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parse file name
my ($volume, $directories, $file) = File::Spec->splitpath( $path );
my ($extension) = $file =~ /\.([^\.]+)$/;
So if you want to DWIM, you'd have to keep a list of known file extensions that contain a dot, and special case them.
Or you could consider it to be a recursive definition, so that .gz is the extension of the perl-5.10.1.tar, and .tar is the extension of perl-5.10.1.
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