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CPAN::SQLite(3)       User Contributed Perl Documentation      CPAN::SQLite(3)

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

         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 three main CPAN indices: $CPAN/modules/, $CPAN/modules/02pack-
       ages.details.txt.gz, and $CPAN/authors/01mailrc.txt.gz. It should be considered at an alpha stage of develop-

       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 exisiting
          database will be overwritten. Not specifying this option will assume that an existing database is to be

       * 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,
       this defaults to 200. 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 as

         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 previ-
       ous 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::Con-
       fig->{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.

       Development takes place on the CPAN-Search-Lite project at <http://cpan-search.svn.source->.

       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.

       This software is copyright 2006,2008 by Randy Kobes <>. Use and redistribution are under
       the same terms as Perl itself.

perl v5.8.8                       2008-06-05                   CPAN::SQLite(3)