- prototype FUNCTION
Returns the prototype of a function as a string (or
undefif the function has no prototype). FUNCTION is a reference to, or the name of, the function whose prototype you want to retrieve.
If FUNCTION is a string starting with
CORE::, the rest is taken as a name for a Perl builtin. If the builtin is not overridable (such as
qw//) or if its arguments cannot be adequately expressed by a prototype (such as
system), prototype() returns
undef, because the builtin does not really behave like a Perl function. Otherwise, the string describing the equivalent prototype is returned.