MirBSD manpage: perlutil(1)

PERLUTIL(1)     Perl Programmers Reference Guide      PERLUTIL(1)


     perlutil - utilities packaged with the Perl distribution


     Along with the Perl interpreter itself, the Perl distribu-
     tion installs a range of utilities on your system. There are
     also several utilities which are used by the Perl distribu-
     tion itself as part of the install process. This document
     exists to list all of these utilities, explain what they are
     for and provide pointers to each module's documentation, if


        The main interface to Perl's documentation is "perldoc",
        although if you're reading this, it's more than likely
        that you've already found it. perldoc will extract and
        format the documentation from any file in the current
        directory, any Perl module installed on the system, or
        any of the standard documentation pages, such as this
        one. Use "perldoc <name>" to get information on any of
        the utilities described in this document.

     pod2man and pod2text
        If it's run from a terminal, perldoc will usually call
        pod2man to translate POD (Plain Old Documentation - see
        perlpod for an explanation) into a manpage, and then run
        man to display it; if man isn't available, pod2text will
        be used instead and the output piped through your favour-
        ite pager.

     pod2html and pod2latex
        As well as these two, there are two other converters:
        pod2html will produce HTML pages from POD, and pod2latex,
        which produces LaTeX files.

        If you just want to know how to use the utilities
        described here, pod2usage will just extract the "USAGE"
        section; some of the utilities will automatically call
        pod2usage on themselves when you call them with "-help".

        pod2usage is a special case of podselect, a utility to
        extract named sections from documents written in POD. For
        instance, while utilities have "USAGE" sections, Perl
        modules usually have "SYNOPSIS" sections: "podselect -s
        "SYNOPSIS" ..." will extract this section for a given


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        If you're writing your own documentation in POD, the pod-
        checker utility will look for errors in your markup.

        splain is an interface to perldiag - paste in your error
        message to it, and it'll explain it for you.

        The "roffitall" utility is not installed on your system
        but lives in the pod/ directory of your Perl source kit;
        it converts all the documentation from the distribution
        to *roff format, and produces a typeset PostScript or
        text file of the whole lot.


     To help you convert legacy programs to Perl, we've included
     three conversion filters:

        a2p converts awk scripts to Perl programs; for example,
        "a2p -F:" on the simple awk script "{print $2}" will pro-
        duce a Perl program based around this code:

            while (<>) {
                ($Fld1,$Fld2) = split(/[:\n]/, $_, 9999);
                print $Fld2;

        Similarly, s2p converts sed scripts to Perl programs. s2p
        run on "s/foo/bar" will produce a Perl program based
        around this:

            while (<>) {
                print if $printit;

        Finally, find2perl translates "find" commands to Perl
        equivalents which use the File::Find module. As an exam-
        ple, "find2perl . -user root -perm 4000 -print" produces
        the following callback subroutine for "File::Find":

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            sub wanted {
                my ($dev,$ino,$mode,$nlink,$uid,$gid);
                (($dev,$ino,$mode,$nlink,$uid,$gid) = lstat($_)) &&
                $uid == $uid{'root'}) &&
                (($mode & 0777) == 04000);

     As well as these filters for converting other languages, the
     pl2pm utility will help you convert old-style Perl 4
     libraries to new-style Perl5 modules.


        To display and change the libnet configuration run the
        libnetcfg command.


     There are a set of utilities which help you in developing
     Perl programs, and in particular, extending Perl with C.

        perlbug is the recommended way to report bugs in the perl
        interpreter itself or any of the standard library modules
        back to the developers; please read through the documen-
        tation for perlbug thoroughly before using it to submit a
        bug report.

        Back before Perl had the XS system for connecting with C
        libraries, programmers used to get library constants by
        reading through the C header files. You may still see
        "require 'syscall.ph'" or similar around - the .ph file
        should be created by running h2ph on the corresponding .h
        file. See the h2ph documentation for more on how to con-
        vert a whole bunch of header files at once.

     c2ph and pstruct
        c2ph and pstruct, which are actually the same program but
        behave differently depending on how they are called, pro-
        vide another way of getting at C with Perl - they'll con-
        vert C structures and union declarations to Perl code.
        This is deprecated in favour of h2xs these days.

        h2xs converts C header files into XS modules, and will
        try and write as much glue between C libraries and Perl
        modules as it can. It's also very useful for creating
        skeletons of pure Perl modules.

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        Perl comes with a profiler, the Devel::DProf module. The
        dprofpp utility analyzes the output of this profiler and
        tells you which subroutines are taking up the most run
        time. See Devel::DProf for more information.

        perlcc is the interface to the experimental Perl compiler


     perldoc, pod2man, perlpod, pod2html, pod2usage, podselect,
     podchecker, splain, perldiag, roffitall, a2p, s2p,
     find2perl, File::Find, pl2pm, perlbug, h2ph, c2ph, h2xs,
     dprofpp, Devel::DProf, perlcc

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