AutoSplit(3)           Perl Programmers Reference Guide           AutoSplit(3)

       AutoSplit - split a package for autoloading

        autosplit($file, $dir, $keep, $check, $modtime);


       This function will split up your program into files that the AutoLoader
       module can handle. It is used by both the standard perl libraries and
       by the MakeMaker utility, to automatically configure libraries for

       The autosplit interface splits the specified file into a hierarchy
       rooted at the directory $dir. It creates directories as needed to
       reflect class hierarchy, and creates the file autosplit.ix. This file
       acts as both forward declaration of all package routines, and as
       timestamp for the last update of the hierarchy.

       The remaining three arguments to autosplit govern other options to the

         If the third argument, $keep, is false, then any pre-existing *.al
         files in the autoload directory are removed if they are no longer
         part of the module (obsoleted functions).  $keep defaults to 0.

         The fourth argument, $check, instructs autosplit to check the module
         currently being split to ensure that it does include a use
         specification for the AutoLoader module, and skips the module if
         AutoLoader is not detected.  $check defaults to 1.

         Lastly, the $modtime argument specifies that autosplit is to check
         the modification time of the module against that of the autosplit.ix
         file, and only split the module if it is newer.  $modtime defaults to

       Typical use of AutoSplit in the perl MakeMaker utility is via the
       command-line with:

        perl -e 'use AutoSplit; autosplit($ARGV[0], $ARGV[1], 0, 1, 1)'

       Defined as a Make macro, it is invoked with file and directory
       arguments; autosplit will split the specified file into the specified
       directory and delete obsolete .al files, after checking first that the
       module does use the AutoLoader, and ensuring that the module is not
       already currently split in its current form (the modtime test).

       The autosplit_lib_modules form is used in the building of perl. It
       takes as input a list of files (modules) that are assumed to reside in
       a directory lib relative to the current directory. Each file is sent to
       the autosplitter one at a time, to be split into the directory

       In both usages of the autosplitter, only subroutines defined following
       the perl __END__ token are split out into separate files. Some routines
       may be placed prior to this marker to force their immediate loading and

       Multiple packages

       As of version 1.01 of the AutoSplit module it is possible to have
       multiple packages within a single file. Both of the following cases are

          package NAME;
          sub AAA { ... }
          package NAME::option1;
          sub BBB { ... }
          package NAME::option2;
          sub BBB { ... }

          package NAME;
          sub AAA { ... }
          sub NAME::option1::BBB { ... }
          sub NAME::option2::BBB { ... }

       AutoSplit will inform the user if it is necessary to create the top-
       level directory specified in the invocation. It is preferred that the
       script or installation process that invokes AutoSplit have created the
       full directory path ahead of time. This warning may indicate that the
       module is being split into an incorrect path.

       AutoSplit will warn the user of all subroutines whose name causes
       potential file naming conflicts on machines with drastically limited (8
       characters or less) file name length. Since the subroutine name is used
       as the file name, these warnings can aid in portability to such

       Warnings are issued and the file skipped if AutoSplit cannot locate
       either the __END__ marker or a "package Name;"-style specification.

       AutoSplit will also emit general diagnostics for inability to create
       directories or files.

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