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Perl::Critic::Policy::Compatibility::Gtk2Constants(3pm) User Contributed Perl Documentation Perl::Critic::Policy::Compatibility::Gtk2Constants(3pm)


Perl::Critic::Policy::Compatibility::Gtk2Constants - new enough Gtk2 version for its constants


This policy is part of the "Perl::Critic::Pulp" add-on. It requires that if you use certain constant subs from "Gtk2" and "Glib" then you must explicitly have a "use" of a high enough version of those modules.

    use Gtk2 1.160;
    ... return Gtk2::EVENT_PROPAGATE;  # bad
    use Gtk2 1.200 ':constants';
    ... return GDK_CURRENT_TIME;       # good

The following "Gtk2" constants are checked,

    GTK_PRIORITY_RESIZE       # new in Gtk2 1.200 (devel 1.190)
    EVENT_PROPAGATE           # new in Gtk2 1.220 (devel 1.210)
    GTK_PATH_PRIO_LOWEST      # new in Gtk2 1.220 (devel 1.211)

and the following "Glib" constants

    SOURCE_CONTINUE           # new in Glib 1.220 (devel 1.210)

The idea is to keep you from using the constants without a new enough "Gtk2" or "Glib". Of course there's a huge number of other things you might do that also require a new enough version, but these constants tripped me up a few times.

The exact version numbers above and demanded are development versions. You're probably best off rounding up to a "stable" one like 1.200 or 1.220.

As always if you don't care about this and in particular if for instance you only ever use Gtk2 1.220 or higher anyway then you can disable "Gtk2Constants" from your .perlcriticrc in the usual way (see "CONFIGURATION" in Perl::Critic),


Constant Forms

Constants are recognised as any of for instance


When there's a class name given it's checked, so that other uses of say "EVENT_PROPAGATE" aren't picked up.

    Some::Other::Thing::EVENT_PROPAGATE      # ok
    Some::Other::Thing->EVENT_PROPAGATE      # ok
    &Some::Other::Thing::EVENT_PROPAGATE     # ok

When there's no class name, then it's only assumed to be Gtk2 or Glib when the respective module has been included.

    use Something::Else;
    EVENT_PROPAGATE           # ok
    use Gtk2 ':constants';
    EVENT_PROPAGATE           # bad

In the latter form there's no check for ":constants" or explicit import in the "use", it's assumed that if you've used Gtk2 then "EVENT_PROPAGATE" means that one no matter how the imports might be arranged.


Perl::Critic::Pulp, Perl::Critic, Gtk2, Glib




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2021-02-28 perl v5.32.1