March 2015 Archives

I had flu with a high fever (104°F == 40°C) for a week. Unfortunately this happened in the final week of the March grant acceptance period. Apologies I couldn't respond to inquiries in timely fashion.

As we haven't received grant applications in this period, we will extend the deadline to March 22nd.

To apply for a grant of up to $10,000, please refer to my previous post to understand how.

Tony Cook writes:

Approximately 55 tickets were reviewed or worked on, and 10 patches were applied.

[perl #123784] shows perl's dependency on other system tools, in this case there were two issues when using GCC 5.0.

First, with GCC 5.0, by default the pre-processor with generate #line entries showing the origin of the definition of a macro that's been replaced, so the pre-processor was producing output from:

  "EDOM" [[ EDOM ]]

something like:

  #line "errno.c", 1
  "EDOM" [[
  #line "somesystemheader", 100
  #line "errno.c", 1

instead of the expected:

  "EDOM" [[ 33 ]]

which ext/Errno/ 's parser couldn't handle.

The other change was expressing compiler defined macros in hex instead of decimal.

I am pleased to announced that The Perl Foundation will be taking part in Outreachy, the successor of the Outreach Program for Women.

The Outreach Program for Women was started by the GNOME Foundation in 2006 to encourage women to participate in the GNOME project. Since inception the project has grown to include many Free and Open Source organisations, including The Perl Foundation, and now the program has been rebranded and extended to encourage the participation of all underrepresented groups.

We are offering one full-time internship in the summer program which will run from May 25th to August 25th. The application process is now open and applications need to be submitted by March 24th.

We have mentors from Dancer signed up to provide projects ideas and you can read about the possible projects on our information page.

Tony Cook has requested an extension of $20,000 for his Maintaining Perl 5 grant. This grant has been running successfully since July 2013. The requested extension would allow Tony to devote another 400 hours to the project. The funds for this extension would come from the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund.

As well as posting reports on the p5p mailing list Tony provides detailed monthly reports, the most recent of which can be found in the following blog posts:

January 2015
December 2014
November 2014

Before we make a decision on this extension we would like to have a period of community consultation that will last for seven days. Please leave feedback in the comments or, if you prefer, email your comments to karen at

Tony Cook writes:

Approximately 61 tickets were reviewed or worked on, and 11 patches were applied.

There were no especially interesting tickets this month.

1.60cpan #101078 create/test bisect script and start bisect
cpan #101078 review bisect results, comment
0.27#120357 (security) research and comment
0.52#122432 review status
#122432 summarize status of cpan dists
2.25#122443 testing, polish
1.48#122730 bang head against dzil, try some simple fixes,
create github issue
0.20#123065 apply to blead

The Grants Committee is accepting grant proposals all the time. We evaluate them every two months and another evaluation period has come.

If you have an idea for doing some Perl work that will benefit the Perl community, consider sending a grant application. The application deadline for this round is 23:59 March 15th UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback and conclude the acceptance by March 30th.

To apply, please read How to Write a Proposal. Rules of Operation will also help you understand how the grant process works. For those who are familiar with the process, the format will be the same as the previous rounds in 2014-2015.

We will confirm the receipt of application within 24 hours.

If you have further questions, please comment here. If your comment does not show up here within 24 hours, the chances are that the spam filter did something bad. Get in touch with me at tpf-grants-secretary at

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