Perl::Critic::Policy::Modules::ProhibitModuleShebang - don't put a #! line at the start of a module file


This policy is part of the Perl::Critic::Pulp add-on. It asks you not to use a #! interpreter line in a .pm module file.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w      <-- bad
    package Foo;

This #! does nothing but might make a reader think it's supposed to be a program instead of a module. Often the #! is a leftover cut and paste from a script into a module, perhaps when grabbing a copyright notice or similar intro.

Of course a module works the same with or without, so this policy is low severity and under the "cosmetic" theme (see "POLICY THEMES" in Perl::Critic).

Only the first line of a file is a prospective #! interpreter. A #! anywhere later is allowed, for example in code which generates other code,

    sub foo {
      print <<HERE;
    #!/usr/bin/make         <-- ok
    # Makefile generated by - DO NOT EDIT

This policy applies only to .pm files. Anything else, such as .pl or .t scripts can have #!, or not, in the usual way. Modules are identified by the .pm filename because it's hard to distinguish a module from a script just by the content.


If you don't care about this you can always disable ProhibitModuleShebang from your .perlcriticrc in the usual way (see "CONFIGURATION" in Perl::Critic),



allow_bin_false (boolean, default true)

If true then allow #!/bin/false in module files.

    #! /bin/false           <-- ok

Such a #! prevents executing the code if accidentally run as a script. Whether you want this is a personal preference. It indicates a module is not a script and so accords with ProhibitModuleShebang, but in general it's probably unnecessary.


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