slackget10::File - A class to manage files.


Version 1.0.0


slackget10::File is the class which represent a file for slack-get. You can perform all operation on file with this module.

Access to hard disk are economized by taking a copy of the file in memory, so if you work on big file it may be a bad idea to use this module. Or maybe you have some interest to close the file while you don't work on it.

        use slackget10::File;

        my $file = slackget10::File->new('foo.txt'); # if foo.txt exist the constructor will call the Read() method
        $file->add("an example\n");
        $file->Write("bar.txt"); # write foo.txt (plus the addition) into bar.txt
        $file->Close(); # Free the memory !
        $file->Read(); # But the slackget10::File object is not destroy and you can re-load the file content
        $file->Read("baz.txt"); # Or changing file (the object will be update with the new file)

The main advantage of this module is that you don't work directly on the file but on a copy. So you can make errors, they won't be wrote until you call the Write() method



Take a filename as argument.

        my $file = slackget10::File->new('foo.txt'); # if foo.txt exist the constructor will call the Read() method
        $file->add("an example\n");

Additionnaly you can pass an file encoding (default is utf8). For example as a European I prefer that files are stored and compile in the iso-8859-1 charset so I use the following :

        my $file = slackget10::File->new('foo.txt','file-encoding' => 'iso-8859-1');

You can also disabling the auto load of the file by passing a parameter 'no-auto-load' => 1 :

        my $file = slackget10::File->new('foo.txt','file-encoding' => 'iso-8859-1', 'no-auto-load' => 1);



Take a filename as argument, and load the file in memory.


You can call this method without passing parameters, if you have give a filename to the constructor.


This method doesn't return the file, you must call Get_file() to do that.


This method lock the file for slack-get application (not really for others...) by creating a file with the name of the current open file plus a ".lock". This is not a protection but an information system for slack-getd sub process. This method return undef if the lock can't be made.

        my $file = new slackget10::File ('test.txt');
        $file->Lock_file ; # create a file test.txt.lock

ATTENTION: You can only lock the current file of the object. With the previous example you can't do :

        $file->Lock_file('toto.txt') ;

ATTENTION 2 : Don't forget to unlock your locked file :)


Unlock a locked file. Only the locker object can unlock a file ! Return 1 if all goes well, else return undef. Return 2 if the file was not locked. Return 0 (false in scalar context) if the file was locked but by another slackget10::File object.

        my $status = $file->Unlock_file ;

Returned value are :

        0 : error -> the file was locked by another instance of this class
        1 : ok lock removed
        2 : the file was not locked
        undef : unable to remove the lock.


Return 1 if the file is locked by a slackget10::File object, else return undef.

        print "File is locked\n" if($file->is_locked);


Take a filename to write data and raw data


You also can call this method without any parameter :

        $file->Write ;

In this case, the Write() method will wrote data in memory into the last opened file (with Read() or new()).

The default encoding of this method is utf-8, pass an extra argument : file-encoding to the constructor to change that.


Take a table of lines and add them to the end of file image (in memory). You need to commit your change by calling the Write() method !

        $file->Add("this is some data\n");


Return the current file in memory as an array.

        @file = $file->Get_file();


Return the $index line of the file (the index start at 0).

        @file = $file->Get_line($index);


        Same as get file but return only lines between $start and $stop.

        my @array = $file->Get_selection($start,$stop);

You can ommit the $stop parameter (in this case Get_line() return the lines from $start to the end of file)


Free the memory. This method close the current file memory image. If you don't call the Write() method before closing, the changes you have made on the file are lost !



An alias which call Write() and then Close();



Without parameter return the current file encoding, with a parameter set the encoding for the current file.

        print "The current file encoding is ",$file->encoding,"\n"; # return the current encoding
        $file->encoding('utf8'); # set the current file encoding to utf8


Return the filename of the file which is currently process by the slackget10::File instance.

        print $file->filename


DUPUIS Arnaud, <>


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