What are the semantics of 'stat' on a dirhandle in Perl?
On researching another question I noted that the stat function in Perl can take a dirhandle as its argument (instead of a filehandle or filename).
However I can't find any examples of correct use of this - there are none in the Perl manual.
Can anyone show an example of how to use it?
You use it in the same way you do for a file or filehandle:
#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; my $dir = shift; opendir(DIR, $dir) or die "Failed to open $dir: $!\n"; my @stats = stat DIR; closedir(DIR); my $atime = scalar localtime $stats; print "Last access time on $dir: $atime\n";
The ability to use stat on directory handles was just added around Perl 5.10 so it should be avoided if you care about portability.