File::Find::Object::Rule::Procedural - File::Find::Object::Rule's procedural interface


version 0.0309


  use File::Find::Object::Rule;

  # find all .pm files, procedurally
  my @files = find(file => name => '*.pm', in => \@INC);


In addition to the regular object-oriented interface, File::Find::Object::Rule provides two subroutines for you to use.

find( @clauses )
rule( @clauses )

find and rule can be used to invoke any methods available to the OO version. rule is a synonym for find

Passing more than one value to a clause is done with an anonymous array:

 my $finder = find( name => [ '*.mp3', '*.ogg' ] );

find and rule both return a File::Find::Object::Rule instance, unless one of the arguments is in, in which case it returns a list of things that match the rule.

 my @files = find( name => [ '*.mp3', '*.ogg' ], in => $ENV{HOME} );

Please note that in will be the last clause evaluated, and so this code will search for mp3s regardless of size.

 my @files = find( name => '*.mp3', in => $ENV{HOME}, size => '<2k' );
               Clause processing stopped here ------/

It is also possible to invert a single rule by prefixing it with ! like so:

 # large files that aren't videos
 my @files = find( file    =>
                   '!name' => [ '*.avi', '*.mov' ],
                   size    => '>20M',
                   in      => $ENV{HOME} );


version 0.0309


Richard Clamp <>


Copyright (C) 2003 Richard Clamp. All Rights Reserved.

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




  • Richard Clamp <> with input gained from this

  • and Andy Lester


This software is copyright (c) 2018 by Richard Clampwith input gained from this.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.


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