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Posted on 2006-10-30
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Hi Experts,

What I thought would be a fairly simple task has me perplexed. I would like to determine the system name, store the value in a variable, and query the variable to determine a printer name.

Here's what I have:
#!/usr/local/bin/perl -TU
sub main {
  get_sysname;
}
sub get_sysname {
  say("getting name");
  $mysysname = `uname -n 2>&1`;
  chomp($mysysname);
  say("Sys Name is '$mysysname'");
  print $mysysname,"\n";
}


I execute the script, but am getting no output at all. I have both the say and the print command, in an attempt to get something out, but notta.  

Thanks in advance for your help !

-d
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Question by:dcrosley
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The code you posted has 2 subroutines, neither of which is ever called.  Perl does not call the "main" subroutine (as in C).  Also, say is not a perl command, use print to display something.
Try this:

#!/usr/local/bin/perl -TU

get_sysname();

sub get_sysname {
  print "getting name";
  $mysysname = `uname -n 2>&1`;
  chomp($mysysname);
  print "Sys Name is '$mysysname'";
  print $mysysname,"\n";
}
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by:FishMonger
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The main problem I see is that you've defined 2 subroutines but never execute either of them.

What version of Perl are you using, is it Perl 6?  say() is not a built-in of Perl 5.
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by:FishMonger
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Adam,

I did a quick search and found that say() is implemented in Perl 6.

http://search.cpan.org/~dconway/Perl6-Say-0.04/Say.pm
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by:dcrosley
ID: 17835212
What a dork. I can't beleive I didn't see that!

thanks, Adam!
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by:Adam314
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FishMonger - I see the notes on say().  It saves an entire  "\n"  over print... was there much of a request from the user base for this!?!
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