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       perl5182delta - what is new for perl v5.18.2


       This document describes differences between the 5.18.1 release and the 5.18.2 release.

       If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.18.0, first read perl5181delta,
       which describes differences between 5.18.0 and 5.18.1.

Modules and Pragmata

   Updated Modules and Pragmata
       ·   B has been upgraded from version 1.42_01 to 1.42_02.

           The fix for [perl #118525] introduced a regression in the behaviour of "B::CV::GV",
           changing the return value from a "B::SPECIAL" object on a "NULL" "CvGV" to "undef".
           "B::CV::GV" again returns a "B::SPECIAL" object in this case.  [perl #119413]

       ·   B::Concise has been upgraded from version 0.95 to 0.95_01.

           This fixes a bug in dumping unexpected SPECIALs.

       ·   English has been upgraded from version 1.06 to 1.06_01.  This fixes an error about the
           performance of "$`", $&, and "$'".

       ·   File::Glob has been upgraded from version 1.20 to 1.20_01.


   Changes to Existing Documentation
       ·   perlrepository has been restored with a pointer to more useful pages.

       ·   perlhack has been updated with the latest changes from blead.

Selected Bug Fixes

       ·   Perl 5.18.1 introduced a regression along with a bugfix for lexical subs.  Some
           B::SPECIAL results from B::CV::GV became undefs instead.  This broke Devel::Cover
           among other libraries.  This has been fixed.  [perl #119351]

       ·   Perl 5.18.0 introduced a regression whereby "[:^ascii:]", if used in the same
           character class as other qualifiers, would fail to match characters in the Latin-1
           block.  This has been fixed.  [perl #120799]

       ·   Perl 5.18.0 introduced a regression when using ->SUPER::method with AUTOLOAD by
           looking up AUTOLOAD from the current package, rather than the current package’s
           superclass.  This has been fixed. [perl #120694]

       ·   Perl 5.18.0 introduced a regression whereby "-bareword" was no longer permitted under
           the "strict" and "integer" pragmata when used together.  This has been fixed.  [perl

       ·   Previously PerlIOBase_dup didn't check if pushing the new layer succeeded before
           (optionally) setting the utf8 flag. This could cause segfaults-by-nullpointer.  This
           has been fixed.

       ·   A buffer overflow with very long identifiers has been fixed.

       ·   A regression from 5.16 in the handling of padranges led to assertion failures if a
           keyword plugin declined to handle the second ‘my’, but only after creating a padop.

           This affected, at least, Devel::CallParser under threaded builds.

           This has been fixed.

       ·   The construct "$r=qr/.../; /$r/p" is now handled properly, an issue which had been
           worsened by changes 5.18.0. [perl #118213]


       Perl 5.18.2 represents approximately 3 months of development since Perl 5.18.1 and
       contains approximately 980 lines of changes across 39 files from 4 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 5.18.2:

       Craig A. Berry, David Mitchell, Ricardo Signes, Tony Cook.

       The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically generated from
       version control history. In particular, it does not include the names of the (very much
       appreciated) contributors who reported issues to the Perl bug tracker.

       Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN modules included in
       Perl's core. We're grateful to the entire CPAN community for helping Perl to flourish.

       For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors, please see the AUTHORS
       file in the Perl source distribution.

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 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.