File::RandomAccess

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Updated: 2008-04-09
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NAME

File::RandomAccess - Random access reads of sequential file or scalar  

SYNOPSIS

    use File::RandomAccess;

    $raf = new File::RandomAccess(\*FILE, $disableSeekTest);

    $raf = new File::RandomAccess(\$data);

    $err = $raf->Seek($pos);
    $num = $raf->Read($buff, $bytes);

 

DESCRIPTION

Allows random access to sequential file by buffering the file if necessary. Also allows access to data in memory to be accessed as if it were a file.  

METHODS

new
Creates a new RandomAccess object given a file reference or reference to data in memory.

    # Read from open file or pipe
    $raf = new File::RandomAccess(\*FILE);

    # Read from data in memory
    $raf = new File::RandomAccess(\$data);

Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.

1) File reference or scalar reference.

2) flag set if file is already random access (disables automatic SeekTest).

Returns:
Reference to RandomAccess object.
SeekTest
Performs test seek() on file to determine if buffering is necessary. If the seek() fails, then the file is buffered to allow random access. SeekTest() is automatically called from new unless specified.

    $result = $raf->SeekTest();

Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.
Returns:
1 if seek test passed (ie. no buffering required).
Notes:
Must be called before any other i/o.
Tell
Get current position in file

    $pos = $raf->Tell();

Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.
Returns:
Current position in file
Seek
Seek to specified position in file. When buffered, this doesn't quite behave like seek() since it returns success even if you seek outside the limits of the file.

    $success = $raf->Seek($pos, 0);

Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.

1) Position.

2) Whence (0=from start, 1=from cur pos, 2=from end).

Returns:
1 on success, 0 otherwise
Read
Read data from the file.

    $num = $raf->Read($buff, 1024);

Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.

1) Buffer.

2) Number of bytes to read.

Returns:
Number of bytes actually read.
ReadLine
Read a line from file (end of line is $/).
Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.

1) Buffer.

Returns:
Number of bytes read.
Slurp
Read whole file into buffer, without changing read pointer.
Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.
Returns:
Nothing.
BinMode
Set binary mode for file.
Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.
Returns:
Nothing.
Close
Close the file and free the buffer.
Inputs:
0) Reference to RandomAccess object.
Returns:
Nothing.
 

AUTHOR

Copyright 2003-2008 Phil Harvey (phil at owl.phy.queensu.ca)

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

SEE ALSO

Image::ExifTool(3pm)


 

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