Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast - parse CPAN's package index


    use Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast;

    my $p = Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast->new("/path/to/02packages.details.txt.gz");
    ## Or alternatively, if is configured
    #my $p = Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast->new;

    my $m = $p->package("Kwalify");
    # $m is a Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast::Package object
    print $m->package, "\n";   # Kwalify
    print $m->version, "\n";   # 1.21

    my $d = $m->distribution;
    # $d is a Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast::Distribution object
    print $d->dist,    "\n";   # Kwalify
    print $d->version, "\n";   # 1.21


This is a largely API compatible rewrite of Parse::CPAN::Packages.

Notable differences are

  • The method add_package of Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast::Distribution is not implemented

  • Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast::Distribution is really a CPAN::DistnameInfo (but this one is compatible with Parse::CPAN::Packages::Distribution>

  • A Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast::Distribution object does not have its packages included in the data structure, but it's necessary to use the contains method. Likewise, a Parse::CPAN::Packages::Fast::Package object does not include the containing distribution in the data structure, but it's necessary to use the distribution method.

  • The new constructor may be called without the path to the 02packages.details.txt file. In this case's logic is used to find an existing packages file. Note that this might be interactive (i.e. if was never configured, or needs reconfiguration), so don't do this in batch systems.


Calling Parse::CPAN::Packages' constructor is quite slow and takes about 10 seconds on my machine. In contrast, the reimplementation just takes a second.

I did some benchmarking of the original module and found no obvious weak point to speed it up. Moose is used here, but does not seem to cause the problem. I suspect that the real problem is just heavy use of method calls.

Also, this module does not have problems with circular references like the original. See "BUGS" in Parse::CPAN::Packages.


Parse::CPAN::Packages, CPAN::DistnameInfo.