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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Another option which may be worth investigating depending upon the network environment would be the use of PAR archives.

    The latest version of PAR (0.74) is fairly stable and incorporates the facility to specify PAR archives by remote URLs - For example, based on that in Autrijus Tang's TPF Grant 2003 Report [perlfoundation.org]:

    BEGIN
    {
        use PAR;
        use lib 'http://localhost/DBI-1.37-i386-freebsd-5.8.0.par';
    }

    use DBI;

    print DBI->VERSION;

    (Naturally, the filename of the PAR archive could be changed to something more generic for access by remote network hosts).

    In addition to this, work which Autrijus performed under the scope of this TPF Grant added the ability to sign, verify, install and uninstall PAR components which would be important in order to ensure the validity and integrity of archives retrieved from remote locations. The report of this work has been linked from use.perl.org previously here [perl.org]).