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       Perl::Critic::Policy::ValuesAndExpressions::ConstantBeforeLt - disallow bareword before <


       This policy is part of the "Perl::Critic::Pulp" add-on.  It prohibits a bareword before a
       "<" to keep you out of trouble with autoloaded or unprototyped constant subs since a "<"
       in that case is interpreted as the start of a "<..>" glob or readline instead of a less-
       than.  This policy is under the "bugs" theme (see "POLICY THEMES" in Perl::Critic).

           use POSIX;
           DBL_MANT_DIG < 32   # bad, perl 5.8 thinks <>

           func <*.c>          # ok, actual glob
           time < 2e9          # ok, builtins parse ok

           use constant FOO => 16;
           FOO < 32            # ok, your own const

           sub BAR () { 64 }
           BAR < 32            # ok, your own prototyped sub

       The fix for something like "DBL_MANT_DIG < 10" is parens either around or after, like

           (DBL_MANT_DIG) < 10  # ok
           DBL_MANT_DIG() < 10  # ok

       whichever you think is less worse.  The latter emphasises it's really a sub.

       The key is whether the constant sub in question is defined and has a prototype at the time
       the code is compiled.  ConstantBeforeLt makes the pessimistic assumption that anything
       except "use constant" and prototyped subs in your own file shouldn't be relied on.

       In practice the most likely problems are with the "POSIX" module constants of Perl 5.8.x
       and earlier, since they were unprototyped.  The default code generated by "h2xs" (as of
       Perl 5.10.0) is similar autoloaded unprototyped constants so modules using the bare output
       of that suffer too.

       If you're confident the modules you use don't play tricks with their constants (including
       only using POSIX on Perl 5.10.0 or higher) then you might find ConstantBeforeLt too
       pessimistic.  It normally triggers rather rarely anyway, but you can always disable it
       altogether in your .perlcriticrc file (see "CONFIGURATION" in Perl::Critic),



       Bareword file handles might be misinterpreted by this policy as constants, but in practice
       "<" doesn't get used with anything taking a bare filehandle.

       A constant used before it's defined, like

           if (FOO < 123) { ... }   # bad
           use constant FOO => 456;

       is reported by ConstantBeforeLt since it might be an imported constant sub, even if it's
       much more likely to be a simple mis-ordering, which "use strict" picks up anyway when it


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