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PERLDELTA(1)	       Perl Programmers Reference Guide		  PERLDELTA(1)

       perldelta - 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.

Incompatible Changes
       There are no changes intentionally incompatible with 5.12.1. If any
       exist, they are bugs and reports are welcome.

Core Enhancements
       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.

   Pragmata Changes
       In the previous release, "no VERSION;" statements triggered a bug which
       could cause feature bundles to be loaded and strict mode to be enabled

   Updated Modules
	   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 "caller()" incorrectly.

	   A patch to cpanp-run-perl has been backported from CPANPLUS 0.9004.
	   This resolves [perl #55964]
	   <> and [perl
	   #57106] <>, both
	   of which related to failures to install distributions that use

	   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 Unix-style input.

Utility Changes
       ·   perlbug now always gives the reporter a chance to change the email
	   address it guesses for them.

       ·   perlbug should no longer warn about uninitialized values when using
	   the "-d" and "-v" options.

Changes to Existing Documentation
       ·   The existing policy on backward-compatibility and deprecation has
	   been added to perlpolicy, along with definitions of terms like

       ·   "srand" in perlfunc's usage has been clarified.

       ·   The entry for "die" in perlfunc was reorganized to emphasize its
	   role in the exception mechanism.

       ·   Perl's INSTALL file has been clarified to explicitly state that
	   Perl requires a C89 compliant ANSI C Compiler.

       ·   IO::Socket's "getsockopt()" and "setsockopt()" have been

       ·   alarm()'s inability to interrupt blocking IO on Windows has been

       ·   Math::TrulyRandom hasn't been updated since 1996 and has been
	   removed as a recommended solution for random number generation.

       ·   perlrun has been updated to clarify the behaviour of octal flags to

       ·   To ease user confusion, $# and $*, two special variables that were
	   removed in earlier versions of Perl have been documented.

       ·   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

Installation and Configuration Improvements
   Configuration improvements
       ·   The "d_u32align" configuration probe on ARM has been fixed.

   Compilation improvements
       ·   An ""incompatible operand types"" error in ternary expressions when
	   building with "clang" has been fixed.

       ·   Perl now skips setuid "File::Copy" tests on partitions it detects
	   to be mounted as "nosuid".

Selected Bug Fixes
       ·   A possible segfault in the "T_PRTOBJ" default typemap has been

       ·   A possible memory leak when using caller() to set @DB::args has
	   been fixed.

       ·   Several memory leaks when loading XS modules were fixed.

       ·   "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] <>

       ·   Perl now avoids using memory after calling "free()" in pp_require
	   when there are CODEREFs in @INC.

       ·   A bug that could cause ""Unknown error"" messages when
	   ""call_sv(code, G_EVAL)"" is called from an XS destructor has been

       ·   The implementation of the "open $fh, '>' \$buffer" feature now
	   supports get/set magic and thus tied buffers correctly.

       ·   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

       ·   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]

Platform Specific Notes
       ·   README.aix has been updated with information about the XL C/C++ V11
	   compiler suite.

       ·   When building Perl with the mingw64 x64 cross-compiler "incpath",
	   "libpth", "ldflags", "lddlflags" and "ldflags_nolargefiles" values
	   in and were not previously not being set
	   correctly because, with that compiler, the include and lib
	   directories are not immediately below "$(CCHOME)".

       ·   git_version.h is now installed on VMS. This was an oversight in
	   v5.12.0 which caused some extensions to fail to build.

       ·   Several memory leaks in stat() have been fixed.

       ·   A memory leak in "Perl_rename()" due to a double allocation has
	   been fixed.

       ·   A memory leak in "vms_fid_to_name()" (used by "realpath()" and
	   "realname()") has been fixed.

       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.

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.

       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 This points to a closed
       subscription unarchived mailing list, which includes all the core
       committers, who 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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