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Programming Perl, 3rd Edition by Jon Orwant, Tom Christiansen, Larry Wall

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File::Glob

use File::Glob ':glob';      # Override glob built-in.
@list = <*.[Cchy]>;          # Now uses POSIX glob, not csh glob.

use File::Glob qw(:glob csh_glob);
@sources = bsd_glob("*.{C,c,h,y,pm,xs}", GLOB_CSH);
@sources = csh_glob("*.{C,c,h,y,pm,xs}");  # (same thing)

use File::Glob ':glob';
# call glob with extra arguments
$homedir = bsd_glob('~jrhacker', GLOB_TILDE | GLOB_ERR);
if (GLOB_ERROR) {
    # An error occurred expanding the home directory.
}

The File::Glob module's bsd_glob function implements the glob (3) routine from the C library. An optional second argument contains flags governing additional matching properties. The :glob import tag imports both the function and the necessary flags.

The module also implements a csh_glob function. This is what the built-in Perl glob and GLOBPAT fileglobbing operators really call. Calling csh_glob is (mostly) like calling bsd_glob this way:

bsd_glob(@_ ? $_[0] : $_,
    GLOB_BRACE | GLOB_NOMAGIC | GLOB_QUOTE | GLOB_TILDE);

If you import the :glob tag, then all calls to the built-in fileglobbing operators in the current package will really call the module's bsd_glob function instead of its csh_glob function. One reason you might want to do this is that, although bsd_glob handles patterns with whitespace in them correctly, csh_glob handles them, um, in the historical fashion. Old scripts would write <*.c *.h> to glob both of those. Neither function is bothered by whitespace in the actual filenames, however.

The bsd_glob function takes an argument containing ...

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