vars(3)                Perl Programmers Reference Guide                vars(3)

       vars - Perl pragma to predeclare global variable names (obsolete)

           use vars qw($frob @mung %seen);

       NOTE: For variables in the current package, the functionality provided
       by this pragma has been superseded by "our" declarations, available in
       Perl v5.6.0 or later.  See "our" in perlfunc.

       This will predeclare all the variables whose names are in the list,
       allowing you to use them under "use strict", and disabling any typo

       Unlike pragmas that affect the $^H hints variable, the "use vars" and
       "use subs" declarations are not BLOCK-scoped.  They are thus effective
       for the entire file in which they appear.  You may not rescind such
       declarations with "no vars" or "no subs".

       Packages such as the AutoLoader and SelfLoader that delay loading of
       subroutines within packages can create problems with package lexicals
       defined using "my()". While the vars pragma cannot duplicate the effect
       of package lexicals (total transparency outside of the package), it can
       act as an acceptable substitute by pre-declaring global symbols, ensur-
       ing their availability to the later-loaded routines.

       See "Pragmatic Modules" in perlmodlib.

perl v5.8.6                       2001-09-21                           vars(3)