Mkmanifest() writes all
files in and below the current directory to a file named in the global
variable $ExtUtils::Manifest::MANIFEST (which defaults to
MANIFEST) in the current directory. It works similar to
find . -print
but in doing so checks each line in an existing
MANIFEST file and includes any comments that are found in the existing
MANIFEST file in the new one. Anything between white space and an end of line within
MANIFEST file is considered to be a comment. Filenames and comments are seperated by one or more
TAB characters in the output. All files that match any regular expression in a file
MANIFEST.SKIP (if such a file exists) are ignored.
Manicheck() checks if all
the files within a
MANIFEST in the current directory really do exist. It only reports discrepancies and exits silently if
MANIFEST and the tree below the current directory are in sync.
Filecheck() finds files
below the current directory that are not mentioned in the
MANIFEST file. An optional file
will be consulted. Any file matching a regular expression in such a file
will not be reported as missing in the
Fullcheck() does both a
manicheck() and a
Skipcheck() lists all the
files that are skipped due to your
Manifind() retruns a hash
reference. The keys of the hash are the files found below the current
MANIFEST file (defaults to
MANIFEST in the current directory) and returns a
HASH reference with files being the keys and comments being the values of the
HASH. Blank lines and lines which start with
# in the
MANIFEST file are discarded.
Manicopy($read,$target,$how) copies the files that are the keys in the
HASH %$read to the named target directory. The
$read is typically returned by the
maniread() function. This
function is useful for producing a directory tree identical to the intended
distribution tree. The third parameter
$how can be used to
specify a different methods of ``copying''. Valid values are
cp, which actually copies the files,
ln which creates hard links, and
best which mostly links the files but copies any symbolic link to make a tree
without any symbolic link. Best is the default.
MANIFEST.SKIP may contain regular expressions of files that should be ignored by
filecheck(). The regular expressions should appear one on each line. Blank lines and lines which start with
# are skipped. Use
\# if you need a regular expression to start with a sharp character.
A typical example:
&manicopy are exportable.
$ExtUtils::Manifest::MANIFEST defaults to
MANIFEST. Changing it results in both a different
MANIFEST and a different
MANIFEST.SKIP file. This is useful if you want to maintain different distributions for different audiences (say a user version and a developer version including
$ExtUtils::Manifest::Quiet defaults to 0. If set to a true value, all functions act silently.
All diagnostic output is sent to
- Not in MANIFEST: file
is reported if a file is found, that is missing in the
file which is excluded by a regular expression in the file
- No such file: file
is reported if a file mentioned in a
MANIFEST file does not exist.
- MANIFEST: $!
is reported if
MANIFEST could not be opened.
- Added to MANIFEST: file
is reported by
$Verbose is set and a file is added to
$Verbose is set to 1 by default.
MakeMaker which has handy targets for most of the functionality.
Andreas Koenig <firstname.lastname@example.org.TU-Berlin.DE>