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IPC::Open2(3pm)        Perl Programmers Reference Guide        IPC::Open2(3pm)




NAME

       IPC::Open2 - open a process for both reading and writing using open2()


SYNOPSIS

           use IPC::Open2;

           $pid = open2(\*CHLD_OUT, \*CHLD_IN, 'some cmd and args');
             # or without using the shell
           $pid = open2(\*CHLD_OUT, \*CHLD_IN, 'some', 'cmd', 'and', 'args');

           # or with handle autovivification
           my($chld_out, $chld_in);
           $pid = open2($chld_out, $chld_in, 'some cmd and args');
             # or without using the shell
           $pid = open2($chld_out, $chld_in, 'some', 'cmd', 'and', 'args');

           waitpid( $pid, 0 );
           my $child_exit_status = $? >> 8;


DESCRIPTION

       The open2() function runs the given $cmd and connects $chld_out for
       reading and $chld_in for writing.  It's what you think should work when
       you try

           $pid = open(HANDLE, "|cmd args|");

       The write filehandle will have autoflush turned on.

       If $chld_out is a string (that is, a bareword filehandle rather than a
       glob or a reference) and it begins with ">&", then the child will send
       output directly to that file handle.  If $chld_in is a string that
       begins with "<&", then $chld_in will be closed in the parent, and the
       child will read from it directly.  In both cases, there will be a
       dup(2) instead of a pipe(2) made.

       If either reader or writer is the null string, this will be replaced by
       an autogenerated filehandle.  If so, you must pass a valid lvalue in
       the parameter slot so it can be overwritten in the caller, or an
       exception will be raised.

       open2() returns the process ID of the child process.  It doesn't return
       on failure: it just raises an exception matching "/^open2:/".  However,
       "exec" failures in the child are not detected.  You'll have to trap
       SIGPIPE yourself.

       open2() does not wait for and reap the child process after it exits.
       Except for short programs where it's acceptable to let the operating
       system take care of this, you need to do this yourself.  This is
       normally as simple as calling "waitpid $pid, 0" when you're done with
       the process.  Failing to do this can result in an accumulation of
       defunct or "zombie" processes.  See "waitpid" in perlfunc for more
       information.

       This whole affair is quite dangerous, as you may block forever.  It
       assumes it's going to talk to something like bc, both writing to it and
       reading from it.  This is presumably safe because you "know" that
       commands like bc will read a line at a time and output a line at a
       time.  Programs like sort that read their entire input stream first,
       however, are quite apt to cause deadlock.

       The big problem with this approach is that if you don't have control
       over source code being run in the child process, you can't control what
       it does with pipe buffering.  Thus you can't just open a pipe to "cat
       -v" and continually read and write a line from it.

       The IO::Pty and Expect modules from CPAN can help with this, as they
       provide a real tty (well, a pseudo-tty, actually), which gets you back
       to line buffering in the invoked command again.


WARNING

       The order of arguments differs from that of open3().


SEE ALSO

       See IPC::Open3(3) for an alternative that handles STDERR(3) as well.
       function is really just a wrapper around open3().



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