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This Week on perl5-porters (24-30 March 2003)

Rafael Garcia-Suarez
March 31, 2003 04:00
This Week on perl5-porters (24-30 March 2003)
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This Week on perl5-porters (24-30 March 2003)
  This week was a rather interesting week among the Perl 5 porters. Read
  about pattern matching extensions, CPAN distribution issues, and various
  bugs and problems.

New regexp flag proposed
  Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes proposed a new flag, "/w", to modify the return
  value of the pattern match operator in list context. Basically it
  prepends the value of $& to the list of returned values "($1..$n)".

  Rafael Garcia-Suarez and Merijn Brand asked about the implied constructs
  "qr//w" and "/(?w)/" : these shouldn't be allowed since "/w" affects the
  return value of the match, not the pattern itself.

  Tim Conrow pointed out that "/w" conflicts with the Perl 6 switch of the
  same name. Jos Boumans proposed "/r" instead. A new version of the patch
  is in the works.

A for old perls
  Nicholas Clark forwards to P5P an idea of Simon Wistow : to release a
  dummy "warnings" module to CPAN, so that using lexical warnings in a
  module doesn't also mandate at least perl 5.6.0. Stas Bekman then
  proposes to create a Perl-Backport distribution, aimed at installing
  various back-compatibility stubs based on the current perl's version. As
  he says, "CPAN module authors just need to include Perl::Backport in
  their PREREQ_PM and it'll do the rest of the job."

A generic solution for dual-life CPAN packages
  Stas Bekman made a proposal to help the CPAN indexer to distinguish
  between the different distributions that provide a specific package, and
  to decide which one should be installed by / CPANPLUS. His idea
  is to introduce a new variable, say $CPAN_MASTER_PACKAGE, to hold the
  name of the master distribution containing a module. An alternative
  option would be to include a file BUNDLED in the distribution, to list
  all packages that are to be ignored by the indexer.

  Andreas Koenig points out that the contents of the inc/ subdirectories
  of CPAN distributions are currently ignored by the indexer. For example,
  only-0.26 and PAR-0.66 come with Autrijus Tang's Module::Install
  distributed under inc/. Autrijus notes that the "inc" name is not yet
  definitive and should not be relied upon. He also liked Stas' BUNDLED
  file idea and suggested that this file could use the MANIFEST.SKIP
  syntax (i.e. "^inc/" to excludes files from inc/).

In brief
  John L. Allen has problems compiling Perl 5.8.0 on AIX with long doubles
  with the latest version of IBM's compiler (vac). Apparently Configure
  isn't getting right the modfl support. He's working on this with Merijn.

  Doug Thayer reports a case of segfault, using GDBM in a threaded program
  (bug #21699). Arthur Bergman says that the fix is probably to make GDBM
  thread aware.

  Jean Forget reminds us that he put on CPAN an alpha version of an
  enhanced diagnostics module, containing bug fixes and support for
  internationalization. Wolfgang Laun announces that he'll have a look at

  Michael G Schwern announced a new alpha release of MakeMaker (version
  6.06_03, then 6.06_04). Testers welcome.

  He also reported bug #21742 : encountering a "require Foo::Bar"
  statement invoked in void context and from an "eval(STRING)" statement,
  perl 5.8.0 isn't able to compute correctly the module's return value,
  because it provides a wrong context for it. (The correct context to be
  provided would be scalar context, and perl actually provides void
  context in this case.)

  Juerd reports bug #21744 about B::Deparse. A code snippet is worth a
  dozen words :

      $ perl -MO=Deparse -e'print "${foo}::bar"'
      print "$foo::bar";

  Enache Adrian (which I haven't already mentioned, although he posted a
  load of bug fixes this week, as usual) provides a fix.

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