Perl::Critic::Policy::InputOutput::RequireBracedFileHandleWithPrint - Write print {$FH} $foo, $bar; instead of print $FH $foo, $bar;.


This Policy is part of the core Perl::Critic distribution.


The print and printf functions have a unique syntax that supports an optional file handle argument. Conway suggests wrapping this argument in braces to make it visually stand out from the other arguments. When you put braces around any of the special package-level file handles like STDOUT, STDERR, and DATA, you must add the '*' sigil or else it won't compile under use strict 'subs'.

  print $FH   "Mary had a little lamb\n";  #not ok
  print {$FH} "Mary had a little lamb\n";  #ok

  print   STDERR   $foo, $bar, $baz;  #not ok
  print  {STDERR}  $foo, $bar, $baz;  #won't compile under 'strict'
  print {*STDERR}  $foo, $bar, $baz;  #perfect!


This Policy is not configurable except for the standard options.


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <>


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