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NAME
    Parse::CPAN::Packages - Parse 02packages.details.txt.gz

SYNOPSIS
      use Parse::CPAN::Packages;

      # must have downloaded
      my $p = Parse::CPAN::Packages->new("02packages.details.txt.gz");
      # either a filename as above or pass in the contents of the file
      # (uncompressed)
      my $p = Parse::CPAN::Packages->new($packages_details_contents);

      my $m = $p->package("Acme::Colour");
      # $m is a Parse::CPAN::Packages::Package object
      print $m->package, "\n";   # Acme::Colour
      print $m->version, "\n";   # 1.00

      my $d = $m->distribution();
      # $d is a Parse::CPAN::Packages::Distribution object
      print $d->prefix, "\n";    # L/LB/LBROCARD/Acme-Colour-1.00.tar.gz
      print $d->dist, "\n";      # Acme-Colour
      print $d->version, "\n";   # 1.00
      print $d->maturity, "\n";  # released
      print $d->filename, "\n";  # Acme-Colour-1.00.tar.gz
      print $d->cpanid, "\n";    # LBROCARD
      print $d->distvname, "\n"; # Acme-Colour-1.00

      # all the package objects
      my @packages = $p->packages;

      # all the distribution objects
      my @distributions = $p->distributions;

      # the latest distribution
      $d = $p->latest_distribution("Acme-Colour");
      is($d->prefix, "L/LB/LBROCARD/Acme-Colour-1.00.tar.gz");
      is($d->version, "1.00");

      # all the latest distributions
      my @distributions = $p->latest_distributions;

DESCRIPTION
    The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) is a very useful
    collection of Perl code. It has several indices of the files that it
    hosts, including a file named "02packages.details.txt.gz" in the
    "modules" directory. This file contains lots of useful information and
    this module provides a simple interface to the data contained within.

    In a future release Parse::CPAN::Packages::Package and
    Parse::CPAN::Packages::Distribution might have more information.

  Methods
    new Creates a new instance from a details file.

        The constructor can be passed either the path to the
        "02packages.details.txt.gz" file, a path to an ungzipped version of
        this file, or a scalar containing the entire uncompressed contents
        of the file.

        Note that this module does not concern itself with downloading this
        file. You should do this yourself. For example:

           use LWP::Simple qw(get);
           my $data = get("http://www.cpan.org/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz");
           my $p = Parse::CPAN::Packages->new($data);

    package($packagename)
        Returns a "Parse::CPAN::Packages::Package" that represents the named
        package.

          my $p = Parse::CPAN::Distribution->new($gzfilename);
          my $package = $p->package("Acme::Colour");

    packages()
        Returns a list of Parse::CPAN::Packages::Package objects
        representing all the packages that were extracted from the file.

    package_count()
        Returns the numebr of packages stored.

    distribution($filename)
        Returns a Parse::CPAN::Distribution that represents the filename
        passed:

          my $p = Parse::CPAN::Distribution->new($gzfilename);
          my $dist = $p->distribution('L/LB/LBROCARD/Acme-Colour-1.00.tar.gz');

    distributions()
        Returns a list of Parse::CPAN::Distribution objects representing all
        the known distributions.

    distribution_count()
        Returns the number of distributions stored.

    latest_distribution($distname)
        Returns the "Parse::CPAN::Distribution" that represents the latest
        distribution for the named disribution passed, that is to say it
        returns the distribution that has the highest version number (as
        determined by version.pm or number comparison if that fails):

          my $p = Parse::CPAN::Distribution->new($gzfilename);
          my $dist = $p->distribution('Acme-Color');

    latest_distrbutions()
        Returns a list of Parse::CPAN::Distribution objects representing all
        the latest distributions.

    latest_distribution_count()
        Returns the number of distributions stored.

  Preamble Methods
    These methods return the information from the preamble at the start of
    the file. They return undef if for any reason no matching preamble line
    was found.

    file()
    url()
    description()
    columns()
    intended_for()
    written_by()
    line_count()
    last_updated()

  Addtional Methods
    These are additional methods that you may find useful.

    parse($filename)
        Parses the filename. Works in a similar fashion to the the
        constructor (i.e. you can pass it a filename for a
        compressed/1uncompressed file, a uncompressed scalar containing the
        file. You can also pass nothing to indicate to load the compressed
        file from the current working directory.)

        Note that each time this function is run the packages and
        distribtions found will be "added" to the current list of packages.

    add_quick($package_name, $package_version, $prefix)
        Quick way of adding a new package and distribution.

    add_package($package_obj)
        Adds a package. Note that you'll probably want to add the
        corrisponding distribution for that package too (it's not done
        automatically.)

    add_distribution($distribution_obj)
        Adds a distribution. Note that you'll probably want to add the
        corrisponding packages for that distribution too (it's not done
        automatically.)

AUTHOR
    Leon Brocard <acme@astray.com>

COPYRIGHT
    Copyright (C) 2004-9, Leon Brocard

LICENSE
    This module is free software; you can redistribute it or modify it under
    the same terms as Perl itself.

BUGS
    This module leaks memory as packages hold distributions and
    distributions hold packages. No attempt has been made to fix this as
    it's not anticpated that this will be used in long running programs that
    will dispose of the objects once created.

    The old interface for "new" where if you passed no arguments it would
    look for a "02packages.details.txt.gz" in your current directory is no
    longer supported.

TODO
    delete_* methods. merge_into method. Documentation for other modules.

SEE ALSO
    CPAN::DistInfoname, Parse::CPAN::Packages::Writer.

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