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podlators 4.13 released

Russ Allbery
December 26, 2019 19:23
podlators 4.13 released
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I'm pleased to announce release 4.13 of podlators.

podlators contains Pod::Man and Pod::Text modules which convert POD input
to *roff source output, suitable for man pages, or plain text.  It also
includes several subclasses of Pod::Text for formatted output to terminals
with various capabilities.  It is the source package for the Pod::Man and
Pod::Text modules included with Perl.

Changes from previous release:

    Drop support for Perl 5.6.  The minimum supported version is now Perl
    5.8.  Perl 5.6 had not been tested even by CPAN Testers in some time
    and isn't supported by Travis-CI, so true support is dubious.
    Dropping that version allows cleaning up some old compatibility code.

    Fix a warning when outputing to something without a PerlIO layer, such
    as when output_string is used.

    [Pod::Text] Fix behavior of S<> with Unicode input to be consistent
    with behavior with a default encoding, namely treat all whitespace
    inside S<> as non-space characters and do not collapse it with
    adjacent whitespace.

    [Pod::Text::Termcap] Remove an ancient workaround that set the
    TERMPATH environment variable whenever a Pod::Text::Termcap object was
    created in order to add /usr/share/lib/termcap, necessary on some
    ancient Solaris systems.  Setting environment variables is bad
    behavior for a module, and the Solaris systems requiring this
    workaround are long obsolete.

    [Pod::Text::Termcap] Remove the fallback to VT100 escape sequences if
    Term::Cap was not able to find sequences for bold, underline, or
    normal text, and instead skip that part of the formatting.  This will
    produce more correct behavior on dumb terminals at the possible cost
    of losing formatting on systems with malfunctioning terminal
    databases, which seems like an improvement.  Thanks, Zenin.  (#131124)

    Further improve the man/no-encode.t test to not care whether Encode
    was already loaded or not.  Thanks, Martin Becker.

    Improve logic for showing large test failures to avoid spurious
    failures on systems without diff.

You can download it from:


This package is maintained using Git; see the instructions on the above
page to access the Git repository.

Please let me know of any problems or feature requests not already listed
in the TODO file.

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