Win32::ChangeNotify - Monitor events related to files and directories


NAME

Win32::ChangeNotify - Monitor events related to files and directories

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VERSION

This document describes version 1.07 of Win32::ChangeNotify, released April 16, 2008 as part of Win32-IPC version 1.07.

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SYNOPSIS

        require Win32::ChangeNotify;
        $notify = Win32::ChangeNotify->new($Path,$WatchSubTree,$Events);
        $notify->wait or warn "Something failed: $!\n";
        # There has been a change.

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DESCRIPTION

This module allows the user to use a Win32 change notification event object from Perl. This allows the Perl program to monitor events relating to files and directory trees.

Unfortunately, the Win32 API which implements this feature does not provide any indication of what triggered the notification (as far as I know). If you're monitoring a directory for file changes, and you need to know which file changed, you'll have to find some other way of determining that. Depending on exactly what you're trying to do, you may be able to check file timestamps to find recently changed files. Or, you may need to cache the directory contents somewhere and compare the current contents to your cached copy when you receive a change notification.

The wait method and wait_all & wait_any functions are inherited from the the Win32::IPC manpage module.

Methods

$notify = Win32::ChangeNotify->new($path, $subtree, $filter)

Constructor for a new ChangeNotification object. $path is the directory to monitor. If $subtree is true, then all directories under $path will be monitored. $filter indicates what events should trigger a notification. It should be a string containing any of the following flags (separated by whitespace and/or |).

   ATTRIBUTES   Any attribute change
   DIR_NAME     Any directory name change
   FILE_NAME    Any file name change (creating/deleting/renaming)
   LAST_WRITE   Any change to a file's last write time
   SECURITY     Any security descriptor change
   SIZE         Any change in a file's size

($filter can also be an integer composed from the FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_* constants.)

Under Cygwin, $path must be a Windows pathname, not a Cygwin Unix-like pathname.

$notify->close

Shut down monitoring. You could just undef $notify instead (but close works even if there are other copies of the object). This happens automatically when your program exits.

$notify->reset

Resets the ChangeNotification object after a change has been detected. The object will become signalled again after the next change. (It is OK to call this immediately after new, but it is not required.) Returns true if successful, or zero if it fails (additional error information can be found in $^E).

$notify->wait

See the Win32::IPC manpage. Remember to call reset afterwards if you want to continue monitoring.

Deprecated Functions and Methods

Win32::ChangeNotify still supports the ActiveWare syntax, but its use is deprecated.

FindFirst($Obj,$PathName,$WatchSubTree,$Filter)

Use

  $Obj = Win32::ChangeNotify->new($PathName,$WatchSubTree,$Filter)

instead.

$obj->FindNext()

Use $obj->reset instead.

$obj->Close()

Use $obj->close instead.

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DIAGNOSTICS

None.

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CONFIGURATION AND ENVIRONMENT

Win32::ChangeNotify requires no configuration files or environment variables.

It runs under 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows, either natively or under Cygwin.

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DEPENDENCIES

the Win32::IPC manpage

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INCOMPATIBILITIES

Prior to version 1.06, Win32::ChangeNotify treated undef values differently. In version 1.06 and later, passing undef as the value of an optional parameter is the same as omitting that parameter. In previous versions, undef was interpreted as either the empty string or 0 (along with a warning about "Use of uninitialized value...").

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BUGS AND LIMITATIONS

No bugs have been reported.

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AUTHOR

Christopher J. Madsen <perl AT cjmweb.net>

Please report any bugs or feature requests to <bug-Win32-IPC AT rt.cpan.org> >, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Bug/Report.html

Loosely based on the original module by ActiveWare Internet Corp., http://www.ActiveState.com

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LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright 1998-2008 Christopher J. Madsen

Created: 3 Feb 1998 from the ActiveWare version (c) 1995 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed by ActiveWare Internet Corp., http://www.ActiveState.com

  Other modifications (c) 1997 by Gurusamy Sarathy <gsar@cpan.org>

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

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DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY

BECAUSE THIS SOFTWARE IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE SOFTWARE, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE SOFTWARE "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE SOFTWARE PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR, OR CORRECTION.

IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MAY MODIFY AND/OR REDISTRIBUTE THE SOFTWARE AS PERMITTED BY THE ABOVE LICENSE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING RENDERED INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY YOU OR THIRD PARTIES OR A FAILURE OF THE SOFTWARE TO OPERATE WITH ANY OTHER SOFTWARE), EVEN IF SUCH HOLDER OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

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