App::wordlist - Grep words from WordList::*


This document describes version 0.277 of App::wordlist (from Perl distribution App-wordlist), released on 2020-08-23.


See the included script wordlist.




 wordlist(%args) -> [status, msg, payload, meta]

Grep words from WordList::*.


  • By default print all words from all wordlists:

  • Print all words matching /foo/ and /bar/:

     wordlist( arg => ["foo", "bar"]);
  • Print all words matching /foo/ or /bar/:

     wordlist( arg => ["foo", "bar"], or => 1);
  • Print wordlist name for each matching words:

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], detail => 1);
  • Select a specific wordlist (multiple -w allowed):

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], wordlists => ["ID::KBBI"]);
  • Select all ID::* wordlists (wildcard will be expanded):

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], wordlists => ["ID::**"]);
  • Select French wordlists (multiple --lang allowed):

     wordlist( arg => ["foo"], langs => ["FR"]);
  • Filter by regex:

     wordlist( arg => ["/fof[aeiou]/"]);
  • Select a wordlist with parameters:

     wordlist( wordlists => ["MetaSyntactic=theme,dangdut"]);
  • List installed wordlist modules:

     wordlist( action => "list_installed");
  • List wordlist modules available on CPAN:

     wordlist( action => "list_cpan");

This function is not exported.

Arguments ('*' denotes required arguments):

  • action => str (default: "grep")

  • arg => array[str]

  • color => str (default: "auto")

    When to highlight search string/matching pattern with color.

  • detail => bool

    Display more information when listing modules/result.

    When listing installed modules (-l), this means also returning a wordlist's language.

    When returning grep result, this means also returning wordlist name.

  • ignore_case => bool (default: 1)

  • langs => array[str]

    Only include wordlists of certain language(s).

    By convention, language code is the first subnamespace of a wordlist module, e.g. WordList::EN::* for English, WordList::FR::* for French, and so on. Wordlist modules which do not follow this convention (e.g. WordList::Password::* or WordList::PersonName::*) are not included.

  • lcpan => bool

    Use local CPAN mirror first when available (for -L).

  • len => int

  • max_len => int

  • min_len => int

  • num => int (default: 0)

    Return (at most) this number of words (0 = unlimited).

  • or => bool

    Match any word in query instead of the default "all".

  • random => bool

    Pick random words.

    If set to true, then streaming will be turned off. All words will be gathered first, then words will be chosen randomly from the gathered list.

  • wordlists => array[str]

    Select one or more wordlist modules.

Returns an enveloped result (an array).

First element (status) is an integer containing HTTP status code (200 means OK, 4xx caller error, 5xx function error). Second element (msg) is a string containing error message, or 'OK' if status is 200. Third element (payload) is optional, the actual result. Fourth element (meta) is called result metadata and is optional, a hash that contains extra information.

Return value: (any)


DEBUG => bool

COLOR => bool

Set color on/off when --color=auto (the default).


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App::GamesWordlist (games-wordlist) which greps from Games::Word::Wordlist::* instead.

WordList and WordList::* modules.


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