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Re: Re: Using Temporary Files in Perl

by rob_au (Abbot)
on Dec 01, 2001 at 21:48 UTC ( #128891=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Using Temporary Files in Perl
in thread Using Temporary Files in Perl

Hrmmm, while your approach has merit, it doesn't really address the dogma that surrounds the more general issue of usage of temporary files in Perl - The movement of application temporary file generation into (presumably) owner-only writable directories makes a number of assumptions about the application platform:

  • The platform supports multiple users and path expansion of the tilde into home user directories,

  • The platform honours sticky-directory permissions so that the created temporary file remains accessible with permissions of the users home directory

Additionally, the use of function library calls for common tasks such as temporary file creation and utilisation offer greater cross-platform portability for applications with the differences in platform structure implemented within the library rather than the application code.

 

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Re: Re: Re: Using Temporary Files in Perl
by ask (Pilgrim) on Dec 02, 2001 at 10:21 UTC
    While you are right about the cross platform considerations, I don't understand this:

    The platform honours sticky-directory permissions so that the created temporary file remains accessible with permissions of the users home directory

    ?! Accessible to who? In general you really only want the user creating the file to have access to the temporary file. That's one of the problems with /tmp in the first place.

     - ask

    -- 
    ask bjoern hansen, http://ask.netcetera.dk/   !try; do();
    

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