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Perl: Create a variable pointer to a built-in filehandle

I have a function that takes a filehandle for an argument. This is easy for filehandles that you create with open() but gets more complex if you try to use one of the automatic filehandles. Using the * syntax you can create a pointer to the symbol table for that entry.

$fh = \*STDIN;
$fh = \*STDOUT;
$fh = \*DATA;

Once it's a standard scalar variable it can easily be passed to a function.



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