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pod2usage - print usage messages from embedded pod docs in files



[-help] [-man] [-exit exitval] [-output outfile] [-verbose level] [-pathlist dirlist] [-formatter module] [-utf8] file



Print a brief help message and exit.


Print this command's manual page and exit.

-exit exitval

The exit status value to return.

-output outfile

The output file to print to. If the special names "-" or ">&1" or ">&STDOUT" are used then standard output is used. If ">&2" or ">&STDERR" is used then standard error is used.

-verbose level

The desired level of verbosity to use:

1 : print SYNOPSIS only
2 : print SYNOPSIS sections and any OPTIONS/ARGUMENTS sections
3 : print the entire manpage (similar to running pod2text)
-pathlist dirlist

Specifies one or more directories to search for the input file if it was not supplied with an absolute path. Each directory path in the given list should be separated by a ':' on Unix (';' on MSWin32 and DOS).

-formatter module

Which text formatter to use. Default is Pod::Text, or for very old Perl versions Pod::PlainText. An alternative would be e.g. Pod::Text::Termcap.


This option assumes that the formatter (see above) understands the option "utf8". It turns on generation of utf8 output.


The pathname of a file containing pod documentation to be output in usage message format. If omitted, standard input is read - but the output is then formatted with Pod::Text only - unless a specific formatter has been specified with -formatter.


pod2usage will read the given input file looking for pod documentation and will print the corresponding usage message. If no input file is specified then standard input is read.

pod2usage invokes the pod2usage() function in the Pod::Usage module. Please see "pod2usage()" in Pod::Usage.


Pod::Usage, pod2text, Pod::Text, Pod::Text::Termcap, perldoc


Please report bugs using

Brad Appleton <>

Based on code for pod2text(1) written by Tom Christiansen <>