Aug 1, 2000, 4:26 AM
Post #5 of 6
CPAN is the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network, a place to grab many Perl goodies, but its more known as the place for getting modules.
As perlkid indicated, http://www.cpan.org/ is a good place to start, but there are mirrors and the ultra-groovy Search CPAN.
Personally I prefer to browse the available modules directly rather than use the index.
There's also a CPAN module! perldoc CPAN will give you the low-down, but it can save you from the repetitive find, download, unpack, make, make test, make install procedure to get a module working.
Arguably, the best way to use the CPAN module is the interactive shell ...
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial,Helvetica,sans serif">code:</font><HR>
perl -MCPAN -eshell</pre><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
After it starts, type help for help, but you can both search for and install modules from that shell.