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Perl::Critic::Policy::Variables::RequireInitializationForLocalVars - Write local $foo = $bar; instead of just local $foo;.


This Policy is part of the core Perl::Critic distribution.


Most people don't realize that a localized copy of a variable does not retain its original value. Unless you initialize the variable when you local-ize it, it defaults to undef. If you want the variable to retain its original value, just initialize it to itself. If you really do want the localized copy to be undef, then make it explicit.

    package Foo;
    $Bar = '42';

    package Baz;

    sub frobulate {

        local $Foo::Bar;              #not ok, local $Foo::Bar is 'undef'
        local $Foo::Bar = undef;      #ok, local $Foo::Bar is obviously 'undef'
        local $Foo::Bar = $Foo::Bar;  #ok, local $Foo::Bar still equals '42'



This Policy is not configurable except for the standard options.


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <>


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