5.8.9 Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise how damaging this would be to the European ideal? 'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.' This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey. 'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.' This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.] In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no reason to change when it has worked so well until now. I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history. Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA, the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time. I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir Humphrey, and he simply chuckled. So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we pushing to increase the membership? 'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more futile and impotent it becomes.' This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so. Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.' [pp.119-120 _The complete Yes Minister // The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister by the Right Hon. James Hacker MP._ v "The Writing on the Wall" *] Blame transfer protocol complete. S.E.P. field now fully enaged. Nicholas Clark * http://www.jonathanlynn.com/Books/Complete_Yes_Minister/complete_yes_minister.htm
5.8.9 RC1 A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes, and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo jets and all. I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said. I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.' While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim. And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie. Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a name like Charlie Umtali? I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now know something about our official visitor. Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore knew little of his background. I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background. Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top first. Wiped the floor with everyone. Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.' 'Why?' I enquired. 'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally. Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?' In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a revolving door and comes out in front.' 'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey. 'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.' 'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.' [p44 _The complete Yes Minister // The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister by the Right Hon. James Hacker MP._ ii "The Official Visit" *] Nicholas Clark * Very very funny, timeless, and scarily topical, even 28 years later. See http://www.jonathanlynn.com/Books/Complete_Yes_Minister/complete_yes_minister.htm
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Perl 5.10.0 is released He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line, did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom. -- Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Perl 5.10.0 is now out, the first in the 5.10.x major version series, after a five year long development process. It's currently being mirrored on CPAN. A more formal announcement will follow via the usual canals. I'm told a press release is also in the works. I would like to thank everyone on perl5-porters for their efforts. I hope we'll all be proud of what Perl is becoming. And ready to get back to the keyboard for 5.12, for which, I hope, we'll not wait as long as we waited for 5.10. As a personal note, I can't wait to use 5.10 in production. All those new features are quite exciting, aren't they? Enjoy !
5.8.8 It's not that easy bein' green Having to spend each day the color of the leaves When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold Or something much more colorful like that It's not easy bein' green It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water Or stars in the sky But green's the color of Spring And green can be cool and friendly-like And green can be big like an ocean Or important like a mountain Or tall like a tree When green is all there is to be It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why? Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful And I think it's what I want to be Bein' Green, by Joe Raposo
5.8.7 And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the cat. Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught the wolf? What then?" From the narration to "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev
Remove dependency on tr(1) for MinGW builds on Win32 This leaves things slightly (more) broken for MinGW builds on Cygwin, but that doesn't currently quite work in other respects and isn't documented anyway. See: http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2005-03/msg00751.html p4raw-id: //depot/perl@24131
5.8.6 "Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was you." "So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?" "I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree, and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?" "Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh. "It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm planting it." "Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will grow up into a beehive." Piglet wasn't quite sure about this. "Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much. Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother" Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering. "Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made, and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it. From 'The House at Pooh Corner" by A.A. Milne
5.8.5 Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes, waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English longbow. In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites. Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets. (From Wikipedia)
5.8.4 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots; The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots. She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat: She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat! But when the day's hustle and bustle is done, Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun. She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment. So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts, A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts, With a purpose in life and a good deed to do-- And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo. So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers -- On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears. from 'The Old Gumbie Cat' by T.S. Elliot
Perl 5.005_04 Released The Perl 5 developer team is pleased to announce the Perl Release 5.005_04, the fourth maintenance release of Perl 5.005. 5.005_04 is a maintenance release for perl 5.005 and mostly incorporates fixes to make it build under modern operating systems. Please see the perldelta for the full details. This release is dedicated to my bunny Tanja. -- Leon Brocard, on behalf of the Perl5 Porters
5.8.3 We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lonely sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams; -- World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems. stanza 1 from Ode - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy 1844-1881
Perl 5.6.2 When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not long in this instance. -- Sterne, Tristram Shandy, IV, xxvii Thanks to everyone who helped me to build, test and fix this new maintainance release (and to everyone who provided the fixes for 5.8 that I backported into perl 5.6). Enjoy, -- rgs
5.8.2 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor! Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail! Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough? Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes? Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough? Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only, Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me, For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all. O my brave soul! O farther farther sail! O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God? O farther, farther, farther sail! Passage to India - Walt Whitman
Perl 1.0.15 "...I was within there, and all I viewed, the chambered treasure, when chance allowed me (and my path was made in no pleasant wise) under the earth-wall. Eager, I seized such heap from the hoard as hands could bear and hurriedly carried it hither back to my liege and lord. Alive was he still, still wielding his wits. The wise old man spake much in his sorrow, and sent you greetings and bade that ye build, when he breathed no more, on the place of his balefire a barrow high, memorial mighty. Of men was he worthiest warrior wide earth o'er the while he had joy of his jewels and burg. Let us set out in haste now, the second time to see and search this store of treasure, these wall-hid wonders, -- the way I show you, -- where, gathered near, ye may gaze your fill at broad-gold and rings. Let the bier, soon made, be all in order when out we come, our king and captain to carry thither -- man beloved -- where long he shall bide safe in the shelter of sovran God." -- Wiglaf, son of Weohstan As a birthday present to Perl and Larry, through the work of the perl1-porters, in particular Richard Clamp, resurrected here is Perl 1.0 with minimal patches for modern machines.
Perl 5.8.0 There was the faint sound of footsteps. "Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week," said the low priest. There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory. The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself. "Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles." The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said. The High Priest looked down suspiciously. The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said. There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances. "Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time," said the High Priest. "Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on." There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone. "It's a shame to take your pebbles." There were footsteps again. -- Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man" My thanks go to: - Hugo van der Sanden for lacking enough self preservation instincts to refuse the Perl 5.9 pumpkinship (The pumpking is dead! Long live the pumpking!) - perl5-porters without whom no Perl release would ever be done - Perl users on non-mainstream platforms who helped to get Perl running from the tiniest PDAs to the most hulking big iron - Nokia Research Center, Helsinki University of Technology Computing Center, and Center for Scientific Computing and FUNET for giving me resources to develop and maintain Perl and last but foremost, my lovely wife Elaine will hopefully be glad to have me back after two years of virtual widowhood. <ahnold img="http://www.iki.fi/jhi/vacation.jpg">I need a vacation.</ahnold>
riddles in the dark `What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully upset. `Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?' Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said louder. `S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses, my precious, three guesseses.' --Riddles in the Dark, The Hobbit, J R R Tolkien Gee, I'm sure most of you should know in a single guess by now. :-) Here's are a couple of hints: http://public.ActiveState.com/gsar/perl-5.6.1.patch.gz http://public.ActiveState.com/gsar/perl-5.6.1.tar.gz A special thanks to Jarkko for all his help in making this release happen when it did, extra special thanks to anyone who ever sent in anything that ended up in there, and extra extra special apologies to anyone who sent in stuff for 5.6.1 that I had to bump off as being 5.6.2 material. Enjoy, Sarathy
party time The dragon is withered, His bones are now crumbled; His armour is shivered, His splendour is humbled! Though sword shall be rusted, And throne and crown perish With strength that men trusted And wealth that they cherish, Here grass is still growing, And leaves are a yet swinging, The white water flowing, And elves are yet singing Come! Tra-la-la-lally! Come back to the valley. --The Last Stage, The Hobbit, J R R Tolkien p5p went wild the last couple of months, in more ways than one. And I mean that in a positive way. :-) Consider this a personal note of thanks to everyone who ever sent in a patch, bug report, or merely words or encouragement. We couldn't have done it without us. Sarathy
5.005, the second maintenance release With this, I bid adieu to maintenance activity, and leave it with Graham. So long then, until 5.006. `Well, come along in your own time!' said Merry. `We are going on.' `Good-bye, Cock-robin!' said Sam. `I'll wait for you outside The Green Dragon, if you haven't forgotten where that is. Don't dawdle on the way!' `You're breaking arrest, that's what you're doing,' said the leader ruefully, `and I can't be answerable.' `We shall break a good many things yet, and not ask you to answer,' said Pippin. `Good luck to you!' --The Scouring of the Shire, LOTR III, J R R Tolkien - Sarathy.
Re: draft of 5.005 announcement On Sun, 26 Jul 1998 18:24:38 +0200, Hallvard B Furuseth wrote: >Gurusamy Sarathy <email@example.com> wrote >> Hmm, I feel a little silly taking a whole subversion for four patches, but >> if this is what folks want, I'll do that. > >Yes, please. OK, 5.005_01 it will be when it goes to town. - Sarathy.
5.005 is available It may be done, but is it over yet? `Well, the Tale is now told, from first to last. Here we all are, and here is the Ring. But we have not yet come any nearer our purpose. What shall we do with it?' --Gandalf the Grey, The Council of Elrond, LOTR I, J R R Tolkien - Sarathy.
Perl 5.004_04 "1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." -- Albert Einstein, three rules of work HEADLINES FOR THIS MAINTENANCE RELEASE Fixed gaps in tainting (readdir, readlink, gecos, bit vector ops). Fixed memory leak in splice(@_). Fixed debugger core dumps. IO::Socket now sets autoflush by default. Several perldoc bugs fixed, now faster and more helpful. Fixed Win32 handle leak. Many other improvements to Win32 support. Many many other bug fixes and enhancements.
Perl 5.004_03 "To err is human, to forgive divine." -- Alexander Pope HEADLINES FOR THIS MAINTENANCE RELEASE Fixed 5.004_02 compilation failure on VMS. Fixed Configure (non)errors being displayed to user. Better support for Windows 95. Assorted documentation and hint file improvements. perl --foo no longer silently ignored.
Perl 5.004_03 "When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music." -- from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran HEADLINES FOR THIS MAINTENANCE RELEASE Major memory growth bug fixed. Object destruction is more timely and orderly. Further major enhancements to Win32 support, including: Win32 binary compatibility between Visual C++ and Borland C++. The -S option is now more useful on dos/Win32 (see perlrun). Implicit -p print now checks for write errors. DB_File now sub-classable (and other fixes). Memory usage stats available with perl's malloc (see perldelta). 'use UNIVERSAL;' deprecated (see perldelta). Internal integer to string conversions are faster. Carp can be forced to give stack traces (see perldoc Carp). Many other bug fixes and enhancements.
Perl 5.004_01 "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty" -- Anne Herbert HEADLINES FOR THIS MAINTENANCE RELEASE (..., undef, ...) = split(...) bug fixed. Win32 support greatly improved, now very strong. Memory leak using Tied hashes and arrays fixed. Documentation updates. Many other bug fixes and enhancements.
perl-5.003_97h This patch eliminates almost all possible sources of buffer overflow; in particular, there are no more sprintf() bugs. (!!) This patch also has a few other fixes. With these changes in place, I can sleep at night. (Because I've stopped hacking. :-))