CPANPLUS::Tools::Load - runtime require of both modules and files


CPANPLUS::Tools::Load - runtime require of both modules and files


        use CPANPLUS::Tools::Load;
        my $module = 'Data::Dumper';
        load Data::Dumper;      # loads that module
        load 'Data::Dumper';    # ditto
        load $module            # tritto
        my $script = 'some/'
        load $script;
        load 'some/';  # use quotes because of punctuations
        load thing;             # try 'thing' first, then ''


load eliminates the need to know whether you are trying to require either a file or a module.

If you consult perldoc -f require you will see that require will behave differently when given a bareword or a string.

In the case of a string, require assumes you are wanting to load a file. But in the case of a bareword, it assumes you mean a module.

This gives nasty overhead when you are trying to dynamically require modules at runtime, since you will need to change the module notation (Acme::Comment) to a file notation fitting the particular platform you are on.

load elimates the need for this overhead and will just DWYM.


load has the following rules to decide what it thinks you want:


Because of a bug in perl (#19213), at least in version 5.6.1, we have to hardcode the path seperator for a require on Win32 to be /, like on Unix rather than the Win32 \. Otherwise perl will not read it's own %INC accurately and double load files if they are required again, or in the worst case, core dump.



This module by Jos Boumans <>.


This module is copyright (c) 2002 Jos Boumans <>. All rights reserved.

This library is free software; you may redistribute and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

 CPANPLUS::Tools::Load - runtime require of both modules and files