Parrot 2.6.0 "Red-rumped" supported release.

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
--T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm happy to announce Parrot 2.6.0 "Red-rumped." Parrot ( is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 2.6.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or follow the download instructions at For those who would like to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Subversion on the source code repository to get the latest and best Parrot code.

SHA digests for this release are:

372d46f36308ef358e148c380344bf7ae1ddff9ea6c35799bfda9ada3eea88ae  parrot-2.6.0.tar.bz2
ab2c5f7249cfcecb42cf9ef355098c904c861a1f7736ad81209f7bcca2096652  parrot-2.6.0.tar.gz

Comprising about 4 weeks worth of development, this release contains code from 25 authors across 202 files.

The following people have contributed to this release of parrot:

Julian Albo, Daniel Arbelo Arrocha, Geoff Broadwell (japhb), Vasily Chekalkin, chromatic, Will "Coke" Coleda, Tyler Curtis, Andy Dougherty, Gej, Bruce Gray, John Harrison, Michael H. Hind, James E Keenan (Jim), Moritz A Lenz, Andy Lester, Jonathan Leto, Peter Lobsinger, Patrick R. Michaud, Christoph Otto a.k.a. cotto, François Perrad, Gerd Pokorra, Karthink Thakore, Nat Tuck, Andrew Whitworth, and Jonathan Worthington.

Updates in this release include:

Parrot 2.6.0 News:
- Core
  + Plug some memory leaks
  + As always, bug fixes and some optimizations
- Runtime
  + added (experimental) URI::Escape 
- Testing
  + Improved test coverage of core parrot
- Documentation
  + Updated the Squaak tutorial to use modern NQP-rx and PCT
- Platforms
  + The Fedora package 'parrot-devel' install the files for syntax-highlighting
    and automatic indenting for the vim editor
- NQP-rx 
  + Updated version included from includes
    new or improved: regex backtracking, named assertions, interactive mode,
    and setting (a minimal but useful runtime library)

Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible. Our next scheduled release is 17 August 2010.

1 Comment

OT: Just a quick note for Geoff Broadwell (Sorry, Jeff, I don’t have your email address). I just read your excellent article FMTYEWTK About Mass Edits In Perl, and wanted to thank you for writing the article, and to alert you to a tiny bug that took me a long time to locate. In the File Handling section, “chomp $file;” needs to be added as the first statement inside the foreach loop. Otherwise the last filename on each #include line will not open because of the newline character. Once again, thanks for writing this great article. It has helped me tremendously.

Roy Fulbright

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