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perl5221delta - what is new for perl v5.22.1


This document describes differences between the 5.22.0 release and the 5.22.1 release.

If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.20.0, first read perl5220delta, which describes differences between 5.20.0 and 5.22.0.

Incompatible Changes

There are no changes intentionally incompatible with 5.20.0 other than the following single exception, which we deemed to be a sensible change to make in order to get the new \b{wb} and (in particular) \b{sb} features sane before people decided they're worthless because of bugs in their Perl 5.22.0 implementation and avoided them in the future. If any others exist, they are bugs, and we request that you submit a report. See "Reporting Bugs" below.

Bounds Checking Constructs

Several bugs, including a segmentation fault, have been fixed with the bounds checking constructs (introduced in Perl 5.22) \b{gcb}, \b{sb}, \b{wb}, \B{gcb}, \B{sb}, and \B{wb}. All the \B{} ones now match an empty string; none of the \b{} ones do. [GH #14976]

Modules and Pragmata

Updated Modules and Pragmata


Changes to Existing Documentation




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

Configuration and Compilation

Platform Support

Platform-Specific Notes

  • Under some circumstances IRIX stdio fgetc() and fread() set the errno to ENOENT, which made no sense according to either IRIX or POSIX docs. Errno is now cleared in such cases. [GH #14557]

  • Problems when multiplying long doubles by infinity have been fixed. [GH #14993]

  • All tests pass now on IRIX with the default build configuration.

Selected Bug Fixes


Perl 5.22.1 represents approximately 6 months of development since Perl 5.22.0 and contains approximately 19,000 lines of changes across 130 files from 27 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there were approximately 1,700 lines of changes to 44 .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 5.22.1:

Aaron Crane, Abigail, Andy Broad, Aristotle Pagaltzis, Chase Whitener, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, Herbert Breunung, Hugo van der Sanden, James E Keenan, Jan Dubois, Jarkko Hietaniemi, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai, Matthew Horsfall, Peter Martini, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Ricardo Signes, Shlomi Fish, Sisyphus, Steve Hay, Tony Cook, Victor Adam.

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.

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