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MSDOS::Attrib
Get or set MS-DOS file attributes

MSDOS::Attrib - Get or set MS-DOS file attributes


NAME

MSDOS::Attrib - Get or set MS-DOS file attributes


SYNOPSIS


  use MSDOS::Attrib qw(get_attribs set_attribs);

  $attribs = get_attribs($path);

  set_attribs($attribs, $path1, $path2, ...);


DESCRIPTION

MSDOS::Attrib provides access to MS-DOS file attributes. While the read-only attribute can be handled by chmod and stat, the hidden, system, and archive attributes cannot.

$attribs = get_attribs($path)
Returns the attributes of $path, or the empty string if $path does not exist. Attributes are returned as a five-character string in this format: ``RHSAD''. Each letter is replaced by an underscore (_) if the file does not have the corresponding attribute. (This is the same format as a 4DOS directory listing.) The attributes are:

  R  The file is read-only (not writable)

  H  The file is hidden (does not appear in directory listings)

  S  The file is a system file (does not appear in directory listings)

  A  The file needs to be archived (it has changed since last backup)

  D  The file is a directory

$count = set_attribs($attribs, $path1, [$path2, ...])
Sets the attributes of $path1, $path2, etc. You can either specify the complete set of attributes, or add and subtract attributes by using + and -. The case and order of the attributes is not important. For example, '-s+ra' will remove the system attribute and add the read-only and archive attributes. You should not use whitespace between attributes, although underscores are OK. See get_attribs for an explanation of the attribute values. You cannot change the directory attribute; if you specify it, it is ignored. Returns the number of files successfully changed.


LICENSE

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License for more details.


AUTHOR

Christopher J. Madsen <perl@cjmweb.net>


SEE ALSO

The the OS2::ExtAttr manpage module provides access to extended attributes under OS/2.

The the Win32::FileSecurity manpage module provides access to Discretionary Access Control Lists under Windows NT.

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