I've released the first version of CPAN::ReverseDependencies, which given the name of one CPAN distribution, will return a list of the names of other CPAN distributions that use it. This uses the MetaCPAN API, and is based on some code that I think I got from OALDERS.
To find out what distributions are using the enum distribution, you'd write:
use CPAN::ReverseDependencies; my $getter = CPAN::ReverseDependencies->new(); my @deps = $getter->get_reverse_dependencies('enum'); print "enum is used by @deps\n";
Note that this is all based on declared dependencies: it finds distributions that say they're using the specified distribution.
I'm still not sure of the naming. I was thinking of calling
CPAN::Distribution::ReverseDependencies, to make
it clear that it's working with distributions and not modules.
Plus that function name
get_reverse_dependencies() is a tad long.
CPAN::Distribution::Dependencies, and I could support looking
up of both forward and reverse dependencies...