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Dave Rolsky
December 18, 2012 21:58
perl 5.17.7 is now available
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No thought.
   The boy extinguished. Only a place.
   This place.
   Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat 
against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, 
his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
   A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without 
before or after . . . almost.
   For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous 
as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across 
the Pragma’s ancient skull.
   The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery 
knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips 
trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the 
sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
   And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the 
blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the 
knife from stunned space.
   The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into 
little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching 
   I have been legion . . .
   In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the 
mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it 
seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, 
pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause 
everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
   Now I understand.

     -- The Darkness That Comes Before, R. Scott Bakker

We are frabjous to announce Perl 5.17.7, the eighth development release of 
Perl 5.17.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.17.7 from your favorite CPAN 
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  043d4119b21d11a818d1489adccd0c90d31f0a1c  perl-5.17.7.tar.bz2
  01271b8a456fbc6b9e0b65b504417ecf96108de0  perl-5.17.7.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 5.17.7 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 
5.17.6 and contains approximately 30,000 lines of changes across 490 files 
from 26 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 5.17.7:

Alexandr Ciornii, Bob Ernst, Brian Carlson, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig 
A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, Dave Rolsky, David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, 
Hugo van der Sanden, James E Keenan, Joel Berger, Karl Williamson, Lukas 
Mai, Martin Hasch, Matthew Horsfall, Nicholas Clark, Ricardo Signes, 
Ruslan Zakirov, Sergey Alekseev, Steffen Müller, Sullivan Beck, Sven 
Strickroth, Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni, Tony Cook, 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 F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release Perl 5.17.8 on 2013-01-20. The next major stable 
release of Perl 5, version 5.18.0, should appear in May 2013.

Happy 25th birthday Perl.


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