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PerlIO::scalar

Perl 5 version 14.0 documentation
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PerlIO::scalar

NAME

PerlIO::scalar - in-memory IO, scalar IO

SYNOPSIS

  1. my $scalar = '';
  2. ...
  3. open my $fh, "<", \$scalar or die;
  4. open my $fh, ">", \$scalar or die;
  5. open my $fh, ">>", \$scalar or die;

or

  1. my $scalar = '';
  2. ...
  3. open my $fh, "<:scalar", \$scalar or die;
  4. open my $fh, ">:scalar", \$scalar or die;
  5. open my $fh, ">>:scalar", \$scalar or die;

DESCRIPTION

A filehandle is opened but the file operations are performed "in-memory" on a scalar variable. All the normal file operations can be performed on the handle. The scalar is considered a stream of bytes. Currently fileno($fh) returns -1.

IMPLEMENTATION NOTE

PerlIO::scalar only exists to use XSLoader to load C code that provides support for treating a scalar as an "in memory" file. One does not need to explicitly use PerlIO::scalar .