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Perl is a high-level, general-purpose programming language that makes easy things easy and hard things possible. It is optimized for scanning arbitrary text files and system administration. It has built-in extended regular expression matching and replacement, a dataflow mechanism to improve security with setuid scripts and is extensible via modules that can interface to C libraries.


Recent releases

  •  17 Mar 2013 18:29

    Release Notes: This release contains one major and a number of minor security fixes. It fixes a possible vulnerability to a denial-of-service attack by use of a carefully-crafted set of hash keys, a segmentation fault when reading or writing strings greater than 2^31 bytes in size, and a memory leak in Encode.xs's UTF-8 encoding implementation.

    •  03 Nov 2012 11:08

      Release Notes: Several minor bugs were fixed.

      •  12 Aug 2012 13:55

        Release Notes: Enhancements were made to code features such as "use", which now explicitly enables feature bundles, a more consistent "eval" operator, and a revamped "substr" function. The "__SUB__" sequence now returns a reference to the current subroutine, allowing for recursive subroutines to be written more simply. Support for Unicode 6.1 was improved. Many other minor improvements and bugfixes, along with several deprecations, were made.

        •  28 Sep 2011 11:59

          Release Notes: Two security vulnerabilities were resolved. Several other minor bugs were fixed.

          •  04 Jul 2011 07:45

            Release Notes: Several modules were updated to fix minor bugs. Tests were fixed. Documentation was improved.

            Recent comments

            21 Oct 2012 03:15 17michaelt

            Best scripting language ever!

            30 Apr 2010 09:34 cdarke

            Anonymous packages are not part of Perl 5.12. See

            17 Dec 2006 11:46 idles

            Re: Announcments

            > Would be great, if new versions would be

            > announced at freshmeat.

            Luckily they seem to be keeping this page up to date nowadays. The latest version is 5.8.8 and the site was promptly updated.

            04 Feb 2005 12:19 OkIDaN

            Perl is a wonderful language.

            29 Dec 2003 04:15 memeat

            Would be great, if new versions would be announced at freshmeat.

            The latest version is 5.8.2, not 5.8.0.



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