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2.8: Where can I get information on Perl?

The complete Perl documentation is available with the Perl distribution.
If you have Perl installed locally, you probably have the documentation
installed as well: type "man perl" if you're on a system resembling
Unix. This will lead you to other important man pages, including how to
set your $MANPATH. If you're not on a Unix system, access to the
documentation will be different; for example, documentation might only
be in HTML format. All proper perl installations have fully-accessible

You might also try "perldoc perl" in case your system doesn't have a
proper man command, or it's been misinstalled. If that doesn't work, try
looking in /usr/local/lib/perl5/pod for documentation.

If all else fails, consult which has the
complete documentation in HTML and PDF format.

Many good books have been written about Perl--see the section later in
perlfaq2 for more details.

Tutorial documents are included in current or upcoming Perl releases
include perltoot for objects or perlboot for a beginner's approach to
objects, perlopentut for file opening semantics, perlreftut for managing
references, perlretut for regular expressions, perlthrtut for threads,
perldebtut for debugging, and perlxstut for linking C and Perl together.
There may be more by the time you read this. These URLs might also be


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