Engine for tidyall, your all-in-one code tidier and validator
PHP Perl JavaScript CSS Emacs Lisp Perl6
Latest commit cf09c22 Jan 8, 2017 @shlomif shlomif committed with autarch Fix broken POD
Missing space inside C<< >>.

See metacpan/metacpan-web#1841 - thanks to @haarg.



Code::TidyAll - Engine for tidyall, your all-in-one code tidier and validator


version 0.55


use Code::TidyAll;

my $ct = Code::TidyAll->new_from_conf_file(

# or

my $ct = Code::TidyAll->new(
    root_dir => '/path/to/root',
    plugins  => {
        perltidy => {
            select => 'lib/**/*.(pl|pm)',
            argv => '-noll -it=2',

# then...

$ct->process_paths($file1, $file2);


This is the engine used by tidyall - read that first to get an overview.

You can call this API from your own program instead of executing tidyall.


Constructor methods

  • new (%params)

    The regular constructor. Must pass at least plugins and root_dir.

  • new_with_conf_file ($conf_file, %params)

    Takes a conf file path, followed optionally by a set of key/value parameters. Reads parameters out of the conf file and combines them with the passed parameters (the latter take precedence), and calls the regular constructor.

    If the conf file or params defines tidyall_class, then that class is constructed instead of Code::TidyAll.

Constructor parameters

  • plugins

    Specify a hash of plugins, each of which is itself a hash of options. This is equivalent to what would be parsed out of the sections in the configuration file.

  • cache_model_class

    The cache model class. Defaults to Code::TidyAll::CacheModel

  • cache

    The cache instance (e.g. an instance of Code::TidyAll::Cache or a CHI instance.) An instance of Code::TidyAll::Cache is automatically instantiated by default.

  • backup_ttl

  • check_only

    If this is true, then we simply check that files pass validation steps and that tidying them does not change the file. Any changes from tidying are not actually written back to the file.

  • no_cleanup

    A boolean indicating if we should skip cleaning temporary files or not. Defaults to false.

  • data_dir

  • iterations
  • mode
  • no_backups
  • no_cache
  • output_suffix
  • quiet
  • root_dir
  • verbose

    These options are the same as the equivalent tidyall command-line options, replacing dashes with underscore (e.g. the backup-ttl option becomes backup_ttl here).

  • msg_outputter

    This is a subroutine reference that is called whenever a message needs to be printed in some way. The sub receives a sprintf() format string followed by one or more parameters. The default sub used simply calls printf "$format\n", @_ but Test::Code::TidyAll overrides this to use the Test::Builder->diag method.


  • process_paths (path, ...)

    Call "process_file" on each file; descend recursively into each directory if the recursive flag is on. Return a list of Code::TidyAll::Result objects, one for each file.

  • process_file (file)

    Process the file, meaning

    • Check the cache and return immediately if file has not changed
    • Apply appropriate matching plugins
    • Print success or failure result to STDOUT, depending on quiet/verbose settings
    • Write the cache if enabled
    • Return a Code::TidyAll::Result object
  • process_source (source, path)

    Like "process_file", but process the source string instead of a file, and do not read from or write to the cache. You must still pass the relative path from the root as the second argument, so that we know which plugins to apply. Return a Code::TidyAll::Result object.

  • plugins_for_path (path)

    Given a relative path from the root, return a list of Code::TidyAll::Plugin objects that apply to it, or an empty list if no plugins apply.

  • find_conf_file (conf_names, start_dir)

    Class method. Start in the start_dir and work upwards, looking for one of the conf_names. Return the pathname if found or throw an error if not found.

  • find_matched_files

    Returns a list of sorted files that match at least one plugin in configuration.


Bugs may be submitted through https://github.com/houseabsolute/perl-code-tidyall/issues.

I am also usually active on IRC as 'drolsky' on irc://irc.perl.org.




This software is copyright (c) 2011 - 2016 by Jonathan Swartz.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.