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Not really surprising, since, according to perldoc,

UNIVERSAL is the base class from which all blessed references inherit

that is, the can method applies only to objects.

Would something like this do?

#! perl use strict; use warnings; my $in_file = 'temp1.txt'; # this must exist my $outfile = 'temp2.txt'; my $arrayref = []; open(my $in, '<', $in_file) or die "Cannot open file '$in_file' for r +eading: $!"; open(my $out, '>', $outfile) or die "Cannot open file '$outfile' for w +riting: $!"; can_write( $in_file, $in); can_write( $outfile, $out); can_write('$arrayref', $arrayref); close($in) or die "Cannot close file '$in_file': $!" +; close($out) or die "Cannot close file '$outfile': $!" +; sub can_write { my ($name, $fh) = @_; my $result = eval { no warnings; print $fh '' }; printf "$name %s write\n", ($result ? 'can' : 'cannot'); } __END__ temp1.txt cannot write temp2.txt can write $arrayref cannot write

Update: The CPAN module FileHandle::Fmode by Sisyphus/syphilis may also be worth investigating, although it too appears not to work with IO::All objects.


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In reply to Re^3: Best way to check if something is a file handle? by Athanasius
in thread Best way to check if something is a file handle? by tobyink

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