The Perl Debugger

The Perl debugger, a part of the core Perl distribution, is a useful tool to master, allowing close interactive examination of executing Perl code.
Perl Code Must Be Compilable

The final concern with using the debugger is compilation. Because the debugger is actually just debugging code inserted into your script, it is necessary that your script be compilable. That is, there should be no syntax errors.


Mastering the Perl 5 debugger is almost as useful as mastering Perl 5 itself. It allows you to take part in the actual execution of your program, to examine and experiment. It allows you to kill the bugs.

Jeremy Impson is a Senior Computer Science student at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY, studying Operating Systems. He spent the past summer working for IBM Global Services in Poughkeepsie, NY. He's been playing with Linux since Spring 1995, and has been hacking Perl just as long. Outside of computing and sleeping, he spends time studying history and cooking up strange recipes. You can reach him at


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