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Re^2: Mysterious crash of perldoc

by Textorix (Acolyte)
on Mar 15, 2019 at 00:30 UTC ( #1231301=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Mysterious crash of perldoc
in thread Mysterious crash of perldoc

Hi Laurent_R,

Thanks for your reply... especially about the online renderer... that looks useful!

A resolution to the problem has been found--see update in the original post. It seems that perldoc will error out on a .pl or .pm file if some sort of paragraph starter other than =pod is not present, although podchecker does not flag this as invalid POD and no error occurs in perldoc if the file is a .pod file.

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Re^3: Mysterious crash of perldoc
by davido (Cardinal) on Mar 15, 2019 at 14:46 UTC

    I looked at the source code for Pod::Perldoc yesterday and was also surprised to see =head being treated special explicitly in the code. In particular, subroutine containspod opens a file and looks for m/^=head/. It feels to me like that ought to allow for any of the POD commands, but certainly =pod. Perhaps that would violate some aspect of the spec, though I haven't been able to find anything suggesting that POD has to contain a =head1 command.

    I don't know if this qualifies as a bug, or if it's intended behavior. It is a little surprising though.


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