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;;; -*- mode: emacs-lisp; indent-tabs-mode: nil -*-
;;; perl-find-library.el --- Functions for locating perl libraries on your system
;; Copyright (C) 2006 by Nelson Elhage
;; Author: Nelson Elhage <>
;; Filename: perl-utils.el
;; Created: August 17 2006
;; Keywords: util perl
;; This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
;; under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
;; Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
;; option) any later version.
;; This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
;; WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; General Public License for more details.
;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
;; with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
;; 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA
;;; Commentary:
;; The main functionality provided by this file is in the
;; `perl-read-library' function, which reads the name of a perl
;; module from the minibuffer with completion. We also provide
;; `perl-library-path', which turns the name of a perl library into a
;; path on the system.
;; We also expose a `perldoc' function, which is a wrapper around
;; `cperl-perldoc' that uses `perl-read-library', as well as
;; `perl-find-library', which reads the name of a perl library from
;; the minibuffer and finds the file corresponding to it on disk.
(require 'cperl-mode)
(require 'cl)
;; Convenience function that really ought be part of emacs to start
;; with, damnit.
(defun replace-all (from to str)
"Replace all instances of FROM with TO in STR, and return the
(while (string-match from str)
(setq str (replace-match to t t str)))
(defvar *perl-lib-path* '() "Directories in which to find perl libraries in.")
(defvar *perl-libraries* '() "Cache of all known perl libraries on the system")
(defun perl-rebuild-lib-path ()
"Compute *PERL-LIB-PATH* by invoking perl and printing the
value of @INC"
(setq *perl-lib-path*
(lambda (dir) (and (string-match "/" dir ) (file-exists-p dir)))
(shell-command-to-string "perl -e '$\"=\"\\\" \\\"\"; print \"(\\\"@INC\\\")\"'"))))))
(defun perl-find-all-libraries ()
"Compute the value of *PERL-LIBRARIES* by searching in
*PERL-LIB-PATH* for files ending in .pod or .pm"
(if (not *perl-lib-path*)
(require 'find-lisp)
(setq *perl-libraries*
(lambda (dir)
(lambda (file)
(rx (seq "." (| "pod" "pm" ) string-end))
(replace-all "/" "::" (substring file (+ 1(length dir))))))
(find-lisp-find-files dir (rx (seq "." (| "pod" "pm" ) string-end)))))
(defun perldoc (library)
"Invoke `cperl-perldoc' on LIBRARY, but do completion using *PERL-LIBRARIES*
when run interactively"
(list (perl-read-library "Perldoc entry: ")))
(cperl-perldoc library))
(defun perl-find-file (library)
"Find a perl library by module name"
(list (perl-read-library "Find perl library: ")))
(find-file (perl-library-path library)))
(defun perl-library-path (library)
"Returns the path to the perl library LIBRARY on disk."
(let ((path (shell-command-to-string (concat "perldoc -l " library))))
;; Strip the trailing newline
(and path
(substring path 0 (- (length path) 1)))))
(defun perl-read-library (&optional prompt)
"Read the name of a perl library from the minibuffer, with
(if (not prompt)
(setq prompt "Perl library: "))
(if (not *perl-libraries*)
(message "Building completion list...")
(provide 'perl-find-library)