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Perl 5.19.4 is now available!

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Steve Hay
September 20, 2013 16:06
Perl 5.19.4 is now available!
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  There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
  that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
  Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
  despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
  loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
  looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
  his helplessness.  — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
  of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
  heart.  It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
  danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
  She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
  surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
  and exult in his prosperity.  And if misfortune overtake him he will
  be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
  name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
  and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to

    -- Washington Irving, /The Widow and Her Son/

We are proud to announce version 19.4, the fifth development
release of version 19 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.19.4 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  631cc85d1198917c2dc0f0eca5fd45983d1ab25b  perl-5.19.4.tar.gz
  d8be69e0d225723be5075b06ca91da6faab142aa  perl-5.19.4.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 5.19.4 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
5.19.3 and contains approximately 31,000 lines of changes across 580
files from 42 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 5.19.4:

Andy Dougherty, Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Christian
Millour, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, David Golden, David Leadbeater,
David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, François Perrad,
H.Merijn Brand, James E Keenan, John Goodyear, John P. Linderman, John
Peacock, Karl Williamson, kevin dawson, Leon Timmermans, Marco
Peereboom, Matthew Horsfall, Nathan Glenn, Neil Bowers, Nicholas Clark,
Niels Thykier, Niko Tyni, Owain G. Ainsworth, Peter John Acklam, Reini
Urban, Ricardo Signes, Ruslan Zakirov, Slaven Rezic, Smylers, Steve Hay,
Sullivan Beck, Toby Inkster, Tokuhiro Matsuno, Tony Cook, Victor Efimov,
Zefram, Zsbán Ambrus.

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 version 19.5 on 20 October2013.  The next major
stable release of Perl 5, version 20.0, should appear in May 2014.


Steve Hay

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