Calls the system call specified as the first element of the list,
passing the remaining elements as arguments to the system call. If
unimplemented, raises an exception. The arguments are interpreted
as follows: if a given argument is numeric, the argument is passed as
an int. If not, the pointer to the string value is passed. You are
responsible to make sure a string is pre-extended long enough to
receive any result that might be written into a string. You can't use a
string literal (or other read-only string) as an argument to
syscall because Perl has to assume that any
string pointer might be written through. If your
integer arguments are not literals and have never been interpreted in a
numeric context, you may need to add
to them to force them to look
like numbers. This emulates the
syswrite function (or
Note that Perl supports passing of up to only 14 arguments to your syscall, which in practice should (usually) suffice.
Syscall returns whatever value returned by the system call it calls.
If the system call fails, syscall returns
and sets $! (errno).
Note that some system calls can legitimately return
. The proper
way to handle such calls is to assign
$! = 0
before the call, then
check the value of $! if
There's a problem with
syscall(SYS_pipe()): it returns the file
number of the read end of the pipe it creates, but there is no way
to retrieve the file number of the other end. You can avoid this
problem by using pipe instead.
Portability issues: syscall in perlport.