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perldoc -X and old pod.idx

Ronald J Kimball
February 28, 2001 15:04
perldoc -X and old pod.idx
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I just discovered -- the hard way -- that `perldoc -X` silently ignores the
index file if it is more than 7 days old.

I'm curious about why -X was implemented this way (and why it's not

If this behavior should be preserved, I will patch perldoc to document this
'feature' and output a warning when it is triggered.

If not, I will patch perldoc to accept the index no matter how old it is.

Either way, I would like to patch perldoc to output a warning when -X is
used and the index does not exist or is unreadable.


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