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IO::Capture::Stderr - Capture all output sent to STDERR


    use IO::Capture::Stderr;

    $capture = IO::Capture::Stderr->new();

    $capture->start();          # STDERR Output captured
    print STDERR "Test Line One\n";
    print STDERR "Test Line Two\n";
    print STDERR "Test Line Three\n";
    $capture->stop();           # STDERR output sent to wherever it was before 'start'

    # In 'scalar context' returns next line
    $line = $capture->read;
    print "$line";         # prints "Test Line One"

    $line = $capture->read;
    print "$line";         # prints "Test Line Two"

    # move line pointer to line 1

    $line = $capture->read;
    print "$line";         # prints "Test Line One"

    # Find out current line number
    $current_line_position = $capture->line_pointer;

    # In 'List Context' return an array(list)
    @all_lines = $capture->read;

    # Example 1 - "Using in module tests"
    #  Note: If you don't want to make users install 
    #        the IO::Capture module just for your tests,
    #        you can just install in the t/lib directory
    #        of your module and use the lib pragma in  
    #        your tests. 

    use lib "t/lib";
    use IO::Capture:Stderr;

    use Test::More;

        # Create new capture object.  Showing FORCE_CAPTURE_WARN being cleared
        # for example, but 0 is the default, so you don't need to specify
        # unless you want to set.
    my $capture =  IO::Capture:Stderr->new( {FORCE_CAPTURE_WARN => 0} );

    # execute with a bad parameter to make sure get
    # an error.

    ok( ! $test("Bad Parameter") );



The module IO::Capture::Stderr, is derived from the abstract class IO::Capture. See IO::Capture. The purpose of the module (as the name suggests) is to capture any output sent to STDOUT. After the capture is stopped, the STDOUT filehandle will be reset to the previous location. E.g., If previously redirected to a file, when IO::Capture->stop is called, output will start going into that file again.

Note: This module won't work with the perl function, system(), or any other operation involving a fork(). If you want to capture the output from a system command, it is faster to use open() or back-ticks.

       my $output = `/usr/sbin/ls -l 2>&1`;








Pass any arguments to new() in a single array reference.

   IO::Capture::Stderr->new( {FORCE_CAPTURE_WARN => 1} );


Normally, IO::Capture::Stderr will capture text from warn() function calls. This is because output from warn() is normally directed to STDERR. If you wish to force IO::Capture::Stderr to grab the text from warn(), set FORCE_CAPTURE_WARN to a 1. Then IO::Capture::Stderr will save the handle that $SIG{__WARN__} was set to, redirect it to itself on start(), and then set $SIG{__WARN__} back after stop() is called.


Adding Features

If you would like to sub-class this module to add a feature (method) or two, here is a couple of easy steps. Also see IO::Capture::Overview.

  1. Give your package a name
        package MyPackage;
  2. Use this IO::Capture::Stderr as your base class like this:
        package MyPackage;
        use base qw/IO::Capture::Stderr/;
  3. Add your new method like this
        package MyPackage;
        use base qw/IO::Capture::Stderr/;
        sub grep {
            my $self = shift;
            for $line (

See Also ^





Mark Reynolds

Jon Morgan


Copyright (c) 2003, Mark Reynolds. All Rights Reserved. This module is free software. It may be used, redistributed and/or modified under the same terms as Perl itself.

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