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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions, Second Edition by Dave Roth

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Chapter 4. File Management

Win32 does a remarkable job of providing access to data. It provides copious amounts of information regarding its data sources, such as disk files. These files are incredibly important for storing user data as well as for supporting the operating system. This chapter focuses on managing files and directories on a machine. It covers file attributes, advanced file information, permissions, shortcuts, and monitoring directories for changes.

Files contain not only data, but also meta information that describes the file itself (such as whether it has been altered, whether it is a system file, its author, and its version number). This meta information, or attributes, is important for an administrator to track (for example, ...

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