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Q&A > input and output > Reading Variables from a File - Answer contributed by msemtd

I quite often provide Perl apps compiled into executables with perl2exe for deployment on systems without Perl installed. As such I always provide a back-door means by which the configuration can be adjusted e.g.: -
use strict; my $cake = 'chocolate'; my $pie = 'apple'; eval slurp("config.pl");
Which will run config.pl at run time assuming a nice handy slurp function is provided to read a file...
## slurp - read a file into a scalar or list sub slurp { my $file = shift; local *F; open F, "< $file" or die "Error opening '$file' for read: $!"; if(not wantarray){ local $/ = undef; my $string = <F>; close F; return $string; } local $/ = ""; my @a = <F>; close F; return @a; }
So when config.pl contains...
$pie = 'pecan'; cake = 'fairy';
...the pie and cake get set to your favourites rather than the defaults.

If you are interested in errors from the eval, it can be followed by something like...

if($@){ print "Some errors happened...\n\n"; print $@."\n\n"; print "Oh well...\n"; }