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Re: (OT) place on linux box to safely create tons of temp junk???

by idsfa (Vicar)
on Apr 02, 2006 at 23:59 UTC ( #540824=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT) place on linux box to safely create tons of temp junk???

Sick Unix Trick #347 ... ghost files.

# Open the file, creating it open $fh, '+>', 'foo.txt'; # Immediately unlink the file ... it will remain # until you close the filehandle, then disappear unlink 'foo.txt'; # Put something in it to test print $fh "Foo\n"; # Rewind to the start of the temp file seek $fh, 0, 0; # Read it back in and see what you have $in = <$fh>; print "Read: $in\n"; # You don't even *have* to remember to close it, # but it is a good habit ... close $fh;

Updated: Note that unlike File::Temp, this trick will clean up after itself no matter what happens to the process. It does not depend upon DESTROY being invoked.

The intelligent reader will judge for himself. Without examining the facts fully and fairly, there is no way of knowing whether vox populi is really vox dei, or merely vox asinorum. — Cyrus H. Gordon

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