pmdesc man page

pmdesc — print out version and whatis description of perl modules


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 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[1] if $F[0] =~ /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.

See Also

pmdesc(1) pminst(1) pmpath(1) pmvers(1)


Copyright (C) 1999 Tom Christiansen.

Copyright (C) 2006-2014 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".

Referenced By

pmall(1), pmpath(1), pmvers(1).

2017-07-28 perl v5.26.0 User Contributed Perl Documentation