Lintian::Output (3) - Linux Manuals

Lintian::Output: Lintian messaging handling


Lintian::Output - Lintian messaging handling


    # non-OO
    use Lintian::Output qw(:messages);


    msg("Something interesting");
    v_msg("Something less interesting");
    debug_msg(3, "Something very specific");

    # OO
    use Lintian::Output;

    my $out = Lintian::Output->new;

    $out->msg("Something interesting");
    $out->v_msg("Something less interesting");
    $out->debug_msg(3, "Something very specific");


Lintian::Output is used for all interaction between lintian and the user. It is designed to be easily extensible via subclassing.

To simplify usage in the most common cases, many Lintian::Output methods can be used as class methods and will therefore automatically use the object $Lintian::Output::GLOBAL unless their first argument "isa('Lintian::Output')".


The following fields impact the behavior of Lintian::Output.
Can take the values ``never'', ``always'', ``auto'' or ``html''.

Whether to colorize tags based on their severity. The default is ``never'', which never uses color. ``always'' will always use color, ``auto'' will use color only if the output is going to a terminal.

``html'' will output HTML <span> tags with a color style attribute (instead of ANSI color escape sequences).

If set to a positive integer, will enable all debug messages issued with a level lower or equal to its value.
Hash containing the names of tags which have been issued.
I/O handle to use for output of messages and tags. Defaults to "\*STDOUT".
I/O handle to use for warnings. Defaults to "\*STDERR".
Whether to show the description of a tag when printing it.
Get/Set the number of times a tag is emitted per processable.
Determine how verbose the output should be. ``0'' is the default value (tags and msg only), ``-1'' is quiet (tags only) and ``1'' is verbose (tags, msg and v_msg).


These methods can be used both with and without an object. If no object is given, they will fall back to the $Lintian::Output::GLOBAL object.
Will output the strings given in @args, one per line, each line prefixed with 'N: '. Will do nothing if verbosity_level is less than 0.
Will output the strings given in @args, one per line, each line prefixed with 'N: '. Will do nothing unless verbosity_level is greater than 0.
"debug_msg($level, @args)"
$level should be a positive integer.

Will output the strings given in @args, one per line, each line prefixed with 'N: '. Will do nothing unless debug is set to a positive integer >= $level.

Will output the strings given in @args on stderr, one per line, each line prefixed with 'warning: '.
Like ``v_msg'', except output is possibly sent to a dedicated log file.

Will output the strings given in @args, one per line. The lines will not be prefixed. Will do nothing unless perf_debug is set to a positive integer.

Gives back a string that is usable for separating messages in the output. Note: This does not print anything, it just gives back the string, use with one of the methods above, e.g.

 v_msg('foo', delimiter(), 'bar');
Indicate that the named tag has been issued. Returns a boolean value indicating whether the tag had previously been issued by the object.
"string($lead, @args)"
TODO: Is this part of the public interface?


The following methods are only intended for subclassing and are only available as instance methods. The methods mentioned in ``CLASS/INSTANCE METHODS'' usually only check whether they should do anything at all (according to the values of verbosity_level and debug) and then call one of the following methods to do the actual printing. Almost all of them finally call _print() to do that. This convoluted scheme is necessary to be able to use the methods above as class methods and still make the behaviour overridable in subclasses.
Called by msg(), v_msg(), and debug_msg() to print the message.
Called by warning() to print the warning.
"_print($stream, $lead, @args)"
Called by _message(), _warning(), and print_tag() to do the actual printing.

If you override these three methods, you can change the calling convention for this method to pretty much whatever you want.

The version in Lintian::Output prints the strings in @args, one per line, each line preceded by $lead to the I/O handle given in $stream.

Called by delimiter().
Called by print_tag() to determine whether to produce colored output.


Lintian::Output exports nothing by default, but the following export tags are available:
Exports all the methods in ``CLASS/INSTANCE METHODS''
Exports all the methods in ``CLASS METHODS''