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RE: Load file into a scalar without File::Slurp

by audreyt (Hermit)
on Jul 25, 2000 at 01:25 UTC ( #24191=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Load file into a scalar without File::Slurp

I usually use this Perl Golf-ish subroutine that doesn't require a filehandle:

$contents=slurp('foobar'); sub slurp {local$/=<>if local@ARGV=@_}
or use an in-line block:
{local$/;$contents=<>if local@ARGV='foobar'};
or, if you could afford a filehandle and wasted CPU time:
$contents=join'',<_>if open _,'foobar';
Of course, if this is really a Perl Golf contest entry, I'll probably write:
$contents=`cat foobar`
But it's platform dependent and cheating, so don't do that. :-p


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