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Re: [PATCH] core-only patch for clamp/readonly hashes

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Jeffrey Friedl
October 31, 2001 09:59
Re: [PATCH] core-only patch for clamp/readonly hashes
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Nick Ing-Simmons <> wrote:
|> As the 'w' bit occurs on both directories and files, so the
|> SvREADONLY can occur on both the hash and the value(s) it contains.
|> directory  file                                  hash       value
|>    rw-     rw-       Can do anything              --          --
|>    rw-     r--       Cannot change file           --          RO
|>    r--     rw-       Cannot delete/add file       RO          --
|>    r--     r--       Can only read file           RO          RO
|> The analogy is not perfect because it is proposed one can delete things
|> from a "restricted" hash.

I think the analogy is also missing that with a restricted hash (or,
perhaps, "enumerated-key hash"), it is an error to try to access, other than
with exists(), a non-approved (non-enumerated) key.

If a hash's approved keys are: Verbose, Quiet and one tries to access
{Verbose}, you'll get its value if it has one, or undef if it doesn't. But
if one tries to use {Quite} (note misspelling), it is an error. This
functionality is orthoginal to any full or partial readonlyness of the hash

Yes, it seems that "enumerated-key hash" is the best description.
Perhaps even better than "clamp" :-)

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