Throw non-exception exceptions when you're using die() for flow control and want $@ to appear to be false/empty.

  use Exception::NoException;
  eval {
    die Exception::NoException->new;
  die $@ if $@;

This is most useful when using File::Find::find or similar callback-using functions. You can wrap your call in an eval and stop execution by throwing a non-error. When you look at $@ to see if there's a problem, you won't find any.



This method takes no arguments and returns a new object that acts like an empty string "".


Overloads the built-in function ref and returns "".


 use File::Find;
 use Exception::NoException;

 eval {
     find( sub {
         if ( $File::Find::name =~ /something/ ) {
             # do something with the file
             die Exception::NoException->new;
     } );
 die $@ if $@;


Josh Jore, <jjore at>


  • blessed() will still return true.

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-exception-noexception at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Exception::NoException

You can also look for information at:


Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes came up with a problem where an exception object used an eval block during the bool conversion from overload. The following snippet caused him hours of grief and it inspired me to come up with an object where that effect was actually desired. It also happens to solve a common problem with loops that use callbacks.

 # Yitzchak's problem:
 eval {
     die SomeObject->new;
 if ( $@ ) {
     # now $@ is empty.
 package SomeObject;
 use overload bool => sub { eval { } };
 sub new { bless [], shift }

To solve Yitzchak's problem, copy $@ ala my $e = $@ before examining it.


Copyright 2011 Josh Jore, all rights reserved.

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