Provided by: lintian_2.62.0_all bug

NAME

       Lintian::Output - Lintian messaging handling

SYNOPSIS

           # non-OO
           use Lintian::Output qw(:messages);

           $Lintian::Output::GLOBAL->verbosity_level(1);

           msg("Something interesting");
           v_msg("Something less interesting");
           debug_msg(3, "Something very specific");

           # OO
           use Lintian::Output;

           my $out = Lintian::Output->new;

           $out->verbosity_level(-1);
           $out->msg("Something interesting");
           $out->v_msg("Something less interesting");
           $out->debug_msg(3, "Something very specific");

DESCRIPTION

       Lintian::Output is used for all interaction between lintian and the user.  It is designed
       to be easily extensible via subclassing.

       To simplify usage in the most common cases, many Lintian::Output methods can be used as
       class methods and will therefore automatically use the object $Lintian::Output::GLOBAL
       unless their first argument "isa('Lintian::Output')".

ATTRIBUTES

       The following fields impact the behavior of Lintian::Output.

       color
           Can take the values "never", "always", "auto" or "html".

           Whether to colorize tags based on their severity.  The default is "never", which never
           uses color.  "always" will always use color, "auto" will use color only if the output
           is going to a terminal.

           "html" will output HTML <span> tags with a color style attribute (instead of ANSI
           color escape sequences).

       colors
       debug
           If set to a positive integer, will enable all debug messages issued with a level lower
           or equal to its value.

       issuedtags
           Hash containing the names of tags which have been issued.

       perf_debug
       perf_log_fd
       proc_id2tag_count
       stdout
           I/O handle to use for output of messages and tags.  Defaults to "\*STDOUT".

       stderr
           I/O handle to use for warnings.  Defaults to "\*STDERR".

       showdescription
           Whether to show the description of a tag when printing it.

       tty_hyperlinks
       tag_display_limit
           Get/Set the number of times a tag is emitted per processable.

       verbosity_level
           Determine how verbose the output should be.  "0" is the default value (tags and msg
           only), "-1" is quiet (tags only) and "1" is verbose (tags, msg and v_msg).

CLASS/INSTANCE METHODS

       These methods can be used both with and without an object.  If no object is given, they
       will fall back to the $Lintian::Output::GLOBAL object.

       "msg(@args)"
           Will output the strings given in @args, one per line, each line prefixed with 'N: '.
           Will do nothing if verbosity_level is less than 0.

       "v_msg(@args)"
           Will output the strings given in @args, one per line, each line prefixed with 'N: '.
           Will do nothing unless verbosity_level is greater than 0.

       "debug_msg($level, @args)"
           $level should be a positive integer.

           Will output the strings given in @args, one per line, each line prefixed with 'N: '.
           Will do nothing unless debug is set to a positive integer >= $level.

       "warning(@args)"
           Will output the strings given in @args on stderr, one per line, each line prefixed
           with 'warning: '.

       "perf_log(@args)"
           Like "v_msg", except output is possibly sent to a dedicated log file.

           Will output the strings given in @args, one per line.  The lines will not be prefixed.
           Will do nothing unless perf_debug is set to a positive integer.

       "delimiter()"
           Gives back a string that is usable for separating messages in the output.  Note: This
           does not print anything, it just gives back the string, use with one of the methods
           above, e.g.

            v_msg('foo', delimiter(), 'bar');

       "issued_tag($tag_name)"
           Indicate that the named tag has been issued.  Returns a boolean value indicating
           whether the tag had previously been issued by the object.

       "string($lead, @args)"
           TODO: Is this part of the public interface?

INSTANCE METHODS FOR SUBCLASSING

       The following methods are only intended for subclassing and are only available as instance
       methods.  The methods mentioned in "CLASS/INSTANCE METHODS" usually only check whether
       they should do anything at all (according to the values of verbosity_level and debug) and
       then call one of the following methods to do the actual printing. Almost all of them
       finally call _print() to do that.  This convoluted scheme is necessary to be able to use
       the methods above as class methods and still make the behaviour overridable in subclasses.

       "_message(@args)"
           Called by msg(), v_msg(), and debug_msg() to print the message.

       "_warning(@args)"
           Called by warning() to print the warning.

       "_print($stream, $lead, @args)"
           Called by _message(), _warning(), and print_tag() to do the actual printing.

           If you override these three methods, you can change the calling convention for this
           method to pretty much whatever you want.

           The version in Lintian::Output prints the strings in @args, one per line, each line
           preceded by $lead to the I/O handle given in $stream.

       "_delimiter()"
           Called by delimiter().

       "_do_color()"
           Called by print_tag() to determine whether to produce colored output.

EXPORTS

       Lintian::Output exports nothing by default, but the following export tags are available:

       :messages
           Exports all the methods in "CLASS/INSTANCE METHODS"

       :util
           Exports all the methods in "CLASS METHODS"

SEE ALSO

       lintian(1)