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       CPAN::SQLite - maintain and search a minimal CPAN database


       version 0.217


         my $obj = CPAN::SQLite->new(CPAN => '/path/to/CPAN');
         $obj->index(setup => 1);

         $obj->query(mode => 'dist', name => 'CPAN');
         my $results = $obj->{results};


       This package is used for setting up, maintaining, and searching a CPAN database consisting
       of the information stored in the two main CPAN indices:
       $CPAN/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz and $CPAN/authors/01mailrc.txt.gz. It should be
       considered at an alpha stage of development.

       One begins by creating the object as

         my $obj = CPAN::SQLite->new(%args);

       which accepts the following arguments:

       ·  "CPAN => '/path/to/CPAN'"

          This specifies the path to where the index files are to be stored. This could be a
          local CPAN mirror, defined here by the presence of a MIRRORED.BY file beneath this
          directory, or a local directory in which to store these files from a remote CPAN
          mirror. In the latter case, the index files are fetched from a remote CPAN mirror,
          using the same list that "" uses, if this is configured, and are updated if they
          are more than one day old.

          If the "CPAN" option is not given, it will default to "cpan_home" of CPAN, if this is
          configured, with the index files found under "keep_source_where".  A fatal error
          results if such a directory isn't found.  Updates to these index files are assumed here
          to be handled by "".

       ·  "db_dir => '/path/to/db/dir'"

          This specifies the path to where the database file is found. If not given, it defaults
          to the "cpan_home" directory of "", if present, or to the directory in which the
          script was invoked. The name of the database file is "cpandb.sql".

       There are two main methods available.

       This is used to set up and maintain the database. The following arguments are accepted:

       ·  setup => 1

          This specifies that the database is to be created and populated from the CPAN indices;
          any existing database will be overwritten. Not specifying this option will assume that
          an existing database is to be updated.

       ·  reindex => 'dist_name'

          This specifies that the CPAN distribution "dist_name" is to be reindexed.

       This is used for querying the database by distribution name, module name, or CPAN author
       name. There are two arguments needed to specify such queries.

       ·  "mode => some_value"

          This specifies what type of query to perform, with "mode" being one of "dist",
          "module", or "author", for searching through, respectively, CPAN distribution names,
          module names, or author names and CPAN ids.

       ·  "type => query_term"

          This specifies the query term for the search, with "type" being one of "name", to
          search for an exact match, or "search", for searching for partial matches. Perl regular
          expressions are supported in the "query_term" for the "search" option.

       As well, an option of "max_results => some_number" will limit the number of results
       returned; if not specified, the limit doesn't apply. support

       As of version 1.88_65, there is experimental support within for using
       CPAN::SQLite to obtain information on packages, modules, and authors. One goal of this is
       to reduce the memory footprint of the shell, as this information is no longer all
       preloaded into memory. This can be enabled through

          perl -MCPAN -e shell
          cpan> o conf use_sqlite 1


         cpan> o conf commit

       to save this setting for future sessions.

       Using CPAN::SQLite, what happens is that a request for information through, such

         cpan> a ANDK

       will cause a query to the SQLite database to be made.  If successful, this will place the
       relevant data for this request into the data structure uses to store and retrieve
       such information. Thus, at any given time, the only information stores in memory
       is that for packages, modules, and authors for which previous queries have been made.
       There are certain requests, such as

         cpan> r

       to make a list of recommended packages for which upgrades on CPAN are available, which
       will result in loading information on all available packages into memory; if such a query
       is made, the subsequent memory footprint of with and without CPAN::SQLite will be
       essentially the same.

       The database itself, called cpandb.sql, will be stored in the location specified by
       "$CPAN::Config->{cpan_home}".  When first started, this database will be created, and
       afterwards, it will be updated if the database is older than one day since the last
       update. A log file of the creation or update process, called cpan_search_log.dddddddddd,
       will be created in the same directory as the database file.


       CPAN::SQLite::Index, for setting up and maintaining the database, and CPAN::SQLite::Search
       for an interface to querying the database. Some details of the interaction with CPAN is
       available from CPAN::SQLite::META. See also the cpandb script for a command-line interface
       to the indexing and querying of the database.


       You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

           perldoc CPAN::SQLite

       You can also look for information at:

       ·   AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation


       ·   CPAN::Forum: Discussion forum


       ·   CPAN Ratings


       ·   RT: CPAN's request tracker


       ·   Search CPAN



       At this time, CPAN::SQLite keeps information contained only in the latest version of a
       CPAN distribution. This means that modules that are provided only in older versions of a
       CPAN distribution will not be present in the database; for example, at this time, the
       latest version of the libwww-perl distribution on CPAN is 5.805, but there are modules
       such as URI::URL::finger contained in version 5.10 of libwww-perl that are not present in
       5.805.  This behaviour differs from that of CPAN without CPAN::SQLite.  This may change in
       the future.

       Please report bugs and feature requests via


       Information messages from the indexing procedures are printed out to STDOUT if the
       environment variable CPAN_SQLITE_DEBUG is set. This is automatically set within
       CPAN::SQLite::Index.  If CPAN_SQLITE_NO_LOG_FILES is set, no log files will be created
       during the indexing procedures. Log files are deleted automatically in 30 days. To
       override this, set CPAN_SQLITE_LOG_FILES_CLEANUP.  To stop automatic cleanup, set this
       variable to 0.

       If CPAN_SQLITE_DOWNLOAD variable are set, an already existing and up-to-date cpandb.sql
       file will be downloaded from where it's updated every
       hour. This greatly increases performance and decreases CPU and memory consumption during
       the indexing process.

       See CPAN::SQLite::Index for more details, potential problems, and more configuration


       Randy Kobes (passed away on September 18, 2010)

       Serguei Trouchelle <>


       Copyright 2006,2008 by Randy Kobes <>.

       Copyright 2011-2014 by Serguei Trouchelle <>.

       Use and redistribution are under the same terms as Perl itself.