Built-in Functions to Work with the File System

This section describes Perl built-in functions, chdir(), mkdir(), rmdir(), and unlink() to work with the file system, like to change the current directory, make or remove a directory, or delete a file.

A file system is a tree structure of directories with files associated to directories. Perl offers several built-in functions for you to work with the file system:

1. chdir() - Resets the current directory to a directory identified by the specified path name:

rc = chdir(path_name);

For example, chdir("..") resets the new current directory to the parent directory of the old current directory.

2. mkdir() - Makes a new directory defined by the specified path name:

rc = mkdir(path_name);

For example, mkdir("/temp/test") makes a new directory under /temp in the file system. Notice that "/" works like "\" with ActivePerl on Windows systems.

3. rmdir() - Removes a directory defined by the specified path name, when the directory is empty:

rc = rmdir(path_name);

For example, rmdir("/temp/test") removes the /temp/text directory in the file system. If it is not empty, this function will fail.

4. unlink() - A function to delete a list of files:

rc = unlink(file_list);

For example, unlink("/temp/junk.txt") removes the /temp/junk.txt file in the file system.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Perl on Linux Systems

 ActivePerl on Windows Systems

 Data Types: Values and Variables

 Expressions, Operations and Simple Statements

 User Defined Subroutines

 Perl Built-in Debugger

 Name Spaces and Perl Module Files

 Symbolic (or Soft) References

 Hard References - Addresses of Memory Objects

 Objects (or References) and Classes (or Packages)

 Typeglob and Importing Identifiers from Other Packages

 String Built-in Functions and Performance

 File Handles and Data Input/Output

 Open Files in Binary Mode

 Open Directories and Read File Names

File System Functions and Operations

Built-in Functions to Work with the File System

 File Test Operators

 stat() - Returns File Statistics

 Converting Perl Script to Executable Binary

 Using DBM Database Files

 Using MySQL Database Server

 Socket Communication Over the Internet

 XML::Simple Module - XML Parser and Generator

 XML Communication Model

 SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

 Perl Programs as IIS Server CGI Scripts

 CGI (Common Gateway Interface)

 XML-RPC - Remote Procedure Call with XML and HTTP

 RPC::XML - Perl Implementation of XML-RPC

 Integrating Perl with Apache Web Server

 CGI.pm Module for Building Web Pages

 LWP::UserAgent and Web Site Testing


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