Revision history for Fatal

1.99 Mon Jul 21 02:25:23 PDT 2008

        * RELEASE CODENAME: "jarich", in thanks for her giving
          up pretty much a whole week of her life to do nothing
          but help me work on my talks for OSCON.

        * BUGFIX: autodie will now check open() for returning
          undef, not merely false, as open() can legimiately
          return zero for open(my $fh, '-|') || exec(...) style

        * TEST: Added t/lethal.t, a test for basic subclassing.

        * TEST: Added t/usersub.t, a test for correct handling
          of user subroutines.

        * DOCUMENTATION: Noted in that user subs can
          only be made Fatal/autodying if they've been declared

        * FEATURE: Conflicts between 'no autodie' and 'use Fatal'

        * FEATURE: Added sysopen() and fcntl() to :file, and
          exec() and system to :system.  exec() doesn't yet work
          due to its prototype;

        * FEATURE: Vanilla 'use autodie' now implies
          'use autodie qw(:default)'.  This excludes system(),
          which depends upon an optional module, and exec(),
          which breaks its exotic form.

        * TEST: Internal tests moved from Fatal.t to

        * FEATURE: Added support for fileno.

        * FEATURE: Addded support for exec (although this
          breaks the exotic form while autodie is in scope).

        * BUGFIX: 'no autodie' now plays nicely with user subs.

        * DOCUMENTATION: Added a brief mention of the category
          system that autodie provides.

1.11_01 Fri Jul  4 12:53:11 AEST 2008

        * RELEASE CODENAME: "Aristotle", in thanks for the many
          long and detailed discussions about the autodie interface
          and how it should interact with Fatal.  Aristotle was
          instrumental in ensuring autodie has the clean and
          simple interface that it does now.

        * FEATURE: 5.8 now has the ability to differentiate between calls
          that return false to indicate failure, and those that
          only return undef to indicate failure.  CORE::send and
          CORE::recv are examples of these.

        * FEATURE: You can now 'use autodie qw(fork)' to make sure your
          forks are successful (they must return defined).

        * TEST: t/todo.t removed.  We have passing tests (recv.t)
          for the reminder I had stuffed into here.

        * TEST: t/fork.t added, for testing autodying fork.

        * INTERNAL: The internal subroutine _remove_lexical_subs has been
          renamed to a much less misleading name of _install_subs,
          since that's what it actually does now.

        * BUGFIX: Found and fixed a nasty bug where autodie's internal
          subroutine cache was being too agressive.  This could result in
          handles from the incorrect package being used.  Scalar filehandles
          have never been affected by this bug.

        * BUGFIX: Autodying subroutines will no longer leak into other
          files if they are used/required/done in the same lexical scope.

        * BUILD: Fatal and autodie now install themselves with a
          INSTALLDIRS=perl target, meaning they will now correctly
          override (and possibly overwrite) your installed
          on 'make install'.

        * DOCUMENTATION: Documented the 'used only once' bug when
          using Fatal/autodie with package filehandles.  This has
          always existed in Fatal, and as far as I know it incurable
          (but harmless).

        * FEATURE: autodie and its exceptions can now be subclassed!

        * TEST: Added t/crickey.t as an example of using fair dinkum
          subclasses of autodie.  Mate, I reckon it's time for a beer.

        * INTERNAL: Moved exception architecture from inside-out
          objects (which need lots of extra work under 5.8) to
          regular hashes (which don't need extra work).

        * INTERNAL: Inlined relevant portions of Scope::Guard, meaning
          autodie can be installed with no dependencies.  (It still
          recommends IPC::System::Simple.)

1.10_07 Sun Jun 29 15:54:26 AEST 2008
        * RELEASE CODENAME: "ikegami", in thanks for solving the problem
          of getting lexical replacement of subroutines working for real
          under Perl 5.8.  As this works better than my 5.10 implemenation,
          it forms the foundation for this release.

        * Removed inappropriate diagnostics about :lexical from

        * Moved can't mix lexical and void diagnostics to

        * Added some basic tests for sysopen()

        * Removed the 5.10 only way of tracking lexical hints with
          %^H.  Our code now exclusively uses the more portable
          5.8 code that employs Scope::Guard (and has less side-effects).

        * Exotic system is no longer clobbered under 5.10 outside of
          autodie's scope.

        * autodie::exception::match is better exercised in the 5.8
          test suite.

        * Re-enabled 'use autodie' vanilla tests.

        * t/backcompat.t no longer fails under Devel::Cover

        * Repeating function names in arguments to autodie no
          longer causes those functions to become 'stuck' in
          autodying mode.

        * Wrong-version of support added, along with basic
          hints on how to get it working.

        * Expanded documentation on autodie, particularly for
          exception handling under Perl 5.8.

        * Less warnings from t/exceptions.t when running under 5.10.

        * All releases now really depend upon Scope::Guard, not just 5.8.

1.10_06 Sun Jun 22 21:50:39 AEST 2008

        * RELEASE CODENAME: "Chocolateboy", in thanks for his wonderful
          insights, and for letting me sound off way too many ideas
          about how things may be done.

        * Fixed speeling errors in context.t, thanks to Stennie.

        * Fixed minor pod errors and omissions.

        * Fixed bug in recv.t which resulted in an incorrect number
          of skipped tests on systems using socketpair emulation.

        * Fixed a bug that would cause unwanted interactions between
          autodie and autobox.  Thanks to chocolateboy. (5.8)

        * Wrote a (failing) test case demonstrating that the
          autodie pragma could leak across files.  Many thanks to
          chocolateboy for bringing this to my attention.

        * t/system.t checks to see if exotic system has been injured
          in the same package as 'use qutodie qw(system)'

        * Calling filename reliably reported in 5.8 error messages
          and error objects.

        * User subs can be made autodying under 5.8, but they leak
          over the entire package (which is very bad!)

        * Context-checking tests split into package-scope tests and
          lexical scope tests.

        * Lexical user-subs are disabled under Perl 5.8.  They were
          leaking everywhere and not being lexical at all.  Attempting
          to use a lexical user-sub under 5.8 now causes an error.

        * Bugs found in interaction between autodie and Fatal in
          5.8.  When used together, we can't reliably replace a
          Fatalised sub with an autodying one, and then switch it
          back again at the end of block.

        * Bugs described above fixed, thanks to ikegami!

        * Overhauled _remove_lexical_subs, based on ikegami's
          input.  This routine would now be better named
          "_install_lexical_subs", since it can now both
          install and remove.

        * Surpressed some warnings under 5.8 about uninitialised
          hints hashes.

        * Added support for backwards compatible Fatal calls in
          5.8.  These are currently a little *too* backwards compatible,
          possessing the same bugs as the old Fatal (clobbering

        * Improved caching of pre-generated subroutines.  We now
          cache the compiled subroutine, rather than the uncompiled

        * Added more tests to ensure Fatal throws backcompat
          strings, whereas autodie throws exception objects.

        * Support for lexical user-subs enabled, tested, and working
          in 5.8!

        * Added resources to Makefile.PL / META.yml

1.10_05 Sun Jun 15 15:46:38 AEST 2008
        * Kludgy support for Perl 5.8 using Scope::Guard and dark
          and terrible magicks taken from namespace::clean.

        * Rudimentary caching of generated code, to avoid having
          to regenerate the same code every single time Fatal/autodie
          is used on the same function.

        * Nuking subroutines at end of lexical scope moved into
          own subroutine.

        * Perl 5.8 support working!  Backcompat mode not yet
          supported, nor is autodie with user defined subs.
          The 5.8 support that is there is rather kludgy, and
          still needs a lot of work.

        * Perl 5.8 code no longer gets executed under 5.10 when
          executing write_invocation().

        * lex58.t tells the user that we'll get warnings under
          Win32, and these are to be ignored.  This is due to
          a Perl behaviour where it always calls the shell under
          Win32, even when multi-arg system is used.

        * lex58.t no longer fails to compile on Perl 5.10 which
          is still clobbering exotic open.  Perl 5.8 does not
          clobber the exotic form.

        * Backcompat tests are all marked as TODO under perl 5.8

        * Makefile.PL moved back to saying autodie works under 5.8

        * Context/user-sub tests skipped under 5.8, which does
          not yet support autodying of user subs.

        * lex58 tests now skipped if IPC::System::Simple not installed.

        * Squished a spurious warning from lex58.t

1.10_04 Sat Jun 14 15:02:17 AEST 2008
        * Made all $VERSION numbers more friendly to static code
          analysis tools (including CPAN).
        * Added a test to make sure all version numbers are incremented
          in lock-step.

        * Started 5.8 support
                * Removed dependencies on 5.10 'use feature'.
                * Removed dependencies on 5.10 fieldhashes.
                * a::e::match no longer uses smart-match or //
                * %^H init doesn't use // anymore.
                * 5.8 won't try to use // in fatalised subs (kludge)

        * recv.t corrected to use a custom socket (closed for writing)
          and to ignore SIGPIPEs.

1.10_03 Fri Jun 13 11:04:17 AEST 2008
        * Updated backwards compatibility tests to work on
          non-Enligh systems.

1.10_02 Fri Jun 13 10:55:00 AEST 2008
        * Tweaked boilerplate test to remove windows-only paths.

1.10_01 Thu Jun 12 17:19:13 AEST 2008
        * First beta release of module.

        * Many changes not documented here.
        * Fatal is now fully backwaards compatible again.
        * system() can be fatalised/autodying if IPC::System::Simple
          is installed.
        * Rationlisation of autodie::exception API.
        * autodie::exception->function() now always returns the
          full function name as best we can find it, and not
          what may be getting replaced (eg, CORE::open instead of

1.08    Sat Mar 29 10:54:20 AEDT 2008
        Dual-lifed module internally from work I was doing on p5p.