Given one or more module names, show the version number (if known) and the 'whatis' line, that is, the NAME section's description, typically used for generation of whatis databases.
$ pmdesc IO::Socket IO::Socket (1.25) - Object interface to socket communications $ oldperl pmdesc IO::Socket IO::Socket (1.1603) - Object interface to socket communications $ pmdesc `pminst -s | perl -lane 'print $F if $F =~ /site/'` XML::Parser::Expat (2.19) - Lowlevel access to James Clark's expat XML parser XML::Parser (2.19) - A perl module for parsing XML documents
This only works on modules. It should also work on filenames, but then it's a bit tricky finding out the package to call the VERSION method on.
pmdesc(1) pminst(1) pmpath(1) pmvers(1)
AUTHORS and COPYRIGHTS
Copyright (C) 1999 Tom Christiansen.
Copyright (C) 2006-2014, 2018 Mark Leighton Fisher.
This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: (a) the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 1, or (at your option) any later version, or (b) the Perl “Artistic License”. (This is the Perl 5 licensing scheme.)
Please note this is a change from the original pmtools-1.00 (still available on CPAN), as pmtools-1.00 were licensed only under the Perl “Artistic License”.
pmall(1), pmpath(1), pmvers(1).