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Carp::Clan(3) User Contributed Perl Documentation Carp::Clan(3)


Carp::Clan - Report errors from perspective of caller of a "clan" of modules


version 6.08


 carp    - warn of errors (from perspective of caller)
 cluck   - warn of errors with stack backtrace
 croak   - die of errors (from perspective of caller)
 confess - die of errors with stack backtrace
    use Carp::Clan qw(^MyClan::);
    croak "We're outta here!";
    use Carp::Clan;
    confess "This is how we got here!";


This module is based on """" from Perl 5.005_03. It has been modified to skip all package names matching the pattern given in the "use" statement inside the "qw()" term (or argument list).

Suppose you have a family of modules or classes named "Pack::A", "Pack::B" and so on, and each of them uses ""Carp::Clan qw(^Pack::);"" (or at least the one in which the error or warning gets raised).

Thus when for example your script "" calls module "Pack::A", and module "Pack::A" calls module "Pack::B", an exception raised in module "Pack::B" will appear to have originated in "" where "Pack::A" was called, and not in "Pack::A" where "Pack::B" was called, as the unmodified """" would try to make you believe ":-)".

This works similarly if "Pack::B" calls "Pack::C" where the exception is raised, et cetera.

In other words, this blames all errors in the ""Pack::*"" modules on the user of these modules, i.e., on you. ";-)"

The skipping of a clan (or family) of packages according to a pattern describing its members is necessary in cases where these modules are not classes derived from each other (and thus when examining @ISA - as in the original """" module - doesn't help).

The purpose and advantage of this is that a "clan" of modules can work together (and call each other) and throw exceptions at various depths down the calling hierarchy and still appear as a monolithic block (as though they were a single module) from the perspective of the caller.

In case you just want to ward off all error messages from the module in which you ""use Carp::Clan"", i.e., if you want to make all error messages or warnings to appear to originate from where your module was called (this is what you usually used to ""use Carp;"" for ";-)"), instead of in your module itself (which is what you can do with a "die" or "warn" anyway), you do not need to provide a pattern, the module will automatically provide the correct one for you.

I.e., just ""use Carp::Clan;"" without any arguments and call "carp" or "croak" as appropriate, and they will automatically defend your module against all blames!

In other words, a pattern is only necessary if you want to make several modules (more than one) work together and appear as though they were only one.

Forcing a Stack Trace

As a debugging aid, you can force ""Carp::Clan"" to treat a "croak" as a "confess" and a "carp" as a "cluck". In other words, force a detailed stack trace to be given. This can be very helpful when trying to understand why, or from where, a warning or error is being generated.

This feature is enabled either by "importing" the non-existent symbol 'verbose', or by setting the global variable "$Carp::Clan::Verbose" to a true value.

You would typically enable it by saying

    use Carp::Clan qw(verbose);

Note that you can both specify a "family pattern" and the string "verbose" inside the "qw()" term (or argument list) of the "use" statement, but consider that a pattern of packages to skip is pointless when "verbose" causes a full stack trace anyway.


The ""Carp::Clan"" routines don't handle exception objects currently. If called with a first argument that is a reference, they simply call "die()" or "warn()", as appropriate.

Bugs may be submitted through the RT bug tracker <> (or <>).


Steffen Beyer <>


  • Karen Etheridge <>
  • Joshua ben Jore <>
  • Kent Fredric <>


This software is copyright (c) 2001 by Steffen Beyer, Joshua ben Jore.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

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