Perl 5 version 14.2 documentation
Closes the file or pipe associated with the filehandle, flushes the IO buffers, and closes the system file descriptor. Returns true if those operations succeed and if no error was reported by any PerlIO layer. Closes the currently selected filehandle if the argument is omitted.
You don't have to close FILEHANDLE if you are immediately going to do another
openon it, because
opencloses it for you. (See
open.) However, an explicit
closeon an input file resets the line counter (
$.), while the implicit close done by
If the filehandle came from a piped open,
closereturns false if one of the other syscalls involved fails or if its program exits with non-zero status. If the only problem was that the program exited non-zero,
$!will be set to
0. Closing a pipe also waits for the process executing on the pipe to exit--in case you wish to look at the output of the pipe afterwards--and implicitly puts the exit status value of that command into
If there are multiple threads running,
closeon a filehandle from a piped open returns true without waiting for the child process to terminate, if the filehandle is still open in another thread.
Closing the read end of a pipe before the process writing to it at the other end is done writing results in the writer receiving a SIGPIPE. If the other end can't handle that, be sure to read all the data before closing the pipe.
FILEHANDLE may be an expression whose value can be used as an indirect filehandle, usually the real filehandle name or an autovivified handle.