FAQ 2.8: Where can I get information on Perl?

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2.8: Where can I get information on Perl?

    The complete Perl documentation is available with the Perl distribution.
    If you have Perl installed locally, you probably have the documentation
    installed as well: type "man perl" if you're on a system resembling
    Unix. This will lead you to other important man pages, including how to
    set your $MANPATH. If you're not on a Unix system, access to the
    documentation will be different; for example, documentation might only
    be in HTML format. All proper Perl installations have fully-accessible

    You might also try "perldoc perl" in case your system doesn't have a
    proper man command, or it's been misinstalled. If that doesn't work, try
    looking in /usr/local/lib/perl5/pod for documentation.

    If all else fails, consult http://perldoc.cpan.org/ or
    http://www.perldoc.com/ both offer the complete documentation in html

    Many good books have been written about Perl--see the section below for
    more details.

    Tutorial documents are included in current or upcoming Perl releases
    include perltoot for objects or perlboot for a beginner's approach to
    objects, perlopentut for file opening semantics, perlreftut for managing
    references, perlretut for regular expressions, perlthrtut for threads,
    perldebtut for debugging, and perlxstut for linking C and Perl together.
    There may be more by the time you read this. The following URLs might
    also be of assistance:

        http://www.perldoc.com /


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