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Archive::Tar::Wrapper CPAN Module

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README
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    Archive::Tar::Wrapper 0.04
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NAME
    Archive::Tar::Wrapper - API wrapper around the 'tar' utility

SYNOPSIS
        use Archive::Tar::Wrapper;

        my $arch = Archive::Tar::Wrapper->new();

            # Open a tarball, expand it into a temporary directory
        $arch->read("archive.tgz");

            # Iterate over all entries in the archive
        $arch->list_reset(); # Reset Iterator
                             # Iterate through archive
        while(my $entry = $arch->list_next()) {
            my($tar_path, $phys_path) = @$entry;
            print "$tar_path\n";
        }

            # Get a huge list with all entries
        for my $entry (@{$arch->list_all()}) {
            my($tar_path, $real_path) = @$entry;
            print "Tarpath: $tar_path Tempfile: $real_path\n";
        }

            # Add a new entry
        $arch->add($logic_path, $file_or_stringref);

            # Remove an entry
        $arch->remove($logic_path);

            # Find the physical location of a temporary file
        my($tmp_path) = $arch->locate($tar_path);

            # Create a tarball
        $arch->write($tarfile, $compress);

DESCRIPTION
    Archive::Tar::Wrapper is an API wrapper around the 'tar' command line
    utility. It never stores anything in memory, but works on temporary
    directory structures on disk instead. It provides a mapping between the
    logical paths in the tarball and the 'real' files in the temporary
    directory on disk.

    It differs from Archive::Tar in two ways:

    *   Archive::Tar::Wrapper doesn't hold anything in memory. Everything is
        stored on disk.

    *   Archive::Tar::Wrapper is 100% compliant with the platform's "tar"
        utility, because it uses it internally.

METHODS
    my $arch = Archive::Tar::Wrapper->new()
        Constructor for the tar wrapper class. Finds the "tar" executable by
        searching "PATH" and returning the first hit. In case you want to
        use a different tar executable, you can specify it as a parameter:

            my $arch = Archive::Tar::Wrapper->new(tar => '/path/to/tar');

        Since "Archive::Tar::Wrapper" creates temporary directories to store
        tar data, the location of the temporary directory can be specified:

            my $arch = Archive::Tar::Wrapper->new(tmpdir => '/path/to/tmpdir');

    $arch->read("archive.tgz")
        "read()" opens the given tarball, expands it into a temporary
        directory and returns 1 on success und "undef" on failure. The
        temporary directory holding the tar data gets cleaned up when $arch
        goes out of scope.

        "read" handles both compressed and uncompressed files. To find out
        if a file is compressed or uncompressed, it tries to guess by
        extension, then by checking the first couple of bytes in the
        tarfile.

    $arch->list_reset()
        Resets the list iterator. To be used before the first call to
        $arch-list_next()>.

    my($tar_path, $phys_path) = $arch->list_next()
        Returns the next item in the tarfile. It returns a list of two
        scalars: the relative path of the item in the tarfile and the
        physical path to the unpacked file or directory on disk. To
        determine if the item is a file or directory, use perl's "-f" and
        "-d" operators on the physical path.

    my $items = $arch->list_all()
        Returns a reference to a (possibly huge) array of items in the
        tarfile. Each item is a reference to an array, containing two
        elements: the relative path of the item in the tarfile and the
        physical path to the unpacked file or directory on disk.

        To iterate over the list, the following construct can be used:

                # Get a huge list with all entries
            for my $entry (@{$arch->list_all()}) {
                my($tar_path, $real_path) = @$entry;
                print "Tarpath: $tar_path Tempfile: $real_path\n";
            }

        If the list of items in the tarfile is big, use "list_reset()" and
        "list_next()" instead of "list_all".

    $arch->add($logic_path, $file_or_stringref)
        Add a new file to the tarball. $logic_path is the virtual path of
        the file within the tarball. $file_or_stringref is either a scalar,
        in which case it holds the physical path of a file on disk to be
        transferred (i.e. copied) to the tarball. Or it is a reference to a
        scalar, in which case its content is interpreted to be the data of
        the file.

    $arch->remove($logic_path)
        Removes a file from the tarball. $logic_path is the virtual path of
        the file within the tarball.

    $arch->locate($logic_path)
        Finds the physical location of a file, specified by $logic_path,
        which is the virtual path of the file within the tarball. Returns a
        path to the temporary file "Archive::Tar::Wrapper" created to
        manipulate the tarball on disk.

    $arch->write($tarfile, $compress)
        Write out the tarball by tarring up all temporary files and
        directories and store it in $tarfile on disk. If $compress holds a
        true value, compression is used.

KNOWN LIMITATIONS
    *   Currently, only "tar" programs supporting the "z" option (for
        compressing/decompressing) are supported. Future version will use
        "gzip" alternatively.

    *   Currently, you can't add empty directories to a tarball directly.
        You could add a temporary file within a directory, and then
        "remove()" the file.

    *   If you delete a file, the empty directories it was located in stay
        in the tarball. You could try to "locate()" them and delete them.
        This will be fixed, though.

    *   Filenames containing newlines are causing problems with the list
        iterators. To be fixed.

LEGALESE
    Copyright 2005 by Mike Schilli, all rights reserved. This program is
    free software, you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
    terms as Perl itself.

AUTHOR
    2005, Mike Schilli <cpan@perlmeister.com>
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