FAQ 8.23 How can I open a pipe both to and from a command?


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8.23: How can I open a pipe both to and from a command?

The "IPC::Open2" module (part of the standard perl distribution) is an
easy-to-use approach that internally uses "pipe()", "fork()", and
"exec()" to do the job. Make sure you read the deadlock warnings in its
documentation, though (see IPC::Open2). See "Bidirectional Communication
with Another Process" in perlipc and "Bidirectional Communication with
Yourself" in perlipc

You may also use the "IPC::Open3" module (part of the standard perl
distribution), but be warned that it has a different order of arguments
from "IPC::Open2" (see IPC::Open3).


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