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Florian Ragwitz
August 20, 2010 08:48
Perl 5.13.4 is now available
Message ID:
  `How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!'
  thought Alice; `I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got
  up, and began to repeat it, but her head was so full of the Lobster
  Quadrille, that she hardly knew what she was saying, and the words came
  very queer indeed:--

    "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
    "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
    As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
    Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'

  `That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,'
  said the Gryphon.

  `Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it
  sounds uncommon nonsense.'

  Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands,
  wondering if anything would ever happen in a natural way again.

  `I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.

  `She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'

  `But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn
  them out with his nose, you know?'

  `It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully
  puzzled by the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.

                     -- Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of Perl 5.13.4.

This is the fifth DEVELOPMENT release in the 5.13.x series leading to a
stable release of Perl 5.14.0. You can find a list of high-profile
changes in this release in the file "perl5134delta.pod" inside the

You can (or will shortly be able to) download the 5.13.4 release from:

The release's SHA1 signatures are:

   f42283fbcd7b6fc7504b2dc4f0af0b4577e2f069  perl-5.13.4.tar.bz2
   edab357af5888059c9dfb45ac817821d1df64953  perl-5.13.4.tar.gz

This release corresponds to commit 3bc9c68 in Perl's git repository.  It
is tagged as 'v5.13.4'.

We welcome your feedback on this release.

If Perl 5.13.4 works well for you, please use the 'perlthanks' tool
included with this distribution to tell the all-volunteer development
team how much you appreciate their work.

If you discover issues with Perl 5.13.4, please use the 'perlbug' tool
included in this distribution to report them.

If you write software in Perl, it is particularly important that you
test your software against development releases. While we strive to
maintain source compatibility with prior stable versions of Perl
wherever possible, it is always possible that a well-intentioned change
can have unexpected consequences. If you spot a change in a development
version which breaks your code, it's much more likely that we will be
able to fix it before the next stable release. If you only test your
code against stable releases of Perl, it may not be possible to undo a
backwards-incompatible change which breaks your code.

Perl 5.13.4 represents approximately one month of development since Perl
5.13.3, and contains 91,200 lines of changes across 436 files from 34
authors and committers.

Thank you to the following for contributing to this release:

Abigail, Andy Armstrong, Andy Dougherty, Chas. Owens, Chip Salzenberg,
Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, David Cantrell, David Golden,
David Mitchell, Eric Brine, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, George
Greer, Gerard Goossen, H.Merijn Brand, James Mastros, Jan Dubois, Jerry
D. Hedden, Joshua ben Jore, Karl Williamson, Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯, Leon
Brocard, Lubomir Rintel, Nicholas Clark, Paul Marquess, Rafael
Garcia-Suarez, Reini Urban, Robin Barker, Slaven Rezic, Steve Peters,
Tony Cook, Wolfram Humann, Zefram

Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN
modules included in Perl's core. We're grateful to the entire CPAN
community for helping Perl to flourish.

Development versions of Perl are released monthly on or about the 20th
of the month by a monthly "release manager". You can expect following
upcoming releases:

 September 20    -   Steve Hay
 October 20      -   Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
 November 20     -   Chris Williams

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