Managing Files

In addition to simply reading from and writing to files, you can also manage them from inside Perl, just as you might from a command line or in a file manager: you can rename them, delete them, change their permissions, or create links to them. Each of these tasks makes use of several Perl built-in functions. In this section, you get an overview of each of these.

Renaming Files

To rename a file from one name to another, keeping its contents intact, use the rename function with two arguments: the old name of the file and the new name:

rename myfile, myfile.bak;

If a file with the same name as the new file already exists, Perl will overwrite it. If you're used to Unix, this won't be a problem. If you're a Windows or Mac user, beware! ...

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