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Wednesday October 31, 2007
09:49 PM

For the love of all that is holy...

[ #34808 ]

Please fracking make this go away.

t/storage_validate_data...................Called UNIVERSAL::can() as a function, not a method at C:/strawberry-perl/perl/site /lib/DateTime/ line 313

I don't care who's fault it is, but it isn't mine. Now stop pissing in my pool just because I'm mock testing and UNIVERSAL::JAMMYRELIGIONINYOURFACE is loaded.

That is all. /rant mode=off

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  • That is a warning message generated by Test::MockObject (chromatic) about DateTime::Locale because when things fail weirdly, chromatic was sick of receiving bogus error reports and complaints about Test::MockObject when it was really the fault of the person using UNIVERSAL::can/isa as a function (which they shouldn't be).

    DateTime::Locale needs to call stuff as a method, not a function.
    • All too true, but given the lack of willingness of some CPAN authors to fix bugs in their modules, I plan to release new versions of UNIVERSAL::isa and UNIVERSAL::can which only give those warnings for code that calls them for modules which use both modules directly.

      I should have time to work on that this weekend.

    • Err, take a look at that line:

      unless ( $real_class->can('new') )
      What exactly is wrong with that?
      • If you can trigger that false positive in a test case, I'll add it to the U::c/U::i suite and fix it.

      • A shot in the dark, but is $real_class loaded when you make that call?


        $ foo->isa('UNIVERSAL') and print "yes\n"


        $ package foo;
        $ foo->isa('UNIVERSAL') and print "yes\n"

        I think U::can might get upset in this case... but who knows.

        Another possibility... didn't that line use can as a function in an older version of the module?  I can't get the warning to happen with the latest DateTime::Locale, but I could about a year ago.
        • Sorry, an addendum:

          $ use UNIVERSAL::can;
          $ UNIVERSAL->can('can') and print "can can\n";
          can can
          $ FOOBAR->can('can') or print "cannot can\n";
          Called UNIVERSAL::can() as a function, not a method at (eval 59) line 5
          cannot can
          $ package FOOBAR;
          $ FOOBAR->can('can') and print "now can can\n";
          now can can

          • Yep, that's the issue. In fact, the use of can is a way to check if the module has been loaded. It's quicker than blindly using require in every case, I think.
            • That's the problem then. Your heuristic for testing if a class exists fights with my heuristic for testing if a class exists. I suppose U::i/U::c could skim through the optree for a method or method_named opcode, but that's a lot more work.

              • Well, I think the problem is yours, since clearly I'm using UNIVERSAL::can as a method there, not a function, but your module is reporting that I'm using it as a function anyway.
              • I cannot reproduce the behavior on perl 5.8.6. But based on the description, there is a simpler solution. See whether the package can was called for is in the package tree. If it is not, then don't warn.

                In fact you already have the necessary logic in UNIVERSAL::can to figure out whether the package is in the symbol table. Therefore the following patch looks like it should fix the problem:

                --- /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.6/UNIVERSAL/ 2006-03-31 22:15:10.000000000 -0800
                +++ 2007-11-01
                • D'oh. Just use warnings and I can reproduce the behaviour. And yes, my patch fixed it.
            • You are relying on undocumented internal behaviour. At the very least I can find no documentation that a class that has not been fully defined yet does not have the methods that all classes should have. In fact I would prefer it if Perl had the opposite behaviour. What will you do if that behaviour changes someday?

              Furthermore pity the poor programmer who has to figure out your code. Do you always put comments on your uses of that idiom? If not, then will it make sense to someone else that you're checki
              • D'oh! You aren't relying on undocumented internal behaviour. You're checking for whether the class can call new, not whether it can call can!

                I'll just go hide in a corner then.
        • I had the same thought, so I updated my DateTime/DateTime::Locale to the latest before my rant...on my strawberry perl install and on my Ubuntu/OSX installs which are quite recent.
    • Which it does [as a method] according to the code. And let me be clear, this isn't/wasn't meant as a personal attack on the module authors directly. It's just that I've stared at that warning for two years worth of Handel tests, and I finally cracked. :-)
      • Heh, we had the same long-time issues on a local box, and as we deemed it to be SEP, we commented out the warning message. The world has come to an end, so far :)

        • err, not come to an end, of course. (jeez I wish this software would let us edit comments -- that's the second time in a week).