die, was (Re: CGI email)

C. Abney cabney at cyberpass.net
Sat Feb 26 07:05:03 CST 2000

On Sat, 26 Feb 2000 mike at heckman.net wrote:

> The problem is that on opens that contain a pipe, the return value is
> the process id of the spawned shell.  Therefore, testing the value of
> the open directly will always return true.  What you need to do is
> check the status of the child return value after you've closed the
> piped open.  The code should look something  like:

Wasn't thinking I guess, (I new a fork() occurs for any system() call
with the redirection symbols.)  I should have looked a little more
carefully, first.  I found 'perldoc perlopentut', which explains it


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in fact, anyone who has played role-playing games knows that God
probably had to roll quite a few dice to come up with a character like
Einstein.  -- Larry Wall                                     C. Abney


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