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Parrot 5.9.0 "Fantastick Parrot" Released!

Bruce Gray
October 16, 2013 06:31
Parrot 5.9.0 "Fantastick Parrot" Released!
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    Try to remember the kind of September
    When life was slow and, oh, so mellow.
    Try to remember the kind of September
    When grass was green and grain was yellow.
        -- El Gallo in "The Fantasticks"
           (World's Longest Running Musical)

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 5.9.0, also known
as "Fantastick Parrot".  Parrot ( is a virtual machine aimed
at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 5.9.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site
(, or by following the
download instructions at  For those who would like
to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Git to
retrieve the source code to get the latest and best Parrot code.

Parrot 5.9.0 News:
    - Core
        + Don't complain about utf8 multibyte characters split by chunk boundaries
        + Fixed readall SEGV at eof, e.g. when calling readall twice [GH #981]
        + Fixed SEGV when .const not found. [GH #996]
        + Added PackfileView-compatible methods to EvalPMC. [GH #937] (Temporary)
    - Build
        + Fixed MacOSX -Wno-long-double warning [GH #980]
    - Testing
        + Sorted hash keys to allow better diffs between runs of `make fulltest`.
    - Branches
        + The new-packfile-api branch with the final removal of the EvalPMC
          is ready and will most likely land in 5.10.0
    - Documentation
        + Fixed and improved the documentation about Parrot_str_new
    - Community
        + Zefram reported 31 issues. Thanks a lot!
        + All three of our GSoC students completed their projects, and passed
          their finals with flying colors. Congratulations! Their weekly reports
          are available here:
            = Saurabh Kumar - "Update parrot-libgit2 to latest libgit2 release"
            = PaweĊ‚ Murias - "A Javascript backend for Rakudo"
            = Denis Boyun  - "Improve Web UI of App::Parrot::Create"

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:
52d2e7c33ba9b2c3ed692738af8a27b13c838d45790cee0609e116c724d3d7b4 parrot-5.9.0.tar.gz
b4704231d90ddec827f45f945b9ad13dd4f9dc7cc9bc0cfc97ab6e30ec1c38ca parrot-5.9.0.tar.bz2

Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors
for supporting this project.  Our next scheduled release is 19 Nov 2013.

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