How Is CPAN Organized?
CPAN materials are grouped into categories, including Perl modules, distributions, documentation, announcements, ports, scripts, and contributing authors. Each category is linked to related categories. For example, links to a graphing module written by an author appear in both the module and the author areas.
Since CPAN provides the same offerings worldwide, the directory structure has been standardized; files are located in the same place in the directory hierarchy at all CPAN sites. All CPAN sites use CPAN as the root directory, from which the user can select a specific Perl item. From the CPAN directory, you have the following choices:
CPAN info page; some general information about CPAN
Description of the file extensions, such as .tar, .gz, and .zip
A list of sites mirroring CPAN
A list of sites mirrored by CPAN
A brief description of what you’ll find on CPAN
An HTML-formatted version of the README file
Recent additions to the CPAN site
An HTML-formatted list of recent additions
What you’ll find on CPAN and where
An HTML-formatted version of ROADMAP
An exhaustive list of CPAN sites
An HTML-formatted version of SITES
A list of CPAN authors
An archive of comp.land.perl.announce
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Various Perl documentation, FAQs, etc.
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