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       IO::All - IO::All to Larry Wall!


       First, some safe examples:

           use IO::All;

           # Some of the many ways to read a whole file into a scalar
           $contents = io->file('file.txt')->slurp;    # Read an entire file
           @files    = io->dir('lib')->all;            # Get a list of files
           $tail     = io->pipe('-| tail app.log');    # Open a pipe to a command
           $line     = $tail->getline;                 # Read from the pipe

       That said, there are a lot more things that are very convenient and
       will help you write code very quickly, though they should be used

           use IO::All;                                # Let the madness begin...

           # Some of the many ways to read a whole file into a scalar
           io('file.txt') > $contents;                 # Overloaded "arrow"
           $contents < io 'file.txt';                  # Flipped but same operation
           $io = io 'file.txt';                        # Create a new IO::All object
           $contents = $$io;                           # Overloaded scalar dereference
           $contents = $io->all;                       # A method to read everything
           $contents = $io->slurp;                     # Another method for that
           $contents = join '', $io->getlines;         # Join the separate lines
           $contents = join '', map "$_
", @$io;      # Same. Overloaded array deref
           $io->tie;                                   # Tie the object as a handle
           $contents = join '', <$io>;                 # And use it in builtins
           # and the list goes on ...

           # Other file operations:
           @lines = io('file.txt')->slurp;             # List context slurp
           $content > io('file.txt');                  # Print to a file
           io('file.txt')->print($content, $more);     # (ditto)
           $content >> io('file.txt');                 # Append to a file
           io('file.txt')->append($content);           # (ditto)
           $content << $io;                            # Append to a string
           io('copy.txt') < io('file.txt');            $ Copy a file
           io('file.txt') > io('copy.txt');            # Invokes File::Copy
           io('more.txt') >> io('all.txt');            # Add on to a file

           # UTF-8 Support
           $contents = io('file.txt')->utf8->all;      # Turn on utf8
           use IO::All -utf8;                          # Turn on utf8 for all io
           $contents = io('file.txt')->all;            #   by default in this package.

           # General Encoding Support
           $contents = io('file.txt')->encoding('big5')->all;
           use IO::All -encoding => 'big5';            # Turn on big5 for all io
           $contents = io('file.txt')->all;            #   by default in this package.

           # Print the path name of a file:
           print $io->name;                            # The direct method
           print "$io";                                # Object stringifies to name
           print $io;                                  # Quotes not needed here
           print $io->filename;                        # The file portion only
           $io->os('win32');                           # change the object to be a
                                                       # win32 path
           print $io->ext;                             # The file extension only
           print $io->mimetype;                        # The mimetype, requires a
                                                       #  working File::MimeType

           # Read all the files/directories in a directory:
           $io = io('my/directory/');                  # Create new directory object
           @contents = $io->all;                       # Get all contents of dir
           @contents = @$io;                           # Directory as an array
           @contents = values %$io;                    # Directory as a hash
           push @contents, $subdir                     # One at a time
             while $subdir = $io->next;

           # Print the name and file type for all the contents above:
           print "$_ is a " . $_->type . "
"          # Each element of @contents
             for @contents;                            # is an IO::All object!!

           # Print first line of each file:
           print $_->getline                           # getline gets one line
             for io('dir')->all_files;                 # Files only

           # Print names of all files/dirs three directories deep:
           print "$_
" for $io->all(3);               # Pass in the depth. Default=1

           # Print names of all files/dirs recursively:
           print "$_
" for $io->all(0);               # Zero means all the way down
           print "$_
" for $io->All;                  # Capitalized shortcut
           print "$_
" for $io->deep->all;            # Another way

           # There are some special file names:
           print io('-');                              # Print STDIN to STDOUT
           io('-') > io('-');                          # Do it again
           io('-') < io('-');                          # Same. Context sensitive.
           "Bad puppy" > io('=');                      # Message to STDERR
           $string_file = io('$');                     # Create string based filehandle
           $temp_file = io('?');                       # Create a temporary file

           # Socket operations:
           $server = io('localhost:5555')->fork;       # Create a daemon socket
           $connection = $server->accept;              # Get a connection socket
           $input < $connection;                       # Get some data from it
           "Thank you!" > $connection;                 # Thank the caller
           $connection->close;                         # Hang up
           io(':6666')->accept->slurp > io->devnull;   # Take a complaint and file it

           # DBM database operations:
           $dbm = io 'my/database';                    # Create a database object
           print $dbm->{grocery_list};                 # Hash context makes it a DBM
           $dbm->{todo} = $new_list;                   # Write to database
           $dbm->dbm('GDBM_file');                     # Demand specific DBM
           io('mydb')->mldbm->{env} = \%ENV;           # MLDBM support

           # Tie::File support:
           $io = io 'file.txt';
           $io->[42] = 'Line Forty Three';             # Change a line
           print $io->[@$io / 2];                      # Print middle line
           @$io = reverse @$io;                        # Reverse lines in a file

           # Stat functions:
           printf "%s %s %s
",                        # Print name, uid and size of
             $_->name, $_->uid, $_->size               # contents of current directory
               for io('.')->all;
           print "$_
" for sort                       # Use mtime method to sort all
             {$b->mtime <=> $a->mtime}                 # files under current directory
               io('.')->All_Files;                     # by recent modification time.

           # File::Spec support:
           $contents < io->catfile(qw(dir file.txt));  # Portable IO operation

           # Miscellaneous:
           @lines = io('file.txt')->chomp->slurp;      # Chomp as you slurp
           @chunks =
             io('file.txt')->separator('xxx')->slurp;  # Use alternnate record sep
           $binary = io('file.bin')->binary->all;      # Read a binary file
           io('a-symlink')->readlink->slurp;           # Readlink returns an object
           print io('foo')->absolute->pathname;        # Print absolute path of foo

           # IO::All External Plugin Methods
           io("myfile") > io->("");     # Upload a file using ftp
           $html < io->http("");         # Grab a web page
           io('')->print($spam); # Email a "friend"

           # This is just the beginning, read on...


       IO::All combines all of the best Perl IO modules into a single nifty
       object oriented interface to greatly simplify your everyday Perl IO
       idioms. It exports a single function called "io", which returns a new
       IO::All object.  And that object can do it all!

       The IO::All object is a proxy for IO::File, IO::Dir, IO::Socket,
       Tie::File, File::Spec, File::Path, File::MimeInfo and
       File::ReadBackwards; as well as all the DBM and MLDBM modules. You can
       use most of the methods found in these classes and in IO::Handle (which
       they inherit from). IO::All adds dozens of other helpful idiomatic
       methods including file stat and manipulation functions.

       IO::All is pluggable, and modules like IO::All::LWP and IO::All::Mailto
       add even more functionality. Optionally, every IO::All object can be
       tied to itself. This means that you can use most perl IO builtins on
       it: readline, <>, getc, print, printf, syswrite, sysread, close.

       The distinguishing magic of IO::All is that it will automatically open
       (and close) files, directories, sockets and other IO things for you.
       You never need to specify the mode ('<', '>>', etc), since it is
       determined by the usage context. That means you can replace this:

           open STUFF, '<', './mystuff'
             or die "Can't open './mystuff' for input:
           local $/;
           my $stuff = <STUFF>;
           close STUFF;

       with this:

           my $stuff < io './mystuff';

       And that is a good thing!


       Normally just say:

           use IO::All;

       and IO::All will export a single function called "io", which constructs
       all IO objects.

   Note on `io`
       The "io" function is a magic constructor. It is easy to use and will
       usually do the right thing, but can also blow up easily.

       It takes a single optional argument and determines what type of IO::All
       subclass object to return. With no arguments it returns an "IO::All"
       object, which has no I/O methods, but has methods to construct subclass
       objects like "IO::All::File".

       In other words, these 2 statements are usually the same:

           $content = io('file.txt')->all;
           $content = io->file('file.txt')->all;

       Use the first form when you are demonstrating your Perl virtues of
       laziness and impatience, and use the second form when your job is on
       the line.


       Here is an alphabetical list of all the public methods that you can
       call on an IO::All object.

       "abs2rel", "absolute", "accept", "All", "all", "All_Dirs", "all_dirs",
       "All_Files", "all_files", "All_Links", "all_links", "append",
       "appendf", "appendln", "assert", "atime", "autoclose", "autoflush",
       "backwards", "bcc", "binary", "binmode", "blksize", "blocks",
       "block_size", "buffer", "canonpath", "case_tolerant", "catdir",
       "catfile", "catpath", "cc", "chdir", "chomp", "clear", "close",
       "confess", "content", "ctime", "curdir", "dbm", "deep", "device",
       "device_id", "devnull", "dir", "domain", "empty", "ext", "encoding",
       "eof", "errors", "file", "filename", "fileno", "filepath", "filter",
       "fork", "from", "ftp", "get", "getc", "getline", "getlines", "gid",
       "glob", "handle", "head", "http", "https", "inode", "io_handle",
       "is_absolute", "is_dir", "is_dbm", "is_executable", "is_file",
       "is_link", "is_mldbm", "is_open", "is_pipe", "is_readable",
       "is_socket", "is_stdio", "is_string", "is_temp", "is_writable", "join",
       "length", "link", "lock", "mailer", "mailto", "mimetype", "mkdir",
       "mkpath", "mldbm", "mode", "modes", "mtime", "name", "new", "next",
       "nlink", "open", "os" "password", "path", "pathname", "perms", "pipe",
       "port", "print", "printf", "println", "put", "rdonly", "rdwr", "read",
       "readdir", "readlink", "recv", "rel2abs", "relative", "rename",
       "request", "response", "rmdir", "rmtree", "rootdir", "scalar", "seek",
       "send", "separator", "shutdown", "size", "slurp", "socket", "sort",
       "splitdir", "splitpath", "stat", "stdio", "stderr", "stdin", "stdout",
       "string", "string_ref", "subject", "sysread", "syswrite", "tail",
       "tell", "temp", "tie", "tmpdir", "to", "touch", "truncate", "type",
       "user", "uid", "unlink", "unlock", "updir", "uri", "utf8", "utime" and

       Each method is documented further below.


       IO::All objects overload a small set of Perl operators to great effect.
       The overloads are limited to <, <<, >, >>, dereferencing operations,
       and stringification.

       Even though relatively few operations are overloaded, there is actually
       a huge matrix of possibilities for magic. That's because the
       overloading is sensitive to the types, position and context of the
       arguments, and an IO::All object can be one of many types.

       The most important overload to become familiar with is stringification.
       IO::All objects stringify to their file or directory name. Here we
       print the contents of the current directory:

           perl -MIO::All -le 'print for io(".")->all'

       is the same as:

           perl -MIO::All -le 'print $_->name for io(".")->all'

       Stringification is important because it allows IO::All operations to
       return objects when they might otherwise return file names. Then the
       recipient can use the result either as an object or a string.

       '>' and '<' move data between objects in the direction pointed to by
       the operator.

           $content1 < io('file1');
           $content1 > io('file2');
           io('file2') > $content3;
           io('file3') < $content3;
           io('file3') > io('file4');
           io('file5') < io('file4');

       '>>' and '<<' do the same thing except the recipient string or file is
       appended to.

       An IO::All file used as an array reference becomes tied using

           $file = io "file";
           # Print last line of file
           print $file->[-1];
           # Insert new line in middle of file
           $file->[$#$file / 2] = 'New line';

       An IO::All file used as a hash reference becomes tied to a DBM class:

           io('mydbm')->{ingy} = 'YAML';

       An IO::All directory used as an array reference, will expose each file
       or subdirectory as an element of the array.

           print "$_
" for @{io 'dir'};

       IO::All directories used as hash references have file names as keys,
       and IO::All objects as values:

           print io('dir')->{'foo.txt'}->slurp;

       Files used as scalar references get slurped:

           print ${io('dir')->{'foo.txt'}};

       Not all combinations of operations and object types are supported. Some
       just haven't been added yet, and some just don't make sense. If you use
       an invalid combination, an error will be thrown.


       This section describes some various things that you can easily cook up
       with IO::All.


       IO::All makes it very easy to lock files. Just use the "lock" method.
       Here's a standalone program that demonstrates locking for both write
       and read:

           use IO::All;
           my $io1 = io('myfile')->lock;
           $io1->println('line 1');

           fork or do {
               my $io2 = io('myfile')->lock;
               print $io2->slurp;

           sleep 1;
           $io1->println('line 2');
           $io1->println('line 3');

       There are a lot of subtle things going on here. An exclusive lock is
       issued for $io1 on the first "println". That's because the file isn't

             opened until the first IO operation.

       When the child process tries to read the file using $io2, there is a
       shared lock put on it. Since $io1 has the exclusive lock, the slurp

       The parent process sleeps just to make sure the child process gets a
       chance.  The parent needs to call "unlock" or "close" to release the
       lock. If all goes well the child will print 3 lines.

   Round Robin
       This simple example will read lines from a file forever. When the last
       line is read, it will reopen the file and read the first one again.

           my $io = io 'file1.txt';
           while (my $line = $io->getline || $io->getline) {
               print $line;

   Reading Backwards
       If you call the "backwards" method on an IO::All object, the "getline"
       and "getlines" will work in reverse. They will read the lines in the
       file from the end to the beginning.

           my @reversed;
           my $io = io('file1.txt');
           while (my $line = $io->getline) {
               push @reversed, $line;

       or more simply:

           my @reversed = io('file1.txt')->backwards->getlines;

       The "backwards" method returns the IO::All object so that you can chain
       the calls.

       NOTE: This operation requires that you have the File::ReadBackwards

   Client/Server Sockets
       IO::All makes it really easy to write a forking socket server and a
       client to talk to it.

       In this example, a server will return 3 lines of text, to every client
       that calls it. Here is the server code:

           use IO::All;

           my $socket = io(':12345')->fork->accept;
           $socket->print($_) while <DATA>;

           On your mark,
           Get set,

       Here is the client code:

           use IO::All;

           my $io = io('localhost:12345');
           print while $_ = $io->getline;

       You can run the server once, and then run the client repeatedly (in
       another terminal window). It should print the 3 data lines each time.

       Note that it is important to close the socket if the server is forking,
       or else the socket won't go out of scope and close.

   A Tiny Web Server
       Here is how you could write a simplistic web server that works with
       static and dynamic pages:

           perl -MIO::All -e 'io(":8080")->fork->accept->(sub { $_[0] < io(-x $1 ? "./$1 |" : $1) if /^GET \/(.*) / })'

       There is are a lot of subtle things going on here. First we accept a
       socket and fork the server. Then we overload the new socket as a code
       ref. This code ref takes one argument, another code ref, which is used
       as a callback.

       The callback is called once for every line read on the socket. The line
       is put into $_ and the socket itself is passed in to the callback.

       Our callback is scanning the line in $_ for an HTTP GET request. If one
       is found it parses the file name into $1. Then we use $1 to create an
       new IO::All file object... with a twist. If the file is executable
       ("-x"), then we create a piped command as our IO::All object. This
       somewhat approximates CGI support.

       Whatever the resulting object is, we direct the contents back at our
       socket which is in $_[0]. Pretty simple, eh?

   DBM Files
       IO::All file objects used as a hash reference, treat the file as a DBM
       tied to a hash. Here I write my DB record to STDERR:

           io("names.db")->{ingy} > io('=');

       Since their are several DBM formats available in Perl, IO::All picks
       the first one of these that is installed on your system:

           DB_File GDBM_File NDBM_File ODBM_File SDBM_File

       You can override which DBM you want for each IO::All object:

           my @keys = keys %{io('mydbm')->dbm('SDBM_File')};

   File Subclassing
       Subclassing is easy with IO::All. Just create a new module and use
       IO::All as the base class, like this:

           package NewModule;
           use IO::All -base;

       You need to do it this way so that IO::All will export the "io"
       function.  Here is a simple recipe for subclassing:

       IO::Dumper inherits everything from IO::All and adds an extra method
       called "dump", which will dump a data structure to the file we specify
       in the "io" function. Since it needs Data::Dumper to do the dumping, we
       override the "open" method to "require Data::Dumper" and then pass
       control to the real "open".

       First the code using the module:

           use IO::Dumper;


       And next the IO::Dumper module itself:

           package IO::Dumper;
           use IO::All -base;
           use Data::Dumper;

           sub dump {
               my $self = shift;
               Dumper(@_) > $self;


   Inline Subclassing
       This recipe does the same thing as the previous one, but without
       needing to write a separate module. The only real difference is the
       first line. Since you don't "use" IO::Dumper, you need to still call
       its "import" method manually.


           package IO::Dumper;
           use IO::All -base;
           use Data::Dumper;

           sub dump {
               my $self = shift;
               Dumper(@_) > $self;


       This section gives a full description of all of the methods that you
       can call on IO::All objects. The methods have been grouped into
       subsections based on object construction, option settings,
       configuration, action methods and support for specific modules.

   Object Construction and Initialization Methods
       new There are three ways to create a new IO::All object. The first is
           with the special function "io" which really just calls
           "IO::All->new". The second is by calling "new" as a class method.
           The third is calling "new" as an object instance method. In this
           final case, the new objects attributes are copied from the instance


           All three forms take a single argument, a file descriptor. A file
           descriptor can be any of the following:

               - A file name
               - A file handle
               - A directory name
               - A directory handle
               - A typeglob reference
               - A piped shell command. eq '| ls -al'
               - A socket domain/port.  eg ''
               - '-' means STDIN or STDOUT (depending on usage)
               - '=' means STDERR
               - '$' means an in memory filehandle object
               - '?' means a temporary file
               - A URI including: http, https, ftp and mailto
               - An IO::All object

           If you provide an IO::All object, you will simply get that same
           object returned from the constructor.

           If no file descriptor is provided, an object will still be created,
           but it must be defined by one of the following methods before it
           can be used for I/O:


           Using the "file" method sets the type of the object to file and
           sets the pathname of the file if provided.

           It might be important to use this method if you had a file whose
           name was '- ', or if the name might otherwise be confused with a
           directory or a socket.  In this case, either of these statements
           would work the same:

               my $file = io('-')->file;
               my $file = io->file('-');


           Make the object be of type directory.


           Make the object be of type socket.


           Make the object be of type link.


           Make the object be of type pipe. The following two statements are

               my $io = io('ls -l |');
               my $io = io('ls -l')->pipe;
               my $io = io->pipe('ls -l');

       dbm This method takes the names of zero or more DBM modules. The first
           one that is available is used to process the dbm file.

               io('mydbm')->dbm('NDBM_File', 'SDBM_File')->{author} = 'ingy';

           If no module names are provided, the first available of the
           following is used:

               DB_File GDBM_File NDBM_File ODBM_File SDBM_File

           Similar to the "dbm" method, except create a Multi Level DBM object
           using the MLDBM module.

           This method takes the names of zero or more DBM modules and an
           optional serialization module. The first DBM module that is
           available is used to process the MLDBM file. The serialization
           module can be Data::Dumper, Storable or FreezeThaw.

               io('mymldbm')->mldbm('GDBM_File', 'Storable')->{author} =
                 {nickname => 'ingy'};

           Make the object be an in memory filehandle. These are equivalent:

               my $io = io('$');
               my $io = io->string;

           Make the object represent a temporary file. It will automatically
           be open for both read and write.

           Make the object represent either STDIN or STDOUT depending on how
           it is used subsequently. These are equivalent:

               my $io = io('-');
               my $io = io->stdin;

           Make the object represent STDIN.

           Make the object represent STDOUT.

           Make the object represent STDERR.


           Forces the object to be created from an pre-existing IO handle. You
           can chain calls together to indicate the type of handle:

               my $file_object = io->file->handle($file_handle);
               my $dir_object = io->dir->handle($dir_handle);

           Make the object represent an HTTP URI. Requires IO-All-LWP.

           Make the object represent an HTTPS URI. Requires IO-All-LWP.

       ftp Make the object represent an FTP URI. Requires IO-All-LWP.

           Make the object represent a "mailto:" URI. Requires IO-All-Mailto.

       If you need to use the same options to create a lot of objects, and
       don't want to duplicate the code, just create a dummy object with the
       options you want, and use that object to spawn other objects.

           my $lt = io->lock->tie;
           my $io1 = $lt->new('file1');
           my $io2 = $lt->new('file2');

       Since the new method copies attributes from the calling object, both
       $io1 and $io2 will be locked and tied.

   Option Setting Methods
       The following methods don't do any actual IO, but they specify options
       about how the IO should be done.

       Each option can take a single argument of 0 or 1. If no argument is
       given, the value 1 is assumed. Passing 0 turns the option off.

       All of these options return the object reference that was used to
       invoke them.  This is so that the option methods can be chained
       together. For example:

           my $io = io('path/file')->tie->assert->chomp->lock;

           Indicates that the "pathname" for the object should be made

               # Print the full path of the current working directory
               # (like pwd).

               use IO::All;

               print io->curdir->absolute;

           This method ensures that the path for a file or directory actually
           exists before the file is open. If the path does not exist, it is

           For example, here is a program called "create-cat-to" that outputs
           to a file that it creates.


               # cat to a file that can be created.

               use strict;
               use warnings;

               use IO::All;

               my $filename = shift(@ARGV);

               # Create a file called $filename, including all leading components.
               io('-') > io->file($filename)->assert;

           Here's an example use of it:

               $ ls -l
               total 0
               $ echo "Hello World" | create-cat-to one/two/three/four.txt
               $ ls -l
               total 4
               drwxr-xr-x 3 shlomif shlomif 4096 2010-10-14 18:03 one/
               $ cat one/two/three/four.txt
               Hello World

           By default, IO::All will close an object opened for input when EOF
           is reached.  By closing the handle early, one can immediately do
           other operations on the object without first having to close it.

           This option is on by default, so if you don't want this behaviour,
           say so like this:


           The object will then be closed when $io goes out of scope, or you
           manually call "$io->close".

           Proxy for IO::Handle::autoflush

           Sets the object to 'backwards' mode. All subsequent "getline"
           operations will read backwards from the end of the file.

           Requires the File::ReadBackwards CPAN module.

           Adds ":raw" to the list of PerlIO layers applied after "open", and
           applies it immediately on an open handle.

           chdir() to the pathname of a directory object. When object goes out
           of scope, chdir back to starting directory.

           Indicates that all operations that read lines should chomp the
           lines. If the "separator" method has been called, chomp will remove
           that value from the end of each record.

           Errors should be reported with the very detailed Carp::confess

           Indicates that calls to the "all" family of methods should search
           directories as deep as possible.

           Indicates that the process should automatically be forked inside
           the "accept" socket method.

           Indicate that operations on an object should be locked using flock.

           This option indicates that certain operations like DBM and
           Tie::File access should be done in read-only mode.

           This option indicates that DBM and MLDBM files should be opened in
           read- write mode.

           Indicates that the "pathname" for the object should be made

           Indicates whether objects returned from one of the "all" methods
           will be in sorted order by name. True by default.

       tie Indicate that the object should be tied to itself, thus allowing it
           to be used as a filehandle in any of Perl's builtin IO operations.

               my $io = io('foo')->tie;
               @lines = <$io>;

           Adds ":encoding(UTF-8)" to the list of PerlIO layers applied after
           "open", and applies it immediately on an open handle.

   Configuration Methods
       The following methods don't do any actual I/O, but they set specific
       values to configure the IO::All object.

       If these methods are passed no argument, they will return their current
       value.  If arguments are passed they will be used to set the current
       value, and the object reference will be returned for potential method

       bcc Set the Bcc field for a mailto object.

           Adds the specified layer to the list of PerlIO layers applied after
           "open", and applies it immediately on an open handle. Does a bare
           "binmode" when called without argument.

           The default length to be used for "read" and "sysread" calls.
           Defaults to 1024.

           Returns a reference to the internal buffer, which is a scalar. You
           can use this method to set the buffer to a scalar of your choice.
           (You can just pass in the scalar, rather than a reference to it.)

           This is the buffer that "read" and "write" will use by default.

           You can easily have IO::All objects use the same buffer:

               my $input = io('abc');
               my $output = io('xyz');
               my $buffer;
               $output->write while $input->read;

       cc  Set the Cc field for a mailto object.

           Get or set the content for an LWP operation manually.

           Set the domain name or ip address that a socket should use.

           Adds the specified encoding to the list of PerlIO layers applied
           after "open", and applies it immediately on an open handle.
           Requires an argument.

           Use this to set a subroutine reference that gets called when an
           internal error is thrown.

           Use this to set a subroutine reference that will be used to grep
           which objects get returned on a call to one of the "all" methods.
           For example:

               my @odd = io->curdir->filter(sub {$_->size % 2})->All_Files;

           @odd will contain all the files under the current directory whose
           size is an odd number of bytes.

           Indicate the sender for a mailto object.

           Set the mailer program for a mailto transaction. Defaults to

           Set the mode for which the file should be opened. Examples:


               my $log_appender = io->file('/var/log/my-application.log')

               $log_appender->print("Stardate 5987.6: Mission accomplished.");

           Set or get the name of the file or directory represented by the
           IO::All object.

           Set the password for an LWP transaction.

           Sets the permissions to be used if the file/directory needs to be

           Set the port number that a socket should use.

           Manually specify the request object for an LWP transaction.

           Returns the resulting response object from an LWP transaction.

           Sets the record (line) separator to whatever value you pass it.
           Default is n.  Affects the chomp setting too.

           Returns a reference to the internal string that is acting like a

           Set the subject for a mailto transaction.

       to  Set the recipient address for a mailto request.

       uri Direct access to the URI used in LWP transactions.

           Set the user name for an LWP transaction.

   IO Action Methods
       These are the methods that actually perform I/O operations on an
       IO::All object. The stat methods and the File::Spec methods are
       documented in separate sections below.

           For sockets. Opens a server socket (LISTEN => 1, REUSE => 1).
           Returns an IO::All socket object that you are listening on.

           If the "fork" method was called on the object, the process will
           automatically be forked for every connection.

       all Read all contents into a single string.

               compare(io('file1')->all, io('file2')->all);

       all (For directories)
           Returns a list of IO::All objects for all files and subdirectories
           in a directory.

           '.' and '..' are excluded.

           Takes an optional argument telling how many directories deep to
           search. The default is 1. Zero (0) means search as deep as

           The filter method can be used to limit the results.

           The items returned are sorted by name unless "->sort(0)" is used.

       All Same as all(0).

           Same as "all", but only return directories.

           Same as all_dirs(0).

           Same as "all", but only return files.

           Same as all_files(0).

           Same as "all", but only return links.

           Same as all_links(0).

           Same as print, but sets the file mode to '>>'.

           Same as printf, but sets the file mode to '>>'.

           Same as println, but sets the file mode to '>>'.

           Clear the internal buffer. This method is called by "write" after
           it writes the buffer. Returns the object reference for chaining.

           Close will basically unopen the object, which has different
           meanings for different objects. For files and directories it will
           close and release the handle. For sockets it calls shutdown. For
           tied things it unties them, and it unlocks locked things.

           Returns true if a file exists but has no size, or if a directory
           exists but has no contents.

       eof Proxy for IO::Handle::eof

       ext Returns the extension of the file. Can also be spelled as

           Returns whether or not the file or directory exists.

           Return the name portion of the file path in the object. For


           would return "file.txt".

           Proxy for IO::Handle::fileno

           Return the path portion of the file path in the object. For


           would return "my/path".

       get Perform an LWP GET request manually.

           Proxy for IO::Handle::getc

           Calls IO::File::getline. You can pass in an optional record

           Calls IO::File::getlines. You can pass in an optional record

           Creates IO::All objects for the files matching the glob in the
           IO::All::Dir.  For example:


           Return the first 10 lines of a file. Takes an optional argument
           which is the number of lines to return. Works as expected in list
           and scalar context. Is subject to the current line separator.

           Direct access to the actual IO::Handle object being used on an
           opened IO::All object.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a directory.

           Returns true if file or directory is executable.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a dbm file.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a file.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a symlink.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a mldbm file.

           Indicates whether the IO::All is currently open for input/output.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a pipe operation.

           Returns true if file or directory is readable.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a socket.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a STDIO file handle.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents an in memory filehandle.

           Returns boolean telling whether or not the IO::All object
           represents a temporary file.

           Returns true if file or directory is writable. Can also be spelled
           as "is_writeable".

           Return the length of the internal buffer.

           Return the mimetype of the file.

           Requires a working installation of the File::MimeInfo CPAN module.

           Create the directory represented by the object.

           Create the directory represented by the object, when the path
           contains more than one directory that doesn't exist. Proxy for

           For a directory, this will return a new IO::All object for each
           file or subdirectory in the directory. Return undef on EOD.

           Open the IO::All object. Takes two optional arguments "mode" and
           "perms", which can also be set ahead of time using the "mode" and
           "perms" methods.

           NOTE: Normally you won't need to call open (or mode/perms), since
           this happens
                 automatically for most operations.

       os  Change the object's os representation. Valid options are: "win32",
           "unix", "vms", "mac", "os2".

           Return the absolute or relative pathname for a file or directory,
           depending on whether object is in "absolute" or "relative" mode.

           Proxy for IO::Handle::print

           Proxy for IO::Handle::printf

           Same as print, but adds newline to each argument unless it already
           ends with one.

       put Perform an LWP PUT request manually.

           This method varies depending on its context. Read carefully (no pun

           For a file, this will proxy IO::File::read. This means you must
           pass it a buffer, a length to read, and optionally a buffer offset
           for where to put the data that is read. The function returns the
           length actually read (which is zero at EOF).

           If you don't pass any arguments for a file, IO::All will use its
           own internal buffer, a default length, and the offset will always
           point at the end of the buffer. The buffer can be accessed with the
           "buffer" method. The length can be set with the "block_size"
           method. The default length is 1024 bytes. The "clear" method can be
           called to clear the buffer.

           For a directory, this will proxy IO::Dir::read.

           Similar to the Perl "readdir" builtin. In scalar context, return
           the next directory entry (ie file or directory name), or undef on
           end of directory. In list context, return all directory entries.

           Note that "readdir" does not return the special "." and ".."

           Same as "getline".

           Calls Perl's readlink function on the link represented by the
           object.  Instead of returning the file path, it returns a new
           IO::All object using the file path.

           Proxy for IO::Socket::recv

               my $new = $io->rename('new-name');

           Calls Perl's rename function and returns an IO::All object for the
           renamed file. Returns false if the rename failed.

           Proxy for IO::Dir::rewind

           Delete the directory represented by the IO::All object.

           Delete the directory represented by the IO::All object and all the
           files and directories beneath it. Proxy for File::Path::rmtree.

           Deprecated. Same as "all()".

           Proxy for IO::Handle::seek. If you use seek on an unopened file, it
           will be opened for both read and write.

           Proxy for IO::Socket::send

           Proxy for IO::Socket::shutdown

           Read all file content in one operation. Returns the file content as
           a string.  In list context returns every line in the file.

           Proxy for IO::Handle::stat

           Proxy for IO::Handle::sysread

           Proxy for IO::Handle::syswrite

           Return the last 10 lines of a file. Takes an optional argument
           which is the number of lines to return. Works as expected in list
           and scalar context. Is subject to the current line separator.

           Proxy for IO::Handle::tell

           This is an internal method that gets called whenever there is an
           error. It could be useful to override it in a subclass, to provide
           more control in error handling.

           Update the atime and mtime values for a file or directory. Creates
           an empty file if the file does not exist.

           Proxy for IO::Handle::truncate

           Returns a string indicated the type of io object. Possible values


           Returns undef if type is not determinable.

           Unlink (delete) the file represented by the IO::All object.

           NOTE: You can unlink a file after it is open, and continue using it
           until it
                 is closed.

           Release a lock from an object that used the "lock" method.

           Proxy for the utime Perl function.

           Opposite of "read" for file operations only.

           NOTE: When used with the automatic internal buffer, "write" will
           clear the
                 buffer after writing it.

   Stat Methods
       This methods get individual values from a stat call on the file,
       directory or handle represented by the IO::All object.

           Last access time in seconds since the epoch

           Preferred block size for file system I/O

           Actual number of blocks allocated

           Inode change time in seconds since the epoch

           Device number of filesystem

           Device identifier for special files only

       gid Numeric group id of file's owner

           Inode number

           File mode - type and permissions

           Last modify time in seconds since the epoch

           Number of hard links to the file

           Total size of file in bytes

       uid Numeric user id of file's owner

   File::Spec Methods
       These methods are all adaptations from File::Spec. Each method actually
       does call the matching File::Spec method, but the arguments and return
       values differ slightly. Instead of being file and directory names, they
       are IO::All objects. Since IO::All objects stringify to their names,
       you can generally use the methods just like File::Spec.

           Returns the relative path for the absolute path in the IO::All
           object. Can take an optional argument indicating the base path.

           Returns the canonical path for the IO::All object. The canonical
           path is the fully resolved path if the file exists, so any symlinks
           will be resolved.

           Returns 0 or 1 indicating whether the file system is case tolerant.
           Since an active IO::All object is not needed for this function, you
           can code it like:


           or more simply:


           Concatenate the directory components together, and return a new
           IO::All object representing the resulting directory.

           Concatenate the directory and file components together, and return
           a new IO::All object representing the resulting file.

               my $contents = io->catfile(qw(dir subdir file))->slurp;

           This is a very portable way to read "dir/subdir/file".

           Concatenate the volume, directory and file components together, and
           return a new IO::All object representing the resulting file.

           Returns an IO::All object representing the current directory.

           Returns an IO::All object representing the devnull file.

           Returns 0 or 1 indicating whether the "name" field of the IO::All
           object is an absolute path.

           Same as "catfile".

           Returns a list of IO::All directory objects for each directory in
           your path.

           Returns the absolute path for the relative path in the IO::All
           object. Can take an optional argument indicating the base path.

           Returns an IO::All object representing the root directory on your
           file system.

           Returns a list of the directory components of a path in an IO::All

           Returns a volume directory and file component of a path in an
           IO::All object.

           Returns an IO::All object representing a temporary directory on
           your file system.

           Returns an IO::All object representing the current parent


           Each IO::All object gets reblessed into an IO::All::* object as
           soon as IO::All can determine what type of object it should be.
           Sometimes it gets reblessed more than once:

               my $io = io('mydbm.db');
               $io->{foo} = 'bar';

           In the first statement, $io has a reference value of
           'IO::All::File', if "mydbm.db" exists. In the second statement, the
           object is reblessed into class 'IO::All::DBM'.

           An IO::All object will automatically be opened as soon as there is
           enough contextual information to know what type of object it is,
           and what mode it should be opened for. This is usually when the
           first read or write operation is invoked but might be sooner.

           The mode for an object to be opened with is determined
           heuristically unless specified explicitly.

           For input, IO::All objects will automatically be closed after EOF
           (or EOD).  For output, the object closes when it goes out of scope.

           To keep input objects from closing at EOF, do this:


       Explicit open and close
           You can always call "open" and "close" explicitly, if you need that
           level of control. To test if an object is currently open, use the
           "is_open" method.

           Overloaded operations return the target object, if one exists.

           This would set $xxx to the IO::All object:

               my $xxx = $contents > io('file.txt');

           While this would set $xxx to the content string:

               my $xxx = $contents < io('file.txt');


       The goal of the IO::All project is to continually refine the module to
       be as simple and consistent to use as possible. Therefore, in the early
       stages of the project, I will not hesitate to break backwards
       compatibility with other versions of IO::All if I can find an easier
       and clearer way to do a particular thing.

       IO is tricky stuff. There is definitely more work to be done. On the
       other hand, this module relies heavily on very stable existing IO
       modules; so it may work fairly well.

       I am sure you will find many unexpected "features". Please send all
       problems, ideas and suggestions to

   Known Bugs and Deficiencies
       Not all possible combinations of objects and methods have been tested.
       There are many many combinations. All of the examples have been tested.
       If you find a bug with a particular combination of calls, let me know.

       If you call a method that does not make sense for a particular object,
       the result probably won't make sense. Little attempt is made to check
       for improper usage.


       ·   IO::Handle

       ·   IO::File

       ·   IO::Dir

       ·   IO::Socket

       ·   File::Spec

       ·   File::Path

       ·   File::ReadBackwards

       ·   Tie::File

       ·   File::MimeInfo


       A lot of people have sent in suggestions, that have become a part of
       IO::All.  Thank you.

       Special thanks to Ian Langworth for continued testing and patching.

       Thank you Simon Cozens for tipping me off to the overloading

       Finally, thanks to Autrijus Tang, for always having one more good idea.

       (It seems IO::All of it to a lot of people!)


       The IO::All module can be found on CPAN and on GitHub:
       "/ pm" in http:.

       Please join the IO::All discussion on #io-all on


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