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CORE

Section: Perl Programmers Reference Guide (3perl)
Updated: 2007-12-18
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NAME

CORE - Pseudo-namespace for Perl's core routines  

SYNOPSIS

    BEGIN {
        *CORE::GLOBAL::hex = sub { 1; };
    }

    print hex("0x50"),"\n";                     # prints 1
    print CORE::hex("0x50"),"\n";               # prints 80

 

DESCRIPTION

The "CORE" namespace gives access to the original built-in functions of Perl. There is no "CORE" package, and therefore you do not need to use or require an hypothetical ``CORE'' module prior to accessing routines in this namespace.

A list of the built-in functions in Perl can be found in perlfunc.  

OVERRIDING CORE FUNCTIONS

To override a Perl built-in routine with your own version, you need to import it at compile-time. This can be conveniently achieved with the "subs" pragma. This will affect only the package in which you've imported the said subroutine:

    use subs 'chdir';
    sub chdir { ... }
    chdir $somewhere;

To override a built-in globally (that is, in all namespaces), you need to import your function into the "CORE::GLOBAL" pseudo-namespace at compile time:

    BEGIN {
        *CORE::GLOBAL::hex = sub {
            # ... your code here
        };
    }

The new routine will be called whenever a built-in function is called without a qualifying package:

    print hex("0x50"),"\n";                     # prints 1

In both cases, if you want access to the original, unaltered routine, use the "CORE::" prefix:

    print CORE::hex("0x50"),"\n";               # prints 80

 

AUTHOR

This documentation provided by Tels <[email protected]> 2007.  

SEE ALSO

perlsub, perlfunc.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OVERRIDING CORE FUNCTIONS
AUTHOR
SEE ALSO

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