MirOS Manual: Cwd(3p)

Cwd(3p)         Perl Programmers Reference Guide          Cwd(3p)


     Cwd - get pathname of current working directory


         use Cwd;
         my $dir = getcwd;

         use Cwd 'abs_path';
         my $abs_path = abs_path($file);


     This module provides functions for determining the pathname
     of the current working directory.  It is recommended that
     getcwd (or another *cwd() function) be used in all code to
     ensure portability.

     By default, it exports the functions cwd(), getcwd(),
     fastcwd(), and fastgetcwd() (and, on Win32, getdcwd()) into
     the caller's namespace.

     getcwd and friends

     Each of these functions are called without arguments and
     return the absolute path of the current working directory.

             my $cwd = getcwd();

         Returns the current working directory.

         Re-implements the getcwd(3) (or getwd(3)) functions in

             my $cwd = cwd();

         The cwd() is the most natural form for the current
         architecture. For most systems it is identical to `pwd`
         (but without the trailing line terminator).

             my $cwd = fastcwd();

         A more dangerous version of getcwd(), but potentially

         It might conceivably chdir() you out of a directory that
         it can't chdir() you back into.  If fastcwd encounters a
         problem it will return undef but will probably leave you
         in a different directory.  For a measure of extra secu-
         rity, if everything appears to have worked, the
         fastcwd() function will check that it leaves you in the

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         same directory that it started in. If it has changed it
         will "die" with the message "Unstable directory path,
         current directory changed unexpectedly". That should
         never happen.

           my $cwd = fastgetcwd();

         The fastgetcwd() function is provided as a synonym for

             my $cwd = getdcwd();
             my $cwd = getdcwd('C:');

         The getdcwd() function is also provided on Win32 to get
         the current working directory on the specified drive,
         since Windows maintains a separate current working
         directory for each drive.  If no drive is specified then
         the current drive is assumed.

         This function simply calls the Microsoft C library
         _getdcwd() function.

     abs_path and friends

     These functions are exported only on request.  They each
     take a single argument and return the absolute pathname for
     it.  If no argument is given they'll use the current working

           my $abs_path = abs_path($file);

         Uses the same algorithm as getcwd().  Symbolic links and
         relative-path components ("." and "..") are resolved to
         return the canonical pathname, just like realpath(3).

           my $abs_path = realpath($file);

         A synonym for abs_path().

           my $abs_path = fast_abs_path($file);

         A more dangerous, but potentially faster version of

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     If you ask to override your chdir() built-in function,

       use Cwd qw(chdir);

     then your PWD environment variable will be kept up to date.
     Note that it will only be kept up to date if all packages
     which use chdir import it from Cwd.


     +   Since the path seperators are different on some operat-
         ing systems ('/' on Unix, ':' on MacPerl, etc...) we
         recommend you use the File::Spec modules wherever porta-
         bility is a concern.

     +   Actually, on Mac OS, the "getcwd()", "fastgetcwd()" and
         "fastcwd()" functions  are all aliases for the "cwd()"
         function, which, on Mac OS, calls `pwd`. Likewise, the
         "abs_path()" function is an alias for "fast_abs_path()".


     Originally by the perl5-porters.

     Maintained by Ken Williams <KWILLIAMS@cpan.org>


     Copyright (c) 2004 by the Perl 5 Porters.  All rights

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

     Portions of the C code in this library are copyright (c)
     1994 by the Regents of the University of California.  All
     rights reserved.  The license on this code is compatible
     with the licensing of the rest of the distribution - please
     see the source code in Cwd.xs for the details.



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