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  • The problem of needing to localise special variables is discussed in [].

    There is a P::C policy ErrorHandling::RequireCheckingReturnValueOfEval [] that catches this programming mistake. Its documentation also offers an alternative approach where you don't need to mess with other people's destructors to make it work.

    package SomeClass;
    sub new {
        return bless \my $foo => __PACKAGE__;

    sub DESTROY {
        eval {'resetting $@'};

    package main;

    • Did you mean to say

      if (
          eval {
              my $obj = SomeClass->new();
              die "Code Red!\n";
      ) {
          print "No exception occurred\n";
      } else {
          print "Exception caught: $@\n";

  • > use local($@) to restore the previous value of $@ when your routine completes. How? (Searched web but didn't find an answer)
  • Thanks. (This shows the danger of just mixing in code with plain English when you're explaining things; sometimes people don't recognize that it *is* code (even though it's obvious to others))
  • Following the eval block with an "or" seems to be more reliable than using "if ($@)" to check for an exception in an eval block, because an eval block (or even an eval EXPR) returns undef if there is a syntax error or runtime error or a die statement is executed (according to perldoc -f eval).

            eval {
                    my $obj = SomeClass->new();
                    die "Code Red!\n";