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Steve Hay
September 20, 2014 13:40
Perl 5.21.4 is now available!
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  of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
  masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
  of very large islands.  The shore was precipitous, and the interior
  seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
  joy.  In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
  to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
  high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
  approach of doubtful expediency.  The two largest boats were now
  ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
  myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
  to encircle the island.  After searching about for some time, we
  discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
  canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
  armed.  We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
  rapidity, they were soon within hail.  Captain Guy now held up a white
  handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
  stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
  occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
  and Lama-Lama!  They continued this for at least half an hour, during
  which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.

    -- Edgar Allan Poe, /The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of

We are glad to announce version 21.4, the fifth development release of
version 21 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.21.4 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  27575f2a42123e3ece5e81ea8b9c8ba54a14d3c2  perl-5.21.4.tar.gz
  4e139d49ad3e87974ad5d9f8d3275a40eaf69763  perl-5.21.4.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 5.21.4 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
5.21.3 and contains approximately 29,000 lines of changes across 520
files from 30 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there
were approximately 15,000 lines of changes to 390 .pm, .t, .c and .h

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 5.21.4:

Alberto Simões, Alexandre (Midnite) Jousset, Andy Dougherty, Anthony
Heading, Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Daniel
Dragan, David Mitchell, Doug Bell, Father Chrysostomos, George Greer,
H.Merijn Brand, James E Keenan, Jarkko Hietaniemi, Jerry D. Hedden,
Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Olivier Mengué, Peter Martini, Reini
Urban, Ricardo Signes, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Sullivan Beck, syber,
Tadeusz Sośnierz, Tony Cook, Yves Orton, 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 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.

The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 22.0, should appear in
May 2015, with version 23.0 released around the same time.


Steve Hay

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