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From: Nicholas Clark
June 28, 2004 10:27
Message ID: 20040628172723.GU1147@plum.flirble.org
I've checked in the first draft of 5.8.5's perldelta. I'm aware that it has
2 FIXMEs still in it. I'm not sure if I got the description of the Unicode
fixes and improvements correct. Corrections, clarifications and additions
welcome. I've appended the current version - you can see the latest at
perldelta - what is new for perl v5.8.5
This document describes differences between the 5.8.4 release and
the 5.8.5 release.
=head1 Incompatible Changes
There are no changes incompatible with 5.8.4.
=head1 Core Enhancements
Perl's regular expression engine now contains support for matching on the
intersection of two Unicode character classes. You can also now refer to
user defined character classes from within other user defined character
=head1 Modules and Pragmata
FIXME test 12 in ext/List/Util/t/lln.t at RC1 time
Carp improved to work nicely with Safe. Carp's message reporting should now
be anomaly free - it will always print out line number information.
CGI upgraded to version 3.05
charnames now avoids clobbering $_
Digest upgraded to version 1.08
Encode upgraded to version 2.01
Pod::Parser upgraded to version 1.28
Pod::Perldoc upgraded to version 3.13
Pod::LaTeX upgraded to version 0.57
Safe now works properly with Carp
Scalar-List-Utils upgraded to version 1.14
Shell's documentation has been re-written, and its historical partial
auto-quoting of command arguments can now be disabled.
Test upgraded to version 1.25
Test::Harness upgraded to version 2.42
Time::Local upgraded to version 1.10
Unicode::Collate upgraded to version 0.40
=head1 Utility Changes
=head2 Perl's debugger
The debugger can now step backwards.
F<h2ph> is now able to understand a very limited set of C inline functions
-- basically, the inline functions that look like CPP macros. This has
been introduced to deal with some of the headers of the newest versions of
the glibc. The standard warning still applies; to quote F<h2ph>'s
documentation, I<you may need to dicker with the files produced>.
=head1 New Documentation
=head1 Performance Enhancements
=head1 Installation and Configuration Improvements
Perl 5.8.5 should build cleanly from source on LynxOS.
=head1 Selected Bug Fixes
The in place sort optimisation introduced in 5.8.4 had a bug. For example,
in code such as
@a = sort ($b, @a)
the result would omit the value $b. This is now fixed.
The unnecessary assignment optimisation introduced in 5.8.4 could give spurious
warnings. This has been fixed.
Perl should now correctly detect and read BOM-marked and (BOMless) UTF-16
Creating a new thread when weak references exist was buggy, and would often
cause warnings at interpreter destruction time. The known bug is now fixed.
Several obscure bugs involving manipulating utf8 strings with C<substr> have
Previously if Perl's file globbing function encountered a directory that it
did not have permission to open it would return immediately, leading to
unexpected truncation of the list of results. This has been fixed, to be
consistent with Unix shells' globbing behaviour.
Thread creation time could vary wildly between identical runs. This was caused
by poor hashing algorithm in the thread cloning routines, which has now been
=head1 New or Changed Diagnostics
Perl -V has several improvements
correctly outputs local patch names that contain embedded code snippets
or other characters that used to confuse it.
arguments to -V that look like regexps will give multiple lines of output.
a trailing colon suppresses the linefeed and ';' terminator, allowing
embedding of queries into shell commands.
a leading colon removes the 'name=' part of the response, allowing mapping to
When perl fails to find the specified script, it now outputs a second line
suggesting that the user use the C<-S> flag:
$ perl5.8.5 missing.pl
Can't open perl script "missing.pl": No such file or directory.
Use -S to search $PATH for it.
=head1 Changed Internals
The Unicode character class files used by the regular expression engine are
now built at build time from the supplied Unicode consortium data files,
instead of being shipped prebuilt. This makes the compressed Perl source
tarball about 200K smaller.
=head1 New Tests
=head1 Known Problems
=head1 Platform Specific Problems
=head1 Reporting Bugs
If you find what you think is a bug, you might check the articles
recently posted to the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup and the perl
bug database at http://bugs.perl.org. There may also be
information at http://www.perl.org, the Perl Home Page.
If you believe you have an unreported bug, please run the B<perlbug>
program included with your release. Be sure to trim your bug down
to a tiny but sufficient test case. Your bug report, along with the
output of C<perl -V>, will be sent off to firstname.lastname@example.org to be
analysed by the Perl porting team. You can browse and search
the Perl 5 bugs at http://bugs.perl.org/
=head1 SEE ALSO
The F<Changes> file for exhaustive details on what changed.
The F<INSTALL> file for how to build Perl.
The F<README> file for general stuff.
The F<Artistic> and F<Copying> files for copyright information.
by Nicholas Clark