=head1 NAME

Apache2::porting -- a helper module for mod_perl 1.0 to mod_perl 2.0 porting

=head1 Synopsis

  # either add at the very beginning of startup.pl
  use Apache2::porting;

  # or httpd.conf
  PerlModule Apache2::porting

  # now issue requests and look at the error_log file for hints

=head1 Description

C<Apache2::porting> helps to port mod_perl 1.0 code to run under
mod_perl 2.0. It doesn't provide any back-compatibility functionality,
however it knows to trap methods calls that are no longer in the
mod_perl 2.0 API and tell what should be used instead if at all. If
you attempts to use mod_perl 2.0 methods without first loading the
modules that contain them, it will tell you which modules you need to
load. Finally if your code tries to load modules that no longer exist
in mod_perl 2.0 it'll also tell you what are the modules that should
be used instead.

C<Apache2::porting> communicates with users via the I<error_log>
file. Everytime it traps a problem, it logs the solution (if it finds
one) to the error log file. If you use this module coupled with
C<L<Apache2::Reload|docs::2.0::api::Apache2::Reload>> you will be able
to port your applications quickly without needing to restart the
server on every modification.

It starts to work only when child process start and doesn't work for
the code that gets loaded at the server startup. This limitation is
explained in the L<Culprits|/Culprits> section.

It relies heavily on
which can also be used manually to lookup things.

=head1 Culprits

C<Apache2::porting> uses the C<UNIVERSAL::AUTOLOAD> function to provide
its functionality. However it seems to be impossible to create
C<UNIVERSAL::AUTOLOAD> at the server startup, Apache segfaults on
restart. Therefore it performs the setting of C<UNIVERSAL::AUTOLOAD>
only during the I<child_init> phase, when child processes start. As a
result it can't help you with things that get preloaded at the server

If you know how to resolve this problem, please let us know. To
reproduce the problem try to use an earlier phase,
e.g. C<PerlPostConfigHandler>:

  Apache2::ServerUtil->server->push_handlers(PerlPostConfigHandler => \&porting_autoload);

META: Though there is a better solution at work, which assigns
AUTOLOAD for each class separately, instead of using UNIVERSAL. See
the discussion on the dev list (hint: search the archive for EazyLife)

=head1 See Also

L<mod_perl 2.0 documentation|docs::2.0::index>.

=head1 Copyright

mod_perl 2.0 and its core modules are copyrighted under
The Apache Software License, Version 2.0.

=head1 Authors

L<The mod_perl development team and numerous