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Manual Reference Pages  -  CONFIG::MODEL::ANYTHING (3)

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Config::Model::AnyThing - Base class for configuration tree item



version 2.082


 # internal class


This class must be inherited by all nodes or leaves of the configuration tree.

AnyThing provides some methods and no constructor.

Introspection methods


Returns the element name that contain this object.


For object stored in an array or hash element, returns the index (or key) containing this object.


Returns the node containing this object. May return undef if parent() is called on the root of the tree.


Returns the type (e.g. list or hash or leaf or node or warped_node) of the element containing this object.


Returns the root node of the configuration tree.


Returns the node location in the configuration tree. This location conforms with the syntax defined by grab() method.


Returns the node location in the configuration tree. This location truncates long indexes to be readable. It cannot be used by grab() method.


Return the element name with its index (if any). I.e. returns foo:bar or foo.


Return the element name with its index (if any). Too long indexes are truncated to be readable.


Annotation is a way to store miscellaneous information associated to each node. (Yeah... comments). Reading and writing annotation makes sense only if they can be read from and written to the configuration file, hence the need for the following method:


Returns 1 if at least one of the backends attached to a parent node support to read and write annotations (aka comments) in the configuration file.


Returns 1 if at least one of the backends support to read and write annotations (aka comments) in the configuration file.

    annotation( [ note1, [ note2 , ... ] ] )

Without argument, return a string containing the object’s annotation (or an empty string).

With several arguments, join the arguments with \n, store the annotations and return the resulting string.

    load_pod_annotation ( pod_string )

Load annotations in configuration tree from a pod document. The pod must be in the form:


 =item path

 Annotation text



Clear the annotation of an element

Information management


Grab an object from the configuration tree.

Parameters are:
step A string indicating the steps to follow in the tree to find the required item. (mandatory)
mode When set to strict, grab will throw an exception if no object is found using the passed string. When set to adaptative, the object found at last will be returned. For instance, for the step good_step wrong_step, only the object held by good_step will be returned. When set to loose, grab will return undef in case of problem. (default is strict)
type Either node, leaf, hash or list or an array ref containing these values. Returns only an object of requested type. Depending on strict value, grab will either throw an exception or return the last found object of requested type. (optional, default to undef, which means any type of object)


 $root->grep(step => foo:2 bar, type => leaf)
 $root->grep(step => foo:2 bar, type => [leaf,check_list])

autoadd When set to 1, hash or list configuration element are created when requested by the passed steps. (default is 1).
grab_non_available When set to 1, grab will return an object even if this one is not available. I.e. even if this element was warped out. (default is 0).
The step parameters is made of the following items separated by spaces:
- Go up one node
! Go to the root node.
!Foo Go up the configuration tree until the Foo configuration class is found. Raise an exception if no Foo class is found when root node is reached.
xxx Go down using xxx element.
xxx:yy Go down using xxx element and id yy (valid for hash or list elements)
?xxx Go up the tree until a node containing element xxx is found. Then go down the tree like item xxx.

If ?xxx:yy, go up the tree the same way. But no check is done to see if id yy actually exists or not. Only the element xxx is considered when going up the tree.


Like grab(...), but will return the value of a leaf or check_list object, not just the leaf object.

Will raise an exception if following the steps ends on anything but a leaf or a check_list.


Like grab(...), but will return the annotation of an object.


Returns the root of the configuration tree.

    grab_ancestor( Foo )

Go up the configuration tree until the Foo configuration class is found. Returns the found node or undef.


Notify the instance of semantic changes. Parameters are:
old old value. (optional)
new new value (optional)
path Location of the changed parameter starting from root node. Default to $self-location>.
name element name. Default to $self-element_name>
index If the changed parameter is part of a hash or an array, index contains the key or the index to get the changed parameter.
note information about the change. Mandatory of neither old or new value are defined.
really When set to 1, force recording of change even if in initial load phase.
needs_save internal parameter.

    show_message( string )

Forwarded to show_message( string ) in Config::Model::Instance.

    model_searcher ()

Returns an object dedicated to search an element in the configuration model (respecting privilege level).

This method returns a Config::Model::SearchElement object. See Config::Model::Searcher for details on how to handle a search.

    dump_as_data ( )

Dumps the configuration data of the node and its siblings into a perl data structure.

Returns a hash ref containing the data. See Config::Model::DumpAsData for details.


Returns a string describing any issue with Config::Model::Warper object. Returns ’’ if invoked on a tree object without warp specification.


Dominique Dumont, (ddumont at cpan dot org)


Config::Model, Config::Model::Instance, Config::Model::Node, Config::Model::Loader, Config::Model::Dumper


Dominique Dumont


This software is Copyright (c) 2005-2016 by Dominique Dumont.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 2.1, February 1999

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