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Perl 5.26.2 is now available!

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Steve Hay via perl5-porters
April 14, 2018 11:32
Perl 5.26.2 is now available!
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How does a cat use its whiskers?  The usual answer is that the whiskers
are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
remarkable.  In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors.  As the cat
moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
touching them.  Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
touching them.

  -- Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"

We are pleased to announce version 26.2, the second maintenance release
of version 26 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.26.2 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  5dc74e667250a663d8f3114869e13ba2869bf6a9  perl-5.26.2.tar.gz
  2057b65e3a6ac71287c973402cd01084a1edc35b  perl-5.26.2.tar.bz2
  bfa5c7921ed7bf5e035dbf2f7ff81367b81e372c  perl-5.26.2.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 5.26.2 represents approximately 7 months of development since Perl
5.26.1 and contains approximately 3,300 lines of changes across 82 files
from 17 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there
were approximately 1,800 lines of changes to 36 .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 5.26.2:

Aaron Crane, Abigail, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, H.Merijn Brand, James E
Keenan, Jarkko Hietaniemi, John SJ Anderson, Karen Etheridge, Karl
Williamson, Lukas Mai, Renee Baecker, Sawyer X, Steve Hay, Todd Rinaldo,
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.

The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 28.0, should appear in
May 2018, with version 29.0 released around the same time.

Steve Hay

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