Long enough to be discouraged by its approach. If anything, I'm more inclined to look elsewhere. I'd thought that Expect was a well-established way to address this problem space.
My application does use an event framework already. I have AnyEvent, with Event or Tk underneath, depending on if the user starts the app in GUI mode.
I'm not especially keen to switch out event frameworks in order to do a little IO with a command-line utility extending my app. But I will investigate POE.
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