Perl 5 version 8.9 documentation
Returns the next character from the input file attached to FILEHANDLE, or the undefined value at end of file, or if there was an error (in the latter case
$!is set). If FILEHANDLE is omitted, reads from STDIN. This is not particularly efficient. However, it cannot be used by itself to fetch single characters without waiting for the user to hit enter. For that, try something more like:
Determination of whether $BSD_STYLE should be set is left as an exercise to the reader.
POSIX::getattrfunction can do this more portably on systems purporting POSIX compliance. See also the
Term::ReadKeymodule from your nearest CPAN site; details on CPAN can be found on CPAN in perlmodlib.