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Re^2: Executing Systems Calls with Care

by K_M_McMahon (Hermit)
on Feb 15, 2005 at 08:40 UTC ( #431060=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Executing Systems Calls with Care
in thread Executing Systems Calls with Care

UPDATE: I modified this post because I thought noone had answered it and I thought better of my question after testing. In the interest of keeping following posts On Topic, this sub_question was initially,
"Will it work if you substitute &some_subroutine; instead of die?" in the section local $SIG{ALRM} = sub { die "alarm\n" };
local $SIG{ALRM} = sub { die "alarm\n" };
I can replace the die "alarm\n" section here with a subroutine with no problems (actually tested it ;->)

but this brings up something else that I don't understand.. What causes the above example to enter the
if ($@) { die unless $@ eq "alarm\n"; # propagate unexpected errors # handle the timed out operation }

my $a='62696c6c77667269656e6440676d61696c2e636f6d'; while ($a=~m/(^.{2})/s) {print unpack('A',pack('H*',"$1"));$a=~s/^.{2}//s;}

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Re^3: Executing Systems Calls with Care
by matija (Priest) on Feb 15, 2005 at 09:23 UTC
    Will it work if you substitute &some_subroutine; instead of die?

    Well, in principle, sure. But make sure that he some_subroutine realizes that there may be error conditions it can't handle, and dies if it encounters a situation it isn't explicitly designed to handle.

    You need to be defensive when you're designing this subroutine. Defensive and paranoid.

Re^3: Executing Systems Calls with Care
by phaylon (Curate) on Feb 15, 2005 at 12:05 UTC
    As 'perldoc -f eval' says:

    If the code to be executed doesn't vary, you may use the eval-BLOCK form to trap run-time errors without incurring the penalty of recompiling each time. The error, if any, is still returned in $@.

    Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley

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