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Thanks. Will make sure I provide a link in future. As for trying the script, i did. in the open statement, i pass the file name as a variable

use strict; use warnings; my $offset = 1; # create a file handle from the file name open my $fh, '<', $filename or die $!; # call seek, with the new file handle we just created seek $fh, $offset, 0 or die "Report seek error, offset:$offset - $!";

Now when i pass a non numeric offset, i get an error that says argument non numeric but i dont get the die error message and the exit value is 0. If i pass a numeric offset things work ok. If i put the file handle inside quotes like the below

seek "$fh", $offset, 0 or die "Report seek error, offset:$offset - $!";

now when i pass a non numeric offset, the script dies and throws the die error message and the exit value is non zero. this is what i want but i don't understand why i need the quotes.


In reply to Re^2: perl not going to error path by gupr1980
in thread perl not going to error path by gupr1980

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