CPAN Search is a search engine for the distributions, modules, docs, and ID's on CPAN. It was conceived and built by Graham Barr as a way to make things easier to navigate. Originally named TUCS [ The Ultimate CPAN Search ] it was later named CPAN Search or Search DOT CPAN.
If you are having technical difficulties with the site itself, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and try to be as detailed as possible in your note describing the problem.
The Catalogue on the front page is based on the Perl 5 Module List and if there is a module you think should be included in a particular category, you may either use the feedback link on the top of the page or send mail to email@example.com with your suggestions.
Randy Kobes' search engine at Winnipeg.
WAIT which searches all documents on CPAN
perldoc.perl.org contains the core documentation for Perl version 5.8.6, in HTML and PDF formats.
Yes, by adding a 'format=xml' in the URL like so: http://search.cpan.org/search?mode=module&format=xml&query=LWP This feature is NOT supported and it may change at any time so don't build applications to depend on its continued presence.
Yes, we have an RSS file at http://search.cpan.org/rss/search.rss. If you use it, you must also provide a link back to CPAN Search at http://search.cpan.org/. Please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of the URL.
Yes, there are API urls that will return JSON. Here are some examples
http://search.cpan.org/api/module/Dancer http://search.cpan.org/api/dist/Dancer http://search.cpan.org/api/author/SUKRIA
No. search.cpan.org is only one way to access what is on CPAN. Any statistics gathered by search.cpan.org would not be very representative because we have no way to gather statistics for downloads from all the worldwide CPAN mirrors
They come from the Gravatar associated with that author's cpan.org email address. To set yours, simply sign up at http://site.gravatar.com/signup using your cpan.org address. We cache the gravatars so give it a day or so to catch up.