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Getargs::Original - remember the original arguments a program was invoked with


In your main program:

 use Getargs::Original;

Later on somewhere else

 require Getargs::Original;
 exec @{ Getargs::Original->args };


Common behaviour for a daemon is to re-exec itself upon receipt of a signal (typically SIGHUP). It is also common to use modules like Getopt::Long to parse command line arguments when the program first starts. To achieve both of these tasks one must store the original contents of $0 and @ARGV, as argument processing usually removes elements from @ARGV.

Getargs::Original simplifies this task by storing the contents of $0 and @ARGV when it is first used in a program. Later on when the original arguments are required, a singleton instance of Getargs::Original can be used to retrieve the arguments.

Getargs::Original is not meant to be instantiated as an object. All of the methods are called as class methods.


In normal operation, the path of $0 is made absolute using File::Spec->rel2abs(). Sometimes it is desireable for the canonical name of the program run to be rooted in a particular directory.

Take for example a scenario where the canonical path to programs is /opt/foo/bin/ but /opt/foo/ is a symlink to another filesystem which can differ from machine to machine. When the full path to $0 is resolved, the path will be the true filesystem and not /opt/foo/.

This distinction may not matter to most, but if system monitoring tools are looking for a program to be running with a specific path then things will break. /opt/foo/bin/ is not the same as /.d1/bin/ after all.

To address this, Getargs::Original provides a way to specify the base directory used for resolution of $0. By passing a directory to the base_dir method the resolved path to $0 will be calculated relative to that directory.



Returns the original value of $0 and @ARGV as a list reference in scalar context and a list in array context.

If the base_dir() method has been called then the first element of the list returned will be a relative path rooted in the directory that base_dir() was called with. If base_dir() has not been called then the first element of the list will be the absolute path to $0.

Resolution of $0 is performed the first time that the argv() method (or the shortcuts described below) are called. As such if relative resolution is desired then the base_dir() method must be called prior to the first use of argv(), program() or args().


Returns the original value of $0. A shortcut to saying



Returns the original value of @ARGV. A shortcut to saying

 my $numargs = $originalargs->_argv_count;

As with argv() arguments are returned as a list or list reference depending on calling context.


Sets or gets the base directory used for resolution of $0. See "RESOLVING THE PATH OF $0" above for more detail. Returns the previous base directory.


Sets or gets the flag indicating whether $0 has been resolved. Returns the previous state of the flag.

Using this method as a set accessor should only be required if the argv() method or one of it's shortcuts was inadvertently called prior to the base_dir() method being called.


James FitzGibbon, <>


Copyright (c) 2003 James FitzGibbon. All Rights Reserved.

This module is free software; you may use it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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