perl585delta


DESCRIPTION
       This document describes differences between the 5.8.4 release and the
       5.8.5 release.

Incompatible Changes
       There are no changes incompatible with 5.8.4.

Core Enhancements
       Perl's regular expression engine now contains support for matching on
       the intersection of two Unicode character classes. You can also now
       refer to user-defined character classes from within other user defined
       character classes.

Modules and Pragmata
       o   Carp improved to work nicely with Safe. Carp's message reporting
           should now be anomaly free - it will always print out line number
           information.

       o   CGI upgraded to version 3.05

       o   charnames now avoids clobbering $_

       o   Digest upgraded to version 1.08

       o   Encode upgraded to version 2.01

       o   FileCache upgraded to version 1.04

       o   libnet upgraded to version 1.19

       o   Pod::Parser upgraded to version 1.28

       o   Pod::Perldoc upgraded to version 3.13

       o   Pod::LaTeX upgraded to version 0.57

       o   Safe now works properly with Carp

       o   Scalar-List-Utils upgraded to version 1.14

       o   Shell's documentation has been re-written, and its historical
           partial auto-quoting of command arguments can now be disabled.

       o   Test upgraded to version 1.25

       o   Test::Harness upgraded to version 2.42

       o   Time::Local upgraded to version 1.10

       o   Unicode::Collate upgraded to version 0.40

       o   Unicode::Normalize upgraded to version 0.30

Installation and Configuration Improvements
       Perl 5.8.5 should build cleanly from source on LynxOS.

Selected Bug Fixes
       o   The in-place sort optimisation introduced in 5.8.4 had a bug. For
           example, in code such as

               @a = sort ($b, @a)

           the result would omit the value $b. This is now fixed.

       o   The optimisation for unnecessary assignments introduced in 5.8.4
           could give spurious warnings. This has been fixed.

       o   Perl should now correctly detect and read BOM-marked and (BOMless)
           UTF-16 scripts of either endianness.

       o   Creating a new thread when weak references exist was buggy, and
           would often cause warnings at interpreter destruction time. The
           known bug is now fixed.

       o   Several obscure bugs involving manipulating Unicode strings with
           "substr" have been fixed.

       o   Previously if Perl's file globbing function encountered a directory
           that it did not have permission to open it would return
           immediately, leading to unexpected truncation of the list of
           results. This has been fixed, to be consistent with Unix shells'
           globbing behaviour.

       o   Thread creation time could vary wildly between identical runs. This
           was caused by a poor hashing algorithm in the thread cloning
           routines, which has now been fixed.

       o   The internals of the ithreads implementation were not checking if
           OS-level thread creation had failed. threads->create() now returns
           "undef" in if thread creation fails instead of crashing perl.

New or Changed Diagnostics
       o   Perl -V has several improvements

           o   correctly outputs local patch names that contain embedded code
               snippets or other characters that used to confuse it.

           o   arguments to -V that look like regexps will give multiple lines
               of output.

           o   a trailing colon suppresses the linefeed and ';'  terminator,
               allowing embedding of queries into shell commands.

           o   a leading colon removes the 'name=' part of the response,
               allowing mapping to any name.

       o   When perl fails to find the specified script, it now outputs a

Known Problems
       The regression test t/uni/class.t is now performing considerably more
       tests, and can take several minutes to run even on a fast machine.

Platform Specific Problems
       This release is known not to build on Windows 95.

Reporting Bugs
       If you find what you think is a bug, you might check the articles
       recently posted to the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup and the perl bug
       database at http://bugs.perl.org.  There may also be information at
       http://www.perl.org, the Perl Home Page.

       If you believe you have an unreported bug, please run the perlbug
       program included with your release.  Be sure to trim your bug down to a
       tiny but sufficient test case.  Your bug report, along with the output
       of "perl -V", will be sent off to perlbug@perl.org to be analysed by
       the Perl porting team.  You can browse and search the Perl 5 bugs at
       http://bugs.perl.org/

SEE ALSO
       The Changes file for exhaustive details on what changed.

       The INSTALL file for how to build Perl.

       The README file for general stuff.

       The Artistic and Copying files for copyright information.



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