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Re: Newbie Question -- Changing File Path?

by mikfire (Deacon)
on Jun 25, 2001 at 19:59 UTC ( #91322=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Newbie Question -- Changing File Path?

What about something simple? Simply tell the user that if the first command line arguement is a directory, all the listed files will be assumed to be in that directory.

You could do something like this:

my @arr; if ( -d $ARGV[0] ) { my $dir = shift @ARGV; @arr = map { "$dir/$_" } @ARGV; } else { @arr = @ARGV; }
I would also warn you against using unlink the way you are. Very, very, very bad things can happen if you unlink a directory that has files in it. I would prefer to loop through the array and do them one-by-one:
for ( @arr ) { if ( -d $_ ) { print "nice try - I cannot unlink directories\n"; next; } unlink $_; }

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(ichimunki) Re: Newbie Question -- Changing File Path?
by ichimunki (Priest) on Jun 25, 2001 at 20:12 UTC
    What kind of bad things happen if I delete a directory with files in it? I'd normally just test it, but now I'm afraid. And if it's a potentially serious issue, why does Perl let you do it? Even the shell command doesn't let you delete a non-empty directory...
      Hmmm, I decided to read the docs just to make sure I knew what I was talking about. And unlink will not touch a directory unless you are root and running with the -U flag. So, it would appear that you can ignore my warning and I really didn't know what I was talking about :)


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