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Perl Language Reference Manual
by Larry Wall and others
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26.1.6 Installation

These utilities help manage extra Perl modules that don't come with the perl distribution.

cpan is a command-line interface to CPAN.pm. It allows you to install modules or distributions from CPAN, or just get information about them, and a lot more. It is similar to the command line mode of the "CPAN::API::HOWTO: A recipe book for programming with CPAN.pm" (CPAN) in the Perl Library Reference Manual (Volume 6) module,
perl -MCPAN -e shell
cpanp is, like cpan, a command-line interface to the CPAN, using the CPANPLUS module as a back-end. It can be used interactively or imperatively.
cpan2dist is a tool to create distributions (or packages) from CPAN modules, then suitable for your package manager of choice. Support for specific formats are available from CPAN as CPANPLUS::Dist::* modules.
A little interface to ExtUtils::Installed to examine installed modules, validate your packlists and even create a tarball from an installed module.
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