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Perl5 layer

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1 Description

This layer adds support for the Perl5 language.

1.1 Features:

  • Syntactic and semantic checking using flycheck
  • Auto-completion
  • Format code with perltidy
  • Jump to symbol definition
  • Interactive debug via realgud with
  • LSP and DAP support

2 Install

To use this configuration layer, add it to your ~/.spacemacs. You will need to add perl5 to the existing dotspacemacs-configuration-layers list in this file.

3 Configuration

All layer configurations can be done by setting layer variables in your dotfile. No custom user config lines are necessary

3.1 Choosing a backend

This layer provides two alternative backends to choose from.

3.1.1 Company-plsense

This is the default choice if nothing is set and no lsp layer is loaded in your dotfile. This mode only provides very limited IDE capabilities. Used best if only small files are edited. To set explicitly set the following in your dotfile:

(perl5 :variables perl5-backend 'company-plsense)
  1. Auto-completion: PlSense

    company-plsense requires installation of the plsense server from here.

3.1.2 LSP

For proper IDE support this backend should be used. It is based on an external server which will be started automatically by emacs, once a perl5 file is opened. The key bindings are the same for all lsp modes so if you are already familiar with one you should be able to work the same in all modes.

To set explicitly do the following in your dotfile:

(perl5 :variables
       perl5-backend 'lsp)

For this to work you will also need to obtain the latest version of the lsp server from here.

Alternatively the server can be installed with:

cpan Perl::LanguageServer

NOTE: Key bindings for LSP are defined in the LSP layer. Also it is advisable to have a look at the autocomplete layer for an optimal intellisense config for LSP.

4 Key bindings

4.1 Perldoc

Browse formatted perldocs.

Key binding Description
SPC m h h view perldoc of symbol at point
SPC m h d view perldoc of any symbol

4.2 POD and HERE doc

Select a POD or HERE doc.

Key binding Description
SPC m v select entire POD or HERE doc at point

4.3 Find Symbol

Jump to symbol definition.

Key binding Description
SPC m g g jump to symbol definition
SPC m g G jump to symbol definition in other window

4.4 Formatting Code

Key binding Description
SPC m = = format current line or region
SPC m = b format current buffer
SPC m = f format current function

Author: root

Created: 2021-02-28 Sun 21:26