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FAQ 7.26 How can I comment out a large block of perl code?

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7.26: How can I comment out a large block of perl code?

    You can use embedded POD to discard it. Enclose the blocks you want to
    comment out in POD markers. The <=begin> directive marks a section for a
    specific formatter. Use the "comment" format, which no formatter should
    claim to understand (by policy). Mark the end of the block with <=end>.

        # program is here

        =begin comment

        all of this stuff

        here will be ignored
        by everyone

            =end comment


        # program continues

    The pod directives cannot go just anywhere. You must put a pod directive
    where the parser is expecting a new statement, not just in the middle of
    an expression or some other arbitrary grammar production.

    See perlpod for more details.


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