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Re: Re: Favourite modules April 2003

by barbie (Deacon)
on Jun 03, 2003 at 12:30 UTC ( #262634=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Favourite modules April 2003
in thread Favourite modules April 2003

File::Spec -- portability, damn I like it

Except when it makes your life hell due to incompatability with other modules, as you have to regex everything into Unix style to get modules like File::Basename to work with it. Or try using with a file upload from an OS that isn't the same as the server. As a consequence I now avoid it like the plague.

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Re: Re: Re: Favourite modules April 2003
by zby (Vicar) on Jun 03, 2003 at 12:45 UTC
    Could you add some more information about the incompatabillity prolem? I thought File::Spec was the way to go and I use it in one of my projects.
Re^3: Favourite modules April 2003
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Aug 18, 2004 at 09:52 UTC
    The trouble you seem to be having is because you haven't read the fileparse_set_fstype portion of the File::Basename docs. Anyway, I know its been a year since you wrote this, but I finally wrote fileparse (just for completeness) and thought I'd share.
    sub File::Spec::dirname { my $self = shift; return $self->catpath( ( $self->splitpath(shift) )[ 0, 1 ] ); } sub File::Spec::basename { my $self = shift; my $name = shift; return ($self->fileparse($name, map("\Q$_\E",@_)))[0]; } sub File::Spec::fileparse { my $self = shift; my( $suffix, $path, $name ) = $self->splitpath(shift); $path = $self->catpath( $suffix, $path, '' ); for my $s(@_){ $self =~ s/($s)$//i and last; } $suffix = $1 ? $1 : undef; wantarray ? ( $name, $path, $suffix ) : $name; }
    Check out file.spec.basename.txt to test the above with the File::Basename test suite.

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Re^3: Favourite modules April 2003
by kwilliams (Sexton) on Feb 09, 2005 at 20:59 UTC
    Maybe you'd like Path::Class better. I sure do, and I hope it isn't just because I wrote it. -Ken
      This only hides File::Spec underneath the covers. I expect I'd still encounter the same problems as I did before, as it will still stringify to the OS you're on. As I use Windows mostly, it doesn't integrate with Find::Find and others without some meddling.

      I have most problems with code written by others who aren't aware of the problems. Whether they use File::Spec or Path::Class, I don't see any difference between the return values being Windows style and then breaking when used directly in Find::Find or File::Basename. For them to work correctly you'll need to have:

      all over the place, which kind of defeats the object of using Path::Class in the first place :(

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