May 092016

Perl 5.24.0 has been released.

You can read about the changes which include:

  • Postfix dereferencing is no longer experimental
  • Unicode 8.0 is now supported
  • The autoderef feature has been removed

Perl 5.24.0 represents approximately 11 months of development since Perl 5.22.0 and contains approximately 360,000 lines of changes across 1,800 files from 77 authors.

  5 Responses to “Perl 5.24 released”

  1. I’m a non-commercial user of perl. I’ve been using the community (free) version of perl for several years for personal applications and for volunteer work that I do with a non-profit organization.

    The AS community forum states “Unfortunately we don’t know [when 5.24.1 will be released] because Perl.Org still has not put out a final release for 5.24.1 and 5.22.4.” Your announcement at says it was released in May.

    Please help me understand the apparent discrepancy. In particular, is it the case that the AS community version would be “their own” build and, thus, different from the version distributed by


  2. Where can I obtain installation support for Perl 5.24Unable to install Perl5.24 – 19 Jan 17

    Why? I downloaded the file(s). Opened and extracted perl-5.24.0.tar, looked at the 7 ready files, looked for the install file.
    If you read this file _as_is_, just ignore the funny characters you see.
    It is written in the POD format (see pod/perlpod.pod) which is specially
    designed to be readable as is.
    =head1 NAME

    INSTALL – Build and Installation guide for perl 5.
    =head1 SYNOPSIS

    First, make sure you have an up-to-date version of Perl. If you
    didn’t get your Perl source from CPAN, check the latest version at Perl uses a version scheme where even-numbered subreleases (like 5.8.x and 5.10.x) are stable maintenance releases and odd-numbered subreleases (like 5.7.x and 5.9.x) are unstable
    development releases. Development releases should not be used in
    production environments. Fixes and new features are first carefully
    tested in development releases and only if they prove themselves to be
    worthy will they be migrated to the maintenance releases.

    The basic steps to build and install perl 5 on a Unix system with all
    the defaults are to run, from a freshly unpacked source tree:
    sh Configure -de
    make test
    make install

    Each of these is explained in further detail below. (Not found).

    Last login: Thu Jan 19 14:22:43 on ttys000
    Michaels-MBP:~ michael.bunnemeyer$ sh Configure -de
    sh: Configure: No such file or directory
    Michaels-MBP:~ michael.bunnemeyer$ make
    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.
    Michaels-MBP:~ michael.bunnemeyer$ make test
    make: *** No rule to make target `test’. Stop.
    Michaels-MBP:~ michael.bunnemeyer$ make install

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