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NAME Tie::Handle::CountChars - make your handles count the characters in and out VERSION version 0.1.0 (alpha: interfaces and implementations may change) SYNOPSIS use File::Temp qw( tmpnam ); use File::Slurp qw( read_file ); use Tie::Handle::CountChars qw( make_fh_accountable ); my $tmpfile = tmpnam(); open my $fh, '>', $tmpfile; make_fh_accountable( $fh ); # this does the tie properly print $fh "FOO\n"; # write 4 bytes to the handle syswrite $fh, "BAR\nX\n\n", 6; # only write 6 of the 7 bytes close $fh; my $chars_in_file = length scalar read_file( $tmpfile ); my $chars_written = ( tied *$fh )->chars_written; print "CHARS IN FILE: $chars_in_file\n"; print "CHARS WRITTEN: $chars_written\n"; print $chars_in_file == $chars_written ? "OK\n" : "NOT OK\n"; DESCRIPTION This module allows you to keep track of the characters written to and read from a perl "HANDLE" (or IO::Handle object). This seems to work for anything that behaves as a HANDLE, including anything that inherits from IO::Handle. When you are done counting the chars, get your data by calling methods on the tied-object and then simply untie the handle. This almost certainly imposes a performance penalty on IO through the tied handles but I have yet to benchmark it to figure out how much of an impact actually exists. So... why characters and not bytes? Simple. When working with ASCII, *characters *are* bytes*... but if the handle you've got is using utf8 mode, *characters can potientially be several bytes long*, and the various facilities in perl to track this stuff always return character counts, not bytes! I could add some code to tease out the actual byte-count in all cases, but I'll wait for somebody to formally request it before even trying. *(hint, hint: patches welcome!)* EXPORTABLE FUNCTIONS make_fh_accountable( $fh ) This function takes a reference to the handle you want to tie and does the tie properly. When called in void context, nothing is returned. When called in scalar context, the tie-object is returned. When called in list context, the tie-object and the tied handle are returned. Remember, the argument must be a reference to the handle GLOB or a handle-like variable (for example, something that inherits from IO::Handle) Some examples: make_fh_accountable( \*STDOUT ); make_fh_accountable( $io_file_obj ); make_fh_accountable( $lexical_fh ); METHODS All methods listed below must be called on the tie-object, obtained like so: my $to = tied *$fh; chars_read() Returns the number of characters read from the tied handle. chars_written() Returns the number of characters written to the tied handle. chars_total() The sum of the read and written character counts. SEE ALSO Tie::Handle IO::WrapTie IO::Handle perlopentut perlipc perltie IO::Socket::ByteCounter BUGS & CAVEATS No known bugs yet. Please report any you find and I'm happy to fix them. Caveats include the usual when using tie, and also the fact that this adds overhead to any operations done on the tied handles. I don't know *how much* overhead, but I suspect that for applications that need maximum IO performance it could be a deal-breaker. However, why don't you try it and let me know. I strongly suspect that the overhead will not make much of a difference for the vast majority of those who use this. SUPPORT bugs Please report any bugs or feature requests via one of the following: * Web: The CPAN Request Tracker (RT) queue for this module * Email: CPAN RT email queue for this module feature requests If you want additional features, please make that request by opening a ticket in RT, just like for bug reports, as described above. questions If you have questions, please contact me via one of the following: * Email to the author or maintainers * IRC channel #perl-help on irc.perl.org * IRC channel #perl on irc.freenode.net source code Each release will be tagged with the version, and main development will typically be merged into the branch named 'master' * Github HTTP * Git read-only other info You may also find more information at: * CPAN Distribution Home * Ratings and Reviews * CPAN Testing Matrix * Dependencies and Test Results * Reverse Dependencies (Distribution) * Reverse Dependencies (Module) * AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation * CPAN Forum * perldoc After installing, you can find this documentation with the perldoc command: perldoc Tie::Handle::CountChars AUTHOR Stephen R. Scaffidi CONTRIBUTORS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Submit bug reports or feature requests or patches to get your name right here! COPYRIGHT & LICENSE Copyright 2011 Stephen R. Scaffidi , all rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.