PAUSE::Packages - interface to PAUSE's packages file (02packages.details.txt)


  use PAUSE::Packages 0.12;

  my $pp       = PAUSE::Packages->new;
  my $iterator = $pp->release_iterator();

  while (my $release = $iterator->next_release) {
    print 'path = ', $release->path, "\n";
    print '   modules = ', join( ', ', map { $_->name } @{ $release->modules } ), "\n";

  $release = $pp->release('Module-Path');

  # to parse a local file
    my $pp = PAUSE::Packages->new(
        url => 'file:///path/to/02packages.details.txt',
        ua  => LWP::UserAgent->new,


NOTE: this is very much an alpha release. any and all feedback appreciated.

PAUSE::Packages provides an interface to the 02packages.details.txt file produced by the Perl Authors Upload Server (PAUSE). The file records what version of what modules are included in each release of a distribution that is on CPAN.

PAUSE::Packages processes 02packages.details.txt and caches a transformed version of the data, with the following characteristics:

  • Only the highest numbered version of a module is included.

  • All modules in a release are written together, to make it efficient to iterate over the file release by release. 02packages is sorted by module name, not by release, which means it can't be efficiently processed by an iterator.

The interface for this distribution is very much still in flux, as is the documentation.


The constructor (new()) can be passed an argument path, along with a path to a local copy of the cached format used by PAUSE::Packages:

 $pp = PAUSE::Packages->new(path => 'mypackages.txt');

Note: this is not the same format used by 02packages.details.txt, as described above.

If you don't specify a path, then the local cache path is generated, and you can use the path attribute to find out what it is:

 $pp = PAUSE::Packages->new();
 print "cache path = ", $pp->path, "\n";

In a future release this will change: there will be separate attributes for the cache path and the path to your own local copy.




This supports one optional argument, well_formed, which if true says that the iterator should only return releases where the dist name and author's PAUSE id could be found:

 my $iterator = PAUSE::Packages->new()->release_iterator(
                    well_formed => 1

This saves you from having to write code like the following:

 while (my $release = $iterator->next_release) {
    next unless defined($release->distinfo);
    next unless defined($release->distinfo->dist);
    next unless defined($release->distinfo->cpanid);


Takes a dist name and returns an instance of PAUSE::Packages::Release, or undef if a release couldn't be found for the specified distname.

ua( MyUserAgent->new )

Allows you to provide your own UserAgent. This is useful if you're working off a local copy of 02packages.details.txt The default UserAgent is HTTP::Tiny, which does not support the file:// schema. So, if you want to work with a local file you can either set up local web server using something like App::HTTPThis, or you can provide a your own UserAgent (like LWP::UserAgent which does support this behaviour.


The URL to the 02packages.details.txt which you would like to parse. Defaults to If you want to use the file:// scheme to fetch your local package, be sure to provide your own UserAgent. See the ua method above.


The behaviour of this module changed between version 0.01 and 0.02, so you should make sure you're using 0.02 or later:

  use PAUSE::Packages 0.02;


There are at least three other modules on CPAN for parsing 02packages.details.txt. There are two main differences between these modules and PAUSE::Packages: (1) you have to download 02packages yourself, and (2) if there are multiple releases of a dist on CPAN, containing different modules (eg due to refactoring), then you'll see the union of all modules, instead of just the modules in the most recent release.



Neil Bowers <>


This software is copyright (c) 2013-2014 by Neil Bowers <>.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.