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Re: Safe Shell Escapes  Andy_-@wiwb.uscourts.gov
 Jun 09, 2004 12:22 PDT 

if (open(PROGRAM, "-|")) {
        @lines = <PROGRAM>;
        close PROGRAM;

perldoc -f open says:
                  filename is interpreted as a command to which output
                  is to be piped, and if MODE is '-|', the filename is
                  interpreted as a command which pipes output to us.
                  In the 2-arguments (and 1-argument) form one should
                  replace dash ('-') with the command.

as in:
open(ARTICLE, '-|', "caesar <$article")     # decrypt article
                          or die "Can't start caesar: $!";

Now I see down in the examples:
open(FOO, '-|') || exec 'cat', '-n', $file;

which is (?) like:
if ( open(FOO, '-|') ) {
} else {
    exec 'cat', '-n', $file;

But that seems to be ... er time travel or missing a loop.


Andy Bach, Sys. Mangler
Internet: andy_-@wiwb.uscourts.gov
VOICE: (608) 261-5738 FAX 264-5932

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried
it. -- Donald Knuth
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