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Run::Parts — run-parts in Perl

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The Perl module Run::Parts offers the functionality of Debian's run-parts tool in Perl.

Run::Parts runs all the executable files named within constraints described in run-parts(8) and Run::Parts::Perl, found in the given directory. Other files and directories are silently ignored.

Additionally it can just print the names of the all matching files (not limited to executables, but ignores blacklisted files like e.g. backup files), but don't actually run them.

This is useful when functionality or configuration is split over multiple files in one directory. A typical convention is that the directory name ends in ".d". Common examples for such splitted configuration directories:


Example Code

use Run::Parts;

my $rp  = Run::Parts->new('directory'); # chooses backend automatically
my $rpp = Run::Parts->new('directory', 'perl'); # pure perl backend
my $rpd = Run::Parts->new('directory', 'debian'); # uses /bin/run-parts

my @file_list        = $rp->list;
my @executables_list = $rpp->test;
my $commands_output  = $rpd->run;


Run::Parts contains two backend implementations. Run::Parts::Debian actually uses /bin/run-parts and Run::Parts::Perl is a pure Perl implementation of a basic set of run-parts' functionality.

Run::Parts::Debian may or may not work with RedHat's simplified shell-script based reimplementation of Debian's run-parts.

By default Run::Parts uses Run::Parts::Debian if /bin/run-parts exists, Run::Parts::Perl otherwise. But you can also choose any of the backends explicitly.

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Copyright 2013-2014 Axel Beckert

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 1, or (at your option) any later version; or the Artistic License.

See for more information.

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