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Re: [ID 20010629.003] Symbol::delete_package bug

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Chris Nandor
August 1, 2001 05:27
Re: [ID 20010629.003] Symbol::delete_package bug
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In article <>, (Jarkko Hietaniemi) wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 29, 2001 at 04:30:14PM -0400, Jörg Ziefle wrote:
> > This is a bug report for perl from,
> > generated with the help of perlbug 1.26 running under perl 5.00503.
> > 
> > 
> > -----------------------------------------------------------------
> > [Please enter your report here]
> > 
> > Problem: 's delete_package function doesn't delete the package 
> > from
> > %INC, so when require()ing the package again, it's still found in %INC and 
> > not
> > reloaded.
> > 
> > Fix: making delete_package delete the package from %INC as well or 
> > documenting
> > this so the coder is aware of it and can manually remove the package from 
> > %INC.
> > 
> > Sample code and a patch on request.
> Consider this a request.

Personally, I would prefer a doc patch.  When I've used delete_package 
before, I've not wanted anything deleted from %INC.  At most, make the 
behavior optional.  It'd be hard to write code for it anyway; what if I 
want to delete the package Tie::RefHash::Nestable?  There's no 
accompanying file for that.  Or, conversely, if I delete the package 
(and file from %INC) for Tie::RefHash, the package 
Tie::RefHash::Nestable will still be around.

delete_package should not be used to delete a module or library, and I 
don't think we should conflate the two.  It is there to just clear out a 
namespace, which could be used in conjunction with delete'ing from %INC.  
Perhaps there's room for someone to write an "unuse" pragma?  It'd be 
pretty hairy, I think, to completely back out of a "use".  How does Perl 
know which symbols have been exported to which packages?  Which packages 
are in which files?  It seems like someone wants to do with 
delete_package more than it is designed to do, and even doing all that 
is desired would be difficult anyway.

Chris Nandor            
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