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3=head1 NAME
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c1e74734 7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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9This document describes differences between the 5.15.8 release and
10the 5.15.9 release.
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12If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.15.7, first read
13L<perl5158delta>, which describes differences between 5.15.7 and
145.15.8.
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c1e74734 16=head1 Notice
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d5dc7001 18This space intentionally left blank.
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c1e74734 20=head1 Core Enhancements
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22=head2 C<< no feature; >> now means reset to default
23
24C<< no feature >> now resets to the default feature set. To disable all
25features (which is likely to be a pretty special-purpose request, since
26it presumably won't match any named set of semantics) you can now
27write C<< no feature ':all' >>.
28
c1e74734 29=head1 Security
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31=head2 Malformed UTF-8 input could cause attempts to read beyond the end of the buffer
32
33Two new XS-accessible functions, C<utf8_to_uvchr_buf()> and
34C<utf8_to_uvuni_buf()> are now available to prevent this, and the Perl
35core has been converted to use them.
36See L</Internal Changes>.
27f00e3d 37
c1e74734 38=head1 Incompatible Changes
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8cfc9af6 40=head2 C<< no feature; >>
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8cfc9af6 42C<no feature;> now means reset to default.
d7c042c9 43
204b72a4 44=head1 Deprecations
d7c042c9 45
d5dc7001 46=head2 Literal C<< "{" >> characters in regular expressions.
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48It has been documented that the current plans include requiring a
49literal C<< "{" >> to be escaped: 5.18 will emit deprecation warnings,
50and it will be required in 5.20.
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52=head2 XS functions C<utf8_to_uvchr()> and C<utf8_to_uvuni()>
53
54Use C<utf8_to_uvchr_buf()> and C<utf8_to_uvuni_buf()> instead.
55See L</Internal Changes>.
56
204b72a4 57=head1 Performance Enhancements
985213f2 58
204b72a4 59=over 4
985213f2 60
204b72a4 61=item *
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63Fix a slowdown in freeing nested hashes. This may speedup the exit of
64certain programs.
2e2b2571 65
204b72a4 66=back
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204b72a4 68=head1 Modules and Pragmata
27f00e3d 69
c88a046d 70=head2 Updated Modules and Pragmata
27f00e3d 71
c88a046d 72=over 4
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c88a046d 74=item *
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c88a046d 76C<attributes> has been upgraded from version 0.17 to 0.18.
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77
78=item *
79
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80C<charnames> has been upgraded from version 1.29 to 1.30.
81
82=item *
83
c88a046d 84C<feature> has been upgraded from version 1.26 to 1.27.
4e6e9b23 85
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86C<no feature;> now means reset to default. The code has been refactored
87to reduce duplication.
4e6e9b23 88
c88a046d 89=item *
4e6e9b23 90
c88a046d 91C<B::Deparse> has been upgraded from version 1.12 to 1.13.
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93=item *
94
c88a046d 95C<B::Lint> has been upgraded from version 1.13 to 1.14.
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97=item *
98
99C<CPAN::Meta> has been upgraded from version 2.120351 to 2.120630.
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101=item *
102
c88a046d 103C<CPANPLUS> has been upgraded from version 0.9118 to 0.9121.
d333a655 104
c88a046d 105=item *
589c1691 106
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107C<Data::Dumper> has been upgraded from version 2.135_05 to 2.135_06.
108
109=item *
110
c88a046d 111C<Digest::SHA> has been upgraded from version 5.70 to 5.71.
58856662 112
c88a046d 113=item *
c11980ad 114
c88a046d 115C<ExtUtils::CBuilder> has been upgraded from version 0.280205 to 0.280206.
c11980ad 116
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117=item *
118
119C<HTTP::Tiny> has been upgraded from version 0.016 to 0.017.
120
121=item *
122
123C<Module::CoreList> has been upgraded from version 2.60 to 2.63.
124
125=item *
126
127C<Pod::Html> has been upgraded from version 1.14 to 1.1501.
128
129=item *
130
131C<Pod::Perldoc> has been upgraded from version 3.15_15 to 3.17.
132
133=item *
134
135C<Pod::Simple> has been upgraded from version 3.19 to 3.20.
136
137=item *
138
139C<Socket> has been upgraded from version 1.98 to 2.000.
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141=item *
142
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143C<Term::ReadLine> has been upgraded from version 1.08 to 1.09.
144
145=item *
146
147C<Unicode::Collate> has been upgraded from version 0.87 to 0.89.
148
149=item *
150
151C<Unicode::Normalize> has been upgraded from version 1.13 to 1.14.
152
153=item *
154
155C<Unicode::UCD> has been upgraded from version 0.41 to 0.42.
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157=item *
158
159C<XS::APItest> has been upgraded from version 0.36 to 0.37.
160
204b72a4 161=back
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204b72a4 164=head1 Documentation
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166There has been no significant change in the documentation between
1675.15.8 and 5.15.9.
75ff5956 168
204b72a4 169=head1 Diagnostics
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171The following additions or changes have been made to diagnostic output,
172including warnings and fatal error messages. For the complete list of
173diagnostic messages, see L<perldiag>.
c11980ad 174
204b72a4 175=head2 New Diagnostics
843331c7 176
204b72a4 177=head3 New Errors
c11980ad 178
d5dc7001 179Compared to 5.15.8, 5.15.9 does not introduce new errors.
2a7afa74 180
204b72a4 181=head3 New Warnings
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183Compared to 5.15.8, 5.15.9 does not introduce new errors, but see
184L</Changes to Existing Diagnostics>
c11980ad 185
204b72a4 186=head2 Changes to Existing Diagnostics
c11980ad 187
204b72a4 188=over 4
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189
190=item *
191
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192L<lvalue attribute %s already-defined subroutine|perldiag/"lvalue attribute %s already-defined subroutine">, which replaces
193C<< lvalue attribute cannot be removed after the subroutine has been defined >>.
9dea6244 194
204b72a4 195=back
9dea6244 196
204b72a4 197=head1 Utility Changes
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d5dc7001 199No utilities changed between 5.15.8 and 5.15.9.
2a7afa74 200
204b72a4 201=head1 Configuration and Compilation
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204b72a4 203=over 4
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206
6cd577fe 207C<< perlfunc.html >> is now being generated again. [perl #107870]
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7f28d7ed 209=back
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c1e74734 211=head1 Testing
39de7394 212
204b72a4 213=over 4
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215=item *
216
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217F<< t/op/require_37033.t >> has been added, to test that C<require>
218always closes the file handle that it opens. Previously, it had been
219leaking the file handle if it happened to have file descriptor 0, which
220would happen if C<require> was called (explicitly or implicitly) when
221C<STDIN> had been closed.
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52deee2e 223=back
5dd80d85 224
c1e74734 225=head1 Platform Support
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227There have been no changes to Perl's support of various platforms between
2285.15.8 and 5.15.9.
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204b72a4 230=head1 Internal Changes
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233
234=item *
235
236Two new functions C<utf8_to_uvchr_buf()> and C<utf8_to_uvuni_buf()> have
237been added. These are the same as C<utf8_to_uvchr> and
238C<utf8_to_uvuni> (which are now deprecated), but take an extra parameter
239that is used to guard against reading beyond the end of the input
240string.
241See L<perlapi/utf8_to_uvchr_buf> and L<perlapi/utf8_to_uvuni_buf>.
242
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243=item *
244
245The regular expression engine now does TRIE case insensitive matches
246under Unicode. This may change the output of C<< use re 'debug'; >>,
247and will speed up various things.
248
977c1d31 249=back
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204b72a4 251=head1 Selected Bug Fixes
a7bff800 252
204b72a4 253=over 4
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255=item *
256
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257I<Takri> now matches two more characters under the C<Script_Extensions>
258property. This corrects a Unicode 6.1 omission.
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260=item *
261
6cd577fe 262C<< perlfunc.html >> is now being generated again. [perl #107870]
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264=item *
265
266C<< $$ >> is no longer tainted. Since this value comes directly from
267C<< getpid() >>, it is always safe.
268
269=item *
270
271Fix leaking a file handle. [perl #37033]
272
273=item *
274
275An off-by-one error caused C<< /[:upper:]/ >> and C<< /[:punct:]/ >> to
41c3b428 276unexpectedly match characters with code points above 255. This has been
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277rectified. [perl 111400].
278
279=item *
280
281C<< (?foo: ...) >> no longer loses passed in character set.
282
283=item *
284
285Allow attributes to set C<< :lvalue >> on a defined sub. [perl 107366].
286
287=item *
288
289C<< die; >> with a non-reference, non-string value in $@ now properly
41c3b428 290propagates that value [perl #111654].
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292=item *
293
294C<< Term::ReadLine >> now uses AnyEvent instead of Tk for an event loop.
295
204b72a4 296=back
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204b72a4 298=head1 Known Problems
0aae26c1 299
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300This is a list of some significant unfixed bugs, which need to be
301resolved before 5.16.0
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204b72a4 303=over 4
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305=item F<< op/sigdispatch.t >> fails alarm test 14 and gets killed [perl #89718]
306
307=item Perl crash due to wrong delimiter in C<< PATH >> environment [perl #94846]
308
309It's possible to crash Win32 if the wrong delimiter is used.
310
311=item Corrupt UTF8 [perl #79960, #100058]
312
313It is possible to read an invalid UTF8 character, but have it marked valid,
314or to incorrectly read UTF8 characters if C<< $/ >> is set to read fixed
315length records.
316
317=item UTF8 patches for 5.16 [perl #107008]
318
a6c70abe 319Brian Fraser's work on UTF8 needs further integration.
e2e06450 320
8cfc9af6 321=item C<eval { 'fork()' }> is broken on Windows [perl #109718]
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8cfc9af6 323This is a known test failure to be fixed before 5.16.0.
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325=item Warnings from cpan/IO-Compress [perl #110736]
326
327Some tests in F<< cpan/IO-Compress/t/cz-03zlib-v1.t >> issues a
328"isn't numeric" warning in blead, but not in maint.
329
8cfc9af6 330=item C<< Pod-Html >> test failures on Windows.
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332A number of tests for C<< Pod::Html >> fail under Windows, due to an
333incorrect assumption by the test scripts about capitalization of the
334network drive.
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8cfc9af6 336=back
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52deee2e 338=head1 Acknowledgements
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d5dc7001 340Perl 5.15.9 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.15.8
13b868b0 341and contains approximately 79,000 lines of changes across 530 files from 23
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342authors.
343
344Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community
345of users and developers. The following people are known to have contributed the
346improvements that became Perl 5.15.9:
347
348Aaron Crane, Abigail, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Dave Rolsky,
349David Cantrell, David Golden, David Mitchell, Eric Brine, Father Chrysostomos,
350Florian Ragwitz, James E Keenan, Jesse Vincent, Karl Williamson, Marc Green,
351Max Maischein, Nicholas Clark, Pau Amma, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Tony
352Cook, Yves Orton, Zefram.
353
354The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically generated
355from version control history. In particular, it does not include the names of
356the (very much appreciated) contributors who reported issues to the Perl bug
357tracker.
358
359Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN modules
360included in Perl's core. We're grateful to the entire CPAN community for
361helping Perl to flourish.
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363For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors, please see
364the F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.
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366=head1 Reporting Bugs
367
368If you find what you think is a bug, you might check the articles
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369recently posted to the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup and the perl
370bug database at http://rt.perl.org/perlbug/ . There may also be
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371information at http://www.perl.org/ , the Perl Home Page.
372
373If you believe you have an unreported bug, please run the L<perlbug>
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374program included with your release. Be sure to trim your bug down
375to a tiny but sufficient test case. Your bug report, along with the
376output of C<perl -V>, will be sent off to perlbug@perl.org to be
377analysed by the Perl porting team.
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379If the bug you are reporting has security implications, which make it
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380inappropriate to send to a publicly archived mailing list, then please send
381it to perl5-security-report@perl.org. This points to a closed subscription
382unarchived mailing list, which includes
383all the core committers, who will be able
384to help assess the impact of issues, figure out a resolution, and help
385co-ordinate the release of patches to mitigate or fix the problem across all
386platforms on which Perl is supported. Please only use this address for
387security issues in the Perl core, not for modules independently
388distributed on CPAN.
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390=head1 SEE ALSO
391
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392The F<Changes> file for an explanation of how to view exhaustive details
393on what changed.
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395The F<INSTALL> file for how to build Perl.
396
397The F<README> file for general stuff.
398
399The F<Artistic> and F<Copying> files for copyright information.
400
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