Wait a minute, I know that +< and seek can make things quite complex, and too many seeks may lower the performance, but we have to look at this case by case. If we can write a program by using seek and +<, yet it is very neat and no performance issue, then why not?
use Fcntl qw(SEEK_CUR SEEK_END); #import constant
use constant CLOSING_TAG => "</events>"; #deinfe the closing tag as co
my $event1 = "<event time=\"time1\" type=\"type1\"><detail>detail1</de
open(LOGFILE, "+<", "log.xml");
seek(LOGFILE, -length(CLOSING_TAG), SEEK_END);
#you may have newlines, blanks etc after the closing tag
#that's why we do the following to make the program robust
sysread(LOGFILE, $cur_char, 1);
seek(LOGFILE, -2, SEEK_CUR) if ($cur_char ne "<");
} until ($cur_char eq "<");
seek(LOGFILE, -1, SEEK_CUR);
print LOGFILE $event1 . "\n";
#you can do as many prints as you want before close
#no more seek, we did it once and forever
print LOGFILE CLOSING_TAG;
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