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NAME

       perl5201delta - what is new for perl v5.20.1

DESCRIPTION

       This document describes differences between the 5.20.0 release and the 5.20.1 release.

       If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.18.0, first read perl5200delta,
       which describes differences between 5.18.0 and 5.20.0.

Incompatible Changes

       There are no changes intentionally incompatible with 5.20.0.  If any exist, they are bugs,
       and we request that you submit a report.  See "Reporting Bugs" below.

Performance Enhancements

       ·   An optimization to avoid problems with COW and deliberately overallocated PVs has been
           disabled because it interfered with another, more important, optimization, causing a
           slowdown on some platforms.  [perl #121975]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121975>

       ·   Returning a string from a lexical variable could be slow in some cases.  This has now
           been fixed.  [perl #121977] <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121977>

Modules and Pragmata

   Updated Modules and Pragmata
       ·   Config::Perl::V has been upgraded from version 0.20 to 0.22.

           The list of Perl versions covered has been updated and some flaws in the parsing have
           been fixed.

       ·   Exporter has been upgraded from version 5.70 to 5.71.

           Illegal POD syntax in the documentation has been corrected.

       ·   ExtUtils::CBuilder has been upgraded from version 0.280216 to 0.280217.

           Android builds now link to both -lperl and $Config::Config{perllibs}.

       ·   File::Copy has been upgraded from version 2.29 to 2.30.

           The documentation now notes that "copy" will not overwrite read-only files.

       ·   Module::CoreList has been upgraded from version 3.11 to 5.020001.

           The list of Perl versions covered has been updated.

       ·   The PathTools module collection has been upgraded from version 3.47 to 3.48.

           Fallbacks are now in place when cross-compiling for Android and $Config::Config{sh} is
           not yet defined.  [perl #121963] <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121963>

       ·   PerlIO::via has been upgraded from version 0.14 to 0.15.

           A minor portability improvement has been made to the XS implementation.

       ·   Unicode::UCD has been upgraded from version 0.57 to 0.58.

           The documentation includes many clarifications and fixes.

       ·   utf8 has been upgraded from version 1.13 to 1.13_01.

           The documentation has some minor formatting improvements.

       ·   version has been upgraded from version 0.9908 to 0.9909.

           External libraries and Perl may have different ideas of what the locale is.  This is
           problematic when parsing version strings if the locale's numeric separator has been
           changed.  Version parsing has been patched to ensure it handles the locales correctly.
           [perl #121930] <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121930>

Documentation

   Changes to Existing Documentation
       perlapi

       ·   "av_len" - Emphasize that this returns the highest index in the array, not the size of
           the array.  [perl #120386] <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=120386>

       ·   Note that "SvSetSV" doesn't do set magic.

       ·   "sv_usepvn_flags" - Fix documentation to mention the use of "NewX" instead of
           "malloc".  [perl #121869] <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121869>

       ·   Clarify where "NUL" may be embedded or is required to terminate a string.

       perlfunc

       ·   Clarify the meaning of "-B" and "-T".

       ·   "-l" now notes that it will return false if symlinks aren't supported by the file
           system.  [perl #121523] <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121523>

       ·   Note that "each", "keys" and "values" may produce different orderings for tied hashes
           compared to other perl hashes.  [perl #121404]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121404>

       ·   Note that "exec LIST" and "system LIST" may fall back to the shell on Win32.  Only
           "exec PROGRAM LIST" and "system PROGRAM LIST" indirect object syntax will reliably
           avoid using the shell.  This has also been noted in perlport.  [perl #122046]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=122046>

       ·   Clarify the meaning of "our".  [perl #122132]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=122132>

       perlguts

       ·   Explain various ways of modifying an existing SV's buffer.  [perl #116925]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=116925>

       perlpolicy

       ·   We now have a code of conduct for the p5p mailing list, as documented in "STANDARDS OF
           CONDUCT" in perlpolicy.

       perlre

       ·   The "/x" modifier has been clarified to note that comments cannot be continued onto
           the next line by escaping them.

       perlsyn

       ·   Mention the use of empty conditionals in "for"/"while" loops for infinite loops.

       perlxs

       ·   Added a discussion of locale issues in XS code.

Diagnostics

       The following additions or changes have been made to diagnostic output, including warnings
       and fatal error messages.  For the complete list of diagnostic messages, see perldiag.

   Changes to Existing Diagnostics
       ·   Variable length lookbehind not implemented in regex m/%s/

           Information about Unicode behaviour has been added.

Configuration and Compilation

       ·   Building Perl no longer writes to the source tree when configured with Configure's
           -Dmksymlinks option.  [perl #121585]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121585>

Platform Support

   Platform-Specific Notes
       Android
           Build support has been improved for cross-compiling in general and for Android in
           particular.

       OpenBSD
           Corrected architectures and version numbers used in configuration hints when building
           Perl.

       Solaris
           c99 options have been cleaned up, hints look for solstudio as well as SUNWspro, and
           support for native "setenv" has been added.

       VMS An old bug in feature checking, mainly affecting pre-7.3 systems, has been fixed.

       Windows
           %I64d is now being used instead of %lld for MinGW.

Internal Changes

       ·   Added "sync_locale" in perlapi.  Changing the program's locale should be avoided by XS
           code.  Nevertheless, certain non-Perl libraries called from XS, such as "Gtk" do so.
           When this happens, Perl needs to be told that the locale has changed.  Use this
           function to do so, before returning to Perl.

Selected Bug Fixes

       ·   A bug has been fixed where zero-length assertions and code blocks inside of a regex
           could cause "pos" to see an incorrect value.  [perl #122460]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=122460>

       ·   Using "s///e" on tainted utf8 strings could issue bogus "Malformed UTF-8 character
           (unexpected end of string)" warnings.  This has now been fixed.  [perl #122148]
           <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=122148>

       ·   "system" and friends should now work properly on more Android builds.

           Due to an oversight, the value specified through -Dtargetsh to Configure would end up
           being ignored by some of the build process.  This caused perls cross-compiled for
           Android to end up with defective versions of "system", "exec" and backticks: the
           commands would end up looking for /bin/sh instead of /system/bin/sh, and so would fail
           for the vast majority of devices, leaving $! as "ENOENT".

       ·   Many issues have been detected by Coverity <http://www.coverity.com/> and fixed.

Acknowledgements

       Perl 5.20.1 represents approximately 4 months of development since Perl 5.20.0 and
       contains approximately 12,000 lines of changes across 170 files from 36 authors.

       Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there were approximately
       2,600 lines of changes to 110 .pm, .t, .c and .h files.

       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 5.20.1:

       Aaron Crane, Abigail, Alberto Simões, Alexandr Ciornii, Alexandre (Midnite) Jousset,
       Andrew Fresh, Andy Dougherty, Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry,
       Daniel Dragan, David Golden, David Mitchell, H.Merijn Brand, James E Keenan, Jan Dubois,
       Jarkko Hietaniemi, John Peacock, kafka, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai,
       Matthew Horsfall, Michael Bunk, Peter Martini, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Reini Urban, Ricardo
       Signes, Shirakata Kentaro, Smylers, Steve Hay, Thomas Sibley, Todd Rinaldo, Tony Cook,
       Vladimir Marek, Yves Orton.

       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 https://rt.perl.org/ .  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 perlbug@perl.org 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
       perl5-security-report@perl.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.

SEE ALSO

       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.