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November 20, 2013 20:50
Perl 5.19.6 is released
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      Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).

    Mr. Bun: Morning.
    Waitress: Morning.
    Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
    Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
              egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
              spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
              or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
              egg on top and spam
    Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
    Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
    Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
    Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
    Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
    Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
    Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
    Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
    Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
    Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...

      (Brief shot of a Viking ship)

    Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
    Mrs. Bun: Why not?
    Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
    Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!

    -- "Spam" - Monty Python's Flying Circus

We are rapturous to announce version 19.6,
the seventh development release of version 19 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.19.6 from your
favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  975744912717d81c0da3a03a39bd8e235175cd7a  perl-5.19.6.tar.bz2
  88dceef24560d19381501a676cb8fb3efc0dfe3d  perl-5.19.6.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 5.19.6 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.19.5
and contains approximately 88,000 lines of changes across 630 files from 24

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 5.19.6:

Anno Siegel, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, David
Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, François Perrad, H.Merijn Brand, James E
Keenan, Jerry D. Hedden, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Kevin Falcone, Lukas
Mai, Marc Simpson, Matthew Horsfall, Peter Martini, Petr Písař, Reini Urban,
Steve Hay, Tom Hukins, Tony Cook, Victor Efimov, 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 version 19.7 on 20th December 2013.
The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 20.0, should
appear in May 2014.

Enough of this silliness

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