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Tony Cook
July 20, 2012 07:54
Perl 5.17.2 is now available
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  ‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’

  Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
  their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.

  The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream.  Yellow
  butterflies skittered among the bushes.  There was a smell of thyme
  and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.

  Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.

  ‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.

  ‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.


  ‘Go on.  Toss a coin.’

  ‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
  his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
  dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
  quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.

  ‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads orE<emdash>’ he inspected the obverse with
  an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’

  ‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind.  Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.

  The iotum rose, spinning.

  ‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.

    -- Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"

We are astounded to announce Perl 5.17.2, the third development
release of Perl 5.17.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.17.2 from your favorite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 258baa2a946815b31cb1b4152441a134ff8ed9e2  perl-5.17.2.tar.gz
 2f2762aff70b356a0467bbc6a62c52e028208b2f  perl-5.17.2.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 5.17.2 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.17.1
and contains approximately 15,000 lines of changes across 320 files from 34

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 5.17.2:

Aristotle Pagaltzis, Brian Fraser, Chip Salzenberg, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams,
Colin Kuskie, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, Daniel Perrett, Darin McBride,
David Golden, David Mitchell, Dominic Hargreaves, E. Choroba, Eric Brine,
Father Chrysostomos, François Perrad, H.Merijn Brand, Jan Dubois, Jesse
Luehrs, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai, Matthew Horsfall, Nicholas Clark, Oleg
Nesterov, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Robin Barker, Shirakata Kentaro, Shlomi
Fish, Steve Hay, Tony Cook, Vincent Pit, Walt Mankowski, Yves Orton.

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 5.17.3 on August 20, 2012.  The next
major stable release of Perl 5, version 5.18.0, should appear in May 2013.


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