Documentation for method getc

Documentation for method getc, assembled from the following types:

class IO::Handle

From IO::Handle

(IO::Handle) method getc

Read a single character from the input stream or return Nil. The operation will block for at least one character to be available, but there are a few caveats for this:

Buffering terminals

Using getc to get a single keypress from a terminal will only work properly if you've set the terminal to "unbuffered". Otherwise the terminal will wait for the return key to be struck or the buffer to be filled up before perl6 gets even a single byte of data.

Waiting for potential combiners

If your handler's encoding allows combining characters to be read, perl6 will wait for more data to be available before it provides a character. This means that inputting an "e" followed by a combining acute will give you an e with an acute rather than giving an "e" and letting the next reading function give you a dangling combiner. However, it also means that when the user inputs just an "e" and has no intention to also input a combining acute, your program will be waiting for another keypress before the initial "e" is returned.