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NAME Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::CPANLinks - provide links to CPAN module docs DESCRIPTION A module for Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable-powered IRC bots, to automatically provide links to documentation when people mention certain CPAN modules or keywords. Can be configured to only respond to modules in certain namespaces on a per-channel basis. HOW IT WORKS If someone's message looks like it contains a CPAN module name (e.g. `Foo::Bar'), this plugin will look for the bot setting `filter_$channel' where `$channel' is the channel that the user spoke in - so, e.g. `filter_#dancer'. If this setting exists, its value should be a regular expression; if the module name matches this expression, the plugin will look up that module, and, if it exists, provide a link to it (unless it has done so more recently than the configurable threshold). Similarly, if someone says something like "the session keyword" or similar, the plugin will check if `keywords_$channel' exists and is set to a package name; if it does, it will make sure that package is loaded, check if that package `can($keyword)', and if so, will provide a link to the documentation for that keyword. So, for example, in the `#dancer' channel, `keywords_#dancer' would be set to `Dancer' - so if I say "the session keyword", the plugin will check if `Dancer-'can('session')> to check it's a valid keyword, and if so, will provide a link to the docs. WARNING: this setting causes the named package to be loaded; that means that anyone who can configure your bot from IRC can cause a package of their choosing to be loaded into your bot. It must be a package which is already installed on your system, of course, but it deserves that warning. CONFIGURATION See Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::Vars for details on how to set the appropriate config options in your bot's store (or do it directly in the DB, if you prefer). The settings to set up are: `filter_channelname' Set the pattern which module names must match for a given channel. If this setting doesn't exist for the channel, nothing will be linked. For example, for `#dancer', `filter_#dancer' is set to `^Dancer'. `keywords_channelname' Set the package from which keywords are linked for a given channel. If this setting doesn't exist for the channel, no keywords will be linked. If you want to use this, set this setting to the name of the package keywords should be looked for in - for instance, for `#dancer', `keywords_#dancer' is set to `Dancer'. So, if I mention e.g. "see the session keyword", the bot will check if `Dancer-'can('session')>, see that that's a valid keyword, and will provide a link to the docs. Be aware that using this setting means the named package will be loaded; this means anyone who can configure your bot can cause a package of their choosing to be loaded. However, it's loaded by Module::Load at runtime, so no importing will be done, and it can only be a package installed on your system. It's still something to be aware of, though, if you think there's a possibility of code in your `@INC' that you wouldn't want your bot to load. `dupe_gap' How many seconds between successive mentions of the same module name / keyword to wait before providing a link again. Nobody wants the bot to respond with a link every time a given module name is mentioned. If not set, defaults to a sensible value. HOSTED OPTION If you like the idea of this but don't want to go to the effort of setting it up, I have a bot on `irc.perl.org' already running it, which I'd be happy to add to your channel and configure appropriately for you - just drop me a mail. AUTHOR David Precious (bigpresh) `<firstname.lastname@example.org>'