PERL5122DELTA(1) Perl Programmers Reference Guide PERL5122DELTA(1)
perl5122delta - what is new for perl v5.12.2
This document describes differences between the 5.12.1 release and the 5.12.2 release.
If you are upgrading from an earlier major version, such as 5.10.1, first read
perl5120delta, which describes differences between 5.10.1 and 5.12.0, as well as
perl5121delta, which describes earlier changes in the 5.12 stable release series.
There are no changes intentionally incompatible with 5.12.1. If any exist, they are bugs
and reports are welcome.
Other than the bug fixes listed below, there should be no user-visible changes to the core
language in this release.
Modules and Pragmata
New Modules and Pragmata
This release does not introduce any new modules or pragmata.
In the previous release, "no VERSION;" statements triggered a bug which could cause
feature bundles to be loaded and strict mode to be enabled unintentionally.
Upgraded from version 1.16 to 1.17.
Carp now detects incomplete caller() overrides and avoids using bogus @DB::args. To
provide backtraces, Carp relies on particular behaviour of the caller built-in. Carp
now detects if other code has overridden this with an incomplete implementation, and
modifies its backtrace accordingly. Previously incomplete overrides would cause
incorrect values in backtraces (best case), or obscure fatal errors (worst case)
This fixes certain cases of "Bizarre copy of ARRAY" caused by modules overriding
A patch to cpanp-run-perl has been backported from CPANPLUS 0.9004. This resolves RT
#55964 <http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Bug/Display.html?id=55964> and RT #57106
<http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Bug/Display.html?id=57106>, both of which related to
failures to install distributions that use "Module::Install::DSL".
A regression which caused a failure to find "CORE::GLOBAL::glob" after loading
"File::Glob" to crash has been fixed. Now, it correctly falls back to external
globbing via "pp_glob".
"File::Copy::copy(FILE, DIR)" is now documented.
Upgraded from version 3.31 to 3.31_01.
Several portability fixes were made in "File::Spec::VMS": a colon is now recognized as
a delimiter in native filespecs; caret-escaped delimiters are recognized for better
handling of extended filespecs; "catpath()" returns an empty directory rather than the
current directory if the input directory name is empty; "abs2rel()" properly handles
o perlbug now always gives the reporter a chance to change the email address it guesses
o perlbug should no longer warn about uninitialized values when using the "-d" and "-v"
Changes to Existing Documentation
o The existing policy on backward-compatibility and deprecation has been added to
perlpolicy, along with definitions of terms like deprecation.
o "srand" in perlfunc's usage has been clarified.
o The entry for "die" in perlfunc was reorganized to emphasize its role in the exception
o Perl's INSTALL file has been clarified to explicitly state that Perl requires a C89
compliant ANSI C Compiler.
o IO::Socket's "getsockopt()" and "setsockopt()" have been documented.
o alarm()'s inability to interrupt blocking IO on Windows has been documented.
o Math::TrulyRandom hasn't been updated since 1996 and has been removed as a recommended
solution for random number generation.
o perlrun has been updated to clarify the behaviour of octal flags to perl.
o To ease user confusion, $# and $*, two special variables that were removed in earlier
versions of Perl have been documented.
o The version of perlfaq shipped with the Perl core has been updated from the official
FAQ version, which is now maintained in the "briandfoy/perlfaq" branch of the Perl
repository at <git://perl5.git.perl.org/perl.git>.
Installation and Configuration Improvements
o The "d_u32align" configuration probe on ARM has been fixed.
o An ""incompatible operand types"" error in ternary expressions when building with
"clang" has been fixed.
o Perl now skips setuid "File::Copy" tests on partitions it detects to be mounted as
Selected Bug Fixes
o A possible segfault in the "T_PRTOBJ" default typemap has been fixed.
o A possible memory leak when using caller() to set @DB::args has been fixed.
o Several memory leaks when loading XS modules were fixed.
o "unpack()" now handles scalar context correctly for %32H and %32u, fixing a potential
crash. "split()" would crash because the third item on the stack wasn't the regular
expression it expected. "unpack("%2H", ...)" would return both the unpacked result
and the checksum on the stack, as would "unpack("%2u", ...)". [perl #73814]
o Perl now avoids using memory after calling "free()" in pp_require when there are
CODEREFs in @INC.
o A bug that could cause ""Unknown error"" messages when ""call_sv(code, G_EVAL)"" is
called from an XS destructor has been fixed.
o The implementation of the "open $fh, '>' \$buffer" feature now supports get/set magic
and thus tied buffers correctly.
o The "pp_getc", "pp_tell", and "pp_eof" opcodes now make room on the stack for their
return values in cases where no argument was passed in.
o When matching unicode strings under some conditions inappropriate backtracking would
result in a "Malformed UTF-8 character (fatal)" error. This should no longer occur.
See [perl #75680] <http://rt.perl.org/rt3/Public/Bug/Display.html?id=75680>
Platform Specific Notes
o README.aix has been updated with information about the XL C/C++ V11 compiler suite.
o When building Perl with the mingw64 x64 cross-compiler "incpath", "libpth", "ldflags",
"lddlflags" and "ldflags_nolargefiles" values in Config.pm and Config_heavy.pl were
not previously being set correctly because, with that compiler, the include and lib
directories are not immediately below "$(CCHOME)".
o git_version.h is now installed on VMS. This was an oversight in v5.12.0 which caused
some extensions to fail to build.
o Several memory leaks in stat() have been fixed.
o A memory leak in "Perl_rename()" due to a double allocation has been fixed.
o A memory leak in "vms_fid_to_name()" (used by "realpath()" and "realname()") has been
Perl 5.12.2 represents approximately three months of development since Perl 5.12.1 and
contains approximately 2,000 lines of changes across 100 files from 36 authors.
Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community of users
and developers. The following people are known to have contributed the improvements that
became Perl 5.12.2:
Abigail, var Arnfjoer` Bjarmason, Ben Morrow, brian d foy, Brian Phillips, Chas. Owens,
Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Chris Williams, Craig A. Berry, Curtis Jewell, Dan Dascalescu,
David Golden, David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, George Greer, H.Merijn
Brand, Jan Dubois, Jesse Vincent, Jim Cromie, Karl Williamson, Lars DXXXXXX XXX, Leon
Brocard, Maik Hentsche, Matt S Trout, Nicholas Clark, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Rainer Tammer,
Ricardo Signes, Salvador Ortiz Garcia, Sisyphus, Slaven Rezic, Steffen Mueller, Tony Cook,
Vincent Pit and Yves Orton.
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 http://rt.perl.org/perlbug/ .
There may also be information at http://www.perl.org/ , 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 email@example.com to be
analysed by the Perl porting team.
If the bug you are reporting has security implications, which make it inappropriate to
send to a publicly archived mailing list, then please send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org. This points to a closed subscription unarchived mailing
list, which includes all the core committers, who will be able to help assess the impact
of issues, figure out a resolution, and help co-ordinate the release of patches to
mitigate or fix the problem across all platforms on which Perl is supported. Please only
use this address for security issues in the Perl core, not for modules independently
distributed on CPAN.
The Changes file for an explanation of how to view 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.
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