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Dave Mitchell has requested an extension of $20,000 for his Maintaining the Perl 5 Core grant. This will allow him to dedicate another 400 hours to this work. During this grant he sent weekly reports to the p5p mailing list as well as providing monthly summary reports that have been published on this blog, the most recent of which are linked below:

Report for Month 30
Report for Month 31
Report for Month 32

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

If successful this extension will be funded from the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund.

Chad Granum just completed his first Test2 grant, and took some time for rest and payment bureaucracy before starting his second grant, now documenting Test 2.

This is the first report for this new grant. During the last weeks he worked in an initial Test2 tutorial, that was incorporated into his YAPC presentation available at Accordingly with his report, this is just the beginning on how to write tests. Soon he will also start the sections for Test Tool authors.

Will Braswell continues his unrestricted production of R(estricted)-Perl documentation:

"May was yet another busy month for Learning RPerl, section 2.3.6 was huge so I split out all the command-line arguments into a new appendix B.

We now have documentation for all of RPerl's 15 phases of operation, 27 command-line arguments, and approximately 200 RPerl-specific error messages, with even more coming soon!

All of the following sections have now been published in whole or in part:


Tony Cook writes:

Approximately 48 tickets were reviewed, and 7 patches were applied

1.57investigate new ipsysv.t failures on darwin, create cpan
#112827, fix in blead, #p5p unicode string behaviour
4.60#122287 testing
#122287 work on a patch to Configure/Makefile.SH
#122287 more work, testing cross platform, comment with patch
#122287 double check patch, expand comment on patch
1.47#124430 try to find why App::assh started working
#124430 keep trying, start a bisect
3.42#125296 review, experiment and comment
#125296 comment
1.45#125368 bisect and close
3.30#126162 apply patch manually, work on fixes
#126162 more fixes, push to smoke-me and comment

Dave Mitchell writes:

I spent last month mainly working on various assorted RT tickets.


10:54 [perl #127746] charset.t and subst.t fail on Solaris under -Duse64bitall
0:40 [perl #127799] Bleadperl breaks TOKUHIROM/Module-Build-Pluggable-0.10.tar.gz on Windows
18:02 [perl #127834] @INC issues
14:57 [perl #127875] Blead breaks Scope::Upper
0:51 [perl #127915] $=x~0 segfaults Perl 5.24.0-RC1-2-gde1d2c7
1:00 [perl #127999] Slowdown in split + list assign
9:50 process p5p mailbox
1:00 review [perl #127810] Provide -Dfortify_inc
0:29 review and apply [perl #127819] Get -DPERL_MEM_LOG working again
1:00 sort out a unconfig.h issue

58:43 Total (HH::MM)

As of 2016/04/30: since the beginning of the grant:

132.9 weeks
1837.1 total hours
13.8 average hours per week

There are 163 hours left on the grant.

Although we have no new progress reports for the migration since the third one, a development version of the site is available for testing at

If you use the existing site, please check that the new beta site works for you.

Please leave a comment below if you have helpful suggestions for how to improve the new site. Make sure your suggestions fall within the scope of the grant's proposal.

This is a completion report for the Test-Simple + Test-Stream grant, by Chad Granum. The Grants Committee will vote on its completion and payment. If you have feedback or question on its completion, please comment here.

Test-Simple + Test-Stream (now Test2) grant complete

This is a completion report for the Test-Simple + Test-Stream grant.

Note on name change and split

During the course of the grant the Test-Stream project was renamed to Test2. Several modules from Test-Stream were broken out into other distributions. The name change and split was a decision made with help of Ricardo Signes and other members of the perl community.

For the remainder of this document I will use the Test2 name for simplicity.


Completeness Criteria

  • Test2 and the updated Test-Simple as stable on cpan

    This is done.

  • Test2 and the updated Test-Simple in a stable perl release

    The patch has been supplied, and merged into blead. Unfortunately the next scheduled stable perl release is a year away. I have no control over the perl release schedule.

    My original grant proposal should have listed this item as 'in blead perl' unfortunately I did not notice the mistake until now.

  • Lack of angry hordes storming my house for breaking their tests

    I am still here, my house is still here. There was some breakage, but it was kept to a minimum. Breakage is documented here:

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