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       Lintian::Tags - Manipulate and output Lintian tags


           my $tags = Lintian::Tags->new;
           my $proc = Lintian::Processable->new;
           $tags->file_start ($proc);
           $tags->file_overrides ('/path/to/an/overrides-file');
           $tags->tag ('lintian-tag', 'extra tag information');
           tag ('other-lintian-tag', 'with some extra data');
           tag ('third-lintian-tag'); # with no extra).
           my %overrides = $tags->overrides ($proc);
           my %stats = $tags->statistics;
           if ($tags->displayed ('lintian-tag')) {
               # do something if that tag would be displayed...


       This module stores metadata about Lintian tags, stores configuration about which tags
       should be displayed, handles displaying tags if appropriate, and stores cumulative
       statistics about what tags have been seen.  It also accepts override information and
       determines whether a tag has been overridden, keeping override statistics.  Finally, it
       supports answering metadata questions about Lintian tags, such as what references Lintian
       has for that tag.

       Each Lintian::Tags object has its own tag list, file list, and associated statistics.
       Separate Lintian::Tags objects can be maintained and used independently.  However, as a
       convenience for Lintian's most typical use case and for backward compatibility, the first
       created Lintian::Tags object is maintained as a global default.  The tag() method can be
       called as a global function instead of a method, in which case it will act on that global
       default Lintian::Tags object.


           Creates a new Lintian::Tags object, initializes all of its internal statistics and
           configuration to the defaults, and returns the newly created object.

       tag(TAG, [EXTRA, ...])
           Issue the Lintian tag TAG, possibly suppressing it or not displaying it based on
           configuration.  EXTRA, if present, is additional information to display with the tag.
           It can be given as a list of strings, in which case they're joined by a single space
           before display.

           This method can be called either as a class method (which is exported by the
           Lintian::Tags module) or as an instance method.  If called as a class method, it uses
           the first-constructed Lintian::Tags object as its underlying object.

           This method throws an exception if it is called without file_start() being called
           first or if an attempt is made to issue an unknown tag.


           Configure which tags are displayed by severity and certainty.  OPERATION is "+" to
           display the indicated tags, "-" to not display the indicated tags, or "=" to not
           display any tags except the indicated ones.  RELATION is one of "<", "<=", "=", ">=",
           or ">".  The OPERATION will be applied to all pairs of severity and certainty that
           match the given RELATION on the SEVERITY and CERTAINTY arguments.  If either of those
           arguments are undefined, the action applies to any value for that variable.  For

               $tags->display('=', '>=', 'important');

           turns off display of all tags and then enables display of any tag (with any certainty)
           of severity important or higher.

               $tags->display('+', '>', 'normal', 'possible');

           adds to the current configuration display of all tags with a severity higher than
           normal and a certainty higher than possible (so important/certain and

               $tags->display('-', '=', 'minor', 'possible');

           turns off display of tags of severity minor and certainty possible.

           This method throws an exception on errors, such as an unknown severity or certainty or
           an impossible constraint (like "> serious").

           If BOOL is true, configure experimental tags to be shown.  If BOOL is false, configure
           experimental tags to not be shown.

           If BOOL is true, configure overridden tags to be shown.  If BOOL is false, configure
           overridden tags to not be shown.

       sources([SOURCE [, ...]])
           Limits the displayed tags to only those from the listed sources.  One or more sources
           may be given.  If no sources are given, resets the Lintian::Tags object to display
           tags from any source.  Tag sources are the names of references from the Ref metadata
           for the tags.

           Use the PROFILE (Lintian::Profile) to determine which tags are suppressed, the
           severity of the tags and which tags are non-overridable.

   Tag Reporting
           Returns true if the given tag would be displayed given the current configuration,
           false otherwise.  This does not check overrides, only whether the tag severity,
           certainty, and source warrants display given the configuration.

           Returns true if the given tag would be suppressed given the current configuration,
           false otherwise.  This is different than displayed() in that a tag is only suppressed
           if Lintian treats the tag as if it's never been seen, doesn't update statistics, and
           doesn't change its exit status.  Tags are suppressed via profile().


       Originally written by Russ Allbery <> for Lintian.


       lintian(1), Lintian::Tag::Info(3)