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ANNOUNCE: Informix Database Driver for Perl DBI Version 2018.1031(2018-10-31) released

Jonathan Leffler
October 31, 2018 13:24
ANNOUNCE: Informix Database Driver for Perl DBI Version 2018.1031(2018-10-31) released
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Informix Database Driver for Perl DBI Version 2018.1031 (2018-10-31) has
been uploaded to CPAN.

Informix Database Driver for Perl (also known as DBD::Informix) is
the driver code that enables Perl 5.008001 or later to access Informix
databases via the DBI module (but if you are not already using Perl
5.026002, or a later version, you should be planning to upgrade Perl).
You will need to install DBI version 1.607 or later as well (version 1.642,
or any later version, is recommended) before installing DBD::Informix.  The
code for DBD::Informix is available for download via:

** When you successfully build this module, use the ItWorks (Perl)
** script to report your configuration to the maintenance team (meaning
** Jonathan Leffler) at
** The ItWorks script does not send email to anybody; you have to do
** that yourself.

New in release 2018.1031
* Latest DBI is 1.642.
* Fix other botched version number references.
* Besides, Halloween is a good day for a release.
* Read the changes for the 2018.0511 release too.

New in release 2018.1029
* Minor tweaks to Announce and ChangeLog for general release.

New in release 2018.0513 (limited trial release):
* Revise guidance in Notes/nonroot.install for modern ExtUtils::MakeMaker.

New in release 2018.0511 (limited trial release):
* Remove support for versions of ESQL/C prior to 3.00 for Informix 11.10.
* Remove support for compilation with C4GL instead of ESQL/C.
* Rework the linking process to exploit 'esql -libs' always.
* Remove support for DG-UX and DEC OSF/1.
* Remove support for 'Windows NT' (t was never shown to work on XP, let
  alone Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10)
* Simplify support for HP-UX and Solaris.
* Stop using the esqlcc, esqlld, esqlsed scripts.
* Remove source code added solely to support unsupported versions of
* Remove many conditional compilation fragments for unsupported versions
  of ESQL/C.
* Change work email address to

New in release 2015.1101:
* Trivial bug fix for the 2015.1031 release.
* The ghosties and ghoulies crept in!

New in release 2015.1031:
* This is basically a minor bug-fix release.
* RT#108030 about mismanaging the name of the Perl binary in Makefile.PL
  is fixed.
* RT#108031 is about a missing (actually, misnamed) file in the MANIFEST.

New in release 2015.0826:
* Automatically deal with Perl and DBI minimum versions since the previous
  releases had a mish-mash of version numbers scattered through the code.
* Fix DBD::Informix::TechSupport module, thereby fixing the TechSupport and
  ItWorks scripts too.
* Note that with effect from the first release from 2016-01-01 onwards,
  DBD::Informix will no longer support any version of ClientSDK prior to
  version 3.50, the oldest version currently supported by IBM.  The support
  code for some of the older versions of ESQL/C will be removed over time.
  You're welcome to try using older versions, but if anything goes wrong,
  you will need to upgrade.

Support email address:
* This release is supported by Jonathan Leffler <>.
* You may also report your bugs via the CPAN resolution tracking system:
* Such bug reports can be sent by email to;
  they also get sent to, etc.

As always, see the ChangeLog file for details about what has changed.

Jonathan Leffler (,

@(#)$Id: Announce,v 2018.6 2018/10/31 03:19:43 jleffler Exp $

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