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This Week on perl5-porters (21-27 June 2004)

Rafael Garcia-Suarez
June 28, 2004 13:45
This Week on perl5-porters (21-27 June 2004)
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This Week on perl5-porters (21-27 June 2004)
  Summer is here, and it's vacation time for the Perl 5 porters. Well,
  except for the valorous maint pumpking, who just released a snapshot of
  perl 5.8.5-to-be.

cat, pipe, perl
  Nicholas Clark finds that doing a simple pipe :

      cat | perl

  on his system produces the trange error message, "cat: stdin: Resource
  temporarily unavailable". After some investigation he decides it's
  probably a FreeBSD 5 threading bug.

Regexp bug, fixed
  Jeff Pinyan found and fixed a regular expression bug: character ranges
  are not computed correctly with "\p" and "\P".

In Brief
  Edward Peschko remarks that tieing a hash which is already populated
  with some values erases those values. Nicholas Clark explains that
  tie() isn't actually destroying the values, but merely hiding them. Once
  the hash untied, the original data is still there.

  David R.Schulte experiments that sometimes, taint error messages are
  emitted for a whole conditional expression, even though only a unused
  part of the expression is actually tainted. (bug #30461.)

  Ken Williams released Cwd 2.18.

Patch of the month
  Paul Fenwick proposed a patch to make sort() play nethack when it's
  called in scalar context.

Last minute
  Nicholas released a snapshot of maintperl, just before the code freeze
  for perl 5.8.5. Testers most welcome.

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