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libnet is a collection of Perl modules which provides a simple and consistent programming interface (API) to the client side of various protocols used in the internet community. For details of each protocol please refer to the RFC. RFC's can be found a various places on the WEB, for a starting point look at: http://www.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Standards/RFCs/ The RFC implemented in this distribution are Net::FTP RFC959 File Transfer Protocol Net::SMTP RFC821 Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Net::Time RFC867 Daytime Protocol Net::Time RFC868 Time Protocol Net::NNTP RFC977 Network News Transfer Protocol Net::POP3 RFC1939 Post Office Protocol 3 AVAILABILITY The latest version of libnet is available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN). To find a CPAN site near you see: http://search.cpan.org/dist/libnet/ The GitHub source repository can be browsed at http://github.com/steve-m-hay/perl-libnet If you have a Git client, then you can checkout the latest code with git clone http://github.com/steve-m-hay/perl-libnet.git INSTALLATION In order to use this package you will need Perl version 5.8.1 or better. You install libnet, as you would install any perl module library, by running these commands: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install If you want to install a private copy of libnet in your home directory, then you should try to produce the initial Makefile with something like this command: perl Makefile.PL PREFIX=~/perl The Makefile.PL program will start out by checking your perl installation for a few packages that are recommended to be installed together with libnet. These packages should be available on CPAN (described above). CONFIGURE Normally when Makefile.PL is run it will run Configure which will ask some questions about your system. The results of these questions will be stored in a file called libnet.cfg which will be installed alongside the other perl modules in this distribution. Makefile.PL will run Configure in an interactive mode unless these exists a file called libnet.cfg in the build directory or Makefile.PL itself is being run non-interactively or via cpan, cpanp or cpanm. If you are on a system which cannot run this script you can create an empty file to make Makefile.PL skip running Configure. If you want to keep your existing settings and not run interactivly then simply run perl Configure -d before running Makefile.PL. DOCUMENTATION See ChangeLog 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 documentation from the module files directly. DEMOS The demos directory does contain a few demo scripts. These should be run from the top directory like demos/smtp.self -user my-email-address -debug However I do not guarantee these scripts to work. SUPPORT Questions about how to use this library should be directed to the comp.lang.perl.modules USENET Newsgroup. Bug reports and suggestions for improvements can be reported on the CPAN Request Tracker at http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Bug//Report.html?Queue=libnet Most of the modules in this library have an option to output a debug transcript to STDERR. When reporting bugs/problems please, if possible, include a transcript of a run. COPYRIGHT Versions up to 1.22_01 (C) 1996-2007 Graham Barr. All rights reserved. Changes in Version 1.22_02 onwards Copyright (C) 2013-2014 Steve Hay. All rights reserved. This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Share and Enjoy!