Perltidy Change Log

2017 05 21

  - Fixed debian #862667: failure to check for perltidy.ERR deletion can lead 
    to overwriting abritrary files by symlink attack. Perltidy was continuing 
    to write files after an unlink failure.  Thanks to Don Armstrong 
    for a patch.
  - Fixed RT #116344, perltidy fails on certain anonymous hash references:
    in the following code snippet the '?' was misparsed as a pattern 
    delimiter rather than a ternary operator.
        return ref {} ? 1 : 0;
  - Fixed RT #113792: misparsing of a fat comma (=>) right after 
    the __END__ or __DATA__ tokens.  These keywords were getting
    incorrectly quoted by the following => operator.
  - Fixed RT #118558. Custom Getopt::Long configuration breaks parsing 
    of perltidyrc.  Perltidy was resetting the users configuration too soon.
  - Fixed RT #119140, failure to parse double diamond operator.  Code to
    handle this new operator has been added.
  - Fixed RT #120968.  Fixed problem where -enc=utf8 didn't work 
    with --backup-and-modify-in-place. Thanks to Heinz Knutzen for this patch.
  - Fixed minor formatting issue where one-line blocks for subs with signatures 
    were unnecesarily broken
  - RT #32905, patch to fix utf-8 error when output was STDOUT.
  - RT #79947, improved spacing of try/catch/finally blocks. Thanks to qsimpleq
    for a patch.
  - Fixed #114909, Anonymous subs with signatures and prototypes misparsed as
    broken ternaries, in which a statement such as this was not being parsed
        return sub ( $fh, $out ) : prototype(*$) { ... }
  - Implemented RT #113689, option to introduces spaces after an opening block
    brace and before a closing block brace. Four new optional controls are
    added. The first two define the minimum number of blank lines to be
     -blao=i or --blank-lines-after-opening-block=i
     -blbc=i or --blank-lines-before-closing-block=i
    where i is an integer, the number of lines (the default is 0).
    The second two define the types of blocks to which the first two apply
     -blaol=s or --blank-lines-after-opening-block-list=s
     -blbcl=s or --blank-lines-before-closing-block-list=s
    where s is a string of possible block keywords (default is just 'sub',
    meaning a named subroutine).
    For more information please see the documentation.
  - The method for specifying block types for certain input parameters has
    been generalized to distinguish between normal named subroutines and
    anonymous subs.  The keyword for normal subroutines remains 'sub', and
    the new keyword for anonymous subs is 'asub'.
  - Minor documentation changes. The BUGS sections now have a link
    to CPAN where most open bugs and issues can be reviewed and bug reports
    can be submitted.  The information in the AUTHOR and CREDITS sections of
    the man pages have been removed from the man pages to streamline the
    documentation. This information is still in the source code.

2016 03 02

  - RT #112534. Corrected a minor problem in which an unwanted newline
    was placed before the closing brace of an anonymous sub with 
    a signature, if it was in a list.  Thanks to Dmytro Zagashev.
  - Corrected a minor problem in which occasional extra indentation was
    given to the closing brace of an anonymous sub in a list when the -lp 
    parameter was set.

2016 03 01

  - RT #104427. Added support for signatures.
  - RT #111512.  Changed global warning flag $^W = 1 to use warnings;
    Thanks to Dmytro Zagashev.
  - RT #110297, added support for new regexp modifier /n
    Thanks to Dmytro Zagashev.
  - RT #111519.  The -io (--indent-only) and -dac (--delete-all-comments)
    can now both be used in one pass. Thanks to Dmitry Veltishev.
  - Patch to avoid error message with 'catch' used by TryCatch, as in
          # do something
    Thanks to Nick Tonkin.
  - RT #32905, UTF-8 coding is now more robust. Thanks to qsimpleq
    and Dmytro for patches.
  - RT #106885. Added string bitwise operators ^. &. |. ~. ^.= &.= |.=
  - Fixed RT #107832 and #106492, lack of vertical alignment of two lines
    when -boc flag (break at old commas) is set.  This bug was 
    inadvertantly introduced in previous bug fix RT #98902.
  - Some common extensions to Perl syntax are handled better.
    In particular, the following snippet is now foratted cleanly:
      method deposit( Num $amount) {
          $self->balance( $self->balance + $amount );
    A new flag -xs (--extended-syntax) was added to enable this, and the default
    is to use -xs.
    In previous versions, and now only when -nxs is set, this snippet of code
    generates the following error message:
    "syntax error at ') {', didn't see one of: case elsif for foreach given if switch unless until when while"

2015 08 15

  - Fixed RT# 105484, Invalid warning about 'else' in 'switch' statement.  The
    warning happened if a 'case' statement did not use parens.
  - Fixed RT# 101547, misparse of // caused error message.  Also..
  - Fixed RT# 102371, misparse of // caused unwated space in //=
  - Fixed RT# 100871, "silent failure of HTML Output on Windows". 
    Changed calls to tempfile() from:
      my ( $fh_tmp, $tmpfile ) = tempfile();
    to have the full path name:
      my ( $fh_tmp, $tmpfile ) = File::Temp::tempfile()
    because of problems in the Windows version reported by Dean Pearce.
  - Fixed RT# 99514, calling the perltidy module multiple times with 
    a .perltidyrc file containing the parameter --output-line-ending 
    caused a crash.  This was a glitch in the memoization logic.
  - Fixed RT#99961, multiple lines inside a cast block caused unwanted
    continuation indentation.
  - RT# 32905, broken handling of UTF-8 strings. 
    A new flag -utf8 causes perltidy assume UTF-8 encoding for input and 
    output of an io stream.  Thanks to Sebastian Podjasek for a patch.  
    This feature may not work correctly in older versions of Perl. 
    It worked in a linux version 5.10.1 but not in a Windows version 5.8.3 (but
    otherwise perltidy ran correctly).
  - Warning files now report perltidy VERSION. Suggested by John Karr.
  - Fixed long flag --nostack-closing-tokens (-nsct has always worked though). 
    This was due to a typo.  This also fixed --nostack-opening-tokens to 
    behave correctly.  Thanks to Rob Dixon.

2014 07 11

  - Fixed RT #94902: abbreviation parsing in .perltidyrc files was not
    working for multi-line abbreviations.  Thanks to Eric Fung for 
    supplying a patch. 
  - Fixed RT #95708, misparsing of a hash when the first key was a perl
    keyword, causing a semicolon to be incorrectly added.
  - Fixed RT #94338 for-loop in a parenthesized block-map.  A code block within
    parentheses of a map, sort, or grep function was being mistokenized.  In 
    rare cases this could produce in an incorrect error message.  The fix will
    produce some minor formatting changes.  Thanks to Daniel Trizen 
    discovering and documenting this.
  - Fixed RT #94354, excess indentation for stacked tokens.  Thanks to 
    Colin Williams for supplying a patch.
  - Added support for experimental postfix dereferencing notation introduced in
    perl 5.20. RT #96021.
  - Updated documentation to clarify the behavior of the -io flag
    in response to RT #95709.  You can add -noll or -l=0 to prevent 
    long comments from being outdented when -io is used.
  - Added a check to prevent a problem reported in RT #81866, where large
    scripts which had been compressed to a single line could not be formatted
    because of a check for VERSION for MakeMaker. The workaround was to 
    use -nvpl, but this shouldn't be necessary now.
  - Fixed RT #96101; Closing brace of anonymous sub in a list was being
    indented.  For example, the closing brace of the anonymous sub below 
    will now be lined up with the word 'callback'.  This problem 
    occured if there was no comma after the closing brace of the anonymous sub.  
    This update may cause minor changes to formatting of code with lists 
    of anonymous subs, especially TK code.
    # OLD
    my @menu_items = (
            path     => '/_Operate/Transcode and split',
            callback => sub {
                return 1 if not $self->project_opened;
                $self->comp('project')->transcode( split => 1 );
    # NEW
    my @menu_items = (
            path     => '/_Operate/Transcode and split',
            callback => sub {
                return 1 if not $self->project_opened;
                $self->comp('project')->transcode( split => 1 );

2014 03 28

  - Fixed RT #94190 and debian Bug #742004: perltidy.LOG file left behind.
    Thanks to George Hartzell for debugging this.  The problem was
    caused by the memoization speedup patch in version 20121207.  An
    unwanted flag was being set which caused a LOG to be written if 
    perltidy was called multiple times.
  - New default behavior for LOG files: If the source is from an array or 
    string (through a call to the perltidy module) then a LOG output is only
    possible if a logfile stream is specified.  This is to prevent 
    unexpected perltidy.LOG files.
  - Fixed debian Bug #740670, insecure temporary file usage.  File::Temp is now
    used to get a temporary file.  Thanks to Don Anderson for a patch.
  - Any -b (--backup-and-modify-in-place) flag is silently ignored when a 
    source stream, destination stream, or standard output is used.  
    This is because the -b flag may have been in a .perltidyrc file and 
    warnings break Test::NoWarnings.  Thanks to Marijn Brand.

2013 09 22

  - Fixed RT #88020. --converge was not working with wide characters.
  - Fixed RT #78156. package NAMESPACE VERSION syntax not accepted.
  - First attempt to fix RT #88588.  INDEX END tag change in pod2html breaks 
    perltidy -html. I put in a patch which should work but I don't yet have
    a way of testing it.

2013 08 06

  - Fixed RT #87107, spelling

2013 08 05

  - Fixed RT #87502, incorrect of parsing of smartmatch before hash brace
  - Added feature request RT #87330, trim whitespace after POD.
    The flag -trp (--trim-pod) will trim trailing whitespace from lines of POD

2013 07 17

  - Fixed RT #86929, #86930, missing lhs of assignment.
  - Fixed RT #84922, moved pod from into Tidy.pod

2012 12 07

 - The flag -cab=n or --comma-arrow-breakpoints=n has been generalized
   to give better control over breaking open short containers.  The
   possible values are now:
     n=0 break at all commas after =>  
     n=1 stable: break at all commas after => if container is open,
         EXCEPT FOR one-line containers
     n=2 break at all commas after =>, BUT try to form the maximum
         maximum one-line container lengths
     n=3 do not treat commas after => specially at all 
     n=4 break everything: like n=0 but also break a short container with
         a => not followed by a comma
     n=5 stable: like n=1 but ALSO break at open one-line containers (default)
   New values n=4 and n=5 have been added to allow short blocks to be
   broken open.  The new default is n=5, stable.  It should more closely
   follow the breaks in the input file, and previously formatted code
   should remain unchanged.  If this causes problems use -cab=1 to recover 
   the former behavior.  Thanks to Tony Maszeroski for the suggestion.
   To illustrate the need for the new options, if perltidy is given
   the following code, then the old default (-cab=1) was to close up 
   the 'index' container even if it was open in the source.  The new 
   default (-cab=5) will keep it open if it was open in the source.
    our $fancypkg = {
        'ALL' => {
            'index' => {
                'key' => 'value',
            'alpine' => {
                'one'   => '+',
                'two'   => '+',
                'three' => '+',
 - New debug flag --memoize (-mem).  This version contains a 
   patch supplied by Jonathan Swartz which can significantly speed up
   repeated calls to Perl::Tidy::perltidy in a single process by caching
   the result of parsing the formatting parameters.  A factor of up to 10
   speedup was achieved for masontidy (
   The memoization patch is on by default but can be deactivated for 
   testing with -nmem (or --no-memoize).
 - New flag -tso (--tight-secret-operators) causes certain perl operator
   sequences (secret operators) to be formatted "tightly" (without spaces).  
   The most common of these are 0 +  and + 0 which become 0+ and +0.  The
   operators currently modified by this flag are: 
        =( )=  0+  +0  ()x!! ~~<>  ,=>
   Suggested by by Philippe Bruhat. See
   This flag is off by default.
 - New flag -vmll (--variable-maximum-line-length) makes the maximum
   line length increase with the nesting depth of a line of code.  
   Basically, it causes the length of leading whitespace to be ignored when
   setting line breaks, so the formatting of a block of code is independent
   of its nesting depth.  Try this option if you have deeply nested 
   code or data structures, perhaps in conjunction with the -wc flag
   described next.  The default is not todo this.
 - New flag -wc=n (--whitespace-cycle=n) also addresses problems with
   very deeply nested code and data structures.  When this parameter is
   used and the nesting depth exceeds the value n, the leading whitespace 
   will be reduced and start at 1 again.  The result is that deeply
   nested blocks of code will shift back to the left. This occurs cyclically 
   to any nesting depth.  This flag may be used either with or without -vmll.
   The default is not to use this (-wc=0).
 - Fixed RT #78764, error parsing smartmatch operator followed by anonymous
   hash or array and then a ternary operator; two examples:
    qr/3/ ~~ ['1234'] ? 1 : 0;
    map { $_ ~~ [ '0', '1' ] ? 'x' : 'o' } @a;
 - Fixed problem with specifying spaces around arrows using -wls='->'
   and -wrs='->'.  Thanks to Alain Valleton for documenting this problem.
 - Implemented RT #53183, wishlist, lines of code with the same indentation
   level which are contained with multiple stacked opening and closing tokens
   (requested with flags -sot -sct) now have reduced indentation.
    # Default
            to      => $addr,
            subject => $subject,
            msg     => $body
    # OLD: perltidy -sot -sct 
    $sender->MailMsg( {
            to      => $addr,
            subject => $subject,
            msg     => $body
    } );
    # NEW: perltidy -sot -sct 
    $sender->MailMsg( {
        to      => $addr,
        subject => $subject,
        msg     => $body
    } );
 - New flag -act=n (--all-containers-tightness=n) is an abbreviation for
   -pt=n -sbt=n -bt=n -bbt=n, where n=0,1, or 2.  It simplifies input when all
   containers have the same tightness. Using the same example:
    # NEW: perltidy -sot -sct -act=2
        to      => $addr,
        subject => $subject,
        msg     => $body
 - New flag -sac (--stack-all-containers) is an abbreviation for -sot -sct
   This is part of wishlist item RT #53183. Using the same example again:
    # NEW: perltidy -sac -act=2
        to      => $addr,
        subject => $subject,
        msg     => $body
  - new flag -scbb (--stack-closing-block-brace) causes isolated closing 
    block braces to stack as in the following example. (Wishlist item RT#73788)
    for $w1 (@w1) {
        for $w2 (@w2) {
            for $w3 (@w3) {
                for $w4 (@w4) {
                    push( @lines, "$w1 $w2 $w3 $w4\n" );
    perltidy -scbb:
    for $w1 (@w1) {
        for $w2 (@w2) {
            for $w3 (@w3) {
                for $w4 (@w4) {
                    push( @lines, "$w1 $w2 $w3 $w4\n" );
                } } } }
   There is, at present, no flag to place these closing braces at the end
   of the previous line. It seems difficult to develop good rules for 
   doing this for a wide variety of code and data structures.
 - Parameters defining block types may use a wildcard '*' to indicate
   all block types.  Previously it was not possible to include bare blocks.
 - A flag -sobb (--stack-opening-block-brace) has been introduced as an
   alias for -bbvt=2 -bbvtl='*'.  So for example the following test code:
   {{{{{{{ $testing }}}}}}}
   cannot be formatted as above but can at least be kept vertically compact 
   using perltidy -sobb -scbb
   {   {   {   {   {   {   {   $testing
                           } } } } } } }
   Or even, perltidy -sobb -scbb -i=1 -bbt=2
 - Error message improved for conflicts due to -pbp; thanks to Djun Kim.
 - Fixed RT #80645, error parsing special array name '@$' when used as 
   @{$} or $#{$}
 - Eliminated the -chk debug flag which was included in version 20010406 to
   do a one-time check for a bug with multi-line quotes.  It has not been
   needed since then.
 - Numerous other minor formatting improvements.

2012 07 14

 - Added flag -iscl (--ignore-side-comment-lengths) which causes perltidy 
   to ignore the length of side comments when setting line breaks, 
   RT #71848.  The default is to include the length of side comments when
   breaking lines to stay within the length prescribed by the -l=n
   maximum line length parameter.  For example,
     Default behavior on a single line with long side comment:
        $vmsfile =~ s/;[\d\-]*$//
          ;    # Clip off version number; we can use a newer version as well
     perltidy -iscl leaves the line intact:
        $vmsfile =~ s/;[\d\-]*$//; # Clip off version number; we can use a newer version as well
 - Fixed RT #78182, side effects with STDERR.  Error handling has been
   revised and the documentation has been updated.  STDERR can now be 
   redirected to a string reference, and perltidy now returns an 
   error flag instead of calling die when input errors are detected. 
   If the error flag is set then no tidied output was produced.
   See man Perl::Tidy for an example.
 - Fixed RT #78156, erroneous warning message for package VERSION syntax.
 - Added abbreviations -conv (--converge) to simplify iteration control.
   -conv is equivalent to -it=4 and will insure that the tidied code is
   converged to its final state with the minimum number of iterations.
 - Minor formatting modifications have been made to insure convergence.
 - Simplified and hopefully improved the method for guessing the starting 
   indentation level of entabbed code.  Added flag -dt=n (--default_tabsize=n) 
   which might be helpful if the guessing method does not work well for
   some editors.
 - Added support for stacked labels, upper case X/B in hex and binary, and
   CORE:: namespace.
 - Eliminated warning messages for using keyword names as constants.

2012 07 01

 - Corrected problem introduced by using a chomp on scalar references, RT #77978
 - Added support for Perl 5.14 package block syntax, RT #78114.
 - A convergence test is made if three or more iterations are requested with
   the -it=n parameter to avoid wasting computer time.  Several hundred Mb of
   code gleaned from the internet were searched with the results that: 
    - It is unusual for two iterations to be required unless a major 
      style change is being made. 
    - Only one case has been found where three iterations were required.  
    - No cases requiring four iterations have been found with this version.
   For the previous version several cases where found the results could
   oscillate between two semi-stable states. This version corrects this.
   So if it is important that the code be converged it is okay to set -it=4
   with this version and it will probably stop after the second iteration.
 - Improved ability to identify and retain good line break points in the
   input stream, such as at commas and equals. You can always tell 
   perltidy to ignore old breakpoints with -iob.
 - Fixed glitch in which a terminal closing hash brace followed by semicolon
   was not outdented back to the leading line depth like other closing
   tokens.  Thanks to Keith Neargarder for noting this.
        my ( $pre, $post ) = @{
                "pp_anonlist" => [ "[", "]" ],
                "pp_anonhash" => [ "{", "}" ]
            }->{ $kid->ppaddr }
          };   # terminal brace
        my ( $pre, $post ) = @{
                "pp_anonlist" => [ "[", "]" ],
                "pp_anonhash" => [ "{", "}" ]
            }->{ $kid->ppaddr }
        };    # terminal brace
 - Removed extra indentation given to trailing 'if' and 'unless' clauses 
   without parentheses because this occasionally produced undesirable 
   results.  This only applies where parens are not used after the if or
        return undef
          unless my ( $who, $actions ) =
              $clause =~ /^($who_re)((?:$action_re)+)$/o; 
        return undef
          unless my ( $who, $actions ) =
          $clause =~ /^($who_re)((?:$action_re)+)$/o;

2012 06 19

 - Updated perltidy to handle all quote modifiers defined for perl 5 version 16.
 - Side comment text in perltidyrc configuration files must now begin with
   at least one space before the #.  Thus:
     -l=78 # Max line width is 78 cols
     -l=78# Max line width is 78 cols
   This is probably true of almost all existing perltidyrc files, 
   but if you get an error message about bad parameters
   involving a '#' the first time you run this version, please check the side
   comments in your perltidyrc file, and add a space before the # if necessary.
   You can quickly see the contents your perltidyrc file, if any, with the
     perltidy -dpro
   The reason for this change is that some parameters naturally involve
   the # symbol, and this can get interpreted as a side comment unless the
   parameter is quoted.  For example, to define -sphb=# it used to be necessary
   to write
   to keep the # from becoming part of a comment.  This was causing 
   trouble for new users.  Now it can also be written without quotes: 
 - Fixed bug in processing some .perltidyrc files containing parameters with
   an opening brace character, '{'.  For example the following was
   incorrectly processed:
   Thanks to pdagosto.
 - Added flag -boa (--break-at-old-attribute-breakpoints) which retains
   any existing line breaks at attribute separation ':'. This is now the
   default, use -nboa to deactivate.  Thanks to Daphne Phister for the patch.  
   For example, given the following code, the line breaks at the ':'s will be
                    my @field
                      : field
                      : Default(1)
                      : Get('Name' => 'foo') : Set('Name');
   whereas the previous version would have output a single line.  If
   the attributes are on a single line then they will remain on a single line.
 - Added new flags --blank-lines-before-subs=n (-blbs=n) and
   --blank-lines-before-packages=n (-blbp=n) to put n blank lines before
   subs and packages.  The old flag -bbs is now equivalent to -blbs=1 -blbp=1.
   and -nbbs is equivalent to -blbs=0 -blbp=0. Requested by M. Schwern and
   several others.
 - Added feature -nsak='*' meaning no space between any keyword and opening 
   paren.  This avoids listing entering a long list of keywords.  Requested
   by M. Schwern.
 - Added option to delete a backup of original file with in-place-modify (-b)
   if there were no errors.  This can be requested with the flag -bext='/'.  
   See documentation for details.  Requested by M. Schwern and others.
 - Fixed bug where the module postfilter parameter was not applied when -b 
   flag was used.  This was discovered during testing.
 - Fixed in-place-modify (-b) to work with symbolic links to source files.
   Thanks to Ted Johnson.
 - Fixed bug where the Perl::Tidy module did not allow -b to be used 
   in some cases.
 - No extra blank line is added before a comment which follows
   a short line ending in an opening token, for example like this:
            if (
                # unless we follow a blank or comment line
                $last_line_leading_type !~ /^[#b]$/
            if (
                # unless we follow a blank or comment line
                $last_line_leading_type !~ /^[#b]$/
    The blank is not needed for readability in these cases because there
    already is already space above the comment.  If a blank already 
    exists there it will not be removed, so this change should not 
    change code which has previously been formatted with perltidy. 
    Thanks to R.W.Stauner.
 - Likewise, no extra blank line is added above a comment consisting of a
   single #, since nothing is gained in readability.
 - Fixed error in which a blank line was removed after a #>>> directive. 
   Thanks to Ricky Morse.
 - Unnecessary semicolons after given/when/default blocks are now removed.
 - Fixed bug where an unwanted blank line could be added before
   pod text in __DATA__ or __END__ section.  Thanks to jidani.
 - Changed exit flags from 1 to 0 to indicate success for -help, -version, 
   and all -dump commands.  Also added -? as another way to dump the help.
   Requested by Keith Neargarder.
 - Fixed bug where .ERR and .LOG files were not written except for -it=2 or more
 - Fixed bug where trailing blank lines at the end of a file were dropped when
 - Fixed bug where a line occasionally ended with an extra space. This reduces
   rhe number of instances where a second iteration gives a result different
   from the first.
 - Updated documentation to note that the module <stderr> parameter may
   not be a reference to SCALAR or ARRAY; it must be a file.
 - Syntax check with perl now work when the module is processing
   references to arrays and strings.  Thanks to Charles Alderman.
 - Zero-length files are no longer processed due to concerns for data loss
   due to side effects in some scenarios.
 - block labels, if any, are now included in closing side comment text
   when the -csc flag is used.  Suggested by Aaron.  For example, 
   the label L102 in the following block is now included in the -csc text:
      L102: for my $i ( 1 .. 10 ) {
      } ## end L102: for my $i ( 1 .. 10 )

2010 12 17

 - added new flag -it=n or --iterations=n
   This flag causes perltidy to do n complete iterations.  
   For most purposes the default of n=1 should be satisfactory.  However n=2
   can be useful when a major style change is being made, or when code is being
   beautified on check-in to a source code control system.  The run time will be
   approximately proportional to n, and it should seldom be necessary to use a
   value greater than n=2.  Thanks to Jonathan Swartz
 - A configuration file pathname begins with three dots, e.g.
   ".../.perltidyrc", indicates that the file should be searched for starting
   in the current directory and working upwards. This makes it easier to have
   multiple projects each with their own .perltidyrc in their root directories.
   Thanks to Jonathan Swartz for this patch.
 - Added flag --notidy which disables all formatting and causes the input to be
   copied unchanged.  This can be useful in conjunction with hierarchical
   F<.perltidyrc> files to prevent unwanted tidying.
   Thanks to Jonathan Swartz for this patch.
 - Added prefilters and postfilters in the call to the module.
   Prefilters and postfilters. The prefilter is a code reference that 
   will be applied to the source before tidying, and the postfilter 
   is a code reference to the result before outputting.
   Thanks to Jonathan Swartz for this patch.  He writes:
   This is useful for all manner of customizations. For example, I use
   it to convert the 'method' keyword to 'sub' so that perltidy will work for
   Method::Signature::Simple code:
      prefilter => sub { $_ = $_[0]; s/^method (.*)/sub $1 \#__METHOD/gm; return $_ },
      postfilter => sub { $_ = $_[0]; s/^sub (.*?)\s* \#__METHOD/method $1/gm; return $_ }
 - The starting indentation level of sections of code entabbed with -et=n
   is correctly guessed if it was also produced with the same -et=n flag.  This
   keeps the indentation stable on repeated formatting passes within an editor.
   Thanks to Sam Kington and Glenn.
 - Functions with prototype '&' had a space between the function and opening
   peren.  This space now only occurs if the flag --space-function-paren (-sfp)
   is set.  Thanks to Zrajm Akfohg.
 - Patch to never put spaces around a bare word in braces beginning with ^ as in:
     my $before = ${^PREMATCH};
   even if requested with the -bt=0 flag because any spaces cause a syntax error in perl.
   Thanks to Fabrice Dulanoy.

2009 06 16

 - Allow configuration file to be 'perltidy.ini' for Windows systems.
   i.e. C:\Documents and Settings\User\perltidy.ini
   and added documentation for setting configuation file under Windows in man
   page.  Thanks to Stuart Clark.
 - Corrected problem of unwanted semicolons in hash ref within given/when code.
  Thanks to Nelo Onyiah.
 - added new flag -cscb or --closing-side-comments-balanced
  When using closing-side-comments, and the closing-side-comment-maximum-text
  limit is exceeded, then the comment text must be truncated.  Previous
  versions of perltidy terminate with three dots, and this can still be
  achieved with -ncscb:
   perltidy -csc -ncscb
   } ## end foreach my $foo (sort { $b cmp $a ...
  However this causes a problem with older editors which cannot recognize
  comments or are not configured to doso because they cannot "bounce" around in
  the text correctly.  The B<-cscb> flag tries to help them by 
  appending appropriate terminal balancing structure:
   perltidy -csc -cscb
   } ## end foreach my $foo (sort { $b cmp $a ... })
  Since there is much to be gained and little to be lost by doing this,
  the default is B<-cscb>.  Use B<-ncscb> if you do not want this.
  Thanks to Daniel Becker for suggesting this option.
 - After an isolated closing eval block the continuation indentation will be
   removed so that the braces line up more like other blocks.  Thanks to Yves Orton.
    eval {
        1;    # return true
      or do {
        #handle error
    eval {
        1;    # return true
    } or do {
        #handle error
 -A new flag -asbl (or --opening-anonymous-sub-brace-on-new-line) has
  been added to put the opening brace of anonymous sub's on a new line,
  as in the following snippet:
    my $code = sub
        my $arg = shift;
        return $arg->(@_);
  This was not possible before because the -sbl flag only applies to named
  subs. Thanks to Benjamin Krupp.
 -Fix tokenization bug with the following snippet
   print 'hi' if { x => 1, }->{x};
  which resulted in a semicolon being added after the comma.  The workaround
  was to use -nasc, but this is no longer necessary.  Thanks to Brian Duggan.
 -Fixed problem in which an incorrect error message could be triggered
 by the (unusual) combination of parameters  -lp -i=0 -l=2 -ci=0 for
 example.  Thanks to Richard Jelinek.
 -A new flag --keep-old-blank-lines=n has been added to
 give more control over the treatment of old blank lines in
 a script.  The manual has been revised to discuss the new
 flag and clarify the treatment of old blank lines.  Thanks
 to Oliver Schaefer.

2007 12 05

 -Improved support for perl 5.10: New quote modifier 'p', new block type UNITCHECK, 
 new keyword break, improved formatting of given/when.
 -Corrected tokenization bug of something like $var{-q}.
 -Numerous minor formatting improvements.
 -Corrected list of operators controlled by -baao -bbao to include
   . : ? && || and or err xor
 -Corrected very minor error in log file involving incorrect comment
 regarding need for upper case of labels.
 -Fixed problem where perltidy could run for a very long time
 when given certain non-perl text files.
 -Line breaks in un-parenthesized lists now try to follow
 line breaks in the input file rather than trying to fill
 lines.  This usually works better, but if this causes
 trouble you can use -iob to ignore any old line breaks.
 Example for the following input snippet:
    "conformability (Not the same dimension)\n",
    "\t", $have, " is ", text_unit($hu), "\n",
    "\t", $want, " is ", text_unit($wu), "\n",
    print "conformability (Not the same dimension)\n", "\t", $have, " is ",
      text_unit($hu), "\n", "\t", $want, " is ", text_unit($wu), "\n",;
    print "conformability (Not the same dimension)\n",
      "\t", $have, " is ", text_unit($hu), "\n",
      "\t", $want, " is ", text_unit($wu), "\n",

2007 08 01

 -Added -fpsc option (--fixed-position-side-comment). Thanks to Ueli Hugenschmidt. 
 For example -fpsc=40 tells perltidy to put side comments in column 40
 if possible.
 -Added -bbao and -baao options (--break-before-all-operators and
 --break-after-all-operators) to simplify command lines and configuration
 files.  These define an initial preference for breaking at operators which can
 be modified with -wba and -wbb flags.  For example to break before all operators
 except an = one could use --bbao -wba='=' rather than listing every
 single perl operator (except =) on a -wbb flag.
 -Added -kis option (--keep-interior-semicolons).  Use the B<-kis> flag
 to prevent breaking at a semicolon if there was no break there in the
 input file.  To illustrate, consider the following input lines:
    dbmclose(%verb_delim); undef %verb_delim;
    dbmclose(%expanded); undef %expanded;
    dbmclose(%global); undef %global;
 Normally these would be broken into six lines, but 
 perltidy -kis gives:
    dbmclose(%verb_delim); undef %verb_delim;
    dbmclose(%expanded);   undef %expanded;
    dbmclose(%global);     undef %global;
 -Improved formatting of complex ternary statements, with indentation
 of nested statements.  
    return defined( $cw->{Selected} )
      ? (wantarray)
      ? @{ $cw->{Selected} }
      : $cw->{Selected}[0]
      : undef;
    return defined( $cw->{Selected} )
      ? (wantarray)
          ? @{ $cw->{Selected} }
          : $cw->{Selected}[0]
      : undef;
 -Text following un-parenthesized if/unless/while/until statements get a
 full level of indentation.  Suggested by Jeff Armstorng and others. 
    return $ship->chargeWeapons("phaser-canon")
      if $encounter->description eq 'klingon'
      and $ship->firepower >= $encounter->firepower
      and $location->status ne 'neutral';
    return $ship->chargeWeapons("phaser-canon")
      if $encounter->description eq 'klingon'
          and $ship->firepower >= $encounter->firepower
          and $location->status ne 'neutral';

2007 05 08

 -Fixed bug where #line directives were being indented.  Thanks to
 Philippe Bruhat.

2007 05 04

 -Fixed problem where an extra blank line was added after an =cut when either
 (a) the =cut started (not stopped) a POD section, or (b) -mbl > 1. 
 Thanks to J. Robert Ray and Bill Moseley.

2007 04 24

 -ole (--output-line-ending) and -ple (--preserve-line-endings) should
 now work on all systems rather than just unix systems. Thanks to Dan
 -Fixed problem of a warning issued for multiple subs for BEGIN subs
 and other control subs. Thanks to Heiko Eissfeldt.
 -Fixed problem where no space was introduced between a keyword or
 bareword and a colon, such as:
 ( ref($result) eq 'HASH' && !%$result ) ? undef: $result;
 Thanks to Niek.
 -Added a utility program '' to the examples directory of
 the distribution.  It breaks long quoted strings into a chain of concatenated
 sub strings no longer than a selected length.  Suggested by Michael Renner as
 a perltidy feature but was judged to be best done in a separate program.
 -Updated docs to remove extra < and >= from list of tokens 
 after which breaks are made by default.  Thanks to Bob Kleemann.
 -Removed improper uses of $_ to avoid conflicts with external calls, giving
 error message similar to:
    Modification of a read-only value attempted at 
    /usr/share/perl5/Perl/ line 6907.
 Thanks to Michael Renner.
 -Fixed problem when errorfile was not a plain filename or filehandle
 in a call to  The call
 perltidy(source => \$input, destination => \$output, errorfile => \$err);
 gave the following error message:
  Not a GLOB reference at /usr/share/perl5/Perl/ line 3827.
 Thanks to Michael Renner and Phillipe Bruhat.
 -Fixed problem where -sot would not stack an opening token followed by
 a side comment.  Thanks to Jens Schicke.
 -improved breakpoints in complex math and other long statements. Example:
      log($n) + 0.577215664901532 + ( 1 / ( 2 * $n ) ) -
      ( 1 / ( 12 * ( $n**2 ) ) ) + ( 1 / ( 120 * ( $n**4 ) ) );
      log($n) + 0.577215664901532 +
      ( 1 / ( 2 * $n ) ) -
      ( 1 / ( 12 * ( $n**2 ) ) ) +
      ( 1 / ( 120 * ( $n**4 ) ) );
 -more robust vertical alignment of complex terminal else blocks and ternary

2006 07 19

 -Eliminated bug where a here-doc invoked through an 'e' modifier on a pattern
 replacement text was not recognized.  The tokenizer now recursively scans
 replacement text (but does not reformat it).
 -improved vertical alignment of terminal else blocks and ternary statements.
  Thanks to Chris for the suggestion.
    if    ( IsBitmap() ) { return GetBitmap(); }
    elsif ( IsFiles() )  { return GetFiles(); }
    else { return GetText(); }
    if    ( IsBitmap() ) { return GetBitmap(); }
    elsif ( IsFiles() )  { return GetFiles(); }
    else                 { return GetText(); }
    $which_search =
        $opts{"t"} ? 'title'
      : $opts{"s"} ? 'subject'
      : $opts{"a"} ? 'author'
      : 'title';
    $which_search =
        $opts{"t"} ? 'title'
      : $opts{"s"} ? 'subject'
      : $opts{"a"} ? 'author'
      :              'title';
 -improved indentation of try/catch blocks and other externally defined
 functions accepting a block argument.  Thanks to jae.
 -Added support for Perl 5.10 features say and smartmatch.
 -Added flag -pbp (--perl-best-practices) as an abbreviation for parameters
 suggested in Damian Conway's "Perl Best Practices".  -pbp is the same as:
    -l=78 -i=4 -ci=4 -st -se -vt=2 -cti=0 -pt=1 -bt=1 -sbt=1 -bbt=1 -nsfs -nolq
    -wbb="% + - * / x != == >= <= =~ !~ < > | & >= < = 
          **= += *= &= <<= &&= -= /= |= >>= ||= .= %= ^= x="
  Please note that the -st here restricts input to standard input; use
  -nst if necessary to override.
 -Eliminated some needless breaks at equals signs in -lp indentation.
        $c =
          Math::Complex->make(LEFT + $x * (RIGHT - LEFT) / SIZE,
                              TOP + $y * (BOTTOM - TOP) / SIZE);
        $c = Math::Complex->make(LEFT + $x * (RIGHT - LEFT) / SIZE,
                                 TOP + $y * (BOTTOM - TOP) / SIZE);
 A break at an equals is sometimes useful for preventing complex statements 
 from hitting the line length limit.  The decision to do this was 
 over-eager in some cases and has been improved.  Thanks to Royce Reece.
 -qw quotes contained in braces, square brackets, and parens are being
 treated more like those containers as far as stacking of tokens.  Also
 stack of closing tokens ending ');' will outdent to where the ');' would
 have outdented if the closing stack is matched with a similar opening stack.
  OLD: perltidy -soc -sct
  NEW: perltidy -soc -sct
    __PACKAGE__->load_components( qw(
    ) );
  Thanks to Aran Deltac
 -Eliminated some undesirable or marginally desirable vertical alignments.
 These include terminal colons, opening braces, and equals, and particularly
 when just two lines would be aligned.
    my $accurate_timestamps = $Stamps{lnk};
    my $has_link            = 
    my $accurate_timestamps = $Stamps{lnk};
    my $has_link =
 -Corrected a problem with -mangle in which a space would be removed
 between a keyword and variable beginning with ::.

2006 06 14

 -Attribute argument lists are now correctly treated as quoted strings
 and not formatted.  This is the most important update in this version.
 Thanks to Borris Zentner, Greg Ferguson, Steve Kirkup.
 -Updated to recognize the defined or operator, //, to be released in Perl 10.
 Thanks to Sebastien Aperghis-Tramoni.
 -A useful utility is included in the examples section.  It
 will read any perltidyrc file and write it back out in a standard format
 (though comments are lost).
 -Added option to have perltidy read and return a hash with the contents of a
 perltidyrc file.  This may be used by Leif Eriksen's tidyview code.  This
 feature is used by the demonstration program '' in the
 examples directory.
 -Improved error checking in perltidyrc files.  Unknown bare words were not
 being caught.
 -The --dump-options parameter now dumps parameters in the format required by a
 perltidyrc file.
 -V-Strings with underscores are now recognized.
 For example: $v = v1.2_3;
 -cti=3 option added which gives one extra indentation level to closing 
 tokens always.  This provides more predictable closing token placement
 than cti=2.  If you are using cti=2 you might want to try cti=3.
 -To identify all left-adjusted comments as static block comments, use C<-sbcp='^#'>.
 -New parameters -fs, -fsb, -fse added to allow sections of code between #<<<
 and #>>> to be passed through verbatim. This is enabled by default and turned
 off by -nfs.  Flags -fsb and -fse allow other beginning and ending markers.
 Thanks to Wolfgang Werner and Marion Berryman for suggesting this.
 -added flag -skp to put a space between all Perl keywords and following paren.
 The default is to only do this for certain keywords.  Suggested by
 H.Merijn Brand.
 -added flag -sfp to put a space between a function name and following paren.
 The default is not to do this.  Suggested by H.Merijn Brand.
 -Added patch to avoid breaking GetOpt::Long::Configure set by calling program. 
 Thanks to Philippe Bruhat.
 -An error was fixed in which certain parameters in a .perltidyrc file given
 without the equals sign were not recognized.  That is,
 '--brace-tightness 0' gave an error but '--brace-tightness=0' worked
 ok.  Thanks to Zac Hansen.
 -An error preventing the -nwrs flag from working was corrected. Thanks to
  Greg Ferguson.
 -Corrected some alignment problems with entab option.
 -A bug with the combination of -lp and -extrude was fixed (though this
 combination doesn't really make sense).  The bug was that a line with
 a single zero would be dropped.  Thanks to Cameron Hayne.
 -Updated Windows detection code to avoid an undefined variable.
 Thanks to Joe Yates and Russ Jones.
 -Improved formatting for short trailing statements following a closing paren.
 Thanks to Joe Matarazzo.
 -The handling of the -icb (indent closing block braces) flag has been changed
 slightly to provide more consistent and predictable formatting of complex
 structures.  Instead of giving a closing block brace the indentation of the
 previous line, it is now given one extra indentation level.  The two methods
 give the same result if the previous line was a complete statement, as in this
        if ($task) {
            }    # -icb
        else {
 The change also fixes a problem with empty blocks such as:
    OLD, -icb:
    elsif ($debug) {
    NEW, -icb:
    elsif ($debug) {
 -A problem with -icb was fixed in which a closing brace was misplaced when
 it followed a quote which spanned multiple lines.
 -Some improved breakpoints for -wba='&& || and or'
 -Fixed problem with misaligned cuddled else in complex statements
 when the -bar flag was also used.  Thanks to Alex and Royce Reese.
 -Corrected documentation to show that --outdent-long-comments is the default.
 Thanks to Mario Lia.
 -New flag -otr (opening-token-right) is similar to -bar (braces-always-right)
 but applies to non-structural opening tokens.
 -new flags -sot (stack-opening-token), -sct (stack-closing-token).
 Suggested by Tony.

2003 10 21

 -The default has been changed to not do syntax checking with perl.  
   Use -syn if you want it.  Perltidy is very robust now, and the -syn
   flag now causes more problems than it's worth because of BEGIN blocks
   (which get executed with perl -c).  For example, perltidy will never
   return when trying to beautify this code if -syn is used:
        BEGIN { 1 while { }; }
  Although this is an obvious error, perltidy is often run on untested
  code which is more likely to have this sort of problem.  A more subtle
  example is:
        BEGIN { use FindBin; }
  which may hang on some systems using -syn if a shared file system is
 -Changed style -gnu to use -cti=1 instead of -cti=2 (see next item).
  In most cases it looks better.  To recover the previous format, use
  '-gnu -cti=2'
 -Added flags -cti=n for finer control of closing token indentation.
   -cti = 0 no extra indentation (default; same as -nicp)
   -cti = 1 enough indentation so that the closing token
        aligns with its opening token.
   -cti = 2 one extra indentation level if the line has the form 
          );   ];   or   };     (same as -icp).
   The new option -cti=1 works well with -lp:
    # perltidy -lp -cti=1
    @month_of_year = (
                       'Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun',
                       'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'
    # perltidy -lp -cti=2
    @month_of_year = (
                       'Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun',
                       'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'
  This is backwards compatible with -icp. See revised manual for
  details.  Suggested by Mike Pennington.
 -Added flag '--preserve-line-endings' or '-ple' to cause the output
  line ending to be the same as in the input file, for unix, dos, 
  or mac line endings.  Only works under unix. Suggested by 
  Rainer Hochschild.
 -Added flag '--output-line-ending=s' or '-ole=s' where s=dos or win,
  unix, or mac.  Only works under unix.
 -Files with Mac line endings should now be handled properly under unix
  and dos without being passed through a converter.
 -You may now include 'and', 'or', and 'xor' in the list following
  '--want-break-after' to get line breaks after those keywords rather than
  before them.  Suggested by Rainer Hochschild.
 -Corrected problem with command line option for -vtc=n and -vt=n. The
  equals sign was being eaten up by the Windows shell so perltidy didn't
  see it.

2003 07 26

 -Corrected cause of warning message with recent versions of Perl:
    "Possible precedence problem on bitwise & operator at ..."
  Thanks to Jim Files.
 -fixed bug with -html with '=for pod2html' sections, in which code/pod
 output order was incorrect.  Thanks to Tassilo von Parseval.
 -fixed bug when the -html flag is used, in which the following error
 message, plus others, appear:
     did not see <body> in pod2html output
 This was caused by a change in the format of html output by pod2html
 VERSION 1.04 (included with perl 5.8).  Thanks to Tassilo von Parseval.
 -Fixed bug where an __END__ statement would be mistaken for a label
 if it is immediately followed by a line with a leading colon. Thanks
 to John Bayes.
 -Implemented guessing logic for brace types when it is ambiguous.  This
 has been on the TODO list a long time.  Thanks to Boris Zentner for
 an example.
 -Long options may now be negated either as '--nolong-option' 
 or '--no-long-option'.  Thanks to Philip Newton for the suggestion.
 -added flag --html-entities or -hent which controls the use of
 Html::Entities for html formatting.  Use --nohtml-entities or -nhent to
 prevent the use of Html::Entities to encode special symbols.  The
 default is -hent.  Html::Entities when formatting perl text to escape
 special symbols.  This may or may not be the right thing to do,
 depending on browser/language combinations.  Thanks to Burak Gursoy for
 this suggestion.
 -Bareword strings with leading '-', like, '-foo' now count as 1 token
 for horizontal tightness.  This way $a{'-foo'}, $a{foo}, and $a{-foo}
 are now all treated similarly.  Thus, by default, OLD: $a{ -foo } will
 now be NEW: $a{-foo}.  Suggested by Mark Olesen.
 -added 2 new flags to control spaces between keywords and opening parens:
   -sak=s  or --space-after-keyword=s,  and
   -nsak=s or --nospace-after-keyword=s, where 's' is a list of keywords.
 The new default list of keywords which get a space is:
   "my local our and or eq ne if else elsif until unless while for foreach
     return switch case given when"
 Use -sak=s and -nsak=s to add and remove keywords from this list,
 Explanation: Stephen Hildrey noted that perltidy was being inconsistent
 in placing spaces between keywords and opening parens, and sent a patch
 to give user control over this.  The above list was selected as being
 a reasonable default keyword list.  Previously, perltidy
 had a hardwired list which also included these keywords:
        push pop shift unshift join split die
 but did not have 'our'.  Example: if you prefer to make perltidy behave
 exactly as before, you can include the following two lines in your
 .perltidyrc file:
   -sak="push pop local shift unshift join split die"
 -Corrected html error in .toc file when -frm -html is used (extra ");
  browsers were tolerant of it.
 -Improved alignment of chains of binary and ?/: operators. Example:
    $leapyear =
      $year % 4     ? 0
      : $year % 100 ? 1
      : $year % 400 ? 0
      : 1;
    $leapyear =
        $year % 4   ? 0
      : $year % 100 ? 1
      : $year % 400 ? 0
      : 1;
 -improved breakpoint choices involving '->'
 -Corrected tokenization of things like ${#} or ${©}. For example,
  ${©} is valid, but ${© } is a syntax error.
 -Corrected minor tokenization errors with indirect object notation.
  For example, 'new A::()' works now.
 -Minor tokenization improvements; all perl code distributed with perl 5.8 
  seems to be parsed correctly except for one instance (lextest.t) 
  of the known bug.

2002 11 30

 -Implemented scalar attributes.  Thanks to Sean Tobin for noting this.
 -Fixed glitch introduced in previous release where -pre option
 was not outputting a leading html <pre> tag.
 -Numerous minor improvements in vertical alignment, including the following:
 -Improved alignment of opening braces in many cases.  Needed for improved
 switch/case formatting, and also suggested by Mark Olesen for sort/map/grep
 formatting.  For example:
    @modified =
      map { $_->[0] }
      sort { $a->[1] <=> $b->[1] }
      map { [ $_, -M ] } @filenames;
    @modified =
      map  { $_->[0] }
      sort { $a->[1] <=> $b->[1] }
      map  { [ $_, -M ] } @filenames;
 -Eliminated alignments across unrelated statements. Example:
    $borrowerinfo->configure( -state => 'disabled' );
    $borrowerinfo->grid( -col        => 1, -row => 0, -sticky => 'w' );
    $borrowerinfo->configure( -state => 'disabled' );
    $borrowerinfo->grid( -col => 1, -row => 0, -sticky => 'w' );
  Thanks to Mark Olesen for suggesting this.
 -Improved alignement of '='s in certain cases.
  Thanks to Norbert Gruener for sending an example.
 -Outdent-long-comments (-olc) has been re-instated as a default, since
  it works much better now.  Use -nolc if you want to prevent it.
 -Added check for 'perltidy -o', which causes
 to be lost. (The -b option should be used instead). Thanks to mreister
 for reporting this problem.

2002 11 06

 -Switch/case or given/when syntax is now recognized.  Its vertical alignment
 is not great yet, but it parses ok.  The words 'switch', 'case', 'given',
 and 'when' are now treated as keywords.  If this causes trouble with older
 code, we could introduce a switch to deactivate it.  Thanks to Stan Brown
 and Jochen Schneider for recommending this.
 -Corrected error parsing sub attributes with call parameters.
 Thanks to Marc Kerr for catching this.
 -Sub prototypes no longer need to be on the same line as sub names.
 -a new flag -frm or --frames will cause html output to be in a
 frame, with table of contents in the left panel and formatted source
 in the right panel.  Try 'perltidy -html -frm' for example.
 -The new default for -html formatting is to pass the pod through Pod::Html.
 The result is syntax colored code within your pod documents. This can be
 deactivated with -npod.  Thanks to those who have written to discuss this,
 particularly Mark Olesen and Hugh Myers.
 -the -olc (--outdent-long-comments) option works much better.  It now outdents
 groups of consecutive comments together, and by just the amount needed to
 avoid having any one line exceeding the maximum line length.
 -block comments are now trimmed of trailing whitespace.
 -if a directory specified with -opath does not exist, it will be created.
 -a table of contents to packages and subs is output when -html is used.
 Use -ntoc to prevent this.
 -fixed an unusual bug in which a 'for' statement following a 'format'
 statement was not correctly tokenized.  Thanks to Boris Zentner for
 catching this. is no longer dependent on modules IO::Scalar and IO::ScalarArray.  
 There were some speed issues.  Suggested by Joerg Walter.
 -The treatment of quoted wildcards (file globs) is now system-independent. 
 For example
    perltidy 'b*x.p[lm]'
 would match,, under any operating system.  Of
 course, anything unquoted will be subject to expansion by any shell.
 -default color for keywords under -html changed from 
 SaddleBrown (#8B4513) to magenta4 (#8B008B).
 -fixed an arg parsing glitch in which something like:
   perltidy quick-help
 would trigger the help message and exit, rather than operate on the
 file 'quick-help'.

2002 09 22

 -New option '-b' or '--backup-and-modify-in-place' will cause perltidy to
 overwrite the original file with the tidied output file.  The original
 file will be saved with a '.bak' extension (which can be changed with
 -bext=s).  Thanks to Rudi Farkas for the suggestion.
 -An index to all subs is included at the top of -html output, unless
 only the <pre> section is written.
 -Anchor lines of the form <a name="mysub"></a> are now inserted at key points
 in html output, such as before sub definitions, for the convenience of
 postprocessing scripts.  Suggested by Howard Owen.
 -The cuddled-else (-ce) flag now also makes cuddled continues, like
    while ( ( $pack, $file, $line ) = caller( $i++ ) ) {
       # bla bla
    } continue {
        $prevpack = $pack;
 Suggested by Simon Perreault.
 -Fixed bug in which an extra blank line was added before an =head or 
 similar pod line after an __END__ or __DATA__ line each time 
 perltidy was run.  Also, an extra blank was being added after
 a terminal =cut.  Thanks to Mike Birdsall for reporting this.

2002 08 26

 -Fixed bug in which space was inserted in a hyphenated hash key:
    my $val = $myhash{USER-NAME};
  was converted to:
    my $val = $myhash{USER -NAME}; 
  Thanks to an anonymous bug reporter at sourceforge.
 -Fixed problem with the '-io' ('--indent-only') where all lines 
  were double spaced.  Thanks to Nick Andrew for reporting this bug.
 -Fixed tokenization error in which something like '-e1' was 
  parsed as a number.
 -Corrected a rare problem involving older perl versions, in which 
  a line break before a bareword caused problems with 'use strict'.
  Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg for noting this.
 -More syntax error checking added.
 -Outdenting labels (-ola) has been made the default, in order to follow the
  perlstyle guidelines better.  It's probably a good idea in general, but
  if you do not want this, use -nola in your .perltidyrc file.
 -Updated rules for padding logical expressions to include more cases.
  Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg for helpful discussions.
 -Added new flag -osbc (--outdent-static-block-comments) which will
  outdent static block comments by 2 spaces (or whatever -ci equals).
  Requested by Jon Robison.

2002 04 25

 -Corrected a bug, introduced in the previous release, in which some
  closing side comments (-csc) could have incorrect text.  This is
  annoying but will be correct the next time perltidy is run with -csc.
 -Implemented XHTML patch submitted by Ville Skyttä.
 -Fixed bug where whitespace was being removed between 'Bar' and '()' 
  in a use statement like:
       use Foo::Bar ();
  Thanks to Ville Skyttä for reporting this.
 -Whenever possible, if a logical expression is broken with leading
  '&&', '||', 'and', or 'or', then the leading line will be padded
  with additional space to produce alignment.  This has been on the
  todo list for a long time; thanks to Frank Steinhauer for reminding
  me to do it.  Notice the first line after the open parens here:
        OLD: perltidy -lp
        if (
             && !param("rules.from.$linecount")
             && !param("rules.subject.$linecount")
             && !(
                   && param("rules.fieldval.$linecount")
             && !param("rules.size.$linecount")
             && !param("rules.custom.$linecount")
        NEW: perltidy -lp
        if (
             && !param("rules.from.$linecount")
             && !param("rules.subject.$linecount")
             && !(
                   && param("rules.fieldval.$linecount")
             && !param("rules.size.$linecount")
             && !param("rules.custom.$linecount")

2002 04 16

 -Corrected a mistokenization of variables for a package with a name
  equal to a perl keyword.  For example:
     package my;
     sub qx{print "Hello from my::qx\n";}
  In this case, the leading 'my' was mistokenized as a keyword, and a
  space was being place between 'my' and '::'.  This has been
  corrected.  Thanks to Martin Sluka for discovering this.
 -A new flag -bol (--break-at-old-logic-breakpoints)
  has been added to control whether containers with logical expressions
  should be broken open.  This is the default.
 -A new flag -bok (--break-at-old-keyword-breakpoints)
  has been added to follow breaks at old keywords which return lists,
  such as sort and map.  This is the default.
 -A new flag -bot (--break-at-old-trinary-breakpoints) has been added to
  follow breaks at trinary (conditional) operators.  This is the default.
 -A new flag -cab=n has been added to control breaks at commas after
  '=>' tokens.  The default is n=1, meaning break unless this breaks
  open an existing on-line container.
 -A new flag -boc has been added to allow existing list formatting
  to be retained.  (--break-at-old-comma-breakpoints).  See updated manual.
 -A new flag -iob (--ignore-old-breakpoints) has been added to
  prevent the locations of old breakpoints from influencing the output
 -Corrected problem where nested parentheses were not getting full
  indentation.  This has been on the todo list for some time; thanks 
  to Axel Rose for a snippet demonstrating this issue.
            OLD: inner list is not indented
                  $ret->name,        $user->username, $user->host,
                $user->server->name, $user->nick,     "H"
                    $ret->name,          $user->username, $user->host,
                    $user->server->name, $user->nick,     "H"
 -Code cleaned up by removing the following unused, undocumented flags.
  They should not be in any .perltidyrc files because they were just
  experimental flags which were never documented.  Most of them placed
  artificial limits on spaces, and Wolfgang Weisselberg convinced me that
  most of them they do more harm than good by causing unexpected results.
  --maximum-continuation-indentation (-mci)
  --maximum-space-to-comment (-xsc)
  --big-space-jump (-bsj)
 -Pod file 'perltidy.pod' has been appended to the script 'perltidy', and
  Tidy.pod has been append to the module ''.  Older MakeMaker's
  were having trouble.
 -A new flag -isbc has been added for more control on comments. This flag
  has the effect that if there is no leading space on the line, then the
  comment will not be indented, and otherwise it may be.  If both -ibc and
  -isbc are set, then -isbc takes priority.  Thanks to Frank Steinhauer
  for suggesting this.
 -A new document 'stylekey.pod' has been created to quickly guide new users
  through the maze of perltidy style parameters.  An html version is 
  on the perltidy web page.  Take a look! It should be very helpful.
 -Parameters for controlling 'vertical tightness' have been added:
  -vt and -vtc are the main controls, but finer control is provided
  with -pvt, -pcvt, -bvt, -bcvt, -sbvt, -sbcvt.  Block brace vertical
  tightness controls have also been added.
  See updated manual and also see 'stylekey.pod'. Simple examples:
    # perltidy -lp -vt=1 -vtc=1
    @month_of_year = ( 'Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun',
                       'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec' );
    # perltidy -lp -vt=1 -vtc=0
    @month_of_year = ( 'Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun',
                       'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'
 -Lists which do not format well in uniform columns are now better
  identified and formated.
    return $c->create( 'polygon', $x, $y, $x + $ruler_info{'size'},
        $y + $ruler_info{'size'}, $x - $ruler_info{'size'},
        $y + $ruler_info{'size'} );
    return $c->create(
        'polygon', $x, $y,
        $x + $ruler_info{'size'},
        $y + $ruler_info{'size'},
        $x - $ruler_info{'size'},
        $y + $ruler_info{'size'}
      radlablist($f1, pad('Initial', $p), $b->{Init}->get_panel_ref, 'None ',
                 'None', 'Default', 'Default', 'Simple', 'Simple');
                 pad('Initial', $p),
                 'None ', 'None', 'Default', 'Default', 'Simple', 'Simple');
 -Corrected problem where an incorrect html filename was generated for 
  external calls to module.  Fixed incorrect html title when is called with IO::Scalar or IO::Array source.
 -Output file permissons are now set as follows.  An output script file
  gets the same permission as the input file, except that owner
  read/write permission is added (otherwise, perltidy could not be
  rerun).  Html output files use system defaults.  Previously chmod 0755
  was used in all cases.  Thanks to Mark Olesen for bringing this up.
 -Missing semicolons will not be added in multi-line blocks of type
  sort, map, or grep.  This brings perltidy into closer agreement
  with common practice.  Of course, you can still put semicolons 
  there if you like.  Thanks to Simon Perreault for a discussion of this.
 -Most instances of extra semicolons are now deleted.  This is
  particularly important if the -csc option is used.  Thanks to Wolfgang
  Weisselberg for noting this.  For example, the following line
  (produced by 'h2xs' :) has an extra semicolon which will now be
     BEGIN { plan tests => 1 };
 -New parameter -csce (--closing-side-comment-else-flag) can be used
  to control what text is appended to 'else' and 'elsif' blocks.
  Default is to just add leading 'if' text to an 'else'.  See manual.
 -The -csc option now labels 'else' blocks with additinal information
  from the opening if statement and elsif statements, if space.
  Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg for suggesting this.
 -The -csc option will now remove any old closing side comments
  below the line interval threshold. Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg for
  suggesting this.
 -The abbreviation feature, which was broken in the previous version,
  is now fixed.  Thanks to Michael Cartmell for noting this.
 -Vertical alignment is now done for '||='  .. somehow this was 

2002 02 25

 -This version uses modules for the first time, and a standard perl
  Makefile.PL has been supplied.  However, perltidy may still be
  installed as a single script, without modules.  See INSTALL for
 -The man page 'perl2web' has been merged back into the main 'perltidy'
  man page to simplify installation.  So you may remove that man page
  if you have an older installation.
 -Added patch from Axel Rose for MacPerl.  The patch prompts the user
  for command line arguments before calling the module 
 -Corrected bug with '-bar' which was introduced in the previous
  version.  A closing block brace was being indented.  Thanks to
  Alexandros M Manoussakis for reporting this.
 -New parameter '--entab-leading-whitespace=n', or '-et=n', has been
  added for those who prefer tabs.  This behaves different from the
  existing '-t' parameter; see updated man page.  Suggested by Mark
 -New parameter '--perl-syntax-check-flags=s'  or '-pcsf=s' can be
  used to change the flags passed to perltidy in a syntax check.
  See updated man page.  Suggested by Mark Olesen.
 -New parameter '--output-path=s'  or '-opath=s' will cause output
  files to be placed in directory s.  See updated man page.  Thanks for
  Mark Olesen for suggesting this.
 -New parameter --dump-profile (or -dpro) will dump to
  standard output information about the search for a
  configuration file, the name of whatever configuration file
  is selected, and its contents.  This should help debugging
  config files, especially on different Windows systems.
 -The -w parameter now notes possible errors of the form:
        $comment = s/^\s*(\S+)\..*/$1/;   # trim whitespace
 -Corrections added for a leading ':' and for leaving a leading 'tcsh'
  line untouched.  Mark Olesen reported that lines of this form were
  accepted by perl but not by perltidy:
        : # use -*- perl -*-
        eval 'exec perl -wS $0 "$@"'  # shell should exec 'perl'
        unless 1;                     # but Perl should skip this one
  Perl will silently swallow a leading colon on line 1 of a
  script, and now perltidy will do likewise.  For example,
  this is a valid script, provided that it is the first line,
  but not otherwise:
        : print "Hello World\n";
  Also, perltidy will now mark a first line with leading ':' followed by
  '#' as type SYSTEM (just as a #!  line), not to be formatted.
 -List formatting improved for certain lists with special
  initial terms, such as occur with 'printf', 'sprintf',
  'push', 'pack', 'join', 'chmod'.  The special initial term is
  now placed on a line by itself.  For example, perltidy -gnu
        $Addr = pack(
                     "C4",                hex($SourceAddr[0]),
                     hex($SourceAddr[1]), hex($SourceAddr[2]),
        $Addr = pack("C4",
                     hex($SourceAddr[0]), hex($SourceAddr[1]),
                     hex($SourceAddr[2]), hex($SourceAddr[3]));
            push (
                  @{$$self{states}}, '64', '66', '68',
                  '70',              '72', '74', '76',
                  '78',              '80', '82', '84',
                  '86',              '88', '90', '92',
                  '94',              '96', '98', '100',
                  '102',             '104'
            push (
                  '64', '66', '68', '70', '72',  '74',  '76',
                  '78', '80', '82', '84', '86',  '88',  '90',
                  '92', '94', '96', '98', '100', '102', '104'
 -Lists of complex items, such as matricies, are now detected
  and displayed with just one item per row:
    $this->{'CURRENT'}{'gfx'}{'MatrixSkew'} = Text::PDF::API::Matrix->new(
        [ 1, tan( deg2rad($a) ), 0 ], [ tan( deg2rad($b) ), 1, 0 ],
        [ 0, 0, 1 ]
    $this->{'CURRENT'}{'gfx'}{'MatrixSkew'} = Text::PDF::API::Matrix->new(
        [ 1,                  tan( deg2rad($a) ), 0 ],
        [ tan( deg2rad($b) ), 1,                  0 ],
        [ 0,                  0,                  1 ]
 -The perl syntax check will be turned off for now when input is from
  standard input or standard output.  The reason is that this requires
  temporary files, which has produced far too many problems during
  Windows testing.  For example, the POSIX module under Windows XP/2000
  creates temporary names in the root directory, to which only the
  administrator should have permission to write.
 -Merged patch sent by Yves Orton to handle appropriate
  configuration file locations for different Windows varieties
  (2000, NT, Me, XP, 95, 98).
 -Added patch to properly handle a for/foreach loop without
  parens around a list represented as a qw.  I didn't know this
  was possible until Wolfgang Weisselberg pointed it out:
        foreach my $key qw\Uno Due Tres Quadro\ {
            print "Set $key\n";
  But Perl will give a syntax error without the $ variable; ie this will
  not work:
        foreach qw\Uno Due Tres Quadro\ {
            print "Set $_\n";
 -Merged Windows version detection code sent by Yves Orton.  Perltidy
  now automatically turns off syntax checking for Win 9x/ME versions,
  and this has solved a lot of robustness problems.  These systems 
  cannot reliably handle backtick operators.  See man page for
 -Merged VMS filename handling patch sent by Michael Cartmell.  (Invalid
  output filenames were being created in some cases).
 -Numerous minor improvements have been made for -lp style indentation.
 -Long C-style 'for' expressions will be broken after each ';'.
  'perltidy -gnu' gives:
    for ($status = $db->seq($key, $value, R_CURSOR()) ; $status == 0
         and $key eq $origkey ; $status = $db->seq($key, $value, R_NEXT()))
    for ($status = $db->seq($key, $value, R_CURSOR()) ;
         $status == 0 and $key eq $origkey ;
         $status = $db->seq($key, $value, R_NEXT()))
 -For the -lp option, a single long term within parens
  (without commas) now has better alignment.  For example,
  perltidy -gnu
            $self->throw("Must specify a known host, not $location,"
                  . " possible values ("
                  . join (",", sort keys %hosts) . ")");
            $self->throw("Must specify a known host, not $location,"
                         . " possible values ("
                         . join (",", sort keys %hosts) . ")");

2001 12 31

 -This version is about 20 percent faster than the previous
  version as a result of optimization work.  The largest gain
  came from switching to a dispatch hash table in the
 -perltidy -html will check to see if HTML::Entities is
  installed, and if so, it will use it to encode unsafe
 -Added flag -oext=ext to change the output file extension to
  be different from the default ('tdy' or 'html').  For
    perltidy -html -oext=htm filename
 will produce filename.htm
 -Added flag -cscw to issue warnings if a closing side comment would replace
 an existing, different side comments.  See the man page for details.
 Thanks to Peter Masiar for helpful discussions.
 -Corrected tokenization error of signed hex/octal/binary numbers. For
 example, the first hex number below would have been parsed correctly
 but the second one was not:
    if ( ( $tmp >= 0x80_00_00 ) || ( $tmp < -0x80_00_00 ) ) { }
 -'**=' was incorrectly tokenized as '**' and '='.  This only
     caused a problem with the -extrude opton.
 -Corrected a divide by zero when -extrude option is used
 -The flag -w will now contain all errors reported by 'perl -c' on the
 input file, but otherwise they are not reported.  The reason is that
 perl will report lots of problems and syntax errors which are not of
 interest when only a small snippet is being formatted (such as missing
 modules and unknown bare words).  Perltidy will always report all
 significant syntax errors that it finds, such as unbalanced braces,
 unless the -q (quiet) flag is set.
 -Merged modifications created by Hugh Myers into perltidy.
  These include a 'streamhandle' routine which allows perltidy
  as a module to operate on input and output arrays and strings
  in addition to files.  Documentation and new packaging as a
  module should be ready early next year; This is an elegant,
  powerful update; many thanks to Hugh for contributing it.

2001 11 28

 -added a tentative patch which tries to keep any existing breakpoints
 at lines with leading keywords map,sort,eval,grep. The idea is to
 improve formatting of sequences of list operations, as in a schwartzian
 transform.  Example:
    my @sorted = map { $_->[0] }
                 sort { $a->[1] <=> $b->[1] }
                 map { [ $_, rand ] } @list;
    my @sorted =
      map { $_->[0] } sort { $a->[1] <=> $b->[1] } map { [ $_, rand ] } @list;
    my @sorted = map { $_->[0] }
      sort { $a->[1] <=> $b->[1] }
      map { [ $_, rand ] } @list;
  The new alignment is not as nice as the input, but this is an improvement.
  Thanks to Yves Orton for this suggestion.
 -modified indentation logic so that a line with leading opening paren,
 brace, or square bracket will never have less indentation than the
 line with the corresponding opening token.  Here's a simple example:
            -text    => "New Document",
            -command => \&new_document
            -side   => 'bottom',
            -anchor => 'e'
    Note how the closing ');' is lined up with the first line, even
    though it closes a paren in the 'pack' line.  That seems wrong.
            -text    => "New Document",
            -command => \&new_document
            -side   => 'bottom',
            -anchor => 'e'
   This seems nicer: you can up-arrow with an editor and arrive at the
   opening 'pack' line.
 -corrected minor glitch in which cuddled else (-ce) did not get applied
 to an 'unless' block, which should look like this:
        unless ($test) {
        } else {
  Thanks to Jeremy Mates for reporting this.
 -The man page has been reorganized to parameters easier to find.
 -Added check for multiple definitions of same subroutine.  It is easy
  to introduce this problem when cutting and pasting. Perl does not
  complain about it, but it can lead to disaster.
 -The command -pro=filename  or -profile=filename may be used to specify a
  configuration file which will override the default name of .perltidyrc.
  There must not be a space on either side of the '=' sign.  I needed
  this to be able to easily test perltidy with a variety of different
  configuration files.
 -Side comment alignment has been improved somewhat across frequent level
  changes, as in short if/else blocks.  Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg 
  for pointing out this problem.  For example:
    if ( ref $self ) {    # Called as a method
        $format = shift;
    else {    # Regular procedure call
        $format = $self;
        undef $self;
    if ( ref $self ) {    # Called as a method
        $format = shift;
    else {                # Regular procedure call
        $format = $self;
        undef $self;
 -New command -ssc (--static-side-comment) and related command allows
  side comments to be spaced close to preceding character.  This is
  useful for displaying commented code as side comments.
 -New command -csc (--closing-side-comment) and several related
  commands allow comments to be added to (and deleted from) any or all
  closing block braces.  This can be useful if you have to maintain large
  programs, especially those that you didn't write.  See updated man page.
  Thanks to Peter Masiar for this suggestion.  For a simple example:
        perltidy -csc
        sub foo {
            if ( !defined( $_[0] ) ) {
                print("Hello, World\n");
            else {
                print( $_[0], "\n" );
        } ## end sub foo
  This added '## end sub foo' to the closing brace.  
  To remove it, perltidy -ncsc.
 -New commands -ola, for outdenting labels, and -okw, for outdenting
  selected control keywords, were implemented.  See the perltidy man
  page for details.  Thanks to Peter Masiar for this suggestion.
 -Hanging side comment change: a comment will not be considered to be a
  hanging side comment if there is no leading whitespace on the line.
  This should improve the reliability of identifying hanging side comments.
  Thanks to Peter Masiar for this suggestion.
 -Two new commands for outdenting, -olq (outdent-long-quotes) and -olc
  (outdent-long-comments), have been added.  The original -oll
  (outdent-long-lines) remains, and now is an abbreviation for -olq and -olc.
  The new default is just -olq.  This was necessary to avoid inconsistency with
  the new static block comment option.
 -Static block comments:  to provide a way to display commented code
  better, the convention is used that comments with a leading '##' should
  not be formatted as usual.  Please see '-sbc' (or '--static-block-comment')
  for documentation.  It can be deactivated with with -nsbc, but
  should not normally be necessary. Thanks to Peter Masiar for this 
 -Two changes were made to help show structure of complex lists:
  (1) breakpoints are forced after every ',' in a list where any of
  the list items spans multiple lines, and
  (2) List items which span multiple lines now get continuation indentation.
  The following example illustrates both of these points.  Many thanks to
  Wolfgang Weisselberg for this snippet and a discussion of it; this is a
  significant formatting improvement. Note how it is easier to see the call
  parameters in the NEW version:
    assert( __LINE__, ( not defined $check )
        or ref $check
        or $check eq "new"
        or $check eq "old", "Error in parameters",
        defined $old_new ? ( ref $old_new ? ref $old_new : $old_new ) : "undef",
        defined $db_new  ? ( ref $db_new  ? ref $db_new  : $db_new )  : "undef",
        defined $old_db ? ( ref $old_db ? ref $old_db : $old_db ) : "undef" );
        ( not defined $check )
          or ref $check
          or $check eq "new"
          or $check eq "old",
        "Error in parameters",
        defined $old_new ? ( ref $old_new ? ref $old_new : $old_new ) : "undef",
        defined $db_new  ? ( ref $db_new  ? ref $db_new  : $db_new )  : "undef",
        defined $old_db  ? ( ref $old_db  ? ref $old_db  : $old_db )  : "undef"
    Another example shows how this helps displaying lists:
    %{ $self->{COMPONENTS} } = (
        fname =>
        { type => 'name', adj => 'yes', font => 'Helvetica', 'index' => 0 },
        street =>
        { type => 'road', adj => 'yes', font => 'Helvetica', 'index' => 2 },
    The structure is clearer with the added indentation:
    %{ $self->{COMPONENTS} } = (
        fname =>
          { type => 'name', adj => 'yes', font => 'Helvetica', 'index' => 0 },
        street =>
          { type => 'road', adj => 'yes', font => 'Helvetica', 'index' => 2 },
    -The structure of nested logical expressions is now displayed better.
    Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg for helpful discussions.  For example,
    note how the status of the final 'or' is displayed in the following:
    return ( !null($op)
          and null( $op->sibling )
          and $op->ppaddr eq "pp_null"
          and class($op) eq "UNOP"
          and ( ( $op->first->ppaddr =~ /^pp_(and|or)$/
            and $op->first->first->sibling->ppaddr eq "pp_lineseq" )
            or ( $op->first->ppaddr eq "pp_lineseq"
                and not null $op->first->first->sibling
                and $op->first->first->sibling->ppaddr eq "pp_unstack" ) ) );
    return (
          and null( $op->sibling )
          and $op->ppaddr eq "pp_null"
          and class($op) eq "UNOP"
          and (
                $op->first->ppaddr =~ /^pp_(and|or)$/
                and $op->first->first->sibling->ppaddr eq "pp_lineseq"
            or ( $op->first->ppaddr eq "pp_lineseq"
                and not null $op->first->first->sibling
                and $op->first->first->sibling->ppaddr eq "pp_unstack" )
   -A break will always be put before a list item containing a comma-arrow.
   This will improve formatting of mixed lists of this form:
            'text', 225, 20, -text => 'A Simple Plot',
            -font => $font,
            -fill => 'brown'
            'text', 225, 20,
            -text => 'A Simple Plot',
            -font => $font,
            -fill => 'brown'
  -For convenience, the command -dac (--delete-all-comments) now also
  deletes pod.  Likewise, -tac (--tee-all-comments) now also sends pod
  to a '.TEE' file.  Complete control over the treatment of pod and
  comments is still possible, as described in the updated help message 
  and man page.
  -The logic which breaks open 'containers' has been rewritten to be completely
  symmetric in the following sense: if a line break is placed after an opening
  {, [, or (, then a break will be placed before the corresponding closing
  token.  Thus, a container either remains closed or is completely cracked
  -Improved indentation of parenthesized lists.  For example,
            $GPSCompCourse =
              atan2( $GPSTempCompLong - $GPSLongitude,
              $GPSLatitude - $GPSTempCompLat ) * 180 / 3.14159265 );
            $GPSCompCourse = int(
                    $GPSTempCompLong - $GPSLongitude,
                    $GPSLatitude - $GPSTempCompLat
                  ) * 180 / 3.14159265
   Further improvements will be made in future releases.
  -Some improvements were made in formatting small lists.
  -Correspondence between Input and Output line numbers reported in a 
   .LOG file should now be exact.  They were sometimes off due to the size
   of intermediate buffers.
  -Corrected minor tokenization error in which a ';' in a foreach loop
   control was tokenized as a statement termination, which forced a 
   line break:
        foreach ( $i = 0;
            $i <= 10;
            $i += 2
            print "$i ";
        foreach ( $i = 0 ; $i <= 10 ; $i += 2 ) {
            print "$i ";
  -Corrected a problem with reading config files, in which quote marks were not
   stripped.  As a result, something like -wba="&& . || " would have the leading
   quote attached to the && and not work correctly.  A workaround for older
   versions is to place a space around all tokens within the quotes, like this:
   -wba=" && . || "
  -Removed any existing space between a label and its ':'
    OLD    : { }
    NEW: { }
   This was necessary because the label and its colon are a single token.
  -Corrected tokenization error for the following (highly non-recommended) 
    $user = @vars[1] / 100;
  -Resolved cause of a difference between perltidy under perl v5.6.1 and
  5.005_03; the problem was different behavior of \G regex position

2001 10 20

 -Corrected a bug in which a break was not being made after a full-line
 comment within a short eval/sort/map/grep block.  A flag was not being
 zeroed.  The syntax error check catches this.  Here is a snippet which
 illustrates the bug:
        eval {
            #open Socket to Dispatcher
            $sock = &OpenSocket;
 The formatter mistakenly thought that it had found the following 
 one-line block:
        eval {#open Socket to Dispatcher$sock = &OpenSocket; };
 The patch fixes this. Many thanks to Henry Story for reporting this bug.
 -Changes were made to help diagnose and resolve problems in a
 .perltidyrc file: 
   (1) processing of command parameters has been into two separate
   batches so that any errors in a .perltidyrc file can be localized.  
   (2) commands --help, --version, and as many of the --dump-xxx
   commands are handled immediately, without any command line processing
   at all.  
   (3) Perltidy will ignore any commands in the .perltidyrc file which
   cause immediate exit.  These are:  -h -v -ddf -dln -dop -dsn -dtt
   -dwls -dwrs -ss.  Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg for helpful
   suggestions regarding these updates.
 -Syntax check has been reinstated as default for MSWin32 systems.  This
 way Windows 2000 users will get syntax check by default, which seems
 like a better idea, since the number of Win 95/98 systems will be
 decreasing over time.  Documentation revised to warn Windows 95/98
 users about the problem with empty '&1'.  Too bad these systems
 all report themselves as MSWin32.

2001 10 16

 -Fixed tokenization error in which a method call of the form
  got a space before the '::' like this:
    Module ::->new();
  Thanks to David Holden for reporting this.
 -Added -html control over pod text, using a new abbreviation 'pd'.  See
 updated perl2web man page. The default is to use the color of a comment,
 but italicized.  Old .css style sheets will need a new line for
 .pd to use this.  The old color was the color of a string, and there
 was no control.  
 -.css lines are now printed in sorted order.
 -Fixed interpolation problem where html files had '$input_file' as title
 instead of actual input file name.  Thanks to Simon Perreault for finding
 this and sending a patch, and also to Tobias Weber.
 -Breaks will now have the ':' placed at the start of a line, 
 one per line by default because this shows logical structure
 more clearly. This coding has been completely redone. Some 
 examples of new ?/: formatting:
            wantarray ? map( $dir::cwd->lookup($_)->path, @_ ) :
              $dir::cwd->lookup( $_[0] )->path;
              ? map( $dir::cwd->lookup($_)->path, @_ )
              : $dir::cwd->lookup( $_[0] )->path;
                $a = ( $b > 0 ) ? {
                    a => 1,
                    b => 2
                } : { a => 6, b => 8 };
                $a = ( $b > 0 )
                  ? {
                    a => 1,
                    b => 2
                  : { a => 6, b => 8 };
    OLD: (-gnu):
    $self->note($self->{skip} ? "Hunk #$self->{hunk} ignored at 1.\n" :
                "Hunk #$self->{hunk} failed--$@");
    NEW: (-gnu):
                ? "Hunk #$self->{hunk} ignored at 1.\n"
                : "Hunk #$self->{hunk} failed--$@");
        $which_search =
          $opts{"t"} ? 'title'   :
          $opts{"s"} ? 'subject' : $opts{"a"} ? 'author' : 'title';
        $which_search =
          $opts{"t"} ? 'title'
          : $opts{"s"} ? 'subject'
          : $opts{"a"} ? 'author'
          : 'title';
 You can use -wba=':' to recover the previous default which placed ':'
 at the end of a line.  Thanks to Michael Cartmell for helpful
 discussions and examples.
 -Tokenizer updated to do syntax checking for matched ?/: pairs.  Also,
 the tokenizer now outputs a unique serial number for every balanced
 pair of brace types and ?/: pairs.  This greatly simplifies the
 -Long lines with repeated 'and', 'or', '&&', '||'  will now have
 one such item per line.  For example:
        if ( $opt_d || $opt_m || $opt_p || $opt_t || $opt_x
            || ( -e $archive && $opt_r ) )
            ( $pAr, $pNames ) = readAr($archive);
        if ( $opt_d
            || $opt_m
            || $opt_p
            || $opt_t
            || $opt_x
            || ( -e $archive && $opt_r ) )
            ( $pAr, $pNames ) = readAr($archive);
        if ( $vp->{X0} + 4 <= $x && $vp->{X0} + $vp->{W} - 4 >= $x
            && $vp->{Y0} + 4 <= $y && $vp->{Y0} + $vp->{H} - 4 >= $y )
        if ( $vp->{X0} + 4 <= $x
            && $vp->{X0} + $vp->{W} - 4 >= $x
            && $vp->{Y0} + 4 <= $y
            && $vp->{Y0} + $vp->{H} - 4 >= $y )
 -Long lines with multiple concatenated tokens will have concatenated
 terms (see below) placed one per line, except for short items.  For
        $report .=
          "Device type:" . $ib->family . "  ID:" . $ib->serial . "  CRC:"
          . $ib->crc . ": " . $ib->model() . "\n";
        $report .= "Device type:"
          . $ib->family . "  ID:"
          . $ib->serial . "  CRC:"
          . $ib->model()
          . $ib->crc . ": " . "\n";
 NOTE: at present 'short' means 8 characters or less.  There is a
 tentative flag to change this (-scl), but it is undocumented and
 is likely to be changed or removed later, so only use it for testing.  
 In the above example, the tokens "  ID:", "  CRC:", and "\n" are below
 this limit.
 -If a line which is short enough to fit on a single line was
 nevertheless broken in the input file at a 'good' location (see below), 
 perltidy will try to retain a break.  For example, the following line
 will be formatted as:
    open SUM, "<$file"
      or die "Cannot open $file ($!)";
 if it was broken in the input file, and like this if not:
    open SUM, "<$file" or die "Cannot open $file ($!)";
 GOOD: 'good' location means before 'and','or','if','unless','&&','||'
 The reason perltidy does not just always break at these points is that if
 there are multiple, similar statements, this would preclude alignment.  So
 rather than check for this, perltidy just tries to follow the input style,
 in the hopes that the author made a good choice. Here is an example where 
 we might not want to break before each 'if':
    ($Locale, @Locale) = ($English, @English) if (@English > @Locale);
    ($Locale, @Locale) = ($German,  @German)  if (@German > @Locale);
    ($Locale, @Locale) = ($French,  @French)  if (@French > @Locale);
    ($Locale, @Locale) = ($Spanish, @Spanish) if (@Spanish > @Locale);
 -Added wildcard file expansion for systems with shells which lack this.
 Now 'perltidy *.pl' should work under MSDOS/Windows.  Thanks to Hugh Myers 
 for suggesting this.  This uses builtin glob() for now; I may change that.
 -Added new flag -sbl which, if specified, overrides the value of -bl
 for opening sub braces.  This allows formatting of this type:
 perltidy -sbl
 sub foo
    if (!defined($_[0])) {
        print("Hello, World\n");
    else {
        print($_[0], "\n");
 Requested by Don Alexander.
 -Fixed minor parsing error which prevented a space after a $$ variable
 (pid) in some cases.  Thanks to Michael Cartmell for noting this.
 For example, 
   old: $$< 700 
   new: $$ < 700
 -Improved line break choices 'and' and 'or' to display logic better.
 For example:
        exists $self->{'build_dir'} and push @e,
          "Unwrapped into directory $self->{'build_dir'}";
        exists $self->{'build_dir'}
          and push @e, "Unwrapped into directory $self->{'build_dir'}";
 -Fixed error of multiple use of abbreviatioin '-dsc'.  -dsc remains 
 abbreviation for delete-side-comments; -dsm is new abbreviation for 
 -Corrected and updated 'usage' help routine.  Thanks to Slaven Rezic for 
 noting an error.
 -The default for Windows is, for now, not to do a 'perl -c' syntax
 check (but -syn will activate it).  This is because of problems with  James Freeman sent me a patch which tries to get around
 the problems, and it works in many cases, but testing revealed several
 issues that still need to be resolved.  So for now, the default is no
 syntax check for Windows.
 -I added a -T flag when doing perl -c syntax check.
 This is because I test it on a large number of scripts from sources
 unknown, and who knows what might be hidden in initialization blocks?
 Also, deactivated the syntax check if perltidy is run as root.  As a
 benign example, running the previous version of perltidy on the
 following file would cause it to disappear:
                print "Bye, bye baby!\n";
                unlink $0;
 The new version will not let that happen.
 -I am contemplating (but have not yet implemented) making '-lp' the
 default indentation, because it is stable now and may be closer to how
 perl is commonly formatted.  This could be in the next release.  The
 reason that '-lp' was not the original default is that the coding for
 it was complex and not ready for the initial release of perltidy.  If
 anyone has any strong feelings about this, I'd like to hear.  The
 current default could always be recovered with the '-nlp' flag.

2001 09 03

 -html updates:
     - sub definition names are now specially colored, red by default.  
       The letter 'm' is used to identify them.
     - keyword 'sub' now has color of other keywords.
     - restored html keyword color to __END__ and __DATA__, which was 
       accidentally removed in the previous version.
 -A new -se (--standard-error-output) flag has been implemented and
 documented which causes all errors to be written to standard output
 instead of a .ERR file.
 -A new -w (--warning-output) flag has been implemented and documented
  which causes perltidy to output certain non-critical messages to the
  error output file, .ERR.  These include complaints about pod usage,
  for example.  The default is to not include these.
  NOTE: This replaces an undocumented -w=0 or --warning-level flag
  which was tentatively introduced in the previous version to avoid some
  unwanted messages.  The new default is the same as the old -w=0, so
  that is no longer needed.
  -Improved syntax checking and corrected tokenization of functions such
  as rand, srand, sqrt, ...  These can accept either an operator or a term
  to their right.  This has been corrected.
 -Corrected tokenization of semicolon: testing of the previous update showed 
 that the semicolon in the following statement was being mis-tokenized.  That
 did no harm, other than adding an extra blank space, but has been corrected.
          for (sort {strcoll($a,$b);} keys %investments) {
 -New syntax check: after wasting 5 minutes trying to resolve a syntax
  error in which I had an extra terminal ';' in a complex for (;;) statement, 
  I spent a few more minutes adding a check for this in perltidy so it won't
  happen again.
 -The behavior of --break-before-subs (-bbs) and --break-before-blocks
 (-bbb) has been modified.  Also, a new control parameter,
 --long-block-line-count=n (-lbl=n) has been introduced to give more
 control on -bbb.  This was previously a hardwired value.  The reason
 for the change is to reduce the number of unwanted blank lines that
 perltidy introduces, and make it less erratic.  It's annoying to remove
 an unwanted blank line and have perltidy put it back.  The goal is to
 be able to sprinkle a few blank lines in that dense script you
 inherited from Bubba.  I did a lot of experimenting with different
 schemes for introducing blank lines before and after code blocks, and
 decided that there is no really good way to do it.  But I think the new
 scheme is an improvement.  You can always deactivate this with -nbbb.
 I've been meaning to work on this; thanks to Erik Thaysen for bringing
 it to my attention.
 -The .LOG file is seldom needed, and I get tired of deleting them, so
  they will now only be automatically saved if perltidy thinks that it
  made an error, which is almost never.  You can still force the logfile
  to be saved with -log or -g.
 -Improved method for computing number of columns in a table.  The old
 method always tried for an even number.  The new method allows odd
 numbers when it is obvious that a list is not a hash initialization
   old: my (
             $name,       $xsargs, $parobjs, $optypes,
             $hasp2child, $pmcode, $hdrcode, $inplacecode,
             $globalnew,  $callcopy
          = @_;
   new: my (
             $name,   $xsargs,  $parobjs,     $optypes,   $hasp2child,
             $pmcode, $hdrcode, $inplacecode, $globalnew, $callcopy
          = @_;
 -I fiddled with the list threshold adjustment, and some small lists
 look better now.  Here is the change for one of the lists in test file
   %units =
     ("in", "in", "pt", "pt", "pc", "pi", "mm", "mm", "cm", "cm", "\\hsize", "%",
       "\\vsize", "%", "\\textwidth", "%", "\\textheight", "%");
   %units = (
              "in",      "in", "pt",          "pt", "pc",           "pi",
              "mm",      "mm", "cm",          "cm", "\\hsize",      "%",
              "\\vsize", "%",  "\\textwidth", "%",  "\\textheight", "%"
 -Improved -lp formatting at '=' sign.  A break was always being added after
 the '=' sign in a statement such as this, (to be sure there was enough room
 for the parameters):
 old: my $fee =
                        $env,          $borrnum,
                        $biblionumber, $constraint,
 The updated version doesn't do this unless the space is really needed:
 new: my $fee = CalcReserveFee(
                               $env,          $borrnum,
                               $biblionumber, $constraint,
 -I updated the tokenizer to allow $#+ and $#-, which seem to be new to
 Perl 5.6.  Some experimenting with a recent version of Perl indicated
 that it allows these non-alphanumeric '$#' array maximum index
 varaibles: $#: $#- $#+ so I updated the parser accordingly.  Only $#:
 seems to be valid in older versions of Perl.
 -Fixed a rare formatting problem with -lp (and -gnu) which caused
 excessive indentation.
 -Many additional syntax checks have been added.
 -Revised method for testing here-doc target strings; the following
 was causing trouble with a regex test because of the '*' characters:
  print <<"*EOF*";
  bla bla
 Perl seems to allow almost anything to be a here doc target, so an
 exact string comparison is now used.
 -Made update to allow underscores in binary numbers, like '0b1100_0000'.
 -Corrected problem with scanning certain module names; a blank space was 
 being inserted after 'warnings' in the following:
    use warnings::register;
 The problem was that warnings (and a couple of other key modules) were 
 being tokenized as keywords.  They should have just been identifiers.
 -Corrected tokenization of indirect objects after sort, system, and exec,
 after testing produced an incorrect error message for the following
 line of code:
    print sort $sortsubref @list;
 -Corrected minor problem where a line after a format had unwanted
 extra continuation indentation.
 -Delete-block-comments (and -dac) now retain any leading hash-bang line
 -Update for -lp (and -gnu) to not align the leading '=' of a list
 with a previous '=', since this interferes with alignment of parameters.
  old:  my $hireDay = new Date;
        my $self    = {
                     firstName => undef,
                     lastName  => undef,
                     hireDay   => $hireDay
  new:  my $hireDay = new Date;
        my $self = {
                     firstName => undef,
                     lastName  => undef,
                     hireDay   => $hireDay
 -Modifications made to display tables more compactly when possible,
  without adding lines. For example,
                '1', "I", '2', "II", '3', "III", '4', "IV",
                '5', "V", '6', "VI", '7', "VII", '8', "VIII",
                '9', "IX"
                '1', "I",   '2', "II",   '3', "III",
                '4', "IV",  '5', "V",    '6', "VI",
                '7', "VII", '8', "VIII", '9', "IX"
 -Corrected minor bug in which -pt=2 did not keep the right paren tight
 around a '++' or '--' token, like this:
            for ($i = 0 ; $i < length $key ; $i++ )
 The formatting for this should be, and now is:
            for ($i = 0 ; $i < length $key ; $i++)
 Thanks to Erik Thaysen for noting this.
 -Discovered a new bug involving here-docs during testing!  See BUGS.html.
 -Finally fixed parsing of subroutine attributes (A Perl 5.6 feature).
 However, the attributes and prototypes must still be on the same line
 as the sub name.

2001 07 31

 -Corrected minor, uncommon bug found during routine testing, in which a
 blank got inserted between a function name and its opening paren after
 a file test operator, but only in the case that the function had not
 been previously seen.  Perl uses the existence (or lack thereof) of 
 the blank to guess if it is a function call.  That is,
    if (-l pid_filename()) {
    if (-l pid_filename ()) {
 which is a syntax error if pid_filename has not been seen by perl.
 -If the AutoLoader module is used, perltidy will continue formatting
 code after seeing an __END__ line.  Use -nlal to deactivate this feature.  
 Likewise, if the SelfLoader module is used, perltidy will continue 
 formatting code after seeing a __DATA__ line.  Use -nlsl to
 deactivate this feature.  Thanks to Slaven Rezic for this suggestion.
 -pod text after __END__ and __DATA__ is now identified by perltidy
 so that -dp works correctly.  Thanks to Slaven Rezic for this suggestion.
 -The first $VERSION line which might be eval'd by MakeMaker
 is now passed through unchanged.  Use -npvl to deactivate this feature.
 Thanks to Manfred Winter for this suggestion.
 -Improved indentation of nested parenthesized expressions.  Tests have
 given favorable results.  Thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg for helpful

2001 07 23

 -Fixed a very rare problem in which an unwanted semicolon was inserted
 due to misidentification of anonymous hash reference curly as a code
 block curly.  (No instances of this have been reported; I discovered it
 during testing).  A workaround for older versions of perltidy is to use
 -Added -icb (-indent-closing-brace) parameter to indent a brace which
 terminates a code block to the same level as the previous line.
 Suggested by Andrew Cutler.  For example,
        if ($task) {
            }    # -icb
        else {
 -Rewrote error message triggered by an unknown bareword in a print or
 printf filehandle position, and added flag -w=0 to prevent issuing this
 error message.  Suggested by Byron Jones.
 -Added modification to align a one-line 'if' block with similar
 following 'elsif' one-line blocks, like this:
      if    ( $something eq "simple" )  { &handle_simple }
      elsif ( $something eq "hard" )    { &handle_hard }
 (Suggested by  Wolfgang Weisselberg).

2001 07 02

 -Eliminated all constants with leading underscores because perl 5.005_03
 does not support that.  For example, _SPACES changed to XX_SPACES.
 Thanks to kromJx for this update.

2001 07 01

 -the directory of test files has been moved to a separate distribution
 file because it is getting large but is of little interest to most users.
 For the current distribution:
   perltidy-20010701.tgz        contains the source and docs for perltidy
   perltidy-20010701-test.tgz   contains the test files
 -fixed bug where temporary file perltidy.TMPI was not being deleted 
 when input was from stdin.
 -adjusted line break logic to not break after closing brace of an
 eval block (suggested by Boris Zentner).
 -added flag -gnu (--gnu-style) to give an approximation to the GNU
 style as sometimes applied to perl.  The programming style in GNU
 'automake' was used as a guide in setting the parameters; these
 parameters will probably be adjusted over time.
 -an empty code block now has one space for emphasis:
   if ( $cmd eq "bg_untested" ) {}    # old
   if ( $cmd eq "bg_untested" ) { }   # new
 If this bothers anyone, we could create a parameter.
 -the -bt (--brace-tightness) parameter has been split into two
 parameters to give more control. -bt now applies only to non-BLOCK
 braces, while a new parameter -bbt (block-brace-tightness) applies to
 curly braces which contain code BLOCKS. The default value is -bbt=0.
 -added flag -icp (--indent-closing-paren) which leaves a statement
 termination of the form );, };, or ]; indented with the same
 indentation as the previous line.  For example,
    @month_of_year = (          # default, or -nicp
        'Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct',
        'Nov', 'Dec'
    @month_of_year = (          # -icp
        'Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct',
        'Nov', 'Dec'
 -Vertical alignment updated to synchronize with tokens &&, ||,
 and, or, if, unless.  Allowable space before forcing
 resynchronization has been increased.  (Suggested by  Wolfgang
 -html corrected to use -nohtml-bold-xxxxxxx or -nhbx to negate bold,
 and likewise -nohtml-italic-xxxxxxx or -nhbi to negate italic.  There
 was no way to negate these previously.  html documentation updated and
 corrected.  (Suggested by  Wolfgang Weisselberg).
 -Some modifications have been made which improve the -lp formatting in
 a few cases.
 -Perltidy now retains or creates a blank line after an =cut to keep
 podchecker happy (Suggested by Manfred H. Winter).  This appears to be
 a glitch in podchecker, but it was annoying.

2001 06 17

 -Added -bli flag to give continuation indentation to braces, like this
        if ($bli_flag)
 -Corrected an error with the tab (-t) option which caused the last line
 of a multi-line quote to receive a leading tab.  This error was in
 version 2001 06 08  but not 2001 04 06.  If you formatted a script
 with -t with this version, please check it by running once with the
 -chk flag and perltidy will scan for this possible error.
 -Corrected an invalid pattern (\R should have been just R), changed
 $^W =1 to BEGIN {$^W=1} to use warnings in compile phase, and corrected
 several unnecessary 'my' declarations. Many thanks to Wolfgang Weisselberg,
 2001-06-12, for catching these errors.
 -A '-bar' flag has been added to require braces to always be on the
 right, even for multi-line if and foreach statements.  For example,
 the default formatting of a long if statement would be:
        if ($bigwasteofspace1 && $bigwasteofspace2
          || $bigwasteofspace3 && $bigwasteofspace4)
 With -bar, the formatting is:
        if ($bigwasteofspace1 && $bigwasteofspace2
          || $bigwasteofspace3 && $bigwasteofspace4) {
 Suggested by Eli Fidler 2001-06-11.
 -Uploaded perltidy to sourceforge cvs 2001-06-10.
 -An '-lp' flag (--line-up-parentheses) has been added which causes lists
 to be indented with extra indentation in the manner sometimes
 associated with emacs or the GNU suggestions.  Thanks to Ian Stuart for
 this suggestion and for extensive help in testing it.
 -Subroutine call parameter lists are now formatted as other lists.
 This should improve formatting of tables being passed via subroutine
 calls.  This will also cause full indentation ('-i=n, default n= 4) of
 continued parameter list lines rather than just the number of spaces
 given with -ci=n, default n=2.
 -Added support for hanging side comments.  Perltidy identifies a hanging
 side comment as a comment immediately following a line with a side
 comment or another hanging side comment.  This should work in most
 cases.  It can be deactivated with --no-hanging-side-comments (-nhsc).
 The manual has been updated to discuss this.  Suggested by Brad
 Eisenberg some time ago, and finally implemented.

2001 06 08

 -fixed problem with parsing command parameters containing quoted
 strings in .perltidyrc files. (Reported by Roger Espel Llima 2001-06-07).
 -added two command line flags, --want-break-after and 
 --want-break-before, which allow changing whether perltidy
 breaks lines before or after any operators.  Please see the revised 
 man pages for details.
 -added system-wide configuration file capability.
 If perltidy does not find a .perltidyrc command line file in
 the current directory, nor in the home directory, it now looks
 for '/usr/local/etc/perltidyrc' and then for '/etc/perltidyrc'.
 (Suggested by Roger Espel Llima 2001-05-31).
 -fixed problem in which spaces were trimmed from lines of a multi-line
 quote. (Reported by Roger Espel Llima 2001-05-30).  This is an 
 uncommon situation, but serious, because it could conceivably change
 the proper function of a script.
 -fixed problem in which a semicolon was incorrectly added within 
 an anonymous hash.  (Reported by A.C. Yardley, 2001-5-23).
 (You would know if this happened, because perl would give a syntax
 error for the resulting script).
 -fixed problem in which an incorrect error message was produced
  after a version number on a 'use' line, like this ( Reported 
  by Andres Kroonmaa, 2001-5-14):
              use CGI 2.42 qw(fatalsToBrowser);
  Other than the extraneous error message, this bug was harmless.

2001 04 06

 -fixed serious bug in which the last line of some multi-line quotes or
  patterns was given continuation indentation spaces.  This may make
  a pattern incorrect unless it uses the /x modifier.  To find
  instances of this error in scripts which have been formatted with
  earlier versions of perltidy, run with the -chk flag, which has
  been added for this purpose (SLH, 2001-04-05).
  ** So, please check previously formatted scripts by running with -chk
  at least once **
 -continuation indentation has been reprogrammed to be hierarchical, 
  which improves deeply nested structures.
 -fixed problem with undefined value in list formatting (reported by Michael
  Langner 2001-04-05)
 -Switched to graphical display of nesting in .LOG files.  If an
  old format string was "(1 [0 {2", the new string is "{{(".  This
  is easier to read and also shows the order of nesting.
 -added outdenting of cuddled paren structures, like  ")->pack(".
 -added line break and outdenting of ')->' so that instead of
          -text   => "perltidy",
          -relief => 'ridge')->pack;
  the current default is:
          -text   => "perltidy",
          -relief => 'ridge'
  (requested by Michael Langner 2001-03-31; in the future this could 
  be controlled by a command-line parameter).
 -revised list indentation logic, so that lists following an assignment
  operator get one full indentation level, rather than just continuation 
  indentation.  Also corrected some minor glitches in the continuation 
  indentation logic.
 -Fixed problem with unwanted continuation indentation after a blank line 
 (reported by Erik Thaysen 2001-03-28):
 -minor update to avoid stranding a single '(' on one line

2001 03 28:

 -corrected serious error tokenizing filehandles, in which a sub call 
 after a print or printf, like this:
    print usage() and exit;
 became this:
    print usage () and exit;
 Unfortunately, this converts 'usage' to a filehandle.  To fix this, rerun
 perltidy; it will look for this situation and issue a warning.
 -fixed another cuddled-else formatting bug (Reported by Craig Bourne)
 -added several diagnostic --dump routines
 -added token-level whitespace controls (suggested by Hans Ecke)

2001 03 23:

 -added support for special variables of the form ${^WANT_BITS}
 -space added between scalar and left paren in 'for' and 'foreach' loops,
  (suggestion by Michael Cartmell):
    for $i( 1 .. 20 )   # old
    for $i ( 1 .. 20 )   # new
 -html now outputs cascading style sheets (thanks to suggestion from
  Hans Ecke)
 -flags -o and -st now work with -html
 -added missing -html documentation for comments (noted by Alex Izvorski)
 -support for VMS added (thanks to Michael Cartmell for code patches and 
 -v-strings implemented (noted by Hans Ecke and Michael Cartmell; extensive
   testing by Michael Cartmell)
 -fixed problem where operand may be empty at line 3970 
  (\b should be just b in lines 3970, 3973) (Thanks to Erik Thaysen, 
  Keith Marshall for bug reports)
 -fixed -ce bug (cuddled else), where lines like '} else {' were indented
  (Thanks to Shawn Stepper and Rick Measham for reporting this)

2001 03 04:

 -fixed undefined value in line 153 (only worked with -I set)
 (Thanks to Mike Stok, Phantom of the Opcodes, Ian Ehrenwald, and others)

 -fixed undefined value in line 1069 (filehandle problem with perl versions <
 5.6) (Thanks to Yuri Leikind, Mike Stok, Michael Holve, Jeff Kolber)

2001 03 03:

 -Initial announcement at; started Change Log
 (Unfortunately this version was DOA, but it was fixed the next day)