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perl 5.17.6 is now available!

Ricardo Signes
November 20, 2012 16:09
perl 5.17.6 is now available!
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  Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
  of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
  scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
  glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
  beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as much
  above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the caves of
  Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without vanity, without
  lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo had engraved on
  the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."

  -- Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

We give thanks that we are able to announce Perl 5.17.6, the seventh
development release of Perl 5.17.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.17.6 from your favorite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 905e49576c63beef5f74c0da23c95f9fef53eb65 perl-5.17.6.tar.bz2
 28a63d851df97cc3ddfd897326f14f172b75a871 perl-5.17.6.tar.gz

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 5.17.6 represents approximately 5 weeks of development since Perl 5.17.5
and contains approximately 79,000 lines of changes across 460 files from 30

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 5.17.6:

Alexandr Ciornii, Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry,
Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, Daniel Dragan, David Golden, David Mitchell, Dominic
Hargreaves, Eric Brine, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, Hugo van der
Sanden, James E Keenan, Jerry D. Hedden, Jesse Luehrs, Karl Williamson, Lukas
Mai, Nicholas Clark, Paul Johnson, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Ruslan Zakirov,
Shlomi Fish, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Tom Wyant, Tony Cook, Vadim Konovalov,
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 AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release Perl 5.17.7 on December 18, 2012.  The next
major stable release of Perl 5, version 5.18.0, should appear in May 2013.

Go now and write bugs no more.

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