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IO::Pipe(3p)     Perl Programmers Reference Guide    IO::Pipe(3p)


NAME
       IO::Pipe - supply object methods for pipes

SYNOPSIS
               use IO::Pipe;

               $pipe = new IO::Pipe;

               if($pid = fork()) { # Parent
                   $pipe->reader();

                   while(<$pipe>) {
                       ...
                   }

               }
               elsif(defined $pid) { # Child
                   $pipe->writer();

                   print $pipe ...
               }

               or

               $pipe = new IO::Pipe;

               $pipe->reader(qw(ls -l));

               while(<$pipe>) {
                   ...
               }

DESCRIPTION
       "IO::Pipe" provides an interface to creating pipes between
       processes.

CONSTRUCTOR
       new ( [READER, WRITER] )
           Creates an "IO::Pipe", which is a reference to a newly
           created symbol (see the "Symbol" package).
           "IO::Pipe::new" optionally takes two arguments, which
           should be objects blessed into "IO::Handle", or a sub-
           class thereof. These two objects will be used for the
           system call to "pipe". If no arguments are given then
           method "handles" is called on the new "IO::Pipe"
           object.

           These two handles are held in the array part of the
           GLOB until either "reader" or "writer" is called.

METHODS
       reader ([ARGS])
           The object is re-blessed into a sub-class of "IO::Han-
           dle", and becomes a handle at the reading end of the



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IO::Pipe(3p)     Perl Programmers Reference Guide    IO::Pipe(3p)


           pipe. If "ARGS" are given then "fork" is called and
           "ARGS" are passed to exec.

       writer ([ARGS])
           The object is re-blessed into a sub-class of "IO::Han-
           dle", and becomes a handle at the writing end of the
           pipe. If "ARGS" are given then "fork" is called and
           "ARGS" are passed to exec.

       handles ()
           This method is called during construction by
           "IO::Pipe::new" on the newly created "IO::Pipe"
           object. It returns an array of two objects blessed
           into "IO::Pipe::End", or a subclass thereof.

SEE ALSO
       IO::Handle

AUTHOR
       Graham Barr. Currently maintained by the Perl Porters.
       Please report all bugs to <perl5-portersATperl.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (c) 1996-8 Graham Barr <gbarrATpobox.com>. All
       rights reserved.  This program is free software; you can
       redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as
       Perl itself.






























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