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Perl 5.25.4 is released

August 20, 2016 20:33
Perl 5.25.4 is released
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  Concerning Nomes and Time

  Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
  time. But perhaps they do live fast.

  Let me explain.

  One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
  common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
  bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.

  This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
  how long your life is, but how long it seems.

  To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
  old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
  patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
  young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
  bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
  quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
  flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.

  It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
  stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
  human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
  even know.

  -- "Truckers" - Terry Pratchett

We are not sorry to announce version 25.4,
the fifth development release of version 25 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.25.4 from your
favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 74ff6ec3c9508fe23e63b76155f4f839d8618b81   perl-5.25.4.tar.gz
 087a5518a14104a61585febb110727a71b4df4d7   perl-5.25.4.tar.bz2
 fd95483e297fbd3727475e64fa57d7045f67b486   perl-5.25.4.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 at

Perl 5.25.4 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.25.3
and contains approximately 18,000 lines of changes across 820 files from 23

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there were
approximately 9,200 lines of changes to 660 .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 5.25.4:

Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, Dan
Collins, Daniel Dragan, David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, H.Merijn Brand,
James E Keenan, Jarkko Hietaniemi, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai,
Neil Bowers, Nicolas R., Pino Toscano, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Richard Levitte,
Shlomi Fish, Smylers, Steve Hay, Tony Cook, 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 F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release version 25.5 on 20th September 2016.
The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 26.0, should
appear in May 2017.

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