in reply to Re: What is the /auto/ directory used for?
in thread What is the /auto/ directory used for?

I should note also that the auto directory is specifically only for read-only files that are created at install-time, and not for any other sort of file. Once installed, nothing in auto will ever change.

Although it was created originally for autosplit et al, the creation of File::ShareDir and related things has grown off this original purpose, as a place to put things that aren't libs, that are auto-generated or provided at install time.

You may like to think of it as sort of like a Perl-specific platform-neutral version of /var/share on Unix.