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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 7.8 25-Aug-08  Version 8.13 30-Apr-2011
5    ------------------------
6    
7    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.
8    
9    2.  Two minor typos in pcre_internal.h have been fixed.
10    
11    3.  Added #include <string.h> to pcre_scanner_unittest.cc, pcrecpp.cc, and
12        pcrecpp_unittest.cc. They are needed for strcmp(), memset(), and strchr()
13        in some environments (e.g. Solaris 10/SPARC using Sun Studio 12U2).
14    
15    4.  There were a number of related bugs in the code for matching backrefences
16        caselessly in UTF-8 mode when codes for the characters concerned were
17        different numbers of bytes. For example, U+023A and U+2C65 are an upper
18        and lower case pair, using 2 and 3 bytes, respectively. The main bugs were:
19        (a) A reference to 3 copies of a 2-byte code matched only 2 of a 3-byte
20        code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a
21        2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data
22        left).
23    
24    5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by
25        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long
26        as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of
27        the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.
28    
29    6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is
30        now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the
31        last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small
32        enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with
33        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
34    
35    7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when
36        pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check
37        failure, the offset and reason code are output.
38    
39    8.  When \R was used with a maximizing quantifier it failed to skip backwards
40        over a \r\n pair if the subsequent match failed. Instead, it just skipped
41        back over a single character (\n). This seems wrong (because it treated the
42        two characters as a single entity when going forwards), conflicts with the
43        documentation that \R is equivalent to (?>\r\n|\n|...etc), and makes the
44        behaviour of \R* different to (\R)*, which also seems wrong. The behaviour
45        has been changed.
46    
47    9.  Some internal refactoring has changed the processing so that the handling
48        of the PCRE_CASELESS and PCRE_MULTILINE options is done entirely at compile
49        time (the PCRE_DOTALL option was changed this way some time ago: version
50        7.7 change 16). This has made it possible to abolish the OP_OPT op code,
51        which was always a bit of a fudge. It also means that there is one less
52        argument for the match() function, which reduces its stack requirements
53        slightly. This change also fixes an incompatibility with Perl: the pattern
54        (?i:([^b]))(?1) should not match "ab", but previously PCRE gave a match.
55    
56    10. More internal refactoring has drastically reduced the number of recursive
57        calls to match() for possessively repeated groups such as (abc)++ when
58        using pcre_exec().
59    
60    11. While implementing 10, a number of bugs in the handling of groups were
61        discovered and fixed:
62    
63        (?<=(a)+) was not diagnosed as invalid (non-fixed-length lookbehind).
64        (a|)*(?1) gave a compile-time internal error.
65        ((a|)+)+  did not notice that the outer group could match an empty string.
66        (^a|^)+   was not marked as anchored.
67        (.*a|.*)+ was not marked as matching at start or after a newline.
68    
69    12. Yet more internal refactoring has removed another argument from the match()
70        function. Special calls to this function are now indicated by setting a
71        value in a variable in the "match data" data block.
72    
73    13. Be more explicit in pcre_study() instead of relying on "default" for
74        opcodes that mean there is no starting character; this means that when new
75        ones are added and accidentally left out of pcre_study(), testing should
76        pick them up.
77    
78    14. The -s option of pcretest has been documented for ages as being an old
79        synonym of -m (show memory usage). I have changed it to mean "force study
80        for every regex", that is, assume /S for every regex. This is similar to -i
81        and -d etc. It's slightly incompatible, but I'm hoping nobody is still
82        using it. It makes it easier to run collections of tests with and without
83        study enabled, and thereby test pcre_study() more easily. All the standard
84        tests are now run with and without -s (but some patterns can be marked as
85        "never study" - see 20 below).
86    
87    15. When (*ACCEPT) was used in a subpattern that was called recursively, the
88        restoration of the capturing data to the outer values was not happening
89        correctly.
90    
91    16. If a recursively called subpattern ended with (*ACCEPT) and matched an
92        empty string, and PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, pcre_exec() thought the whole
93        pattern had matched an empty string, and so incorrectly returned a no
94        match.
95    
96    17. There was optimizing code for the last branch of non-capturing parentheses,
97        and also for the obeyed branch of a conditional subexpression, which used
98        tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, not that there is
99        the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is
100        no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These
101        two optimizations have therefore been removed.
102    
103    18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always
104        matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be
105        incorrectly computed because \R can also match just one byte.
106    
107    19. If a pattern containing (*ACCEPT) was studied, the minimum subject length
108        was incorrectly computed.
109    
110    20. If /S is present twice on a test pattern in pcretest input, it *disables*
111        studying, thereby overriding the use of -s on the command line. This is
112        necessary for one or two tests to keep the output identical in both cases.
113    
114    21. When (*ACCEPT) was used in an assertion that matched an empty string and
115        PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, PCRE applied the non-empty test to the assertion.
116    
117    22. When an atomic group that contained a capturing parenthesis was
118        successfully matched, but the branch in which it appeared failed, the
119        capturing was not being forgotten if a higher numbered group was later
120        captured. For example, /(?>(a))b|(a)c/ when matching "ac" set capturing
121        group 1 to "a", when in fact it should be unset. This applied to multi-
122        branched capturing and non-capturing groups, repeated or not, and also to
123        positive assertions (capturing in negative assertions is not well defined
124        in PCRE) and also to nested atomic groups.
125    
126    23. Add the ++ qualifier feature to pcretest, to show the remainder of the
127        subject after a captured substring (to make it easier to tell which of a
128        number of identical substrings has been captured).
129    
130    24. The way atomic groups are processed by pcre_exec() has been changed so that
131        if they are repeated, backtracking one repetition now resets captured
132        values correctly. For example, if ((?>(a+)b)+aabab) is matched against
133        "aaaabaaabaabab" the value of captured group 2 is now correctly recorded as
134        "aaa". Previously, it would have been "a". As part of this code
135        refactoring, the way recursive calls are handled has also been changed.
136    
137    24. If an assertion condition captured any substrings, they were not passed
138        back unless some other capturing happened later. For example, if
139        (?(?=(a))a) was matched against "a", no capturing was returned.
140    
141    25. When studying a pattern that contained subroutine calls or assertions,
142        the code for finding the minimum length of a possible match was handling
143        direct recursions such as (xxx(?1)|yyy) but not mutual recursions (where
144        group 1 called group 2 while simultaneously a separate group 2 called group
145        1). A stack overflow occurred in this case. I have fixed this by limiting
146        the recursion depth to 10.
147    
148    26. Updated RunTest.bat in the distribution to the version supplied by Tom
149        Fortmann. This supports explicit test numbers on the command line, and has
150        argument validation and error reporting.
151    
152    27. An instance of \X with an unlimited repeat could fail if at any point the
153        first character it looked at was a mark character.
154    
155    28. Some minor code refactoring concerning Unicode properties and scripts
156        should reduce the stack requirement of match() slightly.
157    
158    29. Added the '=' option to pcretest to check the setting of unused capturing
159        slots at the end of the pattern, which are documented as being -1, but are
160        not included in the return count.
161    
162    30. If \k was not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted name, PCRE
163        compiled something random. Now it gives a compile-time error (as does
164        Perl).
165    
166    31. A *MARK encountered during the processing of a positive assertion is now
167        recorded and passed back (compatible with Perl).
168    
169    32. If --only-matching or --colour was set on a pcregrep call whose pattern
170        had alternative anchored branches, the search for a second match in a line
171        was done as if at the line start. Thus, for example, /^01|^02/ incorrectly
172        matched the line "0102" twice. The same bug affected patterns that started
173        with a backwards assertion. For example /\b01|\b02/ also matched "0102"
174        twice.
175    
176    33. Previously, PCRE did not allow quantification of assertions. However, Perl
177        does, and because of capturing effects, quantifying parenthesized
178        assertions may at times be useful. Quantifiers are now allowed for
179        parenthesized assertions.
180    
181    34. A minor code tidy in pcre_compile() when checking options for \R usage.
182    
183    35. \g was being checked for fancy things in a character class, when it should
184        just be a literal "g".
185    
186    36. PCRE was rejecting [:a[:digit:]] whereas Perl was not. It seems that the
187        appearance of a nested POSIX class supersedes an apparent external class.
188        For example, [:a[:digit:]b:] matches "a", "b", ":", or a digit. Also,
189        unescaped square brackets may also appear as part of class names. For
190        example, [:a[:abc]b:] gives unknown class "[:abc]b:]". PCRE now behaves
191        more like Perl.
192    
193    37. PCRE was giving an error for \N with a braced quantifier such as {1,} (this
194        was because it thought it was \N{name}, which is not supported).
195    
196    
197    Version 8.12 15-Jan-2011
198    ------------------------
199    
200    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
201        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
202    
203    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
204        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
205        particular, this made one of the standard tests fail. (The integer value
206        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
207    
208    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
209        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
210        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
211        match.
212    
213    4.  Another pcregrep bug caused similar problems if --colour was specified with
214        -M (multiline) and the pattern match finished with a line ending.
215    
216    5.  In pcregrep, when a pattern that ended with a literal newline sequence was
217        matched in multiline mode, the following line was shown as part of the
218        match. This seems wrong, so I have changed it.
219    
220    6.  Another pcregrep bug in multiline mode, when --colour was specified, caused
221        the check for further matches in the same line (so they could be coloured)
222        to overrun the end of the current line. If another match was found, it was
223        incorrectly shown (and then shown again when found in the next line).
224    
225    7.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
226        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
227        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
228        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
229    
230    
231    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
232    ------------------------
233    
234    1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
235        to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
236        backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
237        at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
238        is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
239        alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
240    
241    2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
242        such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
243        result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
244        (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
245        (*THEN).
246    
247    3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
248        the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
249        in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
250        of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
251    
252    4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
253        match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
254        an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
255        changed to the "earliest inspected character" point, because the returned
256        data for a partial match starts at this character. This means that, for
257        example, /(?<=abc)def/ gives a partial match for the subject "abc"
258        (previously it gave "no match").
259    
260    5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
261        of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
262        previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
263        has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
264        match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
265        give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
266        /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
267        match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
268        now correct.]
269    
270    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
271        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
272        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
273        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
274        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
275        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
276        places in pcre_compile().
277    
278    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
279        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
280        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
281        according to the set newline convention.
282    
283    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
284        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
285        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
286    
287    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
288    
289    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
290    
291    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
292        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
293    
294    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
295        of pcregrep.
296    
297    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
298        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
299        needed fixing:
300    
301        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
302            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
303            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
304    
305        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
306            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
307            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
308            than one byte was nonsense.)
309    
310        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
311            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
312    
313    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
314        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
315        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
316        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
317        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
318    
319    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
320        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
321        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
322    
323    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
324        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
325    
326    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
327        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
328        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
329        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
330        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
331        release 2.5.4.
332    
333    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
334        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
335        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
336        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
337        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
338    
339    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
340        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
341        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
342        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
343    
344    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
345        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
346        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
347        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
348        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
349        pcre_compile().
350    
351    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
352        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
353        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
354        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
355        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
356    
357    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
358        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
359    
360    
361    Version 8.10 25-Jun-2010
362    ------------------------
363    
364    1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and
365        THEN.
366    
367    2.  (*ACCEPT) was not working when inside an atomic group.
368    
369    3.  Inside a character class, \B is treated as a literal by default, but
370        faulted if PCRE_EXTRA is set. This mimics Perl's behaviour (the -w option
371        causes the error). The code is unchanged, but I tidied the documentation.
372    
373    4.  Inside a character class, PCRE always treated \R and \X as literals,
374        whereas Perl faults them if its -w option is set. I have changed PCRE so
375        that it faults them when PCRE_EXTRA is set.
376    
377    5.  Added support for \N, which always matches any character other than
378        newline. (It is the same as "." when PCRE_DOTALL is not set.)
379    
380    6.  When compiling pcregrep with newer versions of gcc which may have
381        FORTIFY_SOURCE set, several warnings "ignoring return value of 'fwrite',
382        declared with attribute warn_unused_result" were given. Just casting the
383        result to (void) does not stop the warnings; a more elaborate fudge is
384        needed. I've used a macro to implement this.
385    
386    7.  Minor change to pcretest.c to avoid a compiler warning.
387    
388    8.  Added four artifical Unicode properties to help with an option to make
389        \s etc use properties (see next item). The new properties are: Xan
390        (alphanumeric), Xsp (Perl space), Xps (POSIX space), and Xwd (word).
391    
392    9.  Added PCRE_UCP to make \b, \d, \s, \w, and certain POSIX character classes
393        use Unicode properties. (*UCP) at the start of a pattern can be used to set
394        this option. Modified pcretest to add /W to test this facility. Added
395        REG_UCP to make it available via the POSIX interface.
396    
397    10. Added --line-buffered to pcregrep.
398    
399    11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was
400        studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than
401        127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of
402        the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized
403        (#976).
404    
405    12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property
406        test, for example, \p{Nd}+, there was the theoretical possibility of
407        setting up an incorrect bitmap of starting bytes, but fortunately it could
408        not have actually happened in practice until change 8 above was made (it
409        added property types that matched character-matching opcodes).
410    
411    13. pcre_study() now recognizes \h, \v, and \R when constructing a bit map of
412        possible starting bytes for non-anchored patterns.
413    
414    14. Extended the "auto-possessify" feature of pcre_compile(). It now recognizes
415        \R, and also a number of cases that involve Unicode properties, both
416        explicit and implicit when PCRE_UCP is set.
417    
418    15. If a repeated Unicode property match (e.g. \p{Lu}*) was used with non-UTF-8
419        input, it could crash or give wrong results if characters with values
420        greater than 0xc0 were present in the subject string. (Detail: it assumed
421        UTF-8 input when processing these items.)
422    
423    16. Added a lot of (int) casts to avoid compiler warnings in systems where
424        size_t is 64-bit (#991).
425    
426    17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with
427        --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).
428    
429    18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on
430        the end, a newline was missing in the output.
431    
432    19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values
433        less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for
434        generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It
435        turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space
436        characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in
437        these tables, and indeed these tables seem to approximate to ISO 8859. This
438        caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was used to create a list
439        of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was including 0x85 and 0xa0,
440        which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I have changed the code so
441        that only real ASCII characters (less than 128) and the correct starting
442        bytes for UTF-8 encodings are set for characters greater than 127 when in
443        UTF-8 mode. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above - the code is different
444        altogether.)
445    
446    20. Added the /T option to pcretest so as to be able to run tests with non-
447        standard character tables, thus making it possible to include the tests
448        used for 19 above in the standard set of tests.
449    
450    21. A pattern such as (?&t)(?#()(?(DEFINE)(?<t>a)) which has a forward
451        reference to a subpattern the other side of a comment that contains an
452        opening parenthesis caused either an internal compiling error, or a
453        reference to the wrong subpattern.
454    
455    
456    Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010
457    ------------------------
458    
459    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 5.2.0.
460    
461    2.  Added the option --libs-cpp to pcre-config, but only when C++ support is
462        configured.
463    
464    3.  Updated the licensing terms in the pcregexp.pas file, as agreed with the
465        original author of that file, following a query about its status.
466    
467    4.  On systems that do not have stdint.h (e.g. Solaris), check for and include
468        inttypes.h instead. This fixes a bug that was introduced by change 8.01/8.
469    
470    5.  A pattern such as (?&t)*+(?(DEFINE)(?<t>.)) which has a possessive
471        quantifier applied to a forward-referencing subroutine call, could compile
472        incorrect code or give the error "internal error: previously-checked
473        referenced subpattern not found".
474    
475    6.  Both MS Visual Studio and Symbian OS have problems with initializing
476        variables to point to external functions. For these systems, therefore,
477        pcre_malloc etc. are now initialized to local functions that call the
478        relevant global functions.
479    
480    7.  There were two entries missing in the vectors called coptable and poptable
481        in pcre_dfa_exec.c. This could lead to memory accesses outsize the vectors.
482        I've fixed the data, and added a kludgy way of testing at compile time that
483        the lengths are correct (equal to the number of opcodes).
484    
485    8.  Following on from 7, I added a similar kludge to check the length of the
486        eint vector in pcreposix.c.
487    
488    9.  Error texts for pcre_compile() are held as one long string to avoid too
489        much relocation at load time. To find a text, the string is searched,
490        counting zeros. There was no check for running off the end of the string,
491        which could happen if a new error number was added without updating the
492        string.
493    
494    10. \K gave a compile-time error if it appeared in a lookbehind assersion.
495    
496    11. \K was not working if it appeared in an atomic group or in a group that
497        was called as a "subroutine", or in an assertion. Perl 5.11 documents that
498        \K is "not well defined" if used in an assertion. PCRE now accepts it if
499        the assertion is positive, but not if it is negative.
500    
501    12. Change 11 fortuitously reduced the size of the stack frame used in the
502        "match()" function of pcre_exec.c by one pointer. Forthcoming
503        implementation of support for (*MARK) will need an extra pointer on the
504        stack; I have reserved it now, so that the stack frame size does not
505        decrease.
506    
507    13. A pattern such as (?P<L1>(?P<L2>0)|(?P>L2)(?P>L1)) in which the only other
508        item in branch that calls a recursion is a subroutine call - as in the
509        second branch in the above example - was incorrectly given the compile-
510        time error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because pcre_compile()
511        was not correctly checking the subroutine for matching a non-empty string.
512    
513    14. The checks for overrunning compiling workspace could trigger after an
514        overrun had occurred. This is a "should never occur" error, but it can be
515        triggered by pathological patterns such as hundreds of nested parentheses.
516        The checks now trigger 100 bytes before the end of the workspace.
517    
518    15. Fix typo in configure.ac: "srtoq" should be "strtoq".
519    
520    
521    Version 8.01 19-Jan-2010
522    ------------------------
523    
524    1.  If a pattern contained a conditional subpattern with only one branch (in
525        particular, this includes all (*DEFINE) patterns), a call to pcre_study()
526        computed the wrong minimum data length (which is of course zero for such
527        subpatterns). This could cause incorrect "no match" results.
528    
529    2.  For patterns such as (?i)a(?-i)b|c where an option setting at the start of
530        the pattern is reset in the first branch, pcre_compile() failed with
531        "internal error: code overflow at offset...". This happened only when
532        the reset was to the original external option setting. (An optimization
533        abstracts leading options settings into an external setting, which was the
534        cause of this.)
535    
536    3.  A pattern such as ^(?!a(*SKIP)b) where a negative assertion contained one
537        of the verbs SKIP, PRUNE, or COMMIT, did not work correctly. When the
538        assertion pattern did not match (meaning that the assertion was true), it
539        was incorrectly treated as false if the SKIP had been reached during the
540        matching. This also applied to assertions used as conditions.
541    
542    4.  If an item that is not supported by pcre_dfa_exec() was encountered in an
543        assertion subpattern, including such a pattern used as a condition,
544        unpredictable results occurred, instead of the error return
545        PCRE_ERROR_DFA_UITEM.
546    
547    5.  The C++ GlobalReplace function was not working like Perl for the special
548        situation when an empty string is matched. It now does the fancy magic
549        stuff that is necessary.
550    
551    6.  In pcre_internal.h, obsolete includes to setjmp.h and stdarg.h have been
552        removed. (These were left over from very, very early versions of PCRE.)
553    
554    7.  Some cosmetic changes to the code to make life easier when compiling it
555        as part of something else:
556    
557        (a) Change DEBUG to PCRE_DEBUG.
558    
559        (b) In pcre_compile(), rename the member of the "branch_chain" structure
560            called "current" as "current_branch", to prevent a collision with the
561            Linux macro when compiled as a kernel module.
562    
563        (c) In pcre_study(), rename the function set_bit() as set_table_bit(), to
564            prevent a collision with the Linux macro when compiled as a kernel
565            module.
566    
567    8.  In pcre_compile() there are some checks for integer overflows that used to
568        cast potentially large values to (double). This has been changed to that
569        when building, a check for int64_t is made, and if it is found, it is used
570        instead, thus avoiding the use of floating point arithmetic. (There is no
571        other use of FP in PCRE.) If int64_t is not found, the fallback is to
572        double.
573    
574    9.  Added two casts to avoid signed/unsigned warnings from VS Studio Express
575        2005 (difference between two addresses compared to an unsigned value).
576    
577    10. Change the standard AC_CHECK_LIB test for libbz2 in configure.ac to a
578        custom one, because of the following reported problem in Windows:
579    
580          - libbz2 uses the Pascal calling convention (WINAPI) for the functions
581              under Win32.
582          - The standard autoconf AC_CHECK_LIB fails to include "bzlib.h",
583              therefore missing the function definition.
584          - The compiler thus generates a "C" signature for the test function.
585          - The linker fails to find the "C" function.
586          - PCRE fails to configure if asked to do so against libbz2.
587    
588    11. When running libtoolize from libtool-2.2.6b as part of autogen.sh, these
589        messages were output:
590    
591          Consider adding `AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR([m4])' to configure.ac and
592          rerunning libtoolize, to keep the correct libtool macros in-tree.
593          Consider adding `-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.
594    
595        I have done both of these things.
596    
597    12. Although pcre_dfa_exec() does not use nearly as much stack as pcre_exec()
598        most of the time, it *can* run out if it is given a pattern that contains a
599        runaway infinite recursion. I updated the discussion in the pcrestack man
600        page.
601    
602    13. Now that we have gone to the x.xx style of version numbers, the minor
603        version may start with zero. Using 08 or 09 is a bad idea because users
604        might check the value of PCRE_MINOR in their code, and 08 or 09 may be
605        interpreted as invalid octal numbers. I've updated the previous comment in
606        configure.ac, and also added a check that gives an error if 08 or 09 are
607        used.
608    
609    14. Change 8.00/11 was not quite complete: code had been accidentally omitted,
610        causing partial matching to fail when the end of the subject matched \W
611        in a UTF-8 pattern where \W was quantified with a minimum of 3.
612    
613    15. There were some discrepancies between the declarations in pcre_internal.h
614        of _pcre_is_newline(), _pcre_was_newline(), and _pcre_valid_utf8() and
615        their definitions. The declarations used "const uschar *" and the
616        definitions used USPTR. Even though USPTR is normally defined as "const
617        unsigned char *" (and uschar is typedeffed as "unsigned char"), it was
618        reported that: "This difference in casting confuses some C++ compilers, for
619        example, SunCC recognizes above declarations as different functions and
620        generates broken code for hbpcre." I have changed the declarations to use
621        USPTR.
622    
623    16. GNU libtool is named differently on some systems. The autogen.sh script now
624        tries several variants such as glibtoolize (MacOSX) and libtoolize1x
625        (FreeBSD).
626    
627    17. Applied Craig's patch that fixes an HP aCC compile error in pcre 8.00
628        (strtoXX undefined when compiling pcrecpp.cc). The patch contains this
629        comment: "Figure out how to create a longlong from a string: strtoll and
630        equivalent. It's not enough to call AC_CHECK_FUNCS: hpux has a strtoll, for
631        instance, but it only takes 2 args instead of 3!"
632    
633    18. A subtle bug concerned with back references has been fixed by a change of
634        specification, with a corresponding code fix. A pattern such as
635        ^(xa|=?\1a)+$ which contains a back reference inside the group to which it
636        refers, was giving matches when it shouldn't. For example, xa=xaaa would
637        match that pattern. Interestingly, Perl (at least up to 5.11.3) has the
638        same bug. Such groups have to be quantified to be useful, or contained
639        inside another quantified group. (If there's no repetition, the reference
640        can never match.) The problem arises because, having left the group and
641        moved on to the rest of the pattern, a later failure that backtracks into
642        the group uses the captured value from the final iteration of the group
643        rather than the correct earlier one. I have fixed this in PCRE by forcing
644        any group that contains a reference to itself to be an atomic group; that
645        is, there cannot be any backtracking into it once it has completed. This is
646        similar to recursive and subroutine calls.
647    
648    
649    Version 8.00 19-Oct-09
650    ----------------------
651    
652    1.  The table for translating pcre_compile() error codes into POSIX error codes
653        was out-of-date, and there was no check on the pcre_compile() error code
654        being within the table. This could lead to an OK return being given in
655        error.
656    
657    2.  Changed the call to open a subject file in pcregrep from fopen(pathname,
658        "r") to fopen(pathname, "rb"), which fixed a problem with some of the tests
659        in a Windows environment.
660    
661    3.  The pcregrep --count option prints the count for each file even when it is
662        zero, as does GNU grep. However, pcregrep was also printing all files when
663        --files-with-matches was added. Now, when both options are given, it prints
664        counts only for those files that have at least one match. (GNU grep just
665        prints the file name in this circumstance, but including the count seems
666        more useful - otherwise, why use --count?) Also ensured that the
667        combination -clh just lists non-zero counts, with no names.
668    
669    4.  The long form of the pcregrep -F option was incorrectly implemented as
670        --fixed_strings instead of --fixed-strings. This is an incompatible change,
671        but it seems right to fix it, and I didn't think it was worth preserving
672        the old behaviour.
673    
674    5.  The command line items --regex=pattern and --regexp=pattern were not
675        recognized by pcregrep, which required --regex pattern or --regexp pattern
676        (with a space rather than an '='). The man page documented the '=' forms,
677        which are compatible with GNU grep; these now work.
678    
679    6.  No libpcreposix.pc file was created for pkg-config; there was just
680        libpcre.pc and libpcrecpp.pc. The omission has been rectified.
681    
682    7.  Added #ifndef SUPPORT_UCP into the pcre_ucd.c module, to reduce its size
683        when UCP support is not needed, by modifying the Python script that
684        generates it from Unicode data files. This should not matter if the module
685        is correctly used as a library, but I received one complaint about 50K of
686        unwanted data. My guess is that the person linked everything into his
687        program rather than using a library. Anyway, it does no harm.
688    
689    8.  A pattern such as /\x{123}{2,2}+/8 was incorrectly compiled; the trigger
690        was a minimum greater than 1 for a wide character in a possessive
691        repetition. The same bug could also affect patterns like /(\x{ff}{0,2})*/8
692        which had an unlimited repeat of a nested, fixed maximum repeat of a wide
693        character. Chaos in the form of incorrect output or a compiling loop could
694        result.
695    
696    9.  The restrictions on what a pattern can contain when partial matching is
697        requested for pcre_exec() have been removed. All patterns can now be
698        partially matched by this function. In addition, if there are at least two
699        slots in the offset vector, the offset of the earliest inspected character
700        for the match and the offset of the end of the subject are set in them when
701        PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL is returned.
702    
703    10. Partial matching has been split into two forms: PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT, which is
704        synonymous with PCRE_PARTIAL, for backwards compatibility, and
705        PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, which causes a partial match to supersede a full match,
706        and may be more useful for multi-segment matching.
707    
708    11. Partial matching with pcre_exec() is now more intuitive. A partial match
709        used to be given if ever the end of the subject was reached; now it is
710        given only if matching could not proceed because another character was
711        needed. This makes a difference in some odd cases such as Z(*FAIL) with the
712        string "Z", which now yields "no match" instead of "partial match". In the
713        case of pcre_dfa_exec(), "no match" is given if every matching path for the
714        final character ended with (*FAIL).
715    
716    12. Restarting a match using pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match did not work
717        if the pattern had a "must contain" character that was already found in the
718        earlier partial match, unless partial matching was again requested. For
719        example, with the pattern /dog.(body)?/, the "must contain" character is
720        "g". If the first part-match was for the string "dog", restarting with
721        "sbody" failed. This bug has been fixed.
722    
723    13. The string returned by pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match has been
724        changed so that it starts at the first inspected character rather than the
725        first character of the match. This makes a difference only if the pattern
726        starts with a lookbehind assertion or \b or \B (\K is not supported by
727        pcre_dfa_exec()). It's an incompatible change, but it makes the two
728        matching functions compatible, and I think it's the right thing to do.
729    
730    14. Added a pcredemo man page, created automatically from the pcredemo.c file,
731        so that the demonstration program is easily available in environments where
732        PCRE has not been installed from source.
733    
734    15. Arranged to add -DPCRE_STATIC to cflags in libpcre.pc, libpcreposix.cp,
735        libpcrecpp.pc and pcre-config when PCRE is not compiled as a shared
736        library.
737    
738    16. Added REG_UNGREEDY to the pcreposix interface, at the request of a user.
739        It maps to PCRE_UNGREEDY. It is not, of course, POSIX-compatible, but it
740        is not the first non-POSIX option to be added. Clearly some people find
741        these options useful.
742    
743    17. If a caller to the POSIX matching function regexec() passes a non-zero
744        value for nmatch with a NULL value for pmatch, the value of
745        nmatch is forced to zero.
746    
747    18. RunGrepTest did not have a test for the availability of the -u option of
748        the diff command, as RunTest does. It now checks in the same way as
749        RunTest, and also checks for the -b option.
750    
751    19. If an odd number of negated classes containing just a single character
752        interposed, within parentheses, between a forward reference to a named
753        subpattern and the definition of the subpattern, compilation crashed with
754        an internal error, complaining that it could not find the referenced
755        subpattern. An example of a crashing pattern is /(?&A)(([^m])(?<A>))/.
756        [The bug was that it was starting one character too far in when skipping
757        over the character class, thus treating the ] as data rather than
758        terminating the class. This meant it could skip too much.]
759    
760    20. Added PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART in order to be able to correctly implement the
761        /g option in pcretest when the pattern contains \K, which makes it possible
762        to have an empty string match not at the start, even when the pattern is
763        anchored. Updated pcretest and pcredemo to use this option.
764    
765    21. If the maximum number of capturing subpatterns in a recursion was greater
766        than the maximum at the outer level, the higher number was returned, but
767        with unset values at the outer level. The correct (outer level) value is
768        now given.
769    
770    22. If (*ACCEPT) appeared inside capturing parentheses, previous releases of
771        PCRE did not set those parentheses (unlike Perl). I have now found a way to
772        make it do so. The string so far is captured, making this feature
773        compatible with Perl.
774    
775    23. The tests have been re-organized, adding tests 11 and 12, to make it
776        possible to check the Perl 5.10 features against Perl 5.10.
777    
778    24. Perl 5.10 allows subroutine calls in lookbehinds, as long as the subroutine
779        pattern matches a fixed length string. PCRE did not allow this; now it
780        does. Neither allows recursion.
781    
782    25. I finally figured out how to implement a request to provide the minimum
783        length of subject string that was needed in order to match a given pattern.
784        (It was back references and recursion that I had previously got hung up
785        on.) This code has now been added to pcre_study(); it finds a lower bound
786        to the length of subject needed. It is not necessarily the greatest lower
787        bound, but using it to avoid searching strings that are too short does give
788        some useful speed-ups. The value is available to calling programs via
789        pcre_fullinfo().
790    
791    26. While implementing 25, I discovered to my embarrassment that pcretest had
792        not been passing the result of pcre_study() to pcre_dfa_exec(), so the
793        study optimizations had never been tested with that matching function.
794        Oops. What is worse, even when it was passed study data, there was a bug in
795        pcre_dfa_exec() that meant it never actually used it. Double oops. There
796        were also very few tests of studied patterns with pcre_dfa_exec().
797    
798    27. If (?| is used to create subpatterns with duplicate numbers, they are now
799        allowed to have the same name, even if PCRE_DUPNAMES is not set. However,
800        on the other side of the coin, they are no longer allowed to have different
801        names, because these cannot be distinguished in PCRE, and this has caused
802        confusion. (This is a difference from Perl.)
803    
804    28. When duplicate subpattern names are present (necessarily with different
805        numbers, as required by 27 above), and a test is made by name in a
806        conditional pattern, either for a subpattern having been matched, or for
807        recursion in such a pattern, all the associated numbered subpatterns are
808        tested, and the overall condition is true if the condition is true for any
809        one of them. This is the way Perl works, and is also more like the way
810        testing by number works.
811    
812    
813    Version 7.9 11-Apr-09
814    ---------------------
815    
816    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
817        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
818        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
819        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
820        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
821        pcretest is linked with readline.
822    
823    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
824        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
825        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
826        but BOOL is not.
827    
828    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
829        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
830    
831    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
832        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
833        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
834        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
835    
836    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
837        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
838        the same.
839    
840    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
841        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
842        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
843    
844    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
845        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
846        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
847        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
848    
849    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
850        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
851        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
852        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
853    
854    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
855        condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
856        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
857    
858    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
859        used for matching.
860    
861    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
862        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
863    
864    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
865    
866    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
867    
868    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
869    
870    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
871        wrapper.
872    
873    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
874        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
875        string constants.
876    
877    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
878        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
879        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
880        these, but not everybody uses configure.
881    
882    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
883        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
884        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
885        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
886        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
887        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
888    
889    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
890        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
891    
892    21. If PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT occurred during a recursion, there was a memory
893        leak if the size of the offset vector was greater than 30. When the vector
894        is smaller, the saved offsets during recursion go onto a local stack
895        vector, but for larger vectors malloc() is used. It was failing to free
896        when the recursion yielded PCRE_ERROR_MATCH_LIMIT (or any other "abnormal"
897        error, in fact).
898    
899    22. There was a missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 round one of the variables in the
900        heapframe that is used only when UTF-8 support is enabled. This caused no
901        problem, but was untidy.
902    
903    23. Steven Van Ingelgem's patch to CMakeLists.txt to change the name
904        CMAKE_BINARY_DIR to PROJECT_BINARY_DIR so that it works when PCRE is
905        included within another project.
906    
907    24. Steven Van Ingelgem's patches to add more options to the CMake support,
908        slightly modified by me:
909    
910          (a) PCRE_BUILD_TESTS can be set OFF not to build the tests, including
911              not building pcregrep.
912    
913          (b) PCRE_BUILD_PCREGREP can be see OFF not to build pcregrep, but only
914              if PCRE_BUILD_TESTS is also set OFF, because the tests use pcregrep.
915    
916    25. Forward references, both numeric and by name, in patterns that made use of
917        duplicate group numbers, could behave incorrectly or give incorrect errors,
918        because when scanning forward to find the reference group, PCRE was not
919        taking into account the duplicate group numbers. A pattern such as
920        ^X(?3)(a)(?|(b)|(q))(Y) is an example.
921    
922    26. Changed a few more instances of "const unsigned char *" to USPTR, making
923        the feature of a custom pointer more persuasive (as requested by a user).
924    
925    27. Wrapped the definitions of fileno and isatty for Windows, which appear in
926        pcretest.c, inside #ifndefs, because it seems they are sometimes already
927        pre-defined.
928    
929    28. Added support for (*UTF8) at the start of a pattern.
930    
931    29. Arrange for flags added by the "release type" setting in CMake to be shown
932        in the configuration summary.
933    
934    
935    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
936  ---------------------  ---------------------
937    
938  1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad  1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
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962    
963  7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two  7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
964      pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.      pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
965    
966  8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to  8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
967      test 2 if it fails.      test 2 if it fails.
968    
969  9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,  9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
970      and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to      and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
971      allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.      allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
972    
973  10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from  10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
974      the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.      the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
975    
976  11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives  11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
977      could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in      could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
978      some environments:      some environments:
979    
980        printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest        printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
981    
982      This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.      This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
983    
984  12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately  12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
985      after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and      after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
986      pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was      pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
987      no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified      no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
988      pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.      pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
989    
990  13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_  13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
991      exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.      exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
992    
993  14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and  14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
994      the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its      the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
995      first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.      first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
996    
997  15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,  15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
998      /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".      /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
   
 16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.  
999    
1000  17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from  16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
1001    
1002    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
1003      pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.      pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
1004    
1005    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
1006    
1007    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
1008        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
1009        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
1010        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
1011    
1012    
1013  Version 7.7 07-May-08  Version 7.7 07-May-08
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