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View local perldoc output as a web page

by roho (Chancellor)
on Oct 11, 2010 at 15:49 UTC ( #864634=CUFP: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I don't always have access to the internet, but I can always view perldoc output as a web page using the following batch file in Windows. It is vastly superior to view perldoc output as a web page, since you can freely navigate within the content instead of scrolling through the content in a command window.

BTW, I am aware that there is an HTML folder in the "C:\Perl" directory where module documentation is stored, but this approach seemed much cleaner and easier, plus this makes the full range of perldoc output available for viewing as a web page.

rem ******************************************** rem * Name: pm.bat rem * Desc: Display perldoc output as web page. rem ******************************************** @echo off perldoc -m %* | pod2html --quiet > "%APPDATA%\perldoc_temp.htm" del pod2htmd.tmp pod2htmi.tmp start "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" "%APPDATA%\per +ldoc_temp.htm"

Sample Usage:
pm List::Util

1. I use the environment variable %APPDATA% to point to the working directory because it works in both XP and Vista.
2. I have the "-m" option hard-coded in the batch file. This would be better as an option with default value.
3. I use Internet Explorer, but you can modify the batch file to use the browser of your choice.

"Its not how hard you work, its how much you get done."

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Re: View local perldoc output as a web page
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:30 UTC
Re: View local perldoc output as a web page
by elwarren (Priest) on Oct 12, 2010 at 20:46 UTC

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