Ilya Zakharevich


vars - Perl pragma to predeclare global variable names


    use vars qw($frob @mung %seen);


This will predeclare all the variables whose names are in the list, allowing you to use them under "use strict", and disabling any typo warnings.

Packages such as the AutoLoader and SelfLoader that delay loading of subroutines within packages can create problems with package lexicals defined using my(). While the vars pragma cannot duplicate the effect of package lexicals (total transparency outside of the package), it can act as an acceptable substitute by pre-declaring global symbols, ensuring their availability to to the later-loaded routines.

See "Pragmatic Modules" in perlmod.