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directory handling on NT

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2 questions:
first, how do you determine the existance of a named directory on NT?  -e $fn doesn't work.
second, can mkdir() or another method be used to create a directory other than in the current one (like a\b\c for example)?
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by:b2pi
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I don't believe either of these is NT specific

-d will tell you if a directory exists, or if a file is a directory
(note that even on unix, -f $dir will return false if $dir is a
directory).

mkdir(/this/is/an/odd/path) will work if /this/is/an/odd is a
directory, or, you can use

use File::Path;
mkpath('/this/is/an/odd/path',0,777);

which will make whatever part of the path needs to be made.


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by:glow060197
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actually on NT to get directory entry attributes (e.g. file ? directory? hidden? ...) you must use Win32::File::getAttributes()  or something similar (i'm away from my notes..) but that doesn't allow for checking *existence* which is what i'm looking for.  you're halfway there..i'll give you the points if you get this.  thanks.  

what i don't understand is why they couldn't have made the -x type commands work on NT if you can do it anyways.  is the Win32 library ("module") somehow "non-standard", or what?
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Have you actually TRIED using -d?  Or are you using ActiveWare?
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by:glow060197
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actually I am using ActiveWare...I don't know any better to use.
I actually tried using -f and -d though.  what perl should i obtain?  does gnu have one for Windows?
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by:b2pi
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Yup.  If you download the standard distribution, it compiles fine, and
(I believe) standard file operators work.
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by:glow060197
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alright.  if you want the points, though you need to submit another 'answer'.  
thanks a lot.
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You are sure that the code

if (-f '/temp') {
   print "How did I get here?\n";
} else {
   print "Yup, -f returns 0 on directories\n";
}

if (-d '/temp') {
    print "Yup, -d does work\n";
} else {
    print "Oh, no, Mr. Bill!!!\n";
}



doesn't do what it should on active ware?
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by:glow060197
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those commands didn't seem to work, no.  but i'll try your code tomorrow and see how it does.

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