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December 20, 2017 23:06
Perl 5.27.7 is released
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  Death looked at the sacks.

  It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
  toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
  really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
  of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
  colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
  drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
  contents always turned out to be something a bit
  garish and costing $5.99.

  Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
  Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
  Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
  Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
  of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
  the first place.

  Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
  depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
  them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.

  Any horse that was grinning was planning something.

    -- "Hogfather" - Terry Pratchett

We are festively mirthful to announce version 27.7,
the 8th development release of version 27 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.27.7 from your
favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 89c76d1398c8c78388f78e8323108f0e0d75c1e3  perl-5.27.7.tar.gz
 99b7acdc9de5b55b0d7e9a5de258dca85633c33a  perl-5.27.7.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 5.27.7 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
5.27.6 and contains approximately 21,000 lines of changes across 580 files
from 21 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there were
approximately 12,000 lines of changes to 360 .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 5.27.7:

Aaron Crane, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason, Alberto Simões, Chris 'BinGOs'
Williams, Craig A. Berry, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, David Mitchell, Father
Chrysostomos, James E Keenan, Jarkko Hietaniemi, J. Nick Koston, Karen
Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Marco Fontani, Nicolas R., Sawyer X, Steve Hay,
Sullivan Beck, Tony Cook, Yves Orton, Zefram.

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 AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release version 27.8 on 20th January 2018.
The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 28.0, should
appear in May 2018.


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