MirBSD manpage: Pod::Checker(3p)

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     Pod::Checker, podchecker() - check pod documents for syntax


       use Pod::Checker;

       $syntax_okay = podchecker($filepath, $outputpath, %options);

       my $checker = new Pod::Checker %options;
       $checker->parse_from_file($filepath, \*STDERR);

     $filepath is the input POD to read and $outputpath is where
     to write POD syntax error messages. Either argument may be a
     scalar indicating a file-path, or else a reference to an
     open filehandle. If unspecified, the input-file it defaults
     to "\*STDIN", and the output-file defaults to "\*STDERR".


     This function can take a hash of options:

     -warnings => val
         Turn warnings on/off. val is usually 1 for on, but
         higher values trigger additional warnings. See "Warn-


     podchecker will perform syntax checking of Perl5 POD format

     Curious/ambitious users are welcome to propose additional
     features they wish to see in Pod::Checker and podchecker and
     verify that the checks are consistent with perlpod.

     The following checks are currently performed:

     +   Unknown '=xxxx' commands, unknown 'X<...>'
         interior-sequences, and unterminated interior sequences.

     +   Check for proper balancing of "=begin" and "=end". The
         contents of such a block are generally ignored, i.e. no
         syntax checks are performed.

     +   Check for proper nesting and balancing of "=over",
         "=item" and "=back".

     +   Check for same nested interior-sequences (e.g.

     +   Check for malformed or nonexisting entities "E<...>".

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     +   Check for correct syntax of hyperlinks "L<...>". See
         perlpod for details.

     +   Check for unresolved document-internal links. This check
         may also reveal misspelled links that seem to be inter-
         nal links but should be links to something else.



     * empty =headn
         A heading ("=head1" or "=head2") without any text? That
         ain't no heading!

     * =over on line N without closing =back
         The "=over" command does not have a corresponding
         "=back" before the next heading ("=head1" or "=head2")
         or the end of the file.

     * =item without previous =over
     * =back without previous =over
         An "=item" or "=back" command has been found outside a
         "=over"/"=back" block.

     * No argument for =begin
         A "=begin" command was found that is not followed by the
         formatter specification.

     * =end without =begin
         A standalone "=end" command was found.

     * Nested =begin's
         There were at least two consecutive "=begin" commands
         without the corresponding "=end". Only one "=begin" may
         be active at a time.

     * =for without formatter specification
         There is no specification of the formatter after the
         "=for" command.

     * unresolved internal link NAME
         The given link to NAME does not have a matching node in
         the current POD. This also happend when a single word
         node name is not enclosed in "".

     * Unknown command "CMD"
         An invalid POD command has been found. Valid are
         "=head1", "=head2", "=head3", "=head4", "=over",
         "=item", "=back", "=begin", "=end", "=for", "=pod",

     * Unknown interior-sequence "SEQ"

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         An invalid markup command has been encountered. Valid
         are: "B<>", "C<>", "E<>", "F<>", "I<>", "L<>", "S<>",
         "X<>", "Z<>"

     * nested commands CMD<...CMD<...>...>
         Two nested identical markup commands have been found.
         Generally this does not make sense.

     * garbled entity STRING
         The STRING found cannot be interpreted as a character

     * Entity number out of range
         An entity specified by number (dec, hex, oct) is out of
         range (1-255).

     * malformed link L<>
         The link found cannot be parsed because it does not con-
         form to the syntax described in perlpod.

     * nonempty Z<>
         The "Z<>" sequence is supposed to be empty.

     * empty X<>
         The index entry specified contains nothing but whi-

     * Spurious text after =pod / =cut
         The commands "=pod" and "=cut" do not take any argu-

     * Spurious character(s) after =back
         The "=back" command does not take any arguments.


     These may not necessarily cause trouble, but indicate medio-
     cre style.

     * multiple occurrence of link target name
         The POD file has some "=item" and/or "=head" commands
         that have the same text. Potential hyperlinks to such a
         text cannot be unique then. This warning is printed only
         with warning level greater than one.

     * line containing nothing but whitespace in paragraph
         There is some whitespace on a seemingly empty line. POD
         is very sensitive to such things, so this is flagged. vi
         users switch on the list option to avoid this problem.

     * previous =item has no contents
         There is a list "=item" right above the flagged line

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         that has no text contents. You probably want to delete
         empty items.

     * preceding non-item paragraph(s)
         A list introduced by "=over" starts with a text or ver-
         batim paragraph, but continues with "=item"s. Move the
         non-item paragraph out of the "=over"/"=back" block.

     * =item type mismatch (one vs. two)
         A list started with e.g. a bulletted "=item" and contin-
         ued with a numbered one. This is obviously inconsistent.
         For most translators the type of the first "=item"
         determines the type of the list.

     * N unescaped "<>" in paragraph
         Angle brackets not written as "<lt>" and "<gt>" can
         potentially cause errors as they could be misinterpreted
         as markup commands. This is only printed when the -warn-
         ings level is greater than 1.

     * Unknown entity
         A character entity was found that does not belong to the
         standard ISO set or the POD specials "verbar" and "sol".

     * No items in =over
         The list opened with "=over" does not contain any items.

     * No argument for =item
         "=item" without any parameters is deprecated. It should
         either be followed by "*" to indicate an unordered list,
         by a number (optionally followed by a dot) to indicate
         an ordered (numbered) list or simple text for a defini-
         tion list.

     * empty section in previous paragraph
         The previous section (introduced by a "=head" command)
         does not contain any text. This usually indicates that
         something is missing. Note: A "=head1" followed immedi-
         ately by "=head2" does not trigger this warning.

     * Verbatim paragraph in NAME section
         The NAME section ("=head1 NAME") should consist of a
         single paragraph with the script/module name, followed
         by a dash `-' and a very short description of what the
         thing is good for.

     * =headn without preceding higher level
         For example if there is a "=head2" in the POD file prior
         to a "=head1".

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     There are some warnings wrt. malformed hyperlinks.

     * ignoring leading/trailing whitespace in link
         There is whitespace at the beginning or the end of the
         contents of L<...>.

     * (section) in '$page' deprecated
         There is a section detected in the page name of L<...>,
         e.g. "L<passwd(2)>". POD hyperlinks may point to POD
         documents only. Please write "C<passwd(2)>" instead.
         Some formatters are able to expand this to appropriate
         code. For links to (builtin) functions, please say
         "L<perlfunc/mkdir>", without ().

     * alternative text/node '%s' contains non-escaped | or /
         The characters "|" and "/" are special in the L<...>
         context. Although the hyperlink parser does its best to
         determine which "/" is text and which is a delimiter in
         case of doubt, one ought to escape these literal charac-
         ters like this:

           /     E<sol>
           |     E<verbar>


     podchecker returns the number of POD syntax errors found or
     -1 if there were no POD commands at all found in the file.


     See "SYNOPSIS"


     While checking, this module collects document properties,
     e.g. the nodes for hyperlinks ("=headX", "=item") and index
     entries ("X<>"). POD translators can use this feature to
     syntax-check and get the nodes in a first pass before actu-
     ally starting to convert. This is expensive in terms of exe-
     cution time, but allows for very robust conversions.

     Since PodParser-1.24 the Pod::Checker module uses only the
     poderror method to print errors and warnings. The summary
     output (e.g. "Pod syntax OK") has been dropped from the
     module and has been included in podchecker (the script).
     This allows users of Pod::Checker to control completely the
     output behaviour. Users of podchecker (the script) get the
     well-known behaviour.

     "Pod::Checker->new( %options )"
         Return a reference to a new Pod::Checker object that
         inherits from Pod::Parser and is used for calling the

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         required methods later. The following options are recog-

         "-warnings => num"
           Print warnings if "num" is true. The higher the value
         of "num", the more warnings are printed. Currently there
         are only levels 1 and 2.

         "-quiet => num"
           If "num" is true, do not print any errors/warnings.
         This is useful when Pod::Checker is used to munge POD
         code into plain text from within POD formatters.

     "$checker->poderror( @args )"
     "$checker->poderror( {%opts}, @args )"
         Internal method for printing errors and warnings. If no
         options are given, simply prints "@_". The following
         options are recognized and used to form the output:


         A message to print prior to @args.


         The line number the error occurred in.


         The file (name) the error occurred in.


         The error level, should be 'WARNING' or 'ERROR'.

         Set (if argument specified) and retrieve the number of
         errors found.

         Set (if argument specified) and retrieve the number of
         warnings found.

         Set (if argument specified) and retrieve the canonical
         name of POD as found in the "=head1 NAME" section.

         Add (if argument specified) and retrieve the nodes (as
         defined by "=headX" and "=item") of the current POD. The
         nodes are returned in the order of their occurrence.
         They consist of plain text, each piece of whitespace is

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         collapsed to a single blank.

         Add (if argument specified) and retrieve the index
         entries (as defined by "X<>") of the current POD. They
         consist of plain text, each piece of whitespace is col-
         lapsed to a single blank.

         Add (if argument specified) and retrieve the hyperlinks
         (as defined by "L<>") of the current POD. They consist
         of a 2-item array: line number and "Pod::Hyperlink"


     Please report bugs using <http://rt.cpan.org>.

     Brad Appleton <bradapp@enteract.com> (initial version),
     Marek Rouchal <marekr@cpan.org>

     Based on code for Pod::Text::pod2text() written by Tom
     Christiansen <tchrist@mox.perl.com>

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