# Briefly

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Simple, robust temporary file support for Elixir.

## Highlighted Features

* Create temporary files with prefix and extname options.
* Files are removed after the requesting process exits.
* File creation is based on [Plug.Upload]('s robust retry logic.
* Configurable; built-in support for system environment variables and fallbacks.

## Usage

The fastest way to use Briefly is with [`Mix.install/2`]( (requires Elixir v1.12+):

  {:briefly, "~> 0.4.0"}

{:ok, path} = Briefly.create()
File.write!(path, "My temp file contents")!(path)
# => "My temp file contents"

# When this process exits, the file at `path` is removed

If you want to use Briefly in a Mix project, you can add the above dependency to your list of dependencies in `mix.exs`.

To use Briefly outside of the context of an application's dependency tree (e.g. in an .exs file), first run `Briefly.start`.

Briefly can also create a temporary directory:

{:ok, dir} = Briefly.create(directory: true)
File.write!(Path.join(dir, "test.txt"), "Some Text")
# When this process exits, the directory and file are removed

Refer to [the documentation]( for a list of options that are available to `Briefly.create/1` and `Briefly.create!/1`.

## Configuration

The default, out-of-the-box settings for Briefly are equivalent to the
following Mix config:

# config/config.exs
config :briefly,
  directory: [{:system, "TMPDIR"}, {:system, "TMP"}, {:system, "TEMP"}, "/tmp"],
  default_prefix: "briefly",
  default_extname: ""

`directory` here declares an ordered list of possible directory definitions that Briefly will check in order.

The `{:system, env_var}` tuples point to system environment variables to be checked. If none of these are defined, Briefly will use the final entry: `/tmp`.

You can override the settings with your own candidates in your application Mix
config (and pass `prefix` and `extname` to `Briefly.create` to override
`default_prefix` and `default_extname` on a case-by-case basis).

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## License

Copyright (c) 2023 CargoSense, Inc.

Portions derived from Plug,
Copyright (c) 2013 Plataformatec

  Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
  you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
  You may obtain a copy of the License at


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