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FileList(3)	      User Contributed Perl Documentation	   FileList(3)

       File::RsyncP::FileList -	Perl interface to rsync	file list encoding and

	   use File::RsyncP::FileList;

	   $fileList = File::RsyncP::FileList->new({
	       preserve_uid	   => 1,
	       preserve_gid	   => 1,
	       preserve_links	   => 1,
	       preserve_devices	   => 1,
	       preserve_hard_links => 0,
	       always_checksum	   => 0,
	       remote_version	   => 26,

	   # decoding an incoming file list
	   while ( !$fileList->decodeDone && !$fileList->fatalError ) {
	       $data .=	readMoreDataFromRemoteRsync();
	       $bytesDone = $fileList->decode($data);
	       $data = substr($data, $bytesDone) if ( $bytesDone > 0 );

	   # create (encode) a file list
		   name	 => $filePath,
		   dev	 => $stat[0],
		   inode => $stat[1],
		   mode	 => $stat[2],
		   uid	 => $stat[4],
		   gid	 => $stat[5],
		   rdev	 => $stat[6],
		   mtime => $stat[9],
	   $data = $fileList->encodeData;

	   # get file information, for file number 5:
	   $fileInfo = $fileList->get(5);

	   # utility functions
	   $numberOfFiles = $fileList->count;
	   $gotFatalError = $fileList->fatalError;

       The File::RsyncP::FileList module is used to encode and decode file
       lists in	using the same format at Rsync.

       The sender side of Rsync	creates	a list of all the files	the are	going
       to be sent.  This list is sent in a compact format to the receiver
       side.  Each side	then sorts the list and	removes	duplicate entries.
       From this point on, all files are referred to by	their integer index
       into the	sorted file list.

       A new file list object is created by calling
       File::RsyncP::FileList->new.  An	object can be used to decode or	encode
       a file list.  There is no mechanism to reset the	state of a file	list:
       you should create a new object each time	you need to do a new decode or

       The new() function takes	a hashref of options, which correspond to
       various rsync command-line switches.  These must	exactly	match the
       arguments to the	remote rsync, otherwise	the file list format will not
       be compatible and decoding will fail.

	   $fileList = File::RsyncP::FileList->new({
	       preserve_uid	   => 1,       # --owner
	       preserve_gid	   => 1,       # --group
	       preserve_links	   => 1,       # --links
	       preserve_devices	   => 1,       # --devices
	       preserve_hard_links => 0,       # --hard-links
	       always_checksum	   => 0,       # --checksum
	       remote_version	   => 26,      # remote	protocol version

       The decoding functions take a stream of bytes from the remote rsync and
       convert them into an internal data structure.  Rather than store	the
       file list as a native perl list of hashes (which	occupies too much
       memory for large	file lists), the same internal data structure as rsync
       is used.	 Individual file list entries can be returned with the get()

       File list data read from	the remote rsync should	be passed to the
       decode()	function.  The data may	be read	and processed in arbitrary
       sized chunks.  The decode() function returns how	many bytes were
       actually	processed.  It is the caller's responsbility to	remove that
       number of bytes from the	input argument,	preserving the remaining bytes
       for the next call to decode().  The decodeDone()	function returns true
       when the	file list is complete.	The fatalError() function returns true
       if there	was a non-recoverable error while decoding.

       The clean() function needs to be	called after the file list decode is
       complete.  The clean() function sorts the file list and removes
       repeated	entries.  Skipping this	step will produce unexpected results:
       since files are referred	to using integers, each	side will refer	to
       different files is the file lists are not sorted	and purged in exactly
       the same	manner.

       A typical decode	loop looks like:

	   while ( !$fileList->decodeDone && !$fileList->fatalError ) {
	       $data .=	readMoreDataFromRemoteRsync();
	       $bytesDone = $fileList->decode($data);
	       $data = substr($data, $bytesDone) if ( $bytesDone > 0 );

       After clean() is	called,	the number of files in the file	list can be
       found by	calling	count().  Files	can be fetched by calling the get()
       function, with an index from 0 to count()-1:

	   $fileInfo = $fileList->get(5);

       The get() function returns a hashref with various entries:

	       name	 path name of the file (relative to rsync dir):
			 equal to dirname/basename
	       basename	 file name, without directory
	       dirname	 directory where file resides
	       sum	 file MD4 checksum (only present if --checksum specified)
	       uid	 file user id
	       gid	 file group id
	       mode	 file mode
	       mtime	 file modification time
	       size	 file length
	       dev	 device	number on which	file resides
	       inode	 file inode
	       link	 link contents if the file is a	sym link
	       rdev	 major/minor device number if file is char/block special

       Various fields will only	have valid values if the corresponding options
       are set (eg: uid	if preserve_uid	is set,	dev and	inode if
       preserve_hard_links is set etc).

       For example, to dump out	each of	hash you could do this:

	   use Data::Dumper;
	   my $count = $fileList->count;
	   for ( my $i = 0 ; $i	< $count ; $i++	) {
	       print("File $i is:\n");
	       print Dumper($fileList->get($i));

       The encode() function is	used to	build a	file list in preparation for
       encoding	and sending a file list	to a remote rsync.  The	encode()
       function	takes a	hashref	argument with the parameters for one file.  It
       should be called	once for each file.  The parameter names are the same
       as those	returned by get().

       In this example the matching stat() values are shown:

		   name	 => $filePath,
		   dev	 => $stat[0],
		   inode => $stat[1],
		   mode	 => $stat[2],
		   uid	 => $stat[4],
		   gid	 => $stat[5],
		   rdev	 => $stat[6],
		   size	 => $stat[7],
		   mtime => $stat[9],

       It is not necessary to specify basename and dirname; these are
       extracted from name.  You only need to specify the parameters that
       match the options given to new().  You can also specify sum and link as

       To compute the encoded file list	data the encodeData() function should
       be called.  It can be called every time encode()	is called, or once at
       the end of all the encode() calls.  It returns the encoded data that
       should be sent to the remote rsync:

	   $data = $fileList->encodeData;

       It is recommended that encodeData() be called frequently	to avoid the
       need to allocate	large internal buffers to hold the entire encoded file
       list.  Since encodeData() does not know when the	last file has been
       encoded,	it is the caller's responsbility to add	the final null byte
       (eg: pack("C", 0)) to the data to indicate the end of the file list

       After all the file list entries are processed you should	call clean():


       This ensures that each side (sender/receiver) has identical sorted file

   Utility functions
       The count() function returns the	total number of	files in the internal
       file list (either decoded or encoded).

       The fatalError()	function returns true if a fatal error has occured
       during file decoding.  It should	be called in the decode	loop to	make
       sure no error has occured.

       File::RsyncP::FileList was written by Craig Barratt
       <>	based on rsync 2.5.5.

       Rsync was written by Andrew Tridgell <> and Paul
       Mackerras.  It is available under a GPL license.	 See

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
       Free Software Foundation; either	version	2 of the License, or (at your
       option) any later version.

       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
       WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
       General Public License for more details.

       You should have received	a copy of the GNU General Public License in
       the LICENSE file	along with this	program; if not, write to the Free
       Software	Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA
       02111-1307 USA.

       See <> for File::RsyncP's SourceForge
       home page.

       See File::RsyncP	and File::RsyncP::FileIO for more precise examples of
       using File::RsyncP::FileList.

       Also see	BackupPC's lib/BackupPC/Xfer/ for	other

perl v5.20.3			  2015-01-18			   FileList(3)


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