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NAME

       IO::Interactive - Utilities for interactive I/O

VERSION

       This document describes IO::Interactive version 0.0.6

SYNOPSIS

           use IO::Interactive qw(is_interactive interactive busy);

           if ( is_interactive() ) {
               print "Running interactively
";
           }

           # or...

           print {interactive} "Running interactively
";

           $fh = busy {
               do_noninteractive_stuff();
           }

DESCRIPTION

       This module provides three utility subroutines that make it easier to
       develop interactive applications...

       "is_interactive()"
           This subroutine returns true if *ARGV and the currently selected
           filehandle (usually *STDOUT) are connected to the terminal. The
           test is considerably more sophisticated than:

               -t *ARGV && -t *STDOUT

           as it takes into account the magic behaviour of *ARGV.

           You can also pass "is_interactive" a writable filehandle, in which
           case it requires that filehandle be connected to a terminal
           (instead of the currently selected).  The usual suspect here is
           *STDERR:

               if ( is_interactive(*STDERR) ) {
                   carp $warning;
               }

       "interactive()"
           This subroutine returns *STDOUT if "is_interactive" is true. If
           "is_interactive()" is false, "interactive" returns a filehandle
           that does not print.

           This makes it easy to create applications that print out only when
           the application is interactive:

               print {interactive} "Please enter a value: ";
               my $value = <>;

           You can also pass "interactive" a writable filehandle, in which
           case it writes to that filehandle if it is connected to a terminal
           (instead of writinbg to *STDOUT). Once again, the usual suspect is
           *STDERR:

               print {interactive(*STDERR)} $warning;

       "busy {...}"
           This subroutine takes a block as its single argument and executes
           that block.  Whilst the block is executed, *ARGV is temporarily
           replaced by a closed filehandle. That is, no input from *ARGV is
           possible in a "busy" block.  Furthermore, any attempts to send
           input into the "busy" block through *ARGV is intercepted and a
           warning message is printed to *STDERR.  The "busy" call returns a
           filehandle that contains the intercepted input.

           A "busy" block is therefore useful to prevent attempts at input
           when the program is busy at some non-interactive task.

DIAGNOSTICS

       Unknown subroutine (%s) requested
           This module only exports the three subroutines described above.
           You asked for something else. Maybe you misspelled the subroutine
           you wanted.

CONFIGURATION AND ENVIRONMENT

       IO::Interactive requires no configuration files or environment
       variables.

DEPENDENCIES

       This module requires the "openhandle()" subroutine from the
       Scalar::Util module.

INCOMPATIBILITIES

       None reported.

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS

       No bugs have been reported.

       Please report any bugs or feature requests to
       "bug-io-interactive@rt.cpan.org", or through the web interface at
       <http://rt.cpan.org>.

AUTHOR

       Damian Conway  "<DCONWAY@cpan.org>"

       Currently maintained by brian d foy "<bdfoy@cpan.org>"

LICENCE AND COPYRIGHT

       Copyright (c) 2005, Damian Conway "<DCONWAY@cpan.org>". All rights
       reserved.

       This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY

       BECAUSE THIS SOFTWARE IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY
       FOR THE SOFTWARE, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT
       WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER
       PARTIES PROVIDE THE SOFTWARE "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
       EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
       WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE
       ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE IS WITH
       YOU. SHOULD THE SOFTWARE PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL
       NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR, OR CORRECTION.

       IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING
       WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MAY MODIFY AND/OR
       REDISTRIBUTE THE SOFTWARE AS PERMITTED BY THE ABOVE LICENCE, BE LIABLE
       TO YOU FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR
       CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE
       SOFTWARE (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING
       RENDERED INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY YOU OR THIRD PARTIES OR A
       FAILURE OF THE SOFTWARE TO OPERATE WITH ANY OTHER SOFTWARE), EVEN IF
       SUCH HOLDER OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
       DAMAGES.



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