CPANPLUS::Shell::Curses - A Curses based shell for CPANPLUS


CPANPLUS::Shell::Curses - A Curses based shell for CPANPLUS


CPANPLUS::Shell::Curses is a graphical user interface to the newly developed CPANPLUS package


Usually all operations will be performed on the currently selected and/or marked Module. Searching is done as incremental search, so first author then module gives you other results than first module than author. Reset searching/display with j.

For installing and updating the Shell leaves Curses mode. At the moment this is considered a feature, in order to answer module's questions about configuration.



h detailed help

q      exit

v version information


a search by author(s)

A search modules by the author of the currently active module

m search by module(s)

M search modules in the same top level Namespace as the currently active one (i.e. if CPAN is active it will show you only modules CPAN::*)

N search modules in the same top and second level namespace as the currently active one (i.e. AI::Categorizer is active it will show you only the ones under AI::Categorizer)

o update check

j display all modules

k diplay installed modules

w show search cache

List window functions

/ does a search in the list window as well in the readme and help viewers

? does it the other way around

^C-A go to the beginning (also with HOME)

^C-E go to end of list (also with END)

PGDOWN one page down

PGUP one page up


i install selected module(s)

I set installation parameters

u uninstall selected module(s)

d download selected module(s)

r display readme of active module

c display test results for active module

y show perldoc of currently selected installed module

b write an autobundle of all your currently installed modules

z open command prompt

R reload installed selection

B select all (be carefull)

Local Administration

! eval a Perl expression

% execute a shell expression

g redraw screen

e add directories to your @INC

s set configuration options for this session

p print error stack

x reload CPAN indices

D show currently installed modules dependencies

S show some statistical information

Step by Step

For easy stepping through the installation steps, shortcuts are provided:

1      fetch modules

2 extract modules (not implemented yet)

3 make all

4 make test

5 make install


To enter the configuration window, type 's'. All values which are either yes or no are shown with a Y or N value. To change this value just enter what you want it to be. ;-) Some special input is required for the options Makeflags, Makemakerflage and lib. The syntax for Makeflags and Makemakerflags is key=value, multiple keys can be seperated by : The syntax for Lib is a : seperated list of lib directories. You can apply changes by hitting enter and abort the configuration by hitting ESC.


Updating isn't that nice as it could be.
Testing it on other platforms

BUGS 1.06 does not compile with Perl 5.8.0, a new release that fixes those bugs is expected soon

It is too slow :-)

Documentation needed


Copyright (c) 2003 Marcus Thiesen ( All rights reserved.

This package is free software and is provided ``as is'' without express or implied warranty. It may be used, redistributed and/or modified under the same terms as perl itself.


the CPANPLUS manpage Curses the Curses::UI manpage ncurses the perl manpage

 CPANPLUS::Shell::Curses - A Curses based shell for CPANPLUS