User::Identity::Archive::Plain - simple, plain text archiver
User::Identity::Archive::Plain is a User::Identity::Archive is a User::Identity::Item
use User::Identity::Archive::Plain; my $friends = User::Identity::Archive::Plain->new('friends'); $friends->from(\*FH); $friends->from('.friends');
This archiver, which extends User::Identity::Archive, uses a very simple plain text file to store the information of users. The syntax is described in the DETAILS section, below.
Option --Defined in --Default abbreviations  description User::Identity::Item undef from User::Identity::Archive undef name User::Identity::Item <required> only  parent User::Identity::Item undef tabstop 8
. abbreviations => HASH|ARRAY
Adds a set of abbreviations for collections to the syntax of the plain text archiver. See section "Simplified class names" for a list of predefined names.
. description => STRING
. from => FILEHANDLE|FILENAME
. name => STRING
. only => ARRAY|ABBREV
Lists the only information (as (list of) abbreviations) which should be read. Other information is removed before even checking whether it is a valid abbreviation or not.
. parent => OBJECT
. tabstop => INTEGER
Sets the default tab-stop width.
Returns the class which is capable of storing information which is grouped as NAME. With CLASS argument, you add (or overrule) the definitions of an abbreviation. The CLASS is automatically loaded.
If CLASS is
undef, then the abbreviation is deleted. The class name which is deleted is returned.
Returns a sorted list of all names which are known as abbreviations.
Returns the width of a tab, optionally after setting it. This must be the same as set in your editor.
$obj->addCollection(OBJECT | ([TYPE], OPTIONS))
Read the plain text information from the specified FILEHANDLE, FILENAME, STRING, or ARRAY of lines.Option --Default tabstop <default from object> verbose 0
. tabstop => INTEGER
. verbose => INTEGER
It is too much work to specify full class named on each spot where you want to create a new object with data. Therefore, abbreviations are introduced. Use new(abbreviations) or abbreviations() to add extra abbreviations or to overrule some predefined.
Predefined names: user User::Identity email Mail::Identity location User::Identity::Location system User::Identity::System list User::Identity::Collection::Emails
It would have been nicer to refer to a person in stead of a user, however that would add to the confusion with the name-space.
The syntax is as simple as possible. An extra indentation on a line means that the variable or class is a collection within the class on the line before.
user markov location home country NL email home address email@example.com location home email work address firstname.lastname@example.org email tux address email@example.com
The above defines two items: one User::Identity named
markov, and an e-mail address
tux. The user has two collections: one contains a single location, and one stores two e-mail addresses.
To add to the confusion: the
location is defined as field in
If you want to continue on the next line, because your content is too large, then add a backslash to the end, like this:
email home description This is my home address, \ But I sometimes use this for \ work as well address firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuations do not play the game of indentation, so what you also can do is:
email home description \ This is my home address, \ But I sometimes use this for \ work as well address email@example.com
address must be correctly indented. The line terminations are lost, which is useful for most fields. However, if you need them, you have to check the description of the applicable field.
You may add comments and white spaces. Comments start with a
'#' as first non-blank character on the line. Comments are not allowed on the same line as real data, as some languages (like Perl) permit.
You can insert comments and blank lines on all places where you need them:
user markov # my home address email home # useless comment statement address firstname.lastname@example.org location #mind_the_hash
is equivalent to:
user markov email home address email@example.com location #mind_the_hash
Often you will have the need to add the same information to two items, for instance, multiple people share the same address. In this case, you can create a reference. However, this is only permitted for whole items: you can refer to someone's location, but not to the person's street.
To create a reference to an item of someone else, use
user markov location home = user(cleo).location(home) location work organization MARKOV Solutions
You can add some configuration lines as well. On the moment, the only one defined is
tabstop = 4
which can be used to change the meaning of tabs in the file. The default setting is 8, but some people prefer 4 (or other values).
Error: $object is not a collection.
The first argument is an object, but not of a class which extends User::Identity::Collection.
Error: Cannot load collection module for $type ($class).
Either the specified $type does not exist, or that module named $class returns compilation errors. If the type as specified in the warning is not the name of a package, you specified a nickname which was not defined. Maybe you forgot the 'require' the package which defines the nickname.
Warning: Cannot read archive from $source
Error: Creation of a collection via $class failed.
The $class did compile, but it was not possible to create an object of that class using the options you specified.
Error: Don't know what type of collection you want to add.
If you add a collection, it must either by a collection object or a list of options which can be used to create a collection object. In the latter case, the type of collection must be specified.
Warning: No collection $name
The collection with $name does not exist and can not be created.
This module is part of User-Identity distribution version 0.93, built on December 24, 2009. Website: http://perl.overmeer.net/userid/
Copyrights 2003,2004,2007-2009 by Mark Overmeer <firstname.lastname@example.org>. For other contributors see Changes.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html