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When working with raw bytes, it pays to use the read method. It will block until something is available, then read up to a specified number of bytes:
# from Programming Perl my $buffer; while ( read $your_handle, $buffer, 1024 ) { # process buffer here }
That will read up to 1K from the handle, blocking if nothing is there, but returning whatever is there (the first 1K of it anyway).

The Perl Cookbook is an excellent reference for doing this sort of work.

Phil

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In reply to Re: Reading partial lines/strings from a pipe by philcrow
in thread Reading partial lines/strings from a pipe by slightly72

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