[Clip] Re: Problems capturing STDERROR
- At 10:20 PM 4/4/01, Jason Waugh wrote:
> >I don't know the intricacies of using ^** you might have a point about it'sThanks for the memory jog!
> >'inconsistency' You would think it would work the same as ^$GetDocName$.
> >Actually I never bother using "^**" and always use ^$GetDocName$
>Well, it's not so much an inconsistency with ^** as it is an inconsistency
>in the way NoteTab and Perl are working together with respect to
>STDERR. Maybe Perl isn't flushing before NoteTab thinks it's done
>capturing STDERR? Maybe the NoteTab parser occasionally chokes on parsing
>^**? This would result in the two different error messages appearing on
>different tries with the same script....
I experienced the buffering problem when porting PERL scripts from Unix to
MS-DOS several years ago (Perl 4, so the details have changed about
avoiding the problem since I wrote those scripts). I recall needing to
either disable buffering, or set it to line buffering (from block
buffering) to make the problem go away.
Find a Perl reference (here's one I have: "Programming Perl", second
edition, by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen & Randal L. Schwartz, published by
O'Reilly, copyright 1996) and look for information on the "$|"
variable. It allows you to set output filehandles to block buffering
(default) or line buffering (which is needed for Perl with NoteTab, since
it runs as a DOS program).
Hope this is helpful.