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This Week on perl5-porters (12-18 January 2004)

Rafael Garcia-Suarez
January 19, 2004 13:52
This Week on perl5-porters (12-18 January 2004)
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This Week on perl5-porters (12-18 January 2004)
  Besides the release of a new maintenance version of perl, this week
  passed and carried its usual heterogeneous load of bugs. Read below for
  all the details.

  Perl 5.8.3 was released (as expected.) The announcement and its
  laudatory follow-ups can be seen at:

Formats improvements
  Wolfgang Laun proposed a huge patch implementing many fixes and
  improvements to formats. The details are to be found in his

  However one of the tests added by his patch fail on some architectures.
  (bug #24927.) This is to be investigated.

In Brief
  Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes asked some questions about the next development
  release of Perl, to be numbered 5.9.1: what features are going to be in

  It was found that chop() and chomp() mangle UTF-8-encoded strings (bugs
  #24888 and #24926). Fixes were proposed.

  Abigail found out a complex regular expression that apparently corrupts
  memory somehow. (bug #24898). Wolfgang Laun proposed a patch.

  Thomas Bayen found a very strange bug, (#24905), that was quickly fixed
  by Dave Mitchell.

  Bug #24914 demonstrates a case of segmentation fault involving closures.
  Dave Mitchell proposed a fix, but it turned out to be unperfect, causing
  a regression test to hang under some conditions.

  Merijn Brand notices that the line

      open my $fs, $path or return;

  produces a warning 'Parentheses missing around "my" list'. This warning
  is actually produced by the perl parser by using some rough heuristics,
  for which Sadahiro Tomoyuki proposed an improvement.

  Steve Grazzini reports that

      sub f : unique {}

  is a quick and efficient way to make perl segfault. (bug #24940.)

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