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Fellow monks,

Let’s say I want to link to the documentation for the select method in the CPAN module File::Tail. This works:

[href://] =>

but it uses href, which is for “General-Purpose Linking” (see What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information?). I would like to use one of the special “CPAN” links, but this:

[mod://File::Tail#select] => File::Tail#select

gives a CPAN page displaying Not found. This also fails:

[mod://IO::Handle#CONSTRUCTOR] => IO::Handle#CONSTRUCTOR

although IO::Handle is a core module documented in perldoc. This:


does work, but seems not to be documented in What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information?, which has, under “The Perl documentation”:

Link to standard module docs: [mod://name]


  1. What is the canonical way to reference a section internal to a document on CPAN?
  2. Could the mod shortcut be extended for this purpose?
  3. Should What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information? be updated to show doc rather than mod as the preferred shortcut for core modules?

In regard to (2), I find myself wanting such a shortcut quite often when contributing to Seekers of Perl Wisdom.


Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum

In reply to Shortcut for referencing specific sections of CPAN documents by Athanasius

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