i'm looking for a sub that split the drive, path, filenename and extension from a complete pathname like the C function splitpath . i use the code above, but it won't work if the pathname had no extension or if there's no drive given.

sub makePath
$_[0] =~ /(.*:)(.*\/)(.*)(\..*)/;
return ($1, $2, $3, $4);

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use File::Basename;

sub makePath
    my ($name, $path, $ext) = fileparse(shift, '\..*');
    my $drive;
    ($drive, $path) = split ':', $path
        if $path =~ m/^[a-z]:/i;

    return ($drive, $path, $name, $ext);

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