Tie::Hash::Expire(3) Hashes with keys that expire after a user-set period.


use Tie::Hash::Expire;
my %test;
tie %test, 'Tie::Hash::Expire', {'expire_seconds' => 10};
$test{'dog'} = 'doghouse';
sleep 5;
$test{'bird'} = 'nest';
sleep 6;
print keys %test, "\n"; # The only key is 'bird'
my %hi_res;
tie %hi_res, 'Tie::Hash::Expire', {'expire_seconds' => 5.21};
# Decimal number of seconds works if you have Time::HiRes


Hashes tied to Tie::Hash::Expire have keys that cease to exist 'expire_seconds' after their most recent modification or their creation.


Hashes tied to Tie::Hash::Expire behave like normal hashes in all respects except that when a key is added or the value associated with a key is changed, the current time is stored, and after 'expire_seconds' the key and value are removed from the hash.

Resolutions finer than seconds are available if the module finds access to Time::HiRes. If Time::HiRes is available, you can expect expiration to be accurate to 0.001 seconds. You may specify 'expire_seconds' to be decimal numbers like 5.12 . If Time::HiRes is available, this number will be used precisely. If you specify a decimal number and don't have access to Time::HiRes, a warning is generated and the code will function as though you specified the next higher integer.

The number of seconds specified by 'expire_seconds' is taken to mean an absolute maximum lifespan for the key, at the resolution described above. In other words, if you set 'expire_seconds' to 1 second, and do not have Time::HiRes, keys could expire as quickly as the next machine instruction, but will not last longer than 1 second.


Jeff Yoak, <[email protected]>


Copyright 2004 by Jeff Yoak

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