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Data::Dumper(3perl)              Perl Programmers Reference Guide             Data::Dumper(3perl)

       Data::Dumper - stringified perl data structures, suitable for both printing and "eval"

           use Data::Dumper;

           # simple procedural interface
           print Dumper($foo, $bar);

           # extended usage with names
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$foo, $bar], [qw(foo *ary)]);

           # configuration variables
             local $Data::Dumper::Purity = 1;
             eval Data::Dumper->Dump([$foo, $bar], [qw(foo *ary)]);

           # OO usage
           $d = Data::Dumper->new([$foo, $bar], [qw(foo *ary)]);
           print $d->Dump;
           eval $d->Dump;

       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.  (Please do consider the security implications of eval'ing code from untrusted

       Any references that are the same as one of those passed in will be named $VARn (where n is
       a numeric suffix), and other duplicate references to substructures within $VARn 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 below.

       The default output of self-referential structures can be "eval"ed, but the nested
       references to $VARn 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

       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.

           Returns a newly created "Data::Dumper" object.  The first argument is an anonymous
           array of values to be dumped.  The optional second argument is an anonymous array of
           names for the values.  The names need not have a leading "$" sign, and must be
           comprised of alphanumeric characters.  You can begin a name with a "*" to specify that
           the dereferenced type must be dumped instead of the reference itself, for ARRAY and
           HASH references.

           The prefix specified by $Data::Dumper::Varname will be used with a numeric suffix if
           the name for a value is undefined.

           Data::Dumper will catalog all references encountered while dumping the values. Cross-
           references (in the form of names of substructures in perl syntax) will be inserted at
           all possible points, preserving any structural interdependencies in the original set
           of values.  Structure traversal is depth-first,  and proceeds in order from the first
           supplied value to the last.

       $OBJ->Dump  or  PACKAGE->Dump(ARRAYREF [, ARRAYREF])
           Returns the stringified form of the values stored in the object (preserving the order
           in which they were supplied to "new"), subject to the configuration options below.  In
           a list context, it returns a list of strings corresponding to the supplied values.

           The second form, for convenience, simply calls the "new" method on its arguments
           before dumping the object immediately.

           Queries or adds to the internal table of already encountered references.  You must use
           "Reset" to explicitly clear the table if needed.  Such references are not dumped;
           instead, their names are inserted wherever they are encountered subsequently.  This is
           useful especially for properly dumping subroutine references.

           Expects an anonymous hash of name => value pairs.  Same rules apply for names as in
           "new".  If no argument is supplied, will return the "seen" list of name => value
           pairs, in a list context.  Otherwise, returns the object itself.

           Queries or replaces the internal array of values that will be dumped.  When called
           without arguments, returns the values as a list.  When called with a reference to an
           array of replacement values, returns the object itself.  When called with any other
           type of argument, dies.

           Queries or replaces the internal array of user supplied names for the values that will
           be dumped.  When called without arguments, returns the names.  When called with an
           array of replacement names, returns the object itself.  If the number of replacement
           names exceeds the number of values to be named, the excess names will not be used.  If
           the number of replacement names falls short of the number of values to be named, the
           list of replacement names will be exhausted and remaining values will not be renamed.
           When called with any other type of argument, dies.

           Clears the internal table of "seen" references and returns the object itself.

           Returns the stringified form of the values in the list, subject to the configuration
           options below.  The values will be named $VARn in the output, where n is a numeric
           suffix.  Will return a list of strings in a list context.

   Configuration Variables or Methods
       Several configuration variables can be used to control the kind of output generated when
       using the procedural interface.  These variables are usually "local"ized in a block so
       that other parts of the code are not affected by the change.

       These variables determine the default state of the object created by calling the "new"
       method, but cannot be used to alter the state of the object thereafter.  The equivalent
       method names should be used instead to query or set the internal state of the object.

       The method forms return the object itself when called with arguments, so that they can be
       chained together nicely.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Indent  or  $OBJ->Indent([NEWVAL])

           Controls the style of indentation.  It can be set to 0, 1, 2 or 3.  Style 0 spews
           output without any newlines, indentation, or spaces between list items.  It is the
           most compact format possible that can still be called valid perl.  Style 1 outputs a
           readable form with newlines but no fancy indentation (each level in the structure is
           simply indented by a fixed amount of whitespace).  Style 2 (the default) outputs a
           very readable form which takes into account the length of hash keys (so the hash value
           lines up).  Style 3 is like style 2, but also annotates the elements of arrays with
           their index (but the comment is on its own line, so array output consumes twice the
           number of lines).  Style 2 is the default.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Purity  or  $OBJ->Purity([NEWVAL])

           Controls the degree to which the output can be "eval"ed to recreate the supplied
           reference structures.  Setting it to 1 will output additional perl statements that
           will correctly recreate nested references.  The default is 0.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Pad  or  $OBJ->Pad([NEWVAL])

           Specifies the string that will be prefixed to every line of the output.  Empty string
           by default.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Varname  or  $OBJ->Varname([NEWVAL])

           Contains the prefix to use for tagging variable names in the output. The default is

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Useqq  or  $OBJ->Useqq([NEWVAL])

           When set, enables the use of double quotes for representing string values.  Whitespace
           other than space will be represented as "[\n\t\r]", "unsafe" characters will be
           backslashed, and unprintable characters will be output as quoted octal integers.
           Since setting this variable imposes a performance penalty, the default is 0.  "Dump()"
           will run slower if this flag is set, since the fast XSUB implementation doesn't
           support it yet.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Terse  or  $OBJ->Terse([NEWVAL])

           When set, Data::Dumper will emit single, non-self-referential values as atoms/terms
           rather than statements.  This means that the $VARn names will be avoided where
           possible, but be advised that such output may not always be parseable by "eval".

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Freezer  or  $OBJ->Freezer([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a method name, or to an empty string to disable the feature.
           Data::Dumper will invoke that method via the object before attempting to stringify it.
           This method can alter the contents of the object (if, for instance, it contains data
           allocated from C), and even rebless it in a different package.  The client is
           responsible for making sure the specified method can be called via the object, and
           that the object ends up containing only perl data types after the method has been
           called.  Defaults to an empty string.

           If an object does not support the method specified (determined using UNIVERSAL::can())
           then the call will be skipped.  If the method dies a warning will be generated.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Toaster  or  $OBJ->Toaster([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a method name, or to an empty string to disable the feature.
           Data::Dumper will emit a method call for any objects that are to be dumped using the
           syntax "bless(DATA, CLASS)->METHOD()".  Note that this means that the method specified
           will have to perform any modifications required on the object (like creating new state
           within it, and/or reblessing it in a different package) and then return it.  The
           client is responsible for making sure the method can be called via the object, and
           that it returns a valid object.  Defaults to an empty string.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Deepcopy  or  $OBJ->Deepcopy([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a boolean value to enable deep copies of structures.  Cross-referencing
           will then only be done when absolutely essential (i.e., to break reference cycles).
           Default is 0.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Quotekeys  or  $OBJ->Quotekeys([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a boolean value to control whether hash keys are quoted.  A defined
           false value will avoid quoting hash keys when it looks like a simple string.  Default
           is 1, which will always enclose hash keys in quotes.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Bless  or  $OBJ->Bless([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a string that specifies an alternative to the "bless" builtin operator
           used to create objects.  A function with the specified name should exist, and should
           accept the same arguments as the builtin.  Default is "bless".

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Pair  or  $OBJ->Pair([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a string that specifies the separator between hash keys and values. To
           dump nested hash, array and scalar values to JavaScript, use: "$Data::Dumper::Pair = '
           : ';". Implementing "bless" in JavaScript is left as an exercise for the reader.  A
           function with the specified name exists, and accepts the same arguments as the

           Default is: " => ".

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Maxdepth  or  $OBJ->Maxdepth([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a positive integer that specifies the depth beyond which we don't
           venture into a structure.  Has no effect when "Data::Dumper::Purity" is set.  (Useful
           in debugger when we often don't want to see more than enough).  Default is 0, which
           means there is no maximum depth.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Maxrecurse  or  $OBJ->Maxrecurse([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a positive integer that specifies the depth beyond which recursion into
           a structure will throw an exception.  This is intended as a security measure to
           prevent perl running out of stack space when dumping an excessively deep structure.
           Can be set to 0 to remove the limit.  Default is 1000.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Useperl  or  $OBJ->Useperl([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a boolean value which controls whether the pure Perl implementation of
           "Data::Dumper" is used. The "Data::Dumper" module is a dual implementation, with
           almost all functionality written in both pure Perl and also in XS ('C'). Since the XS
           version is much faster, it will always be used if possible. This option lets you
           override the default behavior, usually for testing purposes only. Default is 0, which
           means the XS implementation will be used if possible.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Sortkeys  or  $OBJ->Sortkeys([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a boolean value to control whether hash keys are dumped in sorted order.
           A true value will cause the keys of all hashes to be dumped in Perl's default sort
           order. Can also be set to a subroutine reference which will be called for each hash
           that is dumped. In this case "Data::Dumper" will call the subroutine once for each
           hash, passing it the reference of the hash. The purpose of the subroutine is to return
           a reference to an array of the keys that will be dumped, in the order that they should
           be dumped. Using this feature, you can control both the order of the keys, and which
           keys are actually used. In other words, this subroutine acts as a filter by which you
           can exclude certain keys from being dumped. Default is 0, which means that hash keys
           are not sorted.

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Deparse  or  $OBJ->Deparse([NEWVAL])

           Can be set to a boolean value to control whether code references are turned into perl
           source code. If set to a true value, "B::Deparse" will be used to get the source of
           the code reference. Using this option will force using the Perl implementation of the
           dumper, since the fast XSUB implementation doesn't support it.

           Caution : use this option only if you know that your coderefs will be properly
           reconstructed by "B::Deparse".

       ·   $Data::Dumper::Sparseseen or  $OBJ->Sparseseen([NEWVAL])

           By default, Data::Dumper builds up the "seen" hash of scalars that it has encountered
           during serialization. This is very expensive.  This seen hash is necessary to support
           and even just detect circular references. It is exposed to the user via the "Seen()"
           call both for writing and reading.

           If you, as a user, do not need explicit access to the "seen" hash, then you can set
           the "Sparseseen" option to allow Data::Dumper to eschew building the "seen" hash for
           scalars that are known not to possess more than one reference. This speeds up
           serialization considerably if you use the XS implementation.

           Note: If you turn on "Sparseseen", then you must not rely on the content of the seen
           hash since its contents will be an implementation detail!


       Run these code snippets to get a quick feel for the behavior of this module.  When you are
       through with these examples, you may want to add or change the various configuration
       variables described above, to see their behavior.  (See the testsuite in the Data::Dumper
       distribution for more examples.)

           use Data::Dumper;

           package Foo;
           sub new {bless {'a' => 1, 'b' => sub { return "foo" }}, $_[0]};

           package Fuz;                       # a weird REF-REF-SCALAR object
           sub new {bless \($_ = \ 'fu\'z'), $_[0]};

           package main;
           $foo = Foo->new;
           $fuz = Fuz->new;
           $boo = [ 1, [], "abcd", \*foo,
                    {1 => 'a', 023 => 'b', 0x45 => 'c'},
                    \\"p\q\'r", $foo, $fuz];

           # simple usage

           $bar = eval(Dumper($boo));
           print($@) if $@;
           print Dumper($boo), Dumper($bar);  # pretty print (no array indices)

           $Data::Dumper::Terse = 1;        # don't output names where feasible
           $Data::Dumper::Indent = 0;       # turn off all pretty print
           print Dumper($boo), "\n";

           $Data::Dumper::Indent = 1;       # mild pretty print
           print Dumper($boo);

           $Data::Dumper::Indent = 3;       # pretty print with array indices
           print Dumper($boo);

           $Data::Dumper::Useqq = 1;        # print strings in double quotes
           print Dumper($boo);

           $Data::Dumper::Pair = " : ";     # specify hash key/value separator
           print Dumper($boo);

           # recursive structures

           @c = ('c');
           $c = \@c;
           $b = {};
           $a = [1, $b, $c];
           $b->{a} = $a;
           $b->{b} = $a->[1];
           $b->{c} = $a->[2];
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$a,$b,$c], [qw(a b c)]);

           $Data::Dumper::Purity = 1;         # fill in the holes for eval
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$a, $b], [qw(*a b)]); # print as @a
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$b, $a], [qw(*b a)]); # print as %b

           $Data::Dumper::Deepcopy = 1;       # avoid cross-refs
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$b, $a], [qw(*b a)]);

           $Data::Dumper::Purity = 0;         # avoid cross-refs
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$b, $a], [qw(*b a)]);

           # deep structures

           $a = "pearl";
           $b = [ $a ];
           $c = { 'b' => $b };
           $d = [ $c ];
           $e = { 'd' => $d };
           $f = { 'e' => $e };
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$f], [qw(f)]);

           $Data::Dumper::Maxdepth = 3;       # no deeper than 3 refs down
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$f], [qw(f)]);

           # object-oriented usage

           $d = Data::Dumper->new([$a,$b], [qw(a b)]);
           $d->Seen({'*c' => $c});            # stash a ref without printing it
           print $d->Dump;
           $d->Reset->Purity(0);              # empty the seen cache
           print join "----\n", $d->Dump;

           # persistence

           package Foo;
           sub new { bless { state => 'awake' }, shift }
           sub Freeze {
               my $s = shift;
               print STDERR "preparing to sleep\n";
               $s->{state} = 'asleep';
               return bless $s, 'Foo::ZZZ';

           package Foo::ZZZ;
           sub Thaw {
               my $s = shift;
               print STDERR "waking up\n";
               $s->{state} = 'awake';
               return bless $s, 'Foo';

           package main;
           use Data::Dumper;
           $a = Foo->new;
           $b = Data::Dumper->new([$a], ['c']);
           $c = $b->Dump;
           print $c;
           $d = eval $c;
           print Data::Dumper->Dump([$d], ['d']);

           # symbol substitution (useful for recreating CODE refs)

           sub foo { print "foo speaking\n" }
           *other = \&foo;
           $bar = [ \&other ];
           $d = Data::Dumper->new([\&other,$bar],['*other','bar']);
           $d->Seen({ '*foo' => \&foo });
           print $d->Dump;

           # sorting and filtering hash keys

           $Data::Dumper::Sortkeys = \&my_filter;
           my $foo = { map { (ord, "$_$_$_") } 'I'..'Q' };
           my $bar = { %$foo };
           my $baz = { reverse %$foo };
           print Dumper [ $foo, $bar, $baz ];

           sub my_filter {
               my ($hash) = @_;
               # return an array ref containing the hash keys to dump
               # in the order that you want them to be dumped
               return [
                 # Sort the keys of %$foo in reverse numeric order
                   $hash eq $foo ? (sort {$b <=> $a} keys %$hash) :
                 # Only dump the odd number keys of %$bar
                   $hash eq $bar ? (grep {$_ % 2} keys %$hash) :
                 # Sort keys in default order for all other hashes
                   (sort keys %$hash)

       Due to limitations of Perl subroutine call semantics, you cannot pass an array or hash.
       Prepend it with a "\" to pass its reference instead.  This will be remedied in time, now
       that Perl has subroutine prototypes.  For now, you need to use the extended usage form,
       and prepend the name with a "*" to output it as a hash or array.

       "Data::Dumper" cheats with CODE references.  If a code reference is encountered in the
       structure being processed (and if you haven't set the "Deparse" flag), an anonymous
       subroutine that contains the string '"DUMMY"' will be inserted in its place, and a warning
       will be printed if "Purity" is set.  You can "eval" the result, but bear in mind that the
       anonymous sub that gets created is just a placeholder.  Someday, perl will have a switch
       to cache-on-demand the string representation of a compiled piece of code, I hope.  If you
       have prior knowledge of all the code refs that your data structures are likely to have,
       you can use the "Seen" method to pre-seed the internal reference table and make the dumped
       output point to them, instead.  See "EXAMPLES" above.

       The "Useqq" and "Deparse" flags makes Dump() run slower, since the XSUB implementation
       does not support them.

       SCALAR objects have the weirdest looking "bless" workaround.

       Pure Perl version of "Data::Dumper" escapes UTF-8 strings correctly only in Perl 5.8.0 and

       Starting from Perl 5.8.1 different runs of Perl will have different ordering of hash keys.
       The change was done for greater security, see "Algorithmic Complexity Attacks" in perlsec.
       This means that different runs of Perl will have different Data::Dumper outputs if the
       data contains hashes.  If you need to have identical Data::Dumper outputs from different
       runs of Perl, use the environment variable PERL_HASH_SEED, see "PERL_HASH_SEED" in
       perlrun.  Using this restores the old (platform-specific) ordering: an even prettier
       solution might be to use the "Sortkeys" filter of Data::Dumper.

       Gurusamy Sarathy        gsar AT activestate.com

       Copyright (c) 1996-2014 Gurusamy Sarathy. All rights reserved.  This program is free
       software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

       Version 2.151_01  (January 8 2015)


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