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How can I open a pipe both to and from a command?

The IPC::Open2 module (part of the standard perl distribution) is an
easy-to-use approach that internally uses pipe(), fork(), and exec() to do
the job. Make sure you read the deadlock warnings in its documentation,
though (see the IPC::Open2 manpage). See the section on "Bidirectional
Communication with Another Process" in the perlipc manpage and the section
on "Bidirectional Communication with Yourself" in the perlipc manpage

You may also use the IPC::Open3 module (part of the standard perl
distribution), but be warned that it has a different order of arguments
from IPC::Open2 (see the IPC::Open3 manpage).
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