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NAME

       Module::CoreList - what modules shipped with versions of perl

SYNOPSIS

        use Module::CoreList;

        print $Module::CoreList::version{5.00503}{CPAN}; # prints 1.48

        print Module::CoreList->first_release('File::Spec');
        # prints 5.00405

        print Module::CoreList->first_release_by_date('File::Spec');
        # prints 5.005

        print Module::CoreList->first_release('File::Spec', 0.82);
        # prints 5.006001

        if (Module::CoreList::is_core('File::Spec')) {
          print "File::Spec is a core module\n";
        }

        print join ', ', Module::CoreList->find_modules(qr/Data/);
           # prints 'Data::Dumper'
        print join ', ',
                 Module::CoreList->find_modules(qr/test::h.*::.*s/i, 5.008008);
           # prints 'Test::Harness::Assert, Test::Harness::Straps'

        print join ", ", @{ $Module::CoreList::families{5.005} };
           # prints "5.005, 5.00503, 5.00504"

DESCRIPTION

       Module::CoreList provides information on which core and dual-life modules shipped with
       each version of perl.

       It provides a number of mechanisms for querying this information.

       There is a utility called corelist provided with this module which is a convenient way of
       querying from the command-line.

       There is a functional programming API available for programmers to query information.

       Programmers may also query the contained hash structures to find relevant information.

FUNCTIONS API

       These are the functions that are available, they may either be called as functions or
       class methods:

         Module::CoreList::first_release('File::Spec'); # as a function

         Module::CoreList->first_release('File::Spec'); # class method

       "first_release( MODULE )"
           Behaviour since version 2.11

           Requires a MODULE name as an argument, returns the perl version when that module first
           appeared in core as ordered by perl version number or undef ( in scalar context ) or
           an empty list ( in list context ) if that module is not in core.

       "first_release_by_date( MODULE )"
           Requires a MODULE name as an argument, returns the perl version when that module first
           appeared in core as ordered by release date or undef ( in scalar context ) or an empty
           list ( in list context ) if that module is not in core.

       "find_modules( REGEX, [ LIST OF PERLS ] )"
           Takes a regex as an argument, returns a list of modules that match the regex given.
           If only a regex is provided applies to all modules in all perl versions. Optionally
           you may provide a list of perl versions to limit the regex search.

       "find_version( PERL_VERSION )"
           Takes a perl version as an argument. Upon successful completion, returns a reference
           to a hash.  Each element of that hash has a key which is the name of a module (e.g.,
           'File::Path') shipped with that version of perl and a value which is the version
           number (e.g., '2.09') of that module which shipped with that version of perl .
           Returns "undef" otherwise.

       "is_core( MODULE, [ MODULE_VERSION, [ PERL_VERSION ] ] )"
           Available in version 2.99 and above.

           Returns true if MODULE was bundled with the specified version of Perl.  You can
           optionally specify a minimum version of the module, and can also specify a version of
           Perl.  If a version of Perl isn't specified, "is_core()" will use the numeric version
           of Perl that is running (ie $]).

           If you want to specify the version of Perl, but don't care about the version of the
           module, pass "undef" for the module version:

       "is_deprecated( MODULE, PERL_VERSION )"
           Available in version 2.22 and above.

           Returns true if MODULE is marked as deprecated in PERL_VERSION.  If PERL_VERSION is
           omitted, it defaults to the current version of Perl.

       "deprecated_in( MODULE )"
           Available in version 2.77 and above.

           Returns the first perl version where the MODULE was marked as deprecated. Returns
           "undef" if the MODULE has not been marked as deprecated.

       "removed_from( MODULE )"
           Available in version 2.32 and above

           Takes a module name as an argument, returns the first perl version where that module
           was removed from core. Returns undef if the given module was never in core or remains
           in core.

       "removed_from_by_date( MODULE )"
           Available in version 2.32 and above

           Takes a module name as an argument, returns the first perl version by release date
           where that module was removed from core. Returns undef if the given module was never
           in core or remains in core.

       "changes_between( PERL_VERSION, PERL_VERSION )"
           Available in version 2.66 and above.

           Given two perl versions, this returns a list of pairs describing the changes in core
           module content between them.  The list is suitable for storing in a hash.  The keys
           are library names and the values are hashrefs.  Each hashref has an entry for one or
           both of "left" and "right", giving the versions of the library in each of the left and
           right perl distributions.

           For example, it might return these data (among others) for the difference between
           5.008000 and 5.008001:

             'Pod::ParseLink'  => { left => '1.05', right => '1.06' },
             'Pod::ParseUtils' => { left => '0.22', right => '0.3'  },
             'Pod::Perldoc'    => {                 right => '3.10' },
             'Pod::Perldoc::BaseTo' => {            right => undef  },

           This shows us two libraries being updated and two being added, one of which has an
           undefined version in the right-hand side version.

DATA STRUCTURES

       These are the hash data structures that are available:

       %Module::CoreList::version
           A hash of hashes that is keyed on perl version as indicated in $].  The second level
           hash is module => version pairs.

           Note, it is possible for the version of a module to be unspecified, whereby the value
           is "undef", so use "exists $version{$foo}{$bar}" if that's what you're testing for.

           Starting with 2.10, the special module name "Unicode" refers to the version of the
           Unicode Character Database bundled with Perl.

       %Module::CoreList::delta
           Available in version 3.00 and above.

           It is a hash of hashes that is keyed on perl version. Each keyed hash will have the
           following keys:

             delta_from - a previous perl version that the changes are based on
             changed    - a hash of module/versions that have changed
             removed    - a hash of modules that have been removed

       %Module::CoreList::released
           Keyed on perl version this contains ISO formatted versions of the release dates, as
           gleaned from perlhist.

       %Module::CoreList::families
           New, in 1.96, a hash that clusters known perl releases by their major versions.

       %Module::CoreList::deprecated
           A hash of hashes keyed on perl version and on module name.  If a module is defined it
           indicates that that module is deprecated in that perl version and is scheduled for
           removal from core at some future point.

       %Module::CoreList::upstream
           A hash that contains information on where patches should be directed for each core
           module.

           UPSTREAM indicates where patches should go. "undef" implies that this hasn't been
           discussed for the module at hand.  "blead" indicates that the copy of the module in
           the blead sources is to be considered canonical, "cpan" means that the module on CPAN
           is to be patched first. "first-come" means that blead can be patched freely if it is
           in sync with the latest release on CPAN.

       %Module::CoreList::bug_tracker
           A hash that contains information on the appropriate bug tracker for each core module.

           BUGS is an email or url to post bug reports.  For modules with UPSTREAM => 'blead',
           use perl5-porters@perl.org.  rt.cpan.org appears to automatically provide a URL for
           CPAN modules; any value given here overrides the default:
           http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=$ModuleName

CAVEATS

       Module::CoreList currently covers the 5.000, 5.001, 5.002, 5.003_07, 5.004, 5.004_05,
       5.005, 5.005_03, 5.005_04 and 5.7.3 releases of perl.

       All stable releases of perl since 5.6.0 are covered.

       All development releases of perl since 5.9.0 are covered.

HISTORY

       Moved to Changes file.

AUTHOR

       Richard Clamp <richardc@unixbeard.net>

       Currently maintained by the perl 5 porters <perl5-porters@perl.org>.

LICENSE

       Copyright (C) 2002-2009 Richard Clamp.  All Rights Reserved.

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

SEE ALSO

       corelist, Module::Info, perl, <http://perlpunks.de/corelist>