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3=head1 NAME
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
8
9This document describes differences between the 5.12.0 release and
10the 5.14.0 release.
11
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12If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.10.0, first read
13L<perl5120delta>, which describes differences between 5.10.0 and
145.12.0.
15
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16Some of the bug fixes in this release have been backported to subsequent
17releases of 5.12.x. Those are indicated with the 5.12.x version in
18parentheses.
19
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20=head1 Notice
21
22XXX Any important notices here
23
24=head1 Core Enhancements
25
1f539a1a 26=head2 Unicode
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1f539a1a 28=head3 Unicode Version 6.0 is now supported (mostly)
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30Perl comes with the Unicode 6.0 data base updated with
31L<Corrigendum #8|http://www.unicode.org/versions/corrigendum8.html>,
32with one exception noted below.
33See L<http://unicode.org/versions/Unicode6.0.0> for details on the new
34release. Perl does not support any Unicode provisional properties,
a3c24add 35including the new ones for this release.
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1f539a1a 37Unicode 6.0 has chosen to use the name C<BELL> for the character at U+1F514,
e1b1739f 38which is a symbol that looks like a bell, and is used in Japanese cell
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39phones. This conflicts with the long-standing Perl usage of having
40C<BELL> mean the ASCII C<BEL> character, U+0007. In Perl 5.14,
41C<\N{BELL}> will continue to mean U+0007, but its use will generate a
42deprecated warning message, unless such warnings are turned off. The
43new name for U+0007 in Perl will be C<ALERT>, which corresponds nicely
44with the existing shorthand sequence for it, C<"\a">. C<\N{BEL}> will
45mean U+0007, with no warning given. The character at U+1F514 will not
46have a name in 5.14, but can be referred to by C<\N{U+1F514}>. The plan
47is that in Perl 5.16, C<\N{BELL}> will refer to U+1F514, and so all code
48that uses C<\N{BELL}> should convert by then to using C<\N{ALERT}>,
49C<\N{BEL}>, or C<"\a"> instead.
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1f539a1a 51=head3 Full functionality for C<use feature 'unicode_strings'>
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53This release provides full functionality for C<use feature
54'unicode_strings'>. Under its scope, all string operations executed and
55regular expressions compiled (even if executed outside its scope) have
56Unicode semantics. See L<feature>.
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58This feature avoids most forms of the "Unicode Bug" (See
59L<perlunicode/The "Unicode Bug"> for details.) If there is a
60possibility that your code will process Unicode strings, you are
61B<strongly> encouraged to use this subpragma to avoid nasty surprises.
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1f539a1a 63=head3 C<\N{I<name>}> and C<charnames> enhancements
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1f539a1a 65=over
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1f539a1a 67=item *
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69C<\N{}> and C<charnames::vianame> now know about the abbreviated
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70character names listed by Unicode, such as NBSP, SHY, LRO, ZWJ, etc., all
71the customary abbreviations for the C0 and C1 control characters (such as
72ACK, BEL, CAN, etc.), and a few new variants of some C1 full names that
73are in common usage.
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75=item *
76
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77Unicode has a number of named character sequences, in which particular sequences
78of code points are given names. C<\N{...}> now recognizes these.
79
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80=item *
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82C<\N{}>, C<charnames::vianame>, C<charnames::viacode> now know about every
83character in Unicode. Previously, they didn't know about the Hangul syllables
84nor a number of CJK (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) characters.
85
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86=item *
87
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88In the past, it was ineffective to override one of Perl's abbreviations
89with your own custom alias. Now it works.
90
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91=item *
92
e1b1739f 93You can also create a custom alias of the ordinal of a
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94character, known by C<\N{...}>, C<charnames::vianame()>, and
95C<charnames::viacode()>. Previously, an alias had to be to an official
96Unicode character name. This made it impossible to create an alias for
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97a code point that had no name, such as those reserved for private
98use.
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100=item *
101
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102A new function, C<charnames::string_vianame()>, has been added.
103This function is a run-time version of C<\N{...}>, returning the string
104of characters whose Unicode name is its parameter. It can handle
105Unicode named character sequences, whereas the pre-existing
106C<charnames::vianame()> cannot, as the latter returns a single code
107point.
108
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109=back
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111See L<charnames> for details on all these changes.
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113=head3 New warnings categories for problematic (non-)Unicode code points.
114
115Three new warnings subcategories of "utf8" have been added. These
116allow you to turn off some "utf8" warnings, while allowing
117others warnings to remain on. The three categories are:
118C<surrogate> when UTF-16 surrogates are encountered;
119C<nonchar> when Unicode non-character code points are encountered;
120and C<non_unicode> when code points that are above the legal Unicode
121maximum of 0x10FFFF are encountered.
122
1f539a1a 123=head3 Any unsigned value can be encoded as a character
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125With this release, Perl is adopting a model that any unsigned value can
126be treated as a code point and encoded internally (as utf8) without
54c7bb16 127warnings - not just the code points that are legal in Unicode.
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128However, unless utf8 or the corresponding sub-category (see previous
129item) warnings have been
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130explicitly lexically turned off, outputting or performing a
131Unicode-defined operation (such as upper-casing) on such a code point
132will generate a warning. Attempting to input these using strict rules
133(such as with the C<:encoding('UTF-8')> layer) will continue to fail.
134Prior to this release the handling was very inconsistent, and incorrect
135in places. Also, the Unicode non-characters, some of which previously were
136erroneously considered illegal in places by Perl, contrary to the Unicode
137standard, are now always legal internally. But inputting or outputting
138them will work the same as for the non-legal Unicode code points, as the
139Unicode standard says they are illegal for "open interchange".
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141=head3 Unicode database files not installed
142
143The Unicode database files are no longer installed with Perl. This
144doesn't affect any functionality in Perl and saves significant disk
145space. If you previously were explicitly opening and reading those
146files, you can download them from
147L<http://www.unicode.org/Public/zipped/6.0.0/>.
148
1f539a1a 149=head2 Regular Expressions
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1f539a1a 151=head3 C<(?^...)> construct to signify default modifiers
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153An ASCII caret (also called a "circumflex accent") C<"^">
154immediately following a C<"(?"> in a regular expression
155now means that the subexpression does not inherit the
156surrounding modifiers such as C</i>, but reverts to the
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157Perl defaults. Any modifiers following the caret override the defaults.
158
159The stringification of regular expressions now uses this
160notation. E.g., before, C<qr/hlagh/i> would be stringified as
161C<(?i-xsm:hlagh)>, but now it's stringified as C<(?^i:hlagh)>.
162
163The main purpose of this is to allow tests that rely on the
e1b1739f 164stringification not to have to change when new modifiers are added.
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165See L<perlre/Extended Patterns>.
166
1f539a1a 167=head3 C</d>, C</l>, C</u>, C</a>, and C</aa> modifiers
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169Four new regular expression modifiers have been added. These are mutually
170exclusive; one only can be turned on at a time.
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959ad7d5 172The C</l> modifier says to compile the regular expression as if it were
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173in the scope of C<use locale>, even if it is not.
174
959ad7d5 175The C</u> modifier says to compile the regular expression as if it were
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176in the scope of a C<use feature "unicode_strings"> pragma.
177
e1b1739f 178The C</d> (default) modifier is used to override any C<use locale> and
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179C<use feature "unicode_strings"> pragmas that are in effect at the time
180of compiling the regular expression.
181
959ad7d5 182The C</a> regular expression modifier restricts C<\s>, C<\d> and C<\w> and
7baaf023 183the Posix (C<[[:posix:]]>) character classes to the ASCII range. Their
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184complements and C<\b> and C<\B> are correspondingly
185affected. Otherwise, C</a> behaves like the C</u> modifier, in that
e1b1739f 186case-insensitive matching uses Unicode semantics.
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188The C</aa> modifier is like C</a>, except that, in case-insensitive matching, no ASCII character will match a
189non-ASCII character. For example,
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959ad7d5 191 'k' =~ /\N{KELVIN SIGN}/ai
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959ad7d5 193will match; it won't under C</aa>.
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959ad7d5 195See L<perlre/Modifiers> for more detail.
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1f539a1a 197=head3 Non-destructive substitution
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199The substitution (C<s///>) and transliteration
200(C<y///>) operators now support an C</r> option that
201copies the input variable, carries out the substitution on
202the copy and returns the result. The original remains unmodified.
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204 my $old = 'cat';
205 my $new = $old =~ s/cat/dog/r;
206 # $old is 'cat' and $new is 'dog'
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1f539a1a 208This is particularly useful with C<map>. See L<perlop> for more examples.
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1f539a1a 210=head3 Reentrant regular expression engine
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212It is now safe to use regular expressions within C<(?{...})> and
213C<(??{...})> code blocks inside regular expressions.
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1f539a1a 215These block are still experimental, however, and still have problems with
e1b1739f 216lexical (C<my>) variables and abnormal exiting.
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1f539a1a 218=head3 C<use re '/flags';>
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220The C<re> pragma now has the ability to turn on regular expression flags
221till the end of the lexical scope:
222
223 use re '/x';
224 "foo" =~ / (.+) /; # /x implied
225
226See L<re/"'/flags' mode"> for details.
227
1f539a1a 228=head3 \o{...} for octals
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230There is a new octal escape sequence, C<"\o">, in double-quote-like
231contexts. This construct allows large octal ordinals beyond the
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232current max of 0777 to be represented. It also allows you to specify a
233character in octal which can safely be concatenated with other regex
234snippets and which won't be confused with being a backreference to
235a regex capture group. See L<perlre/Capture groups>.
236
237=head3 Add C<\p{Titlecase}> as a synonym for C<\p{Title}>
238
239This synonym is added for symmetry with the Unicode property names
240C<\p{Uppercase}> and C<\p{Lowercase}>.
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242=head3 Regular expression debugging output improvement
243
244Regular expression debugging output (turned on by C<use re 'debug';>) now
245uses hexadecimal when escaping non-ASCII characters, instead of octal.
246
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247=head3 Return value of C<delete $+{...}>
248
249Custom regular expression engines can now determine the return value of
250C<delete> on an entry of C<%+> or C<%->.
251
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252=head2 Syntactical Enhancements
253
254=head3 Array and hash container functions accept references
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256All built-in functions that operate directly on array or hash
257containers now also accept hard references to arrays or hashes:
258
259 |----------------------------+---------------------------|
260 | Traditional syntax | Terse syntax |
261 |----------------------------+---------------------------|
262 | push @$arrayref, @stuff | push $arrayref, @stuff |
263 | unshift @$arrayref, @stuff | unshift $arrayref, @stuff |
264 | pop @$arrayref | pop $arrayref |
265 | shift @$arrayref | shift $arrayref |
266 | splice @$arrayref, 0, 2 | splice $arrayref, 0, 2 |
267 | keys %$hashref | keys $hashref |
268 | keys @$arrayref | keys $arrayref |
269 | values %$hashref | values $hashref |
270 | values @$arrayref | values $arrayref |
271 | ($k,$v) = each %$hashref | ($k,$v) = each $hashref |
272 | ($k,$v) = each @$arrayref | ($k,$v) = each $arrayref |
273 |----------------------------+---------------------------|
274
275This allows these built-in functions to act on long dereferencing chains
276or on the return value of subroutines without needing to wrap them in
277C<@{}> or C<%{}>:
278
279 push @{$obj->tags}, $new_tag; # old way
280 push $obj->tags, $new_tag; # new way
281
282 for ( keys %{$hoh->{genres}{artists}} ) {...} # old way
283 for ( keys $hoh->{genres}{artists} ) {...} # new way
284
285For C<push>, C<unshift> and C<splice>, the reference will auto-vivify
286if it is not defined, just as if it were wrapped with C<@{}>.
287
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288For C<keys>, C<values>, C<each>, when overloaded dereferencing is
289present, the overloaded dereference is used instead of dereferencing the
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290underlying reftype. Warnings are issued about assumptions made in
291ambiguous cases.
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293=head3 Single term prototype
294
295The C<+> prototype is a special alternative to C<$> that will act like
296C<\[@%]> when given a literal array or hash variable, but will otherwise
e1b1739f 297force scalar context on the argument. See L<perlsub/Prototypes>.
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298
299=head3 C<package> block syntax
300
301A package declaration can now contain a code block, in which case the
302declaration is in scope only inside that block. So C<package Foo { ... }>
303is precisely equivalent to C<{ package Foo; ... }>. It also works with
304a version number in the declaration, as in C<package Foo 1.2 { ... }>.
e1b1739f 305See L<perlfunc>.
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307=head3 Statement labels can appear in more places
308
309Statement labels can now occur before any type of statement or declaration,
310such as C<package>.
311
312=head3 Stacked labels
313
314Multiple statement labels can now appear before a single statement.
315
316=head3 Uppercase X/B allowed in hexadecimal/binary literals
317
318Literals may now use either upper case C<0X...> or C<0B...> prefixes,
319in addition to the already supported C<0x...> and C<0b...>
e1b1739f 320syntax [perl #76296].
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321
322C, Ruby, Python and PHP already supported this syntax, and it makes
323Perl more internally consistent. A round-trip with C<eval sprintf
e1b1739f 324"%#X", 0x10> now returns C<16>, the way C<eval sprintf "%#x", 0x10> does.
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326=head3 Overridable tie functions
327
328C<tie>, C<tied> and C<untie> can now be overridden [perl #75902].
329
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330=head2 Exception Handling
331
332Several changes have been made to the way C<die>, C<warn>, and C<$@>
333behave, in order to make them more reliable and consistent.
334
335When an exception is thrown inside an C<eval>, the exception is no
336longer at risk of being clobbered by code running during unwinding
337(e.g., destructors). Previously, the exception was written into C<$@>
338early in the throwing process, and would be overwritten if C<eval> was
339used internally in the destructor for an object that had to be freed
340while exiting from the outer C<eval>. Now the exception is written
341into C<$@> last thing before exiting the outer C<eval>, so the code
342running immediately thereafter can rely on the value in C<$@> correctly
343corresponding to that C<eval>. (C<$@> is still also set before exiting the
344C<eval>, for the sake of destructors that rely on this.)
345
346Likewise, a C<local $@> inside an C<eval> will no longer clobber any
347exception thrown in its scope. Previously, the restoration of C<$@> upon
348unwinding would overwrite any exception being thrown. Now the exception
349gets to the C<eval> anyway. So C<local $@> is safe before a C<die>.
350
351Exceptions thrown from object destructors no longer modify the C<$@>
352of the surrounding context. (If the surrounding context was exception
353unwinding, this used to be another way to clobber the exception being
354thrown.) Previously such an exception was
355sometimes emitted as a warning, and then either was
356string-appended to the surrounding C<$@> or completely replaced the
357surrounding C<$@>, depending on whether that exception and the surrounding
358C<$@> were strings or objects. Now, an exception in this situation is
359always emitted as a warning, leaving the surrounding C<$@> untouched.
360In addition to object destructors, this also affects any function call
361performed by XS code using the C<G_KEEPERR> flag.
362
363Warnings for C<warn> can now be objects, in the same way as exceptions
364for C<die>. If an object-based warning gets the default handling,
365of writing to standard error, it is stringified as
366before, with the file and line number appended. But
367a C<$SIG{__WARN__}> handler will now receive an
368object-based warning as an object, where previously it was passed the
369result of stringifying the object.
370
371=head2 Other Enhancements
372
373=head3 Assignment to C<$0> sets the legacy process name with C<prctl()> on Linux
374
375On Linux the legacy process name will be set with L<prctl(2)>, in
376addition to altering the POSIX name via C<argv[0]> as perl has done
377since version 4.000. Now system utilities that read the legacy process
378name such as ps, top and killall will recognize the name you set when
379assigning to C<$0>. The string you supply will be cut off at 16 bytes,
380this is a limitation imposed by Linux.
381
382=head3 C<srand()> now returns the seed
383
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384This allows programs that need to have repeatable results not to have to come
385up with their own seed-generating mechanism. Instead, they can use C<srand()>
386and stash the return value for future use. Typical is a test program which
1f539a1a 387has too many combinations to test comprehensively in the time available to it
e1b1739f 388each run. It can test a random subset each time and, should there be a failure,
1f539a1a 389log the seed used for that run so that it can later be used to reproduce the
e1b1739f 390same results.
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391
392=head3 printf-like functions understand post-1980 size modifiers
393
394Perl's printf and sprintf operators, and Perl's internal printf replacement
395function, now understand the C90 size modifiers "hh" (C<char>), "z"
396(C<size_t>), and "t" (C<ptrdiff_t>). Also, when compiled with a C99
397compiler, Perl now understands the size modifier "j" (C<intmax_t>).
398
399So, for example, on any modern machine, C<sprintf('%hhd', 257)> returns '1'.
400
401=head3 New global variable C<${^GLOBAL_PHASE}>
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403A new global variable, C<${^GLOBAL_PHASE}>, has been added to allow
404introspection of the current phase of the perl interpreter. It's explained in
405detail in L<perlvar/"${^GLOBAL_PHASE}"> and
406L<perlmod/"BEGIN, UNITCHECK, CHECK, INIT and END">.
407
1f539a1a 408=head3 C<-d:-foo> calls C<Devel::foo::unimport>
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410The syntax C<-dI<B<:>foo>> was extended in 5.6.1 to make C<-dI<:fooB<=bar>>>
411equivalent to C<-MDevel::foo=bar>, which expands
412internally to C<use Devel::foo 'bar';>.
413F<perl> now allows prefixing the module name with C<->, with the same
414semantics as C<-M>, I<i.e.>
415
416=over 4
417
418=item C<-d:-foo>
419
420Equivalent to C<-M-Devel::foo>, expands to
421C<no Devel::foo;>, calls C<< Devel::foo->unimport() >>
422if the method exists.
423
424=item C<-d:-foo=bar>
425
426Equivalent to C<-M-Devel::foo=bar>, expands to C<no Devel::foo 'bar';>,
427calls C<< Devel::foo->unimport('bar') >> if the method exists.
428
429=back
430
e1b1739f 431This is particularly useful for suppressing the default actions of a
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432C<Devel::*> module's C<import> method whilst still loading it for debugging.
433
1f539a1a 434=head3 Filehandle method calls load L<IO::File> on demand
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436When a method call on a filehandle would die because the method cannot
437be resolved, and L<IO::File> has not been loaded, Perl now loads L<IO::File>
438via C<require> and attempts method resolution again:
439
440 open my $fh, ">", $file;
441 $fh->binmode(":raw"); # loads IO::File and succeeds
442
443This also works for globs like STDOUT, STDERR and STDIN:
444
445 STDOUT->autoflush(1);
446
447Because this on-demand load only happens if method resolution fails, the
448legacy approach of manually loading an L<IO::File> parent class for partial
449method support still works as expected:
450
451 use IO::Handle;
452 open my $fh, ">", $file;
453 $fh->autoflush(1); # IO::File not loaded
454
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455=head3 IPv6 support
456
457The C<Socket> module provides new affordances for IPv6,
458including implementations of the C<Socket::getaddrinfo()> and
459C<Socket::getnameinfo()> functions, along with related constants, and a
460handful of new functions. See L<Socket>.
461
1f539a1a 462=head3 DTrace probes now include package name
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464The DTrace probes now include an additional argument (C<arg3>) which contains
465the package the subroutine being entered or left was compiled in.
466
467For example using the following DTrace script:
468
469 perl$target:::sub-entry
470 {
471 printf("%s::%s\n", copyinstr(arg0), copyinstr(arg3));
472 }
473
474and then running:
475
476 perl -e'sub test { }; test'
477
478DTrace will print:
479
480 main::test
481
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482=head2 New C APIs
483
1e463951 484See L</Internal Changes>.
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486=head1 Security
487
948b8455 488=head2 User-defined regular expression properties
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490In L<perlunicode/"User-Defined Character Properties">, it says you can
491create custom properties by defining subroutines whose names begin with
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492"In" or "Is". However, Perl did not actually enforce that naming
493restriction, so \p{foo::bar} could call foo::bar() if it existed. Now this
494convention has been enforced.
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496Also, Perl no longer allows a tainted regular expression to invoke a
497user-defined. It simply dies instead [perl #82616].
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499=head1 Incompatible Changes
500
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501Perl 5.14.0 is not binary-compatible with any previous stable release.
502
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503In addition to the sections that follow, see L</C API Changes>.
504
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505=head2 Regular Expressions and String Escapes
506
54c7bb16 507=head3 \400-\777
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54c7bb16 509Use of C<\400>-C<\777> in regexes in certain circumstances has given
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510different, anomalous behavior than their use in all other
511double-quote-like contexts. Since 5.10.1, a deprecated warning message
512has been raised when this happens. Now, all double-quote-like contexts
513have the same behavior, namely to be equivalent to C<\x{100}> -
514C<\x{1FF}>, with no deprecation warning. Use of these values in the
515command line option C<"-0"> retains the current meaning to slurp input
516files whole; previously, this was documented only for C<"-0777">. It is
517recommended, however, because of various ambiguities, to use the new
518C<\o{...}> construct to represent characters in octal.
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61752d82 520=head3 Most C<\p{}> properties are now immune to case-insensitive matching
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522For most Unicode properties, it doesn't make sense to have them match
523differently under C</i> case-insensitive matching than not. And doing
524so leads to unexpected results and potential security holes. For
525example
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61752d82 527 m/\p{ASCII_Hex_Digit}+/i
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61752d82 529could previously match non-ASCII characters because of the Unicode
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531matching under C</i> gives the same results as non-C</i> matching except
532for those few properties where people have come to expect differences,
533namely the ones where casing is an integral part of their meaning, such
534as C<m/\p{Uppercase}/i> and C<m/\p{Lowercase}/i>, both of which match
535the exact same code points, namely those matched by C<m/\p{Cased}/i>.
536Details are in L<perlrecharclass/Unicode Properties>.
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61752d82 538User-defined property handlers that need to match differently under
4cf6a51f 539C</i> must change to read the new boolean parameter passed to them which is
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541L<perluniprops/User-Defined Character Properties>.
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61752d82 543=head3 \p{} implies Unicode semantics
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546that the pattern is meant for matching according to Unicode rules, the way
bc15a0a0 547C<\N{}> does.
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61752d82 549=head3 Regular expressions retain their localeness when interpolated
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552interpolated into a new regular expression compiled outside a
553C<"use locale">, and vice-versa.
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556the localeness of the surrounding one, losing whatever state it
557originally had. This is considered a bug fix, but may trip up code that
558has come to rely on the incorrect behavior.
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61752d82 560=head3 Stringification of regexes has changed
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562Default regular expression modifiers are now notated by using
563C<(?^...)>. Code relying on the old stringification will fail. The
564purpose of this is so that when new modifiers are added, such code will
565not have to change (after this one time), as the stringification will
566automatically incorporate the new modifiers.
567
568Code that needs to work properly with both old- and new-style regexes
f318e2e6 569can avoid the whole issue by using (for Perls since 5.9.5; see L<re>):
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571 use re qw(regexp_pattern);
572 my ($pat, $mods) = regexp_pattern($re_ref);
573
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575supported, you can use something like the following:
576
577 # Accept both old and new-style stringification
578 my $modifiers = (qr/foobar/ =~ /\Q(?^/) ? '^' : '-xism';
579
580And then use C<$modifiers> instead of C<-xism>.
581
61752d82 582=head3 Run-time code blocks in regular expressions inherit pragmata
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585to inherit any pragmata (strict, warnings, etc.) if the regular expression
586was compiled at run time as happens in cases like these two:
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589 $foo =~ $bar; # when $bar contains (?{...})
590 $foo =~ /$bar(?{ $finished = 1 })/;
591
592This was a bug, which has now been fixed. But it has the potential to break
593any code that was relying on it.
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61752d82 595=head2 Stashes and Package Variables
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61752d82 597=head3 Localised tied hashes and arrays are no longed tied
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61752d82 599In the following:
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602 {
603 local @a;
604 # here, @a is a now a new, untied array
605 }
606 # here, @a refers again to the old, tied array
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609and has now been fixed. This fix could however potentially cause a change
610in behaviour of some code.
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61752d82 612=head3 Stashes are now always defined
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615defined in that package.
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618added for 5.10.0, to hide side effects of changes to the internal storage of
619hashes that drastically reduce their memory usage overhead.
620
621Calling defined on a stash has been deprecated since 5.6.0, warned on
622lexicals since 5.6.0, and warned for stashes (and other package
623variables) since 5.12.0. C<defined %hash> has always exposed an
624implementation detail - emptying a hash by deleting all entries from it does
625not make C<defined %hash> false, hence C<defined %hash> is not valid code to
626determine whether an arbitrary hash is empty. Instead, use the behaviour
627that an empty C<%hash> always returns false in a scalar context.
628
629=head3 Dereferencing typeglobs
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631If you assign a typeglob to a scalar variable:
632
633 $glob = *foo;
634
635the glob that is copied to C<$glob> is marked with a special flag
636indicating that the glob is just a copy. This allows subsequent assignments
637to C<$glob> to overwrite the glob. The original glob, however, is
638immutable.
639
640Many Perl operators did not distinguish between these two types of globs.
641This would result in strange behaviour in edge cases: C<untie $scalar>
642would do nothing if the last thing assigned to the scalar was a glob
643(because it treated it as C<untie *$scalar>, which unties a handle).
f318e2e6 644Assignment to a glob slot (e.g., C<*$glob = \@some_array>) would simply
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645assign C<\@some_array> to C<$glob>.
646
647To fix this, the C<*{}> operator (including the C<*foo> and C<*$foo> forms)
648has been modified to make a new immutable glob if its operand is a glob
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650scalars to be modified to treat only immutable globs as globs. (C<tie>,
651C<tied> and C<untie> have been left as they are for compatibility's sake,
61752d82 652but will warn. See L</Deprecations>.)
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654This causes an incompatible change in code that assigns a glob to the
655return value of C<*{}> when that operator was passed a glob copy. Take the
656following code, for instance:
657
658 $glob = *foo;
659 *$glob = *bar;
660
661The C<*$glob> on the second line returns a new immutable glob. That new
662glob is made an alias to C<*bar>. Then it is discarded. So the second
663assignment has no effect.
664
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666more detail.
667
61752d82 668=head3 Clearing stashes
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670Stash list assignment C<%foo:: = ()> used to make the stash anonymous
671temporarily while it was being emptied. Consequently, any of its
672subroutines referenced elsewhere would become anonymous (showing up as
673"(unknown)" in C<caller>). Now they retain their package names, such that
674C<caller> will return the original sub name if there is still a reference
675to its typeglob, or "foo::__ANON__" otherwise [perl #79208].
676
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678
679In previous versions of Perl, magic variables like C<$!>, C<%SIG>, etc. would
680'leak' into other packages. So C<%foo::SIG> could be used to access signals,
681C<${"foo::!"}> (with strict mode off) to access C's C<errno>, etc.
682
683This was a bug, or an 'unintentional' feature, which caused various ill effects,
684such as signal handlers being wiped when modules were loaded, etc.
685
686This has been fixed (or the feature has been removed, depending on how you see
687it).
688
689=head2 Changes to Syntax or to Perl Operators
690
691=head3 C<given> return values
692
693C<given> blocks now return the last evaluated
694expression, or an empty list if the block was exited by C<break>. Thus you
695can now write:
696
697 my $type = do {
698 given ($num) {
699 break when undef;
700 'integer' when /^[+-]?[0-9]+$/;
701 'float' when /^[+-]?[0-9]+(?:\.[0-9]+)?$/;
702 'unknown';
703 }
704 };
705
706See L<perlsyn/Return value> for details.
707
708=head3 Change in the parsing of certain prototypes
709
710Functions declared with the following prototypes now behave correctly as unary
711functions:
712
713 *
714 \$ \% \@ \* \&
715 \[...]
716 ;$ ;*
717 ;\$ ;\% etc.
718 ;\[...]
719
720Due to this bug fix [perl #75904], functions
721using the C<(*)>, C<(;$)> and C<(;*)> prototypes
722are parsed with higher precedence than before. So in the following example:
723
724 sub foo($);
725 foo $a < $b;
726
727the second line is now parsed correctly as C<< foo($a) < $b >>, rather than
728C<< foo($a < $b) >>. This happens when one of these operators is used in
729an unparenthesised argument:
730
731 < > <= >= lt gt le ge
732 == != <=> eq ne cmp ~~
733 &
734 | ^
735 &&
736 || //
737 .. ...
738 ?:
739 = += -= *= etc.
740
741=head3 Smart-matching against array slices
742
743Previously, the following code resulted in a successful match:
744
745 my @a = qw(a y0 z);
746 my @b = qw(a x0 z);
747 @a[0 .. $#b] ~~ @b;
748
749This odd behaviour has now been fixed [perl #77468].
750
751=head3 Negation treats strings differently from before
752
753The unary negation operator C<-> now treats strings that look like numbers
754as numbers [perl #57706].
755
756=head3 Negative zero
757
758Negative zero (-0.0), when converted to a string, now becomes "0" on all
759platforms. It used to become "-0" on some, but "0" on others.
760
761If you still need to determine whether a zero is negative, use
762C<sprintf("%g", $zero) =~ /^-/> or the L<Data::Float> module on CPAN.
763
764=head3 C<:=> is now a syntax error
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766Previously C<my $pi := 4;> was exactly equivalent to C<my $pi : = 4;>,
767with the C<:> being treated as the start of an attribute list, ending before
768the C<=>. The use of C<:=> to mean C<: => was deprecated in 5.12.0, and is now
769a syntax error. This will allow the future use of C<:=> as a new token.
770
771We find no Perl 5 code on CPAN using this construction, outside the core's
772tests for it, so we believe that this change will have very little impact on
773real-world codebases.
774
775If it is absolutely necessary to have empty attribute lists (for example,
776because of a code generator) then avoid the error by adding a space before
777the C<=>.
778
61752d82 779=head2 Threads and Processes
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61752d82 781=head3 Directory handles not copied to threads
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783On systems other than Windows that do not have
784a C<fchdir> function, newly-created threads no
785longer inherit directory handles from their parent threads. Such programs
786would usually have crashed anyway [perl #75154].
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61752d82 788=head3 C<close> on shared pipes
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790The C<close> function no longer waits for the child process to exit if the
791underlying file descriptor is still in use by another thread, to avoid
792deadlocks. It returns true in such cases.
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795
796On Windows parent processes would not terminate until all forked
797childred had terminated first. However, C<kill('KILL', ...)> is
798inherently unstable on pseudo-processes, and C<kill('TERM', ...)>
799might not get delivered if the child if blocked in a system call.
800
801To avoid the deadlock and still provide a safe mechanism to terminate
802the hosting process, Perl will now no longer wait for children that
803have been sent a SIGTERM signal. It is up to the parent process to
804waitpid() for these children if child clean-up processing must be
805allowed to finish. However, it is also the responsibility of the
806parent then to avoid the deadlock by making sure the child process
807can't be blocked on I/O either.
808
809See L<perlfork> for more information about the fork() emulation on
810Windows.
811
61752d82 812=head2 Configuration
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61752d82 814=head3 Naming fixes in Policy_sh.SH may invalidate Policy.sh
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817been fixed, standardizing on the variable names used in config.sh.
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820accidentally relying on the Policy.sh incorrect behavior.
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823
824Perl scripts used to be read in binary mode on Windows for the benefit
825of the ByteLoader module (which is no longer part of core Perl). This
826had the side effect of breaking various operations on the DATA filehandle,
827including seek()/tell(), and even simply reading from DATA after file handles
828have been flushed by a call to system(), backticks, fork() etc.
829
830The default build options for Windows have been changed to read Perl source
831code on Windows in text mode now. Hopefully ByteLoader will be updated on
832CPAN to automatically handle this situation [perl #28106].
833
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835
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837
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839
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841its modifiers and the following word is deprecated. For
842example, C<< m/foo/sand $bar >> will still be parsed
843as C<< m/foo/s and $bar >> but will issue a warning.
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846
847The backslash-c construct was designed as a way of specifying
848non-printable characters, but there were no restrictions (on ASCII
849platforms) on what the character following the C<c> could be. Now,
850a deprecation warning is raised if that character isn't an ASCII character.
851Also, a deprecation warning is raised for C<"\c{"> (which is the same
852as simply saying C<";">).
853
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855
856In regular expressions, a literal C<"{"> immediately following a C<"\b">
857(not in a bracketed character class) or a C<"\B{"> is now deprecated
858to allow for its future use by Perl itself.
859
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861
862This is a mandatory warning, not obeying -X or lexical warning bits.
863The warning is modelled on that supplied by deprecate.pm for
864deprecated-in-core .pm libraries. It points to the specific CPAN
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866course, does not generate the warning.
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868=head2 List assignment to C<$[>
869
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871Perl version 5.12.0. This version of perl also starts to emit a warning when
872assigning to C<$[> in list context. This fixes an oversight in 5.12.0.
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874=head2 Use of qw(...) as parentheses
875
876Historically the parser fooled itself into thinking that C<qw(...)> literals
877were always enclosed in parentheses, and as a result you could sometimes omit
878parentheses around them:
879
880 for $x qw(a b c) { ... }
881
882The parser no longer lies to itself in this way. Wrap the list literal in
823d0e46 883parentheses, like this:
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885 for $x (qw(a b c)) { ... }
886
887=head2 C<\N{BELL}> is deprecated
888
889This is because Unicode is using that name for a different character.
890See L</Unicode Version 6.0 is now supported (mostly)> for more
891explanation.
892
893=head2 C<?PATTERN?> is deprecated
894
895C<?PATTERN?> (without the initial m) has been deprecated and now produces
896a warning. This is to allow future use of C<?> in new operators.
897The match-once functionality is still available in the form of C<m?PATTERN?>.
898
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900
901Calling a tie function (C<tie>, C<tied>, C<untie>) with a scalar argument
902acts on a file handle if the scalar happens to hold a typeglob.
903
904This is a long-standing bug that will be removed in Perl 5.16, as
905there is currently no way to tie the scalar itself when it holds
906a typeglob, and no way to untie a scalar that has had a typeglob
907assigned to it.
908
823d0e46 909Now there is a deprecation warning whenever a tie
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911
18139a1b 912=head2 User-defined case-mapping
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915L<perlunicode/User-Defined Case Mappings (for serious hackers only)>.
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917L<Unicode::Casing>, which provides improved functionality.
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921The following modules will be removed from the core distribution in a
922future release, and should be installed from CPAN instead. Distributions
923on CPAN which require these should add them to their prerequisites. The
823d0e46 924core versions of these modules will issue a deprecation warning.
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926If you ship a packaged version of Perl, either alone or as part of a
927larger system, then you should carefully consider the repercussions of
823d0e46 928core module deprecations. You may want to consider shipping your default
5076a392 929build of Perl with packages for some or all deprecated modules which
823d0e46 930install into C<vendor> or C<site> perl library directories. This will
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931inhibit the deprecation warnings.
932
933Alternatively, you may want to consider patching F<lib/deprecate.pm>
934to provide deprecation warnings specific to your packaging system
935or distribution of Perl, consistent with how your packaging system
936or distribution manages a staged transition from a release where the
937installation of a single package provides the given functionality, to
938a later release where the system administrator needs to know to install
939multiple packages to get that same functionality.
940
941You can silence these deprecation warnings by installing the modules
942in question from CPAN. To install the latest version of all of them,
943just install C<Task::Deprecations::5_14>.
944
945=over
946
947=item L<Devel::DProf>
948
949We strongly recommend that you install and used L<Devel::NYTProf> in
950preference, as it offers significantly improved profiling and reporting.
951
952=back
953
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955
54c7bb16 956=head2 "Safe signals" optimisation
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958Signal dispatch has been moved from the runloop into control ops. This
959should give a few percent speed increase, and eliminates almost all of
960the speed penalty caused by the introduction of "safe signals" in
9615.8.0. Signals should still be dispatched within the same statement as
962they were previously - if this is not the case, or it is possible to
963create uninterruptible loops, this is a bug, and reports are encouraged
964of how to recreate such issues.
965
54c7bb16 966=head2 Optimisation of shift; and pop; calls without arguments
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969implicit C<@_>). This change makes C<shift;> 5% faster than C<shift @_;>
970on non-threaded perls and 25% faster on threaded.
df91d470 971
fa232254 972=head2 Optimisation of regexp engine string comparison work
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975is used heavily by the regexp engine) was substantially refactored and
976optimised - and its documentation much improved as a free bonus gift.
df91d470 977
fa232254 978=head2 Regular expression compilation speed-up
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981the regex to utf8 is necessary but that isn't known when the compilation begins.
df91d470 982
fa232254 983=head2 String appending is 100 times faster
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986memory than needed in a very inefficient way, if perl was configured to use the
987system's C<malloc> implementation instead of its own.
988
989C<sv_grow>, which is what's being used to allocate more memory if necessary
990when appending to a string, has now been taught how to round up the memory
991it requests to a certain geometric progression, making it much faster on
992certain platforms and configurations. On Win32, it's now about 100 times
993faster.
994
995=head2 Eliminate C<PL_*> accessor functions under ithreads
996
997When C<MULTIPLICITY> was first developed, and interpreter state moved into
998an interpreter struct, thread and interpreter local C<PL_*> variables were
999defined as macros that called accessor functions, returning the address of
1000the value, outside of the perl core. The intent was to allow members
1001within the interpreter struct to change size without breaking binary
1002compatibility, so that bug fixes could be merged to a maintenance branch
1003that necessitated such a size change.
1004
1005However, some non-core code defines C<PERL_CORE>, sometimes intentionally
1006to bypass this mechanism for speed reasons, sometimes for other reasons but
1007with the inadvertent side effect of bypassing this mechanism. As some of
1008this code is widespread in production use, the result is that the core
1009I<can't> change the size of members of the interpreter struct, as it will
1010break such modules compiled against a previous release on that maintenance
1011branch. The upshot is that this mechanism is redundant, and well-behaved
1012code is penalised by it. Hence it can and should be removed (and has
1013been).
1014
1015=head2 Freeing weak references
1016
1017When an object has many weak references to it, freeing that object
1018can under some some circumstances take O(N^2) time to free (where N is the
1019number of references). The number of circumstances has been reduced
1020[perl #75254]
1021
1022=head2 Lexical array and hash assignments
1023
1024An earlier optimisation to speed up C<my @array = ...> and
1025C<my %hash = ...> assignments caused a bug and was disabled in Perl 5.12.0.
1026
1027Now we have found another way to speed up these assignments [perl #82110].
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1032enough space for four entries. Now this allocation is done on demand when
1033the subroutine is called [perl #72416].
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1036
1037xhv_fill has been eliminated from struct xpvhv, saving 1 IV per hash and
111b6aa7 1038on some systems will cause struct xpvhv to become cache-aligned. To avoid
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1039this memory saving causing a slowdown elsewhere, boolean use of HvFILL
1040now calls HvTOTALKEYS instead (which is equivalent) - so while the fill
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1041data when actually required are now calculated on demand, the cases when
1042this needs to be done should be few and far between.
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1045the NV slot has swapped location with STASH and MAGIC. As all access to
1046SV members is via macros, this should be completely transparent. This
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1047change allows the space saving for PVHVs documented above, and may reduce
1048the memory allocation needed for PVIVs on some architectures.
1049
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1051they actually use, saving some space.
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1054body they actually use, saving some space.
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1056=head2 Memory consumption improvements to Exporter
1057
1058The @EXPORT_FAIL AV is no longer created unless required, hence neither is
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1060uses Exporter but doesn't use this functionality.
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111b6aa7 1062=head2 Memory savings for weak references
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1064For weak references, the common case of just a single weak reference per
1065referent has been optimised to reduce the storage required. In this case it
111b6aa7 1066saves the equivalent of one small Perl array per referent.
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111b6aa7 1068=head2 C<%+> and C<%-> use less memory
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1070The bulk of the C<Tie::Hash::NamedCapture> module used to be in the perl
111b6aa7 1071core. It has now been moved to an XS module, to reduce the overhead for
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1073
fa232254 1074=head2 Multiple small improvements to threads
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1077allocations, resulting in noticeably smaller object code. Additionally,
1078many thread context checks have been deferred so that they're only done
1079when required (although this is only possible for non-debugging builds).
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fa232254 1081=head2 Adjacent pairs of nextstate opcodes are now optimized away
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fa232254 1083Previously, in code such as
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1087 sub GAK {
1088 warn if DEBUG;
1089 print "stuff\n";
1090 }
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1092the ops for C<warn if DEBUG;> would be folded to a C<null> op (C<ex-const>), but
1093the C<nextstate> op would remain, resulting in a runtime op dispatch of
1094C<nextstate>, C<nextstate>, ....
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1096The execution of a sequence of C<nextstate> ops is indistinguishable from just
1097the last C<nextstate> op so the peephole optimizer now eliminates the first of
1098a pair of C<nextstate> ops, except where the first carries a label, since labels
1099must not be eliminated by the optimizer and label usage isn't conclusively known
1100at compile time.
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1101
1102=head1 Modules and Pragmata
1103
1104=head2 New Modules and Pragmata
1105
1106=over 4
1107
1108=item *
1109
1110C<CPAN::Meta::YAML> 0.003 has been added as a dual-life module. It supports a
1111subset of YAML sufficient for reading and writing META.yml and MYMETA.yml files
1112included with CPAN distributions or generated by the module installation
1113toolchain. It should not be used for any other general YAML parsing or
1114generation task.
1115
1116=item *
1117
1118C<CPAN::Meta> version 2.110440 has been added as a dual-life module. It
1119provides a standard library to read, interpret and write CPAN distribution
1120metadata files (e.g. META.json and META.yml) which describes a
1121distribution, its contents, and the requirements for building it and
1122installing it. The latest CPAN distribution metadata specification is
1123included as C<CPAN::Meta::Spec> and notes on changes in the specification
1124over time are given in C<CPAN::Meta::History>.
1125
1126=item *
1127
5a553547 1128C<HTTP::Tiny> 0.011 has been added as a dual-life module. It is a very
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1129small, simple HTTP/1.1 client designed for simple GET requests and file
1130mirroring. It has has been added to enable CPAN.pm and CPANPLUS to
1131"bootstrap" HTTP access to CPAN using pure Perl without relying on external
1132binaries like F<curl> or F<wget>.
1133
1134=item *
1135
1136C<JSON::PP> 2.27105 has been added as a dual-life module, for the sake of
1137reading F<META.json> files in CPAN distributions.
1138
1139=item *
1140
21ef4e45 1141C<Module::Metadata> 1.000004 has been added as a dual-life module. It gathers
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1142package and POD information from Perl module files. It is a standalone module
1143based on Module::Build::ModuleInfo for use by other module installation
1144toolchain components. Module::Build::ModuleInfo has been deprecated in
1145favor of this module instead.
1146
1147=item *
1148
1149C<Perl::OSType> 1.002 has been added as a dual-life module. It maps Perl
1150operating system names (e.g. 'dragonfly' or 'MSWin32') to more generic types
1151with standardized names (e.g. "Unix" or "Windows"). It has been refactored
1152out of Module::Build and ExtUtils::CBuilder and consolidates such mappings into
1153a single location for easier maintenance.
1154
1155=item *
1156
1157The following modules were added by the C<Unicode::Collate>
1158upgrade. See below for details.
1159
1160C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Big5>
1161
1162C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::GB2312>
1163
1164C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::JISX0208>
1165
1166C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Korean>
1167
1168C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Pinyin>
1169
1170C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Stroke>
1171
1172=item *
1173
1174C<Version::Requirements> version 0.101020 has been added as a dual-life
1175module. It provides a standard library to model and manipulates module
1176prerequisites and version constraints as defined in the L<CPAN::Meta::Spec>.
1177
1178=back
1179
a5794e94 1180=head2 Updated Modules and Pragma
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1181
1182=over 4
1183
1184=item *
1185
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1186C<Archive::Extract> has been upgraded from version 0.38 to 0.48.
1187
1188Updates since 0.38 include: a safe print method that guards
1189Archive::Extract from changes to $\; a fix to the tests when run in core
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1190perl; support for TZ files; a modification for the lzma
1191logic to favour IO::Uncompress::Unlzma; and a fix
1192for an issue with NetBSD-current and its new unzip
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1193executable.
1194
1195=item *
1196
1197C<Archive::Tar> has been upgraded from version 1.54 to 1.76.
1198
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1199Important changes since 1.54 include the following:
1200
1201=over
1202
1203=item *
1204
1205Compatibility with busybox implementations of tar
1206
1207=item *
1208
1209A fix so that C<write()> and C<create_archive()>
1210close only handles they opened
1211
1212=item *
1213
1214A bug was fixed regarding the exit code of extract_archive.
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1216=item *
1217
4f978a3b 1218The C<ptar> utility has a new option to allow safe
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1219creation of tarballs without world-writable files on Windows, allowing those
1220archives to be uploaded to CPAN.
1221
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1222=item *
1223
1224A new ptargrep utility for using regular expressions against
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1225the contents of files in a tar archive.
1226
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1227=item *
1228
1229Pax extended headers are now skipped.
1230
1231=back
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1232
1233=item *
1234
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1235C<autodie> has been upgraded from version 2.06_01 to 2.1001.
1236
1237=item *
1238
578e7c9d
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1239C<AutoLoader> has been upgraded from version 5.70 to 5.71.
1240
1241=item *
1242
a13baafd 1243C<B> has been upgraded from version 1.23 to 1.29.
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1244
1245It no longer crashes when taking apart a C<y///> containing characters
1246outside the octet range or compiled in a C<use utf8> scope.
1247
1248The size of the shared object has been reduced by about 40%, with no
1249reduction in functionality.
1250
1251=item *
1252
4a75fbf5 1253C<B::Concise> has been upgraded from version 0.78 to 0.83.
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1254
1255B::Concise marks rv2sv, rv2av and rv2hv ops with the new OPpDEREF flag
1256as "DREFed".
1257
1258It no longer produces mangled output with the C<-tree> option
1259[perl #80632].
1260
1261=item *
1262
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1263C<B::Debug> has been upgraded from version 1.12 to 1.16.
1264
1265=item *
1266
c67a4e29 1267C<B::Deparse> has been upgraded from version 0.96 to 1.03.
5076a392 1268
1984204c 1269The deparsing of a nextstate op has changed when it has both a
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1270change of package (relative to the previous nextstate), or a change of
1271C<%^H> or other state, and a label. Previously the label was emitted
cdc10f43 1272first, but now the label is emitted last (5.12.1).
5076a392 1273
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1274The C<no 5.13.2> or similar form is now correctly handled by B::Deparse
1275(5.12.3).
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1276
1277B::Deparse now properly handles the code that applies a conditional
1278pattern match against implicit C<$_> as it was fixed in [perl #20444].
1279
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1280Deparsing of C<our> followed by a variable with funny characters
1281(as permitted under the C<utf8> pragma) has also been fixed [perl #33752].
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1282
1283=item *
1284
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1285C<B::Lint> has been upgraded from version 1.11_01 to 1.13.
1286
1287=item *
1288
5aef2c44
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1289C<base> has been upgraded from version 2.15 to 2.16.
1290
1291=item *
1292
e539ae69
FR
1293C<bignum> has been upgraded from version 0.23 to 0.26.
1294
1295=item *
1296
c74c1fa8 1297C<Carp> has been upgraded from version 1.15 to 1.20.
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1298
1299L<Carp> now detects incomplete L<caller()|perlfunc/"caller EXPR"> overrides and
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1300avoids using bogus C<@DB::args>. To provide backtraces,
1301Carp relies on particular behaviour of the C<caller>
1302built-in. Carp now detects if other code has
5076a392 1303overridden this with an incomplete implementation, and modifies its backtrace
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1304accordingly. Previously incomplete overrides would cause incorrect values
1305in backtraces (best case), or obscure fatal errors (worst case).
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1306
1307This fixes certain cases of C<Bizarre copy of ARRAY> caused by modules
d430b8e7 1308overriding C<caller()> incorrectly (5.12.2).
5076a392 1309
1984204c 1310It now also avoids using regular expressions that cause perl to
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1311load its Unicode tables, in order to avoid the 'BEGIN not safe after
1312errors' error that will ensue if there has been a syntax error
1313[perl #82854].
1314
1315=item *
1316
9eb7ad55 1317C<CGI> has been upgraded from version 3.48 to 3.52.
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1318
1319This provides the following security fixes: the MIME boundary in
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1320multipart_init is now random and the handling of
1321newlines embedded in header values has been improved.
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1322
1323=item *
1324
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1325C<Compress::Raw::Bzip2> has been upgraded from version 2.024 to 2.033.
1326
1984204c 1327It has been updated to use bzip2 1.0.6.
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1328
1329=item *
1330
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1331C<Compress::Raw::Zlib> has been upgraded from version 2.024 to 2.033.
1332
1333=item *
1334
f75b7efc 1335C<CPAN> has been upgraded from version 1.94_56 to 1.9600.
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1336
1337Major highlights:
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1338
1339=over 4
1340
1984204c 1341=item * much less configuration dialog hassle
5076a392 1342
1984204c 1343=item * support for META/MYMETA.json
5076a392 1344
1984204c 1345=item * support for local::lib
5076a392 1346
1984204c 1347=item * support for HTTP::Tiny to reduce the dependency on ftp sites
5076a392 1348
1984204c 1349=item * automatic mirror selection
5076a392 1350
1984204c 1351=item * iron out all known bugs in configure_requires
5076a392 1352
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1353=item * support for distributions compressed with bzip2
1354
1355=item * allow Foo/Bar.pm on the commandline to mean Foo::Bar
1356
1357=back
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1358
1359=item *
1360
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1361C<CPANPLUS> has been upgraded from version 0.90 to 0.9103.
1362
1363A change to F<cpanp-run-perl>
1364resolves L<RT #55964|http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Bug/Display.html?id=55964>
1365and L<RT #57106|http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Bug/Display.html?id=57106>, both
1366of which related to failures to install distributions that use
1367C<Module::Install::DSL> (5.12.2).
5076a392 1368
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1369A dependency on Config was not recognised as a
1370core module dependency. This has been fixed.
5076a392 1371
1984204c 1372CPANPLUS now includes support for META.json and MYMETA.json.
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1373
1374=item *
1375
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1376C<CPANPLUS::Dist::Build> has been upgraded from version 0.46 to 0.54.
1377
1378=item *
1379
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1380C<Data::Dumper> has been upgraded from version 2.125 to 2.130_02.
1381
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1382The indentation used to be off when C<$Data::Dumper::Terse> was set. This
1383has been fixed [perl #73604].
1384
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1385This upgrade also fixes a crash when using custom sort functions that might
1386cause the stack to change [perl #74170].
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1387
1388C<Dumpxs> no longer crashes with globs returned by C<*$io_ref>
1389[perl #72332].
1390
1391=item *
1392
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1393C<DB_File> has been upgraded from version 1.820 to 1.821.
1394
1395=item *
1396
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1397C<Devel::DProf> has been upgraded from version 20080331.00 to 20110228.00.
1398
1399Merely loading C<Devel::DProf> now no longer triggers profiling to start.
1400C<use Devel::DProf> and C<perl -d:DProf ...> still behave as before and start
1401the profiler.
1402
1403NOTE: C<Devel::DProf> is deprecated and will be removed from a future
1984204c 1404version of Perl. We strongly recommend that you install and use
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1405L<Devel::NYTProf> instead, as it offers significantly improved
1406profiling and reporting.
1407
1408=item *
1409
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1410C<Devel::SelfStubber> has been upgraded from version 1.03 to 1.05.
1411
1412=item *
1413
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1414C<diagnostics> has been upgraded from version 1.19 to 1.22.
1415
1416It now renders pod links slightly better, and has been taught to find
1417descriptions for messages that share their descriptions with other
1418messages.
1419
1420=item *
1421
1422C<Digest::MD5> has been upgraded from version 2.39 to 2.51.
1423
1424It is now safe to use this module in combination with threads.
1425
1426=item *
1427
1428C<Digest::SHA> has been upgraded from version 5.47 to 5.61.
1429
1430C<shasum> now more closely mimics C<sha1sum>/C<md5sum>.
1431
1432C<Addfile> accepts all POSIX filenames.
1433
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1434New SHA-512/224 and SHA-512/256 transforms (ref. NIST Draft FIPS 180-4
1435[February 2011])
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1436
1437=item *
1438
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1439C<Dumpvalue> has been upgraded from version 1.13 to 1.16.
1440
1441=item *
1442
31e8b85a 1443C<DynaLoader> has been upgraded from version 1.10 to 1.13.
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1444
1445It fixes a buffer overflow when passed a very long file name.
1446
1447It no longer inherits from AutoLoader; hence it no longer
1448produces weird error messages for unsuccessful method calls on classes that
1449inherit from DynaLoader [perl #84358].
1450
1451=item *
1452
1453C<Encode> has been upgraded from version 2.39 to 2.42.
1454
1455Now, all 66 Unicode non-characters are treated the same way U+FFFF has
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1456always been treated; in cases when it was disallowed, all 66 are
1457disallowed; in those cases where it warned, all 66 warn.
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1458
1459=item *
1460
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1461C<Env> has been upgraded from version 1.01 to 1.02.
1462
1463=item *
1464
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1465C<Errno> has been upgraded from version 1.11 to 1.13.
1466
1467The implementation of C<Errno> has been refactored to use about 55% less memory.
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1468
1469On some platforms with unusual header files, like Win32/gcc using mingw64
1470headers, some constants which weren't actually error numbers have been exposed
1471by C<Errno>. This has been fixed [perl #77416].
1472
1473=item *
1474
1475C<Exporter> has been upgraded from version 5.64_01 to 5.64_03.
1476
1477Exporter no longer overrides C<$SIG{__WARN__}> [perl #74472]
1478
1479=item *
1480
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1481C<ExtUtils::CBuilder> has been upgraded from version 0.27 to 0.280202.
1482
1483=item *
1484
2292e71e
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1485C<ExtUtils::Command> has been upgraded from version 1.16 to 1.17.
1486
1487=item *
1488
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1489C<ExtUtils::Constant> has been upgraded from 0.22 to 0.23.
1490
1491The C<AUTOLOAD> helper code generated by C<ExtUtils::Constant::ProxySubs>
1492can now C<croak> for missing constants, or generate a complete C<AUTOLOAD>
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1493subroutine in XS, allowing simplification of many modules that use it
1494(C<Fcntl>, C<File::Glob>, C<GDBM_File>, C<I18N::Langinfo>, C<POSIX>,
1495C<Socket>).
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1496
1497C<ExtUtils::Constant::ProxySubs> can now optionally push the names of all
1984204c 1498constants onto the package's C<@EXPORT_OK>.
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1499
1500=item *
1501
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1502C<ExtUtils::Install> has been upgraded from version 1.55 to 1.56.
1503
1504=item *
1505
5418ffb3
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1506C<ExtUtils::MakeMaker> has been upgraded from version 6.56 to 6.57_05.
1507
1508=item *
1509
f40ab45f
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1510C<ExtUtils::Manifest> has been upgraded from version 1.57 to 1.58.
1511
1512=item *
1513
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1514C<ExtUtils::ParseXS> has been upgraded from version 2.21 to 2.2209.
1515
1516=item *
1517
05102622
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1518C<File::CheckTree> has been upgraded from version 4.4 to 4.41.
1519
1520=item *
1521
e12786fa 1522C<File::DosGlob> has been upgraded from version 1.01 to 1.04.
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1523
1524It allows patterns containing literal parentheses (they no longer need to
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1525be escaped). On Windows, it no longer
1526adds an extra F<./> to the file names
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1527returned when the pattern is a relative glob with a drive specification,
1528like F<c:*.pl> [perl #71712].
1529
1530=item *
1531
1532C<File::Fetch> has been upgraded from version 0.24 to 0.32.
1533
1534C<HTTP::Lite> is now supported for 'http' scheme.
1535
1536The C<fetch> utility is supported on FreeBSD, NetBSD and
1537Dragonfly BSD for the C<http> and C<ftp> schemes.
1538
1539=item *
1540
23f2cbb1 1541C<File::Find> has been upgraded from version 1.15 to 1.19.
5076a392 1542
1984204c 1543It improves handling of backslashes on Windows, so that paths like
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1544F<c:\dir\/file> are no longer generated [perl #71710].
1545
1546=item *
1547
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1548C<File::Spec> has been upgraded from version 3.31 to 3.33.
1549
1550Several portability fixes were made in C<File::Spec::VMS>: a colon is now
1551recognized as a delimiter in native filespecs; caret-escaped delimiters are
1552recognized for better handling of extended filespecs; C<catpath()> returns
1553an empty directory rather than the current directory if the input directory
1554name is empty; C<abs2rel()> properly handles Unix-style input (5.12.2).
1555
1556=item *
1557
46ba0657 1558C<File::stat> has been upgraded from 1.02 to 1.05.
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1559
1560The C<-x> and C<-X> file test operators now work correctly under the root
1561user.
1562
1563=item *
1564
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1565C<Filter::Simple> has been upgraded from version 0.84 to 0.86.
1566
1567=item *
1568
dc6857fd 1569C<GDBM_File> has been upgraded from 1.10 to 1.14.
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1570
1571This fixes a memory leak when DBM filters are used.
1572
1573=item *
1574
6e107b45 1575C<Hash::Util> has been upgraded from 0.07 to 0.11.
5076a392 1576
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1577Hash::Util no longer emits spurious "uninitialized" warnings when
1578recursively locking hashes that have undefined values [perl #74280].
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1579
1580=item *
1581
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1582C<I18N::Collate> has been upgraded from version 1.01 to 1.02.
1583
1584=item *
1585
ad5f8f47 1586C<I18N::Langinfo> has been upgraded from version 0.03 to 0.08.
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1587
1588C<langinfo()> now defaults to using C<$_> if there is no argument given, just
5334145a 1589as the documentation has always claimed.
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1590
1591=item *
1592
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1593C<I18N::LangTags> has been upgraded from version 0.35 to 0.35_01.
1594
1595=item *
1596
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1597C<if> has been upgraded from version 0.05 to 0.0601.
1598
1599=item *
1600
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1601C<IO> has been upgraded from version 1.25_02 to 1.25_04.
1602
1603=item *
1604
d13528c5 1605C<IO::Select> has been upgraded from version 1.17 to 1.20.
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1606
1607It now allows IO::Handle objects (and objects in derived classes) to be
1608removed from an IO::Select set even if the underlying file descriptor is
1609closed or invalid.
1610
1611=item *
1612
d07561d3 1613C<IPC::Cmd> has been upgraded from version 0.54 to 0.70.
5076a392 1614
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1615Resolves an issue with splitting Win32 command lines. An argument
1616consisting of the single character "0" used to be omitted (CPAN RT #62961).
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1617
1618=item *
1619
3f16e4eb 1620C<IPC::Open3> has been upgraded from 1.05 to 1.09.
5076a392 1621
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1622C<open3> now produces an error if the C<exec> call fails, allowing this
1623condition to be distinguished from a child process that exited with a
1624non-zero status [perl #72016].
1625
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1626The internal C<xclose> routine now knows how to handle file descriptors, as
1627documented, so duplicating STDIN in a child process using its file
1628descriptor now works [perl #76474].
1629
1630=item *
1631
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1632C<IPC::SysV> has been upgraded from version 2.01 to 2.03.
1633
1634=item *
1635
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1636C<lib> has been upgraded from version 0.62 to 0.63.
1637
1638=item *
1639
5b1884f4 1640C<Locale::Maketext> has been upgraded from version 1.14 to 1.19.
5076a392 1641
1984204c 1642Locale::Maketext now supports external caches.
5076a392 1643
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1644This upgrade also fixes an infinite loop in
1645C<Locale::Maketext::Guts::_compile()> when
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1646working with tainted values (CPAN RT #40727).
1647
1984204c 1648C<< ->maketext >> calls will now back up and restore C<$@> so that error
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1649messages are not suppressed (CPAN RT #34182).
1650
1651=item *
1652
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1653C<Log::Message> has been upgraded from version 0.02 to 0.04.
1654
1655=item *
1656
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1657C<Log::Message::Simple> has been upgraded from version 0.06 to 0.08.
1658
1659=item *
1660
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1661C<Math::BigInt> has been upgraded from version 1.89_01 to 1.994.
1662
1663This fixes, among other things, incorrect results when computing binomial
1664coefficients [perl #77640].
1665
1984204c 1666It also prevents C<sqrt($int)> from crashing under C<use bigrat;>
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1667[perl #73534].
1668
1669=item *
1670
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1671C<Math::BigInt::FastCalc> has been upgraded from version 0.19 to 0.28.
1672
1673=item *
1674
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1675C<Math::BigRat> has been upgraded from version 0.24 to 0.26_02.
1676
1677=item *
1678
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1679C<Memoize> has been upgraded from version 1.01_03 to 1.02.
1680
1681=item *
1682
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1683C<MIME::Base64> has been upgraded from 3.08 to 3.13.
1684
1685Includes new functions to calculate the length of encoded and decoded
1686base64 strings.
1687
1688Now provides C<encode_base64url> and C<decode_base64url> functions to process
1689the base64 scheme for "URL applications".
1690
1691=item *
1692
1693C<Module::Build> has been upgraded from version 0.3603 to 0.3800.
1694
1695A notable change is the deprecation of several modules.
1696Module::Build::Version has been deprecated and Module::Build now relies
1697directly upon L<version>. Module::Build::ModuleInfo has been deprecated in
1698favor of a standalone copy of it called L<Module::Metadata>.
1699Module::Build::YAML has been deprecated in favor of L<CPAN::Meta::YAML>.
1700
1701Module::Build now also generates META.json and MYMETA.json files
1702in accordance with version 2 of the CPAN distribution metadata specification,
1703L<CPAN::Meta::Spec>. The older format META.yml and MYMETA.yml files are
1704still generated, as well.
1705
1706=item *
1707
7259fe26 1708C<Module::CoreList> has been upgraded from version 2.29 to 2.47.
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1709
1710Besides listing the updated core modules of this release, it also stops listing
1984204c 1711the C<Filespec> module. That module never existed in core. The scripts
5076a392 1712generating C<Module::CoreList> confused it with C<VMS::Filespec>, which actually
1984204c 1713is a core module as of perl 5.8.7.
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1714
1715=item *
1716
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1717C<Module::Load> has been upgraded from version 0.16 to 0.18.
1718
1719=item *
1720
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1721C<Module::Load::Conditional> has been upgraded from version 0.34 to 0.44.
1722
1723=item *
1724
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1725C<NDBM_File> has been upgraded from version 1.08 to 1.11.
1726
1727This fixes a memory leak when DBM filters are used.
1728
1729=item *
1730
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1731C<Net::Ping> has been upgraded from version 2.36 to 2.38.
1732
1733=item *
1734
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1735C<NEXT> has been upgraded from version 0.64 to 0.65.
1736
1737=item *
1738
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1739C<Object::Accessor> has been upgraded from version 0.36 to 0.38.
1740
1741=item *
1742
34188656 1743C<ODBM_File> have been upgraded from version 1.07 to 1.10.
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1744
1745This fixes a memory leak when DBM filters are used.
1746
1747=item *
1748
77be713d 1749C<overload> has been upgraded from 1.10 to 1.12.
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1750
1751C<overload::Method> can now handle subroutines that are themselves blessed
1752into overloaded classes [perl #71998].
1753
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1754The documentation has greatly improved. See L</Documentation> below.
1755
1756=item *
1757
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1758C<Params::Check> has been upgraded from version 0.26 to 0.28.
1759
1760=item *
1761
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1762C<parent> has been upgraded from version 0.223 to 0.225.
1763
1764=item *
1765
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1766C<Parse::CPAN::Meta> has been upgraded from version 1.40 to 1.4401.
1767
1984204c 1768The latest Parse::CPAN::Meta can now read YAML and JSON files using
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1769L<CPAN::Meta::YAML> and L<JSON::PP>, which are now part of the Perl core.
1770
1771=item *
1772
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1773C<PerlIO::scalar> has been upgraded from 0.07 to 0.11.
1774
1775A C<read> after a C<seek> beyond the end of the string no longer thinks it
1776has data to read [perl #78716].
1777
1778=item *
1779
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1780C<Pod::LaTeX> has been upgraded from version 0.58 to 0.59.
1781
1782=item *
1783
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1784C<Pod::Perldoc> has been upgraded from version 3.15_02 to 3.15_03.
1785
1786=item *
1787
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1788C<Pod::Simple> has been upgraded from version 3.13 to 3.16.
1789
1790=item *
1791
abb8c779 1792C<POSIX> has been upgraded from 1.19 to 1.24.
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1793
1794It now includes constants for POSIX signal constants.
1795
1796=item *
1797
1984204c 1798C<re> has been upgraded from version 0.11 to 0.17.
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1799
1800New C<use re "/flags"> pragma
1801
5076a392 1802The C<regmust> function used to crash when called on a regular expression
1984204c 1803belonging to a pluggable engine. Now it croaks instead.
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1804
1805C<regmust> no longer leaks memory.
1806
1807=item *
1808
1809C<Safe> has been upgraded from version 2.25 to 2.29.
1810
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1811Coderefs returned by C<reval()> and C<rdo()> are now wrapped via
1812C<wrap_code_refs> (5.12.1).
1813
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1814This fixes a possible infinite loop when looking for coderefs.
1815
cdc10f43 1816It adds several version::vxs::* routines to the default share.
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1817
1818=item *
1819
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1820C<SelfLoader> has been upgraded from 1.17 to 1.18.
1821
1822It now works in taint mode [perl #72062].
1823
1824=item *
1825
1826C<sigtrap> has been upgraded from version 1.04 to 1.05.
1827
1828It no longer tries to modify read-only arguments when generating a
1829backtrace [perl #72340].
1830
1831=item *
1832
1984204c 1833C<Socket> has been upgraded from version 1.87 to 1.94.
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1984204c 1835See L</IPv6 support>, above.
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1836
1837=item *
1838
1839C<Storable> has been upgraded from version 2.22 to 2.27.
1840
1841Includes performance improvement for overloaded classes.
1842
5076a392 1843This adds support for serialising code references that contain UTF-8 strings
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1844correctly. The Storable minor version
1845number changed as a result, meaning that
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1846Storable users who set C<$Storable::accept_future_minor> to a C<FALSE> value
1847will see errors (see L<Storable/FORWARD COMPATIBILITY> for more details).
1848
1849Freezing no longer gets confused if the Perl stack gets reallocated
1850during freezing [perl #80074].
1851
1852=item *
1853
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1854C<Term::ANSIColor> has been upgraded from version 2.02 to 3.00.
1855
1856=item *
1857
d9f2f059
FR
1858C<Term::UI> has been upgraded from version 0.20 to 0.26.
1859
1860=item *
1861
80ebb519
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1862C<Test::Harness> has been upgraded from version 3.17 to 3.23.
1863
1864=item *
1865
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1866C<Test::Simple> has been upgraded from version 0.94 to 0.98.
1867
1868Among many other things, subtests without a C<plan> or C<no_plan> now have an
1869implicit C<done_testing()> added to them.
1870
1871=item *
1872
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1873C<Thread::Semaphore> has been upgraded from version 2.09 to 2.12.
1874
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1875It provides two new methods that give more control over the decrementing of
1876semaphores: C<down_nb> and C<down_force>.
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1877
1878=item *
1879
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1880C<Thread::Queue> has been upgraded from version 2.11 to 2.12.
1881
1882=item *
1883
1a6b954e
FR
1884C<threads> has been upgraded from version 1.75 to 1.83.
1885
1886=item *
1887
55816daa
FR
1888C<threads::shared> has been upgraded from version 1.32 to 1.36.
1889
1890=item *
1891
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1892C<Tie::Hash> has been upgraded from version 1.03 to 1.04.
1893
1894Calling C<< Tie::Hash-E<gt>TIEHASH() >> used to loop forever. Now it C<croak>s.
1895
1896=item *
1897
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1898C<Tie::RefHash> has been upgraded from version 1.38 to 1.39.
1899
1900=item *
1901
bb3c221a
FR
1902C<Time::HiRes> has been upgraded from version 1.9719 to 1.9721_01.
1903
1904=item *
1905
97fa568b
FR
1906C<Time::Local> has been upgraded from version 1.1901_01 to 1.2000.
1907
1908=item *
1909
a83cb732
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1910C<Time::Piece> has been upgraded from version 1.15_01 to 1.20_01.
1911
1912=item *
1913
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1914C<Unicode::Collate> has been upgraded from version 0.52_01 to 0.73.
1915
1984204c 1916Unicode::Collate has been updated to use Unicode 6.0.0.
5076a392 1917
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1918Unicode::Collate::Locale now supports a plethora of new locales: ar, be,
1919bg, de__phonebook, hu, hy, kk, mk, nso, om, tn, vi, hr, ig, ja, ko, ru, sq,
1920se, sr, to, uk, zh, zh__big5han, zh__gb2312han, zh__pinyin and zh__stroke.
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1921
1922The following modules have been added:
1923
1924C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Big5> for C<zh__big5han> which makes
1925tailoring of CJK Unified Ideographs in the order of CLDR's big5han ordering.
1926
1927C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::GB2312> for C<zh__gb2312han> which makes
1928tailoring of CJK Unified Ideographs in the order of CLDR's gb2312han ordering.
1929
1930C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::JISX0208> which makes tailoring of 6355 kanji
1931(CJK Unified Ideographs) in the JIS X 0208 order.
1932
1933C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Korean> which makes tailoring of CJK Unified Ideographs
1934in the order of CLDR's Korean ordering.
1935
1936C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Pinyin> for C<zh__pinyin> which makes
1937tailoring of CJK Unified Ideographs in the order of CLDR's pinyin ordering.
1938
1939C<Unicode::Collate::CJK::Stroke> for C<zh__stroke> which makes
1940tailoring of CJK Unified Ideographs in the order of CLDR's stroke ordering.
1941
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1942This also sees the switch from using the pure-perl version of this
1943module to the XS version.
1944
1945=item *
1946
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1947C<Unicode::Normalize> has been upgraded from version 1.03 to 1.10.
1948
1949=item *
1950
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1951C<Unicode::UCD> has been upgraded from version 0.27 to 0.32.
1952
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1953A new function, C<Unicode::UCD::num()>, has been added. This function
1954returns the numeric value of the string passed it or C<undef> if the string
1955in its entirety has no "safe" numeric value. (For more detail, and for the
1956definition of "safe", see L<Unicode::UCD/num>.)
5076a392 1957
1984204c 1958This upgrade also includes a number of bug fixes:
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1959
1960=over 4
1961
1962=item charinfo()
1963
1964=over 4
1965
1966=item *
1967
1968It is now updated to Unicode Version 6 with Corrigendum #8, except,
1969as with Perl 5.14, the code point at U+1F514 has no name.
1970
1971=item *
1972
1973The Hangul syllable code points have the correct names, and their
1974decompositions are always output without requiring L<Lingua::KO::Hangul::Util>
1975to be installed.
1976
1977=item *
1978
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1979The CJK (Chinese-Japanese-Korean) code points U+2A700 to U+2B734
1980and U+2B740 to U+2B81D are now properly handled.
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1981
1982=item *
1983
1984The numeric values are now output for those CJK code points that have them.
1985
1986=item *
1987
1988The names that are output for code points with multiple aliases are now the
1989corrected ones.
1990
1991=back
1992
1993=item charscript()
1994
1995This now correctly returns "Unknown" instead of C<undef> for the script
1996of a code point that hasn't been assigned another one.
1997
1998=item charblock()
1999
2000This now correctly returns "No_Block" instead of C<undef> for the block
2001of a code point that hasn't been assigned to another one.
2002
2003=back
2004
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2005=item *
2006
2007C<version> has been upgraded from 0.82 to 0.88.
2008
1984204c 2009Due to a bug, now fixed, the C<is_strict> and C<is_lax> functions did not
cdc10f43 2010work when exported (5.12.1).
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2011
2012=item *
2013
3e625598 2014C<warnings> has been upgraded from version 1.09 to 1.12.
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2015
2016Calling C<use warnings> without arguments is now significantly more efficient.
2017
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2018=item *
2019
2020C<warnings::register> have been upgraded from version 1.01 to 1.02.
2021
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2022It is now possible to register warning categories other than the names of
2023packages using C<warnings::register>. See L<perllexwarn> for more information.
2024
2025=item *
2026
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2027C<XSLoader> has been upgraded from version 0.10 to 0.13.
2028
2029=item *
2030
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2031C<VMS::DCLsym> has been upgraded from version 1.03 to 1.05.
2032
2033Two bugs have been fixed [perl #84086]:
2034
2035The symbol table name was lost when tying a hash, due to a thinko in
2036C<TIEHASH>. The result was that all tied hashes interacted with the
2037local symbol table.
2038
2039Unless a symbol table name had been explicitly specified in the call
2040to the constructor, querying the special key ':LOCAL' failed to
2041identify objects connected to the local symbol table.
2042
2043=item *
2044
2045C<Win32> has been upgraded from version 0.39 to 0.44.
2046
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2047This release has several new functions: C<Win32::GetSystemMetrics>,
2048C<Win32::GetProductInfo>, C<Win32::GetOSDisplayName>.
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2050The names returned by C<Win32::GetOSName> and C<Win32::GetOSDisplayName>
2051have been corrected.
5076a392 2052
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2053=back
2054
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2055=head2 Removed Modules and Pragmata
2056
2057The following modules have been removed from the core distribution, and if
2058needed should be installed from CPAN instead.
2059
2060=over
2061
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2062=item *
2063
2064C<Class::ISA> has been removed from the Perl core. Prior version was 0.36.
5076a392 2065
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2066=item *
2067
2068C<Pod::Plainer> has been removed from the Perl core. Prior version was 1.02.
2069
2070=item *
5076a392 2071
4f978a3b 2072C<Switch> has been removed from the Perl core. Prior version was 2.16.
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2073
2074=back
2075
2076The removal of C<Shell> has been deferred until after 5.14, as the
2077implementation of C<Shell> shipped with 5.12.0 did not correctly issue the
2078warning that it was to be removed from core.
2079
2080=head1 Documentation
2081
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2082=head2 New Documentation
2083
41e29def 2084=head3 L<perlgpl>
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2085
2086L<perlgpl> has been updated to contain GPL version 1, as is included in the
cdc10f43 2087F<README> distributed with perl (5.12.1).
5076a392 2088
41e29def 2089=head3 Perl 5.12.x delta files
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2091The perldelta files for Perl 5.12.1 to 5.12.3 have been added from the
2092maintenance branch: L<perl5121delta>, L<perl5122delta>, L<perl5123delta>.
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2093
2094=head3 L<perlpodstyle>
2095
2096New style guide for POD documentation,
2097split mostly from the NOTES section of the pod2man man page.
2098
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2099=head3 L<perlsource>, L<perlinterp>, L<perlhacktut>, and L<perlhacktips>
2100
2101See L</L<perlhack> and perlrepository revamp>, below.
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2102
2103=head2 Changes to Existing Documentation
2104
41e29def 2105=head3 L<perlmodlib> is now complete
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2106
2107The perlmodlib page that came with Perl 5.12.0 was missing a lot of
2108modules, due to a bug in the script that generates the list. This has been
cdc10f43 2109fixed [perl #74332] (5.12.1).
4ed2cea4 2110
41e29def 2111=head3 Replace wrong tr/// table in L<perlebcdic>
5076a392 2112
41e29def 2113L<perlebcdic> contains a helpful table to use in tr/// to convert
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2114between EBCDIC and Latin1/ASCII. Unfortunately, the table was the
2115inverse of the one it describes, though the code that used the table
2116worked correctly for the specific example given.
2117
2118The table has been changed to its inverse, and the sample code changed
2119to correspond, as this is easier for the person trying to follow the
2120instructions since deriving the old table is somewhat more complicated.
2121
2122The table has also been changed to hex from octal, as that is more the norm
2123these days, and the recipes in the pod altered to print out leading
41e29def 2124zeros to make all the values the same length.
5076a392 2125
41e29def 2126=head3 Tricks for user-defined casing
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2128L<perlunicode> now contains an explanation of how to override, mangle
2129and otherwise tweak the way perl handles upper-, lower- and other-case
2130conversions on Unicode data, and how to provide scoped changes to alter
2131one's own code's behaviour without stomping on anybody else.
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2132
2133=head3 INSTALL explicitly states the requirement for C89
2134
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2135This was already true but it's now Officially Stated For The Record
2136(5.12.2).
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41e29def 2138=head3 Explanation of C<\xI<HH>> and C<\oI<OOO>> escapes
5076a392 2139
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2140L<perlop> has been updated with more detailed explanation of these two
2141character escapes.
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41e29def 2143=head3 C<-0I<NNN>> switch
5076a392 2144
41e29def 2145In L<perlrun>, the behavior of the C<-0NNN> switch for C<-0400> or higher
d430b8e7 2146has been clarified (5.12.2).
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2149
2150L<perlpolicy> now contains the policy on what patches are acceptable for
2151maintenance branches (5.12.1).
2152
41e29def 2153=head3 Deprecation policy
5076a392 2154
41e29def 2155L<perlpolicy> now contains the policy on compatibility and deprecation
d430b8e7 2156along with definitions of terms like "deprecation" (5.12.2).
5076a392 2157
41e29def 2158=head3 New descriptions in L<perldiag>
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2159
2160The following existing diagnostics are now documented:
2161
2162=over 4
2163
2164=item *
2165
2166L<Ambiguous use of %c resolved as operator %c|perldiag/"Ambiguous use of %c resolved as operator %c">
2167
2168=item *
2169
2170L<Ambiguous use of %c{%s} resolved to %c%s|perldiag/"Ambiguous use of %c{%s} resolved to %c%s">
2171
2172=item *
2173
2174L<Ambiguous use of %c{%s%s} resolved to %c%s%s|perldiag/"Ambiguous use of %c{%s%s} resolved to %c%s%s">
2175
2176=item *
2177
2178L<Ambiguous use of -%s resolved as -&%s()|perldiag/"Ambiguous use of -%s resolved as -&%s()">
2179
2180=item *
2181
2182L<Invalid strict version format (%s)|perldiag/"Invalid strict version format (%s)">
2183
2184=item *
2185
2186L<Invalid version format (%s)|perldiag/"Invalid version format (%s)">
2187
2188=item *
2189
2190L<Invalid version object|perldiag/"Invalid version object">
2191
2192=back
2193
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2194=head3 L<perlbook>
2195
41e29def 2196L<perlbook> has been expanded to cover many more popular books.
5076a392 2197
41e29def 2198=head3 C<SvTRUE> macro
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2200The documentation for the C<SvTRUE> macro in
2201L<perlapi> was simply wrong in stating that
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2202get-magic is not processed. It has been corrected.
2203
41e29def 2204=head3 L<perlvar> revamp
5076a392 2205
41e29def 2206L<perlvar> reorders the variables and groups them by topic. Each variable
5076a392 2207introduced after Perl 5.000 notes the first version in which it is
41e29def 2208available. L<perlvar> also has a new section for deprecated variables to
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2209note when they were removed.
2210
41e29def 2211=head3 Array and hash slices in scalar context
5076a392 2212
41e29def 2213These are now documented in L<perldata>.
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41e29def 2215=head3 C<use locale> and formats
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2216
2217L<perlform> and L<perllocale> have been corrected to state that
2218C<use locale> affects formats.
2219
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2220=head3 L<overload>
2221
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2222L<overload>'s documentation has practically undergone a rewrite. It
2223is now much more straightforward and clear.
2224
41e29def 2225=head3 L<perlhack> and perlrepository revamp
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2226
2227The L<perlhack> and perlrepository documents have been heavily edited and
2228split up into several new documents.
2229
2230The L<perlhack> document is now much shorter, and focuses on the Perl 5
2231development process and submitting patches to Perl. The technical content has
2232been moved to several new documents, L<perlsource>, L<perlinterp>,
2233L<perlhacktut>, and L<perlhacktips>. This technical content has only been
2234lightly edited.
2235
2236The perlrepository document has been renamed to L<perlgit>. This new document
2237is just a how-to on using git with the Perl source code. Any other content
2238that used to be in perlrepository has been moved to perlhack.
2239
41e29def 2240=head3 Time::Piece examples
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2241
2242Examples in L<perlfaq4> have been updated to show the use of
41e29def 2243L<Time::Piece>.
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2244
2245=head1 Diagnostics
2246
2247The following additions or changes have been made to diagnostic output,
2248including warnings and fatal error messages. For the complete list of
2249diagnostic messages, see L<perldiag>.
2250
2251=head2 New Diagnostics
2252
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2253=head3 New Errors
2254
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2255=over
2256
a593b319 2257=item Closure prototype called
5076a392 2258
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2259This error occurs when a subroutine reference passed to an attribute
2260handler is called, if the subroutine is a closure [perl #68560].
5076a392 2261
a593b319 2262=item Insecure user-defined property %s
5076a392 2263
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2264Perl detected tainted data when trying to compile a regular
2265expression that contains a call to a user-defined character property
2266function, i.e. C<\p{IsFoo}> or C<\p{InFoo}>.
2267See L<perlunicode/User-Defined Character Properties> and L<perlsec>.
5076a392 2268
a593b319 2269=item panic: gp_free failed to free glob pointer - something is repeatedly re-creating entries
5076a392 2270
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2271This new error is triggered if a destructor called on an object in a
2272typeglob that is being freed creates a new typeglob entry containing an
2273object with a destructor that creates a new entry containing an object....
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a593b319 2275=item Parsing code internal error (%s)
5076a392 2276
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2277This new fatal error is produced when parsing
2278code supplied by an extension violates the
2279parser's API in a detectable way.
5076a392 2280
a593b319 2281=item refcnt: fd %d%s
5076a392 2282
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2283This new error only occurs if a internal consistency check fails when a
2284pipe is about to be closed.
5076a392 2285
a593b319 2286=item Regexp modifier "/%c" may not appear twice
5076a392 2287
a593b319
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2288The regular expression pattern has one of the
2289mutually exclusive modifiers repeated.
5076a392 2290
a593b319 2291=item Regexp modifiers "/%c" and "/%c" are mutually exclusive
5076a392 2292
a593b319
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2293The regular expression pattern has more than one of the mutually
2294exclusive modifiers.
5076a392 2295
a593b319 2296=item Using !~ with %s doesn't make sense
5076a392 2297
a593b319 2298This error occurs when C<!~> is used with C<s///r> or C<y///r>.
5076a392 2299
a593b319 2300=back
5076a392 2301
a593b319 2302=head3 New Warnings
5076a392 2303
a593b319 2304=over
5076a392 2305
a593b319 2306=item "\b{" is deprecated; use "\b\{" instead
5076a392 2307
a593b319 2308=item "\B{" is deprecated; use "\B\{" instead
5076a392 2309
a593b319
FC
2310Use of an unescaped "{" immediately following a C<\b> or C<\B> is now
2311deprecated so as to reserve its use for Perl itself in a future release.
5076a392 2312
a593b319 2313=item Operation "%s" returns its argument for ...
5076a392 2314
a593b319
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2315Performing an operation requiring Unicode semantics (such as case-folding)
2316on a Unicode surrogate or a non-Unicode character now triggers a warning:
2317'Operation "%s" returns its argument for ...'.
5076a392 2318
a593b319
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2319=item Use of qw(...) as parentheses is deprecated
2320
2321See L</"Use of qw(...) as parentheses">, above, for details.
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2322
2323=back
2324
2325=head2 Changes to Existing Diagnostics
2326
2327=over 4
2328
2329=item *
2330
4ed2cea4
FC
2331The "Variable $foo is not imported" warning that precedes a
2332C<strict 'vars'> error has now been assigned the "misc" category, so that
2333C<no warnings> will suppress it [perl #73712].
2334
2335=item *
2336
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2337C<warn> and C<die> now produce 'Wide character' warnings when fed a
2338character outside the byte range if STDERR is a byte-sized handle.
2339
2340=item *
2341
2342The 'Layer does not match this perl' error message has been replaced with
a593b319 2343these more helpful messages [perl #73754]:
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2344
2345=over 4
2346
2347=item *
2348
2349PerlIO layer function table size (%d) does not match size expected by this
2350perl (%d)
2351
2352=item *
2353
2354PerlIO layer instance size (%d) does not match size expected by this perl
2355(%d)
2356
2357=back
2358
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2359=item *
2360
2361The "Found = in conditional" warning that is emitted when a constant is
2362assigned to a variable in a condition is now withheld if the constant is
2363actually a subroutine or one generated by C<use constant>, since the value
2364of the constant may not be known at the time the program is written
2365[perl #77762].
2366
2367=item *
2368
2369Previously, if none of the C<gethostbyaddr>, C<gethostbyname> and
2370C<gethostent> functions were implemented on a given platform, they would
2371all die with the message 'Unsupported socket function "gethostent" called',
2372with analogous messages for C<getnet*> and C<getserv*>. This has been
2373corrected.
2374
2375=item *
2376
a593b319
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2377The warning message about unrecognized regular expression escapes passed
2378through has been changed to include any literal '{' following the
2379two-character escape. E.g., "\q{" is now emitted instead of "\q".
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2380
2381=back
2382
2383=head1 Utility Changes
2384
0b88cc74 2385=head3 L<perlbug>
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2386
2387=over 4
2388
2389=item *
2390
0b88cc74
FC
2391L<perlbug> now looks in the EMAIL environment variable for a return address
2392if the REPLY-TO and REPLYTO variables are empty.
5076a392
FC
2393
2394=item *
2395
0b88cc74
FC
2396L<perlbug> did not previously generate a From: header, potentially
2397resulting in dropped mail. Now it does include that header.
5076a392
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2398
2399=item *
2400
0b88cc74 2401The user's address is now used as the return-path.
4ed2cea4 2402
0b88cc74
FC
2403Many systems these days don't have a valid Internet domain name and
2404perlbug@perl.org does not accept email with a return-path that does
2405not resolve. So the user's address is now passed to sendmail so it's
2406less likely to get stuck in a mail queue somewhere [perl #82996].
5076a392 2407
2c389f6c
FC
2408=item *
2409
d430b8e7
FC
2410L<perlbug> now always gives the reporter a chance to change the email
2411address it guesses for them (5.12.2).
2412
2413=item *
2414
2415L<perlbug> should no longer warn about uninitialized values when using the C<-d>
2416and C<-v> options (5.12.2).
2c389f6c 2417
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2418=back
2419
0b88cc74 2420=head3 L<perl5db.pl>
5076a392 2421
0b88cc74 2422=over
5076a392
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2423
2424=item *
2425
0b88cc74
FC
2426The remote terminal works after forking and spawns new sessions - one
2427for each forked process.
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FC
2428
2429=back
2430
0b88cc74 2431=head3 L<ptargrep>
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2432
2433=over 4
2434
2435=item *
2436
0b88cc74
FC
2437L<ptargrep> is a new utility to apply pattern matching to the contents of
2438files in a tar archive. It comes with C<Archive::Tar>.
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2439
2440=back
2441
2442=head1 Configuration and Compilation
2443
61752d82
FC
2444See also L</"Naming fixes in Policy_sh.SH may invalidate Policy.sh">,
2445above.
2446
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2447=over 4
2448
2449=item *
2450
87595b22
FC
2451CCINCDIR and CCLIBDIR for the mingw64
2452cross-compiler are now correctly under
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2453$(CCHOME)\mingw\include and \lib rather than immediately below $(CCHOME).
2454
5076a392
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2455This means the 'incpath', 'libpth', 'ldflags', 'lddlflags' and
2456'ldflags_nolargefiles' values in Config.pm and Config_heavy.pl are now
87595b22 2457set correctly.
5076a392
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2458
2459=item *
2460
87595b22
FC
2461'make test.valgrind' has been adjusted to account for cpan/dist/ext
2462separation.
5076a392
FC
2463
2464=item *
2465
2466On compilers that support it, C<-Wwrite-strings> is now added to cflags by
2467default.
2468
2469=item *
2470
2471The C<Encode> module can now (once again) be included in a static Perl
2472build. The special-case handling for this situation got broken in Perl
24735.11.0, and has now been repaired.
2474
1e463951
FC
2475=item *
2476
2477The previous default size of a PerlIO buffer (4096 bytes) has been increased
2478to the larger of 8192 bytes and your local BUFSIZ. Benchmarks show that doubling
2479this decade-old default increases read and write performance in the neighborhood
2480of 25% to 50% when using the default layers of perlio on top of unix. To choose
2481a non-default size, such as to get back the old value or to obtain an even
2482larger value, configure with:
2483
2484 ./Configure -Accflags=-DPERLIOBUF_DEFAULT_BUFSIZ=N
2485
2486where N is the desired size in bytes; it should probably be a multiple of
2487your page size.
2488
d430b8e7
FC
2489=item *
2490
2491An "incompatible operand types" error in ternary expressions when building
2492with C<clang> has been fixed (5.12.2).
2493
2494=item *
2495
2496Perl now skips setuid C<File::Copy> tests on partitions it detects to be mounted
2497as C<nosuid> (5.12.2).
2498
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2499=back
2500
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2501=head1 Platform Support
2502
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2503=head2 New Platforms
2504
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2505=over 4
2506
2507=item AIX
2508
cdc10f43 2509Perl now builds on AIX 4.2 (5.12.1).
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2510
2511=back
2512
2513=head2 Discontinued Platforms
2514
2515=over 4
2516
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2517=item Apollo DomainOS
2518
2519The last vestiges of support for this platform have been excised from the
2520Perl distribution. It was officially discontinued in version 5.12.0. It had
2521not worked for years before that.
2522
2523=item MacOS Classic
2524
2525The last vestiges of support for this platform have been excised from the
2526Perl distribution. It was officially discontinued in an earlier version.
2527
2528=back
2529
2530=head2 Platform-Specific Notes
2531
d430b8e7
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2532=head3 AIX
2533
2534=over
2535
2536=item *
2537
2538F<README.aix> has been updated with information about the XL C/C++ V11 compiler
2539suite (5.12.2).
2540
2541=back
2542
2543=head3 ARM
2544
2545=over
2546
2547=item *
2548
2549The C<d_u32align> configuration probe on ARM has been fixed (5.12.2).
2550
2551=back
2552
554003a2 2553=head3 Cygwin
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FC
2554
2555=over 4
2556
2557=item *
2558
554003a2 2559MakeMaker has been updated to build man pages on cygwin.
5076a392
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2560
2561=item *
2562
554003a2
FC
2563Improved rebase behaviour
2564
2565If a dll is updated on cygwin the old imagebase address is reused.
2566This solves most rebase errors, especially when updating on core dll's.
2567See L<http://www.tishler.net/jason/software/rebase/rebase-2.4.2.README> for more information.
5076a392
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2568
2569=item *
2570
554003a2 2571Support for the standard cygwin dll prefix, which is e.g. needed for FFI's
5076a392
FC
2572
2573=item *
2574
554003a2 2575Updated build hints file
5076a392
FC
2576
2577=back
2578
cdc10f43
FC
2579=head3 FreeBSD 7
2580
2581=over
2582
2583=item *
2584
2585FreeBSD 7 no longer contains F</usr/bin/objformat>. At build time,
2586Perl now skips the F<objformat> check for versions 7 and higher and
2587assumes ELF (5.12.1).
2588
2589=back
2590
2591=head3 HP-UX
2592
2593=over
2594
2595=item *
2596
2597Perl now allows -Duse64bitint without promoting to use64bitall on HP-UX
2598(5.12.1).
2599
2600=back
2601
554003a2 2602=head3 IRIX
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2603
2604Conversion of strings to floating-point numbers is now more accurate on
2605IRIX systems [perl #32380].
2606
554003a2 2607=head3 Mac OS X
5076a392
FC
2608
2609Early versions of Mac OS X (Darwin) had buggy implementations of the
2610C<setregid>, C<setreuid>, C<setrgid> and C<setruid> functions, so perl
2611would pretend they did not exist.
2612
2613These functions are now recognised on Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard; Darwin 9) and
2614higher, as they have been fixed [perl #72990].
2615
554003a2 2616=head3 MirBSD
5076a392 2617
554003a2
FC
2618Previously if you built perl with a shared libperl.so on MirBSD (the
2619default config), it would work up to the installation; however, once
2620installed, it would be unable to find libperl. So path handling is now
2621treated as in the other BSD dialects.
5076a392 2622
554003a2 2623=head3 NetBSD
5076a392 2624
554003a2
FC
2625The NetBSD hints file has been changed to make the system's malloc the
2626default.
5076a392 2627
554003a2 2628=head3 Recent OpenBSDs now use perl's malloc
5076a392 2629
554003a2
FC
2630OpenBSD E<gt> 3.7 has a new malloc implementation which is mmap-based
2631and as such can release memory back to the OS; however, perl's use of
2632this malloc causes a substantial slowdown so we now default to using
2633perl's malloc instead [perl #75742].
5076a392 2634
554003a2 2635=head3 OpenVOS
5076a392 2636
554003a2 2637perl now builds again with OpenVOS (formerly known as Stratus VOS)
5a553547 2638[perl #78132] (5.12.3).
5076a392 2639
554003a2 2640=head3 Solaris
5076a392 2641
554003a2 2642DTrace is now supported on Solaris. There used to be build failures, but
5a553547 2643these have been fixed [perl #73630] (5.12.3).
5076a392 2644
554003a2 2645=head3 VMS
5076a392
FC
2646
2647=over
2648
2649=item *
2650
cdc10f43
FC
2651It's now possible to build extensions on older (pre 7.3-2) VMS systems.
2652
2653DCL symbol length was limited to 1K up until about seven years or
2654so ago, but there was no particularly deep reason to prevent those
2655older systems from configuring and building Perl (5.12.1).
2656
2657=item *
2658
2659We fixed the previously-broken C<-Uuseperlio> build on VMS.
2660
2661We were checking a variable that doesn't exist in the non-default
2662case of disabling perlio. Now we only look at it when it exists (5.12.1).
2663
2664=item *
2665
2666We fixed the -Uuseperlio command-line option in configure.com.
2667
2668Formerly it only worked if you went through all the questions
2669interactively and explicitly answered no (5.12.1).
2670
2671=item *
2672
554003a2 2673C<PerlIOUnix_open> now honours the default permissions on VMS.
5076a392 2674
554003a2
FC
2675When C<perlio> became the default and C<unixio> became the default bottom layer,
2676the most common path for creating files from Perl became C<PerlIOUnix_open>,
2677which has always explicitly used C<0666> as the permission mask.
5076a392 2678
554003a2
FC
2679To avoid this, C<0777> is now passed as the permissions to C<open()>. In the
2680VMS CRTL, C<0777> has a special meaning over and above intersecting with the
2681current umask; specifically, it allows Unix syscalls to preserve native default
5a553547
FC
2682permissions (5.12.3).
2683
2684=item *
2685
2686Spurious record boundaries are no longer
2687introduced by the PerlIO layer during output (5.12.3).
5076a392
FC
2688
2689=item *
2690
554003a2
FC
2691The shortening of symbols longer than 31 characters in the C sources is
2692now done by the compiler rather than by xsubpp (which could only do so
2693for generated symbols in XS code).
5076a392
FC
2694
2695=item *
2696
554003a2
FC
2697Record-oriented files (record format variable or variable with fixed control)
2698opened for write by the perlio layer will now be line-buffered to prevent the
2699introduction of spurious line breaks whenever the perlio buffer fills up.
5076a392 2700
d430b8e7
FC
2701=item *
2702
2703F<git_version.h> is now installed on VMS. This was an oversight in v5.12.0 which
2704caused some extensions to fail to build (5.12.2).
2705
2706=item *
2707
2708Several memory leaks in L<stat()|perlfunc/"stat FILEHANDLE"> have been fixed (5.12.2).
2709
2710=item *
2711
2712A memory leak in C<Perl_rename()> due to a double allocation has been
2713fixed (5.12.2).
2714
2715=item *
2716
2717A memory leak in C<vms_fid_to_name()> (used by C<realpath()> and
2718C<realname()>) has been fixed (5.12.2).
2719
5076a392
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2720=back
2721
554003a2 2722=head3 Windows
5076a392 2723
5a1f7719
FC
2724See also L</"fork() emulation will not wait for signalled children"> and
2725L</"Perl source code is read in text mode on Windows">, above.
2726
5076a392
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2727=over 4
2728
2729=item *
2730
554003a2 2731Fixed build process for SDK2003SP1 compilers.
5076a392 2732
554003a2 2733=item *
5076a392 2734
01b1a9e4
FC
2735Compilation with Visual Studio 2010 is now supported.
2736
2737=item *
2738
554003a2
FC
2739When using old 32-bit compilers, the define C<_USE_32BIT_TIME_T> will now
2740be set in C<$Config{ccflags}>. This improves portability when compiling
2741XS extensions using new compilers, but for a perl compiled with old 32-bit
2742compilers.
5076a392
FC
2743
2744=item *
2745
554003a2
FC
2746C<$Config{gccversion}> is now set correctly when perl is built using the
2747mingw64 compiler from L<http://mingw64.org> [perl #73754].
5076a392 2748
554003a2
FC
2749=item *
2750
d430b8e7
FC
2751When building Perl with the mingw64 x64 cross-compiler C<incpath>,
2752C<libpth>, C<ldflags>, C<lddlflags> and C<ldflags_nolargefiles> values
2753in F<Config.pm> and F<Config_heavy.pl> were not previously being set
2754correctly because, with that compiler, the include and lib directories
2755are not immediately below C<$(CCHOME)> (5.12.2).
2756
2757=item *
2758
554003a2
FC
2759The build process proceeds more smoothly with mingw and dmake when
2760F<C:\MSYS\bin> is in the PATH, due to a C<Cwd> fix.
5076a392
FC
2761
2762=item *
2763
554003a2
FC
2764Support for building with Visual C++ 2010 is now underway, but is not yet
2765complete. See F<README.win32> or L<perlwin32> for more details.
5076a392 2766
554003a2
FC
2767=item *
2768
2769The option to use an externally-supplied C<crypt()>, or to build with no
2770C<crypt()> at all, has been removed. Perl supplies its own C<crypt()>
2771implementation for Windows, and the political situation that required
2772this part of the distribution to sometimes be omitted is long gone.
5076a392
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2773
2774=back
2775
2776=head1 Internal Changes
2777
1e463951 2778=head2 New APIs
5076a392 2779
1e463951 2780=head3 CLONE_PARAMS structure added to ease correct thread creation
5076a392 2781
1e463951
FC
2782Modules that create threads should now create C<CLONE_PARAMS> structures
2783by calling the new function C<Perl_clone_params_new()>, and free them with
2784C<Perl_clone_params_del()>. This will ensure compatibility with any future
2785changes to the internals of the C<CLONE_PARAMS> structure layout, and that
2786it is correctly allocated and initialised.
5076a392 2787
1e463951 2788=head3 New parsing functions
5076a392 2789
1e463951
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2790Several functions have been added for parsing statements or multiple
2791statements:
5076a392 2792
1e463951 2793=over
5076a392
FC
2794
2795=item *
2796
1e463951 2797C<parse_fullstmt> parses a complete Perl statement.
5076a392
FC
2798
2799=item *
2800
1e463951
FC
2801C<parse_stmtseq> parses a sequence of statements, up
2802to closing brace or EOF.
5076a392
FC
2803
2804=item *
2805
1e463951 2806C<parse_block> parses a block [perl #78222].
5076a392
FC
2807
2808=item *
2809
1e463951
FC
2810C<parse_barestmt> parses a statement
2811without a label.
5076a392
FC
2812
2813=item *
2814
1e463951 2815C<parse_label> parses a statement label, separate from statements.
5076a392 2816
1e463951 2817=back
5076a392 2818
1e463951
FC
2819The
2820L<C<parse_fullexpr()>|perlapi/parse_fullexpr>,
2821L<C<parse_listexpr()>|perlapi/parse_listexpr>,
2822L<C<parse_termexpr()>|perlapi/parse_termexpr>, and
2823L<C<parse_arithexpr()>|perlapi/parse_arithexpr>
2824functions have been added to the API. They perform
2825recursive-descent parsing of expressions at various precedence levels.
2826They are expected to be used by syntax plugins.
5076a392 2827
1e463951 2828See L<perlapi> for details.
5076a392 2829
1e463951 2830=head3 Hints hash API
5076a392 2831
1e463951
FC
2832A new C API for introspecting the hinthash C<%^H> at runtime has been
2833added. See C<cop_hints_2hv>, C<cop_hints_fetchpvn>, C<cop_hints_fetchpvs>,
2834C<cop_hints_fetchsv>, and C<hv_copy_hints_hv> in L<perlapi> for details.
5076a392 2835
1e463951
FC
2836A new, experimental API has been added for accessing the internal
2837structure that Perl uses for C<%^H>. See the functions beginning with
2838C<cophh_> in L<perlapi>.
5076a392 2839
1e463951 2840=head3 C interface to C<caller()>
5076a392 2841
1e463951
FC
2842The C<caller_cx> function has been added as an XSUB-writer's equivalent of
2843C<caller()>. See L<perlapi> for details.
5076a392 2844
1e463951 2845=head3 Custom per-subroutine check hooks
5076a392 2846
1e463951
FC
2847XS code in an extension module can now annotate a subroutine (whether
2848implemented in XS or in Perl) so that nominated XS code will be called
2849at compile time (specifically as part of op checking) to change the op
2850tree of that subroutine. The compile-time check function (supplied by
2851the extension module) can implement argument processing that can't be
2852expressed as a prototype, generate customised compile-time warnings,
2853perform constant folding for a pure function, inline a subroutine
2854consisting of sufficiently simple ops, replace the whole call with a
2855custom op, and so on. This was previously all possible by hooking the
2856C<entersub> op checker, but the new mechanism makes it easy to tie the
2857hook to a specific subroutine. See L<perlapi/cv_set_call_checker>.
5076a392 2858
1e463951
FC
2859To help in writing custom check hooks, several subtasks within standard
2860C<entersub> op checking have been separated out and exposed in the API.
5076a392 2861
1e463951 2862=head3 Improved support for custom OPs
5076a392 2863
1e463951
FC
2864Custom ops can now be registered with the new C<custom_op_register> C
2865function and the C<XOP> structure. This will make it easier to add new
2866properties of custom ops in the future. Two new properties have been added
2867already, C<xop_class> and C<xop_peep>.
5076a392 2868
1e463951
FC
2869C<xop_class> is one of the OA_*OP constants, and allows L<B> and other
2870introspection mechanisms to work with custom ops
2871that aren't BASEOPs. C<xop_peep> is a pointer to
2872a function that will be called for ops of this
2873type from C<Perl_rpeep>.
5076a392 2874
1e463951
FC
2875See L<perlguts/Custom Operators> and L<perlapi/Custom Operators> for more
2876detail.
5076a392 2877
1e463951
FC
2878The old C<PL_custom_op_names>/C<PL_custom_op_descs> interface is still
2879supported but discouraged.
5076a392 2880
1e463951 2881=head3 Scope hooks
5076a392 2882
1e463951
FC
2883It is now possible for XS code to hook into Perl's lexical scope
2884mechanism at compile time, using the new C<Perl_blockhook_register>
2885function. See L<perlguts/"Compile-time scope hooks">.
5076a392 2886
1e463951 2887=head3 The recursive part of the peephole optimizer is now hookable
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2888
2889In addition to C<PL_peepp>, for hooking into the toplevel peephole optimizer, a
2890C<PL_rpeepp> is now available to hook into the optimizer recursing into
2891side-chains of the optree.
2892
1e463951 2893=head3 New non-magical variants of existing functions
5076a392 2894
1e463951
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2895The following functions/macros have been added to the API. The C<*_nomg>
2896macros are equivalent to their non-_nomg variants, except that they ignore
2897get-magic. Those ending in C<_flags> allow one to specify whether
2898get-magic is processed.
5076a392 2899
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2900 sv_2bool_flags
2901 SvTRUE_nomg
2902 sv_2nv_flags
2903 SvNV_nomg
2904 sv_cmp_flags
2905 sv_cmp_locale_flags
2906 sv_eq_flags
2907 sv_collxfrm_flags
5076a392 2908
1e463951 2909In some of these cases, the non-_flags functions have
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2910been replaced with wrappers around the new functions.
2911
1e463951 2912=head3 pv/pvs/sv versions of existing functions
5076a392 2913
1e463951 2914Many functions ending with pvn now have equivalent pv/pvs/sv versions.
5076a392 2915
1e463951 2916=head3 List op-building functions
5076a392 2917
1e463951
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2918List op-building functions have been added to the
2919API. See L<op_append_elem|perlapi/op_append_elem>,
2920L<op_append_list|perlapi/op_append_list>, and
2921L<op_prepend_elem|perlapi/op_prepend_elem> in L<perlapi>.
5076a392 2922
1e463951 2923=head3 C<LINKLIST>
5076a392 2924
1e463951
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2925The L<LINKLIST|perlapi/LINKLIST> macro, part of op building that
2926constructs the execution-order op chain, has been added to the API.
5076a392 2927
1e463951 2928=head3 Localisation functions
5076a392 2929
1e463951
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2930The C<save_freeop>, C<save_op>, C<save_pushi32ptr> and C<save_pushptrptr>
2931functions have been added to the API.
5076a392 2932
1e463951 2933=head3 Stash names
5076a392 2934
1e463951
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2935A stash can now have a list of effective names in addition to its usual
2936name. The first effective name can be accessed via the C<HvENAME> macro,
2937which is now the recommended name to use in MRO linearisations (C<HvNAME>
2938being a fallback if there is no C<HvENAME>).
5076a392 2939
1e463951
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2940These names are added and deleted via C<hv_ename_add> and
2941C<hv_ename_delete>. These two functions are I<not> part of the API.
5076a392 2942
1e463951 2943=head3 New functions for finding and removing magic
5076a392 2944
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2945The L<C<mg_findext()>|perlapi/mg_findext> and
2946L<C<sv_unmagicext()>|perlapi/sv_unmagicext>
2947functions have been added to the API.
2948They allow extension authors to find and remove magic attached to
2949scalars based on both the magic type and the magic virtual table, similar to how
2950C<sv_magicext()> attaches magic of a certain type and with a given virtual table
2951to a scalar. This eliminates the need for extensions to walk the list of
2952C<MAGIC> pointers of an C<SV> to find the magic that belongs to them.
5076a392 2953
1e463951 2954=head3 C<find_rundefsv>
5076a392 2955
1e463951
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2956This function returns the SV representing C<$_>, whether it's lexical
2957or dynamic.
5076a392 2958
1e463951 2959=head3 C<Perl_croak_no_modify>
5076a392 2960
1e463951
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2961C<Perl_croak_no_modify()> is short-hand for
2962C<Perl_croak("%s", PL_no_modify)>.
5076a392 2963
1e463951 2964=head3 C<PERL_STATIC_INLINE> define
5076a392 2965
1e463951
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2966The C<PERL_STATIC_INLINE> define has been added to provide the best-guess
2967incantation to use for static inline functions, if the C compiler supports
2968C99-style static inline. If it doesn't, it'll give a plain C<static>.
5076a392 2969
1e463951
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2970C<HAS_STATIC_INLINE> can be used to check if the compiler actually supports
2971inline functions.
5076a392 2972
1e463951 2973=head3 New C<pv_escape> option for hexadecimal escapes
5076a392 2974
1e463951
FC
2975A new option, C<PERL_PV_ESCAPE_NONASCII>, has been added to C<pv_escape> to
2976dump all characters above ASCII in hexadecimal. Before, one could get all
2977characters as hexadecimal or the Latin1 non-ASCII as octal.
5076a392 2978
1e463951 2979=head3 C<lex_start>
5076a392 2980
1e463951 2981C<lex_start> has been added to the API, but is considered experimental.
5076a392 2982
1e463951 2983=head3 C<op_scope()> and C<op_lvalue()>
5076a392 2984
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2985The C<op_scope()> and C<op_lvalue()> functions have been added to the API,
2986but are considered experimental.
5076a392 2987
1e463951 2988=head2 C API Changes
5076a392 2989
1e463951 2990=head3 C<PERL_POLLUTE> has been removed
5076a392 2991
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2992The option to define C<PERL_POLLUTE> to expose older 5.005 symbols for
2993backwards compatibility has been removed. It's use was always discouraged,
2994and MakeMaker contains a more specific escape hatch:
5076a392 2995
1e463951 2996 perl Makefile.PL POLLUTE=1
5076a392 2997
1e463951
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2998This can be used for modules that have not been upgraded to 5.6 naming
2999conventions (and really should be completely obsolete by now).
5076a392 3000
1e463951 3001=head3 Check API compatibility when loading XS modules
5076a392 3002
1e463951
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3003When perl's API changes in incompatible ways (which usually happens between
3004major releases), XS modules compiled for previous versions of perl will not
3005work anymore. They will need to be recompiled against the new perl.
5076a392 3006
1e463951
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3007In order to ensure that modules are recompiled, and to prevent users from
3008accidentally loading modules compiled for old perls into newer ones, the
3009C<XS_APIVERSION_BOOTCHECK> macro has been added. That macro, which is
3010called when loading every newly compiled extension, compares the API
3011version of the running perl with the version a module has been compiled for
3012and raises an exception if they don't match.
5076a392 3013
1e463951 3014=head3 Perl_fetch_cop_label
5076a392 3015
1e463951
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3016The first argument of the C API function C<Perl_fetch_cop_label> has changed
3017from C<struct refcounted he *> to C<COP *>, to insulate the user from
3018implementation details.
5076a392 3019
1e463951
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3020This API function was marked as "may change", and likely isn't in use outside
3021the core. (Neither an unpacked CPAN, nor Google's codesearch, finds any other
3022references to it.)
5076a392 3023
1e463951 3024=head3 GvCV() and GvGP() are no longer lvalues
5076a392 3025
1e463951
FC
3026The new GvCV_set() and GvGP_set() macros are now provided to replace
3027assignment to those two macros.
5076a392 3028
1e463951
FC
3029This allows a future commit to eliminate some backref magic between GV
3030and CVs, which will require complete control over assignment to the
3031gp_cv slot.
5076a392 3032
1e463951 3033=head3 CvGV() is no longer an lvalue
5076a392 3034
1e463951
FC
3035Under some circumstances, the C<CvGV()> field of a CV is now
3036reference-counted. To ensure consistent behaviour, direct assignment to
3037it, for example C<CvGV(cv) = gv> is now a compile-time error. A new macro,
3038C<CvGV_set(cv,gv)> has been introduced to perform this operation
3039safely. Note that modification of this field is not part of the public
3040API, regardless of this new macro (and despite its being listed in this section).
5076a392 3041
1e463951 3042=head3 CvSTASH() is no longer an lvalue
5076a392 3043
1e463951
FC
3044The C<CvSTASH()> macro can now only be used as an rvalue. C<CvSTASH_set()>
3045has been added to replace assignment to C<CvSTASH()>. This is to ensure
3046that backreferences are handled properly. These macros are not part of the
3047API.
5076a392 3048
1e463951 3049=head3 Calling conventions for C<newFOROP> and C<newWHILEOP>
5076a392 3050
1e463951
FC
3051The way the parser handles labels has been cleaned up and refactored. As a
3052result, the C<newFOROP()> constructor function no longer takes a parameter
3053stating what label is to go in the state op.
5076a392 3054
1e463951
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3055The C<newWHILEOP()> and C<newFOROP()> functions no longer accept a line
3056number as a parameter.
5076a392 3057
1e463951 3058=head3 Flags passed to C<uvuni_to_utf8_flags> and C<utf8n_to_uvuni>
5076a392 3059
1e463951
FC
3060Some of the flags parameters to uvuni_to_utf8_flags() and
3061utf8n_to_uvuni() have changed. This is a result of Perl's now allowing
5076a392
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3062internal storage and manipulation of code points that are problematic
3063in some situations. Hence, the default actions for these functions has
3064been complemented to allow these code points. The new flags are
3065documented in L<perlapi>. Code that requires the problematic code
483b16f3 3066points to be rejected needs to change to use the new flags. Some flag
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3067names are retained for backward source compatibility, though they do
3068nothing, as they are now the default. However the flags
3069C<UNICODE_ALLOW_FDD0>, C<UNICODE_ALLOW_FFFF>, C<UNICODE_ILLEGAL>, and
3070C<UNICODE_IS_ILLEGAL> have been removed, as they stem from a
3071fundamentally broken model of how the Unicode non-character code points
3072should be handled, which is now described in
3073L<perlunicode/Non-character code points>. See also L</Selected Bug Fixes>.
3074
1e463951 3075XXX Which bugs in particular? Selected Bug Fixes is too long for this link
483b16f3
KW
3076to be meaningful right now
3077I don't see the bugs in that section currently -- khw
5076a392 3078
1e463951 3079=head2 Deprecated C APIs
5076a392 3080
1e463951 3081=over
5076a392 3082
1e463951 3083=item C<Perl_ptr_table_clear>
5076a392 3084
1e463951
FC
3085C<Perl_ptr_table_clear> is no longer part of Perl's public API. Calling it
3086now generates a deprecation warning, and it will be removed in a future
3087release.
5076a392 3088
1e463951 3089=item C<sv_compile_2op>
5076a392 3090
1e463951
FC
3091The C<sv_compile_2op()> API function is now deprecated. Searches suggest
3092that nothing on CPAN is using it, so this should have zero impact.
5076a392 3093
1e463951
FC
3094It attempted to provide an API to compile code down to an optree, but failed
3095to bind correctly to lexicals in the enclosing scope. It's not possible to
3096fix this problem within the constraints of its parameters and return value.
5076a392 3097
1e463951 3098=item C<find_rundefsvoffset>
5076a392 3099
1e463951
FC
3100The C<find_rundefsvoffset> function has been deprecated. It appeared that
3101its design was insufficient for reliably getting the lexical C<$_> at
3102run-time.
5076a392 3103
1e463951
FC
3104Use the new C<find_rundefsv> function or the C<UNDERBAR> macro
3105instead. They directly return the right SV representing C<$_>, whether it's
3106lexical or dynamic.
5076a392 3107
1e463951 3108=item C<CALL_FPTR> and C<CPERLscope>
5076a392 3109
1e463951
FC
3110Those are left from an old implementation of C<MULTIPLICITY> using C++ objects,
3111which was removed in Perl 5.8. Nowadays these macros do exactly nothing, so
3112they shouldn't be used anymore.
5076a392 3113
1e463951
FC
3114For compatibility, they are still defined for external C<XS> code. Only
3115extensions defining C<PERL_CORE> must be updated now.
5076a392 3116
1e463951 3117=back
5076a392 3118
1e463951 3119=head2 Other Internal Changes
5076a392 3120
1e463951 3121=head3 Stack unwinding
5076a392 3122
1e463951
FC
3123The protocol for unwinding the C stack at the last stage of a C<die>
3124has changed how it identifies the target stack frame. This now uses
3125a separate variable C<PL_restartjmpenv>, where previously it relied on
3126the C<blk_eval.cur_top_env> pointer in the C<eval> context frame that
3127has nominally just been discarded. This change means that code running
3128during various stages of Perl-level unwinding no longer needs to take
3129care to avoid destroying the ghost frame.
5076a392 3130
1e463951 3131=head3 Scope stack entries
5076a392 3132
1e463951
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3133The format of entries on the scope stack has been changed, resulting in a
3134reduction of memory usage of about 10%. In particular, the memory used by
3135the scope stack to record each active lexical variable has been halved.
5076a392 3136
1e463951 3137=head3 Memory allocation for pointer tables
5076a392 3138
1e463951
FC
3139Memory allocation for pointer tables has been changed. Previously
3140C<Perl_ptr_table_store> allocated memory from the same arena system as
3141C<SV> bodies and C<HE>s, with freed memory remaining bound to those arenas
3142until interpreter exit. Now it allocates memory from arenas private to the
3143specific pointer table, and that memory is returned to the system when
3144C<Perl_ptr_table_free> is called. Additionally, allocation and release are
3145both less CPU intensive.
5076a392 3146
1e463951 3147=head3 C<UNDERBAR>
5076a392 3148
1e463951
FC
3149The C<UNDERBAR> macro now calls C<find_rundefsv>. C<dUNDERBAR> is now a
3150noop but should still be used to ensure past and future compatibility.
5076a392 3151
1e463951 3152=head3 String comparison routines renamed
5076a392 3153
1e463951
FC
3154The ibcmp_* functions have been renamed and are now called foldEQ,
3155foldEQ_locale and foldEQ_utf8. The old names are still available as
3156macros.
3157
3158=head3 C<chop> and C<chomp> implementations merged
3159
3160The opcode bodies for C<chop> and C<chomp> and for C<schop> and C<schomp>
3161have been merged. The implementation functions C<Perl_do_chop()> and
3162C<Perl_do_chomp()>, never part of the public API, have been merged and
3163moved to a static function in F<pp.c>. This shrinks the perl binary
3164slightly, and should not affect any code outside the core (unless it is
3165relying on the order of side effects when C<chomp> is passed a I<list> of
3166values).
5076a392
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3167
3168=head1 Selected Bug Fixes
3169
e8e35311
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3170=head2 I/O
3171
5076a392
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3172=over 4
3173
3174=item *
3175
e8e35311 3176Perl no longer produces this warning:
a593b319
FC
3177
3178 $ perl -we 'open my $f, ">", \my $x; binmode $f, "scalar"'
3179 Use of uninitialized value in binmode at -e line 1.
3180
3181=item *
3182
e8e35311
FC
3183Opening a glob reference via C<< open $fh, "E<gt>", \*glob >> will no longer
3184cause the glob to be corrupted when the filehandle is printed to. This would
3185cause perl to crash whenever the glob's contents were accessed
3186[perl #77492].
4ed2cea4
FC
3187
3188=item *
3189
e8e35311
FC
3190PerlIO no longer crashes when called recursively, e.g., from a signal
3191handler. Now it just leaks memory [perl #75556].
4ed2cea4
FC
3192
3193=item *
3194
e8e35311
FC
3195Most I/O functions were not warning for unopened handles unless the
3196'closed' and 'unopened' warnings categories were both enabled. Now only
3197C<use warnings 'unopened'> is necessary to trigger these warnings (as was
438c239f 3198always meant to be the case).
4ed2cea4
FC
3199
3200=item *
3201
438c239f 3202There have been several fixes to PerlIO layers:
e8e35311 3203
438c239f
FC
3204When C<binmode FH, ":crlf"> pushes the C<:crlf> layer on top of the stack,
3205it no longer enables crlf layers lower in the stack, to avoid unexpected
3206results [perl #38456].
4ed2cea4 3207
438c239f
FC
3208Opening a file in C<:raw> mode now does what it advertises to do (first
3209open the file, then binmode it), instead of simply leaving off the top
3210layer [perl #80764].
5076a392 3211
438c239f
FC
3212The three layers C<:pop>, C<:utf8> and C<:bytes> didn't allow stacking when
3213opening a file. For example
e8e35311 3214this:
5076a392 3215
e8e35311 3216 open FH, '>:pop:perlio', 'some.file' or die $!;
5076a392 3217
438c239f
FC
3218Would throw an error: "Invalid argument". This has been fixed in this
3219release [perl #82484].
5076a392 3220
e8e35311
FC
3221=back
3222
3223=head2 Regular Expression Bug Fixes
3224
3225=over
5076a392
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3226
3227=item *
3228
e8e35311
FC
3229The regular expression engine no longer loops when matching
3230C<"\N{LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FF}" =~ /f+/i> and similar expressions
cdc10f43 3231[perl #72998] (5.12.1).
5076a392
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3232
3233=item *
3234
e8e35311
FC
3235The trie runtime code should no longer allocate massive amounts of memory,
3236fixing #74484.
5076a392
FC
3237
3238=item *
3239
438c239f
FC
3240Syntax errors in C<< (?{...}) >> blocks no longer cause panic messages
3241[perl #2353].
5076a392
FC
3242
3243=item *
3244
438c239f
FC
3245A pattern like C<(?:(o){2})?> no longer causes a "panic" error
3246[perl #39233].
5076a392
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3247
3248=item *
3249
438c239f 3250A fatal error in regular expressions containing C<(.*?)> when processing
d430b8e7 3251UTF-8 data has been fixed [perl #75680] (5.12.2).
5076a392
FC
3252
3253=item *
3254
e8e35311 3255An erroneous regular expression engine optimisation that caused regex verbs like
438c239f 3256C<*COMMIT> sometimes to be ignored has been removed.
5076a392
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3257
3258=item *
3259
e8e35311
FC
3260The regular expression bracketed character class C<[\8\9]> was effectively the
3261same as C<[89\000]>, incorrectly matching a NULL character. It also gave
3262incorrect warnings that the C<8> and C<9> were ignored. Now C<[\8\9]> is the
3263same as C<[89]> and gives legitimate warnings that C<\8> and C<\9> are
3264unrecognized escape sequences, passed-through.
5076a392
FC
3265
3266=item *
3267
e8e35311
FC
3268A regular expression match in the right-hand side of a global substitution
3269(C<s///g>) that is in the same scope will no longer cause match variables
3270to have the wrong values on subsequent iterations. This can happen when an
3271array or hash subscript is interpolated in the right-hand side, as in
3272C<s|(.)|@a{ print($1), /./ }|g> [perl #19078].
5076a392
FC
3273
3274=item *
3275
438c239f
FC
3276Several cases in which characters in the Latin-1 non-ASCII range (0x80 to
32770xFF) used not to match themselves or used to match both a character class
3278and its complement have been fixed. For instance, U+00E2 could match both
3279C<\w> and C<\W> [perl #78464] [perl #18281] [perl #60156].
5076a392
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3280
3281=item *
3282
e8e35311
FC
3283Matching a Unicode character against an alternation containing characters
3284that happened to match continuation bytes in the former's UTF8
3285representation (C<qq{\x{30ab}} =~ /\xab|\xa9/>) would cause erroneous
3286warnings [perl #70998].
5076a392
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3287
3288=item *
3289
e8e35311
FC
3290The trie optimisation was not taking empty groups into account, preventing
3291'foo' from matching C</\A(?:(?:)foo|bar|zot)\z/> [perl #78356].
5076a392
FC
3292
3293=item *
3294
e8e35311
FC
3295A pattern containing a C<+> inside a lookahead would sometimes cause an
3296incorrect match failure in a global match (e.g., C</(?=(\S+))/g>)
3297[perl #68564].
5076a392
FC
3298
3299=item *
3300
e8e35311
FC
3301A regular expression optimisation would sometimes cause a match with a
3302C<{n,m}> quantifier to fail when it should match [perl #79152].
5076a392
FC
3303
3304=item *
3305
e8e35311 3306Case insensitive matching in regular expressions compiled under C<use
438c239f
FC
3307locale> now works much more sanely when the pattern or
3308target string is encoded internally in
3309UTF8. Previously, under these conditions the localeness
e8e35311
FC
3310was completely lost. Now, code points above 255 are treated as Unicode,
3311but code points between 0 and 255 are treated using the current locale
438c239f
FC
3312rules, regardless of whether the pattern or the string is encoded in UTF8.
3313The few case-insensitive matches that cross the 255/256 boundary are not
e8e35311
FC
3314allowed. For example, 0xFF does not caselessly match the character at
33150x178, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y WITH DIAERESIS, because 0xFF may not be
3316LATIN SMALL LETTER Y in the current locale, and Perl has no way of
3317knowing if that character even exists in the locale, much less what code
3318point it is.
5076a392
FC
3319
3320=item *
3321
e8e35311
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3322The C<(?|...)> regular expression construct no longer crashes if the final
3323branch has more sets of capturing parentheses than any other branch. This
3324was fixed in Perl 5.10.1 for the case of a single branch, but that fix did
3325not take multiple branches into account [perl #84746].
5076a392
FC
3326
3327=item *
3328
e8e35311
FC
3329A bug has been fixed in the implementation of C<{...}> quantifiers in
3330regular expressions that prevented the code block in
3331C</((\w+)(?{ print $2 })){2}/> from seeing the C<$2> sometimes
3332[perl #84294].
5076a392 3333
e8e35311 3334=back
5076a392 3335
e8e35311
FC
3336=head2 Syntax/Parsing Bugs
3337
3338=over
5076a392
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3339
3340=item *
3341
e8e35311 3342C<when(scalar){...}> no longer crashes, but produces a syntax error
cdc10f43 3343[perl #74114] (5.12.1).
5076a392
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3344
3345=item *
3346
e8e35311
FC
3347A label right before a string eval (C<foo: eval $string>) no longer causes
3348the label to be associated also with the first statement inside the eval
3349[perl #74290] (5.12.1).
5076a392
FC
3350
3351=item *
3352
b2c076b5 3353The C<no 5.13.2;> form of C<no> no longer tries to turn on features or
d430b8e7 3354pragmata (i.e., strict) [perl #70075] (5.12.2).
5076a392
FC
3355
3356=item *
3357
b2c076b5
FC
3358C<BEGIN {require 5.12.0}> now behaves as documented, rather than behaving
3359identically to C<use 5.12.0;>. Previously, C<require> in a C<BEGIN> block
3360was erroneously executing the C<use feature ':5.12.0'> and
3361C<use strict;> behaviour, which only C<use> was documented to
3362provide [perl #69050].
5076a392
FC
3363
3364=item *
3365
5076a392
FC
3366A regression introduced in Perl 5.12.0, making
3367C<< my $x = 3; $x = length(undef) >> result in C<$x> set to C<3> has been
d430b8e7 3368fixed. C<$x> will now be C<undef> [perl #85508] (5.12.2).
b2c076b5
FC
3369
3370=item *
3371
3372When strict 'refs' mode is off, C<%{...}> in rvalue context returns
3373C<undef> if its argument is undefined. An optimisation introduced in perl
33745.12.0 to make C<keys %{...}> faster when used as a boolean did not take
3375this into account, causing C<keys %{+undef}> (and C<keys %$foo> when
3376C<$foo> is undefined) to be an error, which it should only be in strict
3377mode [perl #81750].
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3378
3379=item *
3380
e8e35311 3381Constant-folding used to cause
5076a392 3382
e8e35311 3383 $text =~ ( 1 ? /phoo/ : /bear/)
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3385to turn into
3386
3387 $text =~ /phoo/
3388
3389at compile time. Now it correctly matches against C<$_> [perl #20444].
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3390
3391=item *
3392
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3393Parsing Perl code (either with string C<eval> or by loading modules) from
3394within a C<UNITCHECK> block no longer causes the interpreter to crash
3395[perl #70614].
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3396
3397=item *
3398
b2c076b5
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3399String evals no longer fail after 2 billion scopes have been
3400compiled [perl #83364].
3401
3402=item *
3403
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3404The parser no longer hangs when encountering certain Unicode characters,
3405such as U+387 [perl #74022].
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3406
3407=item *
3408
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3409Several contexts no longer allow a Unicode character to begin a word
3410that should never begin words, for an example an accent that must follow
3411another character previously could precede all other characters.
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3412
3413=item *
3414
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3415Defining a constant with the same name as one of perl's special blocks
3416(e.g., INIT) stopped working in 5.12.0, but has now been fixed
3417[perl #78634].
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3418
3419=item *
3420
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3421A reference to a literal value used as a hash key (C<$hash{\"foo"}>) used
3422to be stringified, even if the hash was tied [perl #79178].
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3423
3424=item *
3425
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3426A closure containing an C<if> statement followed by a constant or variable
3427is no longer treated as a constant [perl #63540].
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3428
3429=item *
3430
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3431C<state> can now be used with attributes. It used to mean the same thing as
3432C<my> if attributes were present [perl #68658].
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3433
3434=item *
3435
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3436Expressions like C<< @$a > 3 >> no longer cause C<$a> to be mentioned in
3437the "Use of uninitialized value in numeric gt" warning when C<$a> is
3438undefined (since it is not part of the C<E<gt>> expression, but the operand
3439of the C<@>) [perl #72090].
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3440
3441=item *
3442
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3443Accessing an element of a package array with a hard-coded number (as
3444opposed to an arbitrary expression) would crash if the array did not exist.
3445Usually the array would be autovivified during compilation, but typeglob
3446manipulation could remove it, as in these two cases which used to crash:
5076a392 3447
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3448 *d = *a; print $d[0];
3449 undef *d; print $d[0];
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3451=item *
3452
3453The C<-C> command line option, when used on the shebang line, can now be
3454followed by other options [perl #72434].
3455
3456=item *
3457
3458The C<B> module was returning C<B::OP>s instead of C<B::LOGOP>s for C<entertry> [perl #80622].
3459This was due to a bug in the perl core, not in C<B> itself.
3460
e8e35311 3461=back
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3463=head2 Stashes, Globs and Method Lookup
3464
3465Perl 5.10.0 introduced a new internal mechanism for caching MROs (method
3466resolution orders, or lists of parent classes; aka "isa" caches) to make
3467method lookup faster (so @ISA arrays would not have to be searched
3468repeatedly). Unfortunately, this brought with it quite a few bugs. Almost
3469all of these have been fixed now, along with a few MRO-related bugs that
3470existed before 5.10.0:
3471
3472=over
3473
3474=item *
3475
3476The following used to have erratic effects on method resolution, because
3477the "isa" caches were not reset or otherwise ended up listing the wrong
3478classes. These have been fixed.
3479
3480=over
3481
3482=item Aliasing packages by assigning to globs [perl #77358]
3483
3484=item Deleting packages by deleting their containing stash elements
3485
3486=item Undefining the glob containing a package (C<undef *Foo::>)
3487
3488=item Undefining an ISA glob (C<undef *Foo::ISA>)
3489
3490=item Deleting an ISA stash element (C<delete $Foo::{ISA}>)
3491
3492=item Sharing @ISA arrays between classes (via C<*Foo::ISA = \@Bar::ISA> or
3493C<*Foo::ISA = *Bar::ISA>) [perl #77238]
3494
3495=back
3496
3497C<undef *Foo::ISA> would even stop a new C<@Foo::ISA> array from updating
3498caches.
3499
3500=item *
3501
3502Typeglob assignments would crash if the glob's stash no longer existed, so
3503long as the glob assigned to was named 'ISA' or the glob on either side of
3504the assignment contained a subroutine.
3505
3506=item *
3507
3508C<PL_isarev>, which is accessible to Perl via C<mro::get_isarev> is now
3509updated properly when packages are deleted or removed from the C<@ISA> of
3510other classes. This allows many packages to be created and deleted without
3511causing a memory leak [perl #75176].
3512
3513=back
3514
3515In addition, various other bugs related to typeglobs and stashes have been
3516fixed:
5076a392 3517
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3519
3520=item *
3521
e8e35311 3522Some work has been done on the internal pointers that link between symbol
e262cb24 3523tables (stashes), typeglobs and subroutines. This has the effect that
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3524various edge cases related to deleting stashes or stash entries (e.g.
3525<%FOO:: = ()>), and complex typeglob or code reference aliasing, will no
3526longer crash the interpreter.
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3527
3528=item *
3529
e262cb24
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3530Assigning a reference to a glob copy now assigns to a glob slot instead of
3531overwriting the glob with a scalar [perl #1804] [perl #77508].
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3532
3533=item *
3534
e8e35311
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3535A bug when replacing the glob of a loop variable within the loop has been fixed
3536[perl #21469]. This
3537means the following code will no longer crash:
5076a392 3538
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3539 for $x (...) {
3540 *x = *y;
3541 }
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3542
3543=item *
3544
3545Assigning a glob to a PVLV used to convert it to a plain string. Now it
3546works correctly, and a PVLV can hold a glob. This would happen when a
3547nonexistent hash or array element was passed to a subroutine:
3548
3549 sub { $_[0] = *foo }->($hash{key});
3550 # $_[0] would have been the string "*main::foo"
3551
3552It also happened when a glob was assigned to, or returned from, an element
3553of a tied array or hash [perl #36051].
3554
3555=item *
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e8e35311 3557When trying to report C<Use of uninitialized value $Foo::BAR>, crashes could
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3558occur if the glob holding the global variable in question had been detached
3559from its original stash by, for example, C<delete $::{'Foo::'}>. This has
3560been fixed by disabling the reporting of variable names in those
e8e35311 3561cases.
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