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File::Remove(3pm)     User Contributed Perl Documentation    File::Remove(3pm)

       File::Remove - Remove files and directories

           use File::Remove 'remove';

           # removes (without recursion) several files
           remove( '*.c', '*.pl' );

           # removes (with recursion) several directories
           remove( \1, qw{directory1 directory2} );

           # removes (with recursion) several files and directories
           remove( \1, qw{file1 file2 directory1 *~} );

           # trashes (with support for undeleting later) several files
           trash( '*~' );

       File::Remove::remove removes files and directories.  It acts like
       /bin/rm, for the most part.  Although "unlink" can be given a list of
       files, it will not remove directories; this module remedies that.  It
       also accepts wildcards, * and ?, as arguments for filenames.

       File::Remove::trash accepts the same arguments as remove, with the
       addition of an optional, infrequently used "other platforms" hashref.


       Removes files and directories.  Directories are removed recursively
       like in rm -rf if the first argument is a reference to a scalar that
       evaluates to true.  If the first arguemnt is a reference to a scalar
       then it is used as the value of the recursive flag.  By default it's
       false so only pass \1 to it.

       In list context it returns a list of files/directories removed, in
       scalar context it returns the number of files/directories removed.  The
       list/number should match what was passed in if everything went well.


       Just calls remove.  It's there for people who get tired of typing


       The "clear" function is a version of "remove" designed for use in test
       scripts. It takes a list of paths that it will both initially delete
       during the current test run, and then further flag for deletion at END-
       time as a convenience for the next test run.


       Removes files and directories, with support for undeleting later.
       Accepts an optional "other platforms" hashref, passing the remaining
       arguments to remove.

           Requires Win32::FileOp.

           Installation not actually enforced on Win32 yet, since
           Win32::FileOp has badly failing dependencies at time of writing.

       OS X
           Requires Mac::Glue.

       Other platforms
           The first argument to trash() must be a hashref with two keys,
           'rmdir' and 'unlink', each referencing a coderef.  The coderefs
           will be called with the filenames that are to be deleted.

       Bugs should always be submitted via the CPAN bug tracker


       For other issues, contact the maintainer.

       Adam Kennedy <adamkATcpan.org>

       Some parts copyright 2006 - 2008 Adam Kennedy.

       Taken over by Adam Kennedy <adamkATcpan.org>, to fix the "deep readonly
       files" bug, and do some more cleaning up.

       Some parts copyright 2004 - 2005 Richard Soderberg.

       Taken over by Richard Soderberg <perlATcrystalflame.net>, so as to port
       it to File::Spec and add tests.

       Original copyright: 1998 by Gabor Egressy, <gaborATvmunix.com>.

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

perl v5.10.0                      2008-07-10                 File::Remove(3pm)