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       Package::Locator - Find a package among CPAN-like repositories


       version 0.010


         use Package::Locator;

         # Basic search...
         my $locator = Package::Locator->new();
         my $url = locator->locate( package => 'Test::More' );

         # Search for first within multiple repositories:
         my $repos = [ qw( ];
         my $locator = Package::Locator->new( repository_urls => $repos );
         my $url = locator->locate( package => 'Test::More' );

         # Search for first where version >= 0.34:
         my $repos = [ qw( ];
         my $locator = Package::Locator->new( repository_urls => $repos );
         my $url = locator->locate( package => 'Test::More' version => 0.34);

         # Search for latest where version  >= 0.34:
         my $repos = [ qw( ];
         my $locator = Package::Locator->new( repository_urls => $repos );
         my $url = locator->locate( package => 'Test::More' version => 0.34, latest => 1);

         # Search for specific dist on multiple repositories...:
         my $repos = [ qw( ];
         my $locator = Package::Locator->new( repository_urls => $repos );
         my $url = locator->locate( distribution => 'A/AU/AUTHOR/Foo-1.0.tar.gz');


       Package::Locator attempts to answer the question: "Where can I find a distribution that
       will provide this package?"  The answer is divined by searching the indexes for one or
       more CPAN-like repositories.  If you also provide a specific version number,
       Package::Locator will attempt to find a distribution with that version of the package, or
       higher.  You can also ask to find the latest version of a package across all the indexes.

       Package::Locator only looks at the index files for each repository, and those indexes only
       contain information about the latest versions of the packages within that repository.  So
       Package::Locator is not BackPAN magic -- you cannot use it to find precisely which
       distribution a particular package (or file) came from.  For that stuff, see "/See Also".


   new( %attributes )
       All the attributes listed below can be passed to the constructor, and retrieved via
       accessor methods with the same name.  All attributes are read-only, and cannot be changed
       once the object is constructed.


   repository_urls => [ qw(http://somewhere http://somewhere.else) ]
       An array reference containing the base URLs of the repositories you want to search.  These
       are usually CPAN mirrors, but can be any website or local directory that is organized in a
       CPAN-like structure.  For each request, repositories are searched in the order you
       specified them here.  This defaults to

   user_agent => $user_agent_obj
       The LWP::UserAgent object that will fetch index files.  If you do not provide a user
       agent, then a default one will be constructed for you.

   cache_dir => '/some/directory/path'
       The path (as a string or Path::Class::Dir object) to a directory where the index file will
       be cached.  If the directory does not exist, it will be created for you.  If you do not
       specify a cache directory, then a temporary directory will be used.  The temporary
       directory will be deleted when your application terminates.

   force => $boolean
       Causes any cached index files to be removed, thus forcing a new one to be downloaded when
       the object is constructed.  This only has effect if you specified the "cache_dir"
       attribute.  The default is false.


       Returns a list of Package::Locator::Index objects representing the indexes of each of the
       repositories.  The indexes are only populated on-demand when the "locate" method is
       called.  The order of the indexes is the same as the order of the repositories defined by
       the "repository_urls" attribute.

   locate( package => 'Foo::Bar' )
   locate( package => 'Foo::Bar', latest => 1 )
   locate( package => 'Foo::Bar', version => '1.2')
   locate( package => 'Foo::Bar', version => '1.2', latest => 1 )
   locate ( distribution => 'A/AU/AUTHOR/Foo-Bar-1.0.tar.gz' )
       Given the name of a package, searches all the repository indexes and returns the URL to a
       distribution containing that requested package, or the distribution you requested.

       If you also specify a "version", then you'll always get a distribution that contains that
       version of the package or higher.  If you also specify "latest" then you'll always get the
       distribution that contains the latest version of the package that can be found in all the
       indexes.  Otherwise you'll just get the first distribution we can find that satisfies your

       If you give a distribution path instead, then you'll just get back the URL to the first
       distribution we find at that path in any of the repository indexes.

       If neither the package nor the distribution path can be found in any of the indexes,
       returns undef.

       Deletes the cached index files.  Any subsequent calls to the "locate" method will cause
       the index files to be fetched anew.


       The CPAN module also provides a mechanism for locating packages or distributions, much
       like Package::Locator does.  However, CPAN assumes that all repositories are CPAN mirrors,
       so it only searches the first repository that it can contact.

       My secret ambition is to fill the world with lots of DarkPAN repositories -- each with its
       own set of distributions.  For that scenario, I need to search multiple repositories at
       the same time.


       If you need to locate a distribution that contains a precise version of a file rather than
       just a version that is "new enough", then look at some of these:





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

         perldoc Package::Locator

       The following websites have more information about this module, and may be of help to you.
       As always, in addition to those websites please use your favorite search engine to
       discover more resources.

       ·   Search CPAN

           The default CPAN search engine, useful to view POD in HTML format.


       ·   CPAN Ratings

           The CPAN Ratings is a website that allows community ratings and reviews of Perl


       ·   CPAN Testers

           The CPAN Testers is a network of smokers who run automated tests on uploaded CPAN


       ·   CPAN Testers Matrix

           The CPAN Testers Matrix is a website that provides a visual overview of the test
           results for a distribution on various Perls/platforms.


       ·   CPAN Testers Dependencies

           The CPAN Testers Dependencies is a website that shows a chart of the test results of
           all dependencies for a distribution.


   Bugs / Feature Requests

   Source Code

         git clone git://


       Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <>


       This software is copyright (c) 2011 by Imaginative Software Systems.

       This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as
       the Perl 5 programming language system itself.