Hi Jeff & Wags.
David --- Senior Programmer Analyst --- Wgo Wagner wrote:
Smith Jeff D wrote:
I am trying to copy/move files under WinNT from remote server(s) to
a central server using File::Copy --see code snippet below:
open (LOGFILE, ">>testlog") or die (print "$! problem opening
testlog\n"); print LOGFILE "$date: \n";
print LOGFILE "This is a test of moving a handle--ONCE AGAIN\n";
print LOGFILE "the end\n";
#my $result = copy ($fromdir, $todir) or die ("Error--can't copy
LogFile : $!\n");
This looks as though you're trying to copy a directory? Where did
$fromdir and $todir come from? Glad to see it's commented out.
my $result = move (\*LOGFILE, $todir) or die ("Error--can't move the
You're using the original write-only filehandle you used to append to
the log file.
a) You won't be able to read from this handle to copy the data.
b) The data is more than likely still buffered as it hasn't been
c) While the file is open you can't delete it, and so can't move it.
It works fine when I pass it a literal reference for the source and
destination using copy or move commands. However, I can't get a
reference to a file handle to work. There must be something really
simple that I'm missing. I know that it's not a permissions issue
and I know the file does get created once I've closed the File
Handle. I'd like to keep the file handle open though so that I can
grab the contents of the File Handle for another routine.
You mean you want to read the contents of the log file that you've
command always returns 0 when referencing the LOGFILE file handle.
I'd like to use move so I don't have to copy the files and remove
them from the source directory afterwards.
As I said, I don't believe you can delete a file while it's open,
although under VMS you can mark it to be deleted when it is
closed. That may be possible on your platform.
Jeff, I am running 5.6.0 but when I look at copy using filehandle I
use File::Copy cp;
which is not what you are trying. You are trying to use an already
open file and that I don't believe is the context of what I see in
the doc. The group can correct me ( and they will) if I am wrong.
cp() is a synonym for copy(). The 'new' method of FileHandle is similar
to open(), so the above is like:
open $n, "< /dev/null";
copy ($n, "x");
and $n is a glob reference. But what good you would be doing by
copying from the null device I don't know!