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CPANPLUS(3)		       User Contributed Perl Documentation		      CPANPLUS(3)

NAME
       CPANPLUS - API & CLI access to the CPAN mirrors

SYNOPSIS
	   ### standard invocation from the command line
	   $ cpanp
	   $ cpanp -i Some::Module

	   $ perl -MCPANPLUS -eshell
	   $ perl -MCPANPLUS -e'fetch Some::Module'

DESCRIPTION
       The "CPANPLUS" library is an API to the "CPAN" mirrors and a collection of interactive
       shells, commandline programs, etc, that use this API.

GUIDE TO DOCUMENTATION
   GENERAL USAGE
       This is the document you are currently reading. It describes basic usage and background
       information. Its main purpose is to assist the user who wants to learn how to invoke
       CPANPLUS and install modules from the commandline and to point you to more indepth reading
       if required.

   API REFERENCE
       The "CPANPLUS" API is meant to let you programmatically interact with the "CPAN" mirrors.
       The documentation in CPANPLUS::Backend shows you how to create an object capable of
       interacting with those mirrors, letting you create & retrieve module objects.
       CPANPLUS::Module shows you how you can use these module objects to perform actions like
       installing and testing.

       The default shell, documented in CPANPLUS::Shell::Default is also scriptable. You can use
       its API to dispatch calls from your script to the CPANPLUS Shell.

COMMANDLINE TOOLS
   STARTING AN INTERACTIVE SHELL
       You can start an interactive shell by running either of the two following commands:

	   $ cpanp

	   $ perl -MCPANPLUS -eshell

       All commands available are listed in the interactive shells help menu. See "cpanp -h" or
       CPANPLUS::Shell::Default for instructions on using the default shell.

   CHOOSE A SHELL
       By running "cpanp" without arguments, you will start up the shell specified in your
       config, which defaults to CPANPLUS::Shell::Default. There are more shells available.
       "CPANPLUS" itself ships with an emulation shell called CPANPLUS::Shell::Classic that looks
       and feels just like the old "CPAN.pm" shell.

       You can start this shell by typing:

	   $ perl -MCPANPLUS -e'shell Classic'

       Even more shells may be available from "CPAN".

       Note that if you have changed your default shell in your configuration, that shell will be
       used instead. If for some reason there was an error with your specified shell, you will be
       given the default shell.

   BUILDING PACKAGES
       "cpan2dist" is a commandline tool to convert any distribution from "CPAN" into a package
       in the format of your choice, like for example ".deb" or "FreeBSD ports".

       See "cpan2dist -h" for details.

FUNCTIONS
       For quick access to common commands, you may use this module, "CPANPLUS" rather than the
       full programmatic API situated in "CPANPLUS::Backend". This module offers the following
       functions:

   $bool = install( Module::Name | /A/AU/AUTHOR/Module-Name-1.tgz )
       This function requires the full name of the module, which is case sensitive.  The module
       name can also be provided as a fully qualified file name, beginning with a /, relative to
       the /authors/id directory on a CPAN mirror.

       It will download, extract and install the module.

   $where = fetch( Module::Name | /A/AU/AUTHOR/Module-Name-1.tgz )
       Like install, fetch needs the full name of a module or the fully qualified file name, and
       is case sensitive.

       It will download the specified module to the current directory.

   $where = get( Module::Name | /A/AU/AUTHOR/Module-Name-1.tgz )
       Get is provided as an alias for fetch for compatibility with CPAN.pm.

   shell()
       Shell starts the default CPAN shell.  You can also start the shell by using the "cpanp"
       command, which will be installed in your perl bin.

FAQ
       For frequently asked questions and answers, please consult the "CPANPLUS::FAQ" manual.

BUG REPORTS
       Please report bugs or other issues to <bug-cpanplus@rt.cpan.org<gt>.

AUTHOR
       This module by Jos Boumans <kane@cpan.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       The CPAN++ interface (of which this module is a part of) is copyright (c) 2001 - 2007, Jos
       Boumans <kane@cpan.org>. All rights reserved.

       This library is free software; you may redistribute and/or modify it under the same terms
       as Perl itself.

SEE ALSO
       CPANPLUS::Shell::Default, CPANPLUS::FAQ, CPANPLUS::Backend, CPANPLUS::Module, cpanp,
       cpan2dist

CONTACT INFORMATION
       o   Bug reporting: bug-cpanplus@rt.cpan.org

       o   Questions & suggestions: bug-cpanplus@rt.cpan.org

perl v5.16.3				    2013-05-20				      CPANPLUS(3)
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