cpan



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NAME

       cpan - easily interact with CPAN from the command line


SYNOPSIS

               # with arguments, installs specified modules
               cpan module_name [ module_name ... ]

               # with switches, installs modules with extra behavior
               cpan [-cimt] module_name [ module_name ... ]

               # without arguments, starts CPAN shell
               cpan

               # without arguments, but some switches
               cpan [-ahrv]


DESCRIPTION

       This script provides a command interface (not a shell) to CPAN.pm.

       Meta Options

       These options are mutually exclusive, and the script processes them in
       this order: [ahvr].  Once the script finds one, it ignores the others,
       and then exits after it finishes the task.  The script ignores any
       other command line options.

       -a  Creates the CPAN.pm autobundle with CPAN::Shell->autobundle.

       -h  Prints a help message.

       -r  Recompiles dynamically loaded modules with CPAN::Shell->recompile.

       -v  Print the script version and CPAN.pm version.

       Module options

       These options are mutually exclusive, and the script processes them in
       alphabetical order.

       c   Runs a ‘make clean‘ in the specified module’s directories.

       i   Installed the specified modules.

       m   Makes the specified modules.

       t   Runs a ‘make test‘ on the specified modules.

       Examples

               # print a help message
               cpan -h

               # print the version numbers
               cpan -v

               # create an autobundle
               cpan -a

               # recompile modules
               cpan -r

               # install modules
               cpan -i Netscape::Booksmarks Business::ISBN


TO DO

       * add options for other CPAN::Shell functions autobundle, clean, make,
       recompile, test


BUGS

       * none noted


SEE ALSO

       Most behaviour, including environment variables and configuration,
       comes directly from CPAN.pm.


AUTHOR

       brian d foy <bdfoy@cpan.org>



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