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attrs(3pm)				   Perl Programmers Reference Guide				   attrs(3pm)

attrs - set/get attributes of a subroutine (deprecated)
sub foo { use attrs qw(locked method); ... } @a = attrs::get(\&foo);
NOTE: Use of this pragma is deprecated. Use the syntax sub foo : locked method { } to declare attributes instead. See also attributes. This pragma lets you set and get attributes for subroutines. Setting attributes takes place at compile time; trying to set invalid attribute names causes a compile-time error. Calling "attrs::get" on a subroutine refer- ence or name returns its list of attribute names. Notice that "attrs::get" is not exported. Valid attributes are as follows. method Indicates that the invoking subroutine is a method. locked Setting this attribute is only meaningful when the subroutine or method is to be called by multiple threads. When set on a method subroutine (i.e. one marked with the method attribute above), perl ensures that any invocation of it implicitly locks its first argument before execution. When set on a non-method subroutine, perl ensures that a lock is taken on the subroutine itself before execution. The semantics of the lock are exactly those of one explicitly taken with the "lock" operator immediately after the subrou- tine is entered. perl v5.8.0 2002-06-01 attrs(3pm)

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