Perl 5 Porters Weekly: December 17-December 23, 2012

Happy New Year! Welcome to Perl 5 Porters Weekly, a summary of the email traffic of the perl5-porters email list.

Topics this week include:

  • perl 5.17.7 is now available
  • Solaris smoke testers wanted
  • Parrot 4.11.0 "All together - Happy Birthday Lovebird" Released!
  • successful s///e clobbers $! on MSWin32
  • JROBINSON grant report, #13
  • POSIX wrapper for strptime()
  • Is this a known unicode bug in 5.16.2?

perl 5.17.7 is now available

Dave Rolsky announced that perl-5.17.7 is now available from a CPAN mirror near you.

Read the announcement

Read perldelta

Download the tarball

Solaris smoke testers wanted

Dave Rolsky also encouraged people who use Perl on Solaris to join the CPAN testing/smoking group.

Read the message

Find out how to set up a smoker box

Parrot 4.11.0 "All together - Happy Birthday Lovebird" Released!

Reini Urban announced that Parrot 4.11.0 is now available for download.

Read the announcement

successful s///e clobbers $! on MSWin32

Which makes bugs on Win32 harder to track down when using Carp because Carp::format_args() does such a substitution.

Read the thread

JROBINSON grant report, #13

Checking in on Jess Robinson's Perl to Android cross compiling effort, it looks like there's an interesting side project which allows a Java process to schlep fatpacked perl modules to an Android platform.

Full details are in the grant report. A demo is available on a blog post.

Read the grant report

POSIX wrapper for strptime()

LeoNerd proposed making POSIX/strptime unbroken cross-platform, but there was quite a bit of pushback on the idea. The primary objection was that the purpose of the POSIX module is to expose OS-specific functionality, and the second objection was that a cross-platform strptime already exists in Time::Piece.

Read the thread

Is this a known unicode bug in 5.16.2?

Anders Melchiorsen reported a strange bug in Perl's regex engine when it somehow thinks it's processing UTF-8 (even though it isn't.) A series of messages tracing the bug and trying to understand its origin followed. In a followup Dave Mitchell supplied a fix for the problem.

Read the thread

Read the followup

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