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NAME ^

IO::Interactive - Utilities for interactive I/O

VERSION ^

This document describes IO::Interactive version 0.0.6

SYNOPSIS ^

    use IO::Interactive qw(is_interactive interactive busy);

    if ( is_interactive() ) {
        print "Running interactively\n";
    }

    # or...

    print {interactive} "Running interactively\n";


    $fh = busy {
        do_noninteractive_stuff();
    }

DESCRIPTION ^

This module provides three utility subroutines that make it easier to develop interactive applications...

is_interactive()

This subroutine returns true if *ARGV and the currently selected filehandle (usually *STDOUT) are connected to the terminal. The test is considerably more sophisticated than:

    -t *ARGV && -t *STDOUT

as it takes into account the magic behaviour of *ARGV.

You can also pass is_interactive a writable filehandle, in which case it requires that filehandle be connected to a terminal (instead of the currently selected). The usual suspect here is *STDERR:

    if ( is_interactive(*STDERR) ) {
        carp $warning;
    }
interactive()

This subroutine returns *STDOUT if is_interactive is true. If is_interactive() is false, interactive returns a filehandle that does not print.

This makes it easy to create applications that print out only when the application is interactive:

    print {interactive} "Please enter a value: ";
    my $value = <>;

You can also pass interactive a writable filehandle, in which case it writes to that filehandle if it is connected to a terminal (instead of writinbg to *STDOUT). Once again, the usual suspect is *STDERR:

    print {interactive(*STDERR)} $warning;
busy {...}

This subroutine takes a block as its single argument and executes that block. Whilst the block is executed, *ARGV is temporarily replaced by a closed filehandle. That is, no input from *ARGV is possible in a busy block. Furthermore, any attempts to send input into the busy block through *ARGV is intercepted and a warning message is printed to *STDERR. The busy call returns a filehandle that contains the intercepted input.

A busy block is therefore useful to prevent attempts at input when the program is busy at some non-interactive task.

DIAGNOSTICS ^

Unknown subroutine (%s) requested

This module only exports the three subroutines described above. You asked for something else. Maybe you misspelled the subroutine you wanted.

CONFIGURATION AND ENVIRONMENT ^

IO::Interactive requires no configuration files or environment variables.

DEPENDENCIES ^

This module requires the openhandle() subroutine from the Scalar::Util module.

INCOMPATIBILITIES ^

None reported.

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS ^

No bugs have been reported.

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-io-interactive@rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org.

AUTHOR ^

Damian Conway <DCONWAY@cpan.org>

Currently maintained by brian d foy <bdfoy@cpan.org>

LICENCE AND COPYRIGHT ^

Copyright (c) 2005, Damian Conway <DCONWAY@cpan.org>. All rights reserved.

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

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY ^

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