File::Copy(3)          Perl Programmers Reference Guide          File::Copy(3)

       File::Copy - Copy files or filehandles

               use File::Copy;


               use POSIX;
               use File::Copy cp;


       The File::Copy module provides two basic functions, copy and move,
       which are useful for getting the contents of a file from one place to

       ·   The copy function takes two parameters: a file to copy from and a
           file to copy to. Either argument may be a string, a FileHandle
           reference or a FileHandle glob. Obviously, if the first argument is
           a filehandle of some sort, it will be read from, and if it is a
           file name it will be opened for reading. Likewise, the second
           argument will be written to (and created if need be).

           Note that passing in files as handles instead of names may lead to
           loss of information on some operating systems; it is recommended
           that you use file names whenever possible.  Files are opened in
           binary mode where applicable.  To get a consistent behavour when
           copying from a filehandle to a file, use binmode on the filehandle.

           An optional third parameter can be used to specify the buffer size
           used for copying. This is the number of bytes from the first file,
           that wil be held in memory at any given time, before being written
           to the second file. The default buffer size depends upon the file,
           but will generally be the whole file (up to 2Mb), or 1k for
           filehandles that do not reference files (eg. sockets).

           You may use the syntax use File::Copy "cp" to get at the "cp" alias
           for this function. The syntax is exactly the same.

       ·   The move function also takes two parameters: the current name and
           the intended name of the file to be moved.  If the destination
           already exists and is a directory, and the source is not a
           directory, then the source file will be renamed into the directory
           specified by the destination.

           If possible, move() will simply rename the file.  Otherwise, it
           copies the file to the new location and deletes the original.  If
           an error occurs during this copy-and-delete process, you may be
           left with a (possibly partial) copy of the file under the
           destination name.

           You may use the "mv" alias for this function in the same way that
           you may use the "cp" alias for copy.

       File::Copy also provides the syscopy routine, which copies the file
       specified in the first parameter to the file specified in the second
       parameter, preserving OS-specific attributes and file structure.  For
       Unix systems, this is equivalent to the simple copy routine.  For VMS
       systems, this calls the rmscopy routine (see below).  For OS/2 systems,
       this calls the syscopy XSUB directly.

       Special behavior if syscopy is defined (VMS and OS/2)

       If both arguments to copy are not file handles, then copy will perform
       a "system copy" of the input file to a new output file, in order to
       preserve file attributes, indexed file structure, etc.  The buffer size
       parameter is ignored.  If either argument to copy is a handle to an
       opened file, then data is copied using Perl operators, and no effort is
       made to preserve file attributes or record structure.

       The system copy routine may also be called directly under VMS and OS/2
       as File::Copy::syscopy (or under VMS as File::Copy::rmscopy, which is
       the routine that does the actual work for syscopy).

           The first and second arguments may be strings, typeglobs, typeglob
           references, or objects inheriting from IO::Handle; they are used in
           all cases to obtain the filespec of the input and output files,
           respectively.  The name and type of the input file are used as
           defaults for the output file, if necessary.

           A new version of the output file is always created, which inherits
           the structure and RMS attributes of the input file, except for
           owner and protections (and possibly timestamps; see below).  All
           data from the input file is copied to the output file; if either of
           the first two parameters to rmscopy is a file handle, its position
           is unchanged.  (Note that this means a file handle pointing to the
           output file will be associated with an old version of that file
           after rmscopy returns, not the newly created version.)

           The third parameter is an integer flag, which tells rmscopy how to
           handle timestamps.  If it is < 0, none of the input file's
           timestamps are propagated to the output file.  If it is > 0, then
           it is interpreted as a bitmask: if bit 0 (the LSB) is set, then
           timestamps other than the revision date are propagated; if bit 1 is
           set, the revision date is propagated.  If the third parameter to
           rmscopy is 0, then it behaves much like the DCL COPY command: if
           the name or type of the output file was explicitly specified, then
           no timestamps are propagated, but if they were taken implicitly
           from the input filespec, then all timestamps other than the
           revision date are propagated.  If this parameter is not supplied,
           it defaults to 0.

           Like copy, rmscopy returns 1 on success.  If an error occurs, it
           sets $!, deletes the output file, and returns 0.

       All functions return 1 on success, 0 on failure.  $! will be set if an
       error was encountered.

       File::Copy was written by Aaron Sherman <> in 1995, and
       updated by Charles Bailey <> in 1996.

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