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November 20, 2014 23:54
Perl 5.21.6 is released
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  EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
  things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
  Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
  lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
  snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
  This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
  all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
  Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
  some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
  finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
  just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
  Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
  MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
  The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
  involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
  and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
  where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
  Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.

  -- "Vurt" - Jeff Noon

We are rapturous to announce version 21.6,
the seventh development release of version 21 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.21.6 from your
favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 1dae8c11345ce9f0a324d419eb238042a4d92ae5  perl-5.21.6.tar.gz
 62eb0286846f96fd9b0a00b33a4f3a588361292d  perl-5.21.6.tar.bz2
 22870ef57fba70be60123b11782a735748f5467e  perl-5.21.6.tar.xz

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 5.21.6 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.21.5
and contains approximately 60,000 lines of changes across 920 files from 25

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there were
approximately 47,000 lines of changes to 630 .pm, .t, .c and .h files.

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 5.21.6:

Aaron Crane, Abigail, Andrew Fresh, Andy Dougherty, Brian Fraser, Chad Granum,
Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, David Mitchell, Doug
Bell, Father Chrysostomos, Glenn D. Golden, James E Keenan, Jarkko Hietaniemi,
Jim Cromie, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai, Ricardo Signes, Shlomi
Fish, Slaven Rezic, Steve Hay, Tony Cook, Yaroslav Kuzmin.

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 F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release version 21.7 on 20th December 2014.
The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 22.0, should
appear in May 2015.

Farewell, kittlings.

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