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Perl 5.13.3 is now available

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David Golden
July 20, 2010 03:41
Perl 5.13.3 is now available
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      Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
  Oxfordshire.  Even the most resolutely casual observer would
  notice a number of strange things about him.  The clenched teeth,
  for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
  sunglasses.  And the car.  The car was a definite hint.

      Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
  dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
  Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
  motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
  Bentley.  Not any more.  They wouldn't have been able to tell
  that it was a Bentley.  They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
  had ever even been a car.

      There was no paint left on it, for a start.  It might still have
  been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
  this was a dull charcoal black.  It traveled in its own ball of
  flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult

      There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
  metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
  somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
  make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.

    It should have fallen apart miles back.

            -- Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of Perl 5.13.3.

This is the fourth DEVELOPMENT release in the 5.13.x series leading to a
stable release of Perl 5.14.0. You can find a list of high-profile changes
in this release in the file "perl5133delta.pod" inside the distribution.

You can (or will shortly be able to) download the 5.13.3 release from:

The release's SHA1 signatures are:

 SHA1: 58e802bcae597ca08a6933265d03b37420c80076  perl-5.13.3.tar.bz2
 SHA1: 75b1bb2585fcbc75bfa473fcf77318b3872d61a2  perl-5.13.3.tar.gz

This release corresponds to commit 414abf8 in Perl's git repository.
It is tagged as 'v5.13.3'.

We welcome your feedback on this release.

If Perl 5.13.3 works well for you, please use the 'perlthanks'
tool included with this distribution to tell the all-volunteer
development team how much you appreciate their work.

If you discover issues with Perl 5.13.3, please use the 'perlbug'
tool included in this distribution to report them.

If you write software in Perl, it is particularly important that you test
your software against development releases. While we strive to maintain
source compatibility with prior stable versions of Perl wherever possible,
it is always possible that a well-intentioned change can have unexpected
consequences. If you spot a change in a development version which breaks
your code, it's much more likely that we will be able to fix it before the
next stable release. If you only test your code against stable releases
of Perl, it may not be possible to undo a backwards-incompatible change
which breaks your code.

Perl 5.13.3 represents approximately one month of development since Perl
5.13.2, and contains 12,184 lines of changes across 575 files from 104
authors and committers.

Notable changes in this release:

  * \o{...} has been added as a string escape for octals.

  * \N{} and charnames::vianame now know about the abbreviated
    character names listed by Unicode, such as NBSP, SHY, etc.

  * Most dual-life module have been synchronized with the latest
    production release on CPAN.

  * There is a new internal function PL_blockhook_register for
    XS code to hook into Perl's lexical scope mechanism

There is one major known issue:

  * Bug fixes involving CvGV reference counting break Sub::Name
    (currently version 0.04).  A patch has been sent upstream
    to the maintainer.

Thank you to the following for contributing to this release:

Abhijit Menon-Sen, Abigail, Alex Davies, Alex Vandiver, Alexandr
Ciornii, Andreas J. Koenig, Andrew Rodland, Andy Dougherty, Aristotle
Pagaltzis, Arkturuz, Ben Morrow, Bo Borgerson, Bo Lindbergh, Brad
Gilbert, Bram, Brian Phillips, Chas. Owens, Chip Salzenberg, Chris
Williams, Craig A. Berry, Curtis Jewell, Dan Dascalescu, Daniel
Frederick Crisman, Dave Rolsky, David Caldwell, David E. Wheeler, David
Golden, David Leadbeater, David Mitchell, Dennis Kaarsemaker, Eric
Brine, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, Frank Wiegand, Gene
Sullivan, George Greer, Gerard Goossen, Gisle Aas, Goro Fuji, Graham
Barr, H.Merijn Brand, Harmen, Hugo van der Sanden, James E Keenan, James
Mastros, Jan Dubois, Jerry D. Hedden, Jesse Vincent, Jim Cromie, John
Peacock, Jos Boumans, Josh ben Jore, Karl Williamson, Kevin Ryde, Leon
Brocard, Lubomir Rintel, Maik Hentsche, Marcus Holland-Moritz, Matt
Johnson, Matt S Trout, Max Maischein, Michael Breen, Michael G Schwern,
Moritz Lenz, Nga Tang Chan, Nicholas Clark, Nick Cleaton, Nick Johnston,
Niko Tyni, Offer Kaye, Paul Marquess, Philip Hazel, Philippe Bruhat,
Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Rainer Tammer, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes,
Richard Soderberg, Robin Barker, Ruslan Zakirov, Salvador Fandino,
Salvador Ortiz Garcia, Shlomi Fish, Sinan Unur, Sisyphus, Slaven Rezic,
Steffen Mueller, Stepan Kasal, Steve Hay, Steve Peters, Sullivan Beck,
Tim Bunce, Todd Rinaldo, Tom Christiansen, Tom Hukins, Tony Cook,
Vincent Pit, Yuval Kogman, Yves Orton, Zefram, brian d foy, chromatic,
kmx, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason

Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN modules
included in Perl's core. We're grateful to the entire CPAN community for
helping Perl to flourish.

Development versions of Perl are released monthly on or about the 20th
of the month by a monthly "release manager". You can expect following
upcoming releases:

 August 20       -   Florian Ragwitz
 September 20    -   Steve Hay
 October 20      -   Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
 November 20     -   Chris Williams

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