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Better english names for -X
Maintainer: Adam Turoff <email@example.com> Date: 24 Sep 2000 Last Modified: 30 Sep 2000 Mailing List: firstname.lastname@example.org Number: 290 Version: 3 Status: Frozen
Many programmers who have not used Perl's -X (or sh's -X) file tests find them to be bizarre, arcane and confusing.
They deserve better 'use english;' names.
The first version of this RFC proposed removing -X entirely, since it was a throwback to Perl's roots in sh. That proposal was quite vigorously shot down. The discussion centered around creating good descriptive names around the -X tests.
While discussing -X, the idea came about to stack multiple tests into a single tests, e.g. mutate -r && -w && -x into -rwx $file (or something). See RFC 320 for details.
Tom Christiansen proposed this in his perl6storm message:
=item perl6storm #0101 Just like the "use english" pragma (the modern not-yet-written version of "use English" module), make something for legible fileops. is_readable(file) is really -r(file) note that these are hard to write now due to -s(FH)/2 style parsing bugs and prototype issues on handles vs paths.
Here is a list of possible 'use english;' names for -X:
-r freadable() -w fwriteable() -x fexecable() -o fowned() -R Freadable() -W Fwriteable() -X Fexecable() -O Fowned() -e fexists() -z fzero() -s fsize() -f ffile() -d fdir() -l flink() -p fpipe() -S fsocket() -b fblock() -c fchar() -t ftty() -u fsetuid() -g fsetgid() -k fsticky() -T ftext() -B fbinary() -M fage() -A faccessed() -C fchanged()
None. New symbolic names for -X are being added.
Add appropriate hooks into 'use english;', and possibly export them as 'use english "filetests";'