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       Perl::OSType - Map Perl operating system names to generic types


       version 1.010


         use Perl::OSType ':all';

         $current_type = os_type();
         $other_type = os_type('dragonfly'); # gives 'Unix'


       Modules that provide OS-specific behaviors often need to know if the
       current operating system matches a more generic type of operating
       systems. For example, 'linux' is a type of 'Unix' operating system and
       so is 'freebsd'.

       This module provides a mapping between an operating system name as
       given by $^O and a more generic type.  The initial version is based on
       the OS type mappings provided in Module::Build and ExtUtils::CBuilder.
       (Thus, Microsoft operating systems are given the type 'Windows' rather
       than 'Win32'.)


       No functions are exported by default. The export tag ":all" will export
       all functions listed below.

         $os_type = os_type();
         $os_type = os_type('MSWin32');

       Returns a single, generic OS type for a given operating system name.
       With no arguments, returns the OS type for the current value of $^O.
       If the operating system is not recognized, the function will return the
       empty string.

         $is_windows = is_os_type('Windows');
         $is_unix    = is_os_type('Unix', 'dragonfly');

       Given an OS type and OS name, returns true or false if the OS name is
       of the given type.  As with "os_type", it will use the current
       operating system as a default if no OS name is provided.


       o   Devel::CheckOS(3)


   Bugs / Feature Requests
       Please report any bugs or feature requests through the issue tracker at
       <>.  You will
       be notified automatically of any progress on your issue.

   Source Code
       This is open source software.  The code repository is available for
       public review and contribution under the terms of the license.


         git clone


       David Golden <>


       o   Chris 'BinGOs' Williams <>

       o   David Golden <>

       o   Graham Ollis <>

       o   Jonas B. Nielsen <jonasbn@hoarfrost.local>

       o   Owain G. Ainsworth <>

       o   Paul Green <>

       o   Piotr Roszatycki <>


       This software is copyright (c) 2016 by David Golden.

       This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
       the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

perl v5.26.1                      2017-07-18                 Perl::OSType(3pm)

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