Lire::Report(3) Interface to a Lire report.


use Lire::ReportParser::ReportBuilder;
my $parser = new Lire::ReportParser::ReportBuilder;
my $report = $parser->parse( "report.xml" );
print $report->superservice(), " report\n";
print "Generated on ", scalar( localtime( $report->date() ) ), "\n";
print "Timespan starts on ", scalar( localtime( $report->timespan_start() ) ), "\n";
print "Timespan ends on ", scalar( localtime( $report->timespan_start() ) ), "\n";
foreach my $s ( $report->sections() ) {
print "Section: '", $s->title(), "' has ", scalar $s->subreports(),
" subreports in it\n";


This module offers an API to the report generated by Lire. The Lire::ReportParser::ReportBuilder(3pm) can be used to create a Lire::Report object from an XML file that complies with the Lire Report Markup Language DTD.


A Lire::Report object can be built from an XML report file, from the new() method or from a Lire::ReportConfig object.

new( [ $timespan_period ], [ $timespan_start ], [ $timespan_end ] )

Creates a new Lire::Report. The $timespan_period, $timespan_start and $timespan_end parameters initialize the attributes of the same name.



Returns the version number of the report format which was used in the external representation of this report. The current version is 2.1.


Returns the generator string that will be outputted in comments when the write_report() method is used. One can change that value by passing a new value through the $generator parameter.

date( [ $new_date ] )

Returns (and optionanly changes) the date in seconds since epoch on which this report was generated.

timespan_period( [ $new_period ] )

Returns (and optionnally changes) the period of the report. The period can be 'hourly', 'daily', 'weekly', 'monthly' or 'yearly'. When the period is undef, it is an arbitrary period.

timespan_start( [ $new_start ] )

Returns (and optionnally changes) the start of the timespan covered by this report in seconds since epoch.

timespan_end( [ $new_end ] )

Returns (and optionnally changes) the end of the timespan covered by this report in seconds since epoch.

title( [$title] )

Returns the report's title, if it has one.

If the $title is parameter is set, the report's title will be set to this new value.

description( [$new_desc] )

Returns the report description. This description is encoded in DocBook XML.

If the $description parameter is set, this method will set the description to this new value. If the $description parameter is undef, that description will be removed.

sections( )

Returns the report's sections as an array. This will be an array of Lire::Report::Section objects.

add_section( $section )

Adds a section to this report. The $section parameter should be a Lire::Report::Section object.

subreport_by_id( $id )

Returns the Lire::Report::Subreport object with $id. Returns undef when there is no subreport with that ID.


Returns an array reference containing all the schemas used by this report.

write_report( [FH] );

Write the report in XML format on the FH filehandle or STDOUT if omitted.

This method takes care of adding stuff like the XML header "<?xml version=[...]". It encodes the XML report in UTF-8, using Lire::I18N::set_fh_encoding().

delete( )

Removes all circular references so that the object can be freed.


  Francis J. Lacoste <[email protected]>


$Id:,v 1.35 2006/07/23 13:16:29 vanbaal Exp $


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