On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm announcing an
out-of-schedule release of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler.
Rakudo is an implementation of Perl 6 on the Moar Virtual Machine[^1].
This release is a point release in addition to the regular, monthly
releases. Rakudo 2019.03 (note: no .1) was discovered to have issues
on Windows where calling certain methods on
$*KERNEL.bits) would throw instead of returning a proper
value. This release is for Windows users only: users on other systems
do not need to update, but are of course welcome to.
The tarball for this release is available from https://rakudo.org/files/rakudo.
Please note: This announcement is not for the Rakudo Star
distribution[^2] — it’s announcing a new release of the compiler
only. For the latest Rakudo Star release, see
The changes in this release are outlined below:
New in 2019.03.1:
The following people contributed to this release:
Nick Logan, Aleks-Daniel Jakimenko-Aleksejev
If you would like to contribute or find out more information, visit
https://perl6.org, https://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the
email@example.com mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6 on freenode.
Additionally, we invite you to make a donation to The Perl Foundation
to sponsor Perl 6 development: https://donate.perlfoundation.org/
(put “Perl 6 Core Development Fund” in the ‘Purpose’ text field)
The next release of Rakudo (#131), is tentatively scheduled for 2019-04-20.
A list of the other planned release dates is available in the
The development team appreciates feedback! If you’re using Rakudo, do
get back to us. Questions, comments, suggestions for improvements, cool
discoveries, incredible hacks, or any other feedback – get in touch with
us through (the above-mentioned) mailing list or IRC channel. Enjoy!
Please note that recent releases have known issues running on the JVM.
We are working to get the JVM backend working again but do not yet have
an estimated delivery date.
[^1]: See http://moarvm.org/
[^2]: What’s the difference between the Rakudo compiler and the Rakudo
The Rakudo compiler is a compiler for the Perl 6 language.
Not much more.
The Rakudo Star distribution is the Rakudo compiler plus a selection
of useful Perl 6 modules, a module installer, Perl 6 introductory
documentation, and other software that can be used with the Rakudo
compiler to enhance its utility.