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gav (2710)

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Monday May 17, 2004
10:05 AM

Scary code of the day

[ #18791 ]

sub lock_retrieveFH {
    my $datafile = sprintf ("/usr/bin/unzip -p %s |", FILE);
    open my $pipe, $datafile or die print $!, $/;
    return $pipe;


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  • Do we want to make a list?

    1) What is FILE supposed to stringify to? It looks like a filehandle, but that won't give the filename. I'll be generous and assume we have "use constant FILE=>''" in there somewhere.

    2) Even assuming FILE stringifies, why sprintf?

    3) Locking a pipe? No other process can compete for access. Mistaken attempt to lock the underlying file, or very strange attempt at inter-thread locking?

    I really don't want to see the rest of that code.