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CONTENTS

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>