Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer
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Package::Locator::Index - The package index of a repository


version 0.010


  use Package::Locator::Index;

  my $index = Package::Locator::Index->new( repository_url => 'http://somewhere' );
  my $dist  = $index->distributions->{'A/AU/AUTHOR/Foo-Bar-1.0.tar.gz'};
  my $pkg   = $index->packages->{'Foo::Bar'};


This is a private module and there are no user-serviceable parts here. The API documentation is for my own reference only.

Package::Locator::Index is yet-another module for parsing the contents of the 02packages.details.txt file from a CPAN-like repository.


new( %attributes )

All the attributes listed below can be passed to the constructor, and can be retrieved via accessor methods with the same name. All attributes are read-only, and cannot be changed once the object is constructed.


repository_url => 'http://somewhere'

The base URL of the repository you want to get the index from. This is usually a CPAN mirror, but can be any site or directory that is organized in a CPAN-like structure. This attribute is required.

user_agent => $user_agent_obj

The LWP::UserAgent object that will fetch the index file. If you do not provide a user agent, then a default one will be constructed for you.

cache_dir => '/some/directory/path'

The path (as a string or Path::Class::Dir object) to a directory where the index file will be cached. If the directory does not exist, it will be created for you. If you do not specify a cache directory, then a temporary directory will be used. The temporary directory will be deleted when your application terminates.

force => $boolean

Causes any cached index files to be removed, thus forcing a new one to be downloaded when the object is constructed. This only has effect if you specified the cache_dir attribute. The default is false.



Returns the path to the local copy of the index file (as a Path::Class::File).


Returns a hashref representing the contents of the index. The keys are the paths to the distributions (as they appear in the index). The values are data structures that look like this:

    path     => 'A/AU/AUTHOR/FooBar-1.0.tar.gz',
    source   => 'http://some.cpan.mirror'
    packages => [ ## See package structure below ## ]


Returns a hashref representing the contents of the index. The keys are the names of packages. The values are data structures that look like this:

    name         => 'Foo',
    version      => '1.0',
    distribution => 'A/AU/AUTHOR/FooBar-1.0.tar.gz'


There are numerous existing modules for parsing the 02packages.details.txt file, but I wasn't completely happy with any of them. Most of the existing modules transform the data into various flavors of Distribution and Package objects. But I'm not ready to commit to any particular API for Distributions and Packages (not even one of my own). So Package::Locator::Index exposes the index data as simple data structures.


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <>


This software is copyright (c) 2011 by Imaginative Software Systems.

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