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       Pod::Webserver -- minimal web server to serve local Perl documentation


         % podwebserver
         You can now point your browser at http://localhost:8020/


       This module can be run as an application that works as a minimal web
       server to serve local Perl documentation.  It’s like perldoc except it
       works through your browser.

       Run podwebserver -h for a list of runtime options.


       Pod::Webserver is not what you’d call a gaping security hole -- after
       all, all it does and could possibly do is serve HTML versions of
       anything you could get by typing "perldoc SomeModuleName".
       Pod::Webserver won’t serve files at arbitrary paths or anything.

       But do consider whether you’re revealing anything by basically showing
       off what versions of modules you’ve got installed; and also consider
       whether you could be revealing any proprietary or in-house module

       And also consider that this exposes the documentation of modules (i.e.,
       any Perl files that at all look like modules) in your @INC dirs -- and
       your @INC probably contains "."!  If your current working directory
       could contain modules whose Pod you don’t want anyone to see, then you
       could do two things: The cheap and easy way is to just chdir to an
       uninteresting directory:

         mkdir ~/.empty; cd ~/.empty; podwebserver

       The more careful approach is to run podwebserver under perl in -T
       (taint) mode (as explained in perlsec), and to explicitly specify what
       extra directories you want in @INC, like so:

         perl -T -Isomepath -Imaybesomeotherpath -S podwebserver

       You can also use the -I trick (that’s a capital "igh", not a lowercase
       "ell") to add dirs to @INC even if you’re not using -T.  For example:

         perl -I/that/thar/Module-Stuff-0.12/lib -S podwebserver

       An alternate approach is to use your shell’s environment-setting
       commands to alter PERL5LIB or PERLLIB before starting podwebserver.

       These -T and -I switches are explained in perlrun. But I’ll note in
       passing that you’ll likely need to do this to get your PERLLIB
       environment variable to be in @INC...

         perl -T -I$PERLLIB -S podwebserver

       (Or replacing that with PERL5LIB, if that’s what you use.)


       Pod::Webserver uses the module Pod::Simple::Search to build the index
       page you see at http://yourservername:8020/ (or whatever port you
       choose instead of 8020). That module’s indexer has one notable DWIM
       feature: it reads over @INC, except that it skips the "." in @INC.  But
       you can work around this by expressing the current directory in some
       other way than as just the single literal period -- either as some more
       roundabout way, like so:

         perl -I./. -S podwebserver

       Or by just expressing the current directory absolutely:

         perl -I‘pwd‘ -S podwebserver

       Note that even when "." isn’t indexed, the Pod in files under it are
       still accessible -- just as if you’d typed "perldoc whatever" and got
       the Pod in ./


       This module is implemented using many CPAN modules, including:
       Pod::Simple::HTMLBatch Pod::Simple::HTML Pod::Simple::Search

       See also Pod::Perldoc and <>


       Copyright (c) 2004-2006 Sean M. Burke.  All rights reserved.

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.

       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
       without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of
       merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


       Original author: Sean M. Burke ""

       Maintained by: Allison Randal ""