App::wordlist - Grep words from WordList::*


This document describes version 0.265 of App::wordlist (from Perl distribution App-wordlist), released on 2018-03-19.


See the included script wordlist.




 wordlist(%args) -> [status, msg, result, meta]

Grep words from WordList::*.


  • By default print all words from all wordlists:

  • Print all words matching /foo/ and /bar/:

     wordlist( arg => ["foo", "bar"]);
  • Print all words matching /foo/ or /bar/:

     wordlist( arg => ["foo", "bar"], or => 1);
  • Print wordlist name for each matching words:

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], detail => 1);
  • Select a specific wordlist (multiple -w allowed):

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], wordlists => ["ID::KBBI"]);
  • Select phrase wordlists (multiple -t allowed):

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], types => ["Phrase"]);
  • Select French wordlists (multiple --lang allowed):

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], langs => ["FR"]);
  • Filter by regex:

     wordlist( arg => ["/fof[aeiou]/"]);
  • List installed wordlist modules:

     wordlist( action => "list_installed");
  • List wordlist modules available on CPAN:

     wordlist( action => "list_cpan");

This function is not exported.

Arguments ('*' denotes required arguments):

  • action => str (default: "grep")

  • arg => array[str]

  • color => str (default: "auto")

    When to highlight search string/matching pattern with color.

  • detail => bool

    Display more information when listing modules/result.

    When listing installed modules (-l), this means also returning a wordlist's type and language.

    When returning grep result, this means also returning wordlist name.

  • ignore_case => bool (default: 1)

  • langs => array[str]

    Only include wordlists of certain language(s).

  • lcpan => bool

    Use local CPAN mirror first when available (for -L).

  • len => int

  • max_len => int

  • min_len => int

  • num => int (default: 0)

    Return (at most) this number of words (0 = unlimited).

  • or => bool

    Match any word in query instead of the default "all".

  • random => bool

    Pick random words (must set --num to positive number).

  • types => array[str]

    Only include wordlists of certain type(s).

    By convention, language information is encoded in the wordlist's name. For example, English wordlists have names matching EN::* or Word::EN::* or Char::EN::* or Phrase::EN::*.

  • wordlists => array[str]

    Select one or more wordlist modules.

Returns an enveloped result (an array).

First element (status) is an integer containing HTTP status code (200 means OK, 4xx caller error, 5xx function error). Second element (msg) is a string containing error message, or 'OK' if status is 200. Third element (result) is optional, the actual result. Fourth element (meta) is called result metadata and is optional, a hash that contains extra information.

Return value: (any)


DEBUG => bool

COLOR => bool

Set color on/off when --color=auto (the default).


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App::GamesWordlist (games-wordlist) which greps from Games::Word::Wordlist::* instead.

WordList and WordList::* modules.


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