"File::lchown" - modify attributes of symlinks without dereferencing
use File::lchown qw( lchown lutimes );
lchown $uid, $gid, $linkpath or die "Cannot lchown() - $!";
lutimes $atime, $mtime, $linkpath or die "Cannot lutimes() - $!";
The regular "chown" system call will
dereference a symlink and apply ownership changes to the file at which it
points. Some OSes provide system calls that do not dereference a symlink but
instead apply their changes directly to the named path, even if that path is a
symlink (in much the same way that "lstat"
will return attributes of a symlink rather than the file at which it points).
$count = lchown $uid, $gid, @paths¶
Set the new user or group ownership of the specified paths, without
dereferencing any symlinks. Passing the value
"-1" as either the
$uid or $gid will leave that
attribute unchanged. Returns the number of files successfully changed.
$count = lutimes $atime, $mtime, @paths¶
Set the access and modification times on the specified paths, without
dereferencing any symlinks. Passing "undef"
as both $atime and $mtime will
update the times to the current system time.
Note that for both "lchown" and
"lutimes", if more than one path is given,
if later paths succeed after earlier failures, then the value of
$! will not be reliable to indicate the nature of
the failure. If you wish to use $! to report on
failures, make sure only to pass one path at a time.
- Implement sub-second precision on
"lutimes", most likely by taking floats
or two-element ARRAY refs, similar to
Paul Evans <firstname.lastname@example.org>