Summer is here, and it's vacation time for the Perl 5 porters. Well, except for the valorous maint pumpking, who just released a snapshot of perl 5.8.5-to-be.
Nicholas Clark finds that doing a simple pipe :
cat | perl
on his system produces the trange error message, cat: stdin: Resource temporarily unavailable. After some investigation he decides it's probably a FreeBSD 5 threading bug.
Jeff Pinyan found and fixed a regular expression bug: character ranges are not computed correctly with
Edward Peschko remarks that tieing a hash which is already populated with some values erases those values. Nicholas Clark explains that tie() isn't actually destroying the values, but merely hiding them. Once the hash untied, the original data is still there.
David R.Schulte experiments that sometimes, taint error messages are emitted for a whole conditional expression, even though only a unused part of the expression is actually tainted. (bug #30461.)
Ken Williams released Cwd 2.18.
Paul Fenwick proposed a patch to make sort() play nethack when it's called in scalar context.
Nicholas released a snapshot of maintperl, just before the code freeze for perl 5.8.5. Testers most welcome.
This summary was written by Rafael Garcia-Suarez. Weekly summaries are published on http://use.perl.org/ and posted on a mailing list, which subscription address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments and corrections welcome.