- sysopen FILEHANDLE,FILENAME,MODE,PERMS
Opens the file whose filename is given by FILENAME, and associates it with FILEHANDLE. If FILEHANDLE is an expression, its value is used as the real filehandle wanted; an undefined scalar will be suitably autovivified. This function calls the underlying operating system's open(2) function with the parameters FILENAME, MODE, and PERMS.
Returns true on success and undef otherwise.
The possible values and flag bits of the MODE parameter are system-dependent; they are available via the standard module Fcntl . See the documentation of your operating system's open(2) syscall to see which values and flag bits are available. You may combine several flags using the
Some of the most common values are
O_RDONLYfor opening the file in read-only mode,
O_WRONLYfor opening the file in write-only mode, and
O_RDWRfor opening the file in read-write mode.
For historical reasons, some values work on almost every system supported by Perl: 0 means read-only, 1 means write-only, and 2 means read/write. We know that these values do not work under OS/390 and on the Macintosh; you probably don't want to use them in new code.
If the file named by FILENAME does not exist and the open call creates it (typically because MODE includes the
O_CREATflag), then the value of PERMS specifies the permissions of the newly created file. If you omit the PERMS argument to sysopen, Perl uses the octal value
0666. These permission values need to be in octal, and are modified by your process's current umask.
In many systems the
O_EXCLflag is available for opening files in exclusive mode. This is not locking: exclusiveness means here that if the file already exists, sysopen fails.
O_EXCLmay not work on network filesystems, and has no effect unless the
O_CREATflag is set as well. Setting
O_CREAT|O_EXCLprevents the file from being opened if it is a symbolic link. It does not protect against symbolic links in the file's path.
Sometimes you may want to truncate an already-existing file. This can be done using the
O_TRUNCflag. The behavior of
Note that under Perls older than 5.8.0, sysopen depends on the fdopen(3) C library function. On many Unix systems, fdopen(3) is known to fail when file descriptors exceed a certain value, typically 255. If you need more file descriptors than that, consider using the POSIX::open function. For Perls 5.8.0 and later, PerlIO is (most often) the default.
See perlopentut for a kinder, gentler explanation of opening files.
Portability issues: sysopen in perlport.