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PSC 60: 2022-03-25

Ricardo Signes
March 26, 2022 23:32
PSC 60: 2022-03-25
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*PSC 060: 2022-03-25*

No Neil! He had other obligations today.  This is PSC 60 and it really is PSC 60.  Good job, after having two 59s in a row and no 58.

*Things in Flight for 5.36.0*

*created_as_X - PR* 
 * RFC is now merged
 * will we merge this into blead?  yes
The question of "can we merge created_as_X at this late date" was discussed.  Rik will post more about this, but the general consensus was, "Yes, and generally we think late additions are okay if we feel very confident they will not break existing programs."  We'll be looking at adding some language about this to the release schedule.

*who will release 5.35.11?*

We do not yet have a volunteer.


We're hoping the current maintainer will cut a new release to cope with taint-free builds of Perl.  If not, we'll probably make a release — the distribution is first-come P5P.  This is no big deal, but notable that we want to get it done for a clean test build with taint disable.

(As this week's minute-r of the call, Rik would like to use his editorial prerogative to note that he think it's okay for the test suite to fail in some very new or experimental configurations.  This is not necessarily an orthodox opinion.)

*Starting the "X weeks to go"*

Soon, everyone will be getting emails from Rik:  "The release is in X weeks and here are our blockers."

*Docs and Porting*

We want to spend time during the code freeze updating the code in Porting to use cutting-edge Perl.  This is code that we run a lot, but won't be part of the build process.  Also, to update the documentation to keep up to date with current suggested practice, so example code would work under "use v5.36"


Rik started work on a library to ship with experimental, stable, which would let you say "I want to use this feature that was once experimental, but ended up never changing and becoming stable" so you could (say) use postfix deref in v5.20 without putting "experimental" in your code.  There is now a half-baked MR <> for this and he will try to move it along.  It'd be nice to ship with v5.36, but it's more important to have it on CPAN.

*RFC Review*

We went through the list of RFCs, merged the created_as_X RFC, and updated the notes on a few others.  Nothing particularly notable here, but we did it!

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