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in reply to Running a script iteratively.

I would use cron for this, but here is a non-robust solution.

Update: For the reasons outlined by Fletch below, don't do this...

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; while(1){ `get_value.pl`; sleep 120; }

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Re^2: Running a script iteratively.
by Fletch (Chancellor) on Apr 24, 2008 at 14:48 UTC

    Eeeew. Backticks in void context? Use the right tool for the job.

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      I said it was non-robust. Perhaps I should have described it as "icky" instead?

        Robustness aside (as it suffers from the same lack of error checking the other proffered version below with system has :), it doesn't express the intent behind the code correctly. Backticks are for capturing the output from an external program; system is for starting an external program who's output you don't care about.

        It's like using map in void context to iterate over a list in place of for; yes it "works", but if the line of code is not building a new list of values from an existing list then you're using the wrong "phrasing" (by which I mean 'not the clearest') to express your intent (map is for expressing transformation, for is for expressing iteration).

        (And I won't go into the "PERL scripts" I've seen that basically consisted of a shebang line and then every line was shell commands in backticks . . . *shudder* :)

        Update: Tweaked for perldoc link somewhere more relevant per prodding from kyle.

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