File::DosGlob(3)       Perl Programmers Reference Guide       File::DosGlob(3)

       File::DosGlob - DOS like globbing and then some

           require 5.004;

           # override CORE::glob in current package
           use File::DosGlob 'glob';

           # override CORE::glob in ALL packages (use with extreme caution!)
           use File::DosGlob 'GLOBAL_glob';

           @perlfiles = glob  "..\\pe?l/*.p?";
           print <..\\pe?l/*.p?>;

           # from the command line (overrides only in main::)
           > perl -MFile::DosGlob=glob -e "print <../pe*/*p?>"

       A module that implements DOS-like globbing with a few enhancements.  It
       is largely compatible with perlglob.exe (the M$ setargv.obj version) in
       all but one respect--it understands wildcards in directory components.

       For example, "<..\\l*b\\file/*glob.p?"> will work as expected (in that
       it will find something like '..\lib\File/' alright).  Note
       that all path components are case-insensitive, and that backslashes and
       forward slashes are both accepted, and preserved.  You may have to dou-
       ble the backslashes if you are putting them in literally, due to dou-
       ble-quotish parsing of the pattern by perl.

       Spaces in the argument delimit distinct patterns, so "glob('*.exe
       *.dll')" globs all filenames that end in ".exe" or ".dll".  If you want
       to put in literal spaces in the glob pattern, you can escape them with
       either double quotes, or backslashes.  e.g. "glob('c:/"Program
       Files"/*/*.dll')", or "glob('c:/Program\ Files/*/*.dll')".  The argu-
       ment is tokenized using "Text::ParseWords::parse_line()", so see
       Text::ParseWords for details of the quoting rules used.

       Extending it to csh patterns is left as an exercise to the reader.

       o   Mac OS (Classic) users should note a few differences. The specifi-
           cation of pathnames in glob patterns adheres to the usual Mac OS
           conventions: The path separator is a colon ':', not a slash '/' or
           backslash '\'. A full path always begins with a volume name. A rel-
           ative pathname on Mac OS must always begin with a ':', except when
           specifying a file or directory name in the current working direc-
           tory, where the leading colon is optional. If specifying a volume
           name only, a trailing ':' is required. Due to these rules, a glob
           like <*:> will find all mounted volumes, while a glob like <*> or
           <:*> will find all files and directories in the current directory.

           Note that updirs in the glob pattern are resolved before the match-
           ing begins, i.e. a pattern like "*HD:t?p::a*" will be matched as
           "*HD:a*". Note also, that a single trailing ':' in the pattern is
           ignored (unless it's a volume name pattern like "*HD:"), i.e. a
           glob like <:*:> will find both directories and files (and not, as
           one might expect, only directories).

           The metachars '*', '?' and the escape char '\' are valid characters
           in volume, directory and file names on Mac OS. Hence, if you want
           to match a '*', '?' or '\' literally, you have to escape these
           characters. Due to perl's quoting rules, things may get a bit com-
           plicated, when you want to match a string like '\*' literally, or
           when you want to match '\' literally, but treat the immediately
           following character '*' as metachar. So, here's a rule of thumb
           (applies to both single- and double-quoted strings): escape each
           '*' or '?' or '\' with a backslash, if you want to treat them lit-
           erally, and then double each backslash and your are done. E.g.

           - Match '\*' literally

              escape both '\' and '*'  : '\\\*'
              double the backslashes   : '\\\\\\*'

           (Internally, the glob routine sees a '\\\*', which means that both
           '\' and '*' are escaped.)

           - Match '\' literally, treat '*' as metachar

              escape '\' but not '*'   : '\\*'
              double the backslashes   : '\\\\*'

           (Internally, the glob routine sees a '\\*', which means that '\' is
           escaped and '*' is not.)

           Note that you also have to quote literal spaces in the glob pat-
           tern, as described above.

EXPORTS (by request only)

       Should probably be built into the core, and needs to stop pandering to
       DOS habits.  Needs a dose of optimizium too.

       Gurusamy Sarathy <>

       o   Support for globally overriding glob() (GSAR 3-JUN-98)

       o   Scalar context, independent iterator context fixes (GSAR 15-SEP-97)

       o   A few dir-vs-file optimizations result in glob importation being 10
           times faster than using perlglob.exe, and using perlglob.bat is
           only twice as slow as perlglob.exe (GSAR 28-MAY-97)

       o   Several cleanups prompted by lack of compatible perlglob.exe under
           Borland (GSAR 27-MAY-97)

       o   Initial version (GSAR 20-FEB-97)




perl v5.8.6                       2001-09-21                  File::DosGlob(3)