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Re: FindBin is broken

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on May 28, 2002 at 18:46 UTC ( #169875=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to FindBin is broken (RE: How do I get the full path to the script executing?)
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This reply is very late, but I think needs adding. rel2abs($0) will probably break if you are running setuid on a modern Unix. To avoid a race condition, these kernels do not pass the filename of a setuid script to its interpreter but rather a "virtual" filename (somewhere in /proc on Linux if I'm not mistaken) which is rigidly associated to the file the kernel opened. The filename Perl sees in that case and consequently the $0 value would bear no relation to the actual location of the script. (Of course, FindBin will not work any better in that case.)

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