PERL(1) User Contributed Perl Documentation PERL(1)
perl - Practical Extraction and Report Language
perl [ -sTuU ] [ -hv ] [ -V[:configvar] ]
[ -cw ] [ -d[:debugger] ] [ -D[number/list] ]
[ -pna ] [ -Fpattern ] [ -l[octal] ] [ -0[octal] ]
[ -Idir ] [ -m[-]module ] [ -M[-]'module...' ]
[ -P ] [ -S ] [ -x[dir] ]
[ -i[extension] ]
[ -e 'command' ] [ -- ] [ programfile ] [ argument ]...
For ease of access, the Perl manual has been split up into
perl Perl overview (this section)
perldelta Perl changes since previous version
perl5005delta Perl changes in version 5.005
perl5004delta Perl changes in version 5.004
perlfaq Perl frequently asked questions
perltoc Perl documentation table of contents
perldata Perl data structures
perlsyn Perl syntax
perlop Perl operators and precedence
perlre Perl regular expressions
perlrun Perl execution and options
perlfunc Perl builtin functions
perlopentut Perl open() tutorial
perlvar Perl predefined variables
perlsub Perl subroutines
perlmod Perl modules: how they work
perlmodlib Perl modules: how to write and use
perlmodinstall Perl modules: how to install from CPAN
perlform Perl formats
perlunicode Perl unicode support
perllocale Perl locale support
This is just a small part of the "perldoc perl" output, just to show you how to get started.
If I wanted to learn more about perl operators, I would do "perldoc perlop".
To look up specific search strings in the perldocs, use the "-q" operator - if I wanted to know how to send mail with perl, I could do "perldoc -q mail", and it would list for me any of the "mail" topics that are in the perldocs.
To look up specific perl functions, use the "-f" operator - if I want to know how to use the perl "split" function, do "perldoc -f split", and it will describe how to use split.
I'm a Linux user, and am not sure how to get the perldocs on Windows - if the method of getting perldocs on Windows is different, maybe someone who knows how to get perldocs on Windows could reply.
You can start with "perldoc perldoc", or "perldoc perl" as I did above. Hope this saves some time and effort. I went quite a long time learning Perl before I ever became aware of the perldocs - now I use them every day.
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