This document describes differences between the 5.11.0 release and the
o The boolkeys op moved to the group of hash ops. This breaks binary
o "\s" "\w" and "\d" once again have the semantics they had in Perl
Add "package NAME VERSION" syntax
This new syntax allows a module author to set the $VERSION of a
namespace when the namespace is declared with 'package'. It eliminates
the need for "our $VERSION = ..." and similar constructs. E.g.
package Foo::Bar 1.23;
# $Foo::Bar::VERSION == 1.23
There are several advantages to this:
o $VERSION is parsed in exactly the same way as "use NAME VERSION"
o $VERSION is set at compile time
o Eliminates "$VERSION = ..." and "eval $VERSION" clutter
o As it requires VERSION to be a numeric literal or v-string literal,
it can be statically parsed by toolchain modules without "eval" the
way MM->parse_version does for "$VERSION = ..."
o Alpha versions with underscores do not need to be quoted; static
parsing will preserve the underscore, but during compilation, Perl
will remove underscores as it does for all numeric literals
It does not break old code with only "package NAME", but code that
uses "package NAME VERSION" will need to be restricted to perl
5.11.X or newer This is analogous to the change to "open" from two-
args to three-args. Users requiring the latest Perl will benefit,
and perhaps N years from now it will become standard practice when
Perl 5.12 is targeted the way that 5.6 is today.
Modules and Pragmata
o Upgrade to Test-Simple 0.94
o Upgrade to Storable 2.21
o Upgrade to Pod-Simple 3.08
o Upgrade to Parse-CPAN-Meta 1.40
o Upgrade File::Path to 2.08 (and add taint.t test)
o Upgrade Module::CoreList to 2.20
o Updated Object::Accessor to0.36
o perlpolicy extends the "Social contract about contributed modules"
into the beginnings of a document on Perl porting policies.
Changes to Existing Documentation
Documentation for $1 in perlvar.pod clarified
"if (%foo)" has been optimized to be faster than "if (keys %foo)"
Platform Specific Notes
Darwin (Mac OS X)
o Skip testing the be_BY.CP1131 locale on Darwin 10 (Mac OS X
10.6), as it's still buggy.
o Correct infelicities in the regexp used to identify buggy
locales on Darwin 8 and 9 (Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5,
o Fix thread library selection [perl #69686]
o Initial support for mingw64 is now available
o Various bits of Perl's build infrastructure are no longer
converted to win32 line endings at release time. If this hurts
you, please speak up.
Selected Bug Fixes
o Perl now properly returns a syntax error instead of segfaulting if
"each", "keys" or "values" is used without an argument
o "tell()" now fails properly if called without an argument and when
no previous file was read
"tell()" now returns "-1", and sets errno to "EBADF", thus
restoring the 5.8.x behaviour
o overload no longer implicitly unsets fallback on repeated 'use
o POSIX::strftime() can now handle Unicode characters in the format
o The Windows select() implementation now supports all empty
"fd_set"s more correctly.
o Perl now defaults to issuing a warning if a deprecated language
feature is used.
To disable this feature in a given lexical scope, you should use
"no warnings 'deprecated';" For information about which language
features are deprecated and explanations of various deprecation
warnings, please see perldiag
o Significant cleanups to core tests to ensure that language and
interpreter features are not used before they're tested.
o "make test_porting" now runs a number of important pre-commit
checks which might be of use to anyone working on the Perl core.
o t/porting/podcheck.t automatically checks the well-formedness of
POD found in all .pl, .pm and .pod files in the MANIFEST, other
than in dual-lifed modules which are primarily maintained outside
the Perl core.
o t/porting/manifest.t now tests that all files listed in MANIFEST
Untriaged test crashes on Windows 2000
Several porters have reported mysterious crashes when Perl's entire
test suite is run after a build on certain Windows 2000 systems.
When run by hand, the individual tests reportedly work fine.
Known test failures on VMS
Perl 5.11.1 fails a small set of core and CPAN tests as of this
release. With luck, that'll be sorted out for 5.11.2
Errata for 5.11.0
The Perl 5.11.0 release notes incorrectly described 'delete local'
Perl 5.11.1 represents approximately 3 weeks development since Perl
5.11.0 contains 22,000 lines of changes across 396 files from 26
authors and committers:
Abigail, Alex Vandiver, brian d foy, Chris Williams, Craig A. Berry,
David Fifield, David Golden, demerphq, Eric Brine, Geoffrey T. Dairiki,
George Greer, H.Merijn Brand, Jan Dubois, Jerry D. Hedden, Jesse
Vincent, Josh ben Jore, Max Maischein, Nicholas Clark, Rafael Garcia-
Suarez, Simon Schubert, Sisyphus, Smylers, Steve Hay, Steve Peters,
Vincent Pit and Yves Orton.
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.
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