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Getting a List of Modules from the CPAN without your Browser?

by ghenry (Vicar)
on Aug 30, 2006 at 20:34 UTC ( #570474=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
ghenry has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

UPDATE: Trying CPAN::Search::Lite::Info, looks good

Dear All,

It's been a while, so forgive me for not contributing lately, but has anyone got any tips on getting info from search.cpan.org without using your browser?

I am trying to get a list of all the Catalyst Plugins.

The problem is, if I mess with 03modlist.data.gz only registered namespace is listed and most them aren't.

Thanks,
Gavin.

Walking the road to enlightenment... I found a penguin and a camel on the way.....
Fancy a yourname@perl.me.uk? Just ask!!!

Comment on Getting a List of Modules from the CPAN without your Browser?
Re: Getting a List of Modules from the CPAN without your Browser?
by jhourcle (Prior) on Aug 30, 2006 at 20:48 UTC

    Does the CPAN shell count as a brower?

    cpan> i /Catalyst/

      Yes! ;-)

      But i /Catalyst::Plugin/ is just about there, but I want to code something up and pull out parts of that.

      Walking the road to enlightenment... I found a penguin and a camel on the way.....
      Fancy a yourname@perl.me.uk? Just ask!!!
Re: Getting a List of Modules from the CPAN without your Browser?
by grep (Monsignor) on Aug 30, 2006 at 20:50 UTC
    perl -MCPAN -e shell
    will get you into the CPAN (module) shell.

    Then
    i /Catalyst/
    but also check out The Catalyst page on Plugins



    grep
    Mynd you, mønk bites Kan be pretti nasti...

      Heh.

      I wrote a big chunk of that ;-)

      I document what's good and not good (deprecated) on that list and it's due for an update, but I am not using my browser again! ;-)

      Walking the road to enlightenment... I found a penguin and a camel on the way.....
      Fancy a yourname@perl.me.uk? Just ask!!!
Re: Getting a List of Modules from the CPAN without your Browser?
by randyk (Parson) on Aug 31, 2006 at 05:15 UTC

    You mentioned in the update about CPAN-Search-Lite - there's a script in that distribution: csl_soap, which can be used to get information on CPAN modules, distributions, and authors from a remote SOAP server (it just requires SOAP-Lite and Getopt-Long, not the full CPAN-Search-Lite package). To see it work, near the top of the script, set

    my $soap_uri = 'http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/CPAN_Search_CGI'; my $soap_proxy = 'http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/cgi-bin/soap.cgi';
    and then you can use it as
    C:\Perl\bin>csl_soap --dist Catalyst-Plugin-Pluggable Distribution: Catalyst-Plugin-Pluggable Abstract: Plugin for Pluggable Catalyst applications Version: 0.04 CPAN author: SRI CPAN file: Catalyst-Plugin-Pluggable-0.04.tar.gz Size: 3.0 KB bytes Last modified: 28 Nov 2005
    This doesn't do wildcard searches - it's just there as a proof-of-concept - but could readily be adapted to do so if there was interest.

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