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As I just mentioned in this post, how about IPC::Run3?

From its Pod:

compared to system(), qx'', open "...|", open "|...": + redirects more than one file descriptor + returns TRUE on success, FALSE on failure + throws an error if problems occur in the parent process (or the +pre-exec child) + allows a very perlish interface to Perl data structures and subr +outines + allows 1 word invocations to avoid the shell easily: run3 ["foo"]; # does not invoke shell - does not return the exit code, leaves it in $?

So you could use it like this:

eval { run3 $program } or die "Errors running $program";

Its docs leave a bit to be desired, but the current maintainer might be willing to take some doc patches...

-xdg

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In reply to Re^3: Modules which improve system() ? by xdg
in thread Modules which improve system() ? by pjf

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