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If you were running with "use warnings" then Perl would have told you what the problem is. Filehandles aren't first-class variables in Perl so you can't just return a filehandle from a function and assign it to a variable like that. You're actually using the same filehandle (FILE) for both files - which is why you can't use it after you've closed the first filehandle.

You can get round this by using lexical filehandles.

sub openFile { my ($file, $accessMode) = @_; my $err; $accessMode = $MODE_READ unless defined $accessMode; if (exists($ACCESS_MODES{$accessMode})) { if (open(my $fh, "$ACCESS_MODES{$accessMode}$file")) { return $fh; } else { $err = $!; if (defined($returnOnError)) { return; } &throwGenError("Can't open $file: $err"); # throw exception } } else { &throwGenError("In openFile: Wrong access mode &accessMode"); } return; }

Some of your logic is a bit scary, so I haven't changed too much. You might need to check it carefully.


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In reply to Re: Open file issues by davorg
in thread Open file issues by hotshot

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