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Tue Mar 6 16:32:53 2007 UTC (8 years, 7 months ago) by ph10
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Mark ucp_table (in ucptable.h) and ucp_gentype (in pcre_ucp_searchfuncs.c)
as "const".
1 ChangeLog for PCRE
2 ------------------
4 Version 7.1 05-Mar-07
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7 1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one
8 that is more "standard", making use of automake and other autotools. There
9 is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent
10 on this.
12 2. Part of the patch fixed a problem with the pcregrep tests. The test of -r
13 for recursive directory scanning broke on some systems because the files
14 are not scanned in any specific order and on different systems the order
15 was different. A call to "sort" has been inserted into RunGrepTest for the
16 approprate test as a short-term fix. In the longer term there may be an
17 alternative.
19 3. I had an email from Eric Raymond about problems translating some of PCRE's
20 man pages to HTML (despite the fact that I distribute HTML pages, some
21 people do their own conversions for various reasons). The problems
22 concerned the use of low-level troff macros .br and .in. I have therefore
23 removed all such uses from the man pages (some were redundant, some could
24 be replaced by .nf/.fi pairs). The maintain/132html script that I use to
25 generate HTML has been updated to handle .nf/.fi and to complain if it
26 encounters .br or .in.
28 4. Updated comments in configure.ac that get placed in config.h.in and also
29 arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, for the benefit
30 of those who have to compile without Autotools (compare pcre.h).
32 5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan
33 Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated
34 makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files !compile.txt,
35 !linklib.txt, and pcregexp.pas.
37 6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out
38 to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his
39 copy. The trailing space was an accident, so I've just removed it.
41 7. Add -Wl,-R... flags in pcre-config.in for *BSD* systems, as I'm told
42 that is needed.
44 8. Mark ucp_table (in ucptable.h) and ucp_gentype (in pcre_ucp_searchfuncs.c)
45 as "const" (a) because they are and (b) because it helps the PHP
46 maintainers who have recently made a script to detect big data structures
47 in the php code that should be moved to the .rodata section. I remembered
48 to update Builducptable as well, so it won't revert if ucptable.h is ever
49 re-created.
52 Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
53 ---------------------
55 1. Fixed a signed/unsigned compiler warning in pcre_compile.c, shown up by
56 moving to gcc 4.1.1.
58 2. The -S option for pcretest uses setrlimit(); I had omitted to #include
59 sys/time.h, which is documented as needed for this function. It doesn't
60 seem to matter on Linux, but it showed up on some releases of OS X.
62 3. It seems that there are systems where bytes whose values are greater than
63 127 match isprint() in the "C" locale. The "C" locale should be the
64 default when a C program starts up. In most systems, only ASCII printing
65 characters match isprint(). This difference caused the output from pcretest
66 to vary, making some of the tests fail. I have changed pcretest so that:
68 (a) When it is outputting text in the compiled version of a pattern, bytes
69 other than 32-126 are always shown as hex escapes.
71 (b) When it is outputting text that is a matched part of a subject string,
72 it does the same, unless a different locale has been set for the match
73 (using the /L modifier). In this case, it uses isprint() to decide.
75 4. Fixed a major bug that caused incorrect computation of the amount of memory
76 required for a compiled pattern when options that changed within the
77 pattern affected the logic of the preliminary scan that determines the
78 length. The relevant options are -x, and -i in UTF-8 mode. The result was
79 that the computed length was too small. The symptoms of this bug were
80 either the PCRE error "internal error: code overflow" from pcre_compile(),
81 or a glibc crash with a message such as "pcretest: free(): invalid next
82 size (fast)". Examples of patterns that provoked this bug (shown in
83 pcretest format) are:
85 /(?-x: )/x
86 /(?x)(?-x: \s*#\s*)/
87 /((?i)[\x{c0}])/8
88 /(?i:[\x{c0}])/8
90 HOWEVER: Change 17 below makes this fix obsolete as the memory computation
91 is now done differently.
93 5. Applied patches from Google to: (a) add a QuoteMeta function to the C++
94 wrapper classes; (b) implement a new function in the C++ scanner that is
95 more efficient than the old way of doing things because it avoids levels of
96 recursion in the regex matching; (c) add a paragraph to the documentation
97 for the FullMatch() function.
99 6. The escape sequence \n was being treated as whatever was defined as
100 "newline". Not only was this contrary to the documentation, which states
101 that \n is character 10 (hex 0A), but it also went horribly wrong when
102 "newline" was defined as CRLF. This has been fixed.
104 7. In pcre_dfa_exec.c the value of an unsigned integer (the variable called c)
105 was being set to -1 for the "end of line" case (supposedly a value that no
106 character can have). Though this value is never used (the check for end of
107 line is "zero bytes in current character"), it caused compiler complaints.
108 I've changed it to 0xffffffff.
110 8. In pcre_version.c, the version string was being built by a sequence of
111 C macros that, in the event of PCRE_PRERELEASE being defined as an empty
112 string (as it is for production releases) called a macro with an empty
113 argument. The C standard says the result of this is undefined. The gcc
114 compiler treats it as an empty string (which was what was wanted) but it is
115 reported that Visual C gives an error. The source has been hacked around to
116 avoid this problem.
118 9. On the advice of a Windows user, included <io.h> and <fcntl.h> in Windows
119 builds of pcretest, and changed the call to _setmode() to use _O_BINARY
120 instead of 0x8000. Made all the #ifdefs test both _WIN32 and WIN32 (not all
121 of them did).
123 10. Originally, pcretest opened its input and output without "b"; then I was
124 told that "b" was needed in some environments, so it was added for release
125 5.0 to both the input and output. (It makes no difference on Unix-like
126 systems.) Later I was told that it is wrong for the input on Windows. I've
127 now abstracted the modes into two macros, to make it easier to fiddle with
128 them, and removed "b" from the input mode under Windows.
130 11. Added pkgconfig support for the C++ wrapper library, libpcrecpp.
132 12. Added -help and --help to pcretest as an official way of being reminded
133 of the options.
135 13. Removed some redundant semicolons after macro calls in pcrecpparg.h.in
136 and pcrecpp.cc because they annoy compilers at high warning levels.
138 14. A bit of tidying/refactoring in pcre_exec.c in the main bumpalong loop.
140 15. Fixed an occurrence of == in configure.ac that should have been = (shell
141 scripts are not C programs :-) and which was not noticed because it works
142 on Linux.
144 16. pcretest is supposed to handle any length of pattern and data line (as one
145 line or as a continued sequence of lines) by extending its input buffer if
146 necessary. This feature was broken for very long pattern lines, leading to
147 a string of junk being passed to pcre_compile() if the pattern was longer
148 than about 50K.
150 17. I have done a major re-factoring of the way pcre_compile() computes the
151 amount of memory needed for a compiled pattern. Previously, there was code
152 that made a preliminary scan of the pattern in order to do this. That was
153 OK when PCRE was new, but as the facilities have expanded, it has become
154 harder and harder to keep it in step with the real compile phase, and there
155 have been a number of bugs (see for example, 4 above). I have now found a
156 cunning way of running the real compile function in a "fake" mode that
157 enables it to compute how much memory it would need, while actually only
158 ever using a few hundred bytes of working memory and without too many
159 tests of the mode. This should make future maintenance and development
160 easier. A side effect of this work is that the limit of 200 on the nesting
161 depth of parentheses has been removed (though this was never a serious
162 limitation, I suspect). However, there is a downside: pcre_compile() now
163 runs more slowly than before (30% or more, depending on the pattern). I
164 hope this isn't a big issue. There is no effect on runtime performance.
166 18. Fixed a minor bug in pcretest: if a pattern line was not terminated by a
167 newline (only possible for the last line of a file) and it was a
168 pattern that set a locale (followed by /Lsomething), pcretest crashed.
170 19. Added additional timing features to pcretest. (1) The -tm option now times
171 matching only, not compiling. (2) Both -t and -tm can be followed, as a
172 separate command line item, by a number that specifies the number of
173 repeats to use when timing. The default is 50000; this gives better
174 precision, but takes uncomfortably long for very large patterns.
176 20. Extended pcre_study() to be more clever in cases where a branch of a
177 subpattern has no definite first character. For example, (a*|b*)[cd] would
178 previously give no result from pcre_study(). Now it recognizes that the
179 first character must be a, b, c, or d.
181 21. There was an incorrect error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" if
182 a subpattern (or the entire pattern) that was being tested for matching an
183 empty string contained only one non-empty item after a nested subpattern.
184 For example, the pattern (?>\x{100}*)\d(?R) provoked this error
185 incorrectly, because the \d was being skipped in the check.
187 22. The pcretest program now has a new pattern option /B and a command line
188 option -b, which is equivalent to adding /B to every pattern. This causes
189 it to show the compiled bytecode, without the additional information that
190 -d shows. The effect of -d is now the same as -b with -i (and similarly, /D
191 is the same as /B/I).
193 23. A new optimization is now able automatically to treat some sequences such
194 as a*b as a*+b. More specifically, if something simple (such as a character
195 or a simple class like \d) has an unlimited quantifier, and is followed by
196 something that cannot possibly match the quantified thing, the quantifier
197 is automatically "possessified".
199 24. A recursive reference to a subpattern whose number was greater than 39
200 went wrong under certain circumstances in UTF-8 mode. This bug could also
201 have affected the operation of pcre_study().
203 25. Realized that a little bit of performance could be had by replacing
204 (c & 0xc0) == 0xc0 with c >= 0xc0 when processing UTF-8 characters.
206 26. Timing data from pcretest is now shown to 4 decimal places instead of 3.
208 27. Possessive quantifiers such as a++ were previously implemented by turning
209 them into atomic groups such as ($>a+). Now they have their own opcodes,
210 which improves performance. This includes the automatically created ones
211 from 23 above.
213 28. A pattern such as (?=(\w+))\1: which simulates an atomic group using a
214 lookahead was broken if it was not anchored. PCRE was mistakenly expecting
215 the first matched character to be a colon. This applied both to named and
216 numbered groups.
218 29. The ucpinternal.h header file was missing its idempotency #ifdef.
220 30. I was sent a "project" file called libpcre.a.dev which I understand makes
221 building PCRE on Windows easier, so I have included it in the distribution.
223 31. There is now a check in pcretest against a ridiculously large number being
224 returned by pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). If this happens in a /g or /G
225 loop, the loop is abandoned.
227 32. Forward references to subpatterns in conditions such as (?(2)...) where
228 subpattern 2 is defined later cause pcre_compile() to search forwards in
229 the pattern for the relevant set of parentheses. This search went wrong
230 when there were unescaped parentheses in a character class, parentheses
231 escaped with \Q...\E, or parentheses in a #-comment in /x mode.
233 33. "Subroutine" calls and backreferences were previously restricted to
234 referencing subpatterns earlier in the regex. This restriction has now
235 been removed.
237 34. Added a number of extra features that are going to be in Perl 5.10. On the
238 whole, these are just syntactic alternatives for features that PCRE had
239 previously implemented using the Python syntax or my own invention. The
240 other formats are all retained for compatibility.
242 (a) Named groups can now be defined as (?<name>...) or (?'name'...) as well
243 as (?P<name>...). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are
244 also .NET compatible.
246 (b) A recursion or subroutine call to a named group can now be defined as
247 (?&name) as well as (?P>name).
249 (c) A backreference to a named group can now be defined as \k<name> or
250 \k'name' as well as (?P=name). The new forms, as well as being in Perl
251 5.10, are also .NET compatible.
253 (d) A conditional reference to a named group can now use the syntax
254 (?(<name>) or (?('name') as well as (?(name).
256 (e) A "conditional group" of the form (?(DEFINE)...) can be used to define
257 groups (named and numbered) that are never evaluated inline, but can be
258 called as "subroutines" from elsewhere. In effect, the DEFINE condition
259 is always false. There may be only one alternative in such a group.
261 (f) A test for recursion can be given as (?(R1).. or (?(R&name)... as well
262 as the simple (?(R). The condition is true only if the most recent
263 recursion is that of the given number or name. It does not search out
264 through the entire recursion stack.
266 (g) The escape \gN or \g{N} has been added, where N is a positive or
267 negative number, specifying an absolute or relative reference.
269 35. Tidied to get rid of some further signed/unsigned compiler warnings and
270 some "unreachable code" warnings.
272 36. Updated the Unicode property tables to Unicode version 5.0.0. Amongst other
273 things, this adds five new scripts.
275 37. Perl ignores orphaned \E escapes completely. PCRE now does the same.
276 There were also incompatibilities regarding the handling of \Q..\E inside
277 character classes, for example with patterns like [\Qa\E-\Qz\E] where the
278 hyphen was adjacent to \Q or \E. I hope I've cleared all this up now.
280 38. Like Perl, PCRE detects when an indefinitely repeated parenthesized group
281 matches an empty string, and forcibly breaks the loop. There were bugs in
282 this code in non-simple cases. For a pattern such as ^(a()*)* matched
283 against aaaa the result was just "a" rather than "aaaa", for example. Two
284 separate and independent bugs (that affected different cases) have been
285 fixed.
287 39. Refactored the code to abolish the use of different opcodes for small
288 capturing bracket numbers. This is a tidy that I avoided doing when I
289 removed the limit on the number of capturing brackets for 3.5 back in 2001.
290 The new approach is not only tidier, it makes it possible to reduce the
291 memory needed to fix the previous bug (38).
293 40. Implemented PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY to recognize any of the Unicode newline
294 sequences (http://unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr18/) as "newline" when
295 processing dot, circumflex, or dollar metacharacters, or #-comments in /x
296 mode.
298 41. Add \R to match any Unicode newline sequence, as suggested in the Unicode
299 report.
301 42. Applied patch, originally from Ari Pollak, modified by Google, to allow
302 copy construction and assignment in the C++ wrapper.
304 43. Updated pcregrep to support "--newline=any". In the process, I fixed a
305 couple of bugs that could have given wrong results in the "--newline=crlf"
306 case.
308 44. Added a number of casts and did some reorganization of signed/unsigned int
309 variables following suggestions from Dair Grant. Also renamed the variable
310 "this" as "item" because it is a C++ keyword.
312 45. Arranged for dftables to add
314 #include "pcre_internal.h"
316 to pcre_chartables.c because without it, gcc 4.x may remove the array
317 definition from the final binary if PCRE is built into a static library and
318 dead code stripping is activated.
320 46. For an unanchored pattern, if a match attempt fails at the start of a
321 newline sequence, and the newline setting is CRLF or ANY, and the next two
322 characters are CRLF, advance by two characters instead of one.
325 Version 6.7 04-Jul-06
326 ---------------------
328 1. In order to handle tests when input lines are enormously long, pcretest has
329 been re-factored so that it automatically extends its buffers when
330 necessary. The code is crude, but this _is_ just a test program. The
331 default size has been increased from 32K to 50K.
333 2. The code in pcre_study() was using the value of the re argument before
334 testing it for NULL. (Of course, in any sensible call of the function, it
335 won't be NULL.)
337 3. The memmove() emulation function in pcre_internal.h, which is used on
338 systems that lack both memmove() and bcopy() - that is, hardly ever -
339 was missing a "static" storage class specifier.
341 4. When UTF-8 mode was not set, PCRE looped when compiling certain patterns
342 containing an extended class (one that cannot be represented by a bitmap
343 because it contains high-valued characters or Unicode property items, e.g.
344 [\pZ]). Almost always one would set UTF-8 mode when processing such a
345 pattern, but PCRE should not loop if you do not (it no longer does).
346 [Detail: two cases were found: (a) a repeated subpattern containing an
347 extended class; (b) a recursive reference to a subpattern that followed a
348 previous extended class. It wasn't skipping over the extended class
349 correctly when UTF-8 mode was not set.]
351 5. A negated single-character class was not being recognized as fixed-length
352 in lookbehind assertions such as (?<=[^f]), leading to an incorrect
353 compile error "lookbehind assertion is not fixed length".
355 6. The RunPerlTest auxiliary script was showing an unexpected difference
356 between PCRE and Perl for UTF-8 tests. It turns out that it is hard to
357 write a Perl script that can interpret lines of an input file either as
358 byte characters or as UTF-8, which is what "perltest" was being required to
359 do for the non-UTF-8 and UTF-8 tests, respectively. Essentially what you
360 can't do is switch easily at run time between having the "use utf8;" pragma
361 or not. In the end, I fudged it by using the RunPerlTest script to insert
362 "use utf8;" explicitly for the UTF-8 tests.
364 7. In multiline (/m) mode, PCRE was matching ^ after a terminating newline at
365 the end of the subject string, contrary to the documentation and to what
366 Perl does. This was true of both matching functions. Now it matches only at
367 the start of the subject and immediately after *internal* newlines.
369 8. A call of pcre_fullinfo() from pcretest to get the option bits was passing
370 a pointer to an int instead of a pointer to an unsigned long int. This
371 caused problems on 64-bit systems.
373 9. Applied a patch from the folks at Google to pcrecpp.cc, to fix "another
374 instance of the 'standard' template library not being so standard".
376 10. There was no check on the number of named subpatterns nor the maximum
377 length of a subpattern name. The product of these values is used to compute
378 the size of the memory block for a compiled pattern. By supplying a very
379 long subpattern name and a large number of named subpatterns, the size
380 computation could be caused to overflow. This is now prevented by limiting
381 the length of names to 32 characters, and the number of named subpatterns
382 to 10,000.
384 11. Subpatterns that are repeated with specific counts have to be replicated in
385 the compiled pattern. The size of memory for this was computed from the
386 length of the subpattern and the repeat count. The latter is limited to
387 65535, but there was no limit on the former, meaning that integer overflow
388 could in principle occur. The compiled length of a repeated subpattern is
389 now limited to 30,000 bytes in order to prevent this.
391 12. Added the optional facility to have named substrings with the same name.
393 13. Added the ability to use a named substring as a condition, using the
394 Python syntax: (?(name)yes|no). This overloads (?(R)... and names that
395 are numbers (not recommended). Forward references are permitted.
397 14. Added forward references in named backreferences (if you see what I mean).
399 15. In UTF-8 mode, with the PCRE_DOTALL option set, a quantified dot in the
400 pattern could run off the end of the subject. For example, the pattern
401 "(?s)(.{1,5})"8 did this with the subject "ab".
403 16. If PCRE_DOTALL or PCRE_MULTILINE were set, pcre_dfa_exec() behaved as if
404 PCRE_CASELESS was set when matching characters that were quantified with ?
405 or *.
407 17. A character class other than a single negated character that had a minimum
408 but no maximum quantifier - for example [ab]{6,} - was not handled
409 correctly by pce_dfa_exec(). It would match only one character.
411 18. A valid (though odd) pattern that looked like a POSIX character
412 class but used an invalid character after [ (for example [[,abc,]]) caused
413 pcre_compile() to give the error "Failed: internal error: code overflow" or
414 in some cases to crash with a glibc free() error. This could even happen if
415 the pattern terminated after [[ but there just happened to be a sequence of
416 letters, a binary zero, and a closing ] in the memory that followed.
418 19. Perl's treatment of octal escapes in the range \400 to \777 has changed
419 over the years. Originally (before any Unicode support), just the bottom 8
420 bits were taken. Thus, for example, \500 really meant \100. Nowadays the
421 output from "man perlunicode" includes this:
423 The regular expression compiler produces polymorphic opcodes. That
424 is, the pattern adapts to the data and automatically switches to
425 the Unicode character scheme when presented with Unicode data--or
426 instead uses a traditional byte scheme when presented with byte
427 data.
429 Sadly, a wide octal escape does not cause a switch, and in a string with
430 no other multibyte characters, these octal escapes are treated as before.
431 Thus, in Perl, the pattern /\500/ actually matches \100 but the pattern
432 /\500|\x{1ff}/ matches \500 or \777 because the whole thing is treated as a
433 Unicode string.
435 I have not perpetrated such confusion in PCRE. Up till now, it took just
436 the bottom 8 bits, as in old Perl. I have now made octal escapes with
437 values greater than \377 illegal in non-UTF-8 mode. In UTF-8 mode they
438 translate to the appropriate multibyte character.
440 29. Applied some refactoring to reduce the number of warnings from Microsoft
441 and Borland compilers. This has included removing the fudge introduced
442 seven years ago for the OS/2 compiler (see 2.02/2 below) because it caused
443 a warning about an unused variable.
445 21. PCRE has not included VT (character 0x0b) in the set of whitespace
446 characters since release 4.0, because Perl (from release 5.004) does not.
447 [Or at least, is documented not to: some releases seem to be in conflict
448 with the documentation.] However, when a pattern was studied with
449 pcre_study() and all its branches started with \s, PCRE still included VT
450 as a possible starting character. Of course, this did no harm; it just
451 caused an unnecessary match attempt.
453 22. Removed a now-redundant internal flag bit that recorded the fact that case
454 dependency changed within the pattern. This was once needed for "required
455 byte" processing, but is no longer used. This recovers a now-scarce options
456 bit. Also moved the least significant internal flag bit to the most-
457 significant bit of the word, which was not previously used (hangover from
458 the days when it was an int rather than a uint) to free up another bit for
459 the future.
461 23. Added support for CRLF line endings as well as CR and LF. As well as the
462 default being selectable at build time, it can now be changed at runtime
463 via the PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx flags. There are now options for pcregrep to
464 specify that it is scanning data with non-default line endings.
466 24. Changed the definition of CXXLINK to make it agree with the definition of
467 LINK in the Makefile, by replacing LDFLAGS to CXXFLAGS.
469 25. Applied Ian Taylor's patches to avoid using another stack frame for tail
470 recursions. This makes a big different to stack usage for some patterns.
472 26. If a subpattern containing a named recursion or subroutine reference such
473 as (?P>B) was quantified, for example (xxx(?P>B)){3}, the calculation of
474 the space required for the compiled pattern went wrong and gave too small a
475 value. Depending on the environment, this could lead to "Failed: internal
476 error: code overflow at offset 49" or "glibc detected double free or
477 corruption" errors.
479 27. Applied patches from Google (a) to support the new newline modes and (b) to
480 advance over multibyte UTF-8 characters in GlobalReplace.
482 28. Change free() to pcre_free() in pcredemo.c. Apparently this makes a
483 difference for some implementation of PCRE in some Windows version.
485 29. Added some extra testing facilities to pcretest:
487 \q<number> in a data line sets the "match limit" value
488 \Q<number> in a data line sets the "match recursion limt" value
489 -S <number> sets the stack size, where <number> is in megabytes
491 The -S option isn't available for Windows.
494 Version 6.6 06-Feb-06
495 ---------------------
497 1. Change 16(a) for 6.5 broke things, because PCRE_DATA_SCOPE was not defined
498 in pcreposix.h. I have copied the definition from pcre.h.
500 2. Change 25 for 6.5 broke compilation in a build directory out-of-tree
501 because pcre.h is no longer a built file.
503 3. Added Jeff Friedl's additional debugging patches to pcregrep. These are
504 not normally included in the compiled code.
507 Version 6.5 01-Feb-06
508 ---------------------
510 1. When using the partial match feature with pcre_dfa_exec(), it was not
511 anchoring the second and subsequent partial matches at the new starting
512 point. This could lead to incorrect results. For example, with the pattern
513 /1234/, partially matching against "123" and then "a4" gave a match.
515 2. Changes to pcregrep:
517 (a) All non-match returns from pcre_exec() were being treated as failures
518 to match the line. Now, unless the error is PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH, an
519 error message is output. Some extra information is given for the
521 probably the only errors that are likely to be caused by users (by
522 specifying a regex that has nested indefinite repeats, for instance).
523 If there are more than 20 of these errors, pcregrep is abandoned.
525 (b) A binary zero was treated as data while matching, but terminated the
526 output line if it was written out. This has been fixed: binary zeroes
527 are now no different to any other data bytes.
529 (c) Whichever of the LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE environment variables is set is
530 used to set a locale for matching. The --locale=xxxx long option has
531 been added (no short equivalent) to specify a locale explicitly on the
532 pcregrep command, overriding the environment variables.
534 (d) When -B was used with -n, some line numbers in the output were one less
535 than they should have been.
537 (e) Added the -o (--only-matching) option.
539 (f) If -A or -C was used with -c (count only), some lines of context were
540 accidentally printed for the final match.
542 (g) Added the -H (--with-filename) option.
544 (h) The combination of options -rh failed to suppress file names for files
545 that were found from directory arguments.
547 (i) Added the -D (--devices) and -d (--directories) options.
549 (j) Added the -F (--fixed-strings) option.
551 (k) Allow "-" to be used as a file name for -f as well as for a data file.
553 (l) Added the --colo(u)r option.
555 (m) Added Jeffrey Friedl's -S testing option, but within #ifdefs so that it
556 is not present by default.
558 3. A nasty bug was discovered in the handling of recursive patterns, that is,
559 items such as (?R) or (?1), when the recursion could match a number of
560 alternatives. If it matched one of the alternatives, but subsequently,
561 outside the recursion, there was a failure, the code tried to back up into
562 the recursion. However, because of the way PCRE is implemented, this is not
563 possible, and the result was an incorrect result from the match.
565 In order to prevent this happening, the specification of recursion has
566 been changed so that all such subpatterns are automatically treated as
567 atomic groups. Thus, for example, (?R) is treated as if it were (?>(?R)).
569 4. I had overlooked the fact that, in some locales, there are characters for
570 which isalpha() is true but neither isupper() nor islower() are true. In
571 the fr_FR locale, for instance, the \xAA and \xBA characters (ordmasculine
572 and ordfeminine) are like this. This affected the treatment of \w and \W
573 when they appeared in character classes, but not when they appeared outside
574 a character class. The bit map for "word" characters is now created
575 separately from the results of isalnum() instead of just taking it from the
576 upper, lower, and digit maps. (Plus the underscore character, of course.)
578 5. The above bug also affected the handling of POSIX character classes such as
579 [[:alpha:]] and [[:alnum:]]. These do not have their own bit maps in PCRE's
580 permanent tables. Instead, the bit maps for such a class were previously
581 created as the appropriate unions of the upper, lower, and digit bitmaps.
582 Now they are created by subtraction from the [[:word:]] class, which has
583 its own bitmap.
585 6. The [[:blank:]] character class matches horizontal, but not vertical space.
586 It is created by subtracting the vertical space characters (\x09, \x0a,
587 \x0b, \x0c) from the [[:space:]] bitmap. Previously, however, the
588 subtraction was done in the overall bitmap for a character class, meaning
589 that a class such as [\x0c[:blank:]] was incorrect because \x0c would not
590 be recognized. This bug has been fixed.
592 7. Patches from the folks at Google:
594 (a) pcrecpp.cc: "to handle a corner case that may or may not happen in
595 real life, but is still worth protecting against".
597 (b) pcrecpp.cc: "corrects a bug when negative radixes are used with
598 regular expressions".
600 (c) pcre_scanner.cc: avoid use of std::count() because not all systems
601 have it.
603 (d) Split off pcrecpparg.h from pcrecpp.h and had the former built by
604 "configure" and the latter not, in order to fix a problem somebody had
605 with compiling the Arg class on HP-UX.
607 (e) Improve the error-handling of the C++ wrapper a little bit.
609 (f) New tests for checking recursion limiting.
611 8. The pcre_memmove() function, which is used only if the environment does not
612 have a standard memmove() function (and is therefore rarely compiled),
613 contained two bugs: (a) use of int instead of size_t, and (b) it was not
614 returning a result (though PCRE never actually uses the result).
616 9. In the POSIX regexec() interface, if nmatch is specified as a ridiculously
617 large number - greater than INT_MAX/(3*sizeof(int)) - REG_ESPACE is
618 returned instead of calling malloc() with an overflowing number that would
619 most likely cause subsequent chaos.
621 10. The debugging option of pcretest was not showing the NO_AUTO_CAPTURE flag.
623 11. The POSIX flag REG_NOSUB is now supported. When a pattern that was compiled
624 with this option is matched, the nmatch and pmatch options of regexec() are
625 ignored.
627 12. Added REG_UTF8 to the POSIX interface. This is not defined by POSIX, but is
628 provided in case anyone wants to the the POSIX interface with UTF-8
629 strings.
631 13. Added CXXLDFLAGS to the Makefile parameters to provide settings only on the
632 C++ linking (needed for some HP-UX environments).
634 14. Avoid compiler warnings in get_ucpname() when compiled without UCP support
635 (unused parameter) and in the pcre_printint() function (omitted "default"
636 switch label when the default is to do nothing).
638 15. Added some code to make it possible, when PCRE is compiled as a C++
639 library, to replace subject pointers for pcre_exec() with a smart pointer
640 class, thus making it possible to process discontinuous strings.
642 16. The two macros PCRE_EXPORT and PCRE_DATA_SCOPE are confusing, and perform
643 much the same function. They were added by different people who were trying
644 to make PCRE easy to compile on non-Unix systems. It has been suggested
645 that PCRE_EXPORT be abolished now that there is more automatic apparatus
646 for compiling on Windows systems. I have therefore replaced it with
647 PCRE_DATA_SCOPE. This is set automatically for Windows; if not set it
648 defaults to "extern" for C or "extern C" for C++, which works fine on
649 Unix-like systems. It is now possible to override the value of PCRE_DATA_
650 SCOPE with something explicit in config.h. In addition:
652 (a) pcreposix.h still had just "extern" instead of either of these macros;
653 I have replaced it with PCRE_DATA_SCOPE.
655 (b) Functions such as _pcre_xclass(), which are internal to the library,
656 but external in the C sense, all had PCRE_EXPORT in their definitions.
657 This is apparently wrong for the Windows case, so I have removed it.
658 (It makes no difference on Unix-like systems.)
660 17. Added a new limit, MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION, which limits the depth of nesting
661 of recursive calls to match(). This is different to MATCH_LIMIT because
662 that limits the total number of calls to match(), not all of which increase
663 the depth of recursion. Limiting the recursion depth limits the amount of
664 stack (or heap if NO_RECURSE is set) that is used. The default can be set
665 when PCRE is compiled, and changed at run time. A patch from Google adds
666 this functionality to the C++ interface.
668 18. Changes to the handling of Unicode character properties:
670 (a) Updated the table to Unicode 4.1.0.
672 (b) Recognize characters that are not in the table as "Cn" (undefined).
674 (c) I revised the way the table is implemented to a much improved format
675 which includes recognition of ranges. It now supports the ranges that
676 are defined in UnicodeData.txt, and it also amalgamates other
677 characters into ranges. This has reduced the number of entries in the
678 table from around 16,000 to around 3,000, thus reducing its size
679 considerably. I realized I did not need to use a tree structure after
680 all - a binary chop search is just as efficient. Having reduced the
681 number of entries, I extended their size from 6 bytes to 8 bytes to
682 allow for more data.
684 (d) Added support for Unicode script names via properties such as \p{Han}.
686 19. In UTF-8 mode, a backslash followed by a non-Ascii character was not
687 matching that character.
689 20. When matching a repeated Unicode property with a minimum greater than zero,
690 (for example \pL{2,}), PCRE could look past the end of the subject if it
691 reached it while seeking the minimum number of characters. This could
692 happen only if some of the characters were more than one byte long, because
693 there is a check for at least the minimum number of bytes.
695 21. Refactored the implementation of \p and \P so as to be more general, to
696 allow for more different types of property in future. This has changed the
697 compiled form incompatibly. Anybody with saved compiled patterns that use
698 \p or \P will have to recompile them.
700 22. Added "Any" and "L&" to the supported property types.
702 23. Recognize \x{...} as a code point specifier, even when not in UTF-8 mode,
703 but give a compile time error if the value is greater than 0xff.
705 24. The man pages for pcrepartial, pcreprecompile, and pcre_compile2 were
706 accidentally not being installed or uninstalled.
708 25. The pcre.h file was built from pcre.h.in, but the only changes that were
709 made were to insert the current release number. This seemed silly, because
710 it made things harder for people building PCRE on systems that don't run
711 "configure". I have turned pcre.h into a distributed file, no longer built
712 by "configure", with the version identification directly included. There is
713 no longer a pcre.h.in file.
715 However, this change necessitated a change to the pcre-config script as
716 well. It is built from pcre-config.in, and one of the substitutions was the
717 release number. I have updated configure.ac so that ./configure now finds
718 the release number by grepping pcre.h.
720 26. Added the ability to run the tests under valgrind.
723 Version 6.4 05-Sep-05
724 ---------------------
726 1. Change 6.0/10/(l) to pcregrep introduced a bug that caused separator lines
727 "--" to be printed when multiple files were scanned, even when none of the
728 -A, -B, or -C options were used. This is not compatible with Gnu grep, so I
729 consider it to be a bug, and have restored the previous behaviour.
731 2. A couple of code tidies to get rid of compiler warnings.
733 3. The pcretest program used to cheat by referring to symbols in the library
734 whose names begin with _pcre_. These are internal symbols that are not
735 really supposed to be visible externally, and in some environments it is
736 possible to suppress them. The cheating is now confined to including
737 certain files from the library's source, which is a bit cleaner.
739 4. Renamed pcre.in as pcre.h.in to go with pcrecpp.h.in; it also makes the
740 file's purpose clearer.
742 5. Reorganized pcre_ucp_findchar().
745 Version 6.3 15-Aug-05
746 ---------------------
748 1. The file libpcre.pc.in did not have general read permission in the tarball.
750 2. There were some problems when building without C++ support:
752 (a) If C++ support was not built, "make install" and "make test" still
753 tried to test it.
755 (b) There were problems when the value of CXX was explicitly set. Some
756 changes have been made to try to fix these, and ...
758 (c) --disable-cpp can now be used to explicitly disable C++ support.
760 (d) The use of @CPP_OBJ@ directly caused a blank line preceded by a
761 backslash in a target when C++ was disabled. This confuses some
762 versions of "make", apparently. Using an intermediate variable solves
763 this. (Same for CPP_LOBJ.)
765 3. $(LINK_FOR_BUILD) now includes $(CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD) and $(LINK)
766 (non-Windows) now includes $(CFLAGS) because these flags are sometimes
767 necessary on certain architectures.
769 4. Added a setting of -export-symbols-regex to the link command to remove
770 those symbols that are exported in the C sense, but actually are local
771 within the library, and not documented. Their names all begin with
772 "_pcre_". This is not a perfect job, because (a) we have to except some
773 symbols that pcretest ("illegally") uses, and (b) the facility isn't always
774 available (and never for static libraries). I have made a note to try to
775 find a way round (a) in the future.
778 Version 6.2 01-Aug-05
779 ---------------------
781 1. There was no test for integer overflow of quantifier values. A construction
782 such as {1111111111111111} would give undefined results. What is worse, if
783 a minimum quantifier for a parenthesized subpattern overflowed and became
784 negative, the calculation of the memory size went wrong. This could have
785 led to memory overwriting.
787 2. Building PCRE using VPATH was broken. Hopefully it is now fixed.
789 3. Added "b" to the 2nd argument of fopen() in dftables.c, for non-Unix-like
790 operating environments where this matters.
792 4. Applied Giuseppe Maxia's patch to add additional features for controlling
793 PCRE options from within the C++ wrapper.
795 5. Named capturing subpatterns were not being correctly counted when a pattern
796 was compiled. This caused two problems: (a) If there were more than 100
797 such subpatterns, the calculation of the memory needed for the whole
798 compiled pattern went wrong, leading to an overflow error. (b) Numerical
799 back references of the form \12, where the number was greater than 9, were
800 not recognized as back references, even though there were sufficient
801 previous subpatterns.
803 6. Two minor patches to pcrecpp.cc in order to allow it to compile on older
804 versions of gcc, e.g. 2.95.4.
807 Version 6.1 21-Jun-05
808 ---------------------
810 1. There was one reference to the variable "posix" in pcretest.c that was not
811 surrounded by "#if !defined NOPOSIX".
813 2. Make it possible to compile pcretest without DFA support, UTF8 support, or
814 the cross-check on the old pcre_info() function, for the benefit of the
815 cut-down version of PCRE that is currently imported into Exim.
817 3. A (silly) pattern starting with (?i)(?-i) caused an internal space
818 allocation error. I've done the easy fix, which wastes 2 bytes for sensible
819 patterns that start (?i) but I don't think that matters. The use of (?i) is
820 just an example; this all applies to the other options as well.
822 4. Since libtool seems to echo the compile commands it is issuing, the output
823 from "make" can be reduced a bit by putting "@" in front of each libtool
824 compile command.
826 5. Patch from the folks at Google for configure.in to be a bit more thorough
827 in checking for a suitable C++ installation before trying to compile the
828 C++ stuff. This should fix a reported problem when a compiler was present,
829 but no suitable headers.
831 6. The man pages all had just "PCRE" as their title. I have changed them to
832 be the relevant file name. I have also arranged that these names are
833 retained in the file doc/pcre.txt, which is a concatenation in text format
834 of all the man pages except the little individual ones for each function.
836 7. The NON-UNIX-USE file had not been updated for the different set of source
837 files that come with release 6. I also added a few comments about the C++
838 wrapper.
841 Version 6.0 07-Jun-05
842 ---------------------
844 1. Some minor internal re-organization to help with my DFA experiments.
846 2. Some missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP conditionals in pcretest and printint that
847 didn't matter for the library itself when fully configured, but did matter
848 when compiling without UCP support, or within Exim, where the ucp files are
849 not imported.
851 3. Refactoring of the library code to split up the various functions into
852 different source modules. The addition of the new DFA matching code (see
853 below) to a single monolithic source would have made it really too
854 unwieldy, quite apart from causing all the code to be include in a
855 statically linked application, when only some functions are used. This is
856 relevant even without the DFA addition now that patterns can be compiled in
857 one application and matched in another.
859 The downside of splitting up is that there have to be some external
860 functions and data tables that are used internally in different modules of
861 the library but which are not part of the API. These have all had their
862 names changed to start with "_pcre_" so that they are unlikely to clash
863 with other external names.
865 4. Added an alternate matching function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which matches using
866 a different (DFA) algorithm. Although it is slower than the original
867 function, it does have some advantages for certain types of matching
868 problem.
870 5. Upgrades to pcretest in order to test the features of pcre_dfa_exec(),
871 including restarting after a partial match.
873 6. A patch for pcregrep that defines INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES if it is not
874 defined when compiling for Windows was sent to me. I have put it into the
875 code, though I have no means of testing or verifying it.
877 7. Added the pcre_refcount() auxiliary function.
879 8. Added the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option. This constrains an unanchored pattern to
880 match before or at the first newline in the subject string. In pcretest,
881 the /f option on a pattern can be used to set this.
883 9. A repeated \w when used in UTF-8 mode with characters greater than 256
884 would behave wrongly. This has been present in PCRE since release 4.0.
886 10. A number of changes to the pcregrep command:
888 (a) Refactored how -x works; insert ^(...)$ instead of setting
889 PCRE_ANCHORED and checking the length, in preparation for adding
890 something similar for -w.
892 (b) Added the -w (match as a word) option.
894 (c) Refactored the way lines are read and buffered so as to have more
895 than one at a time available.
897 (d) Implemented a pcregrep test script.
899 (e) Added the -M (multiline match) option. This allows patterns to match
900 over several lines of the subject. The buffering ensures that at least
901 8K, or the rest of the document (whichever is the shorter) is available
902 for matching (and similarly the previous 8K for lookbehind assertions).
904 (f) Changed the --help output so that it now says
906 -w, --word-regex(p)
908 instead of two lines, one with "regex" and the other with "regexp"
909 because that confused at least one person since the short forms are the
910 same. (This required a bit of code, as the output is generated
911 automatically from a table. It wasn't just a text change.)
913 (g) -- can be used to terminate pcregrep options if the next thing isn't an
914 option but starts with a hyphen. Could be a pattern or a path name
915 starting with a hyphen, for instance.
917 (h) "-" can be given as a file name to represent stdin.
919 (i) When file names are being printed, "(standard input)" is used for
920 the standard input, for compatibility with GNU grep. Previously
921 "<stdin>" was used.
923 (j) The option --label=xxx can be used to supply a name to be used for
924 stdin when file names are being printed. There is no short form.
926 (k) Re-factored the options decoding logic because we are going to add
927 two more options that take data. Such options can now be given in four
928 different ways, e.g. "-fname", "-f name", "--file=name", "--file name".
930 (l) Added the -A, -B, and -C options for requesting that lines of context
931 around matches be printed.
933 (m) Added the -L option to print the names of files that do not contain
934 any matching lines, that is, the complement of -l.
936 (n) The return code is 2 if any file cannot be opened, but pcregrep does
937 continue to scan other files.
939 (o) The -s option was incorrectly implemented. For compatibility with other
940 greps, it now suppresses the error message for a non-existent or non-
941 accessible file (but not the return code). There is a new option called
942 -q that suppresses the output of matching lines, which was what -s was
943 previously doing.
945 (p) Added --include and --exclude options to specify files for inclusion
946 and exclusion when recursing.
948 11. The Makefile was not using the Autoconf-supported LDFLAGS macro properly.
949 Hopefully, it now does.
951 12. Missing cast in pcre_study().
953 13. Added an "uninstall" target to the makefile.
955 14. Replaced "extern" in the function prototypes in Makefile.in with
956 "PCRE_DATA_SCOPE", which defaults to 'extern' or 'extern "C"' in the Unix
957 world, but is set differently for Windows.
959 15. Added a second compiling function called pcre_compile2(). The only
960 difference is that it has an extra argument, which is a pointer to an
961 integer error code. When there is a compile-time failure, this is set
962 non-zero, in addition to the error test pointer being set to point to an
963 error message. The new argument may be NULL if no error number is required
964 (but then you may as well call pcre_compile(), which is now just a
965 wrapper). This facility is provided because some applications need a
966 numeric error indication, but it has also enabled me to tidy up the way
967 compile-time errors are handled in the POSIX wrapper.
969 16. Added VPATH=.libs to the makefile; this should help when building with one
970 prefix path and installing with another. (Or so I'm told by someone who
971 knows more about this stuff than I do.)
973 17. Added a new option, REG_DOTALL, to the POSIX function regcomp(). This
974 passes PCRE_DOTALL to the pcre_compile() function, making the "." character
975 match everything, including newlines. This is not POSIX-compatible, but
976 somebody wanted the feature. From pcretest it can be activated by using
977 both the P and the s flags.
979 18. AC_PROG_LIBTOOL appeared twice in Makefile.in. Removed one.
981 19. libpcre.pc was being incorrectly installed as executable.
983 20. A couple of places in pcretest check for end-of-line by looking for '\n';
984 it now also looks for '\r' so that it will work unmodified on Windows.
986 21. Added Google's contributed C++ wrapper to the distribution.
988 22. Added some untidy missing memory free() calls in pcretest, to keep
989 Electric Fence happy when testing.
993 Version 5.0 13-Sep-04
994 ---------------------
996 1. Internal change: literal characters are no longer packed up into items
997 containing multiple characters in a single byte-string. Each character
998 is now matched using a separate opcode. However, there may be more than one
999 byte in the character in UTF-8 mode.
1001 2. The pcre_callout_block structure has two new fields: pattern_position and
1002 next_item_length. These contain the offset in the pattern to the next match
1003 item, and its length, respectively.
1005 3. The PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT option for pcre_compile() requests the automatic
1006 insertion of callouts before each pattern item. Added the /C option to
1007 pcretest to make use of this.
1009 4. On the advice of a Windows user, the lines
1011 #if defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32)
1012 _setmode( _fileno( stdout ), 0x8000 );
1013 #endif /* defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32) */
1015 have been added to the source of pcretest. This apparently does useful
1016 magic in relation to line terminators.
1018 5. Changed "r" and "w" in the calls to fopen() in pcretest to "rb" and "wb"
1019 for the benefit of those environments where the "b" makes a difference.
1021 6. The icc compiler has the same options as gcc, but "configure" doesn't seem
1022 to know about it. I have put a hack into configure.in that adds in code
1023 to set GCC=yes if CC=icc. This seems to end up at a point in the
1024 generated configure script that is early enough to affect the setting of
1025 compiler options, which is what is needed, but I have no means of testing
1026 whether it really works. (The user who reported this had patched the
1027 generated configure script, which of course I cannot do.)
1029 LATER: After change 22 below (new libtool files), the configure script
1030 seems to know about icc (and also ecc). Therefore, I have commented out
1031 this hack in configure.in.
1033 7. Added support for pkg-config (2 patches were sent in).
1035 8. Negated POSIX character classes that used a combination of internal tables
1036 were completely broken. These were [[:^alpha:]], [[:^alnum:]], and
1037 [[:^ascii]]. Typically, they would match almost any characters. The other
1038 POSIX classes were not broken in this way.
1040 9. Matching the pattern "\b.*?" against "ab cd", starting at offset 1, failed
1041 to find the match, as PCRE was deluded into thinking that the match had to
1042 start at the start point or following a newline. The same bug applied to
1043 patterns with negative forward assertions or any backward assertions
1044 preceding ".*" at the start, unless the pattern required a fixed first
1045 character. This was a failing pattern: "(?!.bcd).*". The bug is now fixed.
1047 10. In UTF-8 mode, when moving forwards in the subject after a failed match
1048 starting at the last subject character, bytes beyond the end of the subject
1049 string were read.
1051 11. Renamed the variable "class" as "classbits" to make life easier for C++
1052 users. (Previously there was a macro definition, but it apparently wasn't
1053 enough.)
1055 12. Added the new field "tables" to the extra data so that tables can be passed
1056 in at exec time, or the internal tables can be re-selected. This allows
1057 a compiled regex to be saved and re-used at a later time by a different
1058 program that might have everything at different addresses.
1060 13. Modified the pcre-config script so that, when run on Solaris, it shows a
1061 -R library as well as a -L library.
1063 14. The debugging options of pcretest (-d on the command line or D on a
1064 pattern) showed incorrect output for anything following an extended class
1065 that contained multibyte characters and which was followed by a quantifier.
1067 15. Added optional support for general category Unicode character properties
1068 via the \p, \P, and \X escapes. Unicode property support implies UTF-8
1069 support. It adds about 90K to the size of the library. The meanings of the
1070 inbuilt class escapes such as \d and \s have NOT been changed.
1072 16. Updated pcredemo.c to include calls to free() to release the memory for the
1073 compiled pattern.
1075 17. The generated file chartables.c was being created in the source directory
1076 instead of in the building directory. This caused the build to fail if the
1077 source directory was different from the building directory, and was
1078 read-only.
1080 18. Added some sample Win commands from Mark Tetrode into the NON-UNIX-USE
1081 file. No doubt somebody will tell me if they don't make sense... Also added
1082 Dan Mooney's comments about building on OpenVMS.
1084 19. Added support for partial matching via the PCRE_PARTIAL option for
1085 pcre_exec() and the \P data escape in pcretest.
1087 20. Extended pcretest with 3 new pattern features:
1089 (i) A pattern option of the form ">rest-of-line" causes pcretest to
1090 write the compiled pattern to the file whose name is "rest-of-line".
1091 This is a straight binary dump of the data, with the saved pointer to
1092 the character tables forced to be NULL. The study data, if any, is
1093 written too. After writing, pcretest reads a new pattern.
1095 (ii) If, instead of a pattern, "<rest-of-line" is given, pcretest reads a
1096 compiled pattern from the given file. There must not be any
1097 occurrences of "<" in the file name (pretty unlikely); if there are,
1098 pcretest will instead treat the initial "<" as a pattern delimiter.
1099 After reading in the pattern, pcretest goes on to read data lines as
1100 usual.
1102 (iii) The F pattern option causes pcretest to flip the bytes in the 32-bit
1103 and 16-bit fields in a compiled pattern, to simulate a pattern that
1104 was compiled on a host of opposite endianness.
1106 21. The pcre-exec() function can now cope with patterns that were compiled on
1107 hosts of opposite endianness, with this restriction:
1109 As for any compiled expression that is saved and used later, the tables
1110 pointer field cannot be preserved; the extra_data field in the arguments
1111 to pcre_exec() should be used to pass in a tables address if a value
1112 other than the default internal tables were used at compile time.
1114 22. Calling pcre_exec() with a negative value of the "ovecsize" parameter is
1115 now diagnosed as an error. Previously, most of the time, a negative number
1116 would have been treated as zero, but if in addition "ovector" was passed as
1117 NULL, a crash could occur.
1119 23. Updated the files ltmain.sh, config.sub, config.guess, and aclocal.m4 with
1120 new versions from the libtool 1.5 distribution (the last one is a copy of
1121 a file called libtool.m4). This seems to have fixed the need to patch
1122 "configure" to support Darwin 1.3 (which I used to do). However, I still
1123 had to patch ltmain.sh to ensure that ${SED} is set (it isn't on my
1124 workstation).
1126 24. Changed the PCRE licence to be the more standard "BSD" licence.
1129 Version 4.5 01-Dec-03
1130 ---------------------
1132 1. There has been some re-arrangement of the code for the match() function so
1133 that it can be compiled in a version that does not call itself recursively.
1134 Instead, it keeps those local variables that need separate instances for
1135 each "recursion" in a frame on the heap, and gets/frees frames whenever it
1136 needs to "recurse". Keeping track of where control must go is done by means
1137 of setjmp/longjmp. The whole thing is implemented by a set of macros that
1138 hide most of the details from the main code, and operates only if
1139 NO_RECURSE is defined while compiling pcre.c. If PCRE is built using the
1140 "configure" mechanism, "--disable-stack-for-recursion" turns on this way of
1141 operating.
1143 To make it easier for callers to provide specially tailored get/free
1144 functions for this usage, two new functions, pcre_stack_malloc, and
1145 pcre_stack_free, are used. They are always called in strict stacking order,
1146 and the size of block requested is always the same.
1148 The PCRE_CONFIG_STACKRECURSE info parameter can be used to find out whether
1149 PCRE has been compiled to use the stack or the heap for recursion. The
1150 -C option of pcretest uses this to show which version is compiled.
1152 A new data escape \S, is added to pcretest; it causes the amounts of store
1153 obtained and freed by both kinds of malloc/free at match time to be added
1154 to the output.
1156 2. Changed the locale test to use "fr_FR" instead of "fr" because that's
1157 what's available on my current Linux desktop machine.
1159 3. When matching a UTF-8 string, the test for a valid string at the start has
1160 been extended. If start_offset is not zero, PCRE now checks that it points
1161 to a byte that is the start of a UTF-8 character. If not, it returns
1162 PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET (-11). Note: the whole string is still checked;
1163 this is necessary because there may be backward assertions in the pattern.
1164 When matching the same subject several times, it may save resources to use
1165 PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK on all but the first call if the string is long.
1167 4. The code for checking the validity of UTF-8 strings has been tightened so
1168 that it rejects (a) strings containing 0xfe or 0xff bytes and (b) strings
1169 containing "overlong sequences".
1171 5. Fixed a bug (appearing twice) that I could not find any way of exploiting!
1172 I had written "if ((digitab[*p++] && chtab_digit) == 0)" where the "&&"
1173 should have been "&", but it just so happened that all the cases this let
1174 through by mistake were picked up later in the function.
1176 6. I had used a variable called "isblank" - this is a C99 function, causing
1177 some compilers to warn. To avoid this, I renamed it (as "blankclass").
1179 7. Cosmetic: (a) only output another newline at the end of pcretest if it is
1180 prompting; (b) run "./pcretest /dev/null" at the start of the test script
1181 so the version is shown; (c) stop "make test" echoing "./RunTest".
1183 8. Added patches from David Burgess to enable PCRE to run on EBCDIC systems.
1185 9. The prototype for memmove() for systems that don't have it was using
1186 size_t, but the inclusion of the header that defines size_t was later. I've
1187 moved the #includes for the C headers earlier to avoid this.
1189 10. Added some adjustments to the code to make it easier to compiler on certain
1190 special systems:
1192 (a) Some "const" qualifiers were missing.
1193 (b) Added the macro EXPORT before all exported functions; by default this
1194 is defined to be empty.
1195 (c) Changed the dftables auxiliary program (that builds chartables.c) so
1196 that it reads its output file name as an argument instead of writing
1197 to the standard output and assuming this can be redirected.
1199 11. In UTF-8 mode, if a recursive reference (e.g. (?1)) followed a character
1200 class containing characters with values greater than 255, PCRE compilation
1201 went into a loop.
1203 12. A recursive reference to a subpattern that was within another subpattern
1204 that had a minimum quantifier of zero caused PCRE to crash. For example,
1205 (x(y(?2))z)? provoked this bug with a subject that got as far as the
1206 recursion. If the recursively-called subpattern itself had a zero repeat,
1207 that was OK.
1209 13. In pcretest, the buffer for reading a data line was set at 30K, but the
1210 buffer into which it was copied (for escape processing) was still set at
1211 1024, so long lines caused crashes.
1213 14. A pattern such as /[ab]{1,3}+/ failed to compile, giving the error
1214 "internal error: code overflow...". This applied to any character class
1215 that was followed by a possessive quantifier.
1217 15. Modified the Makefile to add libpcre.la as a prerequisite for
1218 libpcreposix.la because I was told this is needed for a parallel build to
1219 work.
1221 16. If a pattern that contained .* following optional items at the start was
1222 studied, the wrong optimizing data was generated, leading to matching
1223 errors. For example, studying /[ab]*.*c/ concluded, erroneously, that any
1224 matching string must start with a or b or c. The correct conclusion for
1225 this pattern is that a match can start with any character.
1228 Version 4.4 13-Aug-03
1229 ---------------------
1231 1. In UTF-8 mode, a character class containing characters with values between
1232 127 and 255 was not handled correctly if the compiled pattern was studied.
1233 In fixing this, I have also improved the studying algorithm for such
1234 classes (slightly).
1236 2. Three internal functions had redundant arguments passed to them. Removal
1237 might give a very teeny performance improvement.
1239 3. Documentation bug: the value of the capture_top field in a callout is *one
1240 more than* the number of the hightest numbered captured substring.
1242 4. The Makefile linked pcretest and pcregrep with -lpcre, which could result
1243 in incorrectly linking with a previously installed version. They now link
1244 explicitly with libpcre.la.
1246 5. configure.in no longer needs to recognize Cygwin specially.
1248 6. A problem in pcre.in for Windows platforms is fixed.
1250 7. If a pattern was successfully studied, and the -d (or /D) flag was given to
1251 pcretest, it used to include the size of the study block as part of its
1252 output. Unfortunately, the structure contains a field that has a different
1253 size on different hardware architectures. This meant that the tests that
1254 showed this size failed. As the block is currently always of a fixed size,
1255 this information isn't actually particularly useful in pcretest output, so
1256 I have just removed it.
1258 8. Three pre-processor statements accidentally did not start in column 1.
1259 Sadly, there are *still* compilers around that complain, even though
1260 standard C has not required this for well over a decade. Sigh.
1262 9. In pcretest, the code for checking callouts passed small integers in the
1263 callout_data field, which is a void * field. However, some picky compilers
1264 complained about the casts involved for this on 64-bit systems. Now
1265 pcretest passes the address of the small integer instead, which should get
1266 rid of the warnings.
1268 10. By default, when in UTF-8 mode, PCRE now checks for valid UTF-8 strings at
1269 both compile and run time, and gives an error if an invalid UTF-8 sequence
1270 is found. There is a option for disabling this check in cases where the
1271 string is known to be correct and/or the maximum performance is wanted.
1273 11. In response to a bug report, I changed one line in Makefile.in from
1275 -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/lib@WIN_PREFIX@pcreposix.dll.a \
1276 to
1277 -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/@WIN_PREFIX@libpcreposix.dll.a \
1279 to look similar to other lines, but I have no way of telling whether this
1280 is the right thing to do, as I do not use Windows. No doubt I'll get told
1281 if it's wrong...
1284 Version 4.3 21-May-03
1285 ---------------------
1287 1. Two instances of @WIN_PREFIX@ omitted from the Windows targets in the
1288 Makefile.
1290 2. Some refactoring to improve the quality of the code:
1292 (i) The utf8_table... variables are now declared "const".
1294 (ii) The code for \cx, which used the "case flipping" table to upper case
1295 lower case letters, now just substracts 32. This is ASCII-specific,
1296 but the whole concept of \cx is ASCII-specific, so it seems
1297 reasonable.
1299 (iii) PCRE was using its character types table to recognize decimal and
1300 hexadecimal digits in the pattern. This is silly, because it handles
1301 only 0-9, a-f, and A-F, but the character types table is locale-
1302 specific, which means strange things might happen. A private
1303 table is now used for this - though it costs 256 bytes, a table is
1304 much faster than multiple explicit tests. Of course, the standard
1305 character types table is still used for matching digits in subject
1306 strings against \d.
1308 (iv) Strictly, the identifier ESC_t is reserved by POSIX (all identifiers
1309 ending in _t are). So I've renamed it as ESC_tee.
1311 3. The first argument for regexec() in the POSIX wrapper should have been
1312 defined as "const".
1314 4. Changed pcretest to use malloc() for its buffers so that they can be
1315 Electric Fenced for debugging.
1317 5. There were several places in the code where, in UTF-8 mode, PCRE would try
1318 to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string. Often this
1319 had no effect on PCRE's behaviour, but in some circumstances it could
1320 provoke a segmentation fault.
1322 6. A lookbehind at the start of a pattern in UTF-8 mode could also cause PCRE
1323 to try to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string.
1325 7. A lookbehind in a pattern matched in non-UTF-8 mode on a PCRE compiled with
1326 UTF-8 support could misbehave in various ways if the subject string
1327 contained bytes with the 0x80 bit set and the 0x40 bit unset in a lookbehind
1328 area. (PCRE was not checking for the UTF-8 mode flag, and trying to move
1329 back over UTF-8 characters.)
1332 Version 4.2 14-Apr-03
1333 ---------------------
1335 1. Typo "#if SUPPORT_UTF8" instead of "#ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8" fixed.
1337 2. Changes to the building process, supplied by Ronald Landheer-Cieslak
1338 [ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on non-Windows platforms
1339 [NOT_ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on Windows platforms
1340 [WIN_PREFIX]: new variable, "cyg" for Cygwin
1341 * Makefile.in: use autoconf substitution for OBJEXT, EXEEXT, BUILD_OBJEXT
1343 Note: automatic setting of the BUILD variables is not yet working
1344 set CPPFLAGS and BUILD_CPPFLAGS (but don't use yet) - should be used at
1345 compile-time but not at link-time
1346 [LINK]: use for linking executables only
1347 make different versions for Windows and non-Windows
1348 [LINKLIB]: new variable, copy of UNIX-style LINK, used for linking
1349 libraries
1350 [LINK_FOR_BUILD]: new variable
1351 [OBJEXT]: use throughout
1352 [EXEEXT]: use throughout
1353 <winshared>: new target
1354 <wininstall>: new target
1355 <dftables.o>: use native compiler
1356 <dftables>: use native linker
1357 <install>: handle Windows platform correctly
1358 <clean>: ditto
1359 <check>: ditto
1360 copy DLL to top builddir before testing
1362 As part of these changes, -no-undefined was removed again. This was reported
1363 to give trouble on HP-UX 11.0, so getting rid of it seems like a good idea
1364 in any case.
1366 3. Some tidies to get rid of compiler warnings:
1368 . In the match_data structure, match_limit was an unsigned long int, whereas
1369 match_call_count was an int. I've made them both unsigned long ints.
1371 . In pcretest the fact that a const uschar * doesn't automatically cast to
1372 a void * provoked a warning.
1374 . Turning on some more compiler warnings threw up some "shadow" variables
1375 and a few more missing casts.
1377 4. If PCRE was complied with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8
1378 option, a class that contained a single character with a value between 128
1379 and 255 (e.g. /[\xFF]/) caused PCRE to crash.
1381 5. If PCRE was compiled with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8
1382 option, a class that contained several characters, but with at least one
1383 whose value was between 128 and 255 caused PCRE to crash.
1386 Version 4.1 12-Mar-03
1387 ---------------------
1389 1. Compiling with gcc -pedantic found a couple of places where casts were
1390 needed, and a string in dftables.c that was longer than standard compilers are
1391 required to support.
1393 2. Compiling with Sun's compiler found a few more places where the code could
1394 be tidied up in order to avoid warnings.
1396 3. The variables for cross-compiling were called HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS; the
1397 first of these names is deprecated in the latest Autoconf in favour of the name
1398 CC_FOR_BUILD, because "host" is typically used to mean the system on which the
1399 compiled code will be run. I can't find a reference for HOST_CFLAGS, but by
1400 analogy I have changed it to CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD.
1402 4. Added -no-undefined to the linking command in the Makefile, because this is
1403 apparently helpful for Windows. To make it work, also added "-L. -lpcre" to the
1404 linking step for the pcreposix library.
1406 5. PCRE was failing to diagnose the case of two named groups with the same
1407 name.
1409 6. A problem with one of PCRE's optimizations was discovered. PCRE remembers a
1410 literal character that is needed in the subject for a match, and scans along to
1411 ensure that it is present before embarking on the full matching process. This
1412 saves time in cases of nested unlimited repeats that are never going to match.
1413 Problem: the scan can take a lot of time if the subject is very long (e.g.
1414 megabytes), thus penalizing straightforward matches. It is now done only if the
1415 amount of subject to be scanned is less than 1000 bytes.
1417 7. A lesser problem with the same optimization is that it was recording the
1418 first character of an anchored pattern as "needed", thus provoking a search
1419 right along the subject, even when the first match of the pattern was going to
1420 fail. The "needed" character is now not set for anchored patterns, unless it
1421 follows something in the pattern that is of non-fixed length. Thus, it still
1422 fulfils its original purpose of finding quick non-matches in cases of nested
1423 unlimited repeats, but isn't used for simple anchored patterns such as /^abc/.
1426 Version 4.0 17-Feb-03
1427 ---------------------
1429 1. If a comment in an extended regex that started immediately after a meta-item
1430 extended to the end of string, PCRE compiled incorrect data. This could lead to
1431 all kinds of weird effects. Example: /#/ was bad; /()#/ was bad; /a#/ was not.
1433 2. Moved to autoconf 2.53 and libtool 1.4.2.
1435 3. Perl 5.8 no longer needs "use utf8" for doing UTF-8 things. Consequently,
1436 the special perltest8 script is no longer needed - all the tests can be run
1437 from a single perltest script.
1439 4. From 5.004, Perl has not included the VT character (0x0b) in the set defined
1440 by \s. It has now been removed in PCRE. This means it isn't recognized as
1441 whitespace in /x regexes too, which is the same as Perl. Note that the POSIX
1442 class [:space:] *does* include VT, thereby creating a mess.
1444 5. Added the class [:blank:] (a GNU extension from Perl 5.8) to match only
1445 space and tab.
1447 6. Perl 5.005 was a long time ago. It's time to amalgamate the tests that use
1448 its new features into the main test script, reducing the number of scripts.
1450 7. Perl 5.8 has changed the meaning of patterns like /a(?i)b/. Earlier versions
1451 were backward compatible, and made the (?i) apply to the whole pattern, as if
1452 /i were given. Now it behaves more logically, and applies the option setting
1453 only to what follows. PCRE has been changed to follow suit. However, if it
1454 finds options settings right at the start of the pattern, it extracts them into
1455 the global options, as before. Thus, they show up in the info data.
1457 8. Added support for the \Q...\E escape sequence. Characters in between are
1458 treated as literals. This is slightly different from Perl in that $ and @ are
1459 also handled as literals inside the quotes. In Perl, they will cause variable
1460 interpolation. Note the following examples:
1462 Pattern PCRE matches Perl matches
1464 \Qabc$xyz\E abc$xyz abc followed by the contents of $xyz
1465 \Qabc\$xyz\E abc\$xyz abc\$xyz
1466 \Qabc\E\$\Qxyz\E abc$xyz abc$xyz
1468 For compatibility with Perl, \Q...\E sequences are recognized inside character
1469 classes as well as outside them.
1471 9. Re-organized 3 code statements in pcretest to avoid "overflow in
1472 floating-point constant arithmetic" warnings from a Microsoft compiler. Added a
1473 (size_t) cast to one statement in pcretest and one in pcreposix to avoid
1474 signed/unsigned warnings.
1476 10. SunOS4 doesn't have strtoul(). This was used only for unpicking the -o
1477 option for pcretest, so I've replaced it by a simple function that does just
1478 that job.
1480 11. pcregrep was ending with code 0 instead of 2 for the commands "pcregrep" or
1481 "pcregrep -".
1483 12. Added "possessive quantifiers" ?+, *+, ++, and {,}+ which come from Sun's
1484 Java package. This provides some syntactic sugar for simple cases of what my
1485 documentation calls "once-only subpatterns". A pattern such as x*+ is the same
1486 as (?>x*). In other words, if what is inside (?>...) is just a single repeated
1487 item, you can use this simplified notation. Note that only makes sense with
1488 greedy quantifiers. Consequently, the use of the possessive quantifier forces
1489 greediness, whatever the setting of the PCRE_UNGREEDY option.
1491 13. A change of greediness default within a pattern was not taking effect at
1492 the current level for patterns like /(b+(?U)a+)/. It did apply to parenthesized
1493 subpatterns that followed. Patterns like /b+(?U)a+/ worked because the option
1494 was abstracted outside.
1496 14. PCRE now supports the \G assertion. It is true when the current matching
1497 position is at the start point of the match. This differs from \A when the
1498 starting offset is non-zero. Used with the /g option of pcretest (or similar
1499 code), it works in the same way as it does for Perl's /g option. If all
1500 alternatives of a regex begin with \G, the expression is anchored to the start
1501 match position, and the "anchored" flag is set in the compiled expression.
1503 15. Some bugs concerning the handling of certain option changes within patterns
1504 have been fixed. These applied to options other than (?ims). For example,
1505 "a(?x: b c )d" did not match "XabcdY" but did match "Xa b c dY". It should have
1506 been the other way round. Some of this was related to change 7 above.
1508 16. PCRE now gives errors for /[.x.]/ and /[=x=]/ as unsupported POSIX
1509 features, as Perl does. Previously, PCRE gave the warnings only for /[[.x.]]/
1510 and /[[=x=]]/. PCRE now also gives an error for /[:name:]/ because it supports
1511 POSIX classes only within a class (e.g. /[[:alpha:]]/).
1513 17. Added support for Perl's \C escape. This matches one byte, even in UTF8
1514 mode. Unlike ".", it always matches newline, whatever the setting of
1515 PCRE_DOTALL. However, PCRE does not permit \C to appear in lookbehind
1516 assertions. Perl allows it, but it doesn't (in general) work because it can't
1517 calculate the length of the lookbehind. At least, that's the case for Perl
1518 5.8.0 - I've been told they are going to document that it doesn't work in
1519 future.
1521 18. Added an error diagnosis for escapes that PCRE does not support: these are
1522 \L, \l, \N, \P, \p, \U, \u, and \X.
1524 19. Although correctly diagnosing a missing ']' in a character class, PCRE was
1525 reading past the end of the pattern in cases such as /[abcd/.
1527 20. PCRE was getting more memory than necessary for patterns with classes that
1528 contained both POSIX named classes and other characters, e.g. /[[:space:]abc/.
1530 21. Added some code, conditional on #ifdef VPCOMPAT, to make life easier for
1531 compiling PCRE for use with Virtual Pascal.
1533 22. Small fix to the Makefile to make it work properly if the build is done
1534 outside the source tree.
1536 23. Added a new extension: a condition to go with recursion. If a conditional
1537 subpattern starts with (?(R) the "true" branch is used if recursion has
1538 happened, whereas the "false" branch is used only at the top level.
1540 24. When there was a very long string of literal characters (over 255 bytes
1541 without UTF support, over 250 bytes with UTF support), the computation of how
1542 much memory was required could be incorrect, leading to segfaults or other
1543 strange effects.
1545 25. PCRE was incorrectly assuming anchoring (either to start of subject or to
1546 start of line for a non-DOTALL pattern) when a pattern started with (.*) and
1547 there was a subsequent back reference to those brackets. This meant that, for
1548 example, /(.*)\d+\1/ failed to match "abc123bc". Unfortunately, it isn't
1549 possible to check for precisely this case. All we can do is abandon the
1550 optimization if .* occurs inside capturing brackets when there are any back
1551 references whatsoever. (See below for a better fix that came later.)
1553 26. The handling of the optimization for finding the first character of a
1554 non-anchored pattern, and for finding a character that is required later in the
1555 match were failing in some cases. This didn't break the matching; it just
1556 failed to optimize when it could. The way this is done has been re-implemented.
1558 27. Fixed typo in error message for invalid (?R item (it said "(?p").
1560 28. Added a new feature that provides some of the functionality that Perl
1561 provides with (?{...}). The facility is termed a "callout". The way it is done
1562 in PCRE is for the caller to provide an optional function, by setting
1563 pcre_callout to its entry point. Like pcre_malloc and pcre_free, this is a
1564 global variable. By default it is unset, which disables all calling out. To get
1565 the function called, the regex must include (?C) at appropriate points. This
1566 is, in fact, equivalent to (?C0), and any number <= 255 may be given with (?C).
1567 This provides a means of identifying different callout points. When PCRE
1568 reaches such a point in the regex, if pcre_callout has been set, the external
1569 function is called. It is provided with data in a structure called
1570 pcre_callout_block, which is defined in pcre.h. If the function returns 0,
1571 matching continues; if it returns a non-zero value, the match at the current
1572 point fails. However, backtracking will occur if possible. [This was changed
1573 later and other features added - see item 49 below.]
1575 29. pcretest is upgraded to test the callout functionality. It provides a
1576 callout function that displays information. By default, it shows the start of
1577 the match and the current position in the text. There are some new data escapes
1578 to vary what happens:
1580 \C+ in addition, show current contents of captured substrings
1581 \C- do not supply a callout function
1582 \C!n return 1 when callout number n is reached
1583 \C!n!m return 1 when callout number n is reached for the mth time
1585 30. If pcregrep was called with the -l option and just a single file name, it
1586 output "<stdin>" if a match was found, instead of the file name.
1588 31. Improve the efficiency of the POSIX API to PCRE. If the number of capturing
1589 slots is less than POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD, use a block on the stack to pass to
1590 pcre_exec(). This saves a malloc/free per call. The default value of
1591 POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD is 10; it can be changed by --with-posix-malloc-threshold
1592 when configuring.
1594 32. The default maximum size of a compiled pattern is 64K. There have been a
1595 few cases of people hitting this limit. The code now uses macros to handle the
1596 storing of links as offsets within the compiled pattern. It defaults to 2-byte
1597 links, but this can be changed to 3 or 4 bytes by --with-link-size when
1598 configuring. Tests 2 and 5 work only with 2-byte links because they output
1599 debugging information about compiled patterns.
1601 33. Internal code re-arrangements:
1603 (a) Moved the debugging function for printing out a compiled regex into
1604 its own source file (printint.c) and used #include to pull it into
1605 pcretest.c and, when DEBUG is defined, into pcre.c, instead of having two
1606 separate copies.
1608 (b) Defined the list of op-code names for debugging as a macro in
1609 internal.h so that it is next to the definition of the opcodes.
1611 (c) Defined a table of op-code lengths for simpler skipping along compiled
1612 code. This is again a macro in internal.h so that it is next to the
1613 definition of the opcodes.
1615 34. Added support for recursive calls to individual subpatterns, along the
1616 lines of Robin Houston's patch (but implemented somewhat differently).
1618 35. Further mods to the Makefile to help Win32. Also, added code to pcregrep to
1619 allow it to read and process whole directories in Win32. This code was
1620 contributed by Lionel Fourquaux; it has not been tested by me.
1622 36. Added support for named subpatterns. The Python syntax (?P<name>...) is
1623 used to name a group. Names consist of alphanumerics and underscores, and must
1624 be unique. Back references use the syntax (?P=name) and recursive calls use
1625 (?P>name) which is a PCRE extension to the Python extension. Groups still have
1626 numbers. The function pcre_fullinfo() can be used after compilation to extract
1627 a name/number map. There are three relevant calls:
1629 PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE yields the size of each entry in the map
1630 PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT yields the number of entries
1631 PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE yields a pointer to the map.
1633 The map is a vector of fixed-size entries. The size of each entry depends on
1634 the length of the longest name used. The first two bytes of each entry are the
1635 group number, most significant byte first. There follows the corresponding
1636 name, zero terminated. The names are in alphabetical order.
1638 37. Make the maximum literal string in the compiled code 250 for the non-UTF-8
1639 case instead of 255. Making it the same both with and without UTF-8 support
1640 means that the same test output works with both.
1642 38. There was a case of malloc(0) in the POSIX testing code in pcretest. Avoid
1643 calling malloc() with a zero argument.
1645 39. Change 25 above had to resort to a heavy-handed test for the .* anchoring
1646 optimization. I've improved things by keeping a bitmap of backreferences with
1647 numbers 1-31 so that if .* occurs inside capturing brackets that are not in
1648 fact referenced, the optimization can be applied. It is unlikely that a
1649 relevant occurrence of .* (i.e. one which might indicate anchoring or forcing
1650 the match to follow \n) will appear inside brackets with a number greater than
1651 31, but if it does, any back reference > 31 suppresses the optimization.
1653 40. Added a new compile-time option PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE. This has the effect
1654 of disabling numbered capturing parentheses. Any opening parenthesis that is
1655 not followed by ? behaves as if it were followed by ?: but named parentheses
1656 can still be used for capturing (and they will acquire numbers in the usual
1657 way).
1659 41. Redesigned the return codes from the match() function into yes/no/error so
1660 that errors can be passed back from deep inside the nested calls. A malloc
1661 failure while inside a recursive subpattern call now causes the
1662 PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY return instead of quietly going wrong.
1664 42. It is now possible to set a limit on the number of times the match()
1665 function is called in a call to pcre_exec(). This facility makes it possible to
1666 limit the amount of recursion and backtracking, though not in a directly
1667 obvious way, because the match() function is used in a number of different
1668 circumstances. The count starts from zero for each position in the subject
1669 string (for non-anchored patterns). The default limit is, for compatibility, a
1670 large number, namely 10 000 000. You can change this in two ways:
1672 (a) When configuring PCRE before making, you can use --with-match-limit=n
1673 to set a default value for the compiled library.
1675 (b) For each call to pcre_exec(), you can pass a pcre_extra block in which
1676 a different value is set. See 45 below.
1678 If the limit is exceeded, pcre_exec() returns PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT.
1680 43. Added a new function pcre_config(int, void *) to enable run-time extraction
1681 of things that can be changed at compile time. The first argument specifies
1682 what is wanted and the second points to where the information is to be placed.
1683 The current list of available information is:
1687 The output is an integer that is set to one if UTF-8 support is available;
1688 otherwise it is set to zero.
1692 The output is an integer that it set to the value of the code that is used for
1693 newline. It is either LF (10) or CR (13).
1697 The output is an integer that contains the number of bytes used for internal
1698 linkage in compiled expressions. The value is 2, 3, or 4. See item 32 above.
1702 The output is an integer that contains the threshold above which the POSIX
1703 interface uses malloc() for output vectors. See item 31 above.
1707 The output is an unsigned integer that contains the default limit of the number
1708 of match() calls in a pcre_exec() execution. See 42 above.
1710 44. pcretest has been upgraded by the addition of the -C option. This causes it
1711 to extract all the available output from the new pcre_config() function, and to
1712 output it. The program then exits immediately.
1714 45. A need has arisen to pass over additional data with calls to pcre_exec() in
1715 order to support additional features. One way would have been to define
1716 pcre_exec2() (for example) with extra arguments, but this would not have been
1717 extensible, and would also have required all calls to the original function to
1718 be mapped to the new one. Instead, I have chosen to extend the mechanism that
1719 is used for passing in "extra" data from pcre_study().
1721 The pcre_extra structure is now exposed and defined in pcre.h. It currently
1722 contains the following fields:
1724 flags a bitmap indicating which of the following fields are set
1725 study_data opaque data from pcre_study()
1726 match_limit a way of specifying a limit on match() calls for a specific
1727 call to pcre_exec()
1728 callout_data data for callouts (see 49 below)
1730 The flag bits are also defined in pcre.h, and are
1736 The pcre_study() function now returns one of these new pcre_extra blocks, with
1737 the actual study data pointed to by the study_data field, and the
1738 PCRE_EXTRA_STUDY_DATA flag set. This can be passed directly to pcre_exec() as
1739 before. That is, this change is entirely upwards-compatible and requires no
1740 change to existing code.
1742 If you want to pass in additional data to pcre_exec(), you can either place it
1743 in a pcre_extra block provided by pcre_study(), or create your own pcre_extra
1744 block.
1746 46. pcretest has been extended to test the PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT feature. If a
1747 data string contains the escape sequence \M, pcretest calls pcre_exec() several
1748 times with different match limits, until it finds the minimum value needed for
1749 pcre_exec() to complete. The value is then output. This can be instructive; for
1750 most simple matches the number is quite small, but for pathological cases it
1751 gets very large very quickly.
1753 47. There's a new option for pcre_fullinfo() called PCRE_INFO_STUDYSIZE. It
1754 returns the size of the data block pointed to by the study_data field in a
1755 pcre_extra block, that is, the value that was passed as the argument to
1756 pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory in which to place the information
1757 created by pcre_study(). The fourth argument should point to a size_t variable.
1758 pcretest has been extended so that this information is shown after a successful
1759 pcre_study() call when information about the compiled regex is being displayed.
1761 48. Cosmetic change to Makefile: there's no need to have / after $(DESTDIR)
1762 because what follows is always an absolute path. (Later: it turns out that this
1763 is more than cosmetic for MinGW, because it doesn't like empty path
1764 components.)
1766 49. Some changes have been made to the callout feature (see 28 above):
1768 (i) A callout function now has three choices for what it returns:
1770 0 => success, carry on matching
1771 > 0 => failure at this point, but backtrack if possible
1772 < 0 => serious error, return this value from pcre_exec()
1774 Negative values should normally be chosen from the set of PCRE_ERROR_xxx
1775 values. In particular, returning PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH forces a standard
1776 "match failed" error. The error number PCRE_ERROR_CALLOUT is reserved for
1777 use by callout functions. It will never be used by PCRE itself.
1779 (ii) The pcre_extra structure (see 45 above) has a void * field called
1780 callout_data, with corresponding flag bit PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA. The
1781 pcre_callout_block structure has a field of the same name. The contents of
1782 the field passed in the pcre_extra structure are passed to the callout
1783 function in the corresponding field in the callout block. This makes it
1784 easier to use the same callout-containing regex from multiple threads. For
1785 testing, the pcretest program has a new data escape
1787 \C*n pass the number n (may be negative) as callout_data
1789 If the callout function in pcretest receives a non-zero value as
1790 callout_data, it returns that value.
1792 50. Makefile wasn't handling CFLAGS properly when compiling dftables. Also,
1793 there were some redundant $(CFLAGS) in commands that are now specified as
1794 $(LINK), which already includes $(CFLAGS).
1796 51. Extensions to UTF-8 support are listed below. These all apply when (a) PCRE
1797 has been compiled with UTF-8 support *and* pcre_compile() has been compiled
1798 with the PCRE_UTF8 flag. Patterns that are compiled without that flag assume
1799 one-byte characters throughout. Note that case-insensitive matching applies
1800 only to characters whose values are less than 256. PCRE doesn't support the
1801 notion of cases for higher-valued characters.
1803 (i) A character class whose characters are all within 0-255 is handled as
1804 a bit map, and the map is inverted for negative classes. Previously, a
1805 character > 255 always failed to match such a class; however it should
1806 match if the class was a negative one (e.g. [^ab]). This has been fixed.
1808 (ii) A negated character class with a single character < 255 is coded as
1809 "not this character" (OP_NOT). This wasn't working properly when the test
1810 character was multibyte, either singly or repeated.
1812 (iii) Repeats of multibyte characters are now handled correctly in UTF-8
1813 mode, for example: \x{100}{2,3}.
1815 (iv) The character escapes \b, \B, \d, \D, \s, \S, \w, and \W (either
1816 singly or repeated) now correctly test multibyte characters. However,
1817 PCRE doesn't recognize any characters with values greater than 255 as
1818 digits, spaces, or word characters. Such characters always match \D, \S,
1819 and \W, and never match \d, \s, or \w.
1821 (v) Classes may now contain characters and character ranges with values
1822 greater than 255. For example: [ab\x{100}-\x{400}].
1824 (vi) pcregrep now has a --utf-8 option (synonym -u) which makes it call
1825 PCRE in UTF-8 mode.
1827 52. The info request value PCRE_INFO_FIRSTCHAR has been renamed
1828 PCRE_INFO_FIRSTBYTE because it is a byte value. However, the old name is
1829 retained for backwards compatibility. (Note that LASTLITERAL is also a byte
1830 value.)
1832 53. The single man page has become too large. I have therefore split it up into
1833 a number of separate man pages. These also give rise to individual HTML pages;
1834 these are now put in a separate directory, and there is an index.html page that
1835 lists them all. Some hyperlinking between the pages has been installed.
1837 54. Added convenience functions for handling named capturing parentheses.
1839 55. Unknown escapes inside character classes (e.g. [\M]) and escapes that
1840 aren't interpreted therein (e.g. [\C]) are literals in Perl. This is now also
1841 true in PCRE, except when the PCRE_EXTENDED option is set, in which case they
1842 are faulted.
1844 56. Introduced HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS which can be set in the environment when
1845 calling configure. These values are used when compiling the dftables.c program
1846 which is run to generate the source of the default character tables. They
1847 default to the values of CC and CFLAGS. If you are cross-compiling PCRE,
1848 you will need to set these values.
1850 57. Updated the building process for Windows DLL, as provided by Fred Cox.
1853 Version 3.9 02-Jan-02
1854 ---------------------
1856 1. A bit of extraneous text had somehow crept into the pcregrep documentation.
1858 2. If --disable-static was given, the building process failed when trying to
1859 build pcretest and pcregrep. (For some reason it was using libtool to compile
1860 them, which is not right, as they aren't part of the library.)
1863 Version 3.8 18-Dec-01
1864 ---------------------
1866 1. The experimental UTF-8 code was completely screwed up. It was packing the
1867 bytes in the wrong order. How dumb can you get?
1870 Version 3.7 29-Oct-01
1871 ---------------------
1873 1. In updating pcretest to check change 1 of version 3.6, I screwed up.
1874 This caused pcretest, when used on the test data, to segfault. Unfortunately,
1875 this didn't happen under Solaris 8, where I normally test things.
1877 2. The Makefile had to be changed to make it work on BSD systems, where 'make'
1878 doesn't seem to recognize that ./xxx and xxx are the same file. (This entry
1879 isn't in ChangeLog distributed with 3.7 because I forgot when I hastily made
1880 this fix an hour or so after the initial 3.7 release.)
1883 Version 3.6 23-Oct-01
1884 ---------------------
1886 1. Crashed with /(sens|respons)e and \1ibility/ and "sense and sensibility" if
1887 offsets passed as NULL with zero offset count.
1889 2. The config.guess and config.sub files had not been updated when I moved to
1890 the latest autoconf.
1893 Version 3.5 15-Aug-01
1894 ---------------------
1896 1. Added some missing #if !defined NOPOSIX conditionals in pcretest.c that
1897 had been forgotten.
1899 2. By using declared but undefined structures, we can avoid using "void"
1900 definitions in pcre.h while keeping the internal definitions of the structures
1901 private.
1903 3. The distribution is now built using autoconf 2.50 and libtool 1.4. From a
1904 user point of view, this means that both static and shared libraries are built
1905 by default, but this can be individually controlled. More of the work of
1906 handling this static/shared cases is now inside libtool instead of PCRE's make
1907 file.
1909 4. The pcretest utility is now installed along with pcregrep because it is
1910 useful for users (to test regexs) and by doing this, it automatically gets
1911 relinked by libtool. The documentation has been turned into a man page, so
1912 there are now .1, .txt, and .html versions in /doc.
1914 5. Upgrades to pcregrep:
1915 (i) Added long-form option names like gnu grep.
1916 (ii) Added --help to list all options with an explanatory phrase.
1917 (iii) Added -r, --recursive to recurse into sub-directories.
1918 (iv) Added -f, --file to read patterns from a file.
1920 6. pcre_exec() was referring to its "code" argument before testing that
1921 argument for NULL (and giving an error if it was NULL).
1923 7. Upgraded Makefile.in to allow for compiling in a different directory from
1924 the source directory.
1926 8. Tiny buglet in pcretest: when pcre_fullinfo() was called to retrieve the
1927 options bits, the pointer it was passed was to an int instead of to an unsigned
1928 long int. This mattered only on 64-bit systems.
1930 9. Fixed typo (3.4/1) in pcre.h again. Sigh. I had changed pcre.h (which is
1931 generated) instead of pcre.in, which it its source. Also made the same change
1932 in several of the .c files.
1934 10. A new release of gcc defines printf() as a macro, which broke pcretest
1935 because it had an ifdef in the middle of a string argument for printf(). Fixed
1936 by using separate calls to printf().
1938 11. Added --enable-newline-is-cr and --enable-newline-is-lf to the configure
1939 script, to force use of CR or LF instead of \n in the source. On non-Unix
1940 systems, the value can be set in config.h.
1942 12. The limit of 200 on non-capturing parentheses is a _nesting_ limit, not an
1943 absolute limit. Changed the text of the error message to make this clear, and
1944 likewise updated the man page.
1946 13. The limit of 99 on the number of capturing subpatterns has been removed.
1947 The new limit is 65535, which I hope will not be a "real" limit.
1950 Version 3.4 22-Aug-00
1951 ---------------------
1953 1. Fixed typo in pcre.h: unsigned const char * changed to const unsigned char *.
1955 2. Diagnose condition (?(0) as an error instead of crashing on matching.
1958 Version 3.3 01-Aug-00
1959 ---------------------
1961 1. If an octal character was given, but the value was greater than \377, it
1962 was not getting masked to the least significant bits, as documented. This could
1963 lead to crashes in some systems.
1965 2. Perl 5.6 (if not earlier versions) accepts classes like [a-\d] and treats
1966 the hyphen as a literal. PCRE used to give an error; it now behaves like Perl.
1968 3. Added the functions pcre_free_substring() and pcre_free_substring_list().
1969 These just pass their arguments on to (pcre_free)(), but they are provided
1970 because some uses of PCRE bind it to non-C systems that can call its functions,
1971 but cannot call free() or pcre_free() directly.
1973 4. Add "make test" as a synonym for "make check". Corrected some comments in
1974 the Makefile.
1976 5. Add $(DESTDIR)/ in front of all the paths in the "install" target in the
1977 Makefile.
1979 6. Changed the name of pgrep to pcregrep, because Solaris has introduced a
1980 command called pgrep for grepping around the active processes.
1982 7. Added the beginnings of support for UTF-8 character strings.
1984 8. Arranged for the Makefile to pass over the settings of CC, CFLAGS, and
1985 RANLIB to ./ltconfig so that they are used by libtool. I think these are all
1986 the relevant ones. (AR is not passed because ./ltconfig does its own figuring
1987 out for the ar command.)
1990 Version 3.2 12-May-00
1991 ---------------------
1993 This is purely a bug fixing release.
1995 1. If the pattern /((Z)+|A)*/ was matched agained ZABCDEFG it matched Z instead
1996 of ZA. This was just one example of several cases that could provoke this bug,
1997 which was introduced by change 9 of version 2.00. The code for breaking
1998 infinite loops after an iteration that matches an empty string was't working
1999 correctly.
2001 2. The pcretest program was not imitating Perl correctly for the pattern /a*/g
2002 when matched against abbab (for example). After matching an empty string, it
2003 wasn't forcing anchoring when setting PCRE_NOTEMPTY for the next attempt; this
2004 caused it to match further down the string than it should.
2006 3. The code contained an inclusion of sys/types.h. It isn't clear why this
2007 was there because it doesn't seem to be needed, and it causes trouble on some
2008 systems, as it is not a Standard C header. It has been removed.
2010 4. Made 4 silly changes to the source to avoid stupid compiler warnings that
2011 were reported on the Macintosh. The changes were from
2013 while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n');
2014 to
2015 while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n') ;
2017 Totally extraordinary, but if that's what it takes...
2019 5. PCRE is being used in one environment where neither memmove() nor bcopy() is
2020 available. Added HAVE_BCOPY and an autoconf test for it; if neither
2021 HAVE_MEMMOVE nor HAVE_BCOPY is set, use a built-in emulation function which
2022 assumes the way PCRE uses memmove() (always moving upwards).
2024 6. PCRE is being used in one environment where strchr() is not available. There
2025 was only one use in pcre.c, and writing it out to avoid strchr() probably gives
2026 faster code anyway.
2029 Version 3.1 09-Feb-00
2030 ---------------------
2032 The only change in this release is the fixing of some bugs in Makefile.in for
2033 the "install" target:
2035 (1) It was failing to install pcreposix.h.
2037 (2) It was overwriting the pcre.3 man page with the pcreposix.3 man page.
2040 Version 3.0 01-Feb-00
2041 ---------------------
2043 1. Add support for the /+ modifier to perltest (to output $` like it does in
2044 pcretest).
2046 2. Add support for the /g modifier to perltest.
2048 3. Fix pcretest so that it behaves even more like Perl for /g when the pattern
2049 matches null strings.
2051 4. Fix perltest so that it doesn't do unwanted things when fed an empty
2052 pattern. Perl treats empty patterns specially - it reuses the most recent
2053 pattern, which is not what we want. Replace // by /(?#)/ in order to avoid this
2054 effect.
2056 5. The POSIX interface was broken in that it was just handing over the POSIX
2057 captured string vector to pcre_exec(), but (since release 2.00) PCRE has
2058 required a bigger vector, with some working space on the end. This means that
2059 the POSIX wrapper now has to get and free some memory, and copy the results.
2061 6. Added some simple autoconf support, placing the test data and the
2062 documentation in separate directories, re-organizing some of the
2063 information files, and making it build pcre-config (a GNU standard). Also added
2064 libtool support for building PCRE as a shared library, which is now the
2065 default.
2067 7. Got rid of the leading zero in the definition of PCRE_MINOR because 08 and
2068 09 are not valid octal constants. Single digits will be used for minor values
2069 less than 10.
2071 8. Defined REG_EXTENDED and REG_NOSUB as zero in the POSIX header, so that
2072 existing programs that set these in the POSIX interface can use PCRE without
2073 modification.
2075 9. Added a new function, pcre_fullinfo() with an extensible interface. It can
2076 return all that pcre_info() returns, plus additional data. The pcre_info()
2077 function is retained for compatibility, but is considered to be obsolete.
2079 10. Added experimental recursion feature (?R) to handle one common case that
2080 Perl 5.6 will be able to do with (?p{...}).
2082 11. Added support for POSIX character classes like [:alpha:], which Perl is
2083 adopting.
2086 Version 2.08 31-Aug-99
2087 ----------------------
2089 1. When startoffset was not zero and the pattern began with ".*", PCRE was not
2090 trying to match at the startoffset position, but instead was moving forward to
2091 the next newline as if a previous match had failed.
2093 2. pcretest was not making use of PCRE_NOTEMPTY when repeating for /g and /G,
2094 and could get into a loop if a null string was matched other than at the start
2095 of the subject.
2097 3. Added definitions of PCRE_MAJOR and PCRE_MINOR to pcre.h so the version can
2098 be distinguished at compile time, and for completeness also added PCRE_DATE.
2100 5. Added Paul Sokolovsky's minor changes to make it easy to compile a Win32 DLL
2101 in GnuWin32 environments.
2104 Version 2.07 29-Jul-99
2105 ----------------------
2107 1. The documentation is now supplied in plain text form and HTML as well as in
2108 the form of man page sources.
2110 2. C++ compilers don't like assigning (void *) values to other pointer types.
2111 In particular this affects malloc(). Although there is no problem in Standard
2112 C, I've put in casts to keep C++ compilers happy.
2114 3. Typo on pcretest.c; a cast of (unsigned char *) in the POSIX regexec() call
2115 should be (const char *).
2117 4. If NOPOSIX is defined, pcretest.c compiles without POSIX support. This may
2118 be useful for non-Unix systems who don't want to bother with the POSIX stuff.
2119 However, I haven't made this a standard facility. The documentation doesn't
2120 mention it, and the Makefile doesn't support it.
2122 5. The Makefile now contains an "install" target, with editable destinations at
2123 the top of the file. The pcretest program is not installed.
2125 6. pgrep -V now gives the PCRE version number and date.
2127 7. Fixed bug: a zero repetition after a literal string (e.g. /abcde{0}/) was
2128 causing the entire string to be ignored, instead of just the last character.
2130 8. If a pattern like /"([^\\"]+|\\.)*"/ is applied in the normal way to a
2131 non-matching string, it can take a very, very long time, even for strings of
2132 quite modest length, because of the nested recursion. PCRE now does better in
2133 some of these cases. It does this by remembering the last required literal
2134 character in the pattern, and pre-searching the subject to ensure it is present
2135 before running the real match. In other words, it applies a heuristic to detect
2136 some types of certain failure quickly, and in the above example, if presented
2137 with a string that has no trailing " it gives "no match" very quickly.
2139 9. A new runtime option PCRE_NOTEMPTY causes null string matches to be ignored;
2140 other alternatives are tried instead.
2143 Version 2.06 09-Jun-99
2144 ----------------------
2146 1. Change pcretest's output for amount of store used to show just the code
2147 space, because the remainder (the data block) varies in size between 32-bit and
2148 64-bit systems.
2150 2. Added an extra argument to pcre_exec() to supply an offset in the subject to
2151 start matching at. This allows lookbehinds to work when searching for multiple
2152 occurrences in a string.
2154 3. Added additional options to pcretest for testing multiple occurrences:
2156 /+ outputs the rest of the string that follows a match
2157 /g loops for multiple occurrences, using the new startoffset argument
2158 /G loops for multiple occurrences by passing an incremented pointer
2160 4. PCRE wasn't doing the "first character" optimization for patterns starting
2161 with \b or \B, though it was doing it for other lookbehind assertions. That is,
2162 it wasn't noticing that a match for a pattern such as /\bxyz/ has to start with
2163 the letter 'x'. On long subject strings, this gives a significant speed-up.
2166 Version 2.05 21-Apr-99
2167 ----------------------
2169 1. Changed the type of magic_number from int to long int so that it works
2170 properly on 16-bit systems.
2172 2. Fixed a bug which caused patterns starting with .* not to work correctly
2173 when the subject string contained newline characters. PCRE was assuming
2174 anchoring for such patterns in all cases, which is not correct because .* will
2175 not pass a newline unless PCRE_DOTALL is set. It now assumes anchoring only if
2176 DOTALL is set at top level; otherwise it knows that patterns starting with .*
2177 must be retried after every newline in the subject.
2180 Version 2.04 18-Feb-99
2181 ----------------------
2183 1. For parenthesized subpatterns with repeats whose minimum was zero, the
2184 computation of the store needed to hold the pattern was incorrect (too large).
2185 If such patterns were nested a few deep, this could multiply and become a real
2186 problem.
2188 2. Added /M option to pcretest to show the memory requirement of a specific
2189 pattern. Made -m a synonym of -s (which does this globally) for compatibility.
2191 3. Subpatterns of the form (regex){n,m} (i.e. limited maximum) were being
2192 compiled in such a way that the backtracking after subsequent failure was
2193 pessimal. Something like (a){0,3} was compiled as (a)?(a)?(a)? instead of
2194 ((a)((a)(a)?)?)? with disastrous performance if the maximum was of any size.
2197 Version 2.03 02-Feb-99
2198 ----------------------
2200 1. Fixed typo and small mistake in man page.
2202 2. Added 4th condition (GPL supersedes if conflict) and created separate
2203 LICENCE file containing the conditions.
2205 3. Updated pcretest so that patterns such as /abc\/def/ work like they do in
2206 Perl, that is the internal \ allows the delimiter to be included in the
2207 pattern. Locked out the use of \ as a delimiter. If \ immediately follows
2208 the final delimiter, add \ to the end of the pattern (to test the error).
2210 4. Added the convenience functions for extracting substrings after a successful
2211 match. Updated pcretest to make it able to test these functions.
2214 Version 2.02 14-Jan-99
2215 ----------------------
2217 1. Initialized the working variables associated with each extraction so that
2218 their saving and restoring doesn't refer to uninitialized store.
2220 2. Put dummy code into study.c in order to trick the optimizer of the IBM C
2221 compiler for OS/2 into generating correct code. Apparently IBM isn't going to
2222 fix the problem.
2224 3. Pcretest: the timing code wasn't using LOOPREPEAT for timing execution
2225 calls, and wasn't printing the correct value for compiling calls. Increased the
2226 default value of LOOPREPEAT, and the number of significant figures in the
2227 times.
2229 4. Changed "/bin/rm" in the Makefile to "-rm" so it works on Windows NT.
2231 5. Renamed "deftables" as "dftables" to get it down to 8 characters, to avoid
2232 a building problem on Windows NT with a FAT file system.
2235 Version 2.01 21-Oct-98
2236 ----------------------
2238 1. Changed the API for pcre_compile() to allow for the provision of a pointer
2239 to character tables built by pcre_maketables() in the current locale. If NULL
2240 is passed, the default tables are used.
2243 Version 2.00 24-Sep-98
2244 ----------------------
2246 1. Since the (>?) facility is in Perl 5.005, don't require PCRE_EXTRA to enable
2247 it any more.
2249 2. Allow quantification of (?>) groups, and make it work correctly.
2251 3. The first character computation wasn't working for (?>) groups.
2253 4. Correct the implementation of \Z (it is permitted to match on the \n at the
2254 end of the subject) and add 5.005's \z, which really does match only at the
2255 very end of the subject.
2257 5. Remove the \X "cut" facility; Perl doesn't have it, and (?> is neater.
2259 6. Remove the ability to specify CASELESS, MULTILINE, DOTALL, and
2260 DOLLAR_END_ONLY at runtime, to make it possible to implement the Perl 5.005
2261 localized options. All options to pcre_study() were also removed.
2263 7. Add other new features from 5.005:
2265 $(?<= positive lookbehind
2266 $(?<! negative lookbehind
2267 (?imsx-imsx) added the unsetting capability
2268 such a setting is global if at outer level; local otherwise
2269 (?imsx-imsx:) non-capturing groups with option setting
2270 (?(cond)re|re) conditional pattern matching
2272 A backreference to itself in a repeated group matches the previous
2273 captured string.
2275 8. General tidying up of studying (both automatic and via "study")
2276 consequential on the addition of new assertions.
2278 9. As in 5.005, unlimited repeated groups that could match an empty substring
2279 are no longer faulted at compile time. Instead, the loop is forcibly broken at
2280 runtime if any iteration does actually match an empty substring.
2282 10. Include the RunTest script in the distribution.
2284 11. Added tests from the Perl 5.005_02 distribution. This showed up a few
2285 discrepancies, some of which were old and were also with respect to 5.004. They
2286 have now been fixed.
2289 Version 1.09 28-Apr-98
2290 ----------------------
2292 1. A negated single character class followed by a quantifier with a minimum
2293 value of one (e.g. [^x]{1,6} ) was not compiled correctly. This could lead to
2294 program crashes, or just wrong answers. This did not apply to negated classes
2295 containing more than one character, or to minima other than one.
2298 Version 1.08 27-Mar-98
2299 ----------------------
2301 1. Add PCRE_UNGREEDY to invert the greediness of quantifiers.
2303 2. Add (?U) and (?X) to set PCRE_UNGREEDY and PCRE_EXTRA respectively. The
2304 latter must appear before anything that relies on it in the pattern.
2307 Version 1.07 16-Feb-98
2308 ----------------------
2310 1. A pattern such as /((a)*)*/ was not being diagnosed as in error (unlimited
2311 repeat of a potentially empty string).
2314 Version 1.06 23-Jan-98
2315 ----------------------
2317 1. Added Markus Oberhumer's little patches for C++.
2319 2. Literal strings longer than 255 characters were broken.
2322 Version 1.05 23-Dec-97
2323 ----------------------
2325 1. Negated character classes containing more than one character were failing if
2326 PCRE_CASELESS was set at run time.
2329 Version 1.04 19-Dec-97
2330 ----------------------
2332 1. Corrected the man page, where some "const" qualifiers had been omitted.
2334 2. Made debugging output print "{0,xxx}" instead of just "{,xxx}" to agree with
2335 input syntax.
2337 3. Fixed memory leak which occurred when a regex with back references was
2338 matched with an offsets vector that wasn't big enough. The temporary memory
2339 that is used in this case wasn't being freed if the match failed.
2341 4. Tidied pcretest to ensure it frees memory that it gets.
2343 5. Temporary memory was being obtained in the case where the passed offsets
2344 vector was exactly big enough.
2346 6. Corrected definition of offsetof() from change 5 below.
2348 7. I had screwed up change 6 below and broken the rules for the use of
2349 setjmp(). Now fixed.
2352 Version 1.03 18-Dec-97
2353 ----------------------
2355 1. A erroneous regex with a missing opening parenthesis was correctly
2356 diagnosed, but PCRE attempted to access brastack[-1], which could cause crashes
2357 on some systems.
2359 2. Replaced offsetof(real_pcre, code) by offsetof(real_pcre, code[0]) because
2360 it was reported that one broken compiler failed on the former because "code" is
2361 also an independent variable.
2363 3. The erroneous regex a[]b caused an array overrun reference.
2365 4. A regex ending with a one-character negative class (e.g. /[^k]$/) did not
2366 fail on data ending with that character. (It was going on too far, and checking
2367 the next character, typically a binary zero.) This was specific to the
2368 optimized code for single-character negative classes.
2370 5. Added a contributed patch from the TIN world which does the following:
2372 + Add an undef for memmove, in case the the system defines a macro for it.
2374 + Add a definition of offsetof(), in case there isn't one. (I don't know
2375 the reason behind this - offsetof() is part of the ANSI standard - but
2376 it does no harm).
2378 + Reduce the ifdef's in pcre.c using macro DPRINTF, thereby eliminating
2379 most of the places where whitespace preceded '#'. I have given up and
2380 allowed the remaining 2 cases to be at the margin.
2382 + Rename some variables in pcre to eliminate shadowing. This seems very
2383 pedantic, but does no harm, of course.
2385 6. Moved the call to setjmp() into its own function, to get rid of warnings
2386 from gcc -Wall, and avoided calling it at all unless PCRE_EXTRA is used.
2388 7. Constructs such as \d{8,} were compiling into the equivalent of
2389 \d{8}\d{0,65527} instead of \d{8}\d* which didn't make much difference to the
2390 outcome, but in this particular case used more store than had been allocated,
2391 which caused the bug to be discovered because it threw up an internal error.
2393 8. The debugging code in both pcre and pcretest for outputting the compiled
2394 form of a regex was going wrong in the case of back references followed by
2395 curly-bracketed repeats.
2398 Version 1.02 12-Dec-97
2399 ----------------------
2401 1. Typos in pcre.3 and comments in the source fixed.
2403 2. Applied a contributed patch to get rid of places where it used to remove
2404 'const' from variables, and fixed some signed/unsigned and uninitialized
2405 variable warnings.
2407 3. Added the "runtest" target to Makefile.
2409 4. Set default compiler flag to -O2 rather than just -O.
2412 Version 1.01 19-Nov-97
2413 ----------------------
2415 1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeat of empty string for patterns
2416 like /([ab]*)*/, that is, for classes with more than one character in them.
2418 2. Likewise, it wasn't diagnosing patterns with "once-only" subpatterns, such
2419 as /((?>a*))*/ (a PCRE_EXTRA facility).
2422 Version 1.00 18-Nov-97
2423 ----------------------
2425 1. Added compile-time macros to support systems such as SunOS4 which don't have
2426 memmove() or strerror() but have other things that can be used instead.
2428 2. Arranged that "make clean" removes the executables.
2431 Version 0.99 27-Oct-97
2432 ----------------------
2434 1. Fixed bug in code for optimizing classes with only one character. It was
2435 initializing a 32-byte map regardless, which could cause it to run off the end
2436 of the memory it had got.
2438 2. Added, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA, the proposed (?>REGEX) construction.
2441 Version 0.98 22-Oct-97
2442 ----------------------
2444 1. Fixed bug in code for handling temporary memory usage when there are more
2445 back references than supplied space in the ovector. This could cause segfaults.
2448 Version 0.97 21-Oct-97
2449 ----------------------
2451 1. Added the \X "cut" facility, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA.
2453 2. Optimized negated single characters not to use a bit map.
2455 3. Brought error texts together as macro definitions; clarified some of them;
2456 fixed one that was wrong - it said "range out of order" when it meant "invalid
2457 escape sequence".
2459 4. Changed some char * arguments to const char *.
2461 5. Added PCRE_NOTBOL and PCRE_NOTEOL (from POSIX).
2463 6. Added the POSIX-style API wrapper in pcreposix.a and testing facilities in
2464 pcretest.
2467 Version 0.96 16-Oct-97
2468 ----------------------
2470 1. Added a simple "pgrep" utility to the distribution.
2472 2. Fixed an incompatibility with Perl: "{" is now treated as a normal character
2473 unless it appears in one of the precise forms "{ddd}", "{ddd,}", or "{ddd,ddd}"
2474 where "ddd" means "one or more decimal digits".
2476 3. Fixed serious bug. If a pattern had a back reference, but the call to
2477 pcre_exec() didn't supply a large enough ovector to record the related
2478 identifying subpattern, the match always failed. PCRE now remembers the number
2479 of the largest back reference, and gets some temporary memory in which to save
2480 the offsets during matching if necessary, in order to ensure that
2481 backreferences always work.
2483 4. Increased the compatibility with Perl in a number of ways:
2485 (a) . no longer matches \n by default; an option PCRE_DOTALL is provided
2486 to request this handling. The option can be set at compile or exec time.
2488 (b) $ matches before a terminating newline by default; an option
2489 PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY is provided to override this (but not in multiline
2490 mode). The option can be set at compile or exec time.
2492 (c) The handling of \ followed by a digit other than 0 is now supposed to be
2493 the same as Perl's. If the decimal number it represents is less than 10
2494 or there aren't that many previous left capturing parentheses, an octal
2495 escape is read. Inside a character class, it's always an octal escape,
2496 even if it is a single digit.
2498 (d) An escaped but undefined alphabetic character is taken as a literal,
2499 unless PCRE_EXTRA is set. Currently this just reserves the remaining
2500 escapes.
2502 (e) {0} is now permitted. (The previous item is removed from the compiled
2503 pattern).
2505 5. Changed all the names of code files so that the basic parts are no longer
2506 than 10 characters, and abolished the teeny "globals.c" file.
2508 6. Changed the handling of character classes; they are now done with a 32-byte
2509 bit map always.
2511 7. Added the -d and /D options to pcretest to make it possible to look at the
2512 internals of compilation without having to recompile pcre.
2515 Version 0.95 23-Sep-97
2516 ----------------------
2518 1. Fixed bug in pre-pass concerning escaped "normal" characters such as \x5c or
2519 \x20 at the start of a run of normal characters. These were being treated as
2520 real characters, instead of the source characters being re-checked.
2523 Version 0.94 18-Sep-97
2524 ----------------------
2526 1. The functions are now thread-safe, with the caveat that the global variables
2527 containing pointers to malloc() and free() or alternative functions are the
2528 same for all threads.
2530 2. Get pcre_study() to generate a bitmap of initial characters for non-
2531 anchored patterns when this is possible, and use it if passed to pcre_exec().
2534 Version 0.93 15-Sep-97
2535 ----------------------
2537 1. /(b)|(:+)/ was computing an incorrect first character.
2539 2. Add pcre_study() to the API and the passing of pcre_extra to pcre_exec(),
2540 but not actually doing anything yet.
2542 3. Treat "-" characters in classes that cannot be part of ranges as literals,
2543 as Perl does (e.g. [-az] or [az-]).
2545 4. Set the anchored flag if a branch starts with .* or .*? because that tests
2546 all possible positions.
2548 5. Split up into different modules to avoid including unneeded functions in a
2549 compiled binary. However, compile and exec are still in one module. The "study"
2550 function is split off.
2552 6. The character tables are now in a separate module whose source is generated
2553 by an auxiliary program - but can then be edited by hand if required. There are
2554 now no calls to isalnum(), isspace(), isdigit(), isxdigit(), tolower() or
2555 toupper() in the code.
2557 7. Turn the malloc/free funtions variables into pcre_malloc and pcre_free and
2558 make them global. Abolish the function for setting them, as the caller can now
2559 set them directly.
2562 Version 0.92 11-Sep-97
2563 ----------------------
2565 1. A repeat with a fixed maximum and a minimum of 1 for an ordinary character
2566 (e.g. /a{1,3}/) was broken (I mis-optimized it).
2568 2. Caseless matching was not working in character classes if the characters in
2569 the pattern were in upper case.
2571 3. Make ranges like [W-c] work in the same way as Perl for caseless matching.
2573 4. Make PCRE_ANCHORED public and accept as a compile option.
2575 5. Add an options word to pcre_exec() and accept PCRE_ANCHORED and
2576 PCRE_CASELESS at run time. Add escapes \A and \I to pcretest to cause it to
2577 pass them.
2579 6. Give an error if bad option bits passed at compile or run time.
2581 7. Add PCRE_MULTILINE at compile and exec time, and (?m) as well. Add \M to
2582 pcretest to cause it to pass that flag.
2584 8. Add pcre_info(), to get the number of identifying subpatterns, the stored
2585 options, and the first character, if set.
2587 9. Recognize C+ or C{n,m} where n >= 1 as providing a fixed starting character.
2590 Version 0.91 10-Sep-97
2591 ----------------------
2593 1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeats of subpatterns that could
2594 match the empty string as in /(a*)*/. It was looping and ultimately crashing.
2596 2. PCRE was looping on encountering an indefinitely repeated back reference to
2597 a subpattern that had matched an empty string, e.g. /(a|)\1*/. It now does what
2598 Perl does - treats the match as successful.
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