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

       File::stat - by-name interface to Perl's built-in stat() functions

        use File::stat;
        $st = stat($file) or die "No $file: $!";
        if ( ($st->mode & 0111) && $st->nlink > 1) ) {
            print "$file is executable with lotsa links\n";

        use File::stat qw(:FIELDS);
        stat($file) or die "No $file: $!";
        if ( ($st_mode & 0111) && $st_nlink > 1) ) {
            print "$file is executable with lotsa links\n";

       This module's default exports override the core stat() and lstat() functions, replacing them with versions that
       return "File::stat" objects.  This object has methods that return the similarly named structure field name from
       the stat(2) function; namely, dev, ino, mode, nlink, uid, gid, rdev, size, atime, mtime, ctime, blksize, and

       You may also import all the structure fields directly into your namespace as regular variables using the
       :FIELDS import tag.  (Note that this still overrides your stat() and lstat() functions.)  Access these fields
       as variables named with a preceding "st_" in front their method names.  Thus, "$stat_obj->dev()" corresponds to
       $st_dev if you import the fields.

       To access this functionality without the core overrides, pass the "use" an empty import list, and then access
       function functions with their full qualified names.  On the other hand, the built-ins are still available via
       the "CORE::" pseudo-package.

       As of Perl 5.8.0 after using this module you cannot use the implicit $_ or the special filehandle "_" with
       stat() or lstat(), trying to do so leads into strange errors.  The workaround is for $_ to be explicit

           my $stat_obj = stat $_;

       and for "_" to explicitly populate the object using the unexported and undocumented populate() function with

           my $stat_obj = File::stat::populate(CORE::stat(_));

       While this class is currently implemented using the Class::Struct module to build a struct-like class, you
       shouldn't rely upon this.

       Tom Christiansen

perl v5.8.8                       2001-09-21                     File::stat(3)