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       Find::Lib - Helper to smartly find libs to use in the filesystem tree


       Version 1.01


           #!/usr/bin/perl -w;
           use strict;

           ## simple usage
           use Find::Lib '../mylib';

           ## more libraries
           use Find::Lib '../mylib', 'local-lib';

           ## More verbose and backward compatible with Find::Lib < 1.0
           use Find::Lib libs => [ 'lib', '../lib', 'devlib' ];

           ## resolve some path with minimum typing
           $dir  = Find::Lib->catdir("..", "data");
           $path = Find::Lib->catfile("..", "data", "test.yaml");

           $base = Find::Lib->base;
           # or
           $base = Find::Lib::Base;


       The purpose of this module is to replace

           use FindBin;
           use lib "$FindBin::Bin/../bootstrap/lib";

       with something shorter. This is specially useful if your project has a lot of scripts (For
       instance tests scripts).

           use Find::Lib '../bootstrap/lib';

       The important differences between FindBin and Find::Lib are:

       ·   symlinks and '..'

           If you have symlinks in your path it respects them, so basically you can forget you
           have symlinks, because Find::Lib will do the natural thing (NOT ignore them), and
           resolve '..' correctly. FindBin breaks if you do:

               use lib "$Bin/../lib";

           and you currently are in a symlinked directory, because $Bin resolved to the
           filesystem path (without the symlink) and not the shell path.

       ·   convenience

           it's faster too type, and more intuitive (Exporting $Bin always felt weird to me).


   Installation and availability of this module
       The usefulness of this module is seriously reduced if Find::Lib is not already in your
       @INC / $ENV{PERL5LIB} -- Chicken and egg problem. This is the big disavantage of FindBin
       over Find::Lib: FindBin is distributed with Perl. To mitigate that, you need to be sure of
       global availability of the module in the system (You could install it via your favorite
       package managment system for instance).

   modification of $0 and chdir (BEGIN blocks, other 'use')
       As soon as Find::Lib is compiled it saves the location of the script and the initial cwd
       (current working directory), which are the two pieces of information the module relies on
       to interpret the relative path given by the calling program.

       If one of cwd, $ENV{PWD} or $0 is changed before Find::Lib has a chance to do its job,
       then Find::Lib will most probably die, saying "The script cannot be found". I don't know a
       workaround that. So be sure to load Find::Lib as soon as possible in your script to
       minimize problems (you are in control!).

       (some programs alter $0 to customize the display line of the process in the system
       process-list ("ps" on unix).

       (Note, see perlvar for explanation of $0)


       All the work is done in import. So you need to 'use Find::Lib' and pass a list of paths to
       add to @INC. See "BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY" section for more retails on this topic.

       The paths given are (should) be relative to the location of the current script.  The paths
       won't be added unless the path actually exists on disk

       Returns the detected base (the directory where the script lives in). It's a string, and is
       the same as $Find::Lib::Base.

       A shorcut to File::Spec::catfile using Find::Lib's base.

       A shorcut to File::Spec::catdir using Find::Lib's base.


       in versions <1.0 of Find::Lib, the import arguments allowed you to specify a Bootstrap
       package. This option is now removed breaking backward compatibility. I'm sorry about that,
       but that was a dumb idea of mine to save more typing. But it saves, like, 3 characters at
       the expense of readability. So, I'm sure I didn't break anybody, because probabaly no one
       was relying on a stupid behaviour.

       However, the multiple libs argument passing is kept intact: you can still use:

           use Find::Lib libs => [ 'a', 'b', 'c' ];

       where "libs" is a reference to a list of path to add to @INC.

       The short forms implies that the first argument passed to import is not "libs" or "pkgs".
       An example of usage is given in the SYNOPSIS section.


       FindBin, FindBin::libs, lib, rlib, local::lib


       Yann Kerherve, "<yann.kerherve at>"


       Please report any bugs or feature requests to "bug-find-lib at", or through
       the web interface at
       <>.  I will be notified, and then
       you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


       Six Apart hackers nourrished the discussion that led to this module creation.

       Jonathan Steinert (hachi) for doing all the conception of 0.03 shell expansion mode with


       I welcome feedback about this module, don't hesitate to contact me regarding this module,
       usage or code.

       You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

           perldoc Find::Lib

       You can also look for information at:

       ·   AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation


       ·   CPAN Ratings


       ·   RT: CPAN's request tracker


       ·   Search CPAN



       Copyright 2007, 2009 Yann Kerherve, all rights reserved.

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