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Salvador Fandiño García


Config::Find::Where - Find locations in the native OS fashion


  use Config::Find::Where;

  my $temp_dir=Config::Find::Where->temp_dir( name => 'my_app',
                                              scope => 'process',
                                              create => 1 );

  my $path=Config::Find::Where->bin_dir( scope => 'app' );
  system $path."/app_helper.exe";


Config::Find searchs for locations using OS dependant heuristics.


After releasing Config::Find I found much of its code could be reused to also find other interesting things like temporary directories, the script location, etc.

This module adds a public API to all the hiden functionallity.


As in Config::Find, all the methods in this package accept a common set of options:

name => name or name/more/names

specifies the primary application name used to generate the location paths or to search for them.

scope => user, global, app or process


create => 1

creates any unexistant directory in the path returned


All the methods in this package are class methods (you don't need an object to call them).


returns a directory path inside a system temporary location. i.e.:

  Config::Find::Where->temp_dir( name =>'hello/world',
                                 scope => 'process',
                                 create => 1 )

returns something similar to


on unix like systems and


on some Windows ones ('jacks' is supposed to be the current user name and '974' the process number).

The default scope for this method is user.


returns a place to find/place binary files. The default scope for this method is app.



returns the path to the directory where binaries are located.

Note that this directory is not necessarily the same as the one containing the running script. See documentation for script_dir below.


returns a place to find/place working files.

The default scope for this method is app.

$path = Config::Find::Where->lib_dir(%opts)

returns a place to find/place library files.

The default scope for this method is app.

For instance:

  use lib => Config::Find::Where->lib_dir;
$path = Config::Find::Where->application_dir(%opts)

returns the application root directory.


returns the name of the running script without any path information


returns the name of the script as the absolute full path to it.


returns the name of the directory containing the current script


creates directory $dir and any needed parents


recursively creates all the non existant parent dirs for $file.


None, this module has an OO interface.


Some Win32 OSs are not completely implemented and default to inferior modes, but hey, this is a work in progress!!!

Contributions, bug reports, feedback and any kind of comments are welcome.




Copyright 2003-2008 by Salvador Fandiño García (sfandino@yahoo.com)

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.