I get how $fh->close fits your brain better, but you can also consider that the file handle will be closed when the variable holding the filehandle goes out of scope.
So you could do something like this:
my $fh = IO::File->new('foo', 'r');
# do something with $fh
# The file handle has been automagically closed!
My background is C, so I usually follow an open
command with a close
command, then go back up and do everything else, but you can use a block to effect the same thing.
Alex / talexb / Toronto
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