X-Perl UnitFrames

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Bug Reporting

Please use the Ticketing System on WoWAce Here and avoid posting bugs using comments on Curse because they're difficult to track and they will probably get lost.

Use a good error catcher (like BugSack from files.wowace.com) and provide the full error text, and give as much information as possible to recreate the problem. Don't assume We know what you're talking about with some three word report.


Perl, with Extra stuff. Much enchanced from Nymbia's Perl UnitFrames, and a complete replacement for Blizzard's default unit frames, including raid frames and raid tools, with little remaining of the original Nymbia code.

  • Range Finder (combined with optional health check and/or debuff check) for all frames based on spell or item range test.
  • HoT Monitor will highlight units clearly that have ''your own'' active Heal over Time spells. Regardless of how many other heal over time buffs are on the raid members, you can keep track of your own ones and when they expire.
  • Debuff Highlighting in standard debuff colours on all friendly frames. Priority given to show debuffs that ''you'' can cure first.
  • Raid Frames, buff icons, MT list units and some other portions or X-Perl are Created on demand. Saving a lot of time and memory at system startup. Defering the creation of many parts of X-Perl to when they are actually required. And of course, most often outside of raids they are never required and are never created.
  • Raid Target icon support for Target, Target's Target, MT Targets.
  • Raid Tooltip will show combat rezzers available (druids with Rebirth ready (or very soon available) and any normal rezzers out of combat) if you bring up tooltip of a dead person.
  • In-combat indicators for all units.
  • 3D Portraits for player, pet, target, focus, party. Optional. Of course this may degrade your framerate somewhat because you are displaying more 3D character models that without this option. But some like it pretty, and it does look cool.
  • Red and Green combat flashes for frames when player, pet, target, party, partypets, raid take damage/heals. Useful indication of things happening.
  • Added '''time left''' on party member/target buffs/debuffs when in a raid, these depend somewhat on CTRA sending appropriate information over the addon channel, although some of it can be determined at run time by X-Perl, when a player gets a buff for example, we know how long it should last, and therefor when it should expire.
  • Totally new options window including all X-Perl options and access via minimap icon and the /xperl splash command.
  • Configurable colours for borders and backgrounds. Including class coloured names, and configurable reaction colours.

Much care has been taken with code size, memory load, memory usage per cycle and so on. LuaProfiler/OnEvent mods used extensively and regularly to ensure that X-Perl does not do more work than is absolutely necessary.

Assists View

Will show anyone from raid assising you with your target, and can also show healers or all plus known enemies targetting you.

Tooltips for the same also available (on player and target frames) if you prefer to not use the main window.

MT Targets

Replaces CTRA MT Targets window, and doubles as a replacement for the Perl RaidFrames warrior targets.

Indicator shows which target you are on.

Frames will be coloured to show if tanks have duplicate targets.

Casting Monitor


Shows selected classes (defaults to healer classes) in a list (much like the MT List), but with some differences.

Shows mana bars and cast bars on left. Their targets on right. Health bar as normal, but a secondary small red bar on targets which shows the maximum single hit this unit has received since entering combat. The secondary bar will extend downwards from their current HP level down to as far as zero.

A green name on the targets indicates this is the same target that you have. You can click on casters or their targets as expected.

For druids, right clicking on a caster will cast Innervate on them.

For shamans, right clicking on a caster will cast Mana Tide Totem. Check the * indicator to see if they're in your group.

All bars can be re-sized in X-Perl main options (Monitor section).

Totals can be toggled (from the 'T' minibutton at top of frame) which gives overview of raid mana status.

Raid Admin


Save/Load raid roster setups Only does direct save and load for the moment, but more to come (templates and such).

Item Check

Replacement for /raitem /radur /raresist /rareg. Use the old commands before, or drop items in the left item list.

Query button will perform /raitem on all ticked items (query always includes dur and resists) and you can then view and review all the results whenever, without having to re-query each item.

Includes everyone in raid, so you don't have to work out who doesn't have items, it'll list them with 0 instead of no entry.

Active Scanner to check raid member's equipment for the item selected. So you can be sure that people actually have the item worn (Onyxia Cloak for example), without having to go round single target inspecting everyone who 'forgot' to install CTRA for the 50th raid in a row.

Grim Reaper

Removed from X-Perl, but continues as it's own standalone Ace mod.


More Buffing Features

Can be found in my new universal buffing mod, ZOMGBuffs


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  • Avatar of deleted_353976 deleted_353976 Mar 03, 2009 at 13:58 UTC - 0 likes

    Can you do something about Runic Power being rendered with all different colours? My Runic Power can go from blue, to yellow, to red to grey, in a single session. Sometimes all 4 colours at the same time!! See here for a screenshot of me targeting myself and have target's target and target's target's target on.


  • Avatar of obokurieeumi obokurieeumi Feb 25, 2009 at 10:09 UTC - 0 likes

    Is anyone else having trouble with totem frames and buffs/debuffs for your target frame? I'm having a specific problem with flame shock appearing while fighting mobs in icecrown.

  • Avatar of mcj1989 mcj1989 Feb 24, 2009 at 21:46 UTC - 0 likes

    One feature that existed in X-perl during Burning Crusade, that I would like to see again (as a healer) was an implementation of 'healer mode' that only affects friendly targets.  Health deficit on an enemy target is just not useful information.  As it stands, I have to choose between seeing my enemy's current health, or friendly target deficit health (Used to be you could have both).  Or I would have to give up health percentage in order to see both the current and deficit.

    Also, as a Resto Shaman, both riptide and earthliving provide hots, but these are still not recognized by the Xperl hot-counters or by the status highlighter.

  • Avatar of assassindk assassindk Feb 23, 2009 at 22:11 UTC - 0 likes

    When I try to change bar-texture do I get "[string "´: * OnShow"]:5: bad argument #1 to 'pairs' (table expected, got nil)"

  • Avatar of geist13 geist13 Feb 23, 2009 at 03:38 UTC - 0 likes

    Thank you thank you thank you Zeksie!!!! That patch did it. God i was going out of my mind trying to find a different unit frame addon, there just isnt anything out there that does what x-perl does. thanks for all the awesome work.

  • Avatar of sindalee sindalee Feb 21, 2009 at 17:00 UTC - 0 likes

    "I have been using the /raitem feature, it seems to be working fine, but the scroll bar to go down the list seems to be stuck, so I can only see the Durability, Reagents, Resistance and 9 other items, I dont know if they are in the list, or being knocked off as I add other items."

    the scroll isn't working with any of the ra's, radur, raresist etc. only shows what fits in the window and though the arrow does scroll, it doesn't scroll the contents.

  • Avatar of geist13 geist13 Feb 19, 2009 at 16:13 UTC - 0 likes

    So I've used this addon for a long time with great success, and this is the first time I've reall y had a problem with it. The problem is occuring when I try to anchor my party or raid frames to the left, or anywhere for that matter other than where they originally come. this is the TXT that appears on my swatter:

    Date: 2009-02-19 07:54:50 ID: 1 Error occured in: Global

    Count: 1

    Message: ...nterface\AddOns\XPerl_Options\XPerl_FrameOptions.lua line 591:

      attempt to index local 'obj' (a nil value)


      [C]: ?
      ...nterface\AddOns\XPerl_Options\XPerl_FrameOptions.lua:591: func()
      ..\FrameXML\UIDropDownMenu.lua:561: UIDropDownMenuButton_OnClick()
      [string "*:OnClick"]:1:
         [string "*:OnClick"]:1


     Swatter, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     Atlas, v1.13.0
     AtlasBattlegrounds, v1.13.0
     AtlasDungeonLocs, v1.13.0
     AtlasOutdoorRaids, v1.13.0
     AtlasTransportation, v1.13.0
     AtlasLoot, vv5.03.03
     AtlasLootBurningCrusade, vv5.03.03
     AtlasLootCrafting, vv5.03.03
     AtlasLootOriginalWoW, vv5.03.03
     AtlasLootWorldEvents, vv5.03.03
     AtlasLootWrathoftheLichKing, vv5.03.03
     AtlasQuest, v4.3.2
     AtlasWorld, v2.4.3.0
     AucAdvanced, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucFilterBasic, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucFilterOutlier, v5.2.4013.2531
     AucMatchUndercut, v5.2.4013.2531
     AucStatClassic, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucStatHistogram, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucStatiLevel, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucStatPurchased, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucStatSales, v5.2.4013.2842
     AucStatSimple, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucStatStdDev, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     AucStatWOWEcon, v5.2.4013.2530
     AucUtilAHWindowControl, v5.2.4013.3311
     AucUtilAppraiser, v5.2.4013.2530
     AucUtilAskPrice, v5.2.4013.3175
     AucUtilAutoMagic, v5.2.4013.3142
     AucUtilCompactUI, v5.2.4013.2530
     AucUtilEasyBuyout, v5.2.4013.3583
     AucUtilItemSuggest, v5.2.4013.3108
     AucUtilPriceLevel, v5.2.4013.2545
     AucUtilScanButton, v5.2.4013.2530
     AucUtilScanFinish, v5.2.4013.2530
     AucUtilScanProgress, v5.2.4013.2530
     AucUtilSearchUI, v5.2.4013.3655
     AucUtilSimpleAuction, v5.2.4013.0
     AucUtilVendMarkup, v5.2.4013.2530
     Babylonian, v5.1.DEV.130
     Bartender4, v4.2.5
     BeanCounter, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     BonusScanner, v4.5
     Configator, v5.1.DEV.130
     DBMBurningCrusade, v
     DBMCore, v
     DebugLib, v5.1.DEV.130
     Enchantrix, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     EnchantrixBarker, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     Gatherer, v3.1.11
     GathererDBWowhead, v1.0.2009-02-18
     Informant, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     MetaHud, v30000-7.5
     Omen, v3.0.6
     Recount, v
     SlideBar, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     Stubby, v5.2.4013 (DingoII)
     Titan, v4.1.6.30000 (Revision 124)
     TitanBag, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanClock, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanCoords, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanGoldTracker, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanItemBonuses, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanLootType, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanPerformance, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanRepair, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanVolume, v4.1.6.30000
     TitanXP, v4.1.6.30000
     XPerl, v3.0.2a
     XPerlArcaneBar, v
     XPerlOptions, v
     XPerlParty, v
     XPerlPartyPet, v
     XPerlPlayer, v
     XPerlPlayerBuffs, v
     XPerlPlayerPet, v
     XPerlRaidAdmin, v
     XPerlRaidFrames, v
     XPerlRaidHelper, v
     XPerlTarget, v
     XPerlTargetTarget, v

    Help please if possible.

    My e-mail is [email protected] thank you for your help.

  • Avatar of BulletzBill BulletzBill Feb 11, 2009 at 18:53 UTC - 0 likes

    I know this is probably frowned upon, but I am trying to do some small modifications to the frame placement, and need a little help.

    In the XML file for the player frame I have moved the 'player level' frame on top of the player portrait on the bottom left corner, to be more like the default blizz unit frames by modifying the Offset values and the frameStrata (so it is on top of portrait). This works fine except for if i decide to add/remove say the rep bar which extends the portrait frame downwards, but the level frame does not move relative to the portraits new height. How would i tie the frame to the portrait so it moves with it?


  • Avatar of Jiminimonka Jiminimonka Feb 05, 2009 at 15:03 UTC - 0 likes

    Here is the BugSack:

    [2009/02/05 15:02:13-1245-x23]: Interface\FrameXML\UIPanelTemplates.lua:231: Usage: XPerl_CheckListItemsScrollBarScrollBar:SetValue(value): Interface\FrameXML\UIPanelTemplates.lua:231: in function `FauxScrollFrame_OnVerticalScroll': <string>:"*:OnVerticalScroll":1: in function <in C code>: in function `SetVerticalScroll' <string>:"*:OnValueChanged":1: in function

  • Avatar of Jiminimonka Jiminimonka Jan 24, 2009 at 17:30 UTC - 0 likes

    I have been using the /raitem feature, it seems to be working fine, but the scroll bar to go down the list seems to be stuck, so I can only see the Durability, Reagents, Resistance and 9 other items, I dont know if they are in the list, or being knocked off as I add other items.

    Please can you have a look.

    @airtonix - Since Pitbull and X-Perl are both FREE addons, if you dont like one you can go and use the other. Maybe if you pay Zeksie then you can complain about a bug, but I am sure he has a real life and better things to worry about than WOW (game!) addons.


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