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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:

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 May 15th UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback and conclude acceptance by May 28th.

The format will be the same as the previous rounds in 2014-2016.

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.

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

The Grants Committee has concluded the voting of the March/April round.

Proposal in this round

ProposerRequested AmountLink to the Details
Chad 'Exodist' GranumUSD 2,000Test2 Manual

Voting Results

Test2 Manual8036 = 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 3 + 3

Definition of the score is found in 3.2 of the rules.


We approve Test2 Documentation grant. One of the committee members said:

"He took a very important piece in Perl and CPAN, he worked on it tirelessly without the grant, which shows how much he cares about it and how dedicated he is to it, he communicates well and elicits comments openly and frequently.

His grant is very detailed and although normally I would suggest this might be hard to accomplish, I've already seen how serious he is, so I know it's not just overreaching. It's also quite crucial and I'm happy to see the comments the community had provided on how important people view this."

Alberto Simoes agreed to become the grant manager.

Our next round will be in May. You can submit proposals now. If you want to help funding, one of the options is Amazon Smile. We appreciate all the donors which made the grant program possible. Also see the press releases for the recent major donations.

Dave Mitchell writes:

I spent last month mainly:

  1. continuing to look into some of the CPAN breakage associated with my recent context work that's been merged into blead;
  2. continuing to look at smoke and 5.24 blocker issues


0:25 [perl #124216] Perl_sv_clear: Assertion
1:11 [perl #127380] Flawed environmental variable handling
5:24 [perl #127455] regex qr/(?[ [B] | ! ( [^B] ) ])/ fails to compile on x64 debugging optimized builds
15:53 [perl #127543] dtrace/-DDEBUGGING builds now fail on Solaris
1:27 [perl #127727] Bleadperl v5.23.7-133-g7b0c33a breaks WBRASWELL/RPerl-1.600000.tar.gz
2:32 [perl #127754] two 5.22.x crashes
3:20 [perl #127790] Re: segfault involving Data::Dumper, anonymous sub, and scalar ref
7:15 disallow 'require ::foo'
2:27 fix List::Util and lc() corruption issue
23:16 fix build warnings and smoke failures
2:05 fixup CPAN distributions affected by context changes (Devel-NYTProf)
2:17 fixup CPAN distributions affected by context changes (Net-Yadis)
1:02 fixup CPAN distributions affected by context changes (Sig-PackageScoped)
14:57 process p5p mailbox
5:27 review CHEK work

88:58 Total (HH::MM)

As of 2016/03/31: since the beginning of the grant:

128.6 weeks
1778.4 total hours
13.8 average hours per week

There are 222 hours left on the grant.

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