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       Path::Class::File::Stat - test whether the file beneath a Path::Class::File object has


         use Path::Class::File::Stat;
         my $file = Path::Class::File::Stat->new('path','to','file');

         # $file has all the magic of Path::Class::File

         # sometime later
         if ($file->changed) {
           # do something provocative


       Path::Class::File::Stat is a simple extension of Path::Class::File.
       Path::Class::File::Stat is useful in long-running programs (as under mod_perl) where you
       might have a file handle opened and want to check if the underlying file has changed.


       Path::Class::File::Stat extends Path::Class::File objects in the following ways.

       Calling this method will attempt to load Digest::MD5 and use that in addition to stat()
       for creating file signatures. This is similar to how File::Modified works.

       Returns the previously cached File::stat object if the file's device number and inode
       number have changed, or if the modification time or size has changed, or if use_md5() is
       on, the MD5 signature of the file's contents has changed.

       Returns 0 (false) otherwise.

       While File::Modified uses a MD5 signature of the stat() of a file to determine if the file
       has changed, changed() uses a simpler (and probably more naive) algorithm. If you need a
       more sophisticated way of determining if a file has changed, use the restat() method and
       compare the cached File::stat object it returns with the current File::stat object.

       Example of your own changed() logic:

        my $oldstat = $file->restat;
        my $newstat = $file->stat;
        # compare $oldstat and $newstat any way you like

       Or just use File::Modified instead.

       Re-cache the File::stat object in the Path::Class::File::Stat object. Returns the
       previously cached File::stat object.

       The changed() method calls this method internally if changed() is going to return true.


       Path::Class, Path::Class::File, File::Signature, File::Modified


       Peter Karman, <>


       Copyright (C) 2006, 2013 by Peter Karman

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