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Perl 5.17.4 is now available

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Florian Ragwitz
September 19, 2012 17:48
Perl 5.17.4 is now available
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  The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
  She whips a pistol from her knickers.
  She aims it at the creature's head,
  And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.

  A few weeks later, in the wood,
  I came across Miss Riding Hood.
  But what a change! No cloak of red,
  No silly hood upon her head.
  She said, "Hello, and do please note
  My lovely furry wolfskin coat."

    -- Roald Dahl, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

We are ecstatic to announce Perl 5.17.4, the fifth development release of
Perl 5.17.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.17.4 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 9fc61374064aed588407528e947bab5a97425c9a   perl-5.17.4.tar.gz
 a849eb242e24f5b55f635391512ad498a2bb1284   perl-5.17.4.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 5.17.4 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
5.17.3 and contains approximately 82,000 lines of changes across 360
files from 37 authors.

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 5.17.4:

Abhijit Menon-Sen, Andy Dougherty, Aristotle Pagaltzis, Chris 'BinGOs'
Williams, Colin Kuskie, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, David Golden,
David Leadbeater, David Mitchell, David Nicol, Dominic Hargreaves,
Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, H.Merijn Brand, James E Keenan,
Jerry D. Hedden, Jesse Luehrs, John Peacock, Karen Etheridge, Karl
Williamson, Leon Timmermans, Michael G Schwern, Nicholas Clark, Peter
Martini, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Ricardo Signes, Shawn M Moore, Shlomi
Fish, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Sullivan Beck, Sébastien
Aperghis-Tramoni, Tony Cook, Vincent Pit, 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 tracker.

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 AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release Perl 5.17.5 on 2012-10-20.  The next major stable
release of Perl 5, version 5.18.0, should appear in May 2013.

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