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1=pod
2
3=head1 NAME
4
5perlhist - the Perl history records
6
7=for RCS
8#
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11=end RCS
12
13=head1 DESCRIPTION
14
15This document aims to record the Perl source code releases.
16
17=head1 INTRODUCTION
18
19Perl history in brief, by Larry Wall:
20
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21 Perl 0 introduced Perl to my officemates.
22 Perl 1 introduced Perl to the world, and changed /\(...\|...\)/ to
d516a115 23 /(...|...)/. \(Dan Faigin still hasn't forgiven me. :-\)
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24 Perl 2 introduced Henry Spencer's regular expression package.
25 Perl 3 introduced the ability to handle binary data (embedded nulls).
26 Perl 4 introduced the first Camel book. Really. We mostly just
d516a115 27 switched version numbers so the book could refer to 4.000.
cac726e9 28 Perl 5 introduced everything else, including the ability to
d516a115 29 introduce everything else.
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30
31=head1 THE KEEPERS OF THE PUMPKIN
32
7b8d334a 33Larry Wall, Andy Dougherty, Tom Christiansen, Charles Bailey, Nick
193fb0af 34Ing-Simmons, Chip Salzenberg, Tim Bunce, Malcolm Beattie, Gurusamy
eea97dc2 35Sarathy, Graham Barr.
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37=head2 PUMPKIN?
38
39[from Porting/pumpkin.pod in the Perl source code distribution]
40
41Chip Salzenberg gets credit for that, with a nod to his cow orker,
42David Croy. We had passed around various names (baton, token, hot
43potato) but none caught on. Then, Chip asked:
44
45[begin quote]
46
47 Who has the patch pumpkin?
48
49To explain: David Croy once told me once that at a previous job,
50there was one tape drive and multiple systems that used it for backups.
51But instead of some high-tech exclusion software, they used a low-tech
52method to prevent multiple simultaneous backups: a stuffed pumpkin.
53No one was allowed to make backups unless they had the "backup pumpkin".
54
55[end quote]
56
57The name has stuck. The holder of the pumpkin is sometimes called
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58the pumpking (keeping the source afloat?) or the pumpkineer (pulling
59the strings?).
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60
61=head1 THE RECORDS
62
63 Pump- Release Date Notes
64 king (by no means
65 comprehensive,
66 see Changes*
67 for details)
68 ===========================================================================
69
d516a115 70 Larry 0 Classified. Don't ask.
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72 Larry 1.000 1987-Dec-18
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74 1.001..10 1988-Jan-30
75 1.011..14 1988-Feb-02
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cac726e9 77 Larry 2.000 1988-Jun-05
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cac726e9 79 2.001 1988-Jun-28
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cac726e9 81 Larry 3.000 1989-Oct-18
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83 3.001 1989-Oct-26
84 3.002..4 1989-Nov-11
85 3.005 1989-Nov-18
86 3.006..8 1989-Dec-22
87 3.009..13 1990-Mar-02
88 3.014 1990-Mar-13
89 3.015 1990-Mar-14
90 3.016..18 1990-Mar-28
d516a115 91 3.019..27 1990-Aug-10 User subs.
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92 3.028 1990-Aug-14
93 3.029..36 1990-Oct-17
94 3.037 1990-Oct-20
95 3.040 1990-Nov-10
96 3.041 1990-Nov-13
193fb0af 97 3.042..43 1990-Jan-??
cac726e9 98 3.044 1991-Jan-12
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cac726e9 100 Larry 4.000 1991-Mar-21
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102 4.001..3 1991-Apr-12
103 4.004..9 1991-Jun-07
104 4.010 1991-Jun-10
105 4.011..18 1991-Nov-05
d516a115 106 4.019 1991-Nov-11 Stable.
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107 4.020..33 1992-Jun-08
108 4.034 1992-Jun-11
109 4.035 1992-Jun-23
d516a115 110 Larry 4.036 1993-Feb-05 Very stable.
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112 5.000alpha1 1993-Jul-31
113 5.000alpha2 1993-Aug-16
114 5.000alpha3 1993-Oct-10
115 5.000alpha4 1993-???-??
116 5.000alpha5 1993-???-??
193fb0af 117 5.000alpha6 1994-Mar-18
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118 5.003alpha7 1994-Mar-25
119 Andy 5.000alpha8 1994-Apr-04
d516a115 120 Larry 5.000alpha9 1994-May-05 ext appears.
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121 5.000alpha10 1994-???-??
122 5.000alpha11 1994-???-??
d516a115 123 Andy 5.000a11a 1994-Jul-07 To fit 14.
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124 5.000a11b 1994-Jul-14
125 5.000a11c 1994-Jul-19
126 5.000a11d 1994-Jul-22
127 Larry 5.000alpha12 1994-???-??
128 Andy 5.000a12a 1994-Aug-08
129 5.000a12b 1994-Aug-15
130 5.000a12c 1994-Aug-22
131 5.000a12d 1994-Aug-22
132 5.000a12e 1994-Aug-22
133 5.000a12f 1994-Aug-24
134 5.000a12g 1994-Aug-24
135 5.000a12h 1994-Aug-24
136 Larry 5.000beta1 1994-???-??
137 Andy 5.000b1a 1994-???-??
d516a115 138 Larry 5.000beta2 1994-Sep-14 Core slushified.
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139 Andy 5.000b2a 1994-Sep-14
140 5.000b2b 1994-Sep-17
141 5.000b2c 1994-Sep-17
193fb0af 142 Larry 5.000beta3 1994-Sep-??
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143 Andy 5.000b3a 1994-Sep-18
144 5.000b3b 1994-Sep-22
145 5.000b3c 1994-Sep-23
146 5.000b3d 1994-Sep-27
147 5.000b3e 1994-Sep-28
148 5.000b3f 1994-Sep-30
149 5.000b3g 1994-Oct-04
150 Andy 5.000b3h 1994-Oct-07
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cac726e9 152 Larry 5.000 1994-Oct-18
eea97dc2 153
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154 Andy 5.000a 1994-Dec-19
155 5.000b 1995-Jan-18
156 5.000c 1995-Jan-18
157 5.000d 1995-Jan-18
158 5.000e 1995-Jan-18
159 5.000f 1995-Jan-18
160 5.000g 1995-Jan-18
161 5.000h 1995-Jan-18
162 5.000i 1995-Jan-26
163 5.000j 1995-Feb-07
164 5.000k 1995-Feb-11
165 5.000l 1995-Feb-21
166 5.000m 1995-???-??
167 5.000n 1995-Mar-07
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cac726e9 169 Larry 5.001 1995-Mar-13
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171 Andy 5.001a 1995-Mar-15
172 5.001b 1995-Mar-31
173 5.001c 1995-Apr-07
174 5.001d 1995-Apr-14
d516a115 175 5.001e 1995-Apr-18 Stable.
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176 5.001f 1995-May-31
177 5.001g 1995-May-25
178 5.001h 1995-May-25
179 5.001i 1995-May-30
180 5.001j 1995-Jun-05
181 5.001k 1995-Jun-06
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182 5.001l 1995-Jun-06 Stable.
183 5.001m 1995-Jul-02 Very stable.
184 5.001n 1995-Oct-31 Very unstable.
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185 5.002beta1 1995-Nov-21
186 5.002b1a 1995-Nov-??
187 5.002b1b 1995-Dec-04
188 5.002b1c 1995-Dec-04
189 5.002b1d 1995-Dec-04
190 5.002b1e 1995-Dec-08
191 5.002b1f 1995-Dec-08
d516a115 192 Tom 5.002b1g 1995-Dec-21 Doc release.
cac726e9 193 Andy 5.002b1h 1996-Jan-05
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194 5.002b2 1996-Jan-14
195 Larry 5.002b3 1996-Feb-02
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196 Andy 5.002gamma 1996-Feb-11
197 Larry 5.002delta 1996-Feb-27
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199 Larry 5.002 1996-Feb-29 Prototypes.
200
cac726e9 201 Charles 5.002_01 1996-Mar-25
eea97dc2 202
d516a115 203 5.003 1996-Jun-25 Security release.
eea97dc2 204
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205 5.003_01 1996-Jul-31
206 Nick 5.003_02 1996-Aug-10
207 Andy 5.003_03 1996-Aug-28
208 5.003_04 1996-Sep-02
209 5.003_05 1996-Sep-12
210 5.003_06 1996-Oct-07
211 5.003_07 1996-Oct-10
212 Chip 5.003_08 1996-Nov-19
213 5.003_09 1996-Nov-26
214 5.003_10 1996-Nov-29
215 5.003_11 1996-Dec-06
216 5.003_12 1996-Dec-19
217 5.003_13 1996-Dec-20
218 5.003_14 1996-Dec-23
219 5.003_15 1996-Dec-23
220 5.003_16 1996-Dec-24
221 5.003_17 1996-Dec-27
222 5.003_18 1996-Dec-31
223 5.003_19 1997-Jan-04
224 5.003_20 1997-Jan-07
225 5.003_21 1997-Jan-15
226 5.003_22 1997-Jan-16
227 5.003_23 1997-Jan-25
228 5.003_24 1997-Jan-29
229 5.003_25 1997-Feb-04
230 5.003_26 1997-Feb-10
231 5.003_27 1997-Feb-18
232 5.003_28 1997-Feb-21
d516a115 233 5.003_90 1997-Feb-25 Ramping up to the 5.004 release.
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234 5.003_91 1997-Mar-01
235 5.003_92 1997-Mar-06
236 5.003_93 1997-Mar-10
237 5.003_94 1997-Mar-22
238 5.003_95 1997-Mar-25
239 5.003_96 1997-Apr-01
d516a115 240 5.003_97 1997-Apr-03 Fairly widely used.
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241 5.003_97a 1997-Apr-05
242 5.003_97b 1997-Apr-08
243 5.003_97c 1997-Apr-10
244 5.003_97d 1997-Apr-13
245 5.003_97e 1997-Apr-15
246 5.003_97f 1997-Apr-17
247 5.003_97g 1997-Apr-18
248 5.003_97h 1997-Apr-24
249 5.003_97i 1997-Apr-25
250 5.003_97j 1997-Apr-28
251 5.003_98 1997-Apr-30
252 5.003_99 1997-May-01
253 5.003_99a 1997-May-09
d516a115 254 p54rc1 1997-May-12 Release Candidates.
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255 p54rc2 1997-May-14
256
d516a115 257 Chip 5.004 1997-May-15 A major maintenance release.
eea97dc2 258
d516a115 259 Tim 5.004_01 1997-Jun-13 The 5.004 maintenance track.
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260 5.004_02 1997-Aug-07
261 5.004_03 1997-Sep-05
262 5.004_04 1997-Oct-15
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263 5.004m5t1 1998-Mar-04 Maintenance Trials (for 5.004_05).
264 5.004_04-m2 1997-May-01
265 5.004_04-m3 1998-May-15
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266 5.004_04-m4 1998-May-19
267 5.004_04-MT5 1998-Jul-21
12940611 268 5.004_04-MT6 1998-Oct-09
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d516a115 270 Malcolm 5.004_50 1997-Sep-09 The 5.005 development track.
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271 5.004_51 1997-Oct-02
272 5.004_52 1997-Oct-15
273 5.004_53 1997-Oct-16
274 5.004_54 1997-Nov-14
275 5.004_55 1997-Nov-25
276 5.004_56 1997-Dec-18
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277 5.004_57 1998-Feb-03
278 5.004_58 1998-Feb-06
279 5.004_59 1998-Feb-13
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280 5.004_60 1998-Feb-20
281 5.004_61 1998-Feb-27
282 5.004_62 1998-Mar-06
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283 5.004_63 1998-Mar-17
284 5.004_64 1998-Apr-03
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285 5.004_65 1998-May-15
286 5.004_66 1998-May-29
287 Sarathy 5.004_67 1998-Jun-15
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288 5.004_68 1998-Jun-23
289 5.004_69 1998-Jun-29
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290 5.004_70 1998-Jul-06
291 5.004_71 1998-Jul-09
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292 5.004_72 1998-Jul-12
293 5.004_73 1998-Jul-13
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294 5.004_74 1998-Jul-14 5.005 beta candidate.
295 5.004_75 1998-Jul-15 5.005 beta1.
296 5.004_76 1998-Jul-21 5.005 beta2.
297 5.005 1998-Jul-22 Oneperl.
298
299 Sarathy 5.005_01 1998-Jul-27 The 5.005 maintenance track.
300 5.005_02-T1 1998-Aug-02
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301 5.005_02-T2 1998-Aug-05
302 5.005_02 1998-Aug-08
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303 Graham 5.005_03 1998-
304
305 Sarathy 5.005_50 1998-Jul-26 The 5.006 development track.
dfe13c55 306 5.005_51 1998-Aug-10
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307 5.005_52 1998-Sep-25
308 5.005_53 1998-Oct-31
c2444246 309 5.005_54 1998-Nov-30
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310
311=head2 SELECTED RELEASE SIZES
312
313For example the notation "core: 212 29" in the release 1.000 means that
314it had in the core 212 kilobytes, in 29 files. The "core".."doc" are
315explained below.
316
d516a115 317 release core lib ext t doc
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318 ======================================================================
319
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320 1.000 212 29 - - - - 38 51 62 3
321 1.014 219 29 - - - - 39 52 68 4
322 2.000 309 31 2 3 - - 55 57 92 4
323 2.001 312 31 2 3 - - 55 57 94 4
324 3.000 508 36 24 11 - - 79 73 156 5
325 3.044 645 37 61 20 - - 90 74 190 6
326 4.000 635 37 59 20 - - 91 75 198 4
327 4.019 680 37 85 29 - - 98 76 199 4
328 4.036 709 37 89 30 - - 98 76 208 5
329 5.000alpha2 785 50 114 32 - - 112 86 209 5
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330 5.000alpha3 801 50 117 33 - - 121 87 209 5
331 5.000alpha9 1022 56 149 43 116 29 125 90 217 6
cac726e9 332 5.000a12h 978 49 140 49 205 46 152 97 228 9
193fb0af 333 5.000b3h 1035 53 232 70 216 38 162 94 218 21
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334 5.000 1038 53 250 76 216 38 154 92 536 62
335 5.001m 1071 54 388 82 240 38 159 95 544 29
336 5.002 1121 54 661 101 287 43 155 94 847 35
337 5.003 1129 54 680 102 291 43 166 100 853 35
338 5.003_07 1231 60 748 106 396 53 213 137 976 39
339 5.004 1351 60 1230 136 408 51 355 161 1587 55
eea97dc2 340 5.004_01 1356 60 1258 138 410 51 358 161 1587 55
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341 5.004_04 1375 60 1294 139 413 51 394 162 1629 55
342 5.004_51 1401 61 1260 140 413 53 358 162 1594 56
343 5.004_53 1422 62 1295 141 438 70 394 162 1637 56
344 5.004_56 1501 66 1301 140 447 74 408 165 1648 57
eea97dc2 345 5.004_59 1555 72 1317 142 448 74 424 171 1678 58
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346 5.004_62 1602 77 1327 144 629 92 428 173 1674 58
347 5.004_65 1626 77 1358 146 615 92 446 179 1698 60
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348 5.004_68 1856 74 1382 152 619 92 463 187 1784 60
349 5.004_70 1863 75 1456 154 675 92 494 194 1809 60
350 5.004_73 1874 76 1467 152 762 102 506 196 1883 61
351 5.004_75 1877 76 1467 152 770 103 508 196 1896 62
352 5.005 1896 76 1469 152 795 103 509 197 1945 63
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354The "core"..."doc" mean the following files from the Perl source code
355distribution. The glob notation ** means recursively, (.) means
356regular files.
357
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358 core *.[hcy]
359 lib lib/**/*.p[ml]
360 ext ext/**/*.{[hcyt],xs,pm}
361 t t/**/*(.)
362 doc {README*,INSTALL,*[_.]man{,.?},pod/**/*.pod}
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363
364Here are some statistics for the other subdirectories and one file in
365the Perl source distribution for somewhat more selected releases.
366
367 ======================================================================
368 Legend: kB #
369
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370 1.014 2.001 3.044 4.000 4.019 4.036
371
372 atarist - - - - - - - - - - 113 31
373 Configure 31 1 37 1 62 1 73 1 83 1 86 1
374 eg - - 34 28 47 39 47 39 47 39 47 39
375 emacs - - - - - - 67 4 67 4 67 4
376 h2pl - - - - 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
377 hints - - - - - - - - 5 42 11 56
378 msdos - - - - 41 13 57 15 58 15 60 15
379 os2 - - - - 63 22 81 29 81 29 113 31
380 usub - - - - 21 16 25 7 43 8 43 8
381 x2p 103 17 104 17 137 17 147 18 152 19 154 19
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383 ======================================================================
384
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385 5.000a2 5.000a12h 5.000b3h 5.000 5.001m 5.002 5.003
386
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387 atarist 113 31 113 31 - - - - - - - - - -
388 bench - - 0 1 - - - - - - - - - -
389 Bugs 2 5 26 1 - - - - - - - - - -
390 dlperl 40 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
391 do 127 71 - - - - - - - - - - - -
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392 Configure - - 153 1 159 1 160 1 180 1 201 1 201 1
393 Doc - - 26 1 75 7 11 1 11 1 - - - -
394 eg 79 58 53 44 51 43 54 44 54 44 54 44 54 44
395 emacs 67 4 104 6 104 6 104 1 104 6 108 1 108 1
396 h2pl 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
397 hints 11 56 12 46 18 48 18 48 44 56 73 59 77 60
398 msdos 60 15 60 15 - - - - - - - - - -
399 os2 113 31 113 31 - - - - - - 84 17 56 10
400 U - - 62 8 112 42 - - - - - - - -
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402 utils - - - - - - - - - - 87 7 88 7
403 vms - - 80 7 123 9 184 15 304 20 500 24 475 26
404 x2p 171 22 171 21 162 20 162 20 279 20 280 20 280 20
405
406 ======================================================================
407
408 5.003_07 5.004 5.004_04 5.004_62 5.004_65 5.004_68
409
410 beos - - - - - - - - 1 1 1 1
411 Configure 217 1 225 1 225 1 240 1 248 1 256 1
412 cygwin32 - - 23 5 23 5 23 5 24 5 24 5
413 djgpp - - - - - - 14 5 14 5 14 5
414 eg 54 44 81 62 81 62 81 62 81 62 81 62
415 emacs 143 1 194 1 204 1 212 2 212 2 212 2
416 h2pl 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
417 hints 90 62 129 69 132 71 144 72 151 74 155 74
418 os2 117 42 121 42 127 42 127 44 129 44 129 44
419 plan9 79 15 82 15 82 15 82 15 82 15 82 15
420 Porting 51 1 94 2 109 4 203 6 234 8 241 9
421 qnx - - 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
422 utils 97 7 112 8 118 8 124 8 156 9 159 9
423 vms 505 27 518 34 524 34 538 34 569 34 569 34
424 win32 - - 285 33 378 36 470 39 493 39 575 41
425 x2p 280 19 281 19 281 19 281 19 282 19 281 19
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427 ======================================================================
428
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429 5.004_70 5.004_73 5.004_75 5.005
430
431 beos 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
432 Configure 256 1 256 1 264 1 264 1
433 cygwin32 24 5 24 5 24 5 24 5
434 djgpp 14 5 14 5 14 5 14 5
435 eg 86 65 86 65 86 65 86 65
436 emacs 262 2 262 2 262 2 262 2
437 h2pl 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
438 hints 157 74 157 74 159 74 160 74
439 mpeix - - - - 5 3 5 3
440 os2 129 44 139 44 142 44 143 44
441 plan9 82 15 82 15 82 15 82 15
442 Porting 241 9 253 9 259 10 264 12
443 qnx 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
444 utils 160 9 160 9 160 9 160 9
445 vms 570 34 572 34 573 34 575 34
446 win32 577 41 585 41 585 41 587 41
447 x2p 281 19 281 19 281 19 281 19
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449=head2 SELECTED PATCH SIZES
450
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451The "diff lines kb" means that for example the patch 5.003_08, to be
452applied on top of the 5.003_07 (or whatever was before the 5.003_08)
453added lines for 110 kilobytes, it removed lines for 19 kilobytes, and
cac726e9 454changed lines for 424 kilobytes. Just the lines themselves are
12940611 455counted, not their context. The "+ - !" become from the diff(1)
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456context diff output format.
457
458 Pump- Release Date diff lines kB
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459 king -------------
460 + - !
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461 ===========================================================================
462
463 Chip 5.003_08 1996-Nov-19 110 19 424
464 5.003_09 1996-Nov-26 38 9 248
465 5.003_10 1996-Nov-29 29 2 27
466 5.003_11 1996-Dec-06 73 12 165
467 5.003_12 1996-Dec-19 275 6 436
468 5.003_13 1996-Dec-20 95 1 56
469 5.003_14 1996-Dec-23 23 7 333
470 5.003_15 1996-Dec-23 0 0 1
471 5.003_16 1996-Dec-24 12 3 50
472 5.003_17 1996-Dec-27 19 1 14
473 5.003_18 1996-Dec-31 21 1 32
474 5.003_19 1997-Jan-04 80 3 85
475 5.003_20 1997-Jan-07 18 1 146
476 5.003_21 1997-Jan-15 38 10 221
477 5.003_22 1997-Jan-16 4 0 18
478 5.003_23 1997-Jan-25 71 15 119
479 5.003_24 1997-Jan-29 426 1 20
480 5.003_25 1997-Feb-04 21 8 169
481 5.003_26 1997-Feb-10 16 1 15
482 5.003_27 1997-Feb-18 32 10 38
483 5.003_28 1997-Feb-21 58 4 66
484 5.003_90 1997-Feb-25 22 2 34
485 5.003_91 1997-Mar-01 37 1 39
486 5.003_92 1997-Mar-06 16 3 69
487 5.003_93 1997-Mar-10 12 3 15
488 5.003_94 1997-Mar-22 407 7 200
489 5.003_95 1997-Mar-25 41 1 37
490 5.003_96 1997-Apr-01 283 5 261
491 5.003_97 1997-Apr-03 13 2 34
492 5.003_97a 1997-Apr-05 57 1 27
493 5.003_97b 1997-Apr-08 14 1 20
494 5.003_97c 1997-Apr-10 20 1 16
495 5.003_97d 1997-Apr-13 8 0 16
496 5.003_97e 1997-Apr-15 15 4 46
497 5.003_97f 1997-Apr-17 7 1 33
498 5.003_97g 1997-Apr-18 6 1 42
499 5.003_97h 1997-Apr-24 23 3 68
500 5.003_97i 1997-Apr-25 23 1 31
501 5.003_97j 1997-Apr-28 36 1 49
502 5.003_98 1997-Apr-30 171 12 539
503 5.003_99 1997-May-01 6 0 7
504 5.003_99a 1997-May-09 36 2 61
505 p54rc1 1997-May-12 8 1 11
506 p54rc2 1997-May-14 6 0 40
507
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510 Tim 5.004_01 1997-Jun-13 222 14 57
511 5.004_02 1997-Aug-07 112 16 119
512 5.004_03 1997-Sep-05 109 0 17
513 5.004_04 1997-Oct-15 66 8 173
514
515=head1 THE KEEPERS OF THE RECORDS
516
517Jarkko Hietaniemi <F<jhi@iki.fi>>.
518
519Thanks to the collective memory of the Perlfolk. In addition to the
193fb0af 520Keepers of the Pumpkin also Alan Champion, Andreas K├Ânig, John
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521Macdonald, Matthias Neeracher, Michael Peppler, Randal Schwartz, and
522Paul D. Smith sent corrections and additions.
523
524=cut