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Perl Language Reference Manual
by Larry Wall and others
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20.9 NOTES

Most of these routines quietly but politely return undef when they fail instead of causing your program to die right then and there due to an uncaught exception. (Actually, some of the new Socket conversion functions croak() on bad arguments.) It is therefore essential to check return values from these functions. Always begin your socket programs this way for optimal success, and don't forget to add -T taint checking flag to the #! line for servers:

#!/usr/bin/perl -Tw
use strict;
use sigtrap;
use Socket;
ISBN 9781906966027Perl Language Reference ManualSee the print edition