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Steve Hay
November 20, 2011 13:01
Perl 5.15.5 is now available
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                                                  The year 2000, 43rd of April.

  This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity!  Spain has a king.  He has
  been found.  I am that king.  Only this very day did I learn of it.  I
  confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning.  I don't understand
  how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor.  How
  could such a wild notion enter my head?  It's a good thing no one thought of
  putting me in an insane asylum.  Now everything is laid open before me.  Now
  I see everything as on the palm of my hand.  And before, I don't understand,
  before everything around me was in some sort of fog.  And all this happens, I
  think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head.  Not at
  all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea.  First
  off, I announced to Mavra who I am.  When she heard that the king of Spain
  was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
  The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before.  However, I
  endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
  benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
  boots poorly.  They're benighted folk.  It's impossible to tell them about
  lofty matters.  She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
  Spain are like Philip II.  But I explained to her that there was no
  resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
  Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it!  No friends,
  you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!

    -- Nikolai Gogol, /The Diary of a Madman/, trans. Richard Pevear and
       Larissa Volokhonsky

We are delighted to announce Perl 5.15.5, the sixth development
release of Perl 5.15.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.15.5 from your favorite CPAN mirror or
find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  633b8378be877b38426c1340ca06afb5f8a0e709  perl-5.15.5.tar.gz
  310e5719da08f6c0aef6933312cb9c8250712411  perl-5.15.5.tar.bz2

You can find a full list of changes in the file "perldelta.pod" located in the
"pod" directory inside the release and on the web.

Perl 5.15.5 represents approximately 1 month of development since Perl 5.15.4
and contains approximately 28,000 lines of changes across 440 files from 29

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community
of users and developers.  The following people are known to have contributed
the improvements that became Perl 5.15.5:

Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, chromatic, Craig A. Berry, David Golden,
Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, H.Merijn Brand, Jilles Tjoelker, Jim
Meyering, Karl Williamson, Laurent Dami, Leon Timmermans, Mark A. Stratman,
Matthew Horsfall, Michael G Schwern, Moritz Lenz, Nicholas Clark, Paul Evans,
Paul Green, Paul Johnson, Perlover, Pino Toscano, Reini Urban, Steve Hay, Tom
Christiansen, Tony Cook, Vincent Pit, Zefram.

The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically generated
from version control history.  In particular, it does not include the names of
the (very much appreciated) contributors who reported issues to the Perl bug

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.

For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors, please see
the F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release Perl 5.15.6 on December 20th.  The next major stable
release of Perl 5, version 5.16.0, should appear in May 2012.


Steve Hay

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