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check the syntax of POD format documentation files


podchecker [-help] [-man] [-(no)warnings] [file ...]

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podchecker will read the given input files looking for POD syntax errors in the POD documentation and will print any errors it find to STDERR . At the end, it will print a status message indicating the number of errors found.

Directories are ignored, an appropriate warning message is printed.

podchecker invokes the podchecker() function exported by Pod::Checker Please see "podchecker()" in Pod::Checker for more details.


podchecker returns the exit status 1 if at least one of the given POD files has syntax errors.

The status 2 indicates that at least one of the specified files does not contain any POD commands.

Status 1 overrides status 2. If you want unambiguous results, call podchecker with one single argument only.

options and arguments


Print a brief help message and exit.


Print the manual page and exit.

-warnings -nowarnings

Turn on/off printing of warnings. Repeating -warnings increases the warning level, i.e. more warnings are printed. Currently increasing to level two causes flagging of unescaped "<,>" characters.


The pathname of a POD file to syntax-check (defaults to standard input).

return value

podchecker returns a 0 (zero) exit status if all specified POD files are ok.

see also

Pod::Parser and Pod::Checker


Please report bugs using <>.

Brad Appleton <bradapp[:at:]enteract[:dot:]com>, Marek Rouchal <marekr[:at:]cpan[:dot:]org>

Based on code for Pod::Text::pod2text(1) written by Tom Christiansen <tchrist[:at:]mox.perl[:dot:]com>

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