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If the intention is to read the output file back into your program once tar is finished, you could bypass the filesystem by using a piped-open:
(See the docs for perlfuncopen and perlopentut)
## do stuff with the tar output could be as simple as print FILE $_;.
See also IO::Pipe.
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