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PERLFAQ2(1)			 Perl Programmers Reference Guide		      PERLFAQ2(1)

NAME
       perlfaq2 - Obtaining and Learning about Perl

DESCRIPTION
       This section of the FAQ answers questions about where to find source and documentation for
       Perl, support, and related matters.

   What machines support Perl? Where do I get it?
       The standard release of Perl (the one maintained by the Perl development team) is
       distributed only in source code form. You can find the latest releases at
       <http://www.cpan.org/src/>.

       Perl builds and runs on a bewildering number of platforms. Virtually all known and current
       Unix derivatives are supported (perl's native platform), as are other systems like VMS,
       DOS, OS/2, Windows, QNX, BeOS, OS X, MPE/iX and the Amiga.

       Binary distributions for some proprietary platforms can be found
       <http://www.cpan.org/ports/> directory. Because these are not part of the standard
       distribution, they may and in fact do differ from the base perl port in a variety of ways.
       You'll have to check their respective release notes to see just what the differences are.
       These differences can be either positive (e.g. extensions for the features of the
       particular platform that are not supported in the source release of perl) or negative
       (e.g. might be based upon a less current source release of perl).

   How can I get a binary version of Perl?
       See CPAN Ports <http://www.cpan.org/ports/>

   I don't have a C compiler. How can I build my own Perl interpreter?
       For Windows, use a binary version of Perl, Strawberry Perl <http://strawberryperl.com/>
       and ActivePerl <http://www.activestate.com/activeperl> come with a bundled C compiler.

       Otherwise if you really do want to build Perl, you need to get a binary version of "gcc"
       for your system first. Use a search engine to find out how to do this for your operating
       system.

   I copied the Perl binary from one machine to another, but scripts don't work.
       That's probably because you forgot libraries, or library paths differ.  You really should
       build the whole distribution on the machine it will eventually live on, and then type
       "make install". Most other approaches are doomed to failure.

       One simple way to check that things are in the right place is to print out the hard-coded
       @INC that perl looks through for libraries:

	   % perl -le 'print for @INC'

       If this command lists any paths that don't exist on your system, then you may need to move
       the appropriate libraries to these locations, or create symbolic links, aliases, or
       shortcuts appropriately. @INC is also printed as part of the output of

	   % perl -V

       You might also want to check out "How do I keep my own module/library directory?" in
       perlfaq8.

   I grabbed the sources and tried to compile but gdbm/dynamic loading/malloc/linking/... failed.
       How do I make it work?
       Read the INSTALL file, which is part of the source distribution.  It describes in detail
       how to cope with most idiosyncrasies that the "Configure" script can't work around for any
       given system or architecture.

   What modules and extensions are available for Perl? What is CPAN?
       CPAN stands for Comprehensive Perl Archive Network, a multi-gigabyte archive replicated on
       hundreds of machines all over the world. CPAN contains tens of thousands of modules and
       extensions, source code and documentation, designed for everything from commercial
       database interfaces to keyboard/screen control and running large web sites.

       You can search CPAN on <http://metacpan.org> or <http://search.cpan.org/>.

       The master web site for CPAN is <http://www.cpan.org/>, <http://www.cpan.org/SITES.html>
       lists all mirrors.

       See the CPAN FAQ at http://www.cpan.org/misc/cpan-faq.html <http://www.cpan.org/misc/cpan-
       faq.html> for answers to the most frequently asked questions about CPAN.

       The Task::Kensho module has a list of recommended modules which you should review as a
       good starting point.

   Where can I get information on Perl?
       o   <http://www.perl.org/>

       o   <http://perldoc.perl.org/>

       o   <http://learn.perl.org/>

       The complete Perl documentation is available with the Perl distribution.  If you have Perl
       installed locally, you probably have the documentation installed as well: type "perldoc
       perl" in a terminal or view online <http://perldoc.perl.org/perl.html>.

       (Some operating system distributions may ship the documentation in a different package;
       for instance, on Debian, you need to install the "perl-doc" package.)

       Many good books have been written about Perl--see the section later in perlfaq2 for more
       details.

   What is perl.com? Perl Mongers? pm.org? perl.org? cpan.org?
       Perl.com <http://www.perl.com/> used to be part of the O'Reilly Network, a subsidiary of
       O'Reilly Media. Although it retains most of the original content from its O'Reilly
       Network, it is now hosted by The Perl Foundation <http://www.perlfoundation.org/>.

       The Perl Foundation is an advocacy organization for the Perl language which maintains the
       web site <http://www.perl.org/> as a general advocacy site for the Perl language. It uses
       the domain to provide general support services to the Perl community, including the
       hosting of mailing lists, web sites, and other services. There are also many other sub-
       domains for special topics like learning Perl and jobs in Perl, such as:

       o   <http://www.perl.org/>

       o   <http://learn.perl.org/>

       o   <http://jobs.perl.org/>

       o   <http://lists.perl.org/>

       Perl Mongers <http://www.pm.org/> uses the pm.org domain for services related to local
       Perl user groups, including the hosting of mailing lists and web sites. See the Perl
       Mongers web site <http://www.pm.org/> for more information about joining, starting, or
       requesting services for a Perl user group.

       CPAN, or the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network <http://www.cpan.org/>, is a replicated,
       worldwide repository of Perl software.  See What is CPAN?.

   Where can I post questions?
       There are many Perl mailing lists for various topics, specifically the beginners list
       <http://lists.perl.org/list/beginners.html> may be of use.

       Other places to ask questions are on the PerlMonks site <http://www.perlmonks.org/> or
       stackoverflow <http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/perl>.

   Perl Books
       There are many good books on Perl <http://www.perl.org/books/library.html>.

   Which magazines have Perl content?
       There's also $foo Magazin, a German magazine dedicated to Perl, at (
       http://www.foo-magazin.de <http://www.foo-magazin.de> ). The Perl-Zeitung is another
       German-speaking magazine for Perl beginners (see http://perl-zeitung.at.tf <http://perl-
       zeitung.at.tf> ).

       Several unix/linux releated magazines frequently includes articles on Perl.

   Which Perl blogs should I read?
       Perl News <http://perlnews.org/> covers some of the major events in the Perl world, Perl
       Weekly <http://perlweekly.com/> is a weekly e-mail (and RSS feed) of hand-picked Perl
       articles.

       <http://blogs.perl.org/> hosts many Perl blogs, there are also several blog aggregators:
       Perlsphere <http://perlsphere.net/> and IronMan <http://ironman.enlightenedperl.org/> are
       two of them.

   What mailing lists are there for Perl?
       A comprehensive list of Perl-related mailing lists can be found at
       <http://lists.perl.org/>

   Where can I buy a commercial version of Perl?
       Perl already is commercial software: it has a license that you can grab and carefully read
       to your manager. It is distributed in releases and comes in well-defined packages. There
       is a very large and supportive user community and an extensive literature.

       If you still need commercial support ActiveState <http://www.activestate.com/activeperl>
       offers this.

   Where do I send bug reports?
       (contributed by brian d foy)

       First, ensure that you've found an actual bug. Second, ensure you've found an actual bug.

       If you've found a bug with the perl interpreter or one of the modules in the standard
       library (those that come with Perl), you can use the perlbug utility that comes with Perl
       (>= 5.004). It collects information about your installation to include with your message,
       then sends the message to the right place.

       To determine if a module came with your version of Perl, you can install and use the
       Module::CoreList module. It has the information about the modules (with their versions)
       included with each release of Perl.

       Every CPAN module has a bug tracker set up in RT, <http://rt.cpan.org>.	You can submit
       bugs to RT either through its web interface or by email. To email a bug report, send it to
       bug-<distribution-name>@rt.cpan.org . For example, if you wanted to report a bug in
       Business::ISBN, you could send a message to bug-Business-ISBN@rt.cpan.org .

       Some modules might have special reporting requirements, such as a Github or Google Code
       tracking system, so you should check the module documentation too.

AUTHOR AND COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (c) 1997-2010 Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington, and other authors as noted.
       All rights reserved.

       This documentation is free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms
       as Perl itself.

       Irrespective of its distribution, all code examples here are in the public domain. You are
       permitted and encouraged to use this code and any derivatives thereof in your own programs
       for fun or for profit as you see fit. A simple comment in the code giving credit to the
       FAQ would be courteous but is not required.

perl v5.16.3				    2013-03-04				      PERLFAQ2(1)
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