File::Util has undergone some major changes in v4.x, some of which have been discussed here since late December. I've preserved complete backward compatibility while performing the overhaul.
The 4.x series is a both a response to community complaints/requests, and a big push to bring it into step with "modern" best practices and interface styles.
I'm looking for people to kindly let me know what they think...good/bad/otherwise. Why? I'd like to get as much community feedback as possible in the way of "social review" of the new interface before publishing this distribution of major changes, features, bug fixes. I value what you have to say.
The git repository is here: https://github.com/tommybutler/file-util
A packaged dist is available here: http://www.atrixnet.com/File-Util-4.130300.tar.gz
Other than a slew of bug fixes and feature additions, a quick look at some key differences in the interface is succinctly presented here. See also the NEWS file in the dist.
Things left before actual 4.x release would be to correct any grammar/spelling issues in the docs that I haven't already caught, to add more to the cookbook (and revisit recipes in the cookbook that are old and could be improved), and to add even more to the test suite (which currently runs over 500 tests in developer release test mode). See also the TODO file in the dist.
My gratitude goes out to those who provide feedback, even if all you do is read over the Manual on github and point out anything you find good/bad/otherwise. For those who try out the dist itself (maybe with perlbrew?) and play with File::Util a bit, I thank you in the most emphatic terms possible. It's so important to me to put forth the best code I can for the community, for those who use the module commercially, for the CPAN, and for Perl.
My thanks already goes out to MST and RJBS who have provided valuable help via IRC and CPAN RT. Also to SirSpammenot and Nick Perez who helped via email and Google+, and to anyone who ever filed a bug report or smoked File::Util.