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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.