Since writing my initial post on my settings for the Perl debugger I’ve found another setting that I’ve found to be invaluable. If you create a file, ~/.perldb it will load your settings each time, mine now has two lines on whatever machine I’m using,
$DB::deep = 1000; parse_options('dumpDepth=2');
dumpDepth=2 trick is something I picked up from Chisel’s blog post on the subject and simply limits your x to a depth of 2 by default. This makes life a lot simpler and means I get caught out by accidentally dumping the entire state of an application less often.