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Ricardo Signes
April 14, 2014 14:14
Perl 5.20.0 Blockers, 2014-04-14
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Today is April 14, 2014. There are approximately 36 days until the expected
release of Perl 5.20.0.  A summary of blockers follows.

## Critical Behavior Changes or Bugs


## Other Bugs

1.  VC6 has missing ')'s on macro expansion, cBOOL and U8

    bulk88 has provided a suggested fix.  Meantime, looks like blead won't
    compile on VS6, which we still propose to support.  Are there reasons not
    to fix this as suggested?

    A patch exists at

    It touches Encode, so we'll want to coordinate with Dan Kogai ASAP if we
    follow that route.

2.  IO::Socket getsockopt subroutine on AIX

    Rainer Tammer has offerred to look into this in the next few days.

3.  Windows build failure with's gcc-4.8.1-4

    There's an API change which is causing compile failures in the newest
    mingw.  Hopefully we'll have a simple fix in time for 5.19.11?

4.  Can't build perl with gcc4.9 due to UB in sv.c

    We've got suggested changes from Tony C. in need of review.  As for the
    "does it block 5.20.0?" question, my read was "probably, and almost
    certainly 5.21.1," so better to have it sorted up front.

## To Observe Only

These don't block 5.20.0, but are collected as things to keep an eye on.

5.  PERLER/JavaScript-Dumper-0.011.tar.gz

    This is part of locale fixes for stringifying numbers.

6.  New copy-on-write breaks CPAN

    I think that this has become an informational ticket.  There are still some
    things broken, but "that's their problem."  We would like to see them
    fixed, and will help if we can, but this isn't really *blocking* the next

7.  Our Asian documentation should be updated

    This is informational for me.  I am going to make a renewed call for the
    un-updated documentation *today*.  No matter what, I will close this ticket
    (possibly replacing it with more specific tickets) at or around 5.20.0.


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