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Perl Language Reference Manual
by Larry Wall and others
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24.1 Default Warnings and Optional Warnings

Before the introduction of lexical warnings, Perl had two classes of warnings: mandatory and optional.

As its name suggests, if your code tripped a mandatory warning, you would get a warning whether you wanted it or not. For example, the code below would always produce an "isn't numeric" warning about the "2:".

my $a = "2:" + 3;

With the introduction of lexical warnings, mandatory warnings now become default warnings. The difference is that although the previously mandatory warnings are still enabled by default, they can then be subsequently enabled or disabled with the lexical warning pragma. For example, in the code below, an "isn't numeric" warning will only be reported for the $a variable.

my $a = "2:" + 3;
no warnings;
my $b = "2:" + 3;

Note that neither the -w flag or the $^W can be used to disable/enable default warnings. They are still mandatory in this case.

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