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Perl 5.19.5 is now available!

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Steve Hay
October 20, 2013 13:37
Perl 5.19.5 is now available!
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  A cat is strolling through my mind
  Acting as though he owned the place,
  A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
  When he meows, one scarcely hears,

  So tender and discreet his tone;
  But whether he should growl or purr
  His voice is always rich and deep.
  That is the secret of his charm.

  This purling voice that filters down
  Into my darkest depths of soul
  Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
  Delights me as a potion would.

  It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
  And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
  Without the need for any words
  It can pronounce the longest phrase.

  Oh no, there is no bow that draws
  Across my heart, fine instrument,
  And makes to sing so royally
  The strongest and the purest chord,

  More than your voice, mysterious cat,
  Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
  In whom all is, angelically,
  As subtle as harmonious.


  From his soft fur, golden and brown,
  Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
  I might have been embalmed in it
  By giving him one little pet.

  He is my household's guardian soul;
  He judges, he presides, inspires
  All matters in his royal realm;
  Might he be fairy? or a god?

  When my eyes, to this cat I love
  Drawn as by a magnet's force,
  Turn tamely back from that appeal,
  And when I look within myself,

  I notice with astonishment
  The fire of his opal eyes,
  Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
  Taking my measure, steadily.

    -- Charles Baudelaire, /The Flowers of Evil, 51. The Cat/,
       trans. James McGowan

We are thrilled to announce version 19.5, the sixth development
release of version 19 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.19.5 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  801c77cbc686a458cf71644383904507cbca4f3f  perl-5.19.5.tar.gz
  f394ec8251a9cd1ec710a8b2aa77539eeff3f9d4  perl-5.19.5.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 5.19.5 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
5.19.4 and contains approximately 76,000 lines of changes across 710
files from 27 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 5.19.5:

Andy Dougherty, Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry,
Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, Daniel Dragan, David Golden, David Mitchell,
David Nicol, Dominic Hargreaves, Eric Brine, Father Chrysostomos, Gideon
Israel Dsouza, Hio, James E Keenan, Jerry D. Hedden, Jesse Luehrs, Karl
Williamson, Matthew Horsfall, Max Maischein, Neil Bowers, Nicholas
Clark, Peter Martini, Philip Guenther, Ricardo Signes, Steve Hay, Tony

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 19.6 on 20 November 2013.  The next major
stable release of Perl 5, version 20.0, should appear in May 2014.


Steve Hay

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