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PERL585DELTA(1)        Perl Programmers Reference Guide        PERL585DELTA(1)

       perl585delta - what is new for perl v5.8.5

       This document describes differences between the 5.8.4 release and the 5.8.5 release.

Incompatible Changes
       There are no changes incompatible with 5.8.4.

Core Enhancements
       Perl's regular expression engine now contains support for matching on the intersection of two Unicode character
       classes. You can also now refer to user-defined character classes from within other user defined character

Modules and Pragmata
       ?   Carp improved to work nicely with Safe. Carp's message reporting should now be anomaly free - it will
           always print out line number information.

       ?   CGI upgraded to version 3.05

       ?   charnames now avoids clobbering $_

       ?   Digest upgraded to version 1.08

       ?   Encode upgraded to version 2.01

       ?   FileCache upgraded to version 1.04

       ?   libnet upgraded to version 1.19

       ?   Pod::Parser upgraded to version 1.28

       ?   Pod::Perldoc upgraded to version 3.13

       ?   Pod::LaTeX upgraded to version 0.57

       ?   Safe now works properly with Carp

       ?   Scalar-List-Utils upgraded to version 1.14

       ?   Shell's documentation has been re-written, and its historical partial auto-quoting of command arguments can
           now be disabled.

       ?   Test upgraded to version 1.25

       ?   Test::Harness upgraded to version 2.42

       ?   Time::Local upgraded to version 1.10

       ?   Unicode::Collate upgraded to version 0.40

       ?   Unicode::Normalize upgraded to version 0.30

Utility Changes
       Perl's debugger

       The debugger can now emulate stepping backwards, by restarting and rerunning all bar the last command from a
       saved command history.


       h2ph is now able to understand a very limited set of C inline functions -- basically, the inline functions that
       look like CPP macros. This has been introduced to deal with some of the headers of the newest versions of the
       glibc. The standard warning still applies; to quote h2ph's documentation, you may need to dicker with the files

Installation and Configuration Improvements
       Perl 5.8.5 should build cleanly from source on LynxOS.

Selected Bug Fixes
       ?   The in-place sort optimisation introduced in 5.8.4 had a bug. For example, in code such as

               @a = sort ($b, @a)

           the result would omit the value $b. This is now fixed.

       ?   The optimisation for unnecessary assignments introduced in 5.8.4 could give spurious warnings. This has
           been fixed.

       ?   Perl should now correctly detect and read BOM-marked and (BOMless) UTF-16 scripts of either endianness.

       ?   Creating a new thread when weak references exist was buggy, and would often cause warnings at interpreter
           destruction time. The known bug is now fixed.

       ?   Several obscure bugs involving manipulating Unicode strings with "substr" have been fixed.

       ?   Previously if Perl's file globbing function encountered a directory that it did not have permission to open
           it would return immediately, leading to unexpected truncation of the list of results. This has been fixed,
           to be consistent with Unix shells' globbing behaviour.

       ?   Thread creation time could vary wildly between identical runs. This was caused by a poor hashing algorithm
           in the thread cloning routines, which has now been fixed.

       ?   The internals of the ithreads implementation were not checking if OS-level thread creation had failed.
           threads->create() now returns "undef" in if thread creation fails instead of crashing perl.

New or Changed Diagnostics
       ?   Perl -V has several improvements

           ?   correctly outputs local patch names that contain embedded code snippets or other characters that used
               to confuse it.

           ?   arguments to -V that look like regexps will give multiple lines of output.

           ?   a trailing colon suppresses the linefeed and ';'  terminator, allowing embedding of queries into shell

           ?   a leading colon removes the 'name=' part of the response, allowing mapping to any name.

       ?   When perl fails to find the specified script, it now outputs a second line suggesting that the user use the
           "-S" flag:

               $ perl5.8.5
               Can't open perl script "": No such file or directory.
               Use -S to search $PATH for it.

Changed Internals
       The Unicode character class files used by the regular expression engine are now built at build time from the
       supplied Unicode consortium data files, instead of being shipped prebuilt. This makes the compressed Perl
       source tarball about 200K smaller. A side effect is that the layout of files inside lib/unicore has changed.

Known Problems
       The regression test t/uni/class.t is now performing considerably more tests, and can take several minutes to
       run even on a fast machine.

Platform Specific Problems
       This release is known not to build on Windows 95.

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                   PERL585DELTA(1)