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perl 5.19.8 is now available

Ricardo Signes
January 20, 2014 21:58
perl 5.19.8 is now available
Message ID:
  “I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what
  the hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”

  “Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.

  “Is there? What is the point?”

  “The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”

  “Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”

  “The trick is not to think about that.”

  “Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”

  Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”

    — Joseph Heller, Catch-22

We are happy to announce perl 5.19.8, the ninth development release of version
19 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.19.8 from your favorite CPAN mirror or
find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  6f7e3cf3a61df5efd2300606cbab04e0a9f7d7de  perl-5.19.8.tar.bz2
  aed5c1439b4dc29f3850433c1859065f883aab38  perl-5.19.8.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 5.19.8 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.19.7
and contains approximately 38,000 lines of changes across 420 files from 26

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 5.19.8:

Abigail, Alan Hourihane, Brian Fraser, Brian Gottreu, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams,
Christian Millour, Craig A. Berry, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, Daniel Dragan,
David Mitchell, Dominic Hargreaves, Father Chrysostomos, H.Merijn Brand, James
E Keenan, Jess Robinson, John Peacock, Karl Williamson, Martin McGrath, Matthew
Horsfall, Nicholas Clark, Ricardo Signes, Shlomi Fish, Steve Hay, Tobias Leich,
Tony Cook, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason.

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

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