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caller

caller [
n
]

Returns information about the stack of current subroutine calls. Without an argument, it returns the package name in a scalar context, and in a list context, it returns the package name, filename, and line number that the currently executing subroutine was called from:

($package, $filename, $line) = caller;
With an argument it evaluates n as the number of stack frames to go back before the current one. It also reports some additional information that the debugger uses to print a stack trace:
$i = 0;
while (($pack, $file, $line, $subname, $hasargs, 
        $wantarray, $evaltext, $is_require) = caller($i++)) {
    ...
}
Furthermore, when called from within the DB package, caller returns more detailed information: it sets the list variable @DB::args to be the argument passed in the given stack frame.











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