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View generated SQL when using DBIx::Class

This can be quite useful. Ovid blogged about doing it by hand, Ribasushi hinted to the right solution.

The below setup is based on the example database from DBIx::Class. In order to get this going you have to install DBIx::Class::Schema::Loader

#!/usr/bin/env perl

use strict;
use warnings;
use Data::Dumper;

use MyApp::Schema qw();
my $schema = MyApp::Schema->connect('dbi:SQLite:db/example.db');

my $artist_ma = $schema->resultset('Artist')->create({
    name => 'Massive Attack',
my $cd_mezz = $artist_ma->create_related(cds => {
    title => 'Mezzanine',
for ('Angel', 'Teardrop') {
    $cd_mezz->create_related(tracks => {
        title => $_

my $sqlquery = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
        name => { like => 'M%' }

print STDERR Dumper $sqlquery;
$ perl as_query.pl
$VAR1 = \[
            '(SELECT me.artistid, me.name FROM artist me WHERE ( name LIKE ? ))',
                'dbic_colname' => 'name',
                'sqlt_datatype' => 'text'

To setup the database with the above script, you have to follow this guide:

  1. $ cpanm DBIx::Class
  2. $ cpanm DBIx::Class::Schema::Loader
  3. $ curl https://fastapi.metacpan.org/source/RIBASUSHI/DBIx-Class-0.082840/examples/Schema/db/example.sql
  4. $ sqlite db/example.db < example.sql
  5. $ dbicdump -o dump_directory=. MyApp::Schema dbi:SQLite:db/example.db

Since the example script above creates data on the fly, you have to do something along the lines of:

rm -f db/example.db; sqlite db/example.db < example.sql; perl as_query.pl