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Template::Provider(3) User Contributed Perl DocumentationTemplate::Provider(3)

       Template::Provider - Provider module for	loading/compiling templates

	   $provider = Template::Provider->new(\%options);

	   ($template, $error) = $provider->fetch($name);

       The Template::Provider is used to load, parse, compile and cache
       template	documents. This	object may be sub-classed to provide more
       specific	facilities for loading,	or otherwise providing access to

       The Template::Context objects maintain a	list of	Template::Provider
       objects which are polled	in turn	(via fetch()) to return	a requested
       template. Each may return a compiled template, raise an error, or
       decline to serve	the request, giving subsequent providers a chance to
       do so.

       The Template::Provider can also be subclassed to	provide	templates from
       a different source, e.g.	a database. See	SUBCLASSING below.

       This documentation needs	work.

       Constructor method which	instantiates and returns a new
       "Template::Provider" object.  A reference to a hash array of
       configuration options may be passed.

       See "CONFIGURATION OPTIONS" below for a summary of configuration
       options and Template::Manual::Config for	full details.

       Returns a compiled template for the name	specified. If the template
       cannot be found then "(undef, STATUS_DECLINED)" is returned. If an
       error occurs (e.g.  read	error, parse error) then "($error,
       STATUS_ERROR)" is returned, where $error	is the error message
       generated. If the TOLERANT option is set	the the	method returns
       "(undef,	STATUS_DECLINED)" instead of returning an error.

       Loads a template	without	parsing	or compiling it.  This is used by the
       the INSERT directive.

   store($name,	$template)
       Stores the compiled template, $template,	in the cache under the name,
       $name.  Susbequent calls	to "fetch($name)" will return this template in
       preference to any disk-based file.

       Accessor	method for the "INCLUDE_PATH" setting.	If called with an
       argument, this method will replace the existing "INCLUDE_PATH" with the
       new value.

       This method generates a copy of the "INCLUDE_PATH" list.	 Any elements
       in the list which are dynamic generators	(e.g. references to
       subroutines or objects implementing a "paths()" method) will be called
       and the list of directories returned merged into	the output list.

       It is possible to provide a generator which returns itself, thus
       sending this method into	an infinite loop.  To detect and prevent this
       from happening, the $MAX_DIRS package variable, set to 64 by default,
       limits the maximum number of paths that can be added to,	or generated
       for the output list.  If	this number is exceeded	then the method	will
       immediately return an error reporting as	much.

       The following list summarises the configuration options that can	be
       provided	to the "Template::Provider" new() constructor. Please consult
       Template::Manual::Config	for further details and	examples of each
       configuration option in use.

       The INCLUDE_PATH	option is used to specify one or more directories in
       which template files are	located.

	   # single path
	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       INCLUDE_PATH => '/usr/local/templates',

	   # multiple paths
	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       INCLUDE_PATH => [ '/usr/local/templates',
				 '/tmp/my/templates' ],

       The ABSOLUTE flag is used to indicate if	templates specified with
       absolute	filenames (e.g.	'"/foo/bar"') should be	processed. It is
       disabled	by default and any attempt to load a template by such a	name
       will cause a '"file"' exception to be raised.

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       ABSOLUTE	=> 1,

       The RELATIVE flag is used to indicate if	templates specified with
       filenames relative to the current directory (e.g.  "./foo/bar" or
       "../../some/where/else")	should be loaded. It is	also disabled by
       default,	and will raise a "file"	error if such template names are

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       RELATIVE	=> 1,

       The DEFAULT option can be used to specify a default template which
       should be used whenever a specified template can't be found in the

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       DEFAULT => 'notfound.html',

       If a non-existant template is requested through the Template process()
       method, or by an	"INCLUDE", "PROCESS" or	"WRAPPER" directive, then the
       "DEFAULT" template will instead be processed, if	defined. Note that the
       "DEFAULT" template is not used when templates are specified with
       absolute	or relative filenames, or as a reference to a input file
       handle or text string.

       The Template Toolkit will automatically decode Unicode templates	that
       have a Byte Order Marker	(BOM) at the start of the file.	 This option
       can be used to set the default encoding for templates that don't	define
       a BOM.

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       ENCODING	=> 'utf8',

       See Encode for further information.

       The CACHE_SIZE option can be used to limit the number of	compiled
       templates that the module should	cache. By default, the CACHE_SIZE is
       undefined and all compiled templates are	cached.

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       CACHE_SIZE => 64,   # only cache	64 compiled templates

       The STAT_TTL value can be set to	control	how long the
       "Template::Provider" will keep a	template cached	in memory before
       checking	to see if the source template has changed.

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       STAT_TTL	=> 60,	# one minute

       The COMPILE_EXT option can be provided to specify a filename extension
       for compiled template files.  It	is undefined by	default	and no attempt
       will be made to read or write any compiled template files.

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       COMPILE_EXT => '.ttc',

       The COMPILE_DIR option is used to specify an alternate directory	root
       under which compiled template files should be saved.

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       COMPILE_DIR => '/tmp/ttc',

       The TOLERANT flag can be	set to indicate	that the "Template::Provider"
       module should ignore any	errors encountered while loading a template
       and instead return "STATUS_DECLINED".

       The PARSER option can be	used to	define a parser	module other than the
       default of Template::Parser.

	   my $provider	= Template::Provider->new({
	       PARSER => MyOrg::Template::Parser->new({	... }),

       The DEBUG option	can be used to enable debugging	messages from the
       Template::Provider module by setting it to include the "DEBUG_PROVIDER"

	   use Template::Constants qw( :debug );

	   my $template	= Template->new({

       The "Template::Provider"	module can be subclassed to provide templates
       from a different	source (e.g. a database).  In most cases you'll	just
       need to provide custom implementations of the "_template_modified()"
       and "_template_content()" methods.  If your provider requires and
       custom initialisation then you'll also need to implement	a new
       "_init()" method.

       Caching in memory and on	disk will still	be applied (if enabled)	when
       overriding these	methods.

       Returns a timestamp of the $path	passed in by calling "stat()".	This
       can be overridden, for example, to return a last	modified value from a
       database.  The value returned should be a timestamp value (as returned
       by "time()", although a sequence	number should work as well.

       This method returns the content of the template for all "INCLUDE",
       "PROCESS", and "INSERT" directives.

       When called in scalar context, the method returns the content of	the
       template	located	at $path, or "undef" if	$path is not found.

       When called in list context it returns "($content, $error, $mtime)",
       where $content is the template content, $error is an error string (e.g.
       ""$path:	File not found""), and $mtime is the template modification

       Andy Wardley <> <>

       Copyright (C) 1996-2007 Andy Wardley.  All Rights Reserved.

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

       Template, Template::Parser, Template::Context

perl v5.32.1			  2020-07-13		 Template::Provider(3)


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