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README file for libwww-perl version 5b9 --------------------------------------- Libwww-perl is a collection of Perl modules which provides a simple and consistent programming interface (API) to the World-Wide Web. The main focus of the library is to provide functions that allow you to write WWW clients, thus libwww-perl said to be a WWW client library. The library also contain modules that are of more general use. There are actually two versions of libwww-perl: one for Perl4, and one for Perl5. Both have a similar architecture, loosely based on the CERN Library of Common Code. The Perl4 version is maintained by Roy Fielding, and was the basis for tools such as MOMSpider. This version and much more information about its libraries can be found at: http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/websoft/libwww-perl/ ftp://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/websoft/libwww-perl/ The Perl5 version (this package) is a complete rewrite for Perl5: the code is organized in Modules, provides an Object Oriented API, is updated for the latest HTTP and URL specification, and offers some extended functionality. AVAILABILITY The Perl5 version of libwww-perl is currently in beta, and the latest version should always be available from: http://www.sn.no/libwww-perl/ The library is also available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN). Visit <URL:http://www.perl.com/> to find a CPAN site near you. INSTALLATION In order to use this package you will need Perl version 5.002 or better. As usual, you install the library by running these commands: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install You can edit the configuration section of Makefile.PL to select which programs to install in addition to the library itself. If you don't want to install any programs then make the initial Makefile with: perl Makefile.PL -n Network tests are not enabled automatically when you unpack this package. Consult the t/README file for instructions on how to enable these tests. DOCUMENTATION See lib/LWP.pm for details of the library. See ChangeLog for recent changes. POD style documentation is included in all modules and scripts. You should be able to use the 'perldoc' utility to extract documentation from these files. MAILING LIST The best place to report bugs and discuss this package is on the <email@example.com> mailing list. You can join the mailing list by sending a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with "Subscribe" as subject. ^^^^^^^^ COPYRIGHT © 1995 Martijn Koster. All rights reserved. © 1995, 1996 Gisle Aas. All rights reserved. This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Enjoy!