Chris Williams


Module::Install::ReadmeFromPod - A Module::Install extension to automatically convert POD to a README


  # In Makefile.PL

  use inc::Module::Install;
  author 'Vestan Pants';
  license 'perl';
  readme_from 'lib/Some/';
  readme_from 'lib/Some/', { clean => 1, format => 'htm', output_file => 'SomeModule.html' };

A README file will be generated from the POD of the indicated module file.

Note that the author will need to make sure Module::Install::ReadmeFromPod is installed before running the Makefile.PL. (The extension will be bundled into the user-side distribution).


Module::Install::ReadmeFromPod is a Module::Install extension that generates a README file automatically from an indicated file containing POD, whenever the author runs Makefile.PL. Several output formats are supported: plain-text, HTML, PDF or manpage.


This plugin adds the following Module::Install command:


Does nothing on the user-side. On the author-side it will generate a README file.

  readme_from 'lib/Some/';

If a second parameter is set to a true value then the README will be removed at make distclean.

  readme_from 'lib/Some/', 1;

A third parameter can be used to determine the format of the README file.

  readme_from 'lib/Some/', 1, 'htm';

Valid formats for this third parameter are:

txt, text

Produce a plain-text README file using Pod::Text. The 'txt' format is the default.

htm, html

Produce an HTML README.htm file using Pod::Html.


Produce a README.1 manpage using Pod::Man.


Produce a PDF README.pdf file with App::pod2pdf if this module is installed.

A fourth parameter can be used to supply an output filename.

  readme_from 'lib/Some/', 0, 'pdf', 'SomeModule.pdf';

Finally, you can pass additional arguments to the POD formatter that handles the requested format.

  my @options = ( 'release' => 1.03, 'section' => 8 ); # options for Pod::Man
  readme_from 'lib/Some/', 1, 'man', undef, @options;

But instead of passing this long list of optional arguments to readme_from, you should probably pass these arguments as a named hashref for clarity.

  my @options = ( 'release' => 1.03, 'section' => 8 );
  readme_from 'lib/Some/', {clean => 1, format => 'man', output_file => undef, options => @options};

If you use the all_from command, readme_from will default to that value.

  all_from 'lib/Some/';
  readme_from;              # Create README from lib/Some/
  readme_from '','clean';   # Put a empty string before 'clean'


Chris BinGOs Williams


Copyright © Chris Williams

This module may be used, modified, and distributed under the same terms as Perl itself. Please see the license that came with your Perl distribution for details.