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Official Docs

The contains the official documentation from the Perl distribution(s). Here are some direct links which may be of interest.

Module Docs

Perl modules come with their own documentation. This includes modules installed from CPAN. On Unix-like (including Linux and Mac OS X) systems, you can access the documentation (for installed modules) with the perldoc command.

For example, to get the documentation for IO::File, enter
perldoc IO::File from your command prompt. Module documentation is also available on

The Perl FAQ

Perl FAQs are available as part of your Perl distribution with the
perldoc perlfaq command. Read FAQs online at

Mailing List Archives

Perl-related mail lists are archived in several places.