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Re^5: I know what I mean. Why don't you?

by bigmacbear (Monk)
on May 20, 2006 at 00:31 UTC ( #550624=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: I know what I mean. Why don't you?
in thread I know what I mean. Why don't you?

Global filehandles and two-argument open are additional red flags.

True, unless one is writing scripts that must run on older systems which came with perl 5.005_03 and can't be upgraded in a timely manner. There's still a lot of Solaris 8 out in the wild to which this applies.

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Re^6: I know what I mean. Why don't you?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on May 20, 2006 at 06:34 UTC

    You can use Symbol::gensym on such old perls to get lexical filehandles (more awkward, but gets you the same benefits), and you could write a conditionally installed wrapper to emulate three-arg open (only awkward once, but only worthwhile when you can foresee value in making the code easily forward-upgradable). Whether the effort is justified will depend on your particular circumstances, of course (but see also my signature).

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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