in reply to detecting pod in files?

I wouldn't call it easyer but at the first detection of a pod directive I would set the flag an bail out of the loop instead of searching the rest of the file. It is also posible that a file will not contain '=pod' but still have pod in it. I would use something like this:
my $file = '/tmp/file'; open(IN, "<$file") or die "$0: cannot read file '$file': $!"; my $pod = 0; while (<IN>) { $pod = 1, last if /^=\w/ } #/^=(pod|head\d|over|item|back|cut)/ might be more accurate #=begin, =end, and =for are ommited because they would #usualy be ignored by pod2* close(IN); pod2html($file) if $pod;