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Pod::Find - find POD documents in directory trees


use Pod::Find qw(pod_find simplify_name);
my %pods = pod_find({ -verbose => 1, -inc => 1 });
foreach(keys %pods) {
   print "found library POD `$pods{$_}' in $_\n";

print "podname=",simplify_name('a/b/c/mymodule.pod'),"\n";


Pod::Find provides a function pod_find that searches for POD documents in a given set of files and directories. It returns a hash with the file names as keys and the POD name as value. The POD name is derived from the file name and its position in the directory tree.

E.g. when searching in $HOME/perl5lib, the file $HOME/perl5lib/ would get the POD name MyModule, whereas $HOME/perl5lib/Myclass/ would be Myclass::Subclass. The name information can be used for POD translators.

Only text files containing at least one valid POD command are found.

A warning is printed if more than one POD file with the same POD name is found, e.g. in different directories. This usually indicates duplicate occurrences of modules in the @INC search path.

The function simplify_name is equivalent to basename, but also strips Perl-like extensions (.pm, .pl, .pod) and extensions like .bat, .cmd on Win32 and OS/2, respectively.

Note that neither pod_find nor simplify_name are exported by default so be sure to specify them in the use statement if you need them:

use Pod::Find qw(pod_find simplify_name);


The first argument for pod_find may be a hash reference with options. The rest are either directories that are searched recursively or files. The POD names of files are the plain basenames with any Perl-like extension (.pm, .pl, .pod) stripped.


Print progress information while scanning.


Apply Perl-specific heuristics to find the correct PODs. This includes stripping Perl-like extensions, omitting subdirectories that are numeric but do not match the current Perl interpreter's version id, suppressing site_perl as a module hierarchy name etc.


Search for PODs in the current Perl interpreter's installation scriptdir. This is taken from the local Config module.


Search for PODs in the current Perl interpreter's @INC paths. This automatically considers paths specified in the PERL5LIB environment.


Marek Rouchal <>, heavily borrowing code from Nick Ing-Simmons' PodToHtml.


Pod::Parser, Pod::Checker