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Perl 5.13.9 is now available

Jesse Vincent
January 20, 2011 17:44
Perl 5.13.9 is now available
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	generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
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                            -- John F Kennedy
                               Inaugural Address	
                               January 20, 1961

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of Perl 5.13.9.

This is the tenth DEVELOPMENT release in the 5.13.x series. Perl
5.13.10, due one month from today, is the deadline for user-visible 
changes in Perl 5.14.0, which will be released this spring.

You can find a list of high-profile changes in this release in the file
"perldelta.pod" inside the distribution.

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

The release's SHA1 signatures are: 

    20b3d431a2dc0aaa16f7410c1baa581a1d720675  perl-5.13.9.tar.bz2
    8d8254fe88615c728906bcb59dbb32ed6c7a0ac2  perl-5.13.9.tar.gz

This release is tagged as "v5.13.9" in Perl's git repository.
As always, we welcome your feedback on this release. 

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

If you discover issues with Perl 5.13.9, 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 5.13.9 represents approximately one month of development since
Perl 5.13.8 and contains approximately 48000 lines of changes across
809 files from 35 authors and committers:

Abigail, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason, brian d foy, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams,
Craig A. Berry, David Golden, David Leadbeater, David Mitchell, Father
Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, Gerard Goossen, H.Merijn Brand, Jan
Dubois, Jerry D. Hedden, Jesse Vincent, John Peacock, Karl Williamson,
Leon Timmermans, Michael Parker, Michael Stevens, Nicholas Clark,
Nuno Carvalho, Paul "LeoNerd" Evans, Peter J. Acklam, Peter Martini,
Rainer Tammer, Reini Urban, Renee Baecker, Ricardo Signes, Robin Barker,
Tony Cook, Vadim Konovalov, Vincent Pit, Zefram, and Zsbán Ambrus.

Notable changes in this release: 

* The new /a regular expression modifier allows you to force \w, \d, and 
  \s to match only ASCII characters

* now uses HTTP::Tiny to be able to bootstrap a CPAN install 
  without needing an external HTTP or FTP client

* \p{} user-defined properties in regular expressions are now limited
  to functions named In\w* or Is\w*.

* It is no longer possible to inhibit calls to an object's destructor by
  playing games with the object's reference count.

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

    February 20     -   Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 
    March 20        -   Florian Ragwitz 
    April 20        -   Jesse Vincent 
    May 20          -   Ricardo Signes 
    June 20         -   David Golden 

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