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How to capture a return value of a Perl code run by another Perl code on the command line?

Posted on 2012-09-06
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Last Modified: 2012-09-06
I have a Perl code which returns 0 or anything else.

I call this code withing another Perl code for different $file inputs as shown below. My concern is the way I run this command using the system call.

Is this system command going to return the return value of "check" file.

If not, how can I run the "check" code and capture its output value in the below code?

foreach my $file (@selected_files){
		my $cmd = '/some/path/to/a/directory/check -f $file';
		my $out = system ($cmd);
		push(@result, $out);

	if (any { $_ != 0 } @result) { 
		return -1;
		return 0;

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Question by:Tolgar
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ID: 38373642
Your wording is a little vague.  Do you want to capture exit code or the literal output that check sent to stdout?

The system function returns the commands exit code, not the commands stdout output.

Author Comment

ID: 38373825
@FishMonger: You are right. I'd like to capture the literal output that check sent to stdout.
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FishMonger earned 2000 total points
ID: 38373875
The most common approach is to use ` ` backticks or the qx() operator instead of the system function.

my $out = `$cmd`;


my $out = qx( $cmd );

If you need/want more flexibility and control, then use IPC::Open2 or IPC::Open3

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