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4    Version 3.5 15-Aug-01
5    ---------------------
7    1. Added some missing #if !defined NOPOSIX conditionals in pcretest.c that
8    had been forgotten.
10    2. By using declared but undefined structures, we can avoid using "void"
11    definitions in pcre.h while keeping the internal definitions of the structures
12    private.
14    3. The distribution is now built using autoconf 2.50 and libtool 1.4. From a
15    user point of view, this means that both static and shared libraries are built
16    by default, but this can be individually controlled. More of the work of
17    handling this static/shared cases is now inside libtool instead of PCRE's make
18    file.
20    4. The pcretest utility is now installed along with pcregrep because it is
21    useful for users (to test regexs) and by doing this, it automatically gets
22    relinked by libtool. The documentation has been turned into a man page, so
23    there are now .1, .txt, and .html versions in /doc.
25    5. Upgrades to pcregrep:
26       (i)   Added long-form option names like gnu grep.
27       (ii)  Added --help to list all options with an explanatory phrase.
28       (iii) Added -r, --recursive to recurse into sub-directories.
29       (iv)  Added -f, --file to read patterns from a file.
31    6. pcre_exec() was referring to its "code" argument before testing that
32    argument for NULL (and giving an error if it was NULL).
34    7. Upgraded Makefile.in to allow for compiling in a different directory from
35    the source directory.
37    8. Tiny buglet in pcretest: when pcre_fullinfo() was called to retrieve the
38    options bits, the pointer it was passed was to an int instead of to an unsigned
39    long int. This mattered only on 64-bit systems.
41    9. Fixed typo (3.4/1) in pcre.h again. Sigh. I had changed pcre.h (which is
42    generated) instead of pcre.in, which it its source. Also made the same change
43    in several of the .c files.
45    10. A new release of gcc defines printf() as a macro, which broke pcretest
46    because it had an ifdef in the middle of a string argument for printf(). Fixed
47    by using separate calls to printf().
49    11. Added --enable-newline-is-cr and --enable-newline-is-lf to the configure
50    script, to force use of CR or LF instead of \n in the source. On non-Unix
51    systems, the value can be set in config.h.
53    12. The limit of 200 on non-capturing parentheses is a _nesting_ limit, not an
54    absolute limit. Changed the text of the error message to make this clear, and
55    likewise updated the man page.
57    13. The limit of 99 on the number of capturing subpatterns has been removed.
58    The new limit is 65535, which I hope will not be a "real" limit.
61    Version 3.4 22-Aug-00
62    ---------------------
64    1. Fixed typo in pcre.h: unsigned const char * changed to const unsigned char *.
66    2. Diagnose condition (?(0) as an error instead of crashing on matching.
69    Version 3.3 01-Aug-00
70    ---------------------
72    1. If an octal character was given, but the value was greater than \377, it
73    was not getting masked to the least significant bits, as documented. This could
74    lead to crashes in some systems.
76    2. Perl 5.6 (if not earlier versions) accepts classes like [a-\d] and treats
77    the hyphen as a literal. PCRE used to give an error; it now behaves like Perl.
79    3. Added the functions pcre_free_substring() and pcre_free_substring_list().
80    These just pass their arguments on to (pcre_free)(), but they are provided
81    because some uses of PCRE bind it to non-C systems that can call its functions,
82    but cannot call free() or pcre_free() directly.
84    4. Add "make test" as a synonym for "make check". Corrected some comments in
85    the Makefile.
87    5. Add $(DESTDIR)/ in front of all the paths in the "install" target in the
88    Makefile.
90    6. Changed the name of pgrep to pcregrep, because Solaris has introduced a
91    command called pgrep for grepping around the active processes.
93    7. Added the beginnings of support for UTF-8 character strings.
95    8. Arranged for the Makefile to pass over the settings of CC, CFLAGS, and
96    RANLIB to ./ltconfig so that they are used by libtool. I think these are all
97    the relevant ones. (AR is not passed because ./ltconfig does its own figuring
98    out for the ar command.)
101    Version 3.2 12-May-00
102    ---------------------
104    This is purely a bug fixing release.
106    1. If the pattern /((Z)+|A)*/ was matched agained ZABCDEFG it matched Z instead
107    of ZA. This was just one example of several cases that could provoke this bug,
108    which was introduced by change 9 of version 2.00. The code for breaking
109    infinite loops after an iteration that matches an empty string was't working
110    correctly.
112    2. The pcretest program was not imitating Perl correctly for the pattern /a*/g
113    when matched against abbab (for example). After matching an empty string, it
114    wasn't forcing anchoring when setting PCRE_NOTEMPTY for the next attempt; this
115    caused it to match further down the string than it should.
117    3. The code contained an inclusion of sys/types.h. It isn't clear why this
118    was there because it doesn't seem to be needed, and it causes trouble on some
119    systems, as it is not a Standard C header. It has been removed.
121    4. Made 4 silly changes to the source to avoid stupid compiler warnings that
122    were reported on the Macintosh. The changes were from
124      while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n');
125    to
126      while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n') ;
128    Totally extraordinary, but if that's what it takes...
130    5. PCRE is being used in one environment where neither memmove() nor bcopy() is
131    available. Added HAVE_BCOPY and an autoconf test for it; if neither
132    HAVE_MEMMOVE nor HAVE_BCOPY is set, use a built-in emulation function which
133    assumes the way PCRE uses memmove() (always moving upwards).
135    6. PCRE is being used in one environment where strchr() is not available. There
136    was only one use in pcre.c, and writing it out to avoid strchr() probably gives
137    faster code anyway.
140    Version 3.1 09-Feb-00
141    ---------------------
143    The only change in this release is the fixing of some bugs in Makefile.in for
144    the "install" target:
146    (1) It was failing to install pcreposix.h.
148    (2) It was overwriting the pcre.3 man page with the pcreposix.3 man page.
151    Version 3.0 01-Feb-00
152    ---------------------
154    1. Add support for the /+ modifier to perltest (to output $` like it does in
155    pcretest).
157    2. Add support for the /g modifier to perltest.
159    3. Fix pcretest so that it behaves even more like Perl for /g when the pattern
160    matches null strings.
162    4. Fix perltest so that it doesn't do unwanted things when fed an empty
163    pattern. Perl treats empty patterns specially - it reuses the most recent
164    pattern, which is not what we want. Replace // by /(?#)/ in order to avoid this
165    effect.
167    5. The POSIX interface was broken in that it was just handing over the POSIX
168    captured string vector to pcre_exec(), but (since release 2.00) PCRE has
169    required a bigger vector, with some working space on the end. This means that
170    the POSIX wrapper now has to get and free some memory, and copy the results.
172    6. Added some simple autoconf support, placing the test data and the
173    documentation in separate directories, re-organizing some of the
174    information files, and making it build pcre-config (a GNU standard). Also added
175    libtool support for building PCRE as a shared library, which is now the
176    default.
178    7. Got rid of the leading zero in the definition of PCRE_MINOR because 08 and
179    09 are not valid octal constants. Single digits will be used for minor values
180    less than 10.
182    8. Defined REG_EXTENDED and REG_NOSUB as zero in the POSIX header, so that
183    existing programs that set these in the POSIX interface can use PCRE without
184    modification.
186    9. Added a new function, pcre_fullinfo() with an extensible interface. It can
187    return all that pcre_info() returns, plus additional data. The pcre_info()
188    function is retained for compatibility, but is considered to be obsolete.
190    10. Added experimental recursion feature (?R) to handle one common case that
191    Perl 5.6 will be able to do with (?p{...}).
193    11. Added support for POSIX character classes like [:alpha:], which Perl is
194    adopting.
197    Version 2.08 31-Aug-99
198    ----------------------
200    1. When startoffset was not zero and the pattern began with ".*", PCRE was not
201    trying to match at the startoffset position, but instead was moving forward to
202    the next newline as if a previous match had failed.
204    2. pcretest was not making use of PCRE_NOTEMPTY when repeating for /g and /G,
205    and could get into a loop if a null string was matched other than at the start
206    of the subject.
208    3. Added definitions of PCRE_MAJOR and PCRE_MINOR to pcre.h so the version can
209    be distinguished at compile time, and for completeness also added PCRE_DATE.
211    5. Added Paul Sokolovsky's minor changes to make it easy to compile a Win32 DLL
212    in GnuWin32 environments.
215    Version 2.07 29-Jul-99
216    ----------------------
218    1. The documentation is now supplied in plain text form and HTML as well as in
219    the form of man page sources.
221    2. C++ compilers don't like assigning (void *) values to other pointer types.
222    In particular this affects malloc(). Although there is no problem in Standard
223    C, I've put in casts to keep C++ compilers happy.
225    3. Typo on pcretest.c; a cast of (unsigned char *) in the POSIX regexec() call
226    should be (const char *).
228    4. If NOPOSIX is defined, pcretest.c compiles without POSIX support. This may
229    be useful for non-Unix systems who don't want to bother with the POSIX stuff.
230    However, I haven't made this a standard facility. The documentation doesn't
231    mention it, and the Makefile doesn't support it.
233    5. The Makefile now contains an "install" target, with editable destinations at
234    the top of the file. The pcretest program is not installed.
236    6. pgrep -V now gives the PCRE version number and date.
238    7. Fixed bug: a zero repetition after a literal string (e.g. /abcde{0}/) was
239    causing the entire string to be ignored, instead of just the last character.
241    8. If a pattern like /"([^\\"]+|\\.)*"/ is applied in the normal way to a
242    non-matching string, it can take a very, very long time, even for strings of
243    quite modest length, because of the nested recursion. PCRE now does better in
244    some of these cases. It does this by remembering the last required literal
245    character in the pattern, and pre-searching the subject to ensure it is present
246    before running the real match. In other words, it applies a heuristic to detect
247    some types of certain failure quickly, and in the above example, if presented
248    with a string that has no trailing " it gives "no match" very quickly.
250    9. A new runtime option PCRE_NOTEMPTY causes null string matches to be ignored;
251    other alternatives are tried instead.
254    Version 2.06 09-Jun-99
255    ----------------------
257    1. Change pcretest's output for amount of store used to show just the code
258    space, because the remainder (the data block) varies in size between 32-bit and
259    64-bit systems.
261    2. Added an extra argument to pcre_exec() to supply an offset in the subject to
262    start matching at. This allows lookbehinds to work when searching for multiple
263    occurrences in a string.
265    3. Added additional options to pcretest for testing multiple occurrences:
267       /+   outputs the rest of the string that follows a match
268       /g   loops for multiple occurrences, using the new startoffset argument
269       /G   loops for multiple occurrences by passing an incremented pointer
271    4. PCRE wasn't doing the "first character" optimization for patterns starting
272    with \b or \B, though it was doing it for other lookbehind assertions. That is,
273    it wasn't noticing that a match for a pattern such as /\bxyz/ has to start with
274    the letter 'x'. On long subject strings, this gives a significant speed-up.
277    Version 2.05 21-Apr-99
278    ----------------------
280    1. Changed the type of magic_number from int to long int so that it works
281    properly on 16-bit systems.
283    2. Fixed a bug which caused patterns starting with .* not to work correctly
284    when the subject string contained newline characters. PCRE was assuming
285    anchoring for such patterns in all cases, which is not correct because .* will
286    not pass a newline unless PCRE_DOTALL is set. It now assumes anchoring only if
287    DOTALL is set at top level; otherwise it knows that patterns starting with .*
288    must be retried after every newline in the subject.
291    Version 2.04 18-Feb-99
292    ----------------------
294    1. For parenthesized subpatterns with repeats whose minimum was zero, the
295    computation of the store needed to hold the pattern was incorrect (too large).
296    If such patterns were nested a few deep, this could multiply and become a real
297    problem.
299    2. Added /M option to pcretest to show the memory requirement of a specific
300    pattern. Made -m a synonym of -s (which does this globally) for compatibility.
302    3. Subpatterns of the form (regex){n,m} (i.e. limited maximum) were being
303    compiled in such a way that the backtracking after subsequent failure was
304    pessimal. Something like (a){0,3} was compiled as (a)?(a)?(a)? instead of
305    ((a)((a)(a)?)?)? with disastrous performance if the maximum was of any size.
308    Version 2.03 02-Feb-99
309    ----------------------
311    1. Fixed typo and small mistake in man page.
313    2. Added 4th condition (GPL supersedes if conflict) and created separate
314    LICENCE file containing the conditions.
316    3. Updated pcretest so that patterns such as /abc\/def/ work like they do in
317    Perl, that is the internal \ allows the delimiter to be included in the
318    pattern. Locked out the use of \ as a delimiter. If \ immediately follows
319    the final delimiter, add \ to the end of the pattern (to test the error).
321    4. Added the convenience functions for extracting substrings after a successful
322    match. Updated pcretest to make it able to test these functions.
325    Version 2.02 14-Jan-99
326    ----------------------
328    1. Initialized the working variables associated with each extraction so that
329    their saving and restoring doesn't refer to uninitialized store.
331    2. Put dummy code into study.c in order to trick the optimizer of the IBM C
332    compiler for OS/2 into generating correct code. Apparently IBM isn't going to
333    fix the problem.
335    3. Pcretest: the timing code wasn't using LOOPREPEAT for timing execution
336    calls, and wasn't printing the correct value for compiling calls. Increased the
337    default value of LOOPREPEAT, and the number of significant figures in the
338    times.
340    4. Changed "/bin/rm" in the Makefile to "-rm" so it works on Windows NT.
342    5. Renamed "deftables" as "dftables" to get it down to 8 characters, to avoid
343    a building problem on Windows NT with a FAT file system.
346    Version 2.01 21-Oct-98
347    ----------------------
349    1. Changed the API for pcre_compile() to allow for the provision of a pointer
350    to character tables built by pcre_maketables() in the current locale. If NULL
351    is passed, the default tables are used.
354    Version 2.00 24-Sep-98
355    ----------------------
357    1. Since the (>?) facility is in Perl 5.005, don't require PCRE_EXTRA to enable
358    it any more.
360    2. Allow quantification of (?>) groups, and make it work correctly.
362    3. The first character computation wasn't working for (?>) groups.
364    4. Correct the implementation of \Z (it is permitted to match on the \n at the
365    end of the subject) and add 5.005's \z, which really does match only at the
366    very end of the subject.
368    5. Remove the \X "cut" facility; Perl doesn't have it, and (?> is neater.
370    6. Remove the ability to specify CASELESS, MULTILINE, DOTALL, and
371    DOLLAR_END_ONLY at runtime, to make it possible to implement the Perl 5.005
372    localized options. All options to pcre_study() were also removed.
374    7. Add other new features from 5.005:
376       $(?<=           positive lookbehind
377       $(?<!           negative lookbehind
378       (?imsx-imsx)    added the unsetting capability
379                       such a setting is global if at outer level; local otherwise
380       (?imsx-imsx:)   non-capturing groups with option setting
381       (?(cond)re|re)  conditional pattern matching
383       A backreference to itself in a repeated group matches the previous
384       captured string.
386    8. General tidying up of studying (both automatic and via "study")
387    consequential on the addition of new assertions.
389    9. As in 5.005, unlimited repeated groups that could match an empty substring
390    are no longer faulted at compile time. Instead, the loop is forcibly broken at
391    runtime if any iteration does actually match an empty substring.
393    10. Include the RunTest script in the distribution.
395    11. Added tests from the Perl 5.005_02 distribution. This showed up a few
396    discrepancies, some of which were old and were also with respect to 5.004. They
397    have now been fixed.
400    Version 1.09 28-Apr-98
401    ----------------------
403    1. A negated single character class followed by a quantifier with a minimum
404    value of one (e.g.  [^x]{1,6}  ) was not compiled correctly. This could lead to
405    program crashes, or just wrong answers. This did not apply to negated classes
406    containing more than one character, or to minima other than one.
409    Version 1.08 27-Mar-98
410    ----------------------
412    1. Add PCRE_UNGREEDY to invert the greediness of quantifiers.
414    2. Add (?U) and (?X) to set PCRE_UNGREEDY and PCRE_EXTRA respectively. The
415    latter must appear before anything that relies on it in the pattern.
418    Version 1.07 16-Feb-98
419    ----------------------
421    1. A pattern such as /((a)*)*/ was not being diagnosed as in error (unlimited
422    repeat of a potentially empty string).
425    Version 1.06 23-Jan-98
426    ----------------------
428    1. Added Markus Oberhumer's little patches for C++.
430    2. Literal strings longer than 255 characters were broken.
433    Version 1.05 23-Dec-97
434    ----------------------
436    1. Negated character classes containing more than one character were failing if
437    PCRE_CASELESS was set at run time.
440  Version 1.04 19-Dec-97  Version 1.04 19-Dec-97
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