Perl 5 Porters Mailing List Summary: January 25th - February 1st

Hey everyone,

Following is the p5p (Perl 5 Porters) mailing list summary for the past week. Enjoy!

January 25th - February 1st


The previous summary accidentally included the wrong ticket number for a Storable bug and blamed JSON::XS and Cpanel::JSON::XS. Those had been fixed in the published blog post and in the repo. My apologies. Thanks, Ben Bullock, for the correction!

News and updates

Encode 2.80 released! You can read more here.

Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker merged his branch that exposes more siginfo_t fields to the sounds of appreciation from fellow developers.

Craig A. Berry has integrated podlators into core.

podlators 4.06 released!

The 12th grant report from Tony Cook's 6th grant in which approximately 9 tickets were reviewed or worked on, and 3 patches were applied in roughly 17 hours.

Tony also provides a summary of the month of December. Roughly 50 hours in which approximately 28 tickets were reviewed, and 5 patches were applied.


Reported bugs

Resolved bugs

Rejected bugs

Proposed patches

Another proposed patch by Tony Cook in Perl #126410 which does not break on debugging/threaded builds.


Following Chad Granum's release of Importer, Aristotle commented on the list not favoring this suggestion while Kent Fredric commented on the benefit of it in comparison with the current exporting approach.

The discussion of the topic Karl Williamson raised with two different implementations of Unicode sentence boundary continues. It is still unclear what should be supported and how.

Ben Bullock pinned the problem in Perl #127232 to a Storable breaking the encapsulation of objects.

Bulk88 covered several ways of storing C resources in Perl. This is a worthy read.

Karl Williamson provided a review of a patch provided by Niko Tyni in Perl #127288.

Ricardo Signes is pinging the list on Perl #125833 and suggesting simply forbidding any leading colons in require or use statements.

Another ping from Ricardo on Perl #125569, regarding a memory saving patch by Bulk88.

And one more ping from Ricardo on Perl #116965 which garnished some interest and discussion.

Ricardo also commented on Perl #124368 with regards to handling literal // and /$null/.

Dennis Kaarsemaker and Tony Cook fixed the Win32 Jenkins build and Dennis took the time to share with the list how the build script was fixed.

James E. Keenan started testing blead on Darwin/PPC and found two failing tests on older Darwins for the new siginfo_t fields that Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker exposed. Ilmari and Lukas provided patches with a fix and James is running a smoke test with them.

Ed Avis opened Perl #127405 on removing the core function dump since it serves little to no value. Several comments added information on its purpose, problems, and lack of current usefulness.

Felipe Gasper opened Perl #127386 regarding setting the proper value for $!. This led to an interesting talk on the list regarding how Perl handles exit codes.

Jarkko Hietaniemi sent a Git hook he wrote that enforces a smoke test before a commit push, which he uses frequently, along with explanations on how it works.

Perl #127391 does not seem like a bug, but led to a discussion on associative subtleties.

Did you know that in the old days you could start a shell script with a colon? More explanations from Zefram here.

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