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1=head1 NAME
2
3perldiag - various Perl diagnostics
4
5=head1 DESCRIPTION
6
7These messages are classified as follows (listed in increasing order of
8desperation):
9
10 (W) A warning (optional).
11 (D) A deprecation (optional).
e476b1b5 12 (S) A severe warning (default).
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13 (F) A fatal error (trappable).
14 (P) An internal error you should never see (trappable).
54310121 15 (X) A very fatal error (nontrappable).
cb1a09d0 16 (A) An alien error message (not generated by Perl).
a0d0e21e 17
75b44862 18The majority of messages from the first three classifications above
64977eb6 19(W, D & S) can be controlled using the C<warnings> pragma.
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20
21If a message can be controlled by the C<warnings> pragma, its warning
22category is included with the classification letter in the description
23below.
24
25Optional warnings are enabled by using the C<warnings> pragma or the B<-w>
26and B<-W> switches. Warnings may be captured by setting C<$SIG{__WARN__}>
27to a reference to a routine that will be called on each warning instead
28of printing it. See L<perlvar>.
29
30Default warnings are always enabled unless they are explicitly disabled
31with the C<warnings> pragma or the B<-X> switch.
4438c4b7 32
748a9306 33Trappable errors may be trapped using the eval operator. See
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34L<perlfunc/eval>. In almost all cases, warnings may be selectively
35disabled or promoted to fatal errors using the C<warnings> pragma.
36See L<warnings>.
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38The messages are in alphabetical order, without regard to upper or
39lower-case. Some of these messages are generic. Spots that vary are
40denoted with a %s or other printf-style escape. These escapes are
41ignored by the alphabetical order, as are all characters other than
42letters. To look up your message, just ignore anything that is not a
43letter.
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44
45=over 4
46
6df41af2 47=item accept() on closed socket %s
33633739 48
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49(W closed) You tried to do an accept on a closed socket. Did you forget
50to check the return value of your socket() call? See
51L<perlfunc/accept>.
33633739 52
6df41af2 53=item Allocation too large: %lx
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6df41af2 55(X) You can't allocate more than 64K on an MS-DOS machine.
a0d0e21e 56
f61d411c 57=item '!' allowed only after types %s
ef54e1a4 58
921106c8 59(F) The '!' is allowed in pack() or unpack() only after certain types.
f61d411c 60See L<perlfunc/pack>.
ef54e1a4 61
6df41af2 62=item Ambiguous call resolved as CORE::%s(), qualify as such or use &
43192e07 63
75b44862 64(W ambiguous) A subroutine you have declared has the same name as a Perl
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65keyword, and you have used the name without qualification for calling
66one or the other. Perl decided to call the builtin because the
67subroutine is not imported.
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69To force interpretation as a subroutine call, either put an ampersand
70before the subroutine name, or qualify the name with its package.
71Alternatively, you can import the subroutine (or pretend that it's
72imported with the C<use subs> pragma).
43192e07 73
6df41af2 74To silently interpret it as the Perl operator, use the C<CORE::> prefix
496a33f5 75on the operator (e.g. C<CORE::log($x)>) or declare the subroutine
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76to be an object method (see L<perlsub/"Subroutine Attributes"> or
77L<attributes>).
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79=item Ambiguous range in transliteration operator
80
81(F) You wrote something like C<tr/a-z-0//> which doesn't mean anything at
82all. To include a C<-> character in a transliteration, put it either
83first or last. (In the past, C<tr/a-z-0//> was synonymous with
84C<tr/a-y//>, which was probably not what you would have expected.)
85
6df41af2 86=item Ambiguous use of %s resolved as %s
43192e07 87
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88(W ambiguous)(S) You said something that may not be interpreted the way
89you thought. Normally it's pretty easy to disambiguate it by supplying
90a missing quote, operator, parenthesis pair or declaration.
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6df41af2 92=item '|' and '<' may not both be specified on command line
a0d0e21e 93
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94(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl does its own command line
95redirection, and found that STDIN was a pipe, and that you also tried to
96redirect STDIN using '<'. Only one STDIN stream to a customer, please.
c9f97d15 97
6df41af2 98=item '|' and '>' may not both be specified on command line
1028017a 99
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100(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl does its own command line
101redirection, and thinks you tried to redirect stdout both to a file and
102into a pipe to another command. You need to choose one or the other,
103though nothing's stopping you from piping into a program or Perl script
104which 'splits' output into two streams, such as
1028017a 105
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106 open(OUT,">$ARGV[0]") or die "Can't write to $ARGV[0]: $!";
107 while (<STDIN>) {
108 print;
109 print OUT;
110 }
111 close OUT;
c9f97d15 112
6df41af2 113=item Applying %s to %s will act on scalar(%s)
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115(W misc) The pattern match (C<//>), substitution (C<s///>), and
116transliteration (C<tr///>) operators work on scalar values. If you apply
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117one of them to an array or a hash, it will convert the array or hash to
118a scalar value -- the length of an array, or the population info of a
119hash -- and then work on that scalar value. This is probably not what
120you meant to do. See L<perlfunc/grep> and L<perlfunc/map> for
121alternatives.
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6df41af2 123=item Args must match #! line
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125(F) The setuid emulator requires that the arguments Perl was invoked
126with match the arguments specified on the #! line. Since some systems
127impose a one-argument limit on the #! line, try combining switches;
128for example, turn C<-w -U> into C<-wU>.
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6df41af2 130=item Arg too short for msgsnd
76cd736e 131
6df41af2 132(F) msgsnd() requires a string at least as long as sizeof(long).
76cd736e 133
8ea97a1e 134=item %s argument is not a HASH or ARRAY element
a0d0e21e 135
8ea97a1e 136(F) The argument to exists() must be a hash or array element, such as:
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137
138 $foo{$bar}
cb4f522a 139 $ref->{"susie"}[12]
a0d0e21e 140
8ea97a1e 141=item %s argument is not a HASH or ARRAY element or slice
5f05dabc 142
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143(F) The argument to delete() must be either a hash or array element,
144such as:
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145
146 $foo{$bar}
cb4f522a 147 $ref->{"susie"}[12]
5f05dabc 148
8ea97a1e 149or a hash or array slice, such as:
5f05dabc 150
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151 @foo[$bar, $baz, $xyzzy]
152 @{$ref->[12]}{"susie", "queue"}
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6df41af2 154=item %s argument is not a subroutine name
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6df41af2 156(F) The argument to exists() for C<exists &sub> must be a subroutine
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157name, and not a subroutine call. C<exists &sub()> will generate this
158error.
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f86702cc 160=item Argument "%s" isn't numeric%s
a0d0e21e 161
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162(W numeric) The indicated string was fed as an argument to an operator
163that expected a numeric value instead. If you're fortunate the message
164will identify which operator was so unfortunate.
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165
166=item Array @%s missing the @ in argument %d of %s()
167
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168(D deprecated) Really old Perl let you omit the @ on array names in some
169spots. This is now heavily deprecated.
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170
171=item assertion botched: %s
172
173(P) The malloc package that comes with Perl had an internal failure.
174
175=item Assertion failed: file "%s"
176
177(P) A general assertion failed. The file in question must be examined.
178
179=item Assignment to both a list and a scalar
180
181(F) If you assign to a conditional operator, the 2nd and 3rd arguments
182must either both be scalars or both be lists. Otherwise Perl won't
183know which context to supply to the right side.
184
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185=item A thread exited while %d threads were running
186
187(W) When using threaded Perl, a thread (not necessarily the main
188thread) exited while there were still other threads running.
189Usually it's a good idea to first collect the return values of the
190created threads by joining them, and only then exit from the main
191thread. See L<threads>.
192
2393f1b9 193=item Attempt to access disallowed key '%s' in a restricted hash
1b1f1335 194
49293501 195(F) The failing code has attempted to get or set a key which is not in
2393f1b9 196the current set of allowed keys of a restricted hash.
49293501 197
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198=item Attempt to bless into a reference
199
200(F) The CLASSNAME argument to the bless() operator is expected to be
201the name of the package to bless the resulting object into. You've
202supplied instead a reference to something: perhaps you wrote
203
204 bless $self, $proto;
205
206when you intended
207
208 bless $self, ref($proto) || $proto;
209
210If you actually want to bless into the stringified version
211of the reference supplied, you need to stringify it yourself, for
212example by:
213
214 bless $self, "$proto";
215
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216=item Attempt to delete disallowed key '%s' from a restricted hash
217
218(F) The failing code attempted to delete from a restricted hash a key
219which is not in its key set.
220
221=item Attempt to delete readonly key '%s' from a restricted hash
222
223(F) The failing code attempted to delete a key whose value has been
224declared readonly from a restricted hash.
225
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226=item Attempt to free non-arena SV: 0x%lx
227
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228(P internal) All SV objects are supposed to be allocated from arenas
229that will be garbage collected on exit. An SV was discovered to be
230outside any of those arenas.
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54310121 232=item Attempt to free nonexistent shared string
bbce6d69 233
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234(P internal) Perl maintains a reference counted internal table of
235strings to optimize the storage and access of hash keys and other
236strings. This indicates someone tried to decrement the reference count
237of a string that can no longer be found in the table.
bbce6d69 238
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239=item Attempt to free temp prematurely
240
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241(W debugging) Mortalized values are supposed to be freed by the
242free_tmps() routine. This indicates that something else is freeing the
243SV before the free_tmps() routine gets a chance, which means that the
244free_tmps() routine will be freeing an unreferenced scalar when it does
245try to free it.
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246
247=item Attempt to free unreferenced glob pointers
248
e476b1b5 249(P internal) The reference counts got screwed up on symbol aliases.
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250
251=item Attempt to free unreferenced scalar
252
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253(W internal) Perl went to decrement the reference count of a scalar to
254see if it would go to 0, and discovered that it had already gone to 0
255earlier, and should have been freed, and in fact, probably was freed.
256This could indicate that SvREFCNT_dec() was called too many times, or
257that SvREFCNT_inc() was called too few times, or that the SV was
258mortalized when it shouldn't have been, or that memory has been
259corrupted.
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261=item Attempt to join self
262
263(F) You tried to join a thread from within itself, which is an
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264impossible task. You may be joining the wrong thread, or you may need
265to move the join() to some other thread.
dcdda58d 266
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267=item Attempt to pack pointer to temporary value
268
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269(W pack) You tried to pass a temporary value (like the result of a
270function, or a computed expression) to the "p" pack() template. This
271means the result contains a pointer to a location that could become
272invalid anytime, even before the end of the current statement. Use
273literals or global values as arguments to the "p" pack() template to
274avoid this warning.
84902520 275
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276=item Attempt to use reference as lvalue in substr
277
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278(W substr) You supplied a reference as the first argument to substr()
279used as an lvalue, which is pretty strange. Perhaps you forgot to
280dereference it first. See L<perlfunc/substr>.
b7a902f4 281
dc26df50 282=item Bad arg length for %s, is %d, should be %s
a0d0e21e 283
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284(F) You passed a buffer of the wrong size to one of msgctl(), semctl()
285or shmctl(). In C parlance, the correct sizes are, respectively,
5f05dabc 286S<sizeof(struct msqid_ds *)>, S<sizeof(struct semid_ds *)>, and
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287S<sizeof(struct shmid_ds *)>.
288
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289=item Bad evalled substitution pattern
290
496a33f5 291(F) You've used the C</e> switch to evaluate the replacement for a
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292substitution, but perl found a syntax error in the code to evaluate,
293most likely an unexpected right brace '}'.
294
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295=item Bad filehandle: %s
296
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297(F) A symbol was passed to something wanting a filehandle, but the
298symbol has no filehandle associated with it. Perhaps you didn't do an
299open(), or did it in another package.
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300
301=item Bad free() ignored
302
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303(S malloc) An internal routine called free() on something that had never
304been malloc()ed in the first place. Mandatory, but can be disabled by
9ea8bc6d 305setting environment variable C<PERL_BADFREE> to 0.
33c8a3fe 306
9ea8bc6d 307This message can be seen quite often with DB_File on systems with "hard"
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308dynamic linking, like C<AIX> and C<OS/2>. It is a bug of C<Berkeley DB>
309which is left unnoticed if C<DB> uses I<forgiving> system malloc().
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311=item Bad hash
312
313(P) One of the internal hash routines was passed a null HV pointer.
314
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315=item Badly placed ()'s
316
317(A) You've accidentally run your script through B<csh> instead
318of Perl. Check the #! line, or manually feed your script into
319Perl yourself.
320
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321=item Bad name after %s::
322
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323(F) You started to name a symbol by using a package prefix, and then
324didn't finish the symbol. In particular, you can't interpolate outside
325of quotes, so
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326
327 $var = 'myvar';
328 $sym = mypack::$var;
329
330is not the same as
331
332 $var = 'myvar';
333 $sym = "mypack::$var";
334
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335=item Bad realloc() ignored
336
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337(S malloc) An internal routine called realloc() on something that had
338never been malloc()ed in the first place. Mandatory, but can be disabled
339by setting environment variable C<PERL_BADFREE> to 1.
4ad56ec9 340
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341=item Bad symbol for array
342
343(P) An internal request asked to add an array entry to something that
344wasn't a symbol table entry.
345
346=item Bad symbol for filehandle
347
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348(P) An internal request asked to add a filehandle entry to something
349that wasn't a symbol table entry.
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350
351=item Bad symbol for hash
352
353(P) An internal request asked to add a hash entry to something that
354wasn't a symbol table entry.
355
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356=item Bareword found in conditional
357
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358(W bareword) The compiler found a bareword where it expected a
359conditional, which often indicates that an || or && was parsed as part
360of the last argument of the previous construct, for example:
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361
362 open FOO || die;
363
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364It may also indicate a misspelled constant that has been interpreted as
365a bareword:
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366
367 use constant TYPO => 1;
368 if (TYOP) { print "foo" }
369
370The C<strict> pragma is useful in avoiding such errors.
371
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372=item Bareword "%s" not allowed while "strict subs" in use
373
374(F) With "strict subs" in use, a bareword is only allowed as a
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375subroutine identifier, in curly brackets or to the left of the "=>"
376symbol. Perhaps you need to predeclare a subroutine?
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377
378=item Bareword "%s" refers to nonexistent package
379
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380(W bareword) You used a qualified bareword of the form C<Foo::>, but the
381compiler saw no other uses of that namespace before that point. Perhaps
382you need to predeclare a package?
6df41af2 383
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384=item BEGIN failed--compilation aborted
385
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386(F) An untrapped exception was raised while executing a BEGIN
387subroutine. Compilation stops immediately and the interpreter is
388exited.
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390=item BEGIN not safe after errors--compilation aborted
391
392(F) Perl found a C<BEGIN {}> subroutine (or a C<use> directive, which
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393implies a C<BEGIN {}>) after one or more compilation errors had already
394occurred. Since the intended environment for the C<BEGIN {}> could not
395be guaranteed (due to the errors), and since subsequent code likely
396depends on its correct operation, Perl just gave up.
68dc0745 397
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398=item \1 better written as $1
399
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400(W syntax) Outside of patterns, backreferences live on as variables.
401The use of backslashes is grandfathered on the right-hand side of a
402substitution, but stylistically it's better to use the variable form
403because other Perl programmers will expect it, and it works better if
404there are more than 9 backreferences.
6df41af2 405
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406=item Binary number > 0b11111111111111111111111111111111 non-portable
407
e476b1b5 408(W portable) The binary number you specified is larger than 2**32-1
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409(4294967295) and therefore non-portable between systems. See
410L<perlport> for more on portability concerns.
252aa082 411
69282e91 412=item bind() on closed socket %s
a0d0e21e 413
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414(W closed) You tried to do a bind on a closed socket. Did you forget to
415check the return value of your socket() call? See L<perlfunc/bind>.
a0d0e21e 416
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417=item binmode() on closed filehandle %s
418
419(W unopened) You tried binmode() on a filehandle that was never opened.
420Check you control flow and number of arguments.
421
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422=item Bit vector size > 32 non-portable
423
e476b1b5 424(W portable) Using bit vector sizes larger than 32 is non-portable.
c5a0f51a 425
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426=item Bizarre copy of %s in %s
427
be771a83 428(P) Perl detected an attempt to copy an internal value that is not
b45f050a 429copyable.
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431=item Buffer overflow in prime_env_iter: %s
432
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433(W internal) A warning peculiar to VMS. While Perl was preparing to
434iterate over %ENV, it encountered a logical name or symbol definition
435which was too long, so it was truncated to the string shown.
f675dbe5 436
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437=item Callback called exit
438
4929bf7b 439(F) A subroutine invoked from an external package via call_sv()
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440exited by calling exit.
441
6df41af2 442=item %s() called too early to check prototype
f675dbe5 443
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444(W prototype) You've called a function that has a prototype before the
445parser saw a definition or declaration for it, and Perl could not check
446that the call conforms to the prototype. You need to either add an
447early prototype declaration for the subroutine in question, or move the
448subroutine definition ahead of the call to get proper prototype
449checking. Alternatively, if you are certain that you're calling the
450function correctly, you may put an ampersand before the name to avoid
451the warning. See L<perlsub>.
f675dbe5 452
49704364 453=item Cannot compress integer in pack
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454
455(F) An argument to pack("w",...) was too large to compress. The BER
456compressed integer format can only be used with positive integers, and you
457attempted to compress Infinity or a very large number (> 1e308).
458See L<perlfunc/pack>.
459
49704364 460=item Cannot compress negative numbers in pack
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461
462(F) An argument to pack("w",...) was negative. The BER compressed integer
463format can only be used with positive integers. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
464
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465=item Can only compress unsigned integers in pack
466
467(F) An argument to pack("w",...) was not an integer. The BER compressed
468integer format can only be used with positive integers, and you attempted
469to compress something else. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
470
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471=item Can't bless non-reference value
472
473(F) Only hard references may be blessed. This is how Perl "enforces"
474encapsulation of objects. See L<perlobj>.
475
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476=item Can't call method "%s" in empty package "%s"
477
478(F) You called a method correctly, and it correctly indicated a package
479functioning as a class, but that package doesn't have ANYTHING defined
480in it, let alone methods. See L<perlobj>.
481
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482=item Can't call method "%s" on an undefined value
483
484(F) You used the syntax of a method call, but the slot filled by the
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485object reference or package name contains an undefined value. Something
486like this will reproduce the error:
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487
488 $BADREF = undef;
489 process $BADREF 1,2,3;
490 $BADREF->process(1,2,3);
491
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492=item Can't call method "%s" on unblessed reference
493
54310121 494(F) A method call must know in what package it's supposed to run. It
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495ordinarily finds this out from the object reference you supply, but you
496didn't supply an object reference in this case. A reference isn't an
497object reference until it has been blessed. See L<perlobj>.
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498
499=item Can't call method "%s" without a package or object reference
500
501(F) You used the syntax of a method call, but the slot filled by the
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502object reference or package name contains an expression that returns a
503defined value which is neither an object reference nor a package name.
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504Something like this will reproduce the error:
505
506 $BADREF = 42;
507 process $BADREF 1,2,3;
508 $BADREF->process(1,2,3);
509
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510=item Can't chdir to %s
511
512(F) You called C<perl -x/foo/bar>, but C</foo/bar> is not a directory
513that you can chdir to, possibly because it doesn't exist.
514
0545a864 515=item Can't check filesystem of script "%s" for nosuid
104d25b7 516
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517(P) For some reason you can't check the filesystem of the script for
518nosuid.
104d25b7 519
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520=item Can't coerce array into hash
521
522(F) You used an array where a hash was expected, but the array has no
523information on how to map from keys to array indices. You can do that
524only with arrays that have a hash reference at index 0.
525
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526=item Can't coerce %s to integer in %s
527
528(F) Certain types of SVs, in particular real symbol table entries
55497cff 529(typeglobs), can't be forced to stop being what they are. So you can't
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530say things like:
531
532 *foo += 1;
533
534You CAN say
535
536 $foo = *foo;
537 $foo += 1;
538
539but then $foo no longer contains a glob.
540
541=item Can't coerce %s to number in %s
542
543(F) Certain types of SVs, in particular real symbol table entries
55497cff 544(typeglobs), can't be forced to stop being what they are.
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545
546=item Can't coerce %s to string in %s
547
548(F) Certain types of SVs, in particular real symbol table entries
55497cff 549(typeglobs), can't be forced to stop being what they are.
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550
551=item Can't create pipe mailbox
552
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553(P) An error peculiar to VMS. The process is suffering from exhausted
554quotas or other plumbing problems.
a0d0e21e 555
eb64745e 556=item Can't declare class for non-scalar %s in "%s"
a0d0e21e 557
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558(F) Currently, only scalar variables can be declared with a specific
559class qualifier in a "my" or "our" declaration. The semantics may be
560extended for other types of variables in future.
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561
562=item Can't declare %s in "%s"
563
564(F) Only scalar, array, and hash variables may be declared as "my" or
565"our" variables. They must have ordinary identifiers as names.
a0d0e21e 566
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567=item Can't do inplace edit: %s is not a regular file
568
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569(S inplace) You tried to use the B<-i> switch on a special file, such as
570a file in /dev, or a FIFO. The file was ignored.
6df41af2 571
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572=item Can't do inplace edit on %s: %s
573
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574(S inplace) The creation of the new file failed for the indicated
575reason.
a0d0e21e 576
54310121 577=item Can't do inplace edit without backup
a0d0e21e 578
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579(F) You're on a system such as MS-DOS that gets confused if you try
580reading from a deleted (but still opened) file. You have to say
581C<-i.bak>, or some such.
a0d0e21e 582
10f9c03d 583=item Can't do inplace edit: %s would not be unique
a0d0e21e 584
e476b1b5 585(S inplace) Your filesystem does not support filenames longer than 14
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586characters and Perl was unable to create a unique filename during
587inplace editing with the B<-i> switch. The file was ignored.
a0d0e21e 588
7253e4e3 589=item Can't do {n,m} with n > m in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
a0d0e21e 590
b45f050a 591(F) Minima must be less than or equal to maxima. If you really want your
7253e4e3 592regexp to match something 0 times, just put {0}. The <-- HERE shows in the
b45f050a 593regular expression about where the problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
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594
595=item Can't do setegid!
596
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597(P) The setegid() call failed for some reason in the setuid emulator of
598suidperl.
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599
600=item Can't do seteuid!
601
602(P) The setuid emulator of suidperl failed for some reason.
603
604=item Can't do setuid
605
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606(F) This typically means that ordinary perl tried to exec suidperl to do
607setuid emulation, but couldn't exec it. It looks for a name of the form
608sperl5.000 in the same directory that the perl executable resides under
609the name perl5.000, typically /usr/local/bin on Unix machines. If the
610file is there, check the execute permissions. If it isn't, ask your
611sysadmin why he and/or she removed it.
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612
613=item Can't do waitpid with flags
614
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615(F) This machine doesn't have either waitpid() or wait4(), so only
616waitpid() without flags is emulated.
a0d0e21e 617
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618=item Can't emulate -%s on #! line
619
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620(F) The #! line specifies a switch that doesn't make sense at this
621point. For example, it'd be kind of silly to put a B<-x> on the #!
622line.
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623
624=item Can't exec "%s": %s
625
d1be9408 626(W exec) A system(), exec(), or piped open call could not execute the
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627named program for the indicated reason. Typical reasons include: the
628permissions were wrong on the file, the file wasn't found in
629C<$ENV{PATH}>, the executable in question was compiled for another
630architecture, or the #! line in a script points to an interpreter that
631can't be run for similar reasons. (Or maybe your system doesn't support
632#! at all.)
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633
634=item Can't exec %s
635
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636(F) Perl was trying to execute the indicated program for you because
637that's what the #! line said. If that's not what you wanted, you may
638need to mention "perl" on the #! line somewhere.
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639
640=item Can't execute %s
641
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GS
642(F) You used the B<-S> switch, but the copies of the script to execute
643found in the PATH did not have correct permissions.
2a92aaa0 644
6df41af2 645=item Can't find an opnumber for "%s"
2a92aaa0 646
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647(F) A string of a form C<CORE::word> was given to prototype(), but there
648is no builtin with the name C<word>.
6df41af2 649
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650=item Can't find %s character property "%s"
651
652(F) You used C<\p{}> or C<\P{}> but the character property by that name
89d60977 653could not be found. Maybe you misspelled the name of the property
56ca2fc0
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654(remember that the names of character properties consist only of
655alphanumeric characters), or maybe you forgot the C<Is> or C<In> prefix?
656
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657=item Can't find label %s
658
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659(F) You said to goto a label that isn't mentioned anywhere that it's
660possible for us to go to. See L<perlfunc/goto>.
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661
662=item Can't find %s on PATH
663
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664(F) You used the B<-S> switch, but the script to execute could not be
665found in the PATH.
a0d0e21e 666
6df41af2 667=item Can't find %s on PATH, '.' not in PATH
a0d0e21e 668
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669(F) You used the B<-S> switch, but the script to execute could not be
670found in the PATH, or at least not with the correct permissions. The
671script exists in the current directory, but PATH prohibits running it.
a0d0e21e 672
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673=item Can't find %s property definition %s
674
675(F) You may have tried to use C<\p> which means a Unicode property (for
676example C<\p{Lu}> is all uppercase letters). If you did mean to use a
677Unicode property, see L<perlunicode> for the list of known properties.
678If you didn't mean to use a Unicode property, escape the C<\p>, either
679by C<\\p> (just the C<\p>) or by C<\Q\p> (the rest of the string, until
680possible C<\E>).
681
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682=item Can't find string terminator %s anywhere before EOF
683
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684(F) Perl strings can stretch over multiple lines. This message means
685that the closing delimiter was omitted. Because bracketed quotes count
686nesting levels, the following is missing its final parenthesis:
a0d0e21e 687
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688 print q(The character '(' starts a side comment.);
689
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690If you're getting this error from a here-document, you may have included
691unseen whitespace before or after your closing tag. A good programmer's
692editor will have a way to help you find these characters.
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693
694=item Can't fork
695
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696(F) A fatal error occurred while trying to fork while opening a
697pipeline.
a0d0e21e 698
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699=item Can't get filespec - stale stat buffer?
700
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701(S) A warning peculiar to VMS. This arises because of the difference
702between access checks under VMS and under the Unix model Perl assumes.
703Under VMS, access checks are done by filename, rather than by bits in
704the stat buffer, so that ACLs and other protections can be taken into
705account. Unfortunately, Perl assumes that the stat buffer contains all
706the necessary information, and passes it, instead of the filespec, to
707the access checking routine. It will try to retrieve the filespec using
708the device name and FID present in the stat buffer, but this works only
709if you haven't made a subsequent call to the CRTL stat() routine,
710because the device name is overwritten with each call. If this warning
711appears, the name lookup failed, and the access checking routine gave up
712and returned FALSE, just to be conservative. (Note: The access checking
713routine knows about the Perl C<stat> operator and file tests, so you
714shouldn't ever see this warning in response to a Perl command; it arises
715only if some internal code takes stat buffers lightly.)
748a9306 716
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717=item Can't get pipe mailbox device name
718
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719(P) An error peculiar to VMS. After creating a mailbox to act as a
720pipe, Perl can't retrieve its name for later use.
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721
722=item Can't get SYSGEN parameter value for MAXBUF
723
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724(P) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl asked $GETSYI how big you want your
725mailbox buffers to be, and didn't get an answer.
a0d0e21e 726
6df41af2 727=item Can't "goto" into the middle of a foreach loop
a0d0e21e 728
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729(F) A "goto" statement was executed to jump into the middle of a foreach
730loop. You can't get there from here. See L<perlfunc/goto>.
6df41af2
GS
731
732=item Can't "goto" out of a pseudo block
733
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734(F) A "goto" statement was executed to jump out of what might look like
735a block, except that it isn't a proper block. This usually occurs if
736you tried to jump out of a sort() block or subroutine, which is a no-no.
737See L<perlfunc/goto>.
a0d0e21e 738
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739=item Can't goto subroutine from an eval-string
740
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741(F) The "goto subroutine" call can't be used to jump out of an eval
742"string". (You can use it to jump out of an eval {BLOCK}, but you
743probably don't want to.)
b150fb22 744
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GS
745=item Can't goto subroutine outside a subroutine
746
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GS
747(F) The deeply magical "goto subroutine" call can only replace one
748subroutine call for another. It can't manufacture one out of whole
749cloth. In general you should be calling it out of only an AUTOLOAD
750routine anyway. See L<perlfunc/goto>.
6df41af2 751
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752=item Can't ignore signal CHLD, forcing to default
753
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754(W signal) Perl has detected that it is being run with the SIGCHLD
755signal (sometimes known as SIGCLD) disabled. Since disabling this
756signal will interfere with proper determination of exit status of child
757processes, Perl has reset the signal to its default value. This
758situation typically indicates that the parent program under which Perl
759may be running (e.g. cron) is being very careless.
0b5b802d 760
6df41af2 761=item Can't "last" outside a loop block
4633a7c4 762
6df41af2 763(F) A "last" statement was executed to break out of the current block,
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764except that there's this itty bitty problem called there isn't a current
765block. Note that an "if" or "else" block doesn't count as a "loopish"
766block, as doesn't a block given to sort(), map() or grep(). You can
767usually double the curlies to get the same effect though, because the
768inner curlies will be considered a block that loops once. See
769L<perlfunc/last>.
4633a7c4 770
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771=item Can't localize lexical variable %s
772
2ba9eb46 773(F) You used local on a variable name that was previously declared as a
748a9306
LW
774lexical variable using "my". This is not allowed. If you want to
775localize a package variable of the same name, qualify it with the
776package name.
777
6df41af2 778=item Can't localize through a reference
4727527e 779
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GS
780(F) You said something like C<local $$ref>, which Perl can't currently
781handle, because when it goes to restore the old value of whatever $ref
be771a83 782pointed to after the scope of the local() is finished, it can't be sure
64977eb6 783that $ref will still be a reference.
4727527e 784
ea071790 785=item Can't locate %s
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GS
786
787(F) You said to C<do> (or C<require>, or C<use>) a file that couldn't be
788found. Perl looks for the file in all the locations mentioned in @INC,
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GS
789unless the file name included the full path to the file. Perhaps you
790need to set the PERL5LIB or PERL5OPT environment variable to say where
791the extra library is, or maybe the script needs to add the library name
792to @INC. Or maybe you just misspelled the name of the file. See
793L<perlfunc/require> and L<lib>.
a0d0e21e 794
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795=item Can't locate auto/%s.al in @INC
796
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797(F) A function (or method) was called in a package which allows
798autoload, but there is no function to autoload. Most probable causes
799are a misprint in a function/method name or a failure to C<AutoSplit>
800the file, say, by doing C<make install>.
6df41af2 801
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802=item Can't locate object method "%s" via package "%s"
803
804(F) You called a method correctly, and it correctly indicated a package
805functioning as a class, but that package doesn't define that particular
2ba9eb46 806method, nor does any of its base classes. See L<perlobj>.
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LW
807
808=item Can't locate package %s for @%s::ISA
809
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GS
810(W syntax) The @ISA array contained the name of another package that
811doesn't seem to exist.
a0d0e21e 812
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813=item Can't locate PerlIO%s
814
815(F) You tried to use in open() a PerlIO layer that does not exist,
816e.g. open(FH, ">:nosuchlayer", "somefile").
817
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818=item Can't make list assignment to \%ENV on this system
819
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GS
820(F) List assignment to %ENV is not supported on some systems, notably
821VMS.
3e3baf6d 822
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LW
823=item Can't modify %s in %s
824
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GS
825(F) You aren't allowed to assign to the item indicated, or otherwise try
826to change it, such as with an auto-increment.
a0d0e21e 827
54310121 828=item Can't modify nonexistent substring
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LW
829
830(P) The internal routine that does assignment to a substr() was handed
831a NULL.
832
6df41af2
GS
833=item Can't modify non-lvalue subroutine call
834
835(F) Subroutines meant to be used in lvalue context should be declared as
836such, see L<perlsub/"Lvalue subroutines">.
837
5f05dabc 838=item Can't msgrcv to read-only var
a0d0e21e 839
5f05dabc 840(F) The target of a msgrcv must be modifiable to be used as a receive
a0d0e21e
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841buffer.
842
6df41af2
GS
843=item Can't "next" outside a loop block
844
845(F) A "next" statement was executed to reiterate the current block, but
846there isn't a current block. Note that an "if" or "else" block doesn't
be771a83
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847count as a "loopish" block, as doesn't a block given to sort(), map() or
848grep(). You can usually double the curlies to get the same effect
849though, because the inner curlies will be considered a block that loops
850once. See L<perlfunc/next>.
6df41af2 851
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852=item Can't open %s: %s
853
c47ff5f1 854(S inplace) The implicit opening of a file through use of the C<< <> >>
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855filehandle, either implicitly under the C<-n> or C<-p> command-line
856switches, or explicitly, failed for the indicated reason. Usually this
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857is because you don't have read permission for a file which you named on
858the command line.
a0d0e21e 859
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860=item Can't open a reference
861
862(W io) You tried to open a scalar reference for reading or writing,
863using the 3-arg open() syntax :
864
865 open FH, '>', $ref;
866
867but your version of perl is compiled without perlio, and this form of
868open is not supported.
869
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870=item Can't open bidirectional pipe
871
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872(W pipe) You tried to say C<open(CMD, "|cmd|")>, which is not supported.
873You can try any of several modules in the Perl library to do this, such
874as IPC::Open2. Alternately, direct the pipe's output to a file using
875">", and then read it in under a different file handle.
a0d0e21e 876
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877=item Can't open error file %s as stderr
878
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879(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl does its own command line
880redirection, and couldn't open the file specified after '2>' or '2>>' on
881the command line for writing.
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882
883=item Can't open input file %s as stdin
884
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885(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl does its own command line
886redirection, and couldn't open the file specified after '<' on the
887command line for reading.
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888
889=item Can't open output file %s as stdout
890
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891(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl does its own command line
892redirection, and couldn't open the file specified after '>' or '>>' on
893the command line for writing.
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894
895=item Can't open output pipe (name: %s)
896
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897(P) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl does its own command line
898redirection, and couldn't open the pipe into which to send data destined
899for stdout.
748a9306 900
584d69ec 901=item Can't open perl script%s: %s
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LW
902
903(F) The script you specified can't be opened for the indicated reason.
904
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905=item Can't provide tied hash usage; use keys(%hash) to test if empty
906
907(F) When a hash is evaluated in scalar context, bucket usage is
908returned if the hash is populated, and false is returned if the hash
909is empty. Bucket usage is not currently available for tied hashes.
910To test if a hash is empty or populated, use keys(%hash) in scalar
911context instead.
912
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913=item Can't read CRTL environ
914
915(S) A warning peculiar to VMS. Perl tried to read an element of %ENV
916from the CRTL's internal environment array and discovered the array was
917missing. You need to figure out where your CRTL misplaced its environ
be771a83
GS
918or define F<PERL_ENV_TABLES> (see L<perlvms>) so that environ is not
919searched.
6df41af2 920
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PP
921=item Can't redefine active sort subroutine %s
922
923(F) Perl optimizes the internal handling of sort subroutines and keeps
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924pointers into them. You tried to redefine one such sort subroutine when
925it was currently active, which is not allowed. If you really want to do
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926this, you should write C<sort { &func } @x> instead of C<sort func @x>.
927
6df41af2
GS
928=item Can't "redo" outside a loop block
929
930(F) A "redo" statement was executed to restart the current block, but
931there isn't a current block. Note that an "if" or "else" block doesn't
932count as a "loopish" block, as doesn't a block given to sort(), map()
933or grep(). You can usually double the curlies to get the same effect
934though, because the inner curlies will be considered a block that
935loops once. See L<perlfunc/redo>.
936
64977eb6 937=item Can't remove %s: %s, skipping file
10f9c03d 938
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GS
939(S inplace) You requested an inplace edit without creating a backup
940file. Perl was unable to remove the original file to replace it with
941the modified file. The file was left unmodified.
10f9c03d 942
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943=item Can't rename %s to %s: %s, skipping file
944
e476b1b5 945(S inplace) The rename done by the B<-i> switch failed for some reason,
10f9c03d 946probably because you don't have write permission to the directory.
a0d0e21e 947
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948=item Can't reopen input pipe (name: %s) in binary mode
949
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950(P) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl thought stdin was a pipe, and tried
951to reopen it to accept binary data. Alas, it failed.
748a9306 952
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953=item Can't resolve method `%s' overloading `%s' in package `%s'
954
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955(F|P) Error resolving overloading specified by a method name (as opposed
956to a subroutine reference): no such method callable via the package. If
957method name is C<???>, this is an internal error.
6df41af2 958
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959=item Can't reswap uid and euid
960
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961(P) The setreuid() call failed for some reason in the setuid emulator of
962suidperl.
a0d0e21e 963
cd06dffe
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964=item Can't return %s from lvalue subroutine
965
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966(F) Perl detected an attempt to return illegal lvalues (such as
967temporary or readonly values) from a subroutine used as an lvalue. This
968is not allowed.
cd06dffe 969
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970=item Can't return outside a subroutine
971
972(F) The return statement was executed in mainline code, that is, where
973there was no subroutine call to return out of. See L<perlsub>.
974
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975=item Can't return %s to lvalue scalar context
976
977(F) You tried to return a complete array or hash from an lvalue subroutine,
978but you called the subroutine in a way that made Perl think you meant
979to return only one value. You probably meant to write parentheses around
980the call to the subroutine, which tell Perl that the call should be in
981list context.
982
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983=item Can't stat script "%s"
984
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985(P) For some reason you can't fstat() the script even though you have it
986open already. Bizarre.
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987
988=item Can't swap uid and euid
989
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990(P) The setreuid() call failed for some reason in the setuid emulator of
991suidperl.
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992
993=item Can't take log of %g
994
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995(F) For ordinary real numbers, you can't take the logarithm of a
996negative number or zero. There's a Math::Complex package that comes
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997standard with Perl, though, if you really want to do that for the
998negative numbers.
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999
1000=item Can't take sqrt of %g
1001
1002(F) For ordinary real numbers, you can't take the square root of a
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1003negative number. There's a Math::Complex package that comes standard
1004with Perl, though, if you really want to do that.
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1005
1006=item Can't undef active subroutine
1007
1008(F) You can't undefine a routine that's currently running. You can,
1009however, redefine it while it's running, and you can even undef the
1010redefined subroutine while the old routine is running. Go figure.
1011
1012=item Can't unshift
1013
1014(F) You tried to unshift an "unreal" array that can't be unshifted, such
1015as the main Perl stack.
1016
1017=item Can't upgrade that kind of scalar
1018
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1019(P) The internal sv_upgrade routine adds "members" to an SV, making it
1020into a more specialized kind of SV. The top several SV types are so
1021specialized, however, that they cannot be interconverted. This message
1022indicates that such a conversion was attempted.
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1023
1024=item Can't upgrade to undef
1025
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1026(P) The undefined SV is the bottom of the totem pole, in the scheme of
1027upgradability. Upgrading to undef indicates an error in the code
1028calling sv_upgrade.
a0d0e21e 1029
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1030=item Can't use anonymous symbol table for method lookup
1031
e27ad1f2 1032(F) The internal routine that does method lookup was handed a symbol
1db89ea5
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1033table that doesn't have a name. Symbol tables can become anonymous
1034for example by undefining stashes: C<undef %Some::Package::>.
1035
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1036=item Can't use an undefined value as %s reference
1037
1038(F) A value used as either a hard reference or a symbolic reference must
1039be a defined value. This helps to delurk some insidious errors.
1040
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GS
1041=item Can't use bareword ("%s") as %s ref while "strict refs" in use
1042
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GS
1043(F) Only hard references are allowed by "strict refs". Symbolic
1044references are disallowed. See L<perlref>.
6df41af2 1045
90b75b61 1046=item Can't use %! because Errno.pm is not available
1d2dff63
GS
1047
1048(F) The first time the %! hash is used, perl automatically loads the
1049Errno.pm module. The Errno module is expected to tie the %! hash to
1050provide symbolic names for C<$!> errno values.
1051
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GS
1052=item Can't use %s for loop variable
1053
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1054(F) Only a simple scalar variable may be used as a loop variable on a
1055foreach.
6df41af2
GS
1056
1057=item Can't use global %s in "my"
1058
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GS
1059(F) You tried to declare a magical variable as a lexical variable. This
1060is not allowed, because the magic can be tied to only one location
1061(namely the global variable) and it would be incredibly confusing to
1062have variables in your program that looked like magical variables but
6df41af2
GS
1063weren't.
1064
c07a80fd
PP
1065=item Can't use "my %s" in sort comparison
1066
1067(F) The global variables $a and $b are reserved for sort comparisons.
c47ff5f1 1068You mentioned $a or $b in the same line as the <=> or cmp operator,
c07a80fd
PP
1069and the variable had earlier been declared as a lexical variable.
1070Either qualify the sort variable with the package name, or rename the
1071lexical variable.
1072
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LW
1073=item Can't use %s ref as %s ref
1074
1075(F) You've mixed up your reference types. You have to dereference a
1076reference of the type needed. You can use the ref() function to
1077test the type of the reference, if need be.
1078
748a9306 1079=item Can't use string ("%s") as %s ref while "strict refs" in use
a0d0e21e 1080
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GS
1081(F) Only hard references are allowed by "strict refs". Symbolic
1082references are disallowed. See L<perlref>.
a0d0e21e 1083
748a9306
LW
1084=item Can't use subscript on %s
1085
1086(F) The compiler tried to interpret a bracketed expression as a
1087subscript. But to the left of the brackets was an expression that
1088didn't look like an array reference, or anything else subscriptable.
1089
6df41af2
GS
1090=item Can't use \%c to mean $%c in expression
1091
75b44862
GS
1092(W syntax) In an ordinary expression, backslash is a unary operator that
1093creates a reference to its argument. The use of backslash to indicate a
1094backreference to a matched substring is valid only as part of a regular
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GS
1095expression pattern. Trying to do this in ordinary Perl code produces a
1096value that prints out looking like SCALAR(0xdecaf). Use the $1 form
1097instead.
6df41af2 1098
810b8aa5
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1099=item Can't weaken a nonreference
1100
1101(F) You attempted to weaken something that was not a reference. Only
1102references can be weakened.
1103
5f05dabc 1104=item Can't x= to read-only value
a0d0e21e 1105
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1106(F) You tried to repeat a constant value (often the undefined value)
1107with an assignment operator, which implies modifying the value itself.
a0d0e21e
LW
1108Perhaps you need to copy the value to a temporary, and repeat that.
1109
49704364 1110=item Character in "C" format wrapped in pack
ac7cd81a
SC
1111
1112(W pack) You said
1113
1114 pack("C", $x)
1115
1116where $x is either less than 0 or more than 255; the C<"C"> format is
1117only for encoding native operating system characters (ASCII, EBCDIC,
1118and so on) and not for Unicode characters, so Perl behaved as if you meant
1119
1120 pack("C", $x & 255)
1121
1122If you actually want to pack Unicode codepoints, use the C<"U"> format
1123instead.
1124
49704364 1125=item Character in "c" format wrapped in pack
ac7cd81a
SC
1126
1127(W pack) You said
1128
1129 pack("c", $x)
1130
1131where $x is either less than -128 or more than 127; the C<"c"> format
1132is only for encoding native operating system characters (ASCII, EBCDIC,
1133and so on) and not for Unicode characters, so Perl behaved as if you meant
1134
1135 pack("c", $x & 255);
1136
1137If you actually want to pack Unicode codepoints, use the C<"U"> format
1138instead.
1139
96ebfdd7
RK
1140=item close() on unopened filehandle %s
1141
1142(W unopened) You tried to close a filehandle that was never opened.
1143
49704364
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1144=item Code missing after '/'
1145
1146(F) You had a (sub-)template that ends with a '/'. There must be another
1147template code following the slash. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
1148
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GS
1149=item %s: Command not found
1150
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1151(A) You've accidentally run your script through B<csh> instead of Perl.
1152Check the #! line, or manually feed your script into Perl yourself.
6df41af2 1153
7a2e2cd6
PP
1154=item Compilation failed in require
1155
1156(F) Perl could not compile a file specified in a C<require> statement.
be771a83
GS
1157Perl uses this generic message when none of the errors that it
1158encountered were severe enough to halt compilation immediately.
7a2e2cd6 1159
c3464db5
DD
1160=item Complex regular subexpression recursion limit (%d) exceeded
1161
be771a83
GS
1162(W regexp) The regular expression engine uses recursion in complex
1163situations where back-tracking is required. Recursion depth is limited
1164to 32766, or perhaps less in architectures where the stack cannot grow
1165arbitrarily. ("Simple" and "medium" situations are handled without
1166recursion and are not subject to a limit.) Try shortening the string
1167under examination; looping in Perl code (e.g. with C<while>) rather than
1168in the regular expression engine; or rewriting the regular expression so
c2e66d9e 1169that it is simpler or backtracks less. (See L<perlfaq2> for information
be771a83 1170on I<Mastering Regular Expressions>.)
c3464db5 1171
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1172=item cond_broadcast() called on unlocked variable
1173
1174(W threads) Within a thread-enabled program, you tried to call
1175cond_broadcast() on a variable which wasn't locked. The cond_broadcast()
1176function is used to wake up another thread that is waiting in a
1177cond_wait(). To ensure that the signal isn't sent before the other thread
1178has a chance to enter the wait, it is usual for the signaling thread to
1179first wait for a lock on variable. This lock attempt will only succeed
1180after the other thread has entered cond_wait() and thus relinquished the
1181lock.
1182
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DM
1183=item cond_signal() called on unlocked variable
1184
1185(W threads) Within a thread-enabled program, you tried to call
1186cond_signal() on a variable which wasn't locked. The cond_signal()
1187function is used to wake up another thread that is waiting in a
1188cond_wait(). To ensure that the signal isn't sent before the other thread
1189has a chance to enter the wait, it is usual for the signaling thread to
1190first wait for a lock on variable. This lock attempt will only succeed
1191after the other thread has entered cond_wait() and thus relinquished the
1192lock.
1193
69282e91 1194=item connect() on closed socket %s
a0d0e21e 1195
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GS
1196(W closed) You tried to do a connect on a closed socket. Did you forget
1197to check the return value of your socket() call? See
1198L<perlfunc/connect>.
a0d0e21e 1199
41ab332f 1200=item Constant(%s)%s: %s
6df41af2 1201
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GS
1202(F) The parser found inconsistencies either while attempting to define
1203an overloaded constant, or when trying to find the character name
1204specified in the C<\N{...}> escape. Perhaps you forgot to load the
1205corresponding C<overload> or C<charnames> pragma? See L<charnames> and
1206L<overload>.
6df41af2 1207
779c5bc9
GS
1208=item Constant is not %s reference
1209
1210(F) A constant value (perhaps declared using the C<use constant> pragma)
be771a83
GS
1211is being dereferenced, but it amounts to the wrong type of reference.
1212The message indicates the type of reference that was expected. This
1213usually indicates a syntax error in dereferencing the constant value.
779c5bc9
GS
1214See L<perlsub/"Constant Functions"> and L<constant>.
1215
4cee8e80
CS
1216=item Constant subroutine %s redefined
1217
bb028877 1218(S) You redefined a subroutine which had previously been
be771a83
GS
1219eligible for inlining. See L<perlsub/"Constant Functions"> for
1220commentary and workarounds.
4cee8e80 1221
9607fc9c
PP
1222=item Constant subroutine %s undefined
1223
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GS
1224(W misc) You undefined a subroutine which had previously been eligible
1225for inlining. See L<perlsub/"Constant Functions"> for commentary and
1226workarounds.
9607fc9c 1227
e7ea3e70
IZ
1228=item Copy method did not return a reference
1229
64977eb6 1230(F) The method which overloads "=" is buggy. See
13a2d996 1231L<overload/Copy Constructor>.
e7ea3e70 1232
6798c92b
GS
1233=item CORE::%s is not a keyword
1234
1235(F) The CORE:: namespace is reserved for Perl keywords.
1236
a0d0e21e
LW
1237=item corrupted regexp pointers
1238
1239(P) The regular expression engine got confused by what the regular
1240expression compiler gave it.
1241
1242=item corrupted regexp program
1243
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GS
1244(P) The regular expression engine got passed a regexp program without a
1245valid magic number.
a0d0e21e 1246
6df41af2
GS
1247=item Corrupt malloc ptr 0x%lx at 0x%lx
1248
1249(P) The malloc package that comes with Perl had an internal failure.
1250
49704364
LW
1251=item Count after length/code in unpack
1252
1253(F) You had an unpack template indicating a counted-length string, but
1254you have also specified an explicit size for the string. See
1255L<perlfunc/pack>.
1256
a0d0e21e
LW
1257=item Deep recursion on subroutine "%s"
1258
be771a83
GS
1259(W recursion) This subroutine has called itself (directly or indirectly)
1260100 times more than it has returned. This probably indicates an
1261infinite recursion, unless you're writing strange benchmark programs, in
1262which case it indicates something else.
a0d0e21e 1263
f10b0346 1264=item defined(@array) is deprecated
69794302 1265
be771a83
GS
1266(D deprecated) defined() is not usually useful on arrays because it
1267checks for an undefined I<scalar> value. If you want to see if the
64977eb6 1268array is empty, just use C<if (@array) { # not empty }> for example.
69794302 1269
f10b0346 1270=item defined(%hash) is deprecated
69794302 1271
be771a83
GS
1272(D deprecated) defined() is not usually useful on hashes because it
1273checks for an undefined I<scalar> value. If you want to see if the hash
64977eb6 1274is empty, just use C<if (%hash) { # not empty }> for example.
69794302 1275
62658f4d
PM
1276=item %s defines neither package nor VERSION--version check failed
1277
1278(F) You said something like "use Module 42" but in the Module file
1279there are neither package declarations nor a C<$VERSION>.
1280
fc36a67e
PP
1281=item Delimiter for here document is too long
1282
be771a83
GS
1283(F) In a here document construct like C<<<FOO>, the label C<FOO> is too
1284long for Perl to handle. You have to be seriously twisted to write code
1285that triggers this error.
fc36a67e 1286
3cdd684c
TP
1287=item Did not produce a valid header
1288
1289See Server error.
1290
6df41af2
GS
1291=item %s did not return a true value
1292
1293(F) A required (or used) file must return a true value to indicate that
1294it compiled correctly and ran its initialization code correctly. It's
1295traditional to end such a file with a "1;", though any true value would
1296do. See L<perlfunc/require>.
1297
cc507455 1298=item (Did you mean &%s instead?)
4633a7c4 1299
be771a83
GS
1300(W) You probably referred to an imported subroutine &FOO as $FOO or some
1301such.
4633a7c4 1302
cc507455 1303=item (Did you mean "local" instead of "our"?)
33633739 1304
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GS
1305(W misc) Remember that "our" does not localize the declared global
1306variable. You have declared it again in the same lexical scope, which
1307seems superfluous.
33633739 1308
cc507455 1309=item (Did you mean $ or @ instead of %?)
a0d0e21e 1310
be771a83
GS
1311(W) You probably said %hash{$key} when you meant $hash{$key} or
1312@hash{@keys}. On the other hand, maybe you just meant %hash and got
1313carried away.
748a9306 1314
7e1af8bc 1315=item Died
5f05dabc
PP
1316
1317(F) You passed die() an empty string (the equivalent of C<die "">) or
1318you called it with no args and both C<$@> and C<$_> were empty.
1319
3cdd684c
TP
1320=item Document contains no data
1321
1322See Server error.
1323
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PM
1324=item %s does not define %s::VERSION--version check failed
1325
1326(F) You said something like "use Module 42" but the Module did not
1327define a C<$VERSION.>
1328
49704364
LW
1329=item '/' does not take a repeat count
1330
1331(F) You cannot put a repeat count of any kind right after the '/' code.
1332See L<perlfunc/pack>.
1333
a0d0e21e
LW
1334=item Don't know how to handle magic of type '%s'
1335
1336(P) The internal handling of magical variables has been cursed.
1337
1338=item do_study: out of memory
1339
1340(P) This should have been caught by safemalloc() instead.
1341
6df41af2
GS
1342=item (Do you need to predeclare %s?)
1343
1344(S) This is an educated guess made in conjunction with the message "%s
1345found where operator expected". It often means a subroutine or module
1346name is being referenced that hasn't been declared yet. This may be
1347because of ordering problems in your file, or because of a missing
be771a83
GS
1348"sub", "package", "require", or "use" statement. If you're referencing
1349something that isn't defined yet, you don't actually have to define the
1350subroutine or package before the current location. You can use an empty
1351"sub foo;" or "package FOO;" to enter a "forward" declaration.
6df41af2 1352
ac206dc8
RGS
1353=item dump() better written as CORE::dump()
1354
1355(W misc) You used the obsolescent C<dump()> built-in function, without fully
1356qualifying it as C<CORE::dump()>. Maybe it's a typo. See L<perlfunc/dump>.
1357
a0d0e21e
LW
1358=item Duplicate free() ignored
1359
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GS
1360(S malloc) An internal routine called free() on something that had
1361already been freed.
a0d0e21e 1362
4633a7c4
LW
1363=item elseif should be elsif
1364
be771a83
GS
1365(S) There is no keyword "elseif" in Perl because Larry thinks it's ugly.
1366Your code will be interpreted as an attempt to call a method named
1367"elseif" for the class returned by the following block. This is
4633a7c4
LW
1368unlikely to be what you want.
1369
ab13f0c7
JH
1370=item Empty %s
1371
af6f566e
HS
1372(F) C<\p> and C<\P> are used to introduce a named Unicode property, as
1373described in L<perlunicode> and L<perlre>. You used C<\p> or C<\P> in
1374a regular expression without specifying the property name.
ab13f0c7 1375
85ab1d1d 1376=item entering effective %s failed
5ff3f7a4 1377
85ab1d1d 1378(F) While under the C<use filetest> pragma, switching the real and
5ff3f7a4
GS
1379effective uids or gids failed.
1380
748a9306
LW
1381=item Error converting file specification %s
1382
5f05dabc 1383(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Because Perl may have to deal with file
748a9306 1384specifications in either VMS or Unix syntax, it converts them to a
be771a83
GS
1385single form when it must operate on them directly. Either you've passed
1386an invalid file specification to Perl, or you've found a case the
1387conversion routines don't handle. Drat.
748a9306 1388
e4d48cc9
GS
1389=item %s: Eval-group in insecure regular expression
1390
be771a83
GS
1391(F) Perl detected tainted data when trying to compile a regular
1392expression that contains the C<(?{ ... })> zero-width assertion, which
1393is unsafe. See L<perlre/(?{ code })>, and L<perlsec>.
e4d48cc9 1394
e4d48cc9
GS
1395=item %s: Eval-group not allowed at run time
1396
be771a83
GS
1397(F) Perl tried to compile a regular expression containing the
1398C<(?{ ... })> zero-width assertion at run time, as it would when the
1399pattern contains interpolated values. Since that is a security risk, it
1400is not allowed. If you insist, you may still do this by explicitly
1401building the pattern from an interpolated string at run time and using
1402that in an eval(). See L<perlre/(?{ code })>.
e4d48cc9 1403
6df41af2
GS
1404=item %s: Eval-group not allowed, use re 'eval'
1405
be771a83
GS
1406(F) A regular expression contained the C<(?{ ... })> zero-width
1407assertion, but that construct is only allowed when the C<use re 'eval'>
1408pragma is in effect. See L<perlre/(?{ code })>.
6df41af2 1409
fc36a67e
PP
1410=item Excessively long <> operator
1411
1412(F) The contents of a <> operator may not exceed the maximum size of a
1413Perl identifier. If you're just trying to glob a long list of
1414filenames, try using the glob() operator, or put the filenames into a
1415variable and glob that.
1416
ed9aa3b7
SG
1417=item exec? I'm not *that* kind of operating system
1418
1419(F) The C<exec> function is not implemented in MacPerl. See L<perlport>.
1420
f86702cc 1421=item Execution of %s aborted due to compilation errors
a0d0e21e
LW
1422
1423(F) The final summary message when a Perl compilation fails.
1424
1425=item Exiting eval via %s
1426
be771a83
GS
1427(W exiting) You are exiting an eval by unconventional means, such as a
1428goto, or a loop control statement.
e476b1b5
GS
1429
1430=item Exiting format via %s
1431
9a2ff54b 1432(W exiting) You are exiting a format by unconventional means, such as a
be771a83 1433goto, or a loop control statement.
a0d0e21e 1434
0a753a76
PP
1435=item Exiting pseudo-block via %s
1436
be771a83
GS
1437(W exiting) You are exiting a rather special block construct (like a
1438sort block or subroutine) by unconventional means, such as a goto, or a
1439loop control statement. See L<perlfunc/sort>.
0a753a76 1440
a0d0e21e
LW
1441=item Exiting subroutine via %s
1442
be771a83
GS
1443(W exiting) You are exiting a subroutine by unconventional means, such
1444as a goto, or a loop control statement.
a0d0e21e
LW
1445
1446=item Exiting substitution via %s
1447
be771a83
GS
1448(W exiting) You are exiting a substitution by unconventional means, such
1449as a return, a goto, or a loop control statement.
a0d0e21e 1450
7b8d334a
GS
1451=item Explicit blessing to '' (assuming package main)
1452
be771a83
GS
1453(W misc) You are blessing a reference to a zero length string. This has
1454the effect of blessing the reference into the package main. This is
1455usually not what you want. Consider providing a default target package,
1456e.g. bless($ref, $p || 'MyPackage');
7b8d334a 1457
6df41af2
GS
1458=item %s: Expression syntax
1459
be771a83
GS
1460(A) You've accidentally run your script through B<csh> instead of Perl.
1461Check the #! line, or manually feed your script into Perl yourself.
6df41af2
GS
1462
1463=item %s failed--call queue aborted
1464
1465(F) An untrapped exception was raised while executing a CHECK, INIT, or
1466END subroutine. Processing of the remainder of the queue of such
1467routines has been prematurely ended.
1468
7253e4e3 1469=item False [] range "%s" in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
73b437c8 1470
be771a83 1471(W regexp) A character class range must start and end at a literal
7253e4e3
RK
1472character, not another character class like C<\d> or C<[:alpha:]>. The "-"
1473in your false range is interpreted as a literal "-". Consider quoting the
1474"-", "\-". The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the
1475problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
73b437c8 1476
748a9306 1477=item Fatal VMS error at %s, line %d
a0d0e21e 1478
be771a83
GS
1479(P) An error peculiar to VMS. Something untoward happened in a VMS
1480system service or RTL routine; Perl's exit status should provide more
1481details. The filename in "at %s" and the line number in "line %d" tell
1482you which section of the Perl source code is distressed.
a0d0e21e
LW
1483
1484=item fcntl is not implemented
1485
1486(F) Your machine apparently doesn't implement fcntl(). What is this, a
1487PDP-11 or something?
1488
af8c498a 1489=item Filehandle %s opened only for input
a0d0e21e 1490
6c8d78fb
HS
1491(W io) You tried to write on a read-only filehandle. If you intended
1492it to be a read-write filehandle, you needed to open it with "+<" or
1493"+>" or "+>>" instead of with "<" or nothing. If you intended only to
1494write the file, use ">" or ">>". See L<perlfunc/open>.
a0d0e21e 1495
af8c498a 1496=item Filehandle %s opened only for output
a0d0e21e 1497
6c8d78fb
HS
1498(W io) You tried to read from a filehandle opened only for writing, If
1499you intended it to be a read/write filehandle, you needed to open it
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1500with "+<" or "+>" or "+>>" instead of with "<" or nothing. If you
1501intended only to read from the file, use "<". See L<perlfunc/open>.
6c8d78fb
HS
1502Another possibility is that you attempted to open filedescriptor 0
1503(also known as STDIN) for output (maybe you closed STDIN earlier?).
97828cef
RGS
1504
1505=item Filehandle %s reopened as %s only for input
1506
1507(W io) You opened for reading a filehandle that got the same filehandle id
1508as STDOUT or STDERR. This occured because you closed STDOUT or STDERR
1509previously.
1510
1511=item Filehandle STDIN reopened as %s only for output
1512
1513(W io) You opened for writing a filehandle that got the same filehandle id
1514as STDIN. This occured because you closed STDIN previously.
a0d0e21e
LW
1515
1516=item Final $ should be \$ or $name
1517
1518(F) You must now decide whether the final $ in a string was meant to be
be771a83
GS
1519a literal dollar sign, or was meant to introduce a variable name that
1520happens to be missing. So you have to put either the backslash or the
1521name.
a0d0e21e 1522
56e90b21
GS
1523=item flock() on closed filehandle %s
1524
be771a83 1525(W closed) The filehandle you're attempting to flock() got itself closed
c289d2f7 1526some time before now. Check your control flow. flock() operates on
be771a83
GS
1527filehandles. Are you attempting to call flock() on a dirhandle by the
1528same name?
56e90b21 1529
6df41af2
GS
1530=item Format not terminated
1531
1532(F) A format must be terminated by a line with a solitary dot. Perl got
1533to the end of your file without finding such a line.
1534
a0d0e21e
LW
1535=item Format %s redefined
1536
e476b1b5 1537(W redefine) You redefined a format. To suppress this warning, say
a0d0e21e
LW
1538
1539 {
271595cc 1540 no warnings 'redefine';
a0d0e21e
LW
1541 eval "format NAME =...";
1542 }
1543
a0d0e21e
LW
1544=item Found = in conditional, should be ==
1545
e476b1b5 1546(W syntax) You said
a0d0e21e
LW
1547
1548 if ($foo = 123)
1549
1550when you meant
1551
1552 if ($foo == 123)
1553
1554(or something like that).
1555
6df41af2
GS
1556=item %s found where operator expected
1557
1558(S) The Perl lexer knows whether to expect a term or an operator. If it
be771a83
GS
1559sees what it knows to be a term when it was expecting to see an
1560operator, it gives you this warning. Usually it indicates that an
1561operator or delimiter was omitted, such as a semicolon.
6df41af2 1562
a0d0e21e
LW
1563=item gdbm store returned %d, errno %d, key "%s"
1564
1565(S) A warning from the GDBM_File extension that a store failed.
1566
1567=item gethostent not implemented
1568
1569(F) Your C library apparently doesn't implement gethostent(), probably
1570because if it did, it'd feel morally obligated to return every hostname
1571on the Internet.
1572
69282e91 1573=item get%sname() on closed socket %s
a0d0e21e 1574
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GS
1575(W closed) You tried to get a socket or peer socket name on a closed
1576socket. Did you forget to check the return value of your socket() call?
a0d0e21e 1577
748a9306
LW
1578=item getpwnam returned invalid UIC %#o for user "%s"
1579
1580(S) A warning peculiar to VMS. The call to C<sys$getuai> underlying the
1581C<getpwnam> operator returned an invalid UIC.
1582
6df41af2
GS
1583=item getsockopt() on closed socket %s
1584
be771a83
GS
1585(W closed) You tried to get a socket option on a closed socket. Did you
1586forget to check the return value of your socket() call? See
6df41af2
GS
1587L<perlfunc/getsockopt>.
1588
1589=item Global symbol "%s" requires explicit package name
1590
1591(F) You've said "use strict vars", which indicates that all variables
1592must either be lexically scoped (using "my"), declared beforehand using
1593"our", or explicitly qualified to say which package the global variable
1594is in (using "::").
1595
e476b1b5
GS
1596=item glob failed (%s)
1597
be771a83
GS
1598(W glob) Something went wrong with the external program(s) used for
1599C<glob> and C<< <*.c> >>. Usually, this means that you supplied a
1600C<glob> pattern that caused the external program to fail and exit with a
1601nonzero status. If the message indicates that the abnormal exit
1602resulted in a coredump, this may also mean that your csh (C shell) is
1603broken. If so, you should change all of the csh-related variables in
1604config.sh: If you have tcsh, make the variables refer to it as if it
1605were csh (e.g. C<full_csh='/usr/bin/tcsh'>); otherwise, make them all
1606empty (except that C<d_csh> should be C<'undef'>) so that Perl will
1607think csh is missing. In either case, after editing config.sh, run
75b44862 1608C<./Configure -S> and rebuild Perl.
e476b1b5 1609
a0d0e21e
LW
1610=item Glob not terminated
1611
1612(F) The lexer saw a left angle bracket in a place where it was expecting
be771a83
GS
1613a term, so it's looking for the corresponding right angle bracket, and
1614not finding it. Chances are you left some needed parentheses out
1615earlier in the line, and you really meant a "less than".
a0d0e21e 1616
6df41af2 1617=item Got an error from DosAllocMem
a0d0e21e 1618
6df41af2
GS
1619(P) An error peculiar to OS/2. Most probably you're using an obsolete
1620version of Perl, and this should not happen anyway.
a0d0e21e
LW
1621
1622=item goto must have label
1623
1624(F) Unlike with "next" or "last", you're not allowed to goto an
1625unspecified destination. See L<perlfunc/goto>.
1626
49704364 1627=item ()-group starts with a count
18529408 1628
49704364 1629(F) A ()-group started with a count. A count is
18529408 1630supposed to follow something: a template character or a ()-group.
49704364 1631 See L<perlfunc/pack>.
18529408 1632
6df41af2
GS
1633=item %s had compilation errors
1634
1635(F) The final summary message when a C<perl -c> fails.
1636
a0d0e21e
LW
1637=item Had to create %s unexpectedly
1638
be771a83
GS
1639(S internal) A routine asked for a symbol from a symbol table that ought
1640to have existed already, but for some reason it didn't, and had to be
1641created on an emergency basis to prevent a core dump.
a0d0e21e 1642
9b332a20 1643=item $* is no longer supported
f02c194e
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1644
1645(D deprecated) The special variable C<$*>, deprecated in older perls, has
1646been removed as of 5.9.0 and is no longer supported. You should use the
1647C<//m> and C<//s> regexp modifiers instead.
1648
a0d0e21e
LW
1649=item Hash %%s missing the % in argument %d of %s()
1650
be771a83
GS
1651(D deprecated) Really old Perl let you omit the % on hash names in some
1652spots. This is now heavily deprecated.
a0d0e21e 1653
6df41af2
GS
1654=item %s has too many errors
1655
1656(F) The parser has given up trying to parse the program after 10 errors.
1657Further error messages would likely be uninformative.
1658
252aa082
JH
1659=item Hexadecimal number > 0xffffffff non-portable
1660
e476b1b5 1661(W portable) The hexadecimal number you specified is larger than 2**32-1
9e24b6e2
JH
1662(4294967295) and therefore non-portable between systems. See
1663L<perlport> for more on portability concerns.
252aa082 1664
8903cb82
PP
1665=item Identifier too long
1666
1667(F) Perl limits identifiers (names for variables, functions, etc.) to
fc36a67e 1668about 250 characters for simple names, and somewhat more for compound
be771a83
GS
1669names (like C<$A::B>). You've exceeded Perl's limits. Future versions
1670of Perl are likely to eliminate these arbitrary limitations.
8903cb82 1671
6df41af2 1672=item Illegal binary digit %s
f675dbe5 1673
6df41af2 1674(F) You used a digit other than 0 or 1 in a binary number.
f675dbe5 1675
6df41af2 1676=item Illegal binary digit %s ignored
a0d0e21e 1677
be771a83
GS
1678(W digit) You may have tried to use a digit other than 0 or 1 in a
1679binary number. Interpretation of the binary number stopped before the
1680offending digit.
a0d0e21e 1681
4fdae800
PP
1682=item Illegal character %s (carriage return)
1683
d5898338 1684(F) Perl normally treats carriage returns in the program text as it
be771a83
GS
1685would any other whitespace, which means you should never see this error
1686when Perl was built using standard options. For some reason, your
1687version of Perl appears to have been built without this support. Talk
1688to your Perl administrator.
4fdae800 1689
d37a9538
ST
1690=item Illegal character in prototype for %s : %s
1691
420cdfc1 1692(W syntax) An illegal character was found in a prototype declaration. Legal
d37a9538
ST
1693characters in prototypes are $, @, %, *, ;, [, ], &, and \.
1694
904d85c5
RGS
1695=item Illegal declaration of anonymous subroutine
1696
1697(F) When using the C<sub> keyword to construct an anonymous subroutine,
1698you must always specify a block of code. See L<perlsub>.
1699
a0d0e21e
LW
1700=item Illegal division by zero
1701
be771a83
GS
1702(F) You tried to divide a number by 0. Either something was wrong in
1703your logic, or you need to put a conditional in to guard against
1704meaningless input.
a0d0e21e 1705
6df41af2
GS
1706=item Illegal hexadecimal digit %s ignored
1707
be771a83
GS
1708(W digit) You may have tried to use a character other than 0 - 9 or
1709A - F, a - f in a hexadecimal number. Interpretation of the hexadecimal
1710number stopped before the illegal character.
6df41af2 1711
a0d0e21e
LW
1712=item Illegal modulus zero
1713
be771a83
GS
1714(F) You tried to divide a number by 0 to get the remainder. Most
1715numbers don't take to this kindly.
a0d0e21e 1716
6df41af2 1717=item Illegal number of bits in vec
399388f4 1718
6df41af2
GS
1719(F) The number of bits in vec() (the third argument) must be a power of
1720two from 1 to 32 (or 64, if your platform supports that).
399388f4
GS
1721
1722=item Illegal octal digit %s
a0d0e21e 1723
d1be9408 1724(F) You used an 8 or 9 in an octal number.
a0d0e21e 1725
399388f4 1726=item Illegal octal digit %s ignored
748a9306 1727
d1be9408 1728(W digit) You may have tried to use an 8 or 9 in an octal number.
75b44862 1729Interpretation of the octal number stopped before the 8 or 9.
748a9306 1730
6df41af2 1731=item Illegal switch in PERL5OPT: %s
6ff81951 1732
6df41af2 1733(X) The PERL5OPT environment variable may only be used to set the
1c4db469 1734following switches: B<-[DIMUdmtw]>.
6ff81951 1735
6df41af2 1736=item Ill-formed CRTL environ value "%s"
81e118e0 1737
75b44862 1738(W internal) A warning peculiar to VMS. Perl tried to read the CRTL's
be771a83
GS
1739internal environ array, and encountered an element without the C<=>
1740delimiter used to separate keys from values. The element is ignored.
09bef843 1741
6df41af2 1742=item Ill-formed message in prime_env_iter: |%s|
54310121 1743
be771a83
GS
1744(W internal) A warning peculiar to VMS. Perl tried to read a logical
1745name or CLI symbol definition when preparing to iterate over %ENV, and
1746didn't see the expected delimiter between key and value, so the line was
1747ignored.
54310121 1748
8fa7688f
SF
1749=item Impossible to activate assertion call
1750
1751(W assertions) You're calling an assertion function in a block that is
1752not under the control of the C<assertions> pragma.
1753
6df41af2 1754=item (in cleanup) %s
9607fc9c 1755
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GS
1756(W misc) This prefix usually indicates that a DESTROY() method raised
1757the indicated exception. Since destructors are usually called by the
1758system at arbitrary points during execution, and often a vast number of
1759times, the warning is issued only once for any number of failures that
1760would otherwise result in the same message being repeated.
6df41af2 1761
be771a83
GS
1762Failure of user callbacks dispatched using the C<G_KEEPERR> flag could
1763also result in this warning. See L<perlcall/G_KEEPERR>.
9607fc9c 1764
979699d9
JH
1765=item In EBCDIC the v-string components cannot exceed 2147483647
1766
1767(F) An error peculiar to EBCDIC. Internally, v-strings are stored as
1768Unicode code points, and encoded in EBCDIC as UTF-EBCDIC. The UTF-EBCDIC
1769encoding is limited to code points no larger than 2147483647 (0x7FFFFFFF).
1770
a0d0e21e
LW
1771=item Insecure dependency in %s
1772
8b1a09fc 1773(F) You tried to do something that the tainting mechanism didn't like.
be771a83
GS
1774The tainting mechanism is turned on when you're running setuid or
1775setgid, or when you specify B<-T> to turn it on explicitly. The
1776tainting mechanism labels all data that's derived directly or indirectly
1777from the user, who is considered to be unworthy of your trust. If any
1778such data is used in a "dangerous" operation, you get this error. See
1779L<perlsec> for more information.
a0d0e21e
LW
1780
1781=item Insecure directory in %s
1782
be771a83
GS
1783(F) You can't use system(), exec(), or a piped open in a setuid or
1784setgid script if C<$ENV{PATH}> contains a directory that is writable by
1785the world. See L<perlsec>.
a0d0e21e 1786
62f468fc 1787=item Insecure $ENV{%s} while running %s
a0d0e21e
LW
1788
1789(F) You can't use system(), exec(), or a piped open in a setuid or
62f468fc 1790setgid script if any of C<$ENV{PATH}>, C<$ENV{IFS}>, C<$ENV{CDPATH}>,
332d5f78
SR
1791C<$ENV{ENV}>, C<$ENV{BASH_ENV}> or C<$ENV{TERM}> are derived from data
1792supplied (or potentially supplied) by the user. The script must set
1793the path to a known value, using trustworthy data. See L<perlsec>.
a0d0e21e 1794
a7ae9550
GS
1795=item Integer overflow in %s number
1796
75b44862 1797(W overflow) The hexadecimal, octal or binary number you have specified
be771a83
GS
1798either as a literal or as an argument to hex() or oct() is too big for
1799your architecture, and has been converted to a floating point number.
1800On a 32-bit architecture the largest hexadecimal, octal or binary number
9e24b6e2
JH
1801representable without overflow is 0xFFFFFFFF, 037777777777, or
18020b11111111111111111111111111111111 respectively. Note that Perl
1803transparently promotes all numbers to a floating point representation
1804internally--subject to loss of precision errors in subsequent
1805operations.
bbce6d69 1806
46314c13
JP
1807=item Integer overflow in version
1808
1809(F) Some portion of a version initialization is too large for the
1810size of integers for your architecture. This is not a warning
1811because there is no rational reason for a version to try and use a
1812element larger than typically 2**32. This is usually caused by
1813trying to use some odd mathematical operation as a version, like
1814100/9.
1815
7253e4e3 1816=item Internal disaster in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
6df41af2
GS
1817
1818(P) Something went badly wrong in the regular expression parser.
7253e4e3 1819The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the problem was
b45f050a
JF
1820discovered.
1821
748a9306
LW
1822=item Internal inconsistency in tracking vforks
1823
be771a83
GS
1824(S) A warning peculiar to VMS. Perl keeps track of the number of times
1825you've called C<fork> and C<exec>, to determine whether the current call
1826to C<exec> should affect the current script or a subprocess (see
1827L<perlvms/"exec LIST">). Somehow, this count has become scrambled, so
1828Perl is making a guess and treating this C<exec> as a request to
1829terminate the Perl script and execute the specified command.
748a9306 1830
7253e4e3 1831=item Internal urp in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
b45f050a 1832
7253e4e3
RK
1833(P) Something went badly awry in the regular expression parser. The
1834<-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the problem was
1835discovered.
a0d0e21e 1836
6df41af2
GS
1837=item %s (...) interpreted as function
1838
75b44862 1839(W syntax) You've run afoul of the rule that says that any list operator
be771a83 1840followed by parentheses turns into a function, with all the list
64977eb6 1841operators arguments found inside the parentheses. See
13a2d996 1842L<perlop/Terms and List Operators (Leftward)>.
6df41af2 1843
09bef843
SB
1844=item Invalid %s attribute: %s
1845
1846The indicated attribute for a subroutine or variable was not recognized
1847by Perl or by a user-supplied handler. See L<attributes>.
1848
1849=item Invalid %s attributes: %s
1850
be771a83
GS
1851The indicated attributes for a subroutine or variable were not
1852recognized by Perl or by a user-supplied handler. See L<attributes>.
09bef843 1853
c635e13b
PP
1854=item Invalid conversion in %s: "%s"
1855
be771a83
GS
1856(W printf) Perl does not understand the given format conversion. See
1857L<perlfunc/sprintf>.
c635e13b 1858
7253e4e3 1859=item Invalid [] range "%s" in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
6df41af2
GS
1860
1861(F) The range specified in a character class had a minimum character
7253e4e3
RK
1862greater than the maximum character. One possibility is that you forgot the
1863C<{}> from your ending C<\x{}> - C<\x> without the curly braces can go only
1864up to C<ff>. The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the
1865problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
6df41af2 1866
d1573ac7 1867=item Invalid range "%s" in transliteration operator
c2e66d9e
GS
1868
1869(F) The range specified in the tr/// or y/// operator had a minimum
1870character greater than the maximum character. See L<perlop>.
1871
09bef843
SB
1872=item Invalid separator character %s in attribute list
1873
0120eecf 1874(F) Something other than a colon or whitespace was seen between the
be771a83
GS
1875elements of an attribute list. If the previous attribute had a
1876parenthesised parameter list, perhaps that list was terminated too soon.
1877See L<attributes>.
09bef843 1878
49704364 1879=item Invalid type '%s' in %s
96e4d5b1 1880
49704364
LW
1881(F) The given character is not a valid pack or unpack type.
1882See L<perlfunc/pack>.
1883(W) The given character is not a valid pack or unpack type but used to be
75b44862 1884silently ignored.
96e4d5b1 1885
46314c13
JP
1886=item Invalid version format (multiple underscores)
1887
1888(F) Versions may contain at most a single underscore, which signals
1889that the version is a beta release. See L<version> for the allowed
1890version formats.
1891
1892=item Invalid version format (underscores before decimal)
1893
1894(F) Versions may not contain decimals after the optional underscore.
1895See L<version> for the allowed version formats.
1896
a0d0e21e
LW
1897=item ioctl is not implemented
1898
1899(F) Your machine apparently doesn't implement ioctl(), which is pretty
1900strange for a machine that supports C.
1901
c289d2f7
JH
1902=item ioctl() on unopened %s
1903
1904(W unopened) You tried ioctl() on a filehandle that was never opened.
1905Check you control flow and number of arguments.
1906
80cbd5ad
JH
1907=item IO::Socket::atmark not implemented on this architecture
1908
1909(F) Your machine doesn't implement the sockatmark() functionality,
1910neither as a system call or an ioctl call (SIOCATMARK).
1911
6ad11d81
JH
1912=item `%s' is not a code reference
1913
04a80ee0
RGS
1914(W overload) The second (fourth, sixth, ...) argument of overload::constant
1915needs to be a code reference. Either an anonymous subroutine, or a reference
6ad11d81
JH
1916to a subroutine.
1917
1918=item `%s' is not an overloadable type
1919
04a80ee0
RGS
1920(W overload) You tried to overload a constant type the overload package is
1921unaware of.
6ad11d81 1922
a0d0e21e
LW
1923=item junk on end of regexp
1924
1925(P) The regular expression parser is confused.
1926
1927=item Label not found for "last %s"
1928
be771a83
GS
1929(F) You named a loop to break out of, but you're not currently in a loop
1930of that name, not even if you count where you were called from. See
1931L<perlfunc/last>.
a0d0e21e
LW
1932
1933=item Label not found for "next %s"
1934
1935(F) You named a loop to continue, but you're not currently in a loop of
1936that name, not even if you count where you were called from. See
1937L<perlfunc/last>.
1938
1939=item Label not found for "redo %s"
1940
1941(F) You named a loop to restart, but you're not currently in a loop of
1942that name, not even if you count where you were called from. See
1943L<perlfunc/last>.
1944
85ab1d1d 1945=item leaving effective %s failed
5ff3f7a4 1946
85ab1d1d 1947(F) While under the C<use filetest> pragma, switching the real and
5ff3f7a4
GS
1948effective uids or gids failed.
1949
49704364
LW
1950=item length/code after end of string in unpack
1951
1952(F) While unpacking, the string buffer was alread used up when an unpack
1953length/code combination tried to obtain more data. This results in
1954an undefined value for the length. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
1955
69282e91 1956=item listen() on closed socket %s
a0d0e21e 1957
be771a83
GS
1958(W closed) You tried to do a listen on a closed socket. Did you forget
1959to check the return value of your socket() call? See
1960L<perlfunc/listen>.
a0d0e21e 1961
49704364 1962=item Lookbehind longer than %d not implemented in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
b45f050a
JF
1963
1964(F) There is currently a limit on the length of string which lookbehind can
7253e4e3
RK
1965handle. This restriction may be eased in a future release. The <-- HERE
1966shows in the regular expression about where the problem was discovered.
2e50fd82 1967
2f7da168
RK
1968=item lstat() on filehandle %s
1969
1970(W io) You tried to do an lstat on a filehandle. What did you mean
1971by that? lstat() makes sense only on filenames. (Perl did a fstat()
1972instead on the filehandle.)
1973
96ebfdd7
RK
1974=item Lvalue subs returning %s not implemented yet
1975
1976(F) Due to limitations in the current implementation, array and hash
1977values cannot be returned in subroutines used in lvalue context. See
1978L<perlsub/"Lvalue subroutines">.
1979
49704364
LW
1980=item Malformed integer in [] in pack
1981
1982(F) Between the brackets enclosing a numeric repeat count only digits
1983are permitted. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
1984
1985=item Malformed integer in [] in unpack
1986
1987(F) Between the brackets enclosing a numeric repeat count only digits
1988are permitted. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
1989
6df41af2
GS
1990=item Malformed PERLLIB_PREFIX
1991
1992(F) An error peculiar to OS/2. PERLLIB_PREFIX should be of the form
1993
1994 prefix1;prefix2
1995
1996or
6df41af2
GS
1997 prefix1 prefix2
1998
be771a83
GS
1999with nonempty prefix1 and prefix2. If C<prefix1> is indeed a prefix of
2000a builtin library search path, prefix2 is substituted. The error may
2001appear if components are not found, or are too long. See
fecfaeb8 2002"PERLLIB_PREFIX" in L<perlos2>.
6df41af2 2003
2f758a16
ST
2004=item Malformed prototype for %s: %s
2005
d37a9538
ST
2006(F) You tried to use a function with a malformed prototype. The
2007syntax of function prototypes is given a brief compile-time check for
2008obvious errors like invalid characters. A more rigorous check is run
2009when the function is called.
2f758a16 2010
ba210ebe
JH
2011=item Malformed UTF-8 character (%s)
2012
2013Perl detected something that didn't comply with UTF-8 encoding rules.
2014
901b21bf
JH
2015One possible cause is that you read in data that you thought to be in
2016UTF-8 but it wasn't (it was for example legacy 8-bit data). Another
2017possibility is careless use of utf8::upgrade().
2018
dea0fc0b
JH
2019=item Malformed UTF-16 surrogate
2020
2021Perl thought it was reading UTF-16 encoded character data but while
2022doing it Perl met a malformed Unicode surrogate.
2023
49704364 2024=item %s matches null string many times in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
6df41af2
GS
2025
2026(W regexp) The pattern you've specified would be an infinite loop if the
7253e4e3
RK
2027regular expression engine didn't specifically check for that. The <-- HERE
2028shows in the regular expression about where the problem was discovered.
2029See L<perlre>.
6df41af2 2030
25f58aea
PN
2031=item "%s" may clash with future reserved word
2032
2033(W) This warning may be due to running a perl5 script through a perl4
2034interpreter, especially if the word that is being warned about is
2035"use" or "my".
2036
49704364 2037=item % may not be used in pack
6df41af2
GS
2038
2039(F) You can't pack a string by supplying a checksum, because the
be771a83
GS
2040checksumming process loses information, and you can't go the other way.
2041See L<perlfunc/unpack>.
6df41af2 2042
a0d0e21e
LW
2043=item Method for operation %s not found in package %s during blessing
2044
2045(F) An attempt was made to specify an entry in an overloading table that
e7ea3e70 2046doesn't resolve to a valid subroutine. See L<overload>.
a0d0e21e 2047
3cdd684c
TP
2048=item Method %s not permitted
2049
2050See Server error.
2051
a0d0e21e
LW
2052=item Might be a runaway multi-line %s string starting on line %d
2053
2054(S) An advisory indicating that the previous error may have been caused
2055by a missing delimiter on a string or pattern, because it eventually
2056ended earlier on the current line.
2057
2058=item Misplaced _ in number
2059
d4ced10d
JH
2060(W syntax) An underscore (underbar) in a numeric constant did not
2061separate two digits.
a0d0e21e 2062
4a2d328f 2063=item Missing %sbrace%s on \N{}
423cee85 2064
4a2d328f 2065(F) Wrong syntax of character name literal C<\N{charname}> within
423cee85
JH
2066double-quotish context.
2067
a0d0e21e
LW
2068=item Missing comma after first argument to %s function
2069
2070(F) While certain functions allow you to specify a filehandle or an
2071"indirect object" before the argument list, this ain't one of them.
2072
06eaf0bc
GS
2073=item Missing command in piped open
2074
be771a83
GS
2075(W pipe) You used the C<open(FH, "| command")> or
2076C<open(FH, "command |")> construction, but the command was missing or
2077blank.
06eaf0bc 2078
961ce445
RGS
2079=item Missing control char name in \c
2080
2081(F) A double-quoted string ended with "\c", without the required control
2082character name.
2083
6df41af2
GS
2084=item Missing name in "my sub"
2085
be771a83
GS
2086(F) The reserved syntax for lexically scoped subroutines requires that
2087they have a name with which they can be found.
6df41af2
GS
2088
2089=item Missing $ on loop variable
2090
be771a83
GS
2091(F) Apparently you've been programming in B<csh> too much. Variables
2092are always mentioned with the $ in Perl, unlike in the shells, where it
2093can vary from one line to the next.
6df41af2 2094
cc507455 2095=item (Missing operator before %s?)
748a9306
LW
2096
2097(S) This is an educated guess made in conjunction with the message "%s
2098found where operator expected". Often the missing operator is a comma.
2099
ab13f0c7
JH
2100=item Missing right brace on %s
2101
2102(F) Missing right brace in C<\p{...}> or C<\P{...}>.
2103
d98d5fff 2104=item Missing right curly or square bracket
a0d0e21e 2105
be771a83
GS
2106(F) The lexer counted more opening curly or square brackets than closing
2107ones. As a general rule, you'll find it's missing near the place you
2108were last editing.
a0d0e21e 2109
6df41af2
GS
2110=item (Missing semicolon on previous line?)
2111
2112(S) This is an educated guess made in conjunction with the message "%s
2113found where operator expected". Don't automatically put a semicolon on
2114the previous line just because you saw this message.
2115
a0d0e21e
LW
2116=item Modification of a read-only value attempted
2117
2118(F) You tried, directly or indirectly, to change the value of a
5f05dabc 2119constant. You didn't, of course, try "2 = 1", because the compiler
a0d0e21e
LW
2120catches that. But an easy way to do the same thing is:
2121
2122 sub mod { $_[0] = 1 }
2123 mod(2);
2124
2125Another way is to assign to a substr() that's off the end of the string.
2126
c5674021
PDF
2127Yet another way is to assign to a C<foreach> loop I<VAR> when I<VAR>
2128is aliased to a constant in the look I<LIST>:
2129
2130 $x = 1;
2131 foreach my $n ($x, 2) {
2132 $n *= 2; # modifies the $x, but fails on attempt to modify the 2
64977eb6 2133 }
c5674021 2134
7a4340ed 2135=item Modification of non-creatable array value attempted, %s
a0d0e21e
LW
2136
2137(F) You tried to make an array value spring into existence, and the
2138subscript was probably negative, even counting from end of the array
2139backwards.
2140
7a4340ed 2141=item Modification of non-creatable hash value attempted, %s
a0d0e21e 2142
be771a83
GS
2143(P) You tried to make a hash value spring into existence, and it
2144couldn't be created for some peculiar reason.
a0d0e21e
LW
2145
2146=item Module name must be constant
2147
2148(F) Only a bare module name is allowed as the first argument to a "use".
2149
be98fb35 2150=item Module name required with -%c option
6df41af2 2151
be98fb35
GS
2152(F) The C<-M> or C<-m> options say that Perl should load some module, but
2153you omitted the name of the module. Consult L<perlrun> for full details
2154about C<-M> and C<-m>.
6df41af2 2155
ed9aa3b7
SG
2156=item More than one argument to open
2157
2158(F) The C<open> function has been asked to open multiple files. This
2159can happen if you are trying to open a pipe to a command that takes a
2160list of arguments, but have forgotten to specify a piped open mode.
2161See L<perlfunc/open> for details.
2162
a0d0e21e
LW
2163=item msg%s not implemented
2164
2165(F) You don't have System V message IPC on your system.
2166
2167=item Multidimensional syntax %s not supported
2168
75b44862
GS
2169(W syntax) Multidimensional arrays aren't written like C<$foo[1,2,3]>.
2170They're written like C<$foo[1][2][3]>, as in C.
8b1a09fc 2171
49704364 2172=item '/' must be followed by 'a*', 'A*' or 'Z*'
09bef843 2173
6df41af2 2174(F) You had a pack template indicating a counted-length string,
be771a83
GS
2175Currently the only things that can have their length counted are a*, A*
2176or Z*. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
6df41af2 2177
49704364 2178=item '/' must follow a numeric type in unpack
6df41af2 2179
49704364
LW
2180(F) You had an unpack template that contained a '/', but this did not
2181follow some unpack specification producing a numeric value.
2182See L<perlfunc/pack>.
6df41af2
GS
2183
2184=item "my sub" not yet implemented
2185
be771a83
GS
2186(F) Lexically scoped subroutines are not yet implemented. Don't try
2187that yet.
6df41af2
GS
2188
2189=item "my" variable %s can't be in a package
2190
be771a83
GS
2191(F) Lexically scoped variables aren't in a package, so it doesn't make
2192sense to try to declare one with a package qualifier on the front. Use
2193local() if you want to localize a package variable.
09bef843 2194
8b1a09fc
PP
2195=item Name "%s::%s" used only once: possible typo
2196
e476b1b5 2197(W once) Typographical errors often show up as unique variable names.
be771a83
GS
2198If you had a good reason for having a unique name, then just mention it
2199again somehow to suppress the message. The C<our> declaration is
77ca0c92 2200provided for this purpose.
a0d0e21e 2201
49704364
LW
2202=item Negative '/' count in unpack
2203
2204(F) The length count obtained from a length/code unpack operation was
2205negative. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
2206
a0d0e21e
LW
2207=item Negative length
2208
be771a83
GS
2209(F) You tried to do a read/write/send/recv operation with a buffer
2210length that is less than 0. This is difficult to imagine.
a0d0e21e 2211
ed9aa3b7
SG
2212=item Negative offset to vec in lvalue context
2213
2214(F) When C<vec> is called in an lvalue context, the second argument must be
2215greater than or equal to zero.
2216
7253e4e3 2217=item Nested quantifiers in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
a0d0e21e 2218
b45f050a 2219(F) You can't quantify a quantifier without intervening parentheses. So
7253e4e3 2220things like ** or +* or ?* are illegal. The <-- HERE shows in the regular
b45f050a 2221expression about where the problem was discovered.
a0d0e21e 2222
7253e4e3 2223Note that the minimal matching quantifiers, C<*?>, C<+?>, and
be771a83 2224C<??> appear to be nested quantifiers, but aren't. See L<perlre>.
a0d0e21e 2225
6df41af2 2226=item %s never introduced
a0d0e21e 2227
be771a83
GS
2228(S internal) The symbol in question was declared but somehow went out of
2229scope before it could possibly have been used.
a0d0e21e 2230
dca6e23f
RB
2231=item Newline in left-justified string for %s
2232
2233(W printf) There is a newline in a string to be left justified by
2234C<printf> or C<sprintf>.
2235
2236The padding spaces will appear after the newline, which is probably not
2237what you wanted. Usually you should remove the newline from the string
2238and put formatting characters in the C<sprintf> format.
2239
a0d0e21e
LW
2240=item No %s allowed while running setuid
2241
be771a83
GS
2242(F) Certain operations are deemed to be too insecure for a setuid or
2243setgid script to even be allowed to attempt. Generally speaking there
2244will be another way to do what you want that is, if not secure, at least
2245securable. See L<perlsec>.
a0d0e21e 2246
a0d0e21e
LW
2247=item No comma allowed after %s
2248
2249(F) A list operator that has a filehandle or "indirect object" is not
2250allowed to have a comma between that and the following arguments.
2251Otherwise it'd be just another one of the arguments.
2252
0a753a76
PP
2253One possible cause for this is that you expected to have imported a
2254constant to your name space with B<use> or B<import> while no such
2255importing took place, it may for example be that your operating system
2256does not support that particular constant. Hopefully you did use an
2257explicit import list for the constants you expect to see, please see
2258L<perlfunc/use> and L<perlfunc/import>. While an explicit import list
2259would probably have caught this error earlier it naturally does not
2260remedy the fact that your operating system still does not support that
2261constant. Maybe you have a typo in the constants of the symbol import
2262list of B<use> or B<import> or in the constant name at the line where
2263this error was triggered?
2264
748a9306
LW
2265=item No command into which to pipe on command line
2266
be771a83
GS
2267(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl handles its own command line
2268redirection, and found a '|' at the end of the command line, so it
2269doesn't know where you want to pipe the output from this command.
748a9306 2270
a0d0e21e
LW
2271=item No DB::DB routine defined
2272
be771a83
GS
2273(F) The currently executing code was compiled with the B<-d> switch, but
2274for some reason the perl5db.pl file (or some facsimile thereof) didn't
2275define a routine to be called at the beginning of each statement. Which
2276is odd, because the file should have been required automatically, and
2277should have blown up the require if it didn't parse right.
a0d0e21e
LW
2278
2279=item No dbm on this machine
2280
2281(P) This is counted as an internal error, because every machine should
5f05dabc 2282supply dbm nowadays, because Perl comes with SDBM. See L<SDBM_File>.
a0d0e21e
LW
2283
2284=item No DBsub routine
2285
2286(F) The currently executing code was compiled with the B<-d> switch,
2287but for some reason the perl5db.pl file (or some facsimile thereof)
2288didn't define a DB::sub routine to be called at the beginning of each
2289ordinary subroutine call.
2290
96ebfdd7
RK
2291=item No B<-e> allowed in setuid scripts
2292
2293(F) A setuid script can't be specified by the user.
2294
c47ff5f1 2295=item No error file after 2> or 2>> on command line
748a9306 2296
be771a83
GS
2297(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl handles its own command line
2298redirection, and found a '2>' or a '2>>' on the command line, but can't
2299find the name of the file to which to write data destined for stderr.
748a9306 2300
49704364
LW
2301=item No group ending character '%c' found in template
2302
2303(F) A pack or unpack template has an opening '(' or '[' without its
2304matching counterpart. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
2305
c47ff5f1 2306=item No input file after < on command line
748a9306 2307
be771a83
GS
2308(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl handles its own command line
2309redirection, and found a '<' on the command line, but can't find the
2310name of the file from which to read data for stdin.
748a9306 2311
6df41af2
GS
2312=item No #! line
2313
2314(F) The setuid emulator requires that scripts have a well-formed #! line
2315even on machines that don't support the #! construct.
2316
2317=item "no" not allowed in expression
2318
be771a83
GS
2319(F) The "no" keyword is recognized and executed at compile time, and
2320returns no useful value. See L<perlmod>.
6df41af2 2321
c47ff5f1 2322=item No output file after > on command line
748a9306 2323
be771a83
GS
2324(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl handles its own command line
2325redirection, and found a lone '>' at the end of the command line, so it
2326doesn't know where you wanted to redirect stdout.
748a9306 2327
c47ff5f1 2328=item No output file after > or >> on command line
748a9306 2329
be771a83
GS
2330(F) An error peculiar to VMS. Perl handles its own command line
2331redirection, and found a '>' or a '>>' on the command line, but can't
2332find the name of the file to which to write data destined for stdout.
748a9306 2333
1ec3e8de
GS
2334=item No package name allowed for variable %s in "our"
2335
be771a83
GS
2336(F) Fully qualified variable names are not allowed in "our"
2337declarations, because that doesn't make much sense under existing
2338semantics. Such syntax is reserved for future extensions.
1ec3e8de 2339
a0d0e21e
LW
2340=item No Perl script found in input
2341
2342(F) You called C<perl -x>, but no line was found in the file beginning
2343with #! and containing the word "perl".
2344
2345=item No setregid available
2346
2347(F) Configure didn't find anything resembling the setregid() call for
2348your system.
2349
2350=item No setreuid available
2351
2352(F) Configure didn't find anything resembling the setreuid() call for
2353your system.
2354
a67e862a 2355=item No space allowed after -%c
a0d0e21e 2356
be771a83
GS
2357(F) The argument to the indicated command line switch must follow
2358immediately after the switch, without intervening spaces.
a0d0e21e 2359
6df41af2
GS
2360=item No %s specified for -%c
2361
2362(F) The indicated command line switch needs a mandatory argument, but
2363you haven't specified one.
2364
2c692339
RGS
2365=item No such class %s
2366
2367(F) You provided a class qualifier in a "my" or "our" declaration, but
2368this class doesn't exist at this point in your program.
2369
6df41af2
GS
2370=item No such pipe open
2371
2372(P) An error peculiar to VMS. The internal routine my_pclose() tried to
be771a83
GS
2373close a pipe which hadn't been opened. This should have been caught
2374earlier as an attempt to close an unopened filehandle.
6df41af2 2375
a0d0e21e
LW
2376=item No such signal: SIG%s
2377
be771a83
GS
2378(W signal) You specified a signal name as a subscript to %SIG that was
2379not recognized. Say C<kill -l> in your shell to see the valid signal
2380names on your system.
a0d0e21e
LW
2381
2382=item Not a CODE reference
2383
2384(F) Perl was trying to evaluate a reference to a code value (that is, a
2385subroutine), but found a reference to something else instead. You can
be771a83
GS
2386use the ref() function to find out what kind of ref it really was. See
2387also L<perlref>.
a0d0e21e
LW
2388
2389=item Not a format reference
2390
2391(F) I'm not sure how you managed to generate a reference to an anonymous
2392format, but this indicates you did, and that it didn't exist.
2393
2394=item Not a GLOB reference
2395
be771a83
GS
2396(F) Perl was trying to evaluate a reference to a "typeglob" (that is, a
2397symbol table entry that looks like C<*foo>), but found a reference to
2398something else instead. You can use the ref() function to find out what
2399kind of ref it really was. See L<perlref>.
a0d0e21e
LW
2400
2401=item Not a HASH reference
2402
be771a83
GS
2403(F) Perl was trying to evaluate a reference to a hash value, but found a
2404reference to something else instead. You can use the ref() function to
2405find out what kind of ref it really was. See L<perlref>.
a0d0e21e 2406
6df41af2
GS
2407=item Not an ARRAY reference
2408
be771a83
GS
2409(F) Perl was trying to evaluate a reference to an array value, but found
2410a reference to something else instead. You can use the ref() function
2411to find out what kind of ref it really was. See L<perlref>.
6df41af2 2412
a0d0e21e
LW
2413=item Not a perl script
2414
2415(F) The setuid emulator requires that scripts have a well-formed #! line
2416even on machines that don't support the #! construct. The line must
2417mention perl.
2418
2419=item Not a SCALAR reference
2420
be771a83
GS
2421(F) Perl was trying to evaluate a reference to a scalar value, but found
2422a reference to something else instead. You can use the ref() function
2423to find out what kind of ref it really was. See L<perlref>.
a0d0e21e
LW
2424
2425=item Not a subroutine reference
2426
2427(F) Perl was trying to evaluate a reference to a code value (that is, a
2428subroutine), but found a reference to something else instead. You can
be771a83
GS
2429use the ref() function to find out what kind of ref it really was. See
2430also L<perlref>.
a0d0e21e 2431
e7ea3e70 2432=item Not a subroutine reference in overload table
a0d0e21e
LW
2433
2434(F) An attempt was made to specify an entry in an overloading table that
8b1a09fc 2435doesn't somehow point to a valid subroutine. See L<overload>.
a0d0e21e 2436
a0d0e21e
LW
2437=item Not enough arguments for %s
2438
2439(F) The function requires more arguments than you specified.
2440
6df41af2
GS
2441=item Not enough format arguments
2442
be771a83
GS
2443(W syntax) A format specified more picture fields than the next line
2444supplied. See L<perlform>.
6df41af2
GS
2445
2446=item %s: not found
2447
be771a83
GS
2448(A) You've accidentally run your script through the Bourne shell instead
2449of Perl. Check the #! line, or manually feed your script into Perl
2450yourself.
6df41af2
GS
2451
2452=item no UTC offset information; assuming local time is UTC
a0d0e21e 2453
6df41af2
GS
2454(S) A warning peculiar to VMS. Perl was unable to find the local
2455timezone offset, so it's assuming that local system time is equivalent
be771a83
GS
2456to UTC. If it's not, define the logical name
2457F<SYS$TIMEZONE_DIFFERENTIAL> to translate to the number of seconds which
2458need to be added to UTC to get local time.
a0d0e21e
LW
2459
2460=item Null filename used
2461
be771a83
GS
2462(F) You can't require the null filename, especially because on many
2463machines that means the current directory! See L<perlfunc/require>.
a0d0e21e 2464
6df41af2
GS
2465=item NULL OP IN RUN
2466
be771a83
GS
2467(P debugging) Some internal routine called run() with a null opcode
2468pointer.
6df41af2 2469
55497cff
PP
2470=item Null picture in formline
2471
2472(F) The first argument to formline must be a valid format picture
2473specification. It was found to be empty, which probably means you
2474supplied it an uninitialized value. See L<perlform>.
2475
a0d0e21e
LW
2476=item Null realloc
2477
2478(P) An attempt was made to realloc NULL.
2479
2480=item NULL regexp argument
2481
5f05dabc 2482(P) The internal pattern matching routines blew it big time.
a0d0e21e
LW
2483
2484=item NULL regexp parameter
2485
2486(P) The internal pattern matching routines are out of their gourd.
2487
fc36a67e
PP
2488=item Number too long
2489
be771a83 2490(F) Perl limits the representation of decimal numbers in programs to
da75cd15 2491about 250 characters. You've exceeded that length. Future
be771a83
GS
2492versions of Perl are likely to eliminate this arbitrary limitation. In
2493the meantime, try using scientific notation (e.g. "1e6" instead of
2494"1_000_000").
fc36a67e 2495
6df41af2
GS
2496=item Octal number in vector unsupported
2497
be771a83
GS
2498(F) Numbers with a leading C<0> are not currently allowed in vectors.
2499The octal number interpretation of such numbers may be supported in a
2500future version.
6df41af2 2501
252aa082
JH
2502=item Octal number > 037777777777 non-portable
2503
75b44862 2504(W portable) The octal number you specified is larger than 2**32-1
be771a83
GS
2505(4294967295) and therefore non-portable between systems. See
2506L<perlport> for more on portability concerns.
252aa082
JH
2507
2508See also L<perlport> for writing portable code.
2509
6ad11d81
JH
2510=item Odd number of arguments for overload::constant
2511
04a80ee0
RGS
2512(W overload) The call to overload::constant contained an odd number of
2513arguments. The arguments should come in pairs.
6ad11d81 2514
b21befc1
MG
2515=item Odd number of elements in anonymous hash
2516
2517(W misc) You specified an odd number of elements to initialize a hash,
2518which is odd, because hashes come in key/value pairs.
2519
1930e939 2520=item Odd number of elements in hash assignment
a0d0e21e 2521
be771a83
GS
2522(W misc) You specified an odd number of elements to initialize a hash,
2523which is odd, because hashes come in key/value pairs.
a0d0e21e 2524
bbce6d69
PP
2525=item Offset outside string
2526
2527(F) You tried to do a read/write/send/recv operation with an offset
be771a83
GS
2528pointing outside the buffer. This is difficult to imagine. The sole
2529exception to this is that C<sysread()>ing past the buffer will extend
2530the buffer and zero pad the new area.
bbce6d69 2531
c289d2f7 2532=item %s() on unopened %s
2dd78f96
JH
2533
2534(W unopened) An I/O operation was attempted on a filehandle that was
2535never initialized. You need to do an open(), a sysopen(), or a socket()
2536call, or call a constructor from the FileHandle package.
2537
96ebfdd7
RK
2538=item -%s on unopened filehandle %s
2539
2540(W unopened) You tried to invoke a file test operator on a filehandle
2541that isn't open. Check your control flow. See also L<perlfunc/-X>.
2542
a0d0e21e
LW
2543=item oops: oopsAV
2544
e476b1b5 2545(S internal) An internal warning that the grammar is screwed up.
a0d0e21e
LW
2546
2547=item oops: oopsHV
2548
e476b1b5 2549(S internal) An internal warning that the grammar is screwed up.
a0d0e21e 2550
56f7f34b 2551=item Operation `%s': no method found, %s
44a8e56a 2552
be771a83
GS
2553(F) An attempt was made to perform an overloaded operation for which no
2554handler was defined. While some handlers can be autogenerated in terms
2555of other handlers, there is no default handler for any operation, unless
2556C<fallback> overloading key is specified to be true. See L<overload>.
44a8e56a 2557
748a9306
LW
2558=item Operator or semicolon missing before %s
2559
be771a83
GS
2560(S ambiguous) You used a variable or subroutine call where the parser
2561was expecting an operator. The parser has assumed you really meant to
2562use an operator, but this is highly likely to be incorrect. For
2563example, if you say "*foo *foo" it will be interpreted as if you said
2564"*foo * 'foo'".
748a9306 2565
6df41af2
GS
2566=item "our" variable %s redeclared
2567
be771a83
GS
2568(W misc) You seem to have already declared the same global once before
2569in the current lexical scope.
6df41af2 2570
a80b8354
GS
2571=item Out of memory!
2572
2573(X) The malloc() function returned 0, indicating there was insufficient
be771a83
GS
2574remaining memory (or virtual memory) to satisfy the request. Perl has
2575no option but to exit immediately.
a80b8354 2576
19a52907
JH
2577At least in Unix you may be able to get past this by increasing your
2578process datasize limits: in csh/tcsh use C<limit> and
2579C<limit datasize n> (where C<n> is the number of kilobytes) to check
2580the current limits and change them, and in ksh/bash/zsh use C<ulimit -a>
2581and C<ulimit -d n>, respectively.
2582
6df41af2 2583=item Out of memory during "large" request for %s
a0d0e21e 2584
6df41af2
GS
2585(F) The malloc() function returned 0, indicating there was insufficient
2586remaining memory (or virtual memory) to satisfy the request. However,
be771a83
GS
2587the request was judged large enough (compile-time default is 64K), so a
2588possibility to shut down by trapping this error is granted.
a0d0e21e 2589
1b979e0a 2590=item Out of memory during request for %s
a0d0e21e 2591
be771a83
GS
2592(X|F) The malloc() function returned 0, indicating there was
2593insufficient remaining memory (or virtual memory) to satisfy the
2594request.
eff9c6e2
CS
2595
2596The request was judged to be small, so the possibility to trap it
2597depends on the way perl was compiled. By default it is not trappable.
be771a83
GS
2598However, if compiled for this, Perl may use the contents of C<$^M> as an
2599emergency pool after die()ing with this message. In this case the error
b022d2d2
IZ
2600is trappable I<once>, and the error message will include the line and file
2601where the failed request happened.
55497cff 2602
1b979e0a
IZ
2603=item Out of memory during ridiculously large request
2604
2605(F) You can't allocate more than 2^31+"small amount" bytes. This error
be771a83
GS
2606is most likely to be caused by a typo in the Perl program. e.g.,
2607C<$arr[time]> instead of C<$arr[$time]>.
1b979e0a 2608
6df41af2
GS
2609=item Out of memory for yacc stack
2610
be771a83
GS
2611(F) The yacc parser wanted to grow its stack so it could continue
2612parsing, but realloc() wouldn't give it more memory, virtual or
2613otherwise.
6df41af2 2614
49704364 2615=item '@' outside of string in unpack
6df41af2 2616
49704364 2617(F) You had a template that specified an absolute position outside
6df41af2
GS
2618the string being unpacked. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
2619
2620=item %s package attribute may clash with future reserved word: %s
2621
be771a83
GS
2622(W reserved) A lowercase attribute name was used that had a
2623package-specific handler. That name might have a meaning to Perl itself
2624some day, even though it doesn't yet. Perhaps you should use a
2625mixed-case attribute name, instead. See L<attributes>.
6df41af2 2626
96ebfdd7
RK
2627=item pack/unpack repeat count overflow
2628
2629(F) You can't specify a repeat count so large that it overflows your
2630signed integers. See L<perlfunc/pack>.
2631
a0d0e21e
LW
2632=item page overflow
2633
be771a83
GS
2634(W io) A single call to write() produced more lines than can fit on a
2635page. See L<perlform>.
a0d0e21e 2636
6df41af2
GS
2637=item panic: %s
2638
2639(P) An internal error.
2640
a0d0e21e
LW
2641=item panic: ck_grep
2642
2643(P) Failed an internal consistency check trying to compile a grep.
2644
2645=item panic: ck_split
2646
2647(P) Failed an internal consistency check trying to compile a split.
2648
2649=item panic: corrupt saved stack index
2650
be771a83
GS
2651(P) The savestack was requested to restore more localized values than
2652there are in the savestack.
a0d0e21e 2653
810b8aa5
GS
2654=item panic: del_backref
2655
2656(P) Failed an internal consistency check while trying to reset a weak
2657reference.
2658
a0d0e21e
LW
2659=item panic: die %s
2660
2661(P) We popped the context stack to an eval context, and then discovered
2662it wasn't an eval context.
2663
a0d0e21e
LW
2664=item panic: do_subst
2665
be771a83
GS
2666(P) The internal pp_subst() routine was called with invalid operational
2667data.
a0d0e21e 2668
2269b42e 2669=item panic: do_trans_%s
a0d0e21e 2670
2269b42e 2671(P) The internal do_trans routines were called with invalid operational
be771a83 2672data.
a0d0e21e 2673
c635e13b
PP
2674=item panic: frexp
2675
2676(P) The library function frexp() failed, making printf("%f") impossible.
2677
a0d0e21e
LW
2678=item panic: goto
2679
2680(P) We popped the context stack to a context with the specified label,
2681and then discovered it wasn't a context we know how to do a goto in.
2682
2683=item panic: INTERPCASEMOD
2684
2685(P) The lexer got into a bad state at a case modifier.
2686
2687=item panic: INTERPCONCAT
2688
2689(P) The lexer got into a bad state parsing a string with brackets.
2690
e446cec8
IZ
2691=item panic: kid popen errno read
2692
2693(F) forked child returned an incomprehensible message about its errno.
2694
a0d0e21e
LW
2695=item panic: last
2696
2697(P) We popped the context stack to a block context, and then discovered
2698it wasn't a block context.
2699
2700=item panic: leave_scope clearsv
2701
be771a83
GS
2702(P) A writable lexical variable became read-only somehow within the
2703scope.
a0d0e21e
LW
2704
2705=item panic: leave_scope inconsistency
2706
2707(P) The savestack probably got out of sync. At least, there was an
2708invalid enum on the top of it.
2709
810b8aa5
GS
2710=item panic: magic_killbackrefs
2711
2712(P) Failed an internal consistency check while trying to reset all weak
2713references to an object.
2714
6df41af2
GS
2715=item panic: malloc
2716
2717(P) Something requested a negative number of bytes of malloc.
2718
a0d0e21e
LW
2719=item panic: mapstart
2720
2721(P) The compiler is screwed up with respect to the map() function.
2722
2723=item panic: null array
2724
2725(P) One of the internal array routines was passed a null AV pointer.
2726
2727=item panic: pad_alloc
2728
2729(P) The compiler got confused about which scratch pad it was allocating
2730and freeing temporaries and lexicals from.
2731
2732=item panic: pad_free curpad
2733
2734(P) The compiler got confused about which scratch pad it was allocating
2735and freeing temporaries and lexicals from.
2736
2737=item panic: pad_free po
2738
2739(P) An invalid scratch pad offset was detected internally.
2740
2741=item panic: pad_reset curpad
2742
2743(P) The compiler got confused about which scratch pad it was allocating
2744and freeing temporaries and lexicals from.
2745
2746=item panic: pad_sv po
2747
2748(P) An invalid scratch pad offset was detected internally.
2749
2750=item panic: pad_swipe curpad
2751
2752(P) The compiler got confused about which scratch pad it was allocating
2753and freeing temporaries and lexicals from.
2754
2755=item panic: pad_swipe po
2756
2757(P) An invalid scratch pad offset was detected internally.
2758
2759=item panic: pp_iter
2760
2761(P) The foreach iterator got called in a non-loop context frame.
2762
96ebfdd7
RK
2763=item panic: pp_match%s
2764
2765(P) The internal pp_match() routine was called with invalid operational
2766data.
2767
2269b42e
JH
2768=item panic: pp_split
2769
2770(P) Something terrible went wrong in setting up for the split.
2771
a0d0e21e
LW
2772=item panic: realloc
2773
2774(P) Something requested a negative number of bytes of realloc.
2775
2776=item panic: restartop
2777
2778(P) Some internal routine requested a goto (or something like it), and
2779didn't supply the destination.
2780
2781=item panic: return
2782
2783(P) We popped the context stack to a subroutine or eval context, and
2784then discovered it wasn't a subroutine or eval context.
2785
2786=item panic: scan_num
2787
2788(P) scan_num() got called on something that wasn't a number.
2789
2790=item panic: sv_insert
2791
2792(P) The sv_insert() routine was told to remove more string than there
2793was string.
2794
2795=item panic: top_env
2796
6224f72b 2797(P) The compiler attempted to do a goto, or something weird like that.
a0d0e21e 2798
dea0fc0b
JH
2799=item panic: utf16_to_utf8: odd bytelen
2800
2801(P) Something tried to call utf16_to_utf8 with an odd (as opposed
64977eb6 2802to even) byte length.
dea0fc0b 2803
2f7da168
RK
2804=item panic: yylex
2805
2806(P) The lexer got into a bad state while processing a case modifier.
2807
7b8d334a 2808=item Parentheses missing around "%s" list
a0d0e21e 2809
e476b1b5 2810(W parenthesis) You said something like
a0d0e21e
LW
2811
2812 my $foo, $bar = @_;
2813
2814when you meant
2815
2816 my ($foo, $bar) = @_;
2817
54884818 2818Remember that "my", "our", and "local" bind tighter than comma.
a0d0e21e 2819
96ebfdd7
RK
2820=item C<-p> destination: %s
2821
2822(F) An error occurred during the implicit output invoked by the C<-p>
2823command-line switch. (This output goes to STDOUT unless you've
2824redirected it with select().)
2825
2826=item (perhaps you forgot to load "%s"?)
2827
2828(F) This is an educated guess made in conjunction with the message
2829"Can't locate object method \"%s\" via package \"%s\"". It often means
2830that a method requires a package that has not been loaded.
2831
2832=item perlio: argument list not closed for layer "%s"
2833
2834(W layer) When pushing a layer with arguments onto the Perl I/O system you
2835forgot the ) that closes the argument list. (Layers take care of transforming
2836data between external and internal representations.) Perl stopped parsing
2837the layer list at this point and did not attempt to push this layer.
2838If your program didn't explicitly request the failing operation, it may be
2839the result of the value of the environment variable PERLIO.
2840
2841=item perlio: invalid separator character %s in layer specification list %s
2842
2843(W layer) When pushing layers onto the Perl I/O system, something other than a
2844colon or whitespace was seen between the elements of a layer list.
2845If the previous attribute had a parenthesised parameter list, perhaps that
2846list was terminated too soon.
2847
2848=item perlio: unknown layer "%s"
2849
2850(W layer) An attempt was made to push an unknown layer onto the Perl I/O
2851system. (Layers take care of transforming data between external and
2852internal representations.) Note that some layers, such as C<mmap>,
2853are not supported in all environments. If your program didn't
2854explicitly request the failing operation, it may be the result of the
2855value of the environment variable PERLIO.
2856
75b44862 2857=item Perl %s required--this is only version %s, stopped
a0d0e21e 2858
be771a83
GS
2859(F) The module in question uses features of a version of Perl more
2860recent than the currently running version. How long has it been since
2861you upgraded, anyway? See L<perlfunc/require>.
a0d0e21e 2862
6df41af2
GS
2863=item PERL_SH_DIR too long
2864
2865(F) An error peculiar to OS/2. PERL_SH_DIR is the directory to find the
fecfaeb8 2866C<sh>-shell in. See "PERL_SH_DIR" in L<perlos2>.
6df41af2 2867
96ebfdd7
RK
2868=item PERL_SIGNALS illegal: "%s"
2869
2870See L<perlrun/PERL_SIGNALS> for legal values.
2871
6df41af2
GS
2872=item perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
2873
2874(S) The whole warning message will look something like:
2875
2876 perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
2877 perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
2878 LC_ALL = "En_US",
2879 LANG = (unset)
2880 are supported and installed on your system.
2881 perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").
2882
2883Exactly what were the failed locale settings varies. In the above the
2884settings were that the LC_ALL was "En_US" and the LANG had no value.
0ea6b70f
JH
2885This error means that Perl detected that you and/or your operating
2886system supplier and/or system administrator have set up the so-called
2887locale system but Perl could not use those settings. This was not
2888dead serious, fortunately: there is a "default locale" called "C" that
2889Perl can and will use, the script will be run. Before you really fix
2890the problem, however, you will get the same error message each time
2891you run Perl. How to really fix the problem can be found in
2892L<perllocale> section B<LOCALE PROBLEMS>.
6df41af2 2893
a0d0e21e
LW
2894=item Permission denied
2895
2896(F) The setuid emulator in suidperl decided you were up to no good.
2897
bd3fa61c 2898=item pid %x not a child
748a9306 2899
be771a83
GS
2900(W exec) A warning peculiar to VMS. Waitpid() was asked to wait for a
2901process which isn't a subprocess of the current process. While this is
2902fine from VMS' perspective, it's probably not what you intended.
748a9306 2903
49704364 2904=item 'P' must have an explicit size in unpack
3bf38418
WL
2905
2906(F) The unpack format P must have an explicit size, not "*".
2907
96ebfdd7
RK
2908=item B<-P> not allowed for setuid/setgid script
2909
2910(F) The script would have to be opened by the C preprocessor by name,
2911which provides a race condition that breaks security.
2912
2913=item POSIX class [:%s:] unknown in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
2914
2915(F) The class in the character class [: :] syntax is unknown. The <-- HERE
2916shows in the regular expression about where the problem was discovered.
2917Note that the POSIX character classes do B<not> have the C<is> prefix
2918the corresponding C interfaces have: in other words, it's C<[[:print:]]>,
2919not C<isprint>. See L<perlre>.
2920
2921=item POSIX getpgrp can't take an argument
2922
2923(F) Your system has POSIX getpgrp(), which takes no argument, unlike
2924the BSD version, which takes a pid.
2925
49704364 2926=item POSIX syntax [%s] belongs inside character classes in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
b45f050a 2927
9a0b3859 2928(W regexp) The character class constructs [: :], [= =], and [. .] go
7253e4e3
RK
2929I<inside> character classes, the [] are part of the construct, for example:
2930/[012[:alpha:]345]/. Note that [= =] and [. .] are not currently
2931implemented; they are simply placeholders for future extensions and will
2932cause fatal errors. The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about
2933where the problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
b45f050a 2934
49704364 2935=item POSIX syntax [. .] is reserved for future extensions in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
b45f050a
JF
2936
2937(F regexp) Within regular expression character classes ([]) the syntax
7253e4e3
RK
2938beginning with "[." and ending with ".]" is reserved for future extensions.
2939If you need to represent those character sequences inside a regular
2940expression character class, just quote the square brackets with the
2941backslash: "\[." and ".\]". The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression
2942about where the problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
b45f050a 2943
49704364 2944=item POSIX syntax [= =] is reserved for future extensions in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
b45f050a 2945
7253e4e3
RK
2946(F) Within regular expression character classes ([]) the syntax beginning
2947with "[=" and ending with "=]" is reserved for future extensions. If you
2948need to represent those character sequences inside a regular expression
2949character class, just quote the square brackets with the backslash: "\[="
2950and "=\]". The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the
2951problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
b45f050a 2952
bbce6d69
PP
2953=item Possible attempt to put comments in qw() list
2954
e476b1b5 2955(W qw) qw() lists contain items separated by whitespace; as with literal
75b44862 2956strings, comment characters are not ignored, but are instead treated as
be771a83
GS
2957literal data. (You may have used different delimiters than the
2958parentheses shown here; braces are also frequently used.)
bbce6d69 2959
774d564b
PP
2960You probably wrote something like this:
2961
54310121 2962 @list = qw(
774d564b 2963 a # a comment
bbce6d69 2964 b # another comment
774d564b 2965 );
bbce6d69
PP
2966
2967when you should have written this:
2968
774d564b 2969 @list = qw(
54310121
PP
2970 a
2971 b
774d564b
PP
2972 );
2973
2974If you really want comments, build your list the
2975old-fashioned way, with quotes and commas:
2976
2977 @list = (
2978 'a', # a comment
2979 'b', # another comment
2980 );
bbce6d69
PP
2981
2982=item Possible attempt to separate words with commas
2983
be771a83
GS
2984(W qw) qw() lists contain items separated by whitespace; therefore
2985commas aren't needed to separate the items. (You may have used
2986different delimiters than the parentheses shown here; braces are also
2987frequently used.)
bbce6d69 2988
54310121 2989You probably wrote something like this:
bbce6d69 2990
774d564b
PP
2991 qw! a, b, c !;
2992
2993which puts literal commas into some of the list items. Write it without
2994commas if you don't want them to appear in your data:
bbce6d69 2995
774d564b 2996 qw! a b c !;
bbce6d69 2997
a0d0e21e
LW
2998=item Possible memory corruption: %s overflowed 3rd argument
2999
3000(F) An ioctl() or fcntl() returned more than Perl was bargaining for.
3001Perl guesses a reasonable buffer size, but puts a sentinel byte at the
3002end of the buffer just in case. This sentinel byte got clobbered, and
3003Perl assumes that memory is now corrupted. See L<perlfunc/ioctl>.
3004
276b2a0c
RGS
3005=item Possible precedence problem on bitwise %c operator
3006
3007(W precedence) Your program uses a bitwise logical operator in conjunction
3008with a numeric comparison operator, like this :
3009
3010 if ($x & $y == 0) { ... }
3011
3012This expression is actually equivalent to C<$x & ($y == 0)>, due to the
3013higher precedence of C<==>. This is probably not what you want. (If you
96a925ab
YST
3014really meant to write this, disable the warning, or, better, put the
3015parentheses explicitly and write C<$x & ($y == 0)>).
276b2a0c 3016
18623440
PS
3017=item Possible unintended interpolation of %s in string
3018
3019(W ambiguous) You said something like `@foo' in a double-quoted string
32b0a12e
AMS
3020but there was no array C<@foo> in scope at the time. If you wanted a
3021literal @foo, then write it as \@foo; otherwise find out what happened
3022to the array you apparently lost track of.
18623440 3023
6df41af2
GS
3024=item Possible Y2K bug: %s
3025
3026(W y2k) You are concatenating the number 19 with another number, which
3027could be a potential Year 2000 problem.
3028
8cd79558
GS
3029=item pragma "attrs" is deprecated, use "sub NAME : ATTRS" instead
3030
a1063b2d 3031(D deprecated) You have written something like this:
8cd79558
GS
3032
3033 sub doit
3034 {
3035 use attrs qw(locked);
3036 }
3037
3038You should use the new declaration syntax instead.
3039
3040 sub doit : locked
3041 {
3042 ...
3043
3044The C<use attrs> pragma is now obsolete, and is only provided for
3045backward-compatibility. See L<perlsub/"Subroutine Attributes">.
3046
a0d0e21e
LW
3047=item Precedence problem: open %s should be open(%s)
3048
e476b1b5 3049(S precedence) The old irregular construct
cb1a09d0 3050
a0d0e21e
LW
3051 open FOO || die;
3052
3053is now misinterpreted as
3054
3055 open(FOO || die);
3056
be771a83
GS
3057because of the strict regularization of Perl 5's grammar into unary and
3058list operators. (The old open was a little of both.) You must put
3059parentheses around the filehandle, or use the new "or" operator instead
3060of "||".
a0d0e21e 3061
3cdd684c
TP
3062=item Premature end of script headers
3063
3064See Server error.
3065
6df41af2
GS
3066=item printf() on closed filehandle %s
3067
be771a83 3068(W closed) The filehandle you're writing to got itself closed sometime
c289d2f7 3069before now. Check your control flow.
6df41af2 3070
9a7dcd9c 3071=item print() on closed filehandle %s
a0d0e21e 3072
be771a83 3073(W closed) The filehandle you're printing on got itself closed sometime
c289d2f7 3074before now. Check your control flow.
a0d0e21e 3075
6df41af2 3076=item Process terminated by SIG%s
a0d0e21e 3077
6df41af2
GS
3078(W) This is a standard message issued by OS/2 applications, while *nix
3079applications die in silence. It is considered a feature of the OS/2
3080port. One can easily disable this by appropriate sighandlers, see
3081L<perlipc/"Signals">. See also "Process terminated by SIGTERM/SIGINT"
fecfaeb8 3082in L<perlos2>.
a0d0e21e 3083
3fe9a6f1 3084=item Prototype mismatch: %s vs %s
4633a7c4 3085
9a0b3859 3086(S prototype) The subroutine being declared or defined had previously been
be771a83 3087declared or defined with a different function prototype.
4633a7c4 3088
ed9aa3b7
SG
3089=item Prototype not terminated
3090
2a6fd447 3091(F) You've omitted the closing parenthesis in a function prototype
ed9aa3b7
SG
3092definition.
3093
96ebfdd7
RK
3094=item Quantifier follows nothing in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
3095
3096(F) You started a regular expression with a quantifier. Backslash it if you
3097meant it literally. The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about
3098where the problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
3099
49704364 3100=item Quantifier in {,} bigger than %d in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
9baa0206 3101
b45f050a 3102(F) There is currently a limit to the size of the min and max values of the
7253e4e3 3103{min,max} construct. The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where
b45f050a 3104the problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
9baa0206 3105
49704364 3106=item Quantifier unexpected on zero-length expression; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
9baa0206 3107
b45f050a
JF
3108(W regexp) You applied a regular expression quantifier in a place where
3109it makes no sense, such as on a zero-width assertion. Try putting the
3110quantifier inside the assertion instead. For example, the way to match
3111"abc" provided that it is followed by three repetitions of "xyz" is
3112C</abc(?=(?:xyz){3})/>, not C</abc(?=xyz){3}/>.
9baa0206 3113
7253e4e3
RK
3114The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the problem was
3115discovered.
3116
89ea2908
GA
3117=item Range iterator outside integer range
3118
3119(F) One (or both) of the numeric arguments to the range operator ".."
3120are outside the range which can be represented by integers internally.
be771a83
GS
3121One possible workaround is to force Perl to use magical string increment
3122by prepending "0" to your numbers.
89ea2908 3123
96ebfdd7
RK
3124=item readline() on closed filehandle %s
3125
3126(W closed) The filehandle you're reading from got itself closed sometime
3127before now. Check your control flow.
3128
b5fe5ca2
SR
3129=item read() on closed filehandle %s
3130
3131(W closed) You tried to read from a closed filehandle.
3132
3133=item read() on unopened filehandle %s
3134
3135(W unopened) You tried to read from a filehandle that was never opened.
3136
6df41af2
GS
3137=item Reallocation too large: %lx
3138
3139(F) You can't allocate more than 64K on an MS-DOS machine.
3140
4ad56ec9
IZ
3141=item realloc() of freed memory ignored
3142
be771a83
GS
3143(S malloc) An internal routine called realloc() on something that had
3144already been freed.
4ad56ec9 3145
a0d0e21e
LW
3146=item Recompile perl with B<-D>DEBUGGING to use B<-D> switch
3147
be771a83
GS
3148(F debugging) You can't use the B<-D> option unless the code to produce
3149the desired output is compiled into Perl, which entails some overhead,
a0d0e21e
LW
3150which is why it's currently left out of your copy.
3151
3e0ccd42 3152=item Recursive inheritance detected in package '%s'
a0d0e21e
LW
3153
3154(F) More than 100 levels of inheritance were used. Probably indicates
3155an unintended loop in your inheritance hierarchy.
3156
7a4340ed 3157=item Recursive inheritance detected while looking for method %s
3e0ccd42 3158
be771a83
GS
3159(F) More than 100 levels of inheritance were encountered while invoking
3160a method. Probably indicates an unintended loop in your inheritance
3161hierarchy.
3e0ccd42 3162
1930e939
TP
3163=item Reference found where even-sized list expected
3164
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3165(W misc) You gave a single reference where Perl was expecting a list
3166with an even number of elements (for assignment to a hash). This usually
3167means that you used the anon hash constructor when you meant to use
3168parens. In any case, a hash requires key/value B<pairs>.
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3169
3170 %hash = { one => 1, two => 2, }; # WRONG
3171 %hash = [ qw/ an anon array / ]; # WRONG
3172 %hash = ( one => 1, two => 2, ); # right
3173 %hash = qw( one 1 two 2 ); # also fine
3174
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3175=item Reference is already weak
3176
e476b1b5 3177(W misc) You have attempted to weaken a reference that is already weak.
810b8aa5
GS
3178Doing so has no effect.
3179
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LW
3180=item Reference miscount in sv_replace()
3181
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GS
3182(W internal) The internal sv_replace() function was handed a new SV with
3183a reference count of other than 1.
a0d0e21e 3184
49704364 3185=item Reference to nonexistent group in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
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JF
3186
3187(F) You used something like C<\7> in your regular expression, but there are
3188not at least seven sets of capturing parentheses in the expression. If you
3189wanted to have the character with value 7 inserted into the regular expression,
3190prepend a zero to make the number at least two digits: C<\07>
9baa0206 3191
7253e4e3 3192The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the problem was
b45f050a 3193discovered.
9baa0206 3194
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LW
3195=item regexp memory corruption
3196
3197(P) The regular expression engine got confused by what the regular
3198expression compiler gave it.
3199
b45f050a 3200=item Regexp out of space
a0d0e21e 3201
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3202(P) A "can't happen" error, because safemalloc() should have caught it
3203earlier.
a0d0e21e 3204
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3205=item Reversed %s= operator
3206
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3207(W syntax) You wrote your assignment operator backwards. The = must
3208always comes last, to avoid ambiguity with subsequent unary operators.
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LW
3209
3210=item Runaway format
3211
3212(F) Your format contained the ~~ repeat-until-blank sequence, but it
3213produced 200 lines at once, and the 200th line looked exactly like the
3214199th line. Apparently you didn't arrange for the arguments to exhaust
3215themselves, either by using ^ instead of @ (for scalar variables), or by
3216shifting or popping (for array variables). See L<perlform>.
3217
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RK
3218=item Scalars leaked: %d
3219
3220(P) Something went wrong in Perl's internal bookkeeping of scalars:
3221not all scalar variables were deallocated by the time Perl exited.
3222What this usually indicates is a memory leak, which is of course bad,
3223especially if the Perl program is intended to be long-running.
3224
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LW
3225=item Scalar value @%s[%s] better written as $%s[%s]
3226
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GS
3227(W syntax) You've used an array slice (indicated by @) to select a
3228single element of an array. Generally it's better to ask for a scalar
3229value (indicated by $). The difference is that C<$foo[&bar]> always
3230behaves like a scalar, both when assigning to it and when evaluating its
3231argument, while C<@foo[&bar]> behaves like a list when you assign to it,
3232and provides a list context to its subscript, which can do weird things
3233if you're expecting only one subscript.
a0d0e21e 3234
748a9306 3235On the other hand, if you were actually hoping to treat the array
5f05dabc 3236element as a list, you need to look into how references work, because
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LW
3237Perl will not magically convert between scalars and lists for you. See
3238L<perlref>.
3239
a6006777
PP
3240=item Scalar value @%s{%s} better written as $%s{%s}
3241
75b44862 3242(W syntax) You've used a hash slice (indicated by @) to select a single
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GS
3243element of a hash. Generally it's better to ask for a scalar value
3244(indicated by $). The difference is that C<$foo{&bar}> always behaves
3245like a scalar, both when assigning to it and when evaluating its
3246argument, while C<@foo{&bar}> behaves like a list when you assign to it,
3247and provides a list context to its subscript, which can do weird things
3248if you're expecting only one subscript.
3249
3250On the other hand, if you were actually hoping to treat the hash element
3251as a list, you need to look into how references work, because Perl will
3252not magically convert between scalars and lists for you. See
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PP
3253L<perlref>.
3254
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LW
3255=item Script is not setuid/setgid in suidperl
3256
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PP
3257(F) Oddly, the suidperl program was invoked on a script without a setuid
3258or setgid bit set. This doesn't make much sense.
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LW
3259
3260=item Search pattern not terminated
3261
3262(F) The lexer couldn't find the final delimiter of a // or m{}
3263construct. Remember that bracketing delimiters count nesting level.
fb73857a 3264Missing the leading C<$> from a variable C<$m> may cause this error.
a0d0e21e 3265
0cb1bcd7 3266Note that since Perl 5.9.0 a // can also be the I<defined-or>
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JH
3267construct, not just the empty search pattern. Therefore code written
3268in Perl 5.9.0 or later that uses the // as the I<defined-or> can be
3269misparsed by pre-5.9.0 Perls as a non-terminated search pattern.
3270
9ddeeac9 3271=item %sseek() on unopened filehandle
a0d0e21e 3272
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3273(W unopened) You tried to use the seek() or sysseek() function on a
3274filehandle that was either never opened or has since been closed.
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LW
3275
3276=item select not implemented
3277
3278(F) This machine doesn't implement the select() system call.
3279
ae21d580 3280=item Self-ties of arrays and hashes are not supported
68a4a7e4 3281
ae21d580
JH
3282(F) Self-ties are of arrays and hashes are not supported in
3283the current implementation.
68a4a7e4 3284
6df41af2 3285=item Semicolon seems to be missing
a0d0e21e 3286
75b44862
GS
3287(W semicolon) A nearby syntax error was probably caused by a missing
3288semicolon, or possibly some other missing operator, such as a comma.
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LW
3289
3290=item semi-panic: attempt to dup freed string
3291
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GS
3292(S internal) The internal newSVsv() routine was called to duplicate a
3293scalar that had previously been marked as free.
a0d0e21e 3294
6df41af2 3295=item sem%s not implemented
a0d0e21e 3296
6df41af2 3297(F) You don't have System V semaphore IPC on your system.
a0d0e21e 3298
69282e91 3299=item send() on closed socket %s
a0d0e21e 3300
be771a83 3301(W closed) The socket you're sending to got itself closed sometime
c289d2f7 3302before now. Check your control flow.
a0d0e21e 3303
7253e4e3 3304=item Sequence (? incomplete in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
7b8d334a 3305
7253e4e3 3306(F) A regular expression ended with an incomplete extension (?. The <-- HERE
b45f050a 3307shows in the regular expression about where the problem was discovered. See
be771a83 3308L<perlre>.
1b1626e4 3309
49704364 3310=item Sequence (?%s...) not implemented in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
a0d0e21e 3311
b45f050a 3312(F) A proposed regular expression extension has the character reserved but
7253e4e3 3313has not yet been written. The <-- HERE shows in the regular expression about
b45f050a
JF
3314where the problem was discovered. See L<perlre>.
3315
49704364 3316=item Sequence (?%s...) not recognized in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
a0d0e21e 3317
7253e4e3
RK
3318(F) You used a regular expression extension that doesn't make sense. The
3319<-- HERE shows in the regular expression about where the problem was
3320discovered. See L<perlre>.
a0d0e21e 3321
49704364 3322=item Sequence (?#... not terminated in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
6df41af2
GS
3323
3324(F) A regular expression comment must be terminated by a closing
7253e4e3
RK
3325parenthesis. Embedded parentheses aren't allowed. The <-- HERE shows in
3326the regular expression about where the problem was discovered. See
3327L<perlre>.
6df41af2 3328
96ebfdd7
RK
3329=item Sequence (?{...}) not terminated or not {}-balanced in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/%s/
3330
3331(F) If the contents of a (?{...}) clause contains braces, they must balance
3332for Perl to properly detect the end of the clause. The <-- HERE shows in
3333the regular expression about where the problem was discovered. See
3334L<perlre>.
3335
6df41af2
GS
3336=item 500 Server error
3337
3338See Server error.
3339
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AD
3340=item Server error
3341
3cdd684c 3342This is the error message generally seen in a browser window when trying
be771a83
GS
3343to run a CGI program (including SSI) over the web. The actual error text
3344varies widely from server to server. The most frequently-seen variants
3345are "500 Server error", "Method (something) not permitted", "Document
3346contains no data", "Premature end of script headers", and "Did not
3347produce a valid header".
9607fc9c
PP
3348
3349B<This is a CGI error, not a Perl error>.
3350
be771a83
GS
3351You need to make sure your script is executable, is accessible by the
3352user CGI is running the script under (which is probably not the user
3353account you tested it under), does not rely on any environment variables
3354(like PATH) from the user it isn't running under, and isn't in a
3355location where the CGI server can't find it, basically, more or less.
3356Please see the following for more information:
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06a5f41f
JH
3358 http://www.perl.org/CGI_MetaFAQ.html
3359 http://www.htmlhelp.org/faq/cgifaq.html
3360 http://www.w3.org/Security/Faq/
a5f75d66 3361
be94a901
GS
3362You should also look at L<perlfaq9>.
3363
a0d0e21e
LW
3364=item setegid() not implemented
3365
be771a83
GS
3366(F) You tried to assign to C<$)>, and your operating system doesn't
3367support the setegid() system call (or equivalent), or at least Configure
3368didn't think so.
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LW
3369
3370=item seteuid() not implemented
3371
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GS
3372(F) You tried to assign to C<< $> >>, and your operating system doesn't
3373support the seteuid() system call (or equivalent), or at least Configure
3374didn't think so.
a0d0e21e 3375
81777298
GS
3376=item setpgrp can't take arguments
3377
be771a83
GS
3378(F) Your system has the setpgrp() from BSD 4.2, which takes no
3379arguments, unlike POSIX setpgid(), which takes a process ID and process
3380group ID.
81777298 3381
a0d0e21e
LW
3382=item setrgid() not implemented
3383
be771a83
GS
3384(F) You tried to assign to C<$(>, and your operating system doesn't
3385support the setrgid() system call (or equivalent), or at least Configure
3386didn't think so.
a0d0e21e
LW
3387
3388=item setruid() not implemented
3389
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GS
3390(F) You tried to assign to C<$<>, and your operating system doesn't