hesco has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

And another one, if I may . . .

The code below are the relevant excerpts from the module we're building here. But this one is confusing me. This database conection was working for me before I commented it out of cgiapp_init() and tried to offload the work into a new dbh() routine.

The errors read: "Error executing class callback in init stage: Can't call method "config_file" on an undefined value at /home/hesco/anmc/sb/Registration/Registration/lib/Registration/WWW/ line 114." Line 114 is a part of the dbh() routine and reads: $self->config_file('/var/lib/cf/tbd/regform/Registration.ini');

So what here is the undefined value? Isn't $self defined? Why wouldn't it be passed from cgiapp_init? If not $self, then how is it that a hard coded path would be undefined?

I don't get it?

-- Hugh

package Registration::WWW::RegForm; use warnings; use strict; use diagnostics; use base 'CGI::Application'; use CGI::Application::Plugin::Config::Simple; . . . use CGI::FormBuilder; use CGI; . . . sub cgiapp_init { my $self = shift; $self->config_file('/var/lib/cf/tbd/regform/Registration.ini'); my $lib = $self->config_param('library'); push @INC, $lib; # use lib qw{/home/hesco/anmc/sb/Registration/Registration/lib}; require Registration::WWW::htmlgui; require Registration::DB; my $dbh = dbh(); # my $dbh = Registration::DB->connect($self->config_param('db_engine +'),$self->config_param('host_name'),$sel f->config_param('db_name'),$self->config_param('db_user'),$self->confi +g_param('db_pw')); my $result = auth_config($dbh); } sub dbh { my $self = shift; $self->config_file('/var/lib/cf/tbd/regform/Registration.ini'); my $dbh = Registration::DB->connect( $self->config_param('db_engine'), $self->config_param('host_name'), $self->config_param('db_name'), $self->config_param('db_user'), $self->config_param('db_pw') ); return $dbh; }