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I seem to have replied but forgot to post it... duh. Anyhow, I'm thinking of sticking with IO::Select and it looks very easy. I create a new Select object initialized to my TCP connection, then I can do a can_read with a timeout, and if it doesn't time out I can use ->getlines to suck up what was sent. If that's all that I was expecting {the returned stuff is terminated by a line with just a ".", as with RCS and unix-mail} I'm done, otherwise I go back and can_read again. Either I get all I needed or a can_read returns a timeout. Seems pretty easy... I can handle the recovery code when it times out. THANKS!!

In reply to Re^4: IO::Socket tutorial by BernieC
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