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Module::Metadata(3)	       User Contributed Perl Documentation	      Module::Metadata(3)

       Module::Metadata - Gather package and POD information from perl module files

	 use Module::Metadata;

	 # information about a .pm file
	 my $info = Module::Metadata->new_from_file( $file );
	 my $version = $info->version;

	 # CPAN META 'provides' field for .pm files in a directory
	 my $provides = Module::Metadata->provides(
	   dir => 'lib', version => 2

       This module provides a standard way to gather metadata about a .pm file through (mostly)
       static analysis and (some) code execution.  When determining the version of a module, the
       $VERSION assignment is "eval"ed, as is traditional in the CPAN toolchain.

   Class methods
       "new_from_file($filename, collect_pod => 1)"
	   Constructs a "Module::Metadata" object given the path to a file.  Returns undef if the
	   filename does not exist.

	   "collect_pod" is a optional boolean argument that determines whether POD data is
	   collected and stored for reference.	POD data is not collected by default.  POD
	   headings are always collected.

	   If the file begins by an UTF-8, UTF-16BE or UTF-16LE byte-order mark, then it is
	   skipped before processing, and the content of the file is also decoded appropriately
	   starting from perl 5.8.

       "new_from_handle($handle, $filename, collect_pod => 1)"
	   This works just like "new_from_file", except that a handle can be provided as the
	   first argument.

	   Note that there is no validation to confirm that the handle is a handle or something
	   that can act like one.  Passing something that isn't a handle will cause a exception
	   when trying to read from it.  The "filename" argument is mandatory or undef will be

	   You are responsible for setting the decoding layers on $handle if required.

       "new_from_module($module, collect_pod => 1, inc => \@dirs)"
	   Constructs a "Module::Metadata" object given a module or package name.  Returns undef
	   if the module cannot be found.

	   In addition to accepting the "collect_pod" argument as described above, this method
	   accepts a "inc" argument which is a reference to an array of directories to search for
	   the module.	If none are given, the default is @INC.

	   If the file that contains the module begins by an UTF-8, UTF-16BE or UTF-16LE byte-
	   order mark, then it is skipped before processing, and the content of the file is also
	   decoded appropriately starting from perl 5.8.

       "find_module_by_name($module, \@dirs)"
	   Returns the path to a module given the module or package name. A list of directories
	   can be passed in as an optional parameter, otherwise @INC is searched.

	   Can be called as either an object or a class method.

       "find_module_dir_by_name($module, \@dirs)"
	   Returns the entry in @dirs (or @INC by default) that contains the module $module. A
	   list of directories can be passed in as an optional parameter, otherwise @INC is

	   Can be called as either an object or a class method.

       "provides( %options )"
	   This is a convenience wrapper around "package_versions_from_directory" to generate a
	   CPAN META "provides" data structure.  It takes key/value pairs.  Valid option keys

	   version (required)
	       Specifies which version of the CPAN::Meta::Spec should be used as the format of
	       the "provides" output.  Currently only '1.4' and '2' are supported (and their
	       format is identical).  This may change in the future as the definition of
	       "provides" changes.

	       The "version" option is required.  If it is omitted or if an unsupported version
	       is given, then "provides" will throw an error.

	   dir Directory to search recursively for .pm files.  May not be specified with "files".

	       Array reference of files to examine.  May not be specified with "dir".

	       String to prepend to the "file" field of the resulting output. This defaults to
	       lib, which is the common case for most CPAN distributions with their .pm files in
	       lib.  This option ensures the META information has the correct relative path even
	       when the "dir" or "files" arguments are absolute or have relative paths from a
	       location other than the distribution root.

	   For example, given "dir" of 'lib' and "prefix" of 'lib', the return value is a hashref
	   of the form:

	       'Package::Name' => {
		 version => '0.123',
		 file => 'lib/Package/Name.pm'
	       'OtherPackage::Name' => ...

       "package_versions_from_directory($dir, \@files?)"
	   Scans $dir for .pm files (unless @files is given, in which case looks for those files
	   in $dir - and reads each file for packages and versions, returning a hashref of the

	       'Package::Name' => {
		 version => '0.123',
		 file => 'Package/Name.pm'
	       'OtherPackage::Name' => ...

	   The "DB" and "main" packages are always omitted, as are any "private" packages that
	   have leading underscores in the namespace (e.g.  "Foo::_private")

	   Note that the file path is relative to $dir if that is specified.  This must not be
	   used directly for CPAN META "provides".  See the "provides" method instead.

       "log_info (internal)"
	   Used internally to perform logging; imported from Log::Contextual if Log::Contextual
	   has already been loaded, otherwise simply calls warn.

   Object methods
	   Returns the name of the package represented by this module. If there are more than one
	   packages, it makes a best guess based on the filename. If it's a script (i.e. not a
	   *.pm) the package name is 'main'.

	   Returns the version as defined by the $VERSION variable for the package as returned by
	   the "name" method if no arguments are given. If given the name of a package it will
	   attempt to return the version of that package if it is specified in the file.

	   Returns the absolute path to the file.

	   Returns a list of packages. Note: this is a raw list of packages discovered (or
	   assumed, in the case of "main").  It is not filtered for "DB", "main" or private
	   packages the way the "provides" method does.  Invalid package names are not returned,
	   for example "Foo:Bar".  Strange but valid package names are returned, for example
	   "Foo::Bar::", and are left up to the caller on how to handle.

	   Returns a list of POD sections.

	   Returns true if there is any POD in the file.

	   Returns the POD data in the given section.

       Original code from Module::Build::ModuleInfo by Ken Williams <kwilliams@cpan.org>, Randy
       W. Sims <RandyS@ThePierianSpring.org>

       Released as Module::Metadata by Matt S Trout (mst) <mst@shadowcat.co.uk> with assistance
       from David Golden (xdg) <dagolden@cpan.org>.

       Original code Copyright (c) 2001-2011 Ken Williams.  Additional code Copyright (c)
       2010-2011 Matt Trout and David Golden.  All rights reserved.

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

perl v5.16.3				    2013-09-11			      Module::Metadata(3)
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