=encoding UTF-8

=head1 NAME

JSON::Repair - reformat JSON to strict compliance


    use utf8;
    use JSON::Repair 'repair_json';
    my $bad_json = <<EOF;
    {'very bad':0123,
    value: 00000.00001,
    // garbage
    print repair_json ($bad_json);

produces output

    {"very bad":123,
    "value": 0.00001

(This example is included as L<F<synopsis.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/synopsis.pl> in the distribution.)

=head1 VERSION

This documents version 0.07 of JSON::Repair corresponding to
git commit L<33380f296af9a5b7a6276d894dada27bbd2a3903|https://github.com/benkasminbullock/json-repair/commit/33380f296af9a5b7a6276d894dada27bbd2a3903> released on Fri Oct 5 10:03:54 2018 +0900.


Given some "relaxed" JSON text containing such things as trailing
commas, comments, or strings containing tab characters or newlines,
this module uses heuristics to convert these into strictly compliant


=head2 repair_json

    my $repaired = repair_json ($json, %options);

This alters its input in various ways to make it compliant with the
JSON specification, or prints an error message if C<$json> cannot be
repaired, and returns the undefined value.

=head3 Repairs applied


=item Strip trailing commas

    use JSON::Repair ':all';
    print repair_json (q/{"answer":["bob dylan",42,],}/), "\n";

produces output

    {"answer":["bob dylan",42]}

(This example is included as L<F<trailing-commas.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/trailing-commas.pl> in the distribution.)

=item Change single quotes to double quotes in keys

    use JSON::Repair ':all';
    print repair_json ("{'answer':42}"), "\n";

produces output


(This example is included as L<F<single-quotes.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/single-quotes.pl> in the distribution.)

=item Add missing object-end, string-end and array-end markers

    use JSON::Repair ':all';
    my $r = repair_json ('{"stuff":["good');
    print "$r\n";

produces output


(This example is included as L<F<missing-ends.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/missing-ends.pl> in the distribution.)

=item Add quotes to unquoted keys

    use JSON::Repair ':all';
    print repair_json ("{how many roads must a man walk down:42}",
                       verbose => undef), "\n";

produces output

    {"how many roads must a man walk down":42}

(This example is included as L<F<unquoted-keys.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/unquoted-keys.pl> in the distribution.)

=item Add missing commas to objects and arrays

The module can add missing commas between the end of object or array

    use JSON::Repair ':all';
    print repair_json (q![1 2 3 4 {"six":7 "eight":9}]!), "\n";

produces output

    [1, 2, 3, 4, {"six":7, "eight":9}]

(This example is included as L<F<missing-commas.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/missing-commas.pl> in the distribution.)

=item Remove comments

The module removes C and C++ comments and hash comments (Perl-style
comments) from JSON.

This example uses the example from the synopsis of L<JSON::Relaxed>:

    use JSON::Repair ':all';
    my $rjson = <<'(RAW)';
    /* Javascript-like comments are allowed */
      // single or double quotes allowed
      a : 'Larry',
      b : "Curly",
      // nested structures allowed like in JSON
      c: [
         {a:1, b:2},
      // like Perl, trailing commas are allowed
      d: "more stuff",
    print repair_json ($rjson, verbose => undef);

produces output

        "a ": "Larry",
      "b ": "Curly",
        "c": [
         {"a":1, "b":2}
        "d": "more stuff"

(This example is included as L<F<comments.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/comments.pl> in the distribution.)

This example demonstrates removing hash comments:

    use JSON::Repair 'repair_json';
    print repair_json (<<'EOF');
      # specify rate in requests/second
      rate: 1000

produces output

        "rate": 1000

(This example is included as L<F<hash-comments.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/hash-comments.pl> in the distribution.)

The facility to remove hash comments was added in version 0.02 of the
module. It currently uses L</C::Tokenize> for the C/C++ comment

=item Sort out broken numbers

JSON does not allow various kinds of numbers, such as decimals without
a leading zero, like .123, decimals with an exponent but without a
fraction, like 1.e9, or integers with a leading zero. JSON::Repair
adds or removes digits to make them parseable.

    use JSON::Repair ':all';
    print repair_json ('[.123,0123,1.e9]');

produces output


(This example is included as L<F<numbers.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/numbers.pl> in the distribution.)

JSON::Repair strips leading zeros like 0123 without converting the
result to octal (base 8). It doesn't attempt to repair hexadecimal
(base 16) numbers.

The facility to reinterpret numbers was added in version 0.02 of the

=item Convert unprintable and whitespace characters to escapes in strings

Strings containing unprintable ASCII characters and some kinds of
whitespace are not allowed in JSON. This converts them into valid

    use JSON::Repair 'repair_json';
    my $badstring = '"' . chr (9) . chr (0) . "\n" . '"';
    print repair_json ($badstring), "\n";

produces output


(This example is included as L<F<strings.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/strings.pl> in the distribution.)

This was added in version 0.04 of the module.

=item Empty inputs are converted into the empty string

Completely empty inputs are converted into C<"">.


=head3 Options

Valid options are


=item verbose

    my $okjson = repair_json ($json, verbose => 1);

Give a true value to make the module print messages about the
operations applied. This facility is largely for debugging the module
itself. The messages may be poorly formatted and opaque, and are not
guaranteed to be the same in future versions of the module.

Here is the output of the synopsis run with the C<verbose> option:

    use utf8;
    use JSON::Repair 'repair_json';
    my $bad_json = <<EOF;
    {'very bad':0123,
    # comment
    value: 00000.00001,
    print repair_json ($bad_json, verbose => 1);

produces output

    Unexpected character ''' at byte 2.
    Changing single to double quote.
    Unexpected character '1' at byte 14.
    Leading zero in number?
    Unexpected character '#' at byte 18.
    Hash comments in object or array?
    Deleting comment ' comment'.
    Unexpected character '
    ' at byte 20.
    Changing 10 into \n.
    Unexpected character ''' at byte 31.
    Changing single to double quote.
    Unexpected character 'v' at byte 39.
    Unquoted key or value in object?
    Adding quotes to key 'value'
    Unexpected character '0' at byte 49.
    Leading zero in number?
    Unexpected character '}' at byte 57.
    Removing a trailing comma.
    Unexpected character 'g' at byte 58.
    Trailing garbage 'garbage
    {"very bad":123,
    "value": 0.00001

(This example is included as L<F<synopsis-verbose.pl>|https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/BKB/JSON-Repair-0.07/examples/synopsis-verbose.pl> in the distribution.)


=head1 EXPORTS

L</repair_json> is exported on demand. The tag ":all" exports all functions.

    use JSON::Repair ':all';



=item JSON::Parse

This module relies on L<JSON::Parse/diagnostics_hash> to find the
errors in the input. Most of the work of JSON::Repair is actually done
by JSON::Parse's diagnostics, and then JSON::Repair applies a few
heuristic rules to guess what might have caused the error, modify the
input, and re-parse it repeatedly until either the input is compliant,
or none of the rules can be applied to it.

=item C::Tokenize

This module uses the regular expression for C comments from L<C::Tokenize>.

=item Carp

L<Carp> is used to report errors.

=item Perl 5.14

Unfortunately L<JSON::Parse/diagnostics_hash> is only available for
Perl 5.14 or later, because it relies on L<perlapi/croak_sv>, which
was introduced in Perl 5.14. I'm not sure if there is a way to get the
same behaviour with earlier versions of Perl.


=head1 SCRIPT

A script F<repairjson> is installed with the module which runs
L</repair_json> on the files given as arguments:

    repairjson file1.json file2.json

The output is the repaired JSON.

The script was added in version 0.02 of the module.

=head1 SEE ALSO

See the section L<JSON::Parse/SEE ALSO> for a comprehensive list of
JSON modules on CPAN and more information about JSON itself.

=head2 JSON-like formats

It's very likely that a non-compliant JSON format cannot be handled by
this module, because the changes that need to be made to put one
variety of JSON-like format into strict JSON are incompatible with the
changes that need to be made to fix another. For example, it is
impossible to correctly convert the L</HJSON> format or the L</YAML>
format into compliant JSON without breaking other parts of the
module. Thus, no comprehensive solution is possible.

Since it is unfeasible to meaningfully convert every possible list of
bytes into compliant JSON, JSON::Repair should be regarded as an
example which demonstrates the use of the diagnostics provided by the
L</JSON::Parse> module to repair broken JSON inputs, rather than a
general solution.


=item HJSON

See L<http://hjson.org>. This format cannot be converted to strictly
compliant JSON by this module.

=item YAML

See L<http://yaml.org>. This format cannot be converted to strictly
compliant JSON by this module.



=head1 AUTHOR

Ben Bullock, <bkb@cpan.org>


This package and associated files are copyright (C) 
Ben Bullock.

You can use, copy, modify and redistribute this package and associated
files under the Perl Artistic Licence or the GNU General Public