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       Parse::ExuberantCTags - Efficiently parse exuberant ctags files


         use Parse::ExuberantCTags;
         my $parser = Parse::ExuberantCTags->new( 'tags_filename' );

         # find a given tag that starts with 'foo' and do not ignore case
         my $tag = $parser->findTag("foo", ignore_case => 0, partial => 1);
         if (defined $tag) {
           print $tag->{name}, "\n";
         $tag = $parser->findNextTag();
         # ...

         # iterator interface (use findTag instead, it does a binary search)
         $tag = $parser->firstTag;
         while (defined($tag = $parser->nextTag)) {
           # use the tag structure


       This Perl module parses ctags files and handles both traditional ctags as well as extended
       ctags files such as produced with Exuberant ctags. To the best of my knowledge, it does
       not handle emacs-style "etags" files.

       The module is implemented as a wrapper around the readtags library that normally ships
       with Exuberant ctags. If you do not know what that is, you are encouraged to have a look
       at <>. In order to use this module, you do not need Exuberant
       ctags on your system. The module ships a copy of readtags. Quoting the readtags

         The functions defined in this interface are intended to provide tag file
         support to a software tool. The tag lookups provided are sufficiently fast
         enough to permit opening a sorted tag file, searching for a matching tag,
         then closing the tag file each time a tag is looked up (search times are
         on the order of hundreths of a second, even for huge tag files). This is
         the recommended use of this library for most tool applications. Adhering
         to this approach permits a user to regenerate a tag file at will without
         the tool needing to detect and resynchronize with changes to the tag file.
         Even for an unsorted 24MB tag file, tag searches take about one second.

       Take away from this that tag files should be sorted by the generating program.


       The methods that return a tag entry all return tags in the same format.  Examples count
       for a billion words:

           name              => 'IO::File',
           file              => '/usr/lib/perl/5.10/IO/',
           fileScope         => 0,
           kind              => 'p',
           addressPattern    => '/package IO::File;/',
           addressLineNumber => 3,
           extension         => {
             class => 'IO::File',

       The structure has the name of the tag ("name"), the file it was found in ("file"), a flag
       indicating whether the tag is scoped to the file only, the type of the tag entry ("kind"),
       the "ex" search pattern for locating the definition ("addressPattern"), the line number
       ("addressLineNumber"), and then key/value pairs from the extension section of the tag.

       Not all of the fields are guaranteed to be available. Particularly the "extension" section
       will be empty if the tags file doesn't make use of the extended format.  Refer to the
       ctags reference for details.


       Given the name of a file to read the tags from, opens that file and returns a
       "Parse::ExuberantCTags" object on success, false otherwise.

       Takes the name of the tag to be sought as first argument.

       Following the tag name, two optional arguments (key/value pairs) are supported:

       Setting "<partial =" 1>> makes the tag name match if it's the start of a tag. Setting
       "<ignore_case =" 1>> makes the search ignore the case of the tag. Note that setting
       "<ignore_case"> to true results in a slower linear instead of a binary search!

       Returns a tag structure or undef if none matched.

       Returns the next tag that matches the previous search (see "findTag").

       Returns undef if no more tags match.

       Returns the first tag in the file. Returns undef if the file is emtpy.

       Returns the next tag or undef if the end of the file is reached.


       The SetSortType call is currently not supported. Let me know if you need it and I'll add a


       Exuberant ctags homepage: <>

       Wikipedia on ctags: <>

       Module that can produce ctags files from Perl code: Perl::Tags



       Steffen Mueller, <>


       This Perl module is a wrapper around the readtags library that is shipped as part of the
       exuberant ctags program.  A copy of readtags is included with this module.  readtags was
       put in the public domain by its author. The full copyright/license information from the
       code is:

         Copyright (c) 1996-2003, Darren Hiebert
         This source code is released into the public domain.

       The XS wrapper and this document are:

       Copyright (C) 2009-2010 by Steffen Mueller

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.6 or, at your option, any later version of
       Perl 5 you may have available.