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Hi. I know it has been almost two months since I asked this, but I got frustrated then, so decided to let this sit for a while. So now I have calmed down a bit, I can dig in.

So, today I decided to give File::ShareDir a go on the command line, and I got the answer I was looking for initially. The main directory for external files a module needs is lib/auto. So now I know where to put the external data files and can use File::ShareDir to hopefully get them. I have not tried this yet but will shortly. Here is what I think the top of my module will look like, in this case I am using one of my favorites, Random::Color.

package Random::Color; use v5.10.0; use strict; use warnings; use Exporter qw(import); use File::ShareDir qw(module_dir); use Fancy::Rand qw(fancy_rand); use Fancy::Open qw(fancy_open); our $VERSION = '1.000'; our @EXPORT_OK = qw(random_color); my $directory = module_dir('Random::Color'); my @Crayola_crayons = fancy_open("$directory/Crayola_crayon_colors.txt +");; my @MandMs = fancy_open("$directory/MandMs_colors.txt");

Also, I am assuming when I go to package Random::Color the file list inside the package will be something like this.

  • Random-Color
    • Changes
    • ignore.txt
    • Makefile.PL
    • README
    • lib
      • auto
        • Random
          • Color
            • Crayola_crayon_colors.txt
            • MandMs_colors.txt
      • Random
        • Color.pod
    • t
      • 00-load.t
      • manifest.t
      • pod-coverage.t
      • pod.t
    • xt
      • boilerplate.t

Am I on the right track here? I got the base of this structure from Discipulus's tutorial.

As an aside, I finally started using git because of that tutorial. How to use git was explained very well there. I am so very grateful for it!

Update: I tried it, it works as expected, I'm happy! Thank you for the recommendation.

My OS is Debian 10 (Buster); my perl versions are 5.28.1 local and 5.16.3 or 5.30.0 on web host depending on the shebang.

No matter how hysterical I get, my problems are not time sensitive. So, relax, have a cookie, and a very nice day!
Lady Aleena

In reply to Re^2: Where to put data that goes with a module? by Lady_Aleena
in thread Where to put data that goes with a module? by Lady_Aleena

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