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NAME ^

CPAN::Cache - Abstract locally-cached logical subset of a CPAN mirror

DESCRIPTION ^

There have been any number of scripts and modules written that contain as part of their functionality some form of locally stored partial mirror of the CPAN dataset.

CPAN::Cache does the same thing, except that in addition it has the feature that the downloading and storage of CPAN data is all that it does, so it should not introduce any additional dependencies or bloat, and should be much easier to reuse that existing modules, which generally are more task-specific.

The intent is that this module will be usable by everything that is in the business of pulling modules from CPAN, storing them locally, and doing something with them.

In this way, it really does little other than mirror data from a remote URI, except that CPAN::Cache also provides some additional intelligence about which files are and are not static (will never change) which aren't, and is typed specifically as a mirror of CPAN, instead of any other sort of mirror.

By building this module as a seperate distribution, it is hoped we can improve seperation of concerns in the CPAN-related modules and ensure cleaner, smaller, and more robust tools that interact with the CPAN in the most correct ways.

METHODS ^

new

  my $cache = CPAN::Cache->new(
      remote_uri => 'http://search.cpan.org/CPAN/',
      local_dir  => '/tmp/cpan',
      );

remote_uri

The remote_uri accessor returns a URI object for the remote CPAN repository.

local_dir

The local_dir accessor returns the filesystem path for the root root directory of the CPAN cache.

file path/to/file.txt

The file method takes the path of a file within the repository, and returns a URI::ToDisk object representing it's location on both the server, and on the local filesystem.

Paths should always be provided in unix/web format, not the local filesystem's format.

Returns a HTML::ToDisk or throws an exception if passed a bad path.

get path/to/file.txt

The get method takes the path of a file within the repository, and fetches it from the remote repository, storing it at the appropriate local path.

Paths should always be provided in unix/web format, not the local filesystem's format.

Returns the URI::ToDisk for the file if retrieved successfully, false false if the file does not exist within the repository, or throws an exception on error.

mirror path/to/file.txt

The mirror method takes the path of a file within the repository, and mirrors it from the remote repository, storing it at the appropriate local path.

Using this method if preferable for items like indexs for which want to ensure you have the current version, but do not want to freshly download each time.

Paths should always be provided in unix/web format, not the local filesystem's format.

Returns the URI::ToDisk for the file if mirrored successfully, false if the file did not exist in the repository, or throws an exception on error.

static

The static method determines whether a given path within CPAN is able to change or not.

In the CPAN, some files such as index files and checksum can change, while other files such as the tarball files will be static, and once committed to the repository will never be changed (altough they may be deleted).

In a caching scenario, this means that if the file exists locally, we will never need to return to the server to check for a new version, we enables additional optimisations for CPAN-related algorithms.

Returns true if the file will never change, false if not, or throws an exception on error.

TO DO ^

- Write a proper test suite, not just a compile test (even though this was taken from working JSAN code)

SUPPORT ^

Bugs should be reported via the CPAN bug tracker

http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=CPAN-Cache

For other issues, contact the author.

AUTHOR ^

Adam Kennedy <adamk@cpan.org>

SEE ALSO ^

CPAN::Index, CPAN::Mini, DBIx::Class

COPYRIGHT ^

Copyright 2006 Adam Kennedy.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

The full text of the license can be found in the LICENSE file included with this module.

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