There are of course the two public search engines, the better known search.cpan.org written and maintained by Graham Barr and open source kobesearch.cpan.org of Randy Kobes that can also be downloaded from CPAN: CPAN::Search::Lite and installed locally.
Something that was missing is some kind of categorization or tagging. CPAN does have a categorization but it depends on the authors (yet another task they need to do), needs interaction from the maintainers of CPAN (powerful but few) and is in fact hardly maintained.
Once there is a substantial number of tags, I'll provide a way to download all the information in order to use it to improve any search tool for CPAN.
It can also be used to add tags such as looking for a new maintainer though I am not sure what will happen when these modules do find a new maintainer. Will the owner of the tag remove it?
Published on 2007-07-07 by Gabor Szabo