path
     ahead of time. This warning may indicate that the module is
     being split into an incorrect path.

     "AutoSplit" will warn the user of all subroutines whose name
     causes potential file naming conflicts on machines with
     drastically limited (8 characters or less) file name length.
     Since the subroutine name is used as the file name, these
     warnings can aid in portability to such systems.

     Warnings are issued and the file skipped if "AutoSplit" can-
     not locate either the __END__ marker or a "package
     Name;"-style specification.

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     "AutoSplit" will also emit general diagnostics for inability
     to create directories or files.

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