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Config::Find::Where(3pm) User Contributed Perl Documentation Config::Find::Where(3pm)


Config::Find::Where - Find locations in the native OS fashion


  use Config::Find::Where;
  my $temp_dir=Config::Find::Where->temp_dir( name => 'my_app',
                                              scope => 'process',
                                              create => 1 );
  my $path=Config::Find::Where->bin_dir( scope => 'app' );
  system $path."/app_helper.exe";


Config::Find searches for locations using OS dependent heuristics.


After releasing Config::Find I found much of its code could be reused to also find other interesting things like temporary directories, the script location, etc.

This module adds a public API to all the hidden functionality.


As in Config::Find, all the methods in this package accept a common set of options:

specifies the primary application name used to generate the location paths or to search for them.
creates any nonexistent directory in the path returned


All the methods in this package are class methods (you don't need an object to call them).

returns a directory path inside a system temporary location. i.e.:

  Config::Find::Where->temp_dir( name =>'hello/world',
                                 scope => 'process',
                                 create => 1 )

returns something similar to


on unix like systems and


on some Windows ones ('jacks' is supposed to be the current user name and '974' the process number).

The default scope for this method is "user".

returns a place to find/place binary files. The default scope for this method is "app".



returns the path to the directory where binaries are located.

Note that this directory is not necessarily the same as the one containing the running script. See documentation for "script_dir" below.

returns a place to find/place working files.

The default scope for this method is "app".

$path = Config::Find::Where->lib_dir(%opts)
returns a place to find/place library files.

The default scope for this method is "app".

For instance:

  use lib => Config::Find::Where->lib_dir;
$path = Config::Find::Where->application_dir(%opts)
returns the application root directory.
returns the name of the running script without any path information
returns the name of the script as the absolute full path to it.
returns the name of the directory containing the current script
creates directory $dir and any needed parents
recursively creates all the nonexistent parent directories for $file.
searches for a script, based on the directories given in %opts, which are the same as bin_dir() method.


Some Win32 operating systems are not completely implemented and default to inferior modes, but hey, this is a work in progress!!!

Contributions, bug reports, feedback and any kind of comments are welcome.




Salvador Fandiño García, <>


Barbie, <> (some bug fixes and documentation)


Copyright 2003-2015 by Salvador Fandiño García ( Copyright 2015 by Barbie (

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

2022-06-11 perl v5.34.0