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Archive::Extract(3)	       User Contributed Perl Documentation	      Archive::Extract(3)

NAME
       Archive::Extract - A generic archive extracting mechanism

SYNOPSIS
	   use Archive::Extract;

	   ### build an Archive::Extract object ###
	   my $ae = Archive::Extract->new( archive => 'foo.tgz' );

	   ### extract to cwd() ###
	   my $ok = $ae->extract;

	   ### extract to /tmp ###
	   my $ok = $ae->extract( to => '/tmp' );

	   ### what if something went wrong?
	   my $ok = $ae->extract or die $ae->error;

	   ### files from the archive ###
	   my $files   = $ae->files;

	   ### dir that was extracted to ###
	   my $outdir  = $ae->extract_path;

	   ### quick check methods ###
	   $ae->is_tar	   # is it a .tar file?
	   $ae->is_tgz	   # is it a .tar.gz or .tgz file?
	   $ae->is_gz;	   # is it a .gz file?
	   $ae->is_zip;    # is it a .zip file?
	   $ae->is_bz2;    # is it a .bz2 file?
	   $ae->is_tbz;    # is it a .tar.bz2 or .tbz file?
	   $ae->is_lzma;   # is it a .lzma file?
	   $ae->is_xz;	   # is it a .xz file?
	   $ae->is_txz;    # is it a .tar.xz or .txz file?

	   ### absolute path to the archive you provided ###
	   $ae->archive;

	   ### commandline tools, if found ###
	   $ae->bin_tar     # path to /bin/tar, if found
	   $ae->bin_gzip    # path to /bin/gzip, if found
	   $ae->bin_unzip   # path to /bin/unzip, if found
	   $ae->bin_bunzip2 # path to /bin/bunzip2 if found
	   $ae->bin_unlzma  # path to /bin/unlzma if found
	   $ae->bin_unxz    # path to /bin/unxz if found

DESCRIPTION
       Archive::Extract is a generic archive extraction mechanism.

       It allows you to extract any archive file of the type .tar, .tar.gz, .gz, .Z, tar.bz2,
       .tbz, .bz2, .zip, .xz,, .txz, .tar.xz or .lzma without having to worry how it does so, or
       use different interfaces for each type by using either perl modules, or commandline tools
       on your system.

       See the "HOW IT WORKS" section further down for details.

METHODS
   $ae = Archive::Extract->new(archive => '/path/to/archive',[type => TYPE])
       Creates a new "Archive::Extract" object based on the archive file you passed it.
       Automatically determines the type of archive based on the extension, but you can override
       that by explicitly providing the "type" argument.

       Valid values for "type" are:

       tar Standard tar files, as produced by, for example, "/bin/tar".  Corresponds to a ".tar"
	   suffix.

       tgz Gzip compressed tar files, as produced by, for example "/bin/tar -z".  Corresponds to
	   a ".tgz" or ".tar.gz" suffix.

       gz  Gzip compressed file, as produced by, for example "/bin/gzip".  Corresponds to a ".gz"
	   suffix.

       Z   Lempel-Ziv compressed file, as produced by, for example "/bin/compress".  Corresponds
	   to a ".Z" suffix.

       zip Zip compressed file, as produced by, for example "/bin/zip".  Corresponds to a ".zip",
	   ".jar" or ".par" suffix.

       bz2 Bzip2 compressed file, as produced by, for example, "/bin/bzip2".  Corresponds to a
	   ".bz2" suffix.

       tbz Bzip2 compressed tar file, as produced by, for example "/bin/tar -j".  Corresponds to
	   a ".tbz" or ".tar.bz2" suffix.

       lzma
	   Lzma compressed file, as produced by "/bin/lzma".  Corresponds to a ".lzma" suffix.

       xz  Xz compressed file, as produced by "/bin/xz".  Corresponds to a ".xz" suffix.

       txz Xz compressed tar file, as produced by, for example "/bin/tar -J".  Corresponds to a
	   ".txz" or ".tar.xz" suffix.

       Returns a "Archive::Extract" object on success, or false on failure.

   $ae->extract( [to => '/output/path'] )
       Extracts the archive represented by the "Archive::Extract" object to the path of your
       choice as specified by the "to" argument. Defaults to "cwd()".

       Since ".gz" files never hold a directory, but only a single file; if the "to" argument is
       an existing directory, the file is extracted there, with its ".gz" suffix stripped.  If
       the "to" argument is not an existing directory, the "to" argument is understood to be a
       filename, if the archive type is "gz".  In the case that you did not specify a "to"
       argument, the output file will be the name of the archive file, stripped from its ".gz"
       suffix, in the current working directory.

       "extract" will try a pure perl solution first, and then fall back to commandline tools if
       they are available. See the "GLOBAL VARIABLES" section below on how to alter this
       behaviour.

       It will return true on success, and false on failure.

       On success, it will also set the follow attributes in the object:

       $ae->extract_path
	   This is the directory that the files where extracted to.

       $ae->files
	   This is an array ref with the paths of all the files in the archive, relative to the
	   "to" argument you specified.  To get the full path to an extracted file, you would
	   use:

	       File::Spec->catfile( $to, $ae->files->[0] );

	   Note that all files from a tar archive will be in unix format, as per the tar
	   specification.

ACCESSORS
   $ae->error([BOOL])
       Returns the last encountered error as string.  Pass it a true value to get the
       "Carp::longmess()" output instead.

   $ae->extract_path
       This is the directory the archive got extracted to.  See "extract()" for details.

   $ae->files
       This is an array ref holding all the paths from the archive.  See "extract()" for details.

   $ae->archive
       This is the full path to the archive file represented by this "Archive::Extract" object.

   $ae->type
       This is the type of archive represented by this "Archive::Extract" object. See accessors
       below for an easier way to use this.  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->types
       Returns a list of all known "types" for "Archive::Extract"'s "new" method.

   $ae->is_tgz
       Returns true if the file is of type ".tar.gz".  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->is_tar
       Returns true if the file is of type ".tar".  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->is_gz
       Returns true if the file is of type ".gz".  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->is_Z
       Returns true if the file is of type ".Z".  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->is_zip
       Returns true if the file is of type ".zip".  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->is_lzma
       Returns true if the file is of type ".lzma".  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->is_xz
       Returns true if the file is of type ".xz".  See the "new()" method for details.

   $ae->bin_tar
       Returns the full path to your tar binary, if found.

   $ae->bin_gzip
       Returns the full path to your gzip binary, if found

   $ae->bin_unzip
       Returns the full path to your unzip binary, if found

   $ae->bin_unlzma
       Returns the full path to your unlzma binary, if found

   $ae->bin_unxz
       Returns the full path to your unxz binary, if found

   $bool = $ae->have_old_bunzip2
       Older versions of "/bin/bunzip2", from before the "bunzip2 1.0" release, require all
       archive names to end in ".bz2" or it will not extract them. This method checks if you have
       a recent version of "bunzip2" that allows any extension, or an older one that doesn't.

   debug( MESSAGE )
       This method outputs MESSAGE to the default filehandle if $DEBUG is true. It's a small
       method, but it's here if you'd like to subclass it so you can so something else with any
       debugging output.

HOW IT WORKS
       "Archive::Extract" tries first to determine what type of archive you are passing it, by
       inspecting its suffix. It does not do this by using Mime magic, or something related. See
       "CAVEATS" below.

       Once it has determined the file type, it knows which extraction methods it can use on the
       archive. It will try a perl solution first, then fall back to a commandline tool if that
       fails. If that also fails, it will return false, indicating it was unable to extract the
       archive.  See the section on "GLOBAL VARIABLES" to see how to alter this order.

CAVEATS
   File Extensions
       "Archive::Extract" trusts on the extension of the archive to determine what type it is,
       and what extractor methods therefore can be used. If your archives do not have any of the
       extensions as described in the "new()" method, you will have to specify the type
       explicitly, or "Archive::Extract" will not be able to extract the archive for you.

   Supporting Very Large Files
       "Archive::Extract" can use either pure perl modules or command line programs under the
       hood. Some of the pure perl modules (like "Archive::Tar" and Compress::unLZMA) take the
       entire contents of the archive into memory, which may not be feasible on your system.
       Consider setting the global variable $Archive::Extract::PREFER_BIN to 1, which will prefer
       the use of command line programs and won't consume so much memory.

       See the "GLOBAL VARIABLES" section below for details.

   Bunzip2 support of arbitrary extensions.
       Older versions of "/bin/bunzip2" do not support arbitrary file extensions and insist on a
       ".bz2" suffix. Although we do our best to guard against this, if you experience a bunzip2
       error, it may be related to this. For details, please see the "have_old_bunzip2" method.

GLOBAL VARIABLES
   $Archive::Extract::DEBUG
       Set this variable to "true" to have all calls to command line tools be printed out,
       including all their output.  This also enables "Carp::longmess" errors, instead of the
       regular "carp" errors.

       Good for tracking down why things don't work with your particular setup.

       Defaults to "false".

   $Archive::Extract::WARN
       This variable controls whether errors encountered internally by "Archive::Extract" should
       be "carp"'d or not.

       Set to false to silence warnings. Inspect the output of the "error()" method manually to
       see what went wrong.

       Defaults to "true".

   $Archive::Extract::PREFER_BIN
       This variables controls whether "Archive::Extract" should prefer the use of perl modules,
       or commandline tools to extract archives.

       Set to "true" to have "Archive::Extract" prefer commandline tools.

       Defaults to "false".

TODO / CAVEATS
       Mime magic support
	   Maybe this module should use something like "File::Type" to determine the type, rather
	   than blindly trust the suffix.

       Thread safety
	   Currently, "Archive::Extract" does a "chdir" to the extraction dir before extraction,
	   and a "chdir" back again after. This is not necessarily thread safe. See "rt.cpan.org"
	   bug "#45671" for details.

BUG REPORTS
       Please report bugs or other issues to <bug-archive-extract@rt.cpan.org>.

AUTHOR
       This module by Jos Boumans <kane@cpan.org>.

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

perl v5.16.3				    2013-02-15			      Archive::Extract(3)
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