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       Test::StagedFileProducer -- mtime-based file production engine


         use Test::StagedFileProducer;

         my $wherever = '/your/test/directory';

         my $producer = Test::StagedFileProducer->new(path => $wherever);
         $producer->exclude("$wherever/log", "$wherever/build-stamp");

         my $output = "$wherever/file.out";
               products => [$output],
               build =>sub {
                   printf "Building $output.\n";
               skip =>sub {
                   printf "Skipping $output.\n";

         $producer->run(minimum_epoch => time, verbose => 1);


       Provides a way to define and stack file production stages that all depend on subsets of
       the same group of files.

       After the stages are defined, the processing engine takes an inventory of all files in a
       target directory. It excludes some files, like logs, that should not be considered.

       Each stage adds its own products to the list of files to be excluded before deciding
       whether to produce them. The decision is based on relative file modification times, in
       addition to a systemic rebuilding threshold. Before rebuilding, each stage asks a lower
       stage to make the same determination.

       The result is an engine with file production stages that depend on successively larger
       sets of files.


       new(path => PATH)
           Create a new instance focused on files in directory PATH.

           Excludes all absolute paths in LIST from all mtime comparisons.  This is especially
           useful for logs. Calls to Path::Tiny->realpath are made to ensure the elements are
           canonical and have a chance of matching something returned by File::Find::Rule.

           Add a stage defined by HASH to the processing engine for processing after stages
           previously added. HASH can define the following keys:

           $HASH{products} => LIST; a list of full-path filenames to be produced.

           $HASH{minimum_epoch} => EPOCH; an integer threshold for maximum age

           $HASH{build} => SUB; a sub executed when production is required.

           $HASH{skip} => SUB; a sub executed when production is not required.

           Runs the defined engine using the given parameters, which are arranged in a matching
           list suitable for assignment to a hash.  The following two parameters are currently

           minimum_epoch => EPOCH; a systemic threshold, in epochs, below which rebuilding is
           mandatory for any product.

           verbose => BOOLEAN; an option to enable more verbose reporting

           An internal subroutine that is used recursively to execute the stages. The list passed
           describes the list of files to be excluded from subsequent mtime calculations.

           Please note that the bulk of the execution takes place after calling the next lower
           stage. That is to ensure that any lower build targets (or products, in our parlance)
           are met before the present stage attempts to do its job.