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L I B W W W - P E R L - 5 ----------------------------- The libwww-perl collection is a set of Perl modules which provides a simple and consistent application programming interface to the World-Wide Web. The main focus of the library is to provide classes and functions that allow you to write WWW clients. The library also contain modules that are of more general use and even classes that help you implement simple HTTP servers. PREREQUISITES In order to install and use this package you will need Perl version 5.6 or better. Some modules within this package depend on other packages that are distributed separately from Perl. We recommend that you have the following packages installed before you install libwww-perl: URI MIME-Base64 HTML-Tagset HTML-Parser libnet Digest-MD5 Compress-Zlib If you want to access sites using the https protocol, then you need to install the Crypt::SSLeay or the IO::Socket::SSL module. The README.SSL file will tell you more about how libwww-perl supports SSL. INSTALLATION You install libwww-perl using the normal perl module distribution drill: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install If you don't want to install any programs (only the library files) then pass the '--no-programs' option to Makefile.PL: perl Makefile.PL --no-programs DOCUMENTATION See the lib/LWP.pm file for an overview of the library. See the Changes file for recent changes. POD style documentation is included in all modules and scripts. These are normally converted to manual pages and installed as part of the "make install" process. You should also be able to use the 'perldoc' utility to extract and read documentation from the module files directly. SUPPORT Bug reports and suggestions for improvements can be sent to the <email@example.com> mailing list. This mailing list is also the place for general discussions and development of the libwww-perl package. AVAILABILITY The latest version of libwww-perl is available from CPAN: http://search.cpan.org/dist/libwww-perl/ If you want to hack on the source it might be a good idea to grab the latest version with git using the command: git clone git://gitorious.org/libwww-perl/mainline.git lwp You can also browse the git repository at: http://gitorious.org/projects/libwww-perl COPYRIGHT © 1995-2008 Gisle Aas. All rights reserved. © 1995 Martijn Koster. All rights reserved. This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Enjoy!