Prints a string or a list of strings. Returns true if successful.
FILEHANDLE may be a scalar variable containing
the name of or a reference to the filehandle, thus introducing
one level of indirection. (NOTE: If FILEHANDLE is a variable and
the next token is a term, it may be misinterpreted as an operator
unless you interpose a
or put parentheses around the arguments.)
If FILEHANDLE is omitted, prints to standard output by default, or
to the last selected output channel; see select. If LIST is
also omitted, prints
to the currently selected output handle.
To set the default output handle to something other than STDOUT
use the select operation. The current value of
(if any) is
printed between each LIST item. The current value of
any) is printed after the entire LIST has been printed. Because
print takes a LIST, anything in the LIST is evaluated in list
context, and any subroutine that you call will have one or more of
its expressions evaluated in list context. Also be careful not to
follow the print keyword with a left parenthesis unless you want
the corresponding right parenthesis to terminate the arguments to
the print; put parentheses around all the arguments
(or interpose a
, but that doesn't look as good).
Note that if you're storing FILEHANDLEs in an array, or if you're using any other expression more complex than a scalar variable to retrieve it, you will have to use a block returning the filehandle value instead:
Printing to a closed pipe or socket will generate a SIGPIPE signal. See perlipc for more on signal handling.