September 2016 Archives

Dave Mitchell writes:

I spent last month mainly working on "fuzzer" bug reports. Nothing really stands out as deserving special mention.


1:23 "Confused by eval behavior" thread
0:14 perl #128940 "Use of uninitialized value $fh" mentions wrong variable
2:48 perl #128951 heap-buffer-overflow in Perl_sv_vcatpvfn_flags
0:51 perl #128952 stack-buffer-overflow in S_missingterm
1:41 perl #128989 Bleadperl v5.25.3-266-g1d7e644 breaks VPIT/Variable-Magic-0.59.tar.gz
4:46 perl #129012 heap-buffer-overflow Perl_fbm_instr
2:04 perl #129029 SIGBUS Perl_sv_peek
0:24 perl #129038 Assertion Failure: *Perl_pp_subst *pp_hot.c:3203
3:45 perl #129064 heap-buffer-overflow S_scan_heredoc
5:01 perl #129099 global-buffer-overflow S_finalize_op
4:02 perl #27555 TIED $x = \$y{z}; delete $y{z} -- behaves badly
4:10 perl #39358 sort segfaults
1:28 fix Concise hints high bits display
0:48 fix build warnings and smoke failures
4:42 optimise av_fetch()
4:30 optimise leave_scope()
9:44 process p5p mailbox

52:21 Total (HH::MM)

As of 2016/08/31: since the beginning of the grant:

150.4 weeks
2041.0 total hours
13.6 average hours per week

There are 359 hours left on the grant

Taking Part in Outreachy

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I am pleased to announce that The Perl Foundation will be taking part in Outreachy again this year.

We are offering one full-time internship in the winter program, which will run from December 6th to April 6th. The application process is now open and applications need to be submitted by October 17th. Our mentor, Dylan Hardison, from the Bugzilla project has provided a list of ideas and possible projects on our information page.

Outreachy, formerly 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 other underrepresented groups. Currently, internships are open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they are open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Jonathan Worthington's recent grant extension application, through the Perl 6 Core Development Fund, has been successful. This extension will allow Jonathan to dedicate another 200 hours to the grant.

I would like to thank the community members who took time to comment on this grant extension request and our sponsors who made funding the grant possible.

Grant Report : RPerl User Documentation #2 - August 2016

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Will reports progress on Ch. 3 of Learning RPerl during August:

"This month we have published content for the chapter 3 opening and its first 4 sub-sections.  Start learning how to use arrays in RPerl!


Tony Cook has requested an extension of $20,000 for his Maintaining Perl 5 Grant. This grant has been running successfully since July 2013. If this extension is granted it 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:

May 2016
June 2016
July 2016

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

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 September 30th UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback and conclude acceptance by October 10th.

To apply, please read How to Write a Proposal. Rules of Operation and Running Grants List will also help you understand how the grant process works. We also got some grant ideas from the community. The format is the same as the previous rounds in 2014-2016.

We will confirm the receipt of application within 24 hours.

If you have further questions, please comment here or contact me at tpf-grants-secretary at

Jonathan has successfully completed his Perl 6 Performance and Reliability Engineering grant. He has requested an extension of $10,000 so that he can spend another 200 hours on this grant. This funding will come from the Perl 6 Core Development Fund.

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

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