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NAME

       vmsish - Perl pragma to control VMS-specific language features

SYNOPSIS

           use vmsish;

           use vmsish 'status';        # or '$?'
           use vmsish 'exit';
           use vmsish 'time';

           use vmsish 'hushed';
           no vmsish 'hushed';
           vmsish::hushed($hush);

           use vmsish;
           no vmsish 'time';

DESCRIPTION

       If no import list is supplied, all possible VMS-specific features are assumed.  Currently,
       there are four VMS-specific features available: 'status' (a.k.a '$?'), 'exit', 'time' and
       'hushed'.

       If you're not running VMS, this module does nothing.

       "vmsish status"
             This makes $? and "system" return the native VMS exit status instead of emulating
             the POSIX exit status.

       "vmsish exit"
             This makes "exit 1" produce a successful exit (with status SS$_NORMAL), instead of
             emulating UNIX exit(), which considers "exit 1" to indicate an error.  As with the
             CRTL's exit() function, "exit 0" is also mapped to an exit status of SS$_NORMAL, and
             any other argument to exit() is used directly as Perl's exit status.

       "vmsish time"
             This makes all times relative to the local time zone, instead of the default of
             Universal Time (a.k.a Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT).

       "vmsish hushed"
             This suppresses printing of VMS status messages to SYS$OUTPUT and SYS$ERROR if Perl
             terminates with an error status.  and allows programs that are expecting "unix-
             style" Perl to avoid having to parse VMS error messages.  It does not suppress any
             messages from Perl itself, just the messages generated by DCL after Perl exits.  The
             DCL symbol $STATUS will still have the termination status, but with a high-order bit
             set:

             EXAMPLE:
                 $ perl -e"exit 44;"                             Non-hushed error exit
                 %SYSTEM-F-ABORT, abort                          DCL message
                 $ show sym $STATUS
                   $STATUS == "%X0000002C"

                 $ perl -e"use vmsish qw(hushed); exit 44;"      Hushed error exit
                 $ show sym $STATUS
                   $STATUS == "%X1000002C"

             The 'hushed' flag has a global scope during compilation: the exit() or die()
             commands that are compiled after 'vmsish hushed' will be hushed when they are
             executed.  Doing a "no vmsish 'hushed'" turns off the hushed flag.

             The status of the hushed flag also affects output of VMS error messages from
             compilation errors.   Again, you still get the Perl error message (and the code in
             $STATUS)

             EXAMPLE:
                 use vmsish 'hushed';    # turn on hushed flag
                 use Carp;          # Carp compiled hushed
                 exit 44;           # will be hushed
                 croak('I die');    # will be hushed
                 no vmsish 'hushed';     # turn off hushed flag
                 exit 44;           # will not be hushed
                 croak('I die2'):   # WILL be hushed, croak was compiled hushed

             You can also control the 'hushed' flag at run-time, using the built-in routine
             vmsish::hushed().  Without argument, it returns the hushed status.  Since
             vmsish::hushed is built-in, you do not need to "use vmsish" to call it.

             EXAMPLE:
                 if ($quiet_exit) {
                     vmsish::hushed(1);
                 }
                 print "Sssshhhh...I'm hushed...\n" if vmsish::hushed();
                 exit 44;

             Note that an exit() or die() that is compiled 'hushed' because of "use vmsish" is
             not un-hushed by calling vmsish::hushed(0) at runtime.

             The messages from error exits from inside the Perl core are generally more serious,
             and are not suppressed.

       See "Pragmatic Modules" in perlmod.