Abigail on 18 Aug 2004 23:49:10 -0000

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Re: Horrific JAPH

On Tue, Aug 17, 2004 at 06:54:26AM -0400, Eric Roode wrote:
> The goal of this japh is to build the string "echo Just another Perl hacker" a
> to execute it in the shell.
> The first problem was to gather those particular characters together.  The way
> did this was to set $! to a known value (which contained most of those letters
> by executing a nonexistent program.

As Robert pointed out, it would fail in the unlikely event a program named
60 is in the users path. Here's another way to set $! to
"No such file or directory":


Of course, that's not really portable.

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