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DESCRIPTION XML::Simple - Easy API to read/write XML (esp config files) PREREQUISITES XML::Simple requires a module capable of parsing XML - either XML::SAX or XML::Parser must be installed (if you're running ActivePerl, you'll already have XML::Parser installed). If you have installed XML::SAX, it will be used by default. You should consider installing XML::SAX::Expat or XML::LibXML to replace the (slower) PurePerl parser from the XML::SAX distribution. To generate documents with namespaces, XML::NamespaceSupport is required. The optional caching features of XML::Simple also require Storable.pm. Note: These prerequisites cannot be resolved automatically by CPAN.pm since you must decide whether to use XML::Parser or XML::SAX. WARNING MESSAGES FROM XML::SAX When you use XML::Simple, you may see this warning message: could not find ParserDetails.ini in C:/Perl/site/lib/XML/SAX This means your XML::SAX installation is broken (perhaps you installed version 0.10 from the ActiveState PPM repository). Since it's broken anyway, the simplest way to suppress these warnings is to remove C:/Perl/site/lib/XML/SAX.pm. The procedure for correctly installing the latest version of XML::SAX is documented here: http://perl-xml.sourceforge.net/faq/#win32_cpan BUILDING/INSTALLING Once the archive is unpacked, use these commands: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install If for some reason, you can't run these commands, you can simple copy the Simple.pm file to your lib/XML directory (where Parser.pm lives). If you want to test the module, but don't have 'make', try: perl maketest STATUS This version (2.06) is the current stable release. Please send any feedback to the author: email@example.com NEW IN THIS RELEASE - bug fix for strict mode requiring ForceArray on output New in Version 2.05 - fixed warnings when NormaliseSpace undefined (reported by Peter Scott and others) - added support for specifying ForceArray using regular expressions (patch from Jim Cromie) - added check to escape_value to guard against undefined argument (reported by Henrik Gemal) - added NoIndent option (requested by Afroze Husain Zubairi) New in Version 2.04 - new 'GroupTags' option (patch from Michel Rodriguez) - optionally collapse 'content' hashes to scalars after folding (also from Michel) - new variable substitution facility via 'Variables' and 'VarAttr' options (Michel again) - new 'NormaliseSpace' option (suggested by Alex Manoussakis) - option names are no longer case-sensitive and can include '_' - XMLin() and XMLout() aliased to xml_in() and xml_out() New in Version 2.03 - fixed circular reference check which was incorrectly catching 'parallel' references (patch from Theo Lengyel) New in Version 2.02: - changed Storable calls to use locking New in Version 2.01: - fixed bug whereby :strict mode required forcearray on XMLout() New in Version 2.00: - First production release with SAX support - Added support for 'strict mode' to catch common mistakes - Removed locking code (as it was incompatible with iThreads) - POD updates - Added (updated) FAQ document to distribution See 'Changes' for a detailed history. See 'perldoc XML::Simple' for full documentation. See 'perldoc XML::Simple::FAQ' for frequently asked questions. COPYRIGHT Copyright 1999-2003 Grant McLean <firstname.lastname@example.org> This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.