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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. If you're not on a Unix system, access to the documentation will be different; for example, it might be only in HTML format. But all proper perl installations have fully-accessible documentation.

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 the CPAN/doc directory, which contains the complete documentation in various formats, including native pod, troff, html, and plain text. There's also a web page at http://www.perl.com/perl/info/documentation.html that might help.

It's also worth noting that there's a PDF version of the complete documentation for perl available in the CPAN/authors/id/BMIDD directory.

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

Source: Perl FAQ: Obtaining and Learning about Perl
Copyright: Copyright (c) 1997 Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington.
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