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PERL587DELTA(1)        Perl Programmers Reference Guide        PERL587DELTA(1)

       perldelta - what is new for perl v5.8.7

       This document describes differences between the 5.8.6 release and the
       5.8.7 release.

Incompatible Changes
       There are no changes incompatible with 5.8.6.

Core Enhancements
       Unicode Character Database 4.1.0

       The copy of the Unicode Character Database included in Perl 5.8 has
       been updated to 4.1.0 from 4.0.1. See  for the notable changes.

       suidperl less insecure

       A pair of exploits in "suidperl" involving debugging code have been

       For new projects the core perl team strongly recommends that you use
       dedicated, single purpose security tools such as "sudo" in preference
       to "suidperl".

       Optional site customization script

       The perl interpreter can be built to allow the use of a site customiza
       tion script. By default this is not enabled, to be consistent with pre
       vious perl releases. To use this, add "-Dusesitecustomize" to the com
       mand line flags when running the "Configure" script. See also "-f" in

       "Config.pm" is now much smaller.

       "Config.pm" is now about 3K rather than 32K, with the infrequently used
       code and %Config values loaded on demand. This is transparent to the
       programmer, but means that most code will save parsing and loading 29K
       of script (for example, code that uses "File::Find").

Modules and Pragmata
	  B upgraded to version 1.09

	  base upgraded to version 2.07

	  bignum upgraded to version 0.17

	  bytes upgraded to version 1.02

	  Carp upgraded to version 1.04

	  CGI upgraded to version 3.10

	  Class::ISA upgraded to version 0.33

	  Data::Dumper upgraded to version 2.121_02

	  DB_File upgraded to version 1.811

	  Devel::PPPort upgraded to version 3.06

	  Digest upgraded to version 1.10

	  Encode upgraded to version 2.10

	  FileCache upgraded to version 1.05

	  File::Path upgraded to version 1.07

	  File::Temp upgraded to version 0.16

	  IO::File upgraded to version 1.11

	  IO::Socket upgraded to version 1.28

	  Math::BigInt upgraded to version 1.77

	  Math::BigRat upgraded to version 0.15

	  overload upgraded to version 1.03

	  PathTools upgraded to version 3.05

	  Pod::HTML upgraded to version 1.0503

	  Pod::Perldoc upgraded to version 3.14

	  Pod::LaTeX upgraded to version 0.58

	  Pod::Parser upgraded to version 1.30

	  Symbol upgraded to version 1.06

	  Term::ANSIColor upgraded to version 1.09

	  Test::Harness upgraded to version 2.48

	  Test::Simple upgraded to version 0.54

	  Text::Wrap upgraded to version 2001.09293, to fix a bug when wrap()
	   was called with a non-space separator.

	  threads::shared upgraded to version 0.93

	  Time::HiRes upgraded to version 1.66

	  Time::Local upgraded to version 1.11

	  Unicode::Normalize upgraded to version 0.32

	  utf8 upgraded to version 1.05

	  Win32 upgraded to version 0.24, which provides Win32::GetFileVer

Utility Changes
       find2perl enhancements

       "find2perl" has new options "-iname", "-path" and "-ipath".

Performance Enhancements
       The internal pointer mapping hash used during ithreads cloning now uses
       an arena for memory allocation. In tests this reduced ithreads cloning
       time by about 10%.

Installation and Configuration Improvements
	  The Win32 "dmake" makefile.mk has been updated to make it compati
	   ble with the latest versions of dmake.

	   "NO_HASH_SEED" should now work in Win32 makefiles.

Selected Bug Fixes
	  The socket() function on Win32 has been fixed so that it is able to
	   use transport providers which specify a protocol of 0 (meaning any
	   protocol is allowed) once more.  (This was broken in 5.8.6, and
	   typically caused the use of ICMP sockets to fail.)

	  Another obscure bug involving "substr" and UTF-8 caused by bad
	   internal offset caching has been identified and fixed.

	  A bug involving the loading of UTF-8 tables by the regexp engine
	   has been fixed - code such as ""\x{100}" =~ /[[:print:]]/" will no
	   longer give corrupt results.

	  Case conversion operations such as "uc" on a long Unicode string
	   could exhaust memory. This has been fixed.

	  "index"/"rindex" were buggy for some combinations of Unicode and
	   non-Unicode data. This has been fixed.

	  "read" (and presumably "sysread") would expose the UTF-8 internals
	   when reading from a byte oriented file handle into a UTF-8 scalar.
	   This has been fixed.

	  Several "pack"/"unpack" bug fixes:

	      Checksums with "b" or "B" formats were broken.

	      "unpack" checksums could overflow with the "C" format.

	      "U0" and "C0" are now scoped to "()" "pack" sub-templates.

	      Counted length prefixes now dont change "C0"/"U0" mode.

	      "pack" "Z0" used to destroy the preceding character.

	      "P"/"p" "pack" formats used to only recognise literal "undef"

	  Using closures with ithreads could cause perl to crash. This was
	   due to failure to correctly lock internal OP structures, and has
	   been fixed.

	  The return value of "close" now correctly reflects any file errors
	   that occur while flushing the handles data, instead of just giving
	   failure if the actual underlying file close operation failed.

	  "not() || 1" used to segfault. "not()" now behaves like not(0),
	   which was the pre 5.6.0 behaviour.

	  "h2ph" has various enhancements to cope with constructs in header
	   files that used to result in incorrect or invalid output.

New or Changed Diagnostics
       There is a new taint error, "%ENV is aliased to %s". This error is
       thrown when taint checks are enabled and when *ENV has been aliased, so
       that %ENV has no env-magic anymore and hence the environment cannot be
       verified as taint-free.

       The internals of "pack" and "unpack" have been updated. All legitimate
       templates should work as before, but there may be some changes in the
       error reported for complex failure cases. Any behaviour changes for
       non-error cases are bugs, and should be reported.

Changed Internals
       There has been a fair amount of refactoring of the "C" source code,
       partly to make it tidier and more maintainable. The resulting object
       code and the "perl" binary may well be smaller than 5.8.6, and hope
       fully faster in some cases, but apart from this there should be no
       user-detectable changes.

       "${^UTF8LOCALE}" has been added to give perl space access to

       The size of the arenas used to allocate SV heads and most SV bodies can
       now be changed at compile time. The old size was 1008 bytes, the new
       default size is 4080 bytes.

Known Problems
       Unicode strings returned from overloaded operators can be buggy. This
       is a long standing bug reported since 5.8.6 was released, but we do not
       yet have a suitable fix for it.

Platform Specific Problems
       On UNICOS, lib/Math/BigInt/t/bigintc.t hangs burning CPU.
       ext/B/t/bytecode.t and ext/Socket/t/socketpair.t both fail tests.
       These are unlikely to be resolved, as our valiant UNICOS porters last
       Cray is being decommissioned.

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 http://bugs.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 pro
       gram 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.  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			  2008-04-25		       PERL587DELTA(1)

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