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minicpan - uses CPAN::Mini to create or update a local mirror


version 1.111016


minicpan [options]

-l LOCAL - where is the local minicpan? (required)
-r REMOTE - where is the remote cpan mirror? (required)
-d 0### - permissions (numeric) to use when creating directories
-f - check all directories, even if indices are unchanged
-p - mirror perl, ponie, and parrot distributions
--debug - run in debug mode (print even banal messages)
-q - run in quiet mode (don't print status)
-qq - run in silent mode (don't even print warnings)
-c CLASS - what class to use to mirror (default: CPAN::Mini)
-C FILE - what config file to use (default: ~/.minicpanrc)
-h - print help and exit
-v - print version and exit
-x - build an exact mirror, getting even normally disallowed files
-t SEC - timeout in sec. Defaults to 180 sec
--offline - operate in offline mode (generally: do nothing)
--log-level - provide a log level; instead of --debug, -q, or -qq
--remote-from TYPE - cpan remote from 'cpan' or 'cpanplus' configs


This simple shell script just updates (or creates) a miniature CPAN mirror as described in


By default, "minicpan" will read a configuration file to get configuration information.
The file is a simple set of names and values, as in the following example:

local: /home/rjbs/mirrors/minicpan/
remote: http://your.favorite.cpan/cpan/
exact_mirror: 1

"minicpan" tries to find a configuration file through the following process. It takes the
first defined it finds:

· Use the value specified by "-C" on the command line

· Use the value in the "CPAN_MINI_CONFIG" environment variable

· Use ~/.minicpanrc

· Use CPAN/Mini/minicpan.conf

If the selected file does not exist, "minicpan" does not keep looking.

You can override this process with a "config_file" method in your subclass.

See "CPAN::Mini" for a full listing of available options.


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