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PERL582DELTA(1)        Perl Programmers Reference Guide        PERL582DELTA(1)

       perl582delta - what is new for perl v5.8.2

       This document describes differences between the 5.8.1 release and the 5.8.2 release.

       If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.6.1, first read the perl58delta, which describes differ-
       ences between 5.6.0 and 5.8.0, and the perl581delta, which describes differences between 5.8.0 and 5.8.1.

Incompatible Changes
       For threaded builds for modules calling certain re-entrant system calls, binary compatibility was accidentally
       lost between 5.8.0 and 5.8.1.  Binary compatibility with 5.8.0 has been restored in 5.8.2, which necessitates
       breaking compatibility with 5.8.1. We see this as the lesser of two evils.

       This will only affect people who have a threaded perl 5.8.1, and compiled modules which use these calls, and
       now attempt to run the compiled modules with 5.8.2. The fix is to re-compile and re-install the modules using

Core Enhancements
       Hash Randomisation

       The hash randomisation introduced with 5.8.1 has been amended. It transpired that although the implementation
       introduced in 5.8.1 was source compatible with 5.8.0, it was not binary compatible in certain cases. 5.8.2 con-
       tains an improved implementation which is both source and binary compatible with both 5.8.0 and 5.8.1, and
       remains robust against the form of attack which prompted the change for 5.8.1.

       We are grateful to the Debian project for their input in this area.  See "Algorithmic Complexity Attacks" in
       perlsec for the original rationale behind this change.


       Several memory leaks associated with variables shared between threads have been fixed.

Modules and Pragmata
       Updated Modules And Pragmata

       The following modules and pragmata have been updated since Perl 5.8.1:

           Documentation improved

           Documentation improved

           Documentation improved

Selected Bug Fixes
       Some syntax errors involving unrecognized filetest operators are now handled correctly by the parser.

Changed Internals
       Interpreter initialization is more complete when -DMULTIPLICITY is off.  This should resolve problems with ini-
       tializing and destroying the Perl interpreter more than once in a single process.

Platform Specific Problems
       Dynamic linker flags have been tweaked for Solaris and OS X, which should solve problems seen while building
       some XS modules.

       Bugs in OS/2 sockets and tmpfile have been fixed.

       In OS X "setreuid" and friends are troublesome - perl will now work around their problems as best possible.

Future Directions
       Starting with 5.8.3 we intend to make more frequent maintenance releases, with a smaller number of changes in
       each. The intent is to propagate bug fixes out to stable releases more rapidly and make upgrading stable
       releases less of an upheaval. This should give end users more flexibility in their choice of upgrade timing,
       and allow them easier assessment of the impact of upgrades. The current plan is for code freezes as follows

       ?   5.8.3 23:59:59 GMT, Wednesday December 31st 2003

       ?   5.8.4 23:59:59 GMT, Wednesday March 31st 2004

       ?   5.8.5 23:59:59 GMT, Wednesday June 30th 2004

       with the release following soon after, when testing is complete.

       See "Future Directions" in perl581delta for more soothsaying.

Reporting Bugs
       If you find what you think is a bug, you might check the articles recently posted to the comp.lang.perl.misc
       newsgroup and the perl bug database at  There may also be information at, the Perl Home Page.

       If you believe you have an unreported bug, please run the perlbug program included with your release.  Be sure
       to trim your bug down to a tiny but sufficient test case.  Your bug report, along with the output of "perl -V",
       will be sent off to to be analysed by the Perl porting team.  You can browse and search the
       Perl 5 bugs at

       The Changes file for exhaustive details on what changed.

       The INSTALL file for how to build Perl.

       The README file for general stuff.

       The Artistic and Copying files for copyright information.

perl v5.8.8                       2006-01-07                   PERL582DELTA(1)