Text::PDF::Objind - PDF indirect object reference. Also acts as an abstract superclass for all elements in a PDF file.


Text::PDF::Objind - PDF indirect object reference. Also acts as an abstract superclass for all elements in a PDF file.


Instance variables differ from content variables in that they all start with a space.

For an object which is a reference to an object in some source, this holds the reference to the source object, so that should the reference have to be de-referenced, then we know where to go and get the info.

objnum (R)
The object number in the source (only for object references)

objgen (R)
The object generation in the source

There are other instance variables which are used by the parent for file control.

This marks whether the object is in the free list and available for re-use as another object elsewhere in the file.

Holds a direct reference to the next free object in the free list.



Creates a new indirect object


Returns a Unique id for this object, creating one if it didn't have one before


Releases ALL of the memory used by this indirect object, and all of its component/child objects. This method is called automatically by 'Text::PDF::File->release' (so you don't have to call it yourself).

NOTE, that it is important that this method get called at some point prior to the actual destruction of the object. Internally, PDF files have an enormous amount of cross-references and this causes circular references within our own internal data structures. Calling 'release()' forces these circular references to be cleaned up and the entire internal data structure purged.

Developer note: As part of the brute-force cleanup done here, this method will throw a warning message whenever unexpected key values are found within the Text::PDF::Objind object. This is done to help ensure that unexpected and unfreed values are brought to your attention, so you can bug us to keep the module updated properly; otherwise the potential for memory leaks due to dangling circular references will exist.


Returns the val of this object or reads the object and then returns its value.

Note that all direct subclasses *must* make their own versions of this subroutine otherwise we could be in for a very deep loop!


Makes sure that the object is fully read in, etc.

$r->outobjdeep($fh, $pdf)

If you really want to output this object, then you must need to read it first. This also means that all direct subclasses must subclass this method or loop forever!


If this is a full object then outputs a reference to the object, otherwise calls outobjdeep to output the contents of the object at this point.


Abstract superclass function filler. Returns self here but should return something more useful if an array.


Empties all content from this object to free up memory or to be read to pass the object into the free list. Simplistically undefs all instance variables other than object number and generation.


This merges content information into an object reference place-holder. This occurs when an object reference is read before the object definition and the information in the read data needs to be merged into the object place-holder


Returns whether this object is a full object with its own object number or whether it is purely a sub-object. $pdf indicates which output file we are concerned that the object is an object in.

$r->copy($inpdf, $res, $unique, $outpdf, %opts)

Returns a new copy of this object.

$inpdf gives the source pdf object for the object to be copied. $outpdf gives the target pdf for the object to be copied into. $outpdf may be undefined. $res may be defined in which case the object is copied into that object. $unique controls recursion. if $unique is non zero then new objects are always created and recursion always occurs. But each time recursion occurs, $unique is incremented. Thus is $unique starts with a negative value it is possible to stop the recursion at a certain depth. Of course for a positive value of $unique, recursion always occurs.

If $unique is 0 then recursion only occurs if $outpdf is not the same as $inpdf. In this case, a cache is held in $outpdf to see whether a previous copy of the same object has been made. If so, then that previous copy is returned otherwise a new object is made and added to the cache and recursed into.

Objects that are full objects with their own id numbers are correspondingly full objects in the output pdf.

 Text::PDF::Objind - PDF indirect object reference. Also acts as an abstract superclass for all elements in a PDF file.