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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

I am pleased to announce that Ricardo Signes' recent grant application to cover the costs of his travel to the QA Hackathon has been successful. I would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on this grant.

The grant was awarded from our Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund. If you wish to contribute to this fund please go to our donation system or contact karen [a]

The QA Hackathon is a free of charge coding workshop for people involved in Quality Assurance, testing, packaging, CPAN, and other quality assurance projects. It is taking place in Berlin, Germany, from the 16th to the 19th April.

Dave Mitchell writes:

At the start of the month I continued work on making the stderr of builds less noisy, and for blead to build, test, and be stderr-clean under ASan -fsanitize=undefined.

At the end of this work I raised around 26 RT and github tickets with fixes for cpan/ distributions; currently around 9 of these have been merged back into blead and a further 4 have been merged upstream but not yet released.

For the rest of the month I spent a bit of time on a few RT tickets and tried to keep with my p5p mailbox.


2:52 [Win32] Unable to build 64-bit 5.21.7
1:50 [perl #123469] Bug in split function, with utf8 strings
3:30 [perl #123609] Unexpected warning compiling array subscript
2:00 [perl #123685] Question regarding the '#!' argument passing.
13:30 process p5p mailbox
6:08 reduce amount of stderr stuff in build/test
29:50 Total (HH::MM)

As of 2015/01/31: since the beginning of the grant:

68.0 weeks
913.1 total hours
13.4 average hours per week

There are 287 hours left on the grant

We have received the following Perl 5 grant application from Ricardo Signes.

Before we vote on this proposal we would like to have a period of community consultation that will last seven days. Please leave feedback in the comments or if you prefer send email with your comments to karen at

Name: Ricardo Signes

Project Title: Perl QA Hackathon 2015

Amount Requested: $1200


This grant will be used to pay for travel for Ricardo Signes to and from the Perl QA Hackathon held in Berlin in Q1 2015.

Benefits to Perl 5

I have attended six of the seven Perl QA Hackathons (Oslo, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Paris, Lancaster, and Lyon) and have, at each of them, been able to contribute several solid work days of very productive work to the infrastructure behind the CPAN and related tools. Specifically, I was one of the chief implementors of the new CPAN Testers platform (Metabase) and built the Fake CPAN system for testing CPAN tools, and several reusable software libraries that are used to power both Metabase and Fake CPAN. In 2012, I worked on refactoring PAUSE, adding tests and improving maintainability. PAUSE, the system which processes contributor uploads to the CPAN, manages CPAN contributor identity, and builds the CPAN indexes used by CPAN clients to locate libraries for installation.

In previous years, I also spent a significant amount of time working with other attendees on their contributions, and plan to do the same this year. This is one of the several reasons that attendance in person is incomparably superior to "virtual attendance."

Deliverable Elements

The QA Hackathon does not have a set agenda, so promising specific work product
from it up front seems unwise. I have detailed, above, the sort of work that I am almost certain to do, however. Further, I will provide a public, written report of my activities at the Hackathon.

I hope, in particular, to work on the web code of PAUSE and to discuss mechanisms for improving collaborative code review within the community of toolchain maintainers.

The hackathon takes place over the course of four days, with eight to ten hour workdays. I'll probably also be working on the travel and in the evenings.

Any software that I produce will be released under the Perl 5 standard license terms, or possibly even less restrictive terms.

Applicant Biography

I have been building software in Perl professionally for about fifteen years. I am a frequent contributor of original software to the CPAN and a frequent contributor to, or maintainer of, other popular CPAN libraries. I am also a contributor to the core Perl 5 project, and its current project lead.

I have been the recipient of TPF grants five times before, all of which were successful.

Tony Cook writes:

Approximately 36 tickets were reviewed, and 5 patches were applied.

I spent some time this month working on getting minitest working on Win32.

In 2004 the Win32 makefiles were changed to use harness instead of TEST for minitest, presumably at some time after that Test::Harness was changed to load IO unconditionally, breaking minitest on Win32.

So I switched minitest back to using TEST and then worked through the failing tests to resolve their failures. See [perl #123394] for details.

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Recent Comments

  • Ron Savage: I think this is an excellent use for the money. read more
  • Leon Timmermans: Yes please! Looking forward to cooperate with him once more read more
  • Nicholas Clark: 32 hours of rjbs for $37.50 an hour? Bargain! (and read more
  • Krasimir berov: Sure! What would we do without all this infrastructure? It read more
  • Tina Müller: I'm looking forward to seeing Ricardo as an important hackathon read more
  • Tux (H.Merijn Brand): It will be no surprise that I vote YES! +1 read more
  • ruz: Thanks to Tony for working on perl5. read more
  • Guest spell ;): Spelling error in title of report. read more
  • David Golden: It's been tremendously beneficial to me, personally, and the Perl read more
  • ether (Karen Etheridge): +1 I look forward to collaborating with Rik again this read more

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