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Based on CB chat, there's some confusion with my solution, so I'll elaborate.

It's my understanding that you want to do something along the lines of

while (<STDIN> or <TNIN>) { if (we_read_from_STDIN()) { print TNOUT do_this($_); } else { print STDOUT do_that($_); } }

Of course, that's not valid Perl. That where IO::Select comes in.

use IO::Select qw( ); my $sel = IO::Select->new(\*STDIN, \*TNIN); MAIN_LOOP: while (my @ready = $sel->can_read()) { for my $fh (@ready) { my $bytes_read = sysread($fh, my $data='', 4096) or last MAIN_LOOP; if ($fh == \*STDIN) { print TNOUT do_this($data); } else { print STDOUT do_that($data); } } }

We can't use <$fh> since that would block when only part of a line has arrived. If you want to do line-based IO, you'll have to do your own line building:

use IO::Select qw( ); my $sel = IO::Select->new(\*STDIN, \*TNIN); my %bufs; MAIN_LOOP: while (my @ready = $sel->can_read()) { for my $fh (@ready) { our $buf; local *buf = \$bufs{$fh}; # Alias my $bytes_read = sysread($fh, $buf, 4096, length($buf)) or last MAIN_LOOP; my $line_end = index($buf, $/); next if $line_end < 0; my $line = substr($buf, 0, $line_end+1, ''); if ($fh == \*STDIN) { print TNOUT do_this($line); } else { print STDOUT do_that($line); } } }


  • I'm not sure about the $fh == \*STDIN part. fileno($fh) == fileno(\*STDIN) should definitely work.
  • Note: %bufs may still contain data when last MAIN_LOOP; is executed.
  • Bonus: Since can_read accepts a timeout argument, you can probably do away with your alarm!
  • Won't work on Windows.

In reply to Re^2: bidirectional challange by ikegami
in thread bidirectional challange by my_nihilist

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