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Manual Reference Pages  -  PERL::CRITIC::POLICY::INPUTOUTPUT::PROHIBITTWOARGOPEN (3)

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NAME

Perl::Critic::Policy::InputOutput::ProhibitTwoArgOpen - Write "open $fh, q{<}, $filename;" instead of "open $fh, "<$filename";".

CONTENTS

AFFILIATION

This Policy is part of the core Perl::Critic distribution.

DESCRIPTION

The three-argument form of open (introduced in Perl 5.6) prevents subtle bugs that occur when the filename starts with funny characters like ’>’ or ’<’. The IO::File module provides a nice object-oriented interface to filehandles, which I think is more elegant anyway.



  open( $fh, >output.txt );          # not ok
  open( $fh, q{>}, output.txt );     # ok

  use IO::File;
  my $fh = IO::File->new( output.txt, q{>} ); # even better!



It’s also more explicitly clear to define the input mode of the file, as in the difference between these two:



  open( $fh, foo.txt );       # BAD: Reader must think what default mode is
  open( $fh, <, foo.txt );  # GOOD: Reader can see open mode



This policy will not complain if the file explicitly states that it is compatible with a version of perl prior to 5.6 via an include statement, e.g. by having require 5.005 in it.

CONFIGURATION

This Policy is not configurable except for the standard options.

NOTES

There are two cases in which you are forced to use the two-argument form of open. When re-opening STDIN, STDOUT, or STDERR, and when doing a safe pipe open, as described in perlipc.

SEE ALSO

IO::Handle

IO::File

AUTHOR

Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <jeff@imaginative-software.com>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright (c) 2005-2011 Imaginative Software Systems. All rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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