Perl 5 version 16.3 documentation

Perl::OSType

NAME

Perl::OSType - Map Perl operating system names to generic types

VERSION

version 1.002

SYNOPSIS

  1. use Perl::OSType ':all';
  2. $current_type = os_type();
  3. $other_type = os_type('dragonfly'); # gives 'Unix'

DESCRIPTION

Modules that provide OS-specific behaviors often need to know if the current operating system matches a more generic type of operating systems. For example, 'linux' is a type of 'Unix' operating system and so is 'freebsd'.

This module provides a mapping between an operating system name as given by $^O and a more generic type. The initial version is based on the OS type mappings provided in Module::Build and ExtUtils::CBuilder. (Thus, Microsoft operating systems are given the type 'Windows' rather than 'Win32'.)

USAGE

No functions are exported by default. The export tag ":all" will export all functions listed below.

os_type()

  1. $os_type = os_type();
  2. $os_type = os_type('MSWin32');

Returns a single, generic OS type for a given operating system name. With no arguments, returns the OS type for the current value of $^O . If the operating system is not recognized, the function will return the empty string.

is_os_type()

  1. $is_windows = is_os_type('Windows');
  2. $is_unix = is_os_type('Unix', 'dragonfly');

Given an OS type and OS name, returns true or false if the OS name is of the given type. As with os_type , it will use the current operating system as a default if no OS name is provided.

SEE ALSO

AUTHOR

David Golden <dagolden@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This software is copyright (c) 2010 by David Golden.

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