|make_path( $dir1, $dir2, .... )|
|make_path( $dir1, $dir2, ...., \%opts )||
The make_path function creates the given directories if they dont
exists before, much like the Unix command mkdir -p.
The function accepts a list of directories to be created. Its behaviour may be tuned by an optional hashref appearing as the last parameter on the call.
The function returns the list of directories actually created during the call; in scalar context the number of directories created.
The following keys are recognised in the option hash:
|mkpath( $dir )|
|mkpath( $dir, $verbose, $mode )|
|mkpath( [$dir1, $dir2,...], $verbose, $mode )|
|mkpath( $dir1, $dir2,..., \%opt )||The mkpath() function provide the legacy interface of make_path() with a different interpretation of the arguments passed. The behaviour and return value of the function is otherwise identical to make_path().|
|remove_tree( $dir1, $dir2, .... )|
|remove_tree( $dir1, $dir2, ...., \%opts )||
The remove_tree function deletes the given directories and any
files and subdirectories they might contain, much like the Unix
command rm -r or the Windows commands rmdir /s and rd /s. The
only exception to the function similarity is remove_tree accepts
only directories whereas rm -r also accepts files.
The function accepts a list of directories to be removed. Its behaviour may be tuned by an optional hashref appearing as the last parameter on the call. If an empty string is passed to remove_tree, an error will occur.
The functions returns the number of files successfully deleted.
The following keys are recognised in the option hash:
|rmtree( $dir )|
|rmtree( $dir, $verbose, $safe )|
|rmtree( [$dir1, $dir2,...], $verbose, $safe )|
|rmtree( $dir1, $dir2,..., \%opt )||The rmtree() function provide the legacy interface of remove_tree() with a different interpretation of the arguments passed. The behaviour and return value of the function is otherwise identical to remove_tree().|
If make_path or remove_tree encounter an error, a diagnostic message will be printed to STDERR via carp (for non-fatal errors), or via croak (for fatal errors).
<B>NOTE:B> The following error handling mechanism is consistent throughout all code paths EXCEPT in cases where the ROOT node is nonexistent. In version 2.11 the maintainers attempted to rectify this inconsistency but too many downstream modules encountered problems. In such case, if you require root node evaluation or error checking prior to calling make_path or remove_tree, you should take additional precautions.
If this behaviour is not desirable, the error attribute may be used to hold a reference to a variable, which will be used to store the diagnostics. The variable is made a reference to an array of hash references. Each hash contain a single key/value pair where the key is the name of the file, and the value is the error message (including the contents of $! when appropriate). If a general error is encountered the diagnostic key will be empty.
An example usage looks like:
File::Path blindly exports mkpath and rmtree into the current namespace. These days, this is considered bad style, but to change it now would break too much code. Nonetheless, you are invited to specify what it is you are expecting to use:
use File::Path rmtree;
use File::Path remove_tree;
Note that a side-effect of the above is that mkpath and rmtree are no longer exported at all. This is due to the way the Exporter module works. If you are migrating a codebase to use the new interface, you will have to list everything explicitly. But thats just good practice anyway.
use File::Path qw(remove_tree rmtree);
The API was changed in the 2.0 branch. For a time, mkpath and rmtree tried, unsuccessfully, to deal with the two different calling mechanisms. This approach was considered a failure.
The new semantics are now only available with make_path and remove_tree. The old semantics are only available through mkpath and rmtree. Users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to at least 2.08 in order to avoid surprises.
There were race conditions 1.x implementations of File::Paths rmtree function (although sometimes patched depending on the OS distribution or platform). The 2.0 version contains code to avoid the problem mentioned in CVE-2002-0435.
See the following pages for more information:
Additionally, unless the safe parameter is set (or the third parameter in the traditional interface is TRUE), should a remove_tree be interrupted, files that were originally in read-only mode may now have their permissions set to a read-write (or delete OK) mode.
FATAL errors will cause the program to halt (croak), since the problem is so severe that it would be dangerous to continue. (This can always be trapped with eval, but its not a good idea. Under the circumstances, dying is the best thing to do).
All other errors may be trapped using the modern interface, otherwise they will be carped about. Program execution will not be halted.
mkdir [path]: [errmsg] (SEVERE) make_path was unable to create the path. Probably some sort of permissions error at the point of departure, or insufficient resources (such as free inodes on Unix). No root path(s) specified make_path was not given any paths to create. This message is only emitted if the routine is called with the traditional interface. The modern interface will remain silent if given nothing to do. No such file or directory On Windows, if make_path gives you this warning, it may mean that you have exceeded your filesystems maximum path length. cannot fetch initial working directory: [errmsg] remove_tree attempted to determine the initial directory by calling Cwd::getcwd, but the call failed for some reason. No attempt will be made to delete anything. cannot stat initial working directory: [errmsg] remove_tree attempted to stat the initial directory (after having successfully obtained its name via getcwd), however, the call failed for some reason. No attempt will be made to delete anything. cannot chdir to [dir]: [errmsg] remove_tree attempted to set the working directory in order to begin deleting the objects therein, but was unsuccessful. This is usually a permissions issue. The routine will continue to delete other things, but this directory will be left intact. directory [dir] changed before chdir, expected dev=[n] ino=[n], actual dev=[n] ino=[n], aborting. (FATAL) remove_tree recorded the device and inode of a directory, and then moved into it. It then performed a stat on the current directory and detected that the device and inode were no longer the same. As this is at the heart of the race condition problem, the program will die at this point. cannot make directory [dir] read+writeable: [errmsg] remove_tree attempted to change the permissions on the current directory to ensure that subsequent unlinkings would not run into problems, but was unable to do so. The permissions remain as they were, and the program will carry on, doing the best it can. cannot read [dir]: [errmsg] remove_tree tried to read the contents of the directory in order to acquire the names of the directory entries to be unlinked, but was unsuccessful. This is usually a permissions issue. The program will continue, but the files in this directory will remain after the call. cannot reset chmod [dir]: [errmsg] remove_tree, after having deleted everything in a directory, attempted to restore its permissions to the original state but failed. The directory may wind up being left behind. cannot remove [dir] when cwd is [dir] The current working directory of the program is /some/path/to/here and you are attempting to remove an ancestor, such as /some/path. The directory tree is left untouched.
The solution is to chdir out of the child directory to a place outside the directory tree to be removed.
cannot chdir to [parent-dir] from [child-dir]: [errmsg], aborting. (FATAL) remove_tree, after having deleted everything and restored the permissions of a directory, was unable to chdir back to the parent. The program halts to avoid a race condition from occurring. cannot stat prior working directory [dir]: [errmsg], aborting. (FATAL) remove_tree was unable to stat the parent directory after have returned from the child. Since there is no way of knowing if we returned to where we think we should be (by comparing device and inode) the only way out is to croak. previous directory [parent-dir] changed before entering [child-dir], expected dev=[n] ino=[n], actual dev=[n] ino=[n], aborting. (FATAL) When remove_tree returned from deleting files in a child directory, a check revealed that the parent directory it returned to wasnt the one it started out from. This is considered a sign of malicious activity. cannot make directory [dir] writeable: [errmsg] Just before removing a directory (after having successfully removed everything it contained), remove_tree attempted to set the permissions on the directory to ensure it could be removed and failed. Program execution continues, but the directory may possibly not be deleted. cannot remove directory [dir]: [errmsg] remove_tree attempted to remove a directory, but failed. This may because some objects that were unable to be removed remain in the directory, or a permissions issue. The directory will be left behind. cannot restore permissions of [dir] to [0nnn]: [errmsg] After having failed to remove a directory, remove_tree was unable to restore its permissions from a permissive state back to a possibly more restrictive setting. (Permissions given in octal). cannot make file [file] writeable: [errmsg] remove_tree attempted to force the permissions of a file to ensure it could be deleted, but failed to do so. It will, however, still attempt to unlink the file. cannot unlink file [file]: [errmsg] remove_tree failed to remove a file. Probably a permissions issue. cannot restore permissions of [file] to [0nnn]: [errmsg] After having failed to remove a file, remove_tree was also unable to restore the permissions on the file to a possibly less permissive setting. (Permissions given in octal). unable to map [owner] to a uid, ownership not changed make_path was instructed to give the ownership of created directories to the symbolic name [owner], but getpwnam did not return the corresponding numeric uid. The directory will be created, but ownership will not be changed. unable to map [group] to a gid, group ownership not changed make_path was instructed to give the group ownership of created directories to the symbolic name [group], but getgrnam did not return the corresponding numeric gid. The directory will be created, but group ownership will not be changed.
Allows files and directories to be moved to the Trashcan/Recycle Bin (where they may later be restored if necessary) if the operating system supports such functionality. This feature may one day be made available directly in File::Path.
When removing directory trees, if you want to examine each file to decide whether to delete it (and possibly leaving large swathes alone), File::Find::Rule offers a convenient and flexible approach to examining directory trees.
The following describes File::Path limitations and how to report bugs.
File::Path <B>rmtreeB> and <B>remove_treeB> will not work with multithreaded applications due to its use of <B>chdirB>. At this time, no warning or error results and you will certainly encounter unexpected results.
The implementation that surfaces this limitation may change in a future release.
File::Path is not responsible for triggering the automounts, mirror mounts, and the contents of network mounted filesystems. If your NFS implementation requires an action to be performed on the filesystem in order for File::Path to perform operations, it is strongly suggested you assure filesystem availability by reading the root of the mounted filesystem.
Please report all bugs on the RT queue, either via the web interface:
or by email:
You can also send pull requests to the Github repository:
Paul Szabo identified the race condition originally, and Brendan ODea wrote an implementation for Debian that addressed the problem. That code was used as a basis for the current code. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.
Gisle Aas made a number of improvements to the documentation for 2.07 and his advice and assistance is also greatly appreciated.
Prior authors and maintainers: Tim Bunce, Charles Bailey, and David Landgren <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Contributors to File::Path, in alphabetical order.
<email@example.com> Craig A. Berry <firstname.lastname@example.org> Richard Elberger <email@example.com> Ryan Yee <firstname.lastname@example.org> Skye Shaw <email@example.com> Tom Lutz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This module is copyright (C) Charles Bailey, Tim Bunce, David Landgren, James Keenan, and Richard Elberger 1995-2015. All rights reserved.
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
|perl v5.20.3||FILE::PATH (3)||2015-10-07|