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perlman:IPC::Open2by root (Scribe)
|on Dec 23, 1999 at 00:52 UTC||Need Help??|
See the current Perl documentation for IPC::Open2.
Here is our local, out-dated (pre-5.6) version:
IPC::Open2, open2 - open a process for both reading and writing
use IPC::Open2; $pid = open2(\*RDR, \*WTR, 'some cmd and args'); # or $pid = open2(\*RDR, \*WTR, 'some', 'cmd', 'and', 'args');
open(HANDLE, "|cmd args|");
The write filehandle will have autoflush turned on.
It will not create these file handles for you. You have to do this yourself. So don't pass it empty variables expecting them to get filled in for you.
Additionally, this is very dangerous as you may block forever. It assumes it's going to talk to something like bc, both writing to it and reading from it. This is presumably safe because you ``know'' that commands like bc will read a line at a time and output a line at a time. Programs like sort that read their entire input stream first, however, are quite apt to cause deadlock.
The big problem with this approach is that if you don't have control over
source code being run in the child process, you can't control what it does
with pipe buffering. Thus you can't just open a pipe to
See Open3 for an alternative that handles
STDERR as well. This function is really just a wrapper around