Net::FTPServer::Handle - A generic Net::FTPServer file or directory handle.


  use Net::FTPServer::Handle;


$handle = Net::FTPServer::Handle->new ($ftps);

Create a new handle. You would normally call this from a derived class.

$rv = $handle->equals ($other_handle);

Decide if two handles refer to the same thing (file or directory).

($mode, $perms, $nlink, $user, $group, $size, $time) = $handle->status;

Return the file or directory status. The fields returned are:

  $mode     Mode        'd' = directory,
                        'f' = file,
                        and others as with
                        the find(1) -type option.
  $perms    Permissions Permissions in normal octal numeric format.
  $nlink    Link count
  $user     Username    In printable format.
  $group    Group name  In printable format.
  $size     Size        File size in bytes.
  $time     Time        Time (usually mtime) in Unix time_t format.

In derived classes, some of this status information may well be synthesized, since virtual filesystems will often not contain information in a Unix-like format.

$name = $handle->pathname;

Return the full path of this file or directory. The path consists of all components separated by "/" characters.

If the object is a directory, then the pathname will have a "/" character at the end.

$name = $handle->filename;

Return the filename part of the path. If the file is a directory, then this function returns "".

$name = $handle->dirname;

Return the directory name part of the path. The directory name always has a trailing "/" character.

$rv = $handle->move ($dirh, $filename);

Move the current file (or directory) into directory $dirh and call it $filename. If the operation is successful, return 0, else return -1.

Underlying filesystems may impose limitations on moves: for example, it may not be possible to move a directory; it may not be possible to move a file to another directory; it may not be possible to move a file across filesystems.

$rv = $handle->delete;

Delete the current file or directory. If the delete command was successful, then return 0, else if there was an error return -1.

Different underlying file systems may impose restrictions on this command: for example, it may not be possible to delete directories, or only if they are empty.

This is a virtual function which is actually implemented in one of the subclasses.


Richard Jones (


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