Attempts to read LENGTH bytes of data into variable SCALAR from the
specified FILEHANDLE, using the system call read(2). It bypasses
buffered IO, so mixing this with other kinds of reads,
eof can cause confusion because the
perlio or stdio layers usually buffers data. Returns the number of
bytes actually read,
at end of file, or undef if there was an
error (in the latter case
is also set). SCALAR will be grown or
shrunk so that the last byte actually read is the last byte of the
scalar after the read.
An OFFSET may be specified to place the read data at some place in the
string other than the beginning. A negative OFFSET specifies
placement at that many characters counting backwards from the end of
the string. A positive OFFSET greater than the length of SCALAR
results in the string being padded to the required size with
bytes before the result of the read is appended.
There is no syseof() function, which is ok, since eof() doesn't work very well on device files (like ttys) anyway. Use sysread() and check for a return value for 0 to decide whether you're done.
Note that if the filehandle has been marked as
characters are read instead of bytes (the LENGTH, OFFSET, and the
return value of sysread() are in Unicode characters).
layer implicitly introduces the
See binmode, open, and the
open pragma, open.