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Re^2: Outlook & Win32::OLE

by Nalina (Monk)
on Aug 18, 2004 at 05:11 UTC ( #383857=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Outlook & Win32::OLE
in thread Outlook & Win32::OLE

I am new to perl. I had a look at ur node, what does '-f' stand for in the statement

unlink $temp_file_name if -f $temp_file_name;
and what is '$|' variable?

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Re^3: Outlook & Win32::OLE
by bassplayer (Monsignor) on Aug 18, 2004 at 14:06 UTC
    -f is a file test operator used to see if a file is plain text. In my code, I was just deleting the file if it existed, and probably should have used -e. More information on file test operators can be found here.

    As far as $|++, this stops the buffering of the output. $|=1 is cleaner in this case, so I've updated my old node. For more info on $|++ and $|=1, here are some interesting, relevant nodes.


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