ExtUtils::Manifest(3)  Perl Programmers Reference Guide  ExtUtils::Manifest(3)

       ExtUtils::Manifest - utilities to write and check a MANIFEST file

       require ExtUtils::Manifest;









       Mkmanifest() writes all files in and below the current directory to a
       file named in the global variable $ExtUtils::Manifest::MANIFEST (which
       defaults to MANIFEST) in the current directory. It works similar to

           find . -print

       but in doing so checks each line in an existing MANIFEST file and
       includes any comments that are found in the existing MANIFEST file in
       the new one. Anything between white space and an end of line within a
       MANIFEST file is considered to be a comment. Filenames and comments are
       seperated by one or more TAB characters in the output. All files that
       match any regular expression in a file MANIFEST.SKIP (if such a file
       exists) are ignored.

       Manicheck() checks if all the files within a MANIFEST in the current
       directory really do exist. It only reports discrepancies and exits
       silently if MANIFEST and the tree below the current directory are in

       Filecheck() finds files below the current directory that are not
       mentioned in the MANIFEST file. An optional file MANIFEST.SKIP will be
       consulted. Any file matching a regular expression in such a file will
       not be reported as missing in the MANIFEST file.

       Fullcheck() does both a manicheck() and a filecheck().

       Skipcheck() lists all the files that are skipped due to your
       MANIFEST.SKIP file.

       Manifind() retruns a hash reference. The keys of the hash are the files
       found below the current directory.

       Maniread($file) reads a named MANIFEST file (defaults to MANIFEST in
       the current directory) and returns a HASH reference with files being
       the keys and comments being the values of the HASH.  Blank lines and
       lines which start with # in the MANIFEST file are discarded.

       Manicopy($read,$target,$how) copies the files that are the keys in the
       HASH %$read to the named target directory. The HASH reference $read is
       typically returned by the maniread() function. This function is useful
       for producing a directory tree identical to the intended distribution
       tree. The third parameter $how can be used to specify a different
       methods of "copying". Valid values are cp, which actually copies the
       files, ln which creates hard links, and best which mostly links the
       files but copies any symbolic link to make a tree without any symbolic
       link. Best is the default.

       The file MANIFEST.SKIP may contain regular expressions of files that
       should be ignored by mkmanifest() and filecheck(). The regular
       expressions should appear one on each line. Blank lines and lines which
       start with # are skipped.  Use \# if you need a regular expression to
       start with a sharp character. A typical example:


       &mkmanifest, &manicheck, &filecheck, &fullcheck, &maniread, and
       &manicopy are exportable.

       $ExtUtils::Manifest::MANIFEST defaults to MANIFEST. Changing it results
       in both a different MANIFEST and a different MANIFEST.SKIP file. This
       is useful if you want to maintain different distributions for different
       audiences (say a user version and a developer version including RCS).

       $ExtUtils::Manifest::Quiet defaults to 0. If set to a true value, all
       functions act silently.

       All diagnostic output is sent to STDERR.

       Not in MANIFEST: file
            is reported if a file is found, that is missing in the MANIFEST
            file which is excluded by a regular expression in the file

       No such file: file
            is reported if a file mentioned in a MANIFEST file does not exist.

       MANIFEST: $!
            is reported if MANIFEST could not be opened.

       Added to MANIFEST: file
            is reported by mkmanifest() if $Verbose is set and a file is added
            to MANIFEST. $Verbose is set to 1 by default.

       the ExtUtils::MakeMaker manpage which has handy targets for most of the

       Andreas Koenig <koenig@franz.ww.TU-Berlin.DE>

3rd Berkeley Distribution    perl 5.005, patch 02        ExtUtils::Manifest(3)