Data: :Dump

This module provides a few functions that traverse their argument list and return a string containing Perl code that, when Ced, produces a deep copy of the original arguments.

The main feature of the module is that it strives to produce output that is easy to read. Example:

perl @a = (1, [2, 3], {4 => 5}); dump(@a);


perl "(1, [2, 3], { 4 => 5 })"

If you dump just a little data, it is output on a single line. If you dump data that is more complex or there is a lot of it, line breaks are automatically added to keep it easy to read.

Please refer to Data::Dump's complete documentation for details on how to use this module, including which funcions it exports. Or (after installation) type:

perldoc Data::Dump

To view the complete docs on your terminal.


To install this module via cpanm:

> cpanm Data::Dump

Or, at the cpan shell:

cpan> install Data::Dump

If you wish to install it manually, download and unpack the tarball and run the following commands:

perl Makefile.PL
make test
make install

Of course, instead of downloading the tarball you may simply clone the git repository:

$ git clone git://


The "Data::Dump" module is written by Gisle Aas, based on "Data::Dumper" by Gurusamy Sarathy

Copyright 1998-2010 Gisle Aas. Copyright 1996-1998 Gurusamy Sarathy.

This distribution is currenly maintained by Breno G. de Oliveira.

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

See for more information.