filetest - Perl pragma to control the filetest permission operators
- $can_perhaps_read = -r "file"; # use the mode bits
- use filetest 'access'; # intuit harder
- $can_really_read = -r "file";
- $can_perhaps_read = -r "file"; # use the mode bits again
The default behaviour is to use the mode bits as returned by the stat()
family of calls. This, however, may not be the right thing to do if
for example various ACL (access control lists) schemes are in use.
For such environments,
may help the permission
operators to return results more consistent with other tools.
Each "use filetest" or "no filetest" affects statements to the end of the enclosing block.
There may be a slight performance decrease in the filetests
is in effect, because in some systems
the extended functionality needs to be emulated.
NOTE: using the file tests for security purposes is a lost cause from the start: there is a window open for race conditions (who is to say that the permissions will not change between the test and the real operation?). Therefore if you are serious about security, just try the real operation and test for its success - think in terms of atomic operations.
Currently only one subpragma,
is implemented. It enables
(or disables) the use of access() or similar system calls. This
extended filetest functionality is used only when the argument of the
operators is a filename, not when it is a filehandle.