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           perldoc [-h] [-v] [-t] [-u] [-m] [-l] [-F] [-i] [-V] [-T] [-r]
           [-dddeessttiinnaattiioonn_ffiillee] [-offoorrmmaattnnaammee] [-MFFoorrmmaatttteerrCCllaassssNNaammee]
           [-wffoorrmmaatttteerrooppttiioonn::vvaalluuee] [-nnroff-replacement] [-X] [-L language_code]
           perldoc -f BuiltinFunction
           perldoc -L it -f BuiltinFunction
           perldoc -q FAQ Keyword
           perldoc -L fr -q FAQ Keyword
           See below for more description of the switches.


           perldoc looks up a piece of documentation in .pod format that is
           embedded in the perl installation tree or in a perl script, and
           displays it via "pod2man | nroff -man | $PAGER". (In addition, if
           running under HP-UX, "col -x" will be used.) This is primarily used for
           the documentation for the perl library modules.
           Your system may also have man pages installed for those modules, in
           which case you can probably just use the man(1) command.
           If you are looking for a table of contents to the Perl library modules
           documentation, see the perltoc page.


           -h   Prints out a brief help message.
           -v   Describes search for the item in detail (verbosely).
           -t   Display docs using plain text converter, instead of nroff. This
                may be faster, but it probably won't look as nice.
           -u   Skip the real Pod formatting, and just show the raw Pod source
           -m module
                Display the entire module: both code and unformatted pod
                documentation.  This may be useful if the docs don't explain a
                function in the detail you need, and you'd like to inspect the
                code directly; perldoc will find the file for you and simply hand
                it off for display.
           -l   Display only the file name of the module found.
           -F   Consider arguments as file names; no search in directories will be
                is to be sent right to STDOUT.
           -d destination-filename
                This specifies that the output is to be sent neither to a pager
                nor to STDOUT, but is to be saved to the specified filename.
                Example: "perldoc -oLaTeX -dtextwrapdocs.tex Text::Wrap"
           -o output-formatname
                This specifies that you want Perldoc to try using a Pod-formatting
                class for the output format that you specify.  For example:
                "-oman".  This is actually just a wrapper around the "-M" switch;
                using "-oformatname" just looks for a loadable class by adding
                that format name (with different capitalizations) to the end of
                different classname prefixes.
                For example, "-oLaTeX" currently tries all of the following
                classes: Pod::Perldoc::ToLaTeX Pod::Perldoc::Tolatex
                Pod::Perldoc::ToLatex Pod::Perldoc::ToLATEX Pod::Simple::LaTeX
                Pod::Simple::latex Pod::Simple::Latex Pod::Simple::LATEX
                Pod::LaTeX Pod::latex Pod::Latex Pod::LATEX.
           -M module-name
                This specifies the module that you want to try using for
                formatting the pod.  The class must at least provide a
                "parse_from_file" method.  For example: "perldoc
                You can specify several classes to try by joining them with commas
                or semicolons, as in "-MTk::SuperPod;Tk::Pod".
           -w option:value or -w option
                This specifies an option to call the formatter with.  For example,
                "-w textsize:15" will call "$formatter->textsize(15)" on the
                formatter object before it is used to format the object.  For this
                to be valid, the formatter class must provide such a method, and
                the value you pass should be valid.  (So if "textsize" expects an
                integer, and you do "-w textsize:big", expect trouble.)
                You can use "-w optionname" (without a value) as shorthand for "-w
                optionname:TRUE".  This is presumably useful in cases of on/off
                features like: "-w page_numbering".
                You can use a "=" instead of the ":", as in: "-w textsize=15".
                This might be more (or less) convenient, depending on what shell
                you use.
           -X   Use an index if it is present -- the -X option looks for an entry
                whose basename matches the name given on the command line in the
                file "$Config{archlib}/pod.idx". The pod.idx file should contain
                fully qualified filenames, one per line.
           -L language_code
           -n some-formatter
                Specify replacement for nroff
           -r   Recursive search.
           -i   Ignore case.
           -V   Displays the version of perldoc you're running.


           Because perldoc does not run properly tainted, and is known to have
           security issues, when run as the superuser it will attempt to drop
           privileges by setting the effective and real IDs to nobody's or
           nouser's account, or -2 if unavailable.  If it cannot relinquish its
           privileges, it will not run.


           Any switches in the "PERLDOC" environment variable will be used before
           the command line arguments.
           Useful values for "PERLDOC" include "-oman", "-otext", "-otk", "-ortf",
           "-oxml", and so on, depending on what modules you have on hand; or
           exactly specify the formatter class with "-MPod::Perldoc::ToMan" or the
           "perldoc" also searches directories specified by the "PERL5LIB" (or
           "PERLLIB" if "PERL5LIB" is not defined) and "PATH" environment
           variables.  (The latter is so that embedded pods for executables, such
           as "perldoc" itself, are available.)
           "perldoc" will use, in order of preference, the pager defined in
           "PERLDOC_PAGER", "MANPAGER", or "PAGER" before trying to find a pager
           on its own. ("MANPAGER" is not used if "perldoc" was told to display
           plain text or unformatted pod.)
           One useful value for "PERLDOC_PAGER" is "less -+C -E".
           Having PERLDOCDEBUG set to a positive integer will make perldoc emit
           even more descriptive output than the "-v" switch does -- the higher
           the number, the more it emits.


           perlpod, Pod::Perldoc


           Current maintainer: Sean M. Burke, <>
           Past contributors are: Kenneth Albanowski <>, Andy
           Dougherty  <>, and many others.

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