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I have one script with a include to another script.  How can I use the variables from the include script in the original scrip.

require "/user.pl";

this is my require statement.
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by:brink1978
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for instance user.pl has 1 vars in it user name.  I want to user $userName in the script.
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the safest way to do this....

in user.pl include a function that returns a reference to the variable

sub get_userName {
return \$userName;
}


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by:lbertacco
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Don't use "require", but "do" as in:

do "/user.pl";

then you will be able to use the veriables defined in user.pl
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by:Kavar
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like I was saying, the safest way is to use the "get" method because then you don't have to worry about variable names stepping on each other
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Kavar, you are right. However it depends on what you are doing. For example if you just want to print out the final values of variables defined in a different script, I'd go with the "do" solution.
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by:Kavar
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yeah, thats a very good point :)
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by:brink1978
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With using
sub get_userName {
return \$userName;
}

How do I call it from the script?
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by:Kavar
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hmmm, you should be able to use the import function of your package,
if your package does not have an import function, you can use "use"

use Modulename();
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by:lbertacco
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Well I consider my answer more fit to the author question (he was trying with "require"...so just changing it to a "do" is much simpler than implementing accessory functions)
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