Perl::Critic::Policy::Documentation::RequireFinalCut - end POD with =cut directive


This policy is part of the Perl::Critic::Pulp add-on. It asks you to end POD with a =cut directive at the end of a file.

    =head1 DOCO

    Some text.

    =cut             # ok

The idea is to have a definite end indication for human readers. Perl and the POD processors don't require a final =cut. On that basis this policy is lowest severity and under the "cosmetic" theme (see "POLICY THEMES" in Perl::Critic).

If there's no POD in the file then a =cut is not required. Or if the file ends with code rather than POD then a =cut after that code is not required.

    =head2 About foo


    sub foo {
    }              # ok, file ends with code not POD

If there's POD at end of file but consists only of =begin/=end blocks then a =cut is not required. It's reckoned the =end is enough in this case.

    =begin wikidoc

    Entire document in wiki style.

    =end wikidoc          # ok, =cut not required

If the file ends with a mixture of ordinary POD and =begin blocks then a is still required. The special allowance is when only =begin blocks, presumably destined for some other markup system.

Blank Line

Generally a =cut should have a blank line before it, the same as other POD commands. But Perl execution doesn't enforce that and the same looseness is permitted here,


    Blah blah blah
    =cut                  # ok without preceding newline

A check for blanks around POD commands is left to other policies. The podchecker program reports this (Pod::Checker).


If you don't care about a final =cut you can disable RequireFinalCut from your .perlcriticrc in the usual way (see "CONFIGURATION" in Perl::Critic),



Perl::Critic::Pulp, Perl::Critic

Perl::Critic::Policy::Documentation::RequireEndBeforeLastPod, Perl::Critic::Policy::Documentation::RequirePodAtEnd



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