|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Re^4: Using stderr from Inline::C: (part deux)by BrowserUk (Pope)
|on May 23, 2013 at 22:31 UTC||Need Help??|
The PRE_HEAD config option is a recent addition (beginning in 0.51) - it's documented in 'perldoc Inline::C'.
Thank you. That looks perfect for this and a couple of other things I've wanted in the past.
With regard to using PerlIO*. I often use I::C to prototype ideas that ultimately might end up being used or reused in stand alone C programs.
I::C is so useful because it allows me to try things out without having to build a working C front end first, (file handling, argument handling, error handling etc.), which Perl gives me, and does so much better anyway. Hence I often try to avoid using any XS/perlish stuff within the routines themselves.
In this case, the output I'm writing goes to a file that exists (is opened/written/closed) entirely within the C code, but it runs a long time and is quite hard to get right. Rather than having to wait until the code completes and then inspect the file, I wanted to direct the output to stderr so that I could send it to the file by way of tee, so that I could keep an eye on things and abort early if I could see they were going wrong.
That should have been as easy as just substituting stderr for the FILE* I've opened in the output calls, but then I re-encountered the old problem.
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