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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4    Version 7.1 05-Mar-07
5    ---------------------
6    
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.
9    
10    
11    Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
12    ---------------------
13    
14     1. Fixed a signed/unsigned compiler warning in pcre_compile.c, shown up by
15        moving to gcc 4.1.1.
16    
17     2. The -S option for pcretest uses setrlimit(); I had omitted to #include
18        sys/time.h, which is documented as needed for this function. It doesn't
19        seem to matter on Linux, but it showed up on some releases of OS X.
20    
21     3. It seems that there are systems where bytes whose values are greater than
22        127 match isprint() in the "C" locale. The "C" locale should be the
23        default when a C program starts up. In most systems, only ASCII printing
24        characters match isprint(). This difference caused the output from pcretest
25        to vary, making some of the tests fail. I have changed pcretest so that:
26    
27        (a) When it is outputting text in the compiled version of a pattern, bytes
28            other than 32-126 are always shown as hex escapes.
29    
30        (b) When it is outputting text that is a matched part of a subject string,
31            it does the same, unless a different locale has been set for the match
32            (using the /L modifier). In this case, it uses isprint() to decide.
33    
34     4. Fixed a major bug that caused incorrect computation of the amount of memory
35        required for a compiled pattern when options that changed within the
36        pattern affected the logic of the preliminary scan that determines the
37        length. The relevant options are -x, and -i in UTF-8 mode. The result was
38        that the computed length was too small. The symptoms of this bug were
39        either the PCRE error "internal error: code overflow" from pcre_compile(),
40        or a glibc crash with a message such as "pcretest: free(): invalid next
41        size (fast)". Examples of patterns that provoked this bug (shown in
42        pcretest format) are:
43    
44          /(?-x: )/x
45          /(?x)(?-x: \s*#\s*)/
46          /((?i)[\x{c0}])/8
47          /(?i:[\x{c0}])/8
48    
49        HOWEVER: Change 17 below makes this fix obsolete as the memory computation
50        is now done differently.
51    
52     5. Applied patches from Google to: (a) add a QuoteMeta function to the C++
53        wrapper classes; (b) implement a new function in the C++ scanner that is
54        more efficient than the old way of doing things because it avoids levels of
55        recursion in the regex matching; (c) add a paragraph to the documentation
56        for the FullMatch() function.
57    
58     6. The escape sequence \n was being treated as whatever was defined as
59        "newline". Not only was this contrary to the documentation, which states
60        that \n is character 10 (hex 0A), but it also went horribly wrong when
61        "newline" was defined as CRLF. This has been fixed.
62    
63     7. In pcre_dfa_exec.c the value of an unsigned integer (the variable called c)
64        was being set to -1 for the "end of line" case (supposedly a value that no
65        character can have). Though this value is never used (the check for end of
66        line is "zero bytes in current character"), it caused compiler complaints.
67        I've changed it to 0xffffffff.
68    
69     8. In pcre_version.c, the version string was being built by a sequence of
70        C macros that, in the event of PCRE_PRERELEASE being defined as an empty
71        string (as it is for production releases) called a macro with an empty
72        argument. The C standard says the result of this is undefined. The gcc
73        compiler treats it as an empty string (which was what was wanted) but it is
74        reported that Visual C gives an error. The source has been hacked around to
75        avoid this problem.
76    
77     9. On the advice of a Windows user, included <io.h> and <fcntl.h> in Windows
78        builds of pcretest, and changed the call to _setmode() to use _O_BINARY
79        instead of 0x8000. Made all the #ifdefs test both _WIN32 and WIN32 (not all
80        of them did).
81    
82    10. Originally, pcretest opened its input and output without "b"; then I was
83        told that "b" was needed in some environments, so it was added for release
84        5.0 to both the input and output. (It makes no difference on Unix-like
85        systems.) Later I was told that it is wrong for the input on Windows. I've
86        now abstracted the modes into two macros, to make it easier to fiddle with
87        them, and removed "b" from the input mode under Windows.
88    
89    11. Added pkgconfig support for the C++ wrapper library, libpcrecpp.
90    
91    12. Added -help and --help to pcretest as an official way of being reminded
92        of the options.
93    
94    13. Removed some redundant semicolons after macro calls in pcrecpparg.h.in
95        and pcrecpp.cc because they annoy compilers at high warning levels.
96    
97    14. A bit of tidying/refactoring in pcre_exec.c in the main bumpalong loop.
98    
99    15. Fixed an occurrence of == in configure.ac that should have been = (shell
100        scripts are not C programs :-) and which was not noticed because it works
101        on Linux.
102    
103    16. pcretest is supposed to handle any length of pattern and data line (as one
104        line or as a continued sequence of lines) by extending its input buffer if
105        necessary. This feature was broken for very long pattern lines, leading to
106        a string of junk being passed to pcre_compile() if the pattern was longer
107        than about 50K.
108    
109    17. I have done a major re-factoring of the way pcre_compile() computes the
110        amount of memory needed for a compiled pattern. Previously, there was code
111        that made a preliminary scan of the pattern in order to do this. That was
112        OK when PCRE was new, but as the facilities have expanded, it has become
113        harder and harder to keep it in step with the real compile phase, and there
114        have been a number of bugs (see for example, 4 above). I have now found a
115        cunning way of running the real compile function in a "fake" mode that
116        enables it to compute how much memory it would need, while actually only
117        ever using a few hundred bytes of working memory and without too many
118        tests of the mode. This should make future maintenance and development
119        easier. A side effect of this work is that the limit of 200 on the nesting
120        depth of parentheses has been removed (though this was never a serious
121        limitation, I suspect). However, there is a downside: pcre_compile() now
122        runs more slowly than before (30% or more, depending on the pattern). I
123        hope this isn't a big issue. There is no effect on runtime performance.
124    
125    18. Fixed a minor bug in pcretest: if a pattern line was not terminated by a
126        newline (only possible for the last line of a file) and it was a
127        pattern that set a locale (followed by /Lsomething), pcretest crashed.
128    
129    19. Added additional timing features to pcretest. (1) The -tm option now times
130        matching only, not compiling. (2) Both -t and -tm can be followed, as a
131        separate command line item, by a number that specifies the number of
132        repeats to use when timing. The default is 50000; this gives better
133        precision, but takes uncomfortably long for very large patterns.
134    
135    20. Extended pcre_study() to be more clever in cases where a branch of a
136        subpattern has no definite first character. For example, (a*|b*)[cd] would
137        previously give no result from pcre_study(). Now it recognizes that the
138        first character must be a, b, c, or d.
139    
140    21. There was an incorrect error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" if
141        a subpattern (or the entire pattern) that was being tested for matching an
142        empty string contained only one non-empty item after a nested subpattern.
143        For example, the pattern (?>\x{100}*)\d(?R) provoked this error
144        incorrectly, because the \d was being skipped in the check.
145    
146    22. The pcretest program now has a new pattern option /B and a command line
147        option -b, which is equivalent to adding /B to every pattern. This causes
148        it to show the compiled bytecode, without the additional information that
149        -d shows. The effect of -d is now the same as -b with -i (and similarly, /D
150        is the same as /B/I).
151    
152    23. A new optimization is now able automatically to treat some sequences such
153        as a*b as a*+b. More specifically, if something simple (such as a character
154        or a simple class like \d) has an unlimited quantifier, and is followed by
155        something that cannot possibly match the quantified thing, the quantifier
156        is automatically "possessified".
157    
158    24. A recursive reference to a subpattern whose number was greater than 39
159        went wrong under certain circumstances in UTF-8 mode. This bug could also
160        have affected the operation of pcre_study().
161    
162    25. Realized that a little bit of performance could be had by replacing
163        (c & 0xc0) == 0xc0 with c >= 0xc0 when processing UTF-8 characters.
164    
165    26. Timing data from pcretest is now shown to 4 decimal places instead of 3.
166    
167    27. Possessive quantifiers such as a++ were previously implemented by turning
168        them into atomic groups such as ($>a+). Now they have their own opcodes,
169        which improves performance. This includes the automatically created ones
170        from 23 above.
171    
172    28. A pattern such as (?=(\w+))\1: which simulates an atomic group using a
173        lookahead was broken if it was not anchored. PCRE was mistakenly expecting
174        the first matched character to be a colon. This applied both to named and
175        numbered groups.
176    
177    29. The ucpinternal.h header file was missing its idempotency #ifdef.
178    
179    30. I was sent a "project" file called libpcre.a.dev which I understand makes
180        building PCRE on Windows easier, so I have included it in the distribution.
181    
182    31. There is now a check in pcretest against a ridiculously large number being
183        returned by pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). If this happens in a /g or /G
184        loop, the loop is abandoned.
185    
186    32. Forward references to subpatterns in conditions such as (?(2)...) where
187        subpattern 2 is defined later cause pcre_compile() to search forwards in
188        the pattern for the relevant set of parentheses. This search went wrong
189        when there were unescaped parentheses in a character class, parentheses
190        escaped with \Q...\E, or parentheses in a #-comment in /x mode.
191    
192    33. "Subroutine" calls and backreferences were previously restricted to
193        referencing subpatterns earlier in the regex. This restriction has now
194        been removed.
195    
196    34. Added a number of extra features that are going to be in Perl 5.10. On the
197        whole, these are just syntactic alternatives for features that PCRE had
198        previously implemented using the Python syntax or my own invention. The
199        other formats are all retained for compatibility.
200    
201        (a) Named groups can now be defined as (?<name>...) or (?'name'...) as well
202            as (?P<name>...). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are
203            also .NET compatible.
204    
205        (b) A recursion or subroutine call to a named group can now be defined as
206            (?&name) as well as (?P>name).
207    
208        (c) A backreference to a named group can now be defined as \k<name> or
209            \k'name' as well as (?P=name). The new forms, as well as being in Perl
210            5.10, are also .NET compatible.
211    
212        (d) A conditional reference to a named group can now use the syntax
213            (?(<name>) or (?('name') as well as (?(name).
214    
215        (e) A "conditional group" of the form (?(DEFINE)...) can be used to define
216            groups (named and numbered) that are never evaluated inline, but can be
217            called as "subroutines" from elsewhere. In effect, the DEFINE condition
218            is always false. There may be only one alternative in such a group.
219    
220        (f) A test for recursion can be given as (?(R1).. or (?(R&name)... as well
221            as the simple (?(R). The condition is true only if the most recent
222            recursion is that of the given number or name. It does not search out
223            through the entire recursion stack.
224    
225        (g) The escape \gN or \g{N} has been added, where N is a positive or
226            negative number, specifying an absolute or relative reference.
227    
228    35. Tidied to get rid of some further signed/unsigned compiler warnings and
229        some "unreachable code" warnings.
230    
231    36. Updated the Unicode property tables to Unicode version 5.0.0. Amongst other
232        things, this adds five new scripts.
233    
234    37. Perl ignores orphaned \E escapes completely. PCRE now does the same.
235        There were also incompatibilities regarding the handling of \Q..\E inside
236        character classes, for example with patterns like [\Qa\E-\Qz\E] where the
237        hyphen was adjacent to \Q or \E. I hope I've cleared all this up now.
238    
239    38. Like Perl, PCRE detects when an indefinitely repeated parenthesized group
240        matches an empty string, and forcibly breaks the loop. There were bugs in
241        this code in non-simple cases. For a pattern such as  ^(a()*)*  matched
242        against  aaaa  the result was just "a" rather than "aaaa", for example. Two
243        separate and independent bugs (that affected different cases) have been
244        fixed.
245    
246    39. Refactored the code to abolish the use of different opcodes for small
247        capturing bracket numbers. This is a tidy that I avoided doing when I
248        removed the limit on the number of capturing brackets for 3.5 back in 2001.
249        The new approach is not only tidier, it makes it possible to reduce the
250        memory needed to fix the previous bug (38).
251    
252    40. Implemented PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY to recognize any of the Unicode newline
253        sequences (http://unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr18/) as "newline" when
254        processing dot, circumflex, or dollar metacharacters, or #-comments in /x
255        mode.
256    
257    41. Add \R to match any Unicode newline sequence, as suggested in the Unicode
258        report.
259    
260    42. Applied patch, originally from Ari Pollak, modified by Google, to allow
261        copy construction and assignment in the C++ wrapper.
262    
263    43. Updated pcregrep to support "--newline=any". In the process, I fixed a
264        couple of bugs that could have given wrong results in the "--newline=crlf"
265        case.
266    
267    44. Added a number of casts and did some reorganization of signed/unsigned int
268        variables following suggestions from Dair Grant. Also renamed the variable
269        "this" as "item" because it is a C++ keyword.
270    
271    45. Arranged for dftables to add
272    
273          #include "pcre_internal.h"
274    
275        to pcre_chartables.c because without it, gcc 4.x may remove the array
276        definition from the final binary if PCRE is built into a static library and
277        dead code stripping is activated.
278    
279    46. For an unanchored pattern, if a match attempt fails at the start of a
280        newline sequence, and the newline setting is CRLF or ANY, and the next two
281        characters are CRLF, advance by two characters instead of one.
282    
283    
284  Version 6.7 04-Jul-06  Version 6.7 04-Jul-06
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