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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4    Version 7.9 xx-xxx-09
5    ---------------------
7    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
8        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
9        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
10        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
11        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
12        pcretest is linked with readline.
14    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
15        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
16        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
17        but BOOL is not.
19    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
20        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RETURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
22    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
23        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
24        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
25        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
27    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
28        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
29        the same.
31    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
32        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
33        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
35    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
36        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
37        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
38        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
40    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
41        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
42        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
43        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
45    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group, PCRE
46        could crash during matching.
48    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
49        used for matching.
52    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
53    ---------------------
55    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
56        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
57        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
58        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
59        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
60        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
62    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
63        scripts.
65    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
66        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
67        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
69    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
70        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
71        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
73    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
74        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
75        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
76        truncation.
78    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
80    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
81        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
83    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
84        test 2 if it fails.
86    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
87        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
88        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
90    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
91        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
93    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
94        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
95        some environments:
97          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
99        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
101    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
102        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
103        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
104        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
105        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
107    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
108        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
110    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
111        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
112        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
114    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
115        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
117    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
119    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
120        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
122    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
124    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
125        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
126        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
127        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
130    Version 7.7 07-May-08
131    ---------------------
133    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
134        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
135        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
137    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
138        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
139        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
141    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
142        Lopes.
144    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
146        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
147            of files, instead of just to the final components.
149        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
150            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
151            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
152            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
153            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
154            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
156    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
157        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
159    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
160        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
161        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
163    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
164        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
166    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
167        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
168        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
170    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
172    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
173        matching function regexec().
175    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
176        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
177        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
178        Oniguruma does).
180    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
181        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
182        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
183        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
184        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
185        time.
187    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
188        to the way PCRE behaves:
190        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
192        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
193            (Perl fails the current match path).
195        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
196            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
197            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
198            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
199            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
200            of the DOTALL setting.
202    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
203        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
204        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
205        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
206        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
207        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
208        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
209        was subsequently set up correctly.)
211    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
212        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
213        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
214        (*FAIL).
216    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
217        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
218        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
219        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
220        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
221        on the OP_ANY path.
223    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
224        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
225        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
227    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
228        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
229        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
230        Daniel Bergström.
232    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
233        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
234        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
235        spotting this.
238    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
239    ---------------------
241    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
242        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
243        overflow.
245    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
246        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
248    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
249        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
251        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
252        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
253        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
254        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
255        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
256            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
257        - Added readline support for pcretest.
258        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
260    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
261        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
262        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
263        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
264        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
265        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
266        Configure/Make.
268    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
269        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
270        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
271        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
273    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
274        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
275        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
277    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
278        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
279        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
280        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
281        trouble in some build environments.
283    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
286  Version 7.5 10-Jan-08  Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
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