knorv knorv - 1 month ago 14
Perl Question

How can I tell if my Perl script is running under Windows?

What is the best way to programatically determine if a Perl script is executing on a Windows based system (Win9x, WinXP, Vista, Win7, etc.)?

Fill in the blanks here:

my $running_under_windows = ... ? 1 : 0;

Answer

From perldoc perlvar:

  • $OSNAME
  • $^O

The name of the operating system under which this copy of Perl was built, as determined during the configuration process. The value is identical to $Config{'osname'}. See also Config and the -V command-line switch documented in perlrun.

In Windows platforms, $^O is not very helpful: since it is always MSWin32, it doesn't tell the difference between 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/CE/.NET. Use Win32::GetOSName() or Win32::GetOSVersion() (see Win32 and perlport) to distinguish between the variants.

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