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YW. Here's a slightly cleaner implementation. The only caveat is that it abitrarially throws away any output received prior to the timeout occuring. Only you can decide how you want to signal timeout if you also wish to retrieve any partial output.

I guess this could form the basis of a whole CPAN module, but it just seems altogether too trivial for that?

#! perl -slw use strict; $|++; my $extApp = q[ perl -lwe"$|++; print $_ and sleep 1 for 1 .. 10" ]; for my $timeout ( map $_*2, 4,5,6 ) { my @results = timedCommand( $extApp, $timeout ); if( @results ) { print "Command returned\n", join '', @results; } else { print "Command timed out after $timeout seconds"; } } sub timedCommand { use threads; use threads::shared; my( $cmd, $timeout ) = @_; my @results :shared; my $pid :shared; async { $pid = open my $fh, "$cmd |" or die "$!, $^E"; @results = <$fh>; }->detach; kill 0, $pid while sleep 1 and $timeout--; kill 3, $pid and return if $timeout; return @results; } __END__ c:\test>junk6 Command timed out after 8 seconds Command returned 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Command returned 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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In reply to Re^3: Backticks and SIGALRM by BrowserUk
in thread Backticks and SIGALRM by nemo

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