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1 ChangeLog for PCRE
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4 Version 7.1 05-Mar-07
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7 1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one
8 that is more "standard", making use of automake and other autotools. There
9 is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent
10 on this.
12 2. Part of the patch fixed a problem with the pcregrep tests. The test of -r
13 for recursive directory scanning broke on some systems because the files
14 are not scanned in any specific order and on different systems the order
15 was different. A call to "sort" has been inserted into RunGrepTest for the
16 approprate test as a short-term fix. In the longer term there may be an
17 alternative.
19 3. I had an email from Eric Raymond about problems translating some of PCRE's
20 man pages to HTML (despite the fact that I distribute HTML pages, some
21 people do their own conversions for various reasons). The problems
22 concerned the use of low-level troff macros .br and .in. I have therefore
23 removed all such uses from the man pages (some were redundant, some could
24 be replaced by .nf/.fi pairs). The 132html script that I use to generate
25 HTML has been updated to handle .nf/.fi and to complain if it encounters
26 .br or .in.
28 4. Updated comments in configure.ac that get placed in config.h.in and also
29 arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, with the name
30 config.h.generic, for the benefit of those who have to compile without
31 Autotools (compare pcre.h, which is now distributed as pcre.h.generic).
33 5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan
34 Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated
35 makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files !compile.txt,
36 !linklib.txt, and pcregexp.pas.
38 6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out
39 to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his
40 copy. The trailing space was an accident, so I've just removed it.
42 7. Add -Wl,-R... flags in pcre-config.in for *BSD* systems, as I'm told
43 that is needed.
45 8. Mark ucp_table (in ucptable.h) and ucp_gentype (in pcre_ucp_searchfuncs.c)
46 as "const" (a) because they are and (b) because it helps the PHP
47 maintainers who have recently made a script to detect big data structures
48 in the php code that should be moved to the .rodata section. I remembered
49 to update Builducptable as well, so it won't revert if ucptable.h is ever
50 re-created.
52 9. Added some extra #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 conditionals into pcretest.c,
53 pcre_printint.src, pcre_compile.c, pcre_study.c, and pcre_tables.c, in
54 order to be able to cut out the UTF-8 tables in the latter when UTF-8
55 support is not required. This saves 1.5-2K of code, which is important in
56 some applications.
58 Later: more #ifdefs are needed in pcre_ord2utf8.c and pcre_valid_utf8.c
59 so as not to refer to the tables, even though these functions will never be
60 called when UTF-8 support is disabled. Otherwise there are problems with a
61 shared library.
63 10. The emulated memmove() function in pcre_internal.h (provided for those
64 environments that have neither memmove() nor bcopy()) was defining its
65 arguments as char * instead of void *.
67 11. The script PrepareRelease is now distributed: it calls 132html, CleanTxt,
68 and Detrail to create the HTML documentation, the .txt form of the man
69 pages, and it removes trailing spaces from listed files. It also creates
70 pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic from pcre.h and config.h. In the latter
71 case, it wraps all the #defines with #ifndefs. This script should be run
72 before "make dist".
74 12. Fixed two fairly obscure bugs concerned with quantified caseless matching
75 with Unicode property support.
77 (a) For a maximizing quantifier, if the two different cases of the
78 character were of different lengths in their UTF-8 codings (there are
79 some cases like this - I found 11), and the matching function had to
80 back up over a mixture of the two cases, it incorrectly assumed they
81 were both the same length.
83 (b) When PCRE was configured to use the heap rather than the stack for
84 recursion during matching, it was not correctly preserving the data for
85 the other case of a UTF-8 character when checking ahead for a match
86 while processing a minimizing repeat. If the check also involved
87 matching a wide character, but failed, corruption could cause an
88 erroneous result when trying to check for a repeat of the original
89 character.
91 13. Some tidying changes to the testing mechanism:
93 (a) The RunTest script now detects the internal link size and whether there
94 is UTF-8 and UCP support by running ./pcretest -C instead of relying on
95 values substituted by "configure". (The RunGrepTest script already did
96 this for UTF-8.) The configure.ac script no longer substitutes the
97 relevant variables.
99 (b) The debugging options /B and /D in pcretest show the compiled bytecode
100 with length and offset values. This means that the output is different
101 for different internal link sizes. Test 2 is skipped for link sizes
102 other than 2 because of this, bypassing the problem. Unfortunately,
103 there was also a test in test 3 (the locale tests) that used /B and
104 failed for link sizes other than 2. Rather than cut the whole test out,
105 I have added a new /Z option to pcretest that replaces the length and
106 offset values with spaces. This is now used to make test 3 independent
107 of link size.
110 Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
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113 1. Fixed a signed/unsigned compiler warning in pcre_compile.c, shown up by
114 moving to gcc 4.1.1.
116 2. The -S option for pcretest uses setrlimit(); I had omitted to #include
117 sys/time.h, which is documented as needed for this function. It doesn't
118 seem to matter on Linux, but it showed up on some releases of OS X.
120 3. It seems that there are systems where bytes whose values are greater than
121 127 match isprint() in the "C" locale. The "C" locale should be the
122 default when a C program starts up. In most systems, only ASCII printing
123 characters match isprint(). This difference caused the output from pcretest
124 to vary, making some of the tests fail. I have changed pcretest so that:
126 (a) When it is outputting text in the compiled version of a pattern, bytes
127 other than 32-126 are always shown as hex escapes.
129 (b) When it is outputting text that is a matched part of a subject string,
130 it does the same, unless a different locale has been set for the match
131 (using the /L modifier). In this case, it uses isprint() to decide.
133 4. Fixed a major bug that caused incorrect computation of the amount of memory
134 required for a compiled pattern when options that changed within the
135 pattern affected the logic of the preliminary scan that determines the
136 length. The relevant options are -x, and -i in UTF-8 mode. The result was
137 that the computed length was too small. The symptoms of this bug were
138 either the PCRE error "internal error: code overflow" from pcre_compile(),
139 or a glibc crash with a message such as "pcretest: free(): invalid next
140 size (fast)". Examples of patterns that provoked this bug (shown in
141 pcretest format) are:
143 /(?-x: )/x
144 /(?x)(?-x: \s*#\s*)/
145 /((?i)[\x{c0}])/8
146 /(?i:[\x{c0}])/8
148 HOWEVER: Change 17 below makes this fix obsolete as the memory computation
149 is now done differently.
151 5. Applied patches from Google to: (a) add a QuoteMeta function to the C++
152 wrapper classes; (b) implement a new function in the C++ scanner that is
153 more efficient than the old way of doing things because it avoids levels of
154 recursion in the regex matching; (c) add a paragraph to the documentation
155 for the FullMatch() function.
157 6. The escape sequence \n was being treated as whatever was defined as
158 "newline". Not only was this contrary to the documentation, which states
159 that \n is character 10 (hex 0A), but it also went horribly wrong when
160 "newline" was defined as CRLF. This has been fixed.
162 7. In pcre_dfa_exec.c the value of an unsigned integer (the variable called c)
163 was being set to -1 for the "end of line" case (supposedly a value that no
164 character can have). Though this value is never used (the check for end of
165 line is "zero bytes in current character"), it caused compiler complaints.
166 I've changed it to 0xffffffff.
168 8. In pcre_version.c, the version string was being built by a sequence of
169 C macros that, in the event of PCRE_PRERELEASE being defined as an empty
170 string (as it is for production releases) called a macro with an empty
171 argument. The C standard says the result of this is undefined. The gcc
172 compiler treats it as an empty string (which was what was wanted) but it is
173 reported that Visual C gives an error. The source has been hacked around to
174 avoid this problem.
176 9. On the advice of a Windows user, included <io.h> and <fcntl.h> in Windows
177 builds of pcretest, and changed the call to _setmode() to use _O_BINARY
178 instead of 0x8000. Made all the #ifdefs test both _WIN32 and WIN32 (not all
179 of them did).
181 10. Originally, pcretest opened its input and output without "b"; then I was
182 told that "b" was needed in some environments, so it was added for release
183 5.0 to both the input and output. (It makes no difference on Unix-like
184 systems.) Later I was told that it is wrong for the input on Windows. I've
185 now abstracted the modes into two macros, to make it easier to fiddle with
186 them, and removed "b" from the input mode under Windows.
188 11. Added pkgconfig support for the C++ wrapper library, libpcrecpp.
190 12. Added -help and --help to pcretest as an official way of being reminded
191 of the options.
193 13. Removed some redundant semicolons after macro calls in pcrecpparg.h.in
194 and pcrecpp.cc because they annoy compilers at high warning levels.
196 14. A bit of tidying/refactoring in pcre_exec.c in the main bumpalong loop.
198 15. Fixed an occurrence of == in configure.ac that should have been = (shell
199 scripts are not C programs :-) and which was not noticed because it works
200 on Linux.
202 16. pcretest is supposed to handle any length of pattern and data line (as one
203 line or as a continued sequence of lines) by extending its input buffer if
204 necessary. This feature was broken for very long pattern lines, leading to
205 a string of junk being passed to pcre_compile() if the pattern was longer
206 than about 50K.
208 17. I have done a major re-factoring of the way pcre_compile() computes the
209 amount of memory needed for a compiled pattern. Previously, there was code
210 that made a preliminary scan of the pattern in order to do this. That was
211 OK when PCRE was new, but as the facilities have expanded, it has become
212 harder and harder to keep it in step with the real compile phase, and there
213 have been a number of bugs (see for example, 4 above). I have now found a
214 cunning way of running the real compile function in a "fake" mode that
215 enables it to compute how much memory it would need, while actually only
216 ever using a few hundred bytes of working memory and without too many
217 tests of the mode. This should make future maintenance and development
218 easier. A side effect of this work is that the limit of 200 on the nesting
219 depth of parentheses has been removed (though this was never a serious
220 limitation, I suspect). However, there is a downside: pcre_compile() now
221 runs more slowly than before (30% or more, depending on the pattern). I
222 hope this isn't a big issue. There is no effect on runtime performance.
224 18. Fixed a minor bug in pcretest: if a pattern line was not terminated by a
225 newline (only possible for the last line of a file) and it was a
226 pattern that set a locale (followed by /Lsomething), pcretest crashed.
228 19. Added additional timing features to pcretest. (1) The -tm option now times
229 matching only, not compiling. (2) Both -t and -tm can be followed, as a
230 separate command line item, by a number that specifies the number of
231 repeats to use when timing. The default is 50000; this gives better
232 precision, but takes uncomfortably long for very large patterns.
234 20. Extended pcre_study() to be more clever in cases where a branch of a
235 subpattern has no definite first character. For example, (a*|b*)[cd] would
236 previously give no result from pcre_study(). Now it recognizes that the
237 first character must be a, b, c, or d.
239 21. There was an incorrect error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" if
240 a subpattern (or the entire pattern) that was being tested for matching an
241 empty string contained only one non-empty item after a nested subpattern.
242 For example, the pattern (?>\x{100}*)\d(?R) provoked this error
243 incorrectly, because the \d was being skipped in the check.
245 22. The pcretest program now has a new pattern option /B and a command line
246 option -b, which is equivalent to adding /B to every pattern. This causes
247 it to show the compiled bytecode, without the additional information that
248 -d shows. The effect of -d is now the same as -b with -i (and similarly, /D
249 is the same as /B/I).
251 23. A new optimization is now able automatically to treat some sequences such
252 as a*b as a*+b. More specifically, if something simple (such as a character
253 or a simple class like \d) has an unlimited quantifier, and is followed by
254 something that cannot possibly match the quantified thing, the quantifier
255 is automatically "possessified".
257 24. A recursive reference to a subpattern whose number was greater than 39
258 went wrong under certain circumstances in UTF-8 mode. This bug could also
259 have affected the operation of pcre_study().
261 25. Realized that a little bit of performance could be had by replacing
262 (c & 0xc0) == 0xc0 with c >= 0xc0 when processing UTF-8 characters.
264 26. Timing data from pcretest is now shown to 4 decimal places instead of 3.
266 27. Possessive quantifiers such as a++ were previously implemented by turning
267 them into atomic groups such as ($>a+). Now they have their own opcodes,
268 which improves performance. This includes the automatically created ones
269 from 23 above.
271 28. A pattern such as (?=(\w+))\1: which simulates an atomic group using a
272 lookahead was broken if it was not anchored. PCRE was mistakenly expecting
273 the first matched character to be a colon. This applied both to named and
274 numbered groups.
276 29. The ucpinternal.h header file was missing its idempotency #ifdef.
278 30. I was sent a "project" file called libpcre.a.dev which I understand makes
279 building PCRE on Windows easier, so I have included it in the distribution.
281 31. There is now a check in pcretest against a ridiculously large number being
282 returned by pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). If this happens in a /g or /G
283 loop, the loop is abandoned.
285 32. Forward references to subpatterns in conditions such as (?(2)...) where
286 subpattern 2 is defined later cause pcre_compile() to search forwards in
287 the pattern for the relevant set of parentheses. This search went wrong
288 when there were unescaped parentheses in a character class, parentheses
289 escaped with \Q...\E, or parentheses in a #-comment in /x mode.
291 33. "Subroutine" calls and backreferences were previously restricted to
292 referencing subpatterns earlier in the regex. This restriction has now
293 been removed.
295 34. Added a number of extra features that are going to be in Perl 5.10. On the
296 whole, these are just syntactic alternatives for features that PCRE had
297 previously implemented using the Python syntax or my own invention. The
298 other formats are all retained for compatibility.
300 (a) Named groups can now be defined as (?<name>...) or (?'name'...) as well
301 as (?P<name>...). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are
302 also .NET compatible.
304 (b) A recursion or subroutine call to a named group can now be defined as
305 (?&name) as well as (?P>name).
307 (c) A backreference to a named group can now be defined as \k<name> or
308 \k'name' as well as (?P=name). The new forms, as well as being in Perl
309 5.10, are also .NET compatible.
311 (d) A conditional reference to a named group can now use the syntax
312 (?(<name>) or (?('name') as well as (?(name).
314 (e) A "conditional group" of the form (?(DEFINE)...) can be used to define
315 groups (named and numbered) that are never evaluated inline, but can be
316 called as "subroutines" from elsewhere. In effect, the DEFINE condition
317 is always false. There may be only one alternative in such a group.
319 (f) A test for recursion can be given as (?(R1).. or (?(R&name)... as well
320 as the simple (?(R). The condition is true only if the most recent
321 recursion is that of the given number or name. It does not search out
322 through the entire recursion stack.
324 (g) The escape \gN or \g{N} has been added, where N is a positive or
325 negative number, specifying an absolute or relative reference.
327 35. Tidied to get rid of some further signed/unsigned compiler warnings and
328 some "unreachable code" warnings.
330 36. Updated the Unicode property tables to Unicode version 5.0.0. Amongst other
331 things, this adds five new scripts.
333 37. Perl ignores orphaned \E escapes completely. PCRE now does the same.
334 There were also incompatibilities regarding the handling of \Q..\E inside
335 character classes, for example with patterns like [\Qa\E-\Qz\E] where the
336 hyphen was adjacent to \Q or \E. I hope I've cleared all this up now.
338 38. Like Perl, PCRE detects when an indefinitely repeated parenthesized group
339 matches an empty string, and forcibly breaks the loop. There were bugs in
340 this code in non-simple cases. For a pattern such as ^(a()*)* matched
341 against aaaa the result was just "a" rather than "aaaa", for example. Two
342 separate and independent bugs (that affected different cases) have been
343 fixed.
345 39. Refactored the code to abolish the use of different opcodes for small
346 capturing bracket numbers. This is a tidy that I avoided doing when I
347 removed the limit on the number of capturing brackets for 3.5 back in 2001.
348 The new approach is not only tidier, it makes it possible to reduce the
349 memory needed to fix the previous bug (38).
351 40. Implemented PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY to recognize any of the Unicode newline
352 sequences (http://unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr18/) as "newline" when
353 processing dot, circumflex, or dollar metacharacters, or #-comments in /x
354 mode.
356 41. Add \R to match any Unicode newline sequence, as suggested in the Unicode
357 report.
359 42. Applied patch, originally from Ari Pollak, modified by Google, to allow
360 copy construction and assignment in the C++ wrapper.
362 43. Updated pcregrep to support "--newline=any". In the process, I fixed a
363 couple of bugs that could have given wrong results in the "--newline=crlf"
364 case.
366 44. Added a number of casts and did some reorganization of signed/unsigned int
367 variables following suggestions from Dair Grant. Also renamed the variable
368 "this" as "item" because it is a C++ keyword.
370 45. Arranged for dftables to add
372 #include "pcre_internal.h"
374 to pcre_chartables.c because without it, gcc 4.x may remove the array
375 definition from the final binary if PCRE is built into a static library and
376 dead code stripping is activated.
378 46. For an unanchored pattern, if a match attempt fails at the start of a
379 newline sequence, and the newline setting is CRLF or ANY, and the next two
380 characters are CRLF, advance by two characters instead of one.
383 Version 6.7 04-Jul-06
384 ---------------------
386 1. In order to handle tests when input lines are enormously long, pcretest has
387 been re-factored so that it automatically extends its buffers when
388 necessary. The code is crude, but this _is_ just a test program. The
389 default size has been increased from 32K to 50K.
391 2. The code in pcre_study() was using the value of the re argument before
392 testing it for NULL. (Of course, in any sensible call of the function, it
393 won't be NULL.)
395 3. The memmove() emulation function in pcre_internal.h, which is used on
396 systems that lack both memmove() and bcopy() - that is, hardly ever -
397 was missing a "static" storage class specifier.
399 4. When UTF-8 mode was not set, PCRE looped when compiling certain patterns
400 containing an extended class (one that cannot be represented by a bitmap
401 because it contains high-valued characters or Unicode property items, e.g.
402 [\pZ]). Almost always one would set UTF-8 mode when processing such a
403 pattern, but PCRE should not loop if you do not (it no longer does).
404 [Detail: two cases were found: (a) a repeated subpattern containing an
405 extended class; (b) a recursive reference to a subpattern that followed a
406 previous extended class. It wasn't skipping over the extended class
407 correctly when UTF-8 mode was not set.]
409 5. A negated single-character class was not being recognized as fixed-length
410 in lookbehind assertions such as (?<=[^f]), leading to an incorrect
411 compile error "lookbehind assertion is not fixed length".
413 6. The RunPerlTest auxiliary script was showing an unexpected difference
414 between PCRE and Perl for UTF-8 tests. It turns out that it is hard to
415 write a Perl script that can interpret lines of an input file either as
416 byte characters or as UTF-8, which is what "perltest" was being required to
417 do for the non-UTF-8 and UTF-8 tests, respectively. Essentially what you
418 can't do is switch easily at run time between having the "use utf8;" pragma
419 or not. In the end, I fudged it by using the RunPerlTest script to insert
420 "use utf8;" explicitly for the UTF-8 tests.
422 7. In multiline (/m) mode, PCRE was matching ^ after a terminating newline at
423 the end of the subject string, contrary to the documentation and to what
424 Perl does. This was true of both matching functions. Now it matches only at
425 the start of the subject and immediately after *internal* newlines.
427 8. A call of pcre_fullinfo() from pcretest to get the option bits was passing
428 a pointer to an int instead of a pointer to an unsigned long int. This
429 caused problems on 64-bit systems.
431 9. Applied a patch from the folks at Google to pcrecpp.cc, to fix "another
432 instance of the 'standard' template library not being so standard".
434 10. There was no check on the number of named subpatterns nor the maximum
435 length of a subpattern name. The product of these values is used to compute
436 the size of the memory block for a compiled pattern. By supplying a very
437 long subpattern name and a large number of named subpatterns, the size
438 computation could be caused to overflow. This is now prevented by limiting
439 the length of names to 32 characters, and the number of named subpatterns
440 to 10,000.
442 11. Subpatterns that are repeated with specific counts have to be replicated in
443 the compiled pattern. The size of memory for this was computed from the
444 length of the subpattern and the repeat count. The latter is limited to
445 65535, but there was no limit on the former, meaning that integer overflow
446 could in principle occur. The compiled length of a repeated subpattern is
447 now limited to 30,000 bytes in order to prevent this.
449 12. Added the optional facility to have named substrings with the same name.
451 13. Added the ability to use a named substring as a condition, using the
452 Python syntax: (?(name)yes|no). This overloads (?(R)... and names that
453 are numbers (not recommended). Forward references are permitted.
455 14. Added forward references in named backreferences (if you see what I mean).
457 15. In UTF-8 mode, with the PCRE_DOTALL option set, a quantified dot in the
458 pattern could run off the end of the subject. For example, the pattern
459 "(?s)(.{1,5})"8 did this with the subject "ab".
461 16. If PCRE_DOTALL or PCRE_MULTILINE were set, pcre_dfa_exec() behaved as if
462 PCRE_CASELESS was set when matching characters that were quantified with ?
463 or *.
465 17. A character class other than a single negated character that had a minimum
466 but no maximum quantifier - for example [ab]{6,} - was not handled
467 correctly by pce_dfa_exec(). It would match only one character.
469 18. A valid (though odd) pattern that looked like a POSIX character
470 class but used an invalid character after [ (for example [[,abc,]]) caused
471 pcre_compile() to give the error "Failed: internal error: code overflow" or
472 in some cases to crash with a glibc free() error. This could even happen if
473 the pattern terminated after [[ but there just happened to be a sequence of
474 letters, a binary zero, and a closing ] in the memory that followed.
476 19. Perl's treatment of octal escapes in the range \400 to \777 has changed
477 over the years. Originally (before any Unicode support), just the bottom 8
478 bits were taken. Thus, for example, \500 really meant \100. Nowadays the
479 output from "man perlunicode" includes this:
481 The regular expression compiler produces polymorphic opcodes. That
482 is, the pattern adapts to the data and automatically switches to
483 the Unicode character scheme when presented with Unicode data--or
484 instead uses a traditional byte scheme when presented with byte
485 data.
487 Sadly, a wide octal escape does not cause a switch, and in a string with
488 no other multibyte characters, these octal escapes are treated as before.
489 Thus, in Perl, the pattern /\500/ actually matches \100 but the pattern
490 /\500|\x{1ff}/ matches \500 or \777 because the whole thing is treated as a
491 Unicode string.
493 I have not perpetrated such confusion in PCRE. Up till now, it took just
494 the bottom 8 bits, as in old Perl. I have now made octal escapes with
495 values greater than \377 illegal in non-UTF-8 mode. In UTF-8 mode they
496 translate to the appropriate multibyte character.
498 29. Applied some refactoring to reduce the number of warnings from Microsoft
499 and Borland compilers. This has included removing the fudge introduced
500 seven years ago for the OS/2 compiler (see 2.02/2 below) because it caused
501 a warning about an unused variable.
503 21. PCRE has not included VT (character 0x0b) in the set of whitespace
504 characters since release 4.0, because Perl (from release 5.004) does not.
505 [Or at least, is documented not to: some releases seem to be in conflict
506 with the documentation.] However, when a pattern was studied with
507 pcre_study() and all its branches started with \s, PCRE still included VT
508 as a possible starting character. Of course, this did no harm; it just
509 caused an unnecessary match attempt.
511 22. Removed a now-redundant internal flag bit that recorded the fact that case
512 dependency changed within the pattern. This was once needed for "required
513 byte" processing, but is no longer used. This recovers a now-scarce options
514 bit. Also moved the least significant internal flag bit to the most-
515 significant bit of the word, which was not previously used (hangover from
516 the days when it was an int rather than a uint) to free up another bit for
517 the future.
519 23. Added support for CRLF line endings as well as CR and LF. As well as the
520 default being selectable at build time, it can now be changed at runtime
521 via the PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx flags. There are now options for pcregrep to
522 specify that it is scanning data with non-default line endings.
524 24. Changed the definition of CXXLINK to make it agree with the definition of
525 LINK in the Makefile, by replacing LDFLAGS to CXXFLAGS.
527 25. Applied Ian Taylor's patches to avoid using another stack frame for tail
528 recursions. This makes a big different to stack usage for some patterns.
530 26. If a subpattern containing a named recursion or subroutine reference such
531 as (?P>B) was quantified, for example (xxx(?P>B)){3}, the calculation of
532 the space required for the compiled pattern went wrong and gave too small a
533 value. Depending on the environment, this could lead to "Failed: internal
534 error: code overflow at offset 49" or "glibc detected double free or
535 corruption" errors.
537 27. Applied patches from Google (a) to support the new newline modes and (b) to
538 advance over multibyte UTF-8 characters in GlobalReplace.
540 28. Change free() to pcre_free() in pcredemo.c. Apparently this makes a
541 difference for some implementation of PCRE in some Windows version.
543 29. Added some extra testing facilities to pcretest:
545 \q<number> in a data line sets the "match limit" value
546 \Q<number> in a data line sets the "match recursion limt" value
547 -S <number> sets the stack size, where <number> is in megabytes
549 The -S option isn't available for Windows.
552 Version 6.6 06-Feb-06
553 ---------------------
555 1. Change 16(a) for 6.5 broke things, because PCRE_DATA_SCOPE was not defined
556 in pcreposix.h. I have copied the definition from pcre.h.
558 2. Change 25 for 6.5 broke compilation in a build directory out-of-tree
559 because pcre.h is no longer a built file.
561 3. Added Jeff Friedl's additional debugging patches to pcregrep. These are
562 not normally included in the compiled code.
565 Version 6.5 01-Feb-06
566 ---------------------
568 1. When using the partial match feature with pcre_dfa_exec(), it was not
569 anchoring the second and subsequent partial matches at the new starting
570 point. This could lead to incorrect results. For example, with the pattern
571 /1234/, partially matching against "123" and then "a4" gave a match.
573 2. Changes to pcregrep:
575 (a) All non-match returns from pcre_exec() were being treated as failures
576 to match the line. Now, unless the error is PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH, an
577 error message is output. Some extra information is given for the
579 probably the only errors that are likely to be caused by users (by
580 specifying a regex that has nested indefinite repeats, for instance).
581 If there are more than 20 of these errors, pcregrep is abandoned.
583 (b) A binary zero was treated as data while matching, but terminated the
584 output line if it was written out. This has been fixed: binary zeroes
585 are now no different to any other data bytes.
587 (c) Whichever of the LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE environment variables is set is
588 used to set a locale for matching. The --locale=xxxx long option has
589 been added (no short equivalent) to specify a locale explicitly on the
590 pcregrep command, overriding the environment variables.
592 (d) When -B was used with -n, some line numbers in the output were one less
593 than they should have been.
595 (e) Added the -o (--only-matching) option.
597 (f) If -A or -C was used with -c (count only), some lines of context were
598 accidentally printed for the final match.
600 (g) Added the -H (--with-filename) option.
602 (h) The combination of options -rh failed to suppress file names for files
603 that were found from directory arguments.
605 (i) Added the -D (--devices) and -d (--directories) options.
607 (j) Added the -F (--fixed-strings) option.
609 (k) Allow "-" to be used as a file name for -f as well as for a data file.
611 (l) Added the --colo(u)r option.
613 (m) Added Jeffrey Friedl's -S testing option, but within #ifdefs so that it
614 is not present by default.
616 3. A nasty bug was discovered in the handling of recursive patterns, that is,
617 items such as (?R) or (?1), when the recursion could match a number of
618 alternatives. If it matched one of the alternatives, but subsequently,
619 outside the recursion, there was a failure, the code tried to back up into
620 the recursion. However, because of the way PCRE is implemented, this is not
621 possible, and the result was an incorrect result from the match.
623 In order to prevent this happening, the specification of recursion has
624 been changed so that all such subpatterns are automatically treated as
625 atomic groups. Thus, for example, (?R) is treated as if it were (?>(?R)).
627 4. I had overlooked the fact that, in some locales, there are characters for
628 which isalpha() is true but neither isupper() nor islower() are true. In
629 the fr_FR locale, for instance, the \xAA and \xBA characters (ordmasculine
630 and ordfeminine) are like this. This affected the treatment of \w and \W
631 when they appeared in character classes, but not when they appeared outside
632 a character class. The bit map for "word" characters is now created
633 separately from the results of isalnum() instead of just taking it from the
634 upper, lower, and digit maps. (Plus the underscore character, of course.)
636 5. The above bug also affected the handling of POSIX character classes such as
637 [[:alpha:]] and [[:alnum:]]. These do not have their own bit maps in PCRE's
638 permanent tables. Instead, the bit maps for such a class were previously
639 created as the appropriate unions of the upper, lower, and digit bitmaps.
640 Now they are created by subtraction from the [[:word:]] class, which has
641 its own bitmap.
643 6. The [[:blank:]] character class matches horizontal, but not vertical space.
644 It is created by subtracting the vertical space characters (\x09, \x0a,
645 \x0b, \x0c) from the [[:space:]] bitmap. Previously, however, the
646 subtraction was done in the overall bitmap for a character class, meaning
647 that a class such as [\x0c[:blank:]] was incorrect because \x0c would not
648 be recognized. This bug has been fixed.
650 7. Patches from the folks at Google:
652 (a) pcrecpp.cc: "to handle a corner case that may or may not happen in
653 real life, but is still worth protecting against".
655 (b) pcrecpp.cc: "corrects a bug when negative radixes are used with
656 regular expressions".
658 (c) pcre_scanner.cc: avoid use of std::count() because not all systems
659 have it.
661 (d) Split off pcrecpparg.h from pcrecpp.h and had the former built by
662 "configure" and the latter not, in order to fix a problem somebody had
663 with compiling the Arg class on HP-UX.
665 (e) Improve the error-handling of the C++ wrapper a little bit.
667 (f) New tests for checking recursion limiting.
669 8. The pcre_memmove() function, which is used only if the environment does not
670 have a standard memmove() function (and is therefore rarely compiled),
671 contained two bugs: (a) use of int instead of size_t, and (b) it was not
672 returning a result (though PCRE never actually uses the result).
674 9. In the POSIX regexec() interface, if nmatch is specified as a ridiculously
675 large number - greater than INT_MAX/(3*sizeof(int)) - REG_ESPACE is
676 returned instead of calling malloc() with an overflowing number that would
677 most likely cause subsequent chaos.
679 10. The debugging option of pcretest was not showing the NO_AUTO_CAPTURE flag.
681 11. The POSIX flag REG_NOSUB is now supported. When a pattern that was compiled
682 with this option is matched, the nmatch and pmatch options of regexec() are
683 ignored.
685 12. Added REG_UTF8 to the POSIX interface. This is not defined by POSIX, but is
686 provided in case anyone wants to the the POSIX interface with UTF-8
687 strings.
689 13. Added CXXLDFLAGS to the Makefile parameters to provide settings only on the
690 C++ linking (needed for some HP-UX environments).
692 14. Avoid compiler warnings in get_ucpname() when compiled without UCP support
693 (unused parameter) and in the pcre_printint() function (omitted "default"
694 switch label when the default is to do nothing).
696 15. Added some code to make it possible, when PCRE is compiled as a C++
697 library, to replace subject pointers for pcre_exec() with a smart pointer
698 class, thus making it possible to process discontinuous strings.
700 16. The two macros PCRE_EXPORT and PCRE_DATA_SCOPE are confusing, and perform
701 much the same function. They were added by different people who were trying
702 to make PCRE easy to compile on non-Unix systems. It has been suggested
703 that PCRE_EXPORT be abolished now that there is more automatic apparatus
704 for compiling on Windows systems. I have therefore replaced it with
705 PCRE_DATA_SCOPE. This is set automatically for Windows; if not set it
706 defaults to "extern" for C or "extern C" for C++, which works fine on
707 Unix-like systems. It is now possible to override the value of PCRE_DATA_
708 SCOPE with something explicit in config.h. In addition:
710 (a) pcreposix.h still had just "extern" instead of either of these macros;
711 I have replaced it with PCRE_DATA_SCOPE.
713 (b) Functions such as _pcre_xclass(), which are internal to the library,
714 but external in the C sense, all had PCRE_EXPORT in their definitions.
715 This is apparently wrong for the Windows case, so I have removed it.
716 (It makes no difference on Unix-like systems.)
718 17. Added a new limit, MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION, which limits the depth of nesting
719 of recursive calls to match(). This is different to MATCH_LIMIT because
720 that limits the total number of calls to match(), not all of which increase
721 the depth of recursion. Limiting the recursion depth limits the amount of
722 stack (or heap if NO_RECURSE is set) that is used. The default can be set
723 when PCRE is compiled, and changed at run time. A patch from Google adds
724 this functionality to the C++ interface.
726 18. Changes to the handling of Unicode character properties:
728 (a) Updated the table to Unicode 4.1.0.
730 (b) Recognize characters that are not in the table as "Cn" (undefined).
732 (c) I revised the way the table is implemented to a much improved format
733 which includes recognition of ranges. It now supports the ranges that
734 are defined in UnicodeData.txt, and it also amalgamates other
735 characters into ranges. This has reduced the number of entries in the
736 table from around 16,000 to around 3,000, thus reducing its size
737 considerably. I realized I did not need to use a tree structure after
738 all - a binary chop search is just as efficient. Having reduced the
739 number of entries, I extended their size from 6 bytes to 8 bytes to
740 allow for more data.
742 (d) Added support for Unicode script names via properties such as \p{Han}.
744 19. In UTF-8 mode, a backslash followed by a non-Ascii character was not
745 matching that character.
747 20. When matching a repeated Unicode property with a minimum greater than zero,
748 (for example \pL{2,}), PCRE could look past the end of the subject if it
749 reached it while seeking the minimum number of characters. This could
750 happen only if some of the characters were more than one byte long, because
751 there is a check for at least the minimum number of bytes.
753 21. Refactored the implementation of \p and \P so as to be more general, to
754 allow for more different types of property in future. This has changed the
755 compiled form incompatibly. Anybody with saved compiled patterns that use
756 \p or \P will have to recompile them.
758 22. Added "Any" and "L&" to the supported property types.
760 23. Recognize \x{...} as a code point specifier, even when not in UTF-8 mode,
761 but give a compile time error if the value is greater than 0xff.
763 24. The man pages for pcrepartial, pcreprecompile, and pcre_compile2 were
764 accidentally not being installed or uninstalled.
766 25. The pcre.h file was built from pcre.h.in, but the only changes that were
767 made were to insert the current release number. This seemed silly, because
768 it made things harder for people building PCRE on systems that don't run
769 "configure". I have turned pcre.h into a distributed file, no longer built
770 by "configure", with the version identification directly included. There is
771 no longer a pcre.h.in file.
773 However, this change necessitated a change to the pcre-config script as
774 well. It is built from pcre-config.in, and one of the substitutions was the
775 release number. I have updated configure.ac so that ./configure now finds
776 the release number by grepping pcre.h.
778 26. Added the ability to run the tests under valgrind.
781 Version 6.4 05-Sep-05
782 ---------------------
784 1. Change 6.0/10/(l) to pcregrep introduced a bug that caused separator lines
785 "--" to be printed when multiple files were scanned, even when none of the
786 -A, -B, or -C options were used. This is not compatible with Gnu grep, so I
787 consider it to be a bug, and have restored the previous behaviour.
789 2. A couple of code tidies to get rid of compiler warnings.
791 3. The pcretest program used to cheat by referring to symbols in the library
792 whose names begin with _pcre_. These are internal symbols that are not
793 really supposed to be visible externally, and in some environments it is
794 possible to suppress them. The cheating is now confined to including
795 certain files from the library's source, which is a bit cleaner.
797 4. Renamed pcre.in as pcre.h.in to go with pcrecpp.h.in; it also makes the
798 file's purpose clearer.
800 5. Reorganized pcre_ucp_findchar().
803 Version 6.3 15-Aug-05
804 ---------------------
806 1. The file libpcre.pc.in did not have general read permission in the tarball.
808 2. There were some problems when building without C++ support:
810 (a) If C++ support was not built, "make install" and "make test" still
811 tried to test it.
813 (b) There were problems when the value of CXX was explicitly set. Some
814 changes have been made to try to fix these, and ...
816 (c) --disable-cpp can now be used to explicitly disable C++ support.
818 (d) The use of @CPP_OBJ@ directly caused a blank line preceded by a
819 backslash in a target when C++ was disabled. This confuses some
820 versions of "make", apparently. Using an intermediate variable solves
821 this. (Same for CPP_LOBJ.)
823 3. $(LINK_FOR_BUILD) now includes $(CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD) and $(LINK)
824 (non-Windows) now includes $(CFLAGS) because these flags are sometimes
825 necessary on certain architectures.
827 4. Added a setting of -export-symbols-regex to the link command to remove
828 those symbols that are exported in the C sense, but actually are local
829 within the library, and not documented. Their names all begin with
830 "_pcre_". This is not a perfect job, because (a) we have to except some
831 symbols that pcretest ("illegally") uses, and (b) the facility isn't always
832 available (and never for static libraries). I have made a note to try to
833 find a way round (a) in the future.
836 Version 6.2 01-Aug-05
837 ---------------------
839 1. There was no test for integer overflow of quantifier values. A construction
840 such as {1111111111111111} would give undefined results. What is worse, if
841 a minimum quantifier for a parenthesized subpattern overflowed and became
842 negative, the calculation of the memory size went wrong. This could have
843 led to memory overwriting.
845 2. Building PCRE using VPATH was broken. Hopefully it is now fixed.
847 3. Added "b" to the 2nd argument of fopen() in dftables.c, for non-Unix-like
848 operating environments where this matters.
850 4. Applied Giuseppe Maxia's patch to add additional features for controlling
851 PCRE options from within the C++ wrapper.
853 5. Named capturing subpatterns were not being correctly counted when a pattern
854 was compiled. This caused two problems: (a) If there were more than 100
855 such subpatterns, the calculation of the memory needed for the whole
856 compiled pattern went wrong, leading to an overflow error. (b) Numerical
857 back references of the form \12, where the number was greater than 9, were
858 not recognized as back references, even though there were sufficient
859 previous subpatterns.
861 6. Two minor patches to pcrecpp.cc in order to allow it to compile on older
862 versions of gcc, e.g. 2.95.4.
865 Version 6.1 21-Jun-05
866 ---------------------
868 1. There was one reference to the variable "posix" in pcretest.c that was not
869 surrounded by "#if !defined NOPOSIX".
871 2. Make it possible to compile pcretest without DFA support, UTF8 support, or
872 the cross-check on the old pcre_info() function, for the benefit of the
873 cut-down version of PCRE that is currently imported into Exim.
875 3. A (silly) pattern starting with (?i)(?-i) caused an internal space
876 allocation error. I've done the easy fix, which wastes 2 bytes for sensible
877 patterns that start (?i) but I don't think that matters. The use of (?i) is
878 just an example; this all applies to the other options as well.
880 4. Since libtool seems to echo the compile commands it is issuing, the output
881 from "make" can be reduced a bit by putting "@" in front of each libtool
882 compile command.
884 5. Patch from the folks at Google for configure.in to be a bit more thorough
885 in checking for a suitable C++ installation before trying to compile the
886 C++ stuff. This should fix a reported problem when a compiler was present,
887 but no suitable headers.
889 6. The man pages all had just "PCRE" as their title. I have changed them to
890 be the relevant file name. I have also arranged that these names are
891 retained in the file doc/pcre.txt, which is a concatenation in text format
892 of all the man pages except the little individual ones for each function.
894 7. The NON-UNIX-USE file had not been updated for the different set of source
895 files that come with release 6. I also added a few comments about the C++
896 wrapper.
899 Version 6.0 07-Jun-05
900 ---------------------
902 1. Some minor internal re-organization to help with my DFA experiments.
904 2. Some missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP conditionals in pcretest and printint that
905 didn't matter for the library itself when fully configured, but did matter
906 when compiling without UCP support, or within Exim, where the ucp files are
907 not imported.
909 3. Refactoring of the library code to split up the various functions into
910 different source modules. The addition of the new DFA matching code (see
911 below) to a single monolithic source would have made it really too
912 unwieldy, quite apart from causing all the code to be include in a
913 statically linked application, when only some functions are used. This is
914 relevant even without the DFA addition now that patterns can be compiled in
915 one application and matched in another.
917 The downside of splitting up is that there have to be some external
918 functions and data tables that are used internally in different modules of
919 the library but which are not part of the API. These have all had their
920 names changed to start with "_pcre_" so that they are unlikely to clash
921 with other external names.
923 4. Added an alternate matching function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which matches using
924 a different (DFA) algorithm. Although it is slower than the original
925 function, it does have some advantages for certain types of matching
926 problem.
928 5. Upgrades to pcretest in order to test the features of pcre_dfa_exec(),
929 including restarting after a partial match.
931 6. A patch for pcregrep that defines INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES if it is not
932 defined when compiling for Windows was sent to me. I have put it into the
933 code, though I have no means of testing or verifying it.
935 7. Added the pcre_refcount() auxiliary function.
937 8. Added the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option. This constrains an unanchored pattern to
938 match before or at the first newline in the subject string. In pcretest,
939 the /f option on a pattern can be used to set this.
941 9. A repeated \w when used in UTF-8 mode with characters greater than 256
942 would behave wrongly. This has been present in PCRE since release 4.0.
944 10. A number of changes to the pcregrep command:
946 (a) Refactored how -x works; insert ^(...)$ instead of setting
947 PCRE_ANCHORED and checking the length, in preparation for adding
948 something similar for -w.
950 (b) Added the -w (match as a word) option.
952 (c) Refactored the way lines are read and buffered so as to have more
953 than one at a time available.
955 (d) Implemented a pcregrep test script.
957 (e) Added the -M (multiline match) option. This allows patterns to match
958 over several lines of the subject. The buffering ensures that at least
959 8K, or the rest of the document (whichever is the shorter) is available
960 for matching (and similarly the previous 8K for lookbehind assertions).
962 (f) Changed the --help output so that it now says
964 -w, --word-regex(p)
966 instead of two lines, one with "regex" and the other with "regexp"
967 because that confused at least one person since the short forms are the
968 same. (This required a bit of code, as the output is generated
969 automatically from a table. It wasn't just a text change.)
971 (g) -- can be used to terminate pcregrep options if the next thing isn't an
972 option but starts with a hyphen. Could be a pattern or a path name
973 starting with a hyphen, for instance.
975 (h) "-" can be given as a file name to represent stdin.
977 (i) When file names are being printed, "(standard input)" is used for
978 the standard input, for compatibility with GNU grep. Previously
979 "<stdin>" was used.
981 (j) The option --label=xxx can be used to supply a name to be used for
982 stdin when file names are being printed. There is no short form.
984 (k) Re-factored the options decoding logic because we are going to add
985 two more options that take data. Such options can now be given in four
986 different ways, e.g. "-fname", "-f name", "--file=name", "--file name".
988 (l) Added the -A, -B, and -C options for requesting that lines of context
989 around matches be printed.
991 (m) Added the -L option to print the names of files that do not contain
992 any matching lines, that is, the complement of -l.
994 (n) The return code is 2 if any file cannot be opened, but pcregrep does
995 continue to scan other files.
997 (o) The -s option was incorrectly implemented. For compatibility with other
998 greps, it now suppresses the error message for a non-existent or non-
999 accessible file (but not the return code). There is a new option called
1000 -q that suppresses the output of matching lines, which was what -s was
1001 previously doing.
1003 (p) Added --include and --exclude options to specify files for inclusion
1004 and exclusion when recursing.
1006 11. The Makefile was not using the Autoconf-supported LDFLAGS macro properly.
1007 Hopefully, it now does.
1009 12. Missing cast in pcre_study().
1011 13. Added an "uninstall" target to the makefile.
1013 14. Replaced "extern" in the function prototypes in Makefile.in with
1014 "PCRE_DATA_SCOPE", which defaults to 'extern' or 'extern "C"' in the Unix
1015 world, but is set differently for Windows.
1017 15. Added a second compiling function called pcre_compile2(). The only
1018 difference is that it has an extra argument, which is a pointer to an
1019 integer error code. When there is a compile-time failure, this is set
1020 non-zero, in addition to the error test pointer being set to point to an
1021 error message. The new argument may be NULL if no error number is required
1022 (but then you may as well call pcre_compile(), which is now just a
1023 wrapper). This facility is provided because some applications need a
1024 numeric error indication, but it has also enabled me to tidy up the way
1025 compile-time errors are handled in the POSIX wrapper.
1027 16. Added VPATH=.libs to the makefile; this should help when building with one
1028 prefix path and installing with another. (Or so I'm told by someone who
1029 knows more about this stuff than I do.)
1031 17. Added a new option, REG_DOTALL, to the POSIX function regcomp(). This
1032 passes PCRE_DOTALL to the pcre_compile() function, making the "." character
1033 match everything, including newlines. This is not POSIX-compatible, but
1034 somebody wanted the feature. From pcretest it can be activated by using
1035 both the P and the s flags.
1037 18. AC_PROG_LIBTOOL appeared twice in Makefile.in. Removed one.
1039 19. libpcre.pc was being incorrectly installed as executable.
1041 20. A couple of places in pcretest check for end-of-line by looking for '\n';
1042 it now also looks for '\r' so that it will work unmodified on Windows.
1044 21. Added Google's contributed C++ wrapper to the distribution.
1046 22. Added some untidy missing memory free() calls in pcretest, to keep
1047 Electric Fence happy when testing.
1051 Version 5.0 13-Sep-04
1052 ---------------------
1054 1. Internal change: literal characters are no longer packed up into items
1055 containing multiple characters in a single byte-string. Each character
1056 is now matched using a separate opcode. However, there may be more than one
1057 byte in the character in UTF-8 mode.
1059 2. The pcre_callout_block structure has two new fields: pattern_position and
1060 next_item_length. These contain the offset in the pattern to the next match
1061 item, and its length, respectively.
1063 3. The PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT option for pcre_compile() requests the automatic
1064 insertion of callouts before each pattern item. Added the /C option to
1065 pcretest to make use of this.
1067 4. On the advice of a Windows user, the lines
1069 #if defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32)
1070 _setmode( _fileno( stdout ), 0x8000 );
1071 #endif /* defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32) */
1073 have been added to the source of pcretest. This apparently does useful
1074 magic in relation to line terminators.
1076 5. Changed "r" and "w" in the calls to fopen() in pcretest to "rb" and "wb"
1077 for the benefit of those environments where the "b" makes a difference.
1079 6. The icc compiler has the same options as gcc, but "configure" doesn't seem
1080 to know about it. I have put a hack into configure.in that adds in code
1081 to set GCC=yes if CC=icc. This seems to end up at a point in the
1082 generated configure script that is early enough to affect the setting of
1083 compiler options, which is what is needed, but I have no means of testing
1084 whether it really works. (The user who reported this had patched the
1085 generated configure script, which of course I cannot do.)
1087 LATER: After change 22 below (new libtool files), the configure script
1088 seems to know about icc (and also ecc). Therefore, I have commented out
1089 this hack in configure.in.
1091 7. Added support for pkg-config (2 patches were sent in).
1093 8. Negated POSIX character classes that used a combination of internal tables
1094 were completely broken. These were [[:^alpha:]], [[:^alnum:]], and
1095 [[:^ascii]]. Typically, they would match almost any characters. The other
1096 POSIX classes were not broken in this way.
1098 9. Matching the pattern "\b.*?" against "ab cd", starting at offset 1, failed
1099 to find the match, as PCRE was deluded into thinking that the match had to
1100 start at the start point or following a newline. The same bug applied to
1101 patterns with negative forward assertions or any backward assertions
1102 preceding ".*" at the start, unless the pattern required a fixed first
1103 character. This was a failing pattern: "(?!.bcd).*". The bug is now fixed.
1105 10. In UTF-8 mode, when moving forwards in the subject after a failed match
1106 starting at the last subject character, bytes beyond the end of the subject
1107 string were read.
1109 11. Renamed the variable "class" as "classbits" to make life easier for C++
1110 users. (Previously there was a macro definition, but it apparently wasn't
1111 enough.)
1113 12. Added the new field "tables" to the extra data so that tables can be passed
1114 in at exec time, or the internal tables can be re-selected. This allows
1115 a compiled regex to be saved and re-used at a later time by a different
1116 program that might have everything at different addresses.
1118 13. Modified the pcre-config script so that, when run on Solaris, it shows a
1119 -R library as well as a -L library.
1121 14. The debugging options of pcretest (-d on the command line or D on a
1122 pattern) showed incorrect output for anything following an extended class
1123 that contained multibyte characters and which was followed by a quantifier.
1125 15. Added optional support for general category Unicode character properties
1126 via the \p, \P, and \X escapes. Unicode property support implies UTF-8
1127 support. It adds about 90K to the size of the library. The meanings of the
1128 inbuilt class escapes such as \d and \s have NOT been changed.
1130 16. Updated pcredemo.c to include calls to free() to release the memory for the
1131 compiled pattern.
1133 17. The generated file chartables.c was being created in the source directory
1134 instead of in the building directory. This caused the build to fail if the
1135 source directory was different from the building directory, and was
1136 read-only.
1138 18. Added some sample Win commands from Mark Tetrode into the NON-UNIX-USE
1139 file. No doubt somebody will tell me if they don't make sense... Also added
1140 Dan Mooney's comments about building on OpenVMS.
1142 19. Added support for partial matching via the PCRE_PARTIAL option for
1143 pcre_exec() and the \P data escape in pcretest.
1145 20. Extended pcretest with 3 new pattern features:
1147 (i) A pattern option of the form ">rest-of-line" causes pcretest to
1148 write the compiled pattern to the file whose name is "rest-of-line".
1149 This is a straight binary dump of the data, with the saved pointer to
1150 the character tables forced to be NULL. The study data, if any, is
1151 written too. After writing, pcretest reads a new pattern.
1153 (ii) If, instead of a pattern, "<rest-of-line" is given, pcretest reads a
1154 compiled pattern from the given file. There must not be any
1155 occurrences of "<" in the file name (pretty unlikely); if there are,
1156 pcretest will instead treat the initial "<" as a pattern delimiter.
1157 After reading in the pattern, pcretest goes on to read data lines as
1158 usual.
1160 (iii) The F pattern option causes pcretest to flip the bytes in the 32-bit
1161 and 16-bit fields in a compiled pattern, to simulate a pattern that
1162 was compiled on a host of opposite endianness.
1164 21. The pcre-exec() function can now cope with patterns that were compiled on
1165 hosts of opposite endianness, with this restriction:
1167 As for any compiled expression that is saved and used later, the tables
1168 pointer field cannot be preserved; the extra_data field in the arguments
1169 to pcre_exec() should be used to pass in a tables address if a value
1170 other than the default internal tables were used at compile time.
1172 22. Calling pcre_exec() with a negative value of the "ovecsize" parameter is
1173 now diagnosed as an error. Previously, most of the time, a negative number
1174 would have been treated as zero, but if in addition "ovector" was passed as
1175 NULL, a crash could occur.
1177 23. Updated the files ltmain.sh, config.sub, config.guess, and aclocal.m4 with
1178 new versions from the libtool 1.5 distribution (the last one is a copy of
1179 a file called libtool.m4). This seems to have fixed the need to patch
1180 "configure" to support Darwin 1.3 (which I used to do). However, I still
1181 had to patch ltmain.sh to ensure that ${SED} is set (it isn't on my
1182 workstation).
1184 24. Changed the PCRE licence to be the more standard "BSD" licence.
1187 Version 4.5 01-Dec-03
1188 ---------------------
1190 1. There has been some re-arrangement of the code for the match() function so
1191 that it can be compiled in a version that does not call itself recursively.
1192 Instead, it keeps those local variables that need separate instances for
1193 each "recursion" in a frame on the heap, and gets/frees frames whenever it
1194 needs to "recurse". Keeping track of where control must go is done by means
1195 of setjmp/longjmp. The whole thing is implemented by a set of macros that
1196 hide most of the details from the main code, and operates only if
1197 NO_RECURSE is defined while compiling pcre.c. If PCRE is built using the
1198 "configure" mechanism, "--disable-stack-for-recursion" turns on this way of
1199 operating.
1201 To make it easier for callers to provide specially tailored get/free
1202 functions for this usage, two new functions, pcre_stack_malloc, and
1203 pcre_stack_free, are used. They are always called in strict stacking order,
1204 and the size of block requested is always the same.
1206 The PCRE_CONFIG_STACKRECURSE info parameter can be used to find out whether
1207 PCRE has been compiled to use the stack or the heap for recursion. The
1208 -C option of pcretest uses this to show which version is compiled.
1210 A new data escape \S, is added to pcretest; it causes the amounts of store
1211 obtained and freed by both kinds of malloc/free at match time to be added
1212 to the output.
1214 2. Changed the locale test to use "fr_FR" instead of "fr" because that's
1215 what's available on my current Linux desktop machine.
1217 3. When matching a UTF-8 string, the test for a valid string at the start has
1218 been extended. If start_offset is not zero, PCRE now checks that it points
1219 to a byte that is the start of a UTF-8 character. If not, it returns
1220 PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET (-11). Note: the whole string is still checked;
1221 this is necessary because there may be backward assertions in the pattern.
1222 When matching the same subject several times, it may save resources to use
1223 PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK on all but the first call if the string is long.
1225 4. The code for checking the validity of UTF-8 strings has been tightened so
1226 that it rejects (a) strings containing 0xfe or 0xff bytes and (b) strings
1227 containing "overlong sequences".
1229 5. Fixed a bug (appearing twice) that I could not find any way of exploiting!
1230 I had written "if ((digitab[*p++] && chtab_digit) == 0)" where the "&&"
1231 should have been "&", but it just so happened that all the cases this let
1232 through by mistake were picked up later in the function.
1234 6. I had used a variable called "isblank" - this is a C99 function, causing
1235 some compilers to warn. To avoid this, I renamed it (as "blankclass").
1237 7. Cosmetic: (a) only output another newline at the end of pcretest if it is
1238 prompting; (b) run "./pcretest /dev/null" at the start of the test script
1239 so the version is shown; (c) stop "make test" echoing "./RunTest".
1241 8. Added patches from David Burgess to enable PCRE to run on EBCDIC systems.
1243 9. The prototype for memmove() for systems that don't have it was using
1244 size_t, but the inclusion of the header that defines size_t was later. I've
1245 moved the #includes for the C headers earlier to avoid this.
1247 10. Added some adjustments to the code to make it easier to compiler on certain
1248 special systems:
1250 (a) Some "const" qualifiers were missing.
1251 (b) Added the macro EXPORT before all exported functions; by default this
1252 is defined to be empty.
1253 (c) Changed the dftables auxiliary program (that builds chartables.c) so
1254 that it reads its output file name as an argument instead of writing
1255 to the standard output and assuming this can be redirected.
1257 11. In UTF-8 mode, if a recursive reference (e.g. (?1)) followed a character
1258 class containing characters with values greater than 255, PCRE compilation
1259 went into a loop.
1261 12. A recursive reference to a subpattern that was within another subpattern
1262 that had a minimum quantifier of zero caused PCRE to crash. For example,
1263 (x(y(?2))z)? provoked this bug with a subject that got as far as the
1264 recursion. If the recursively-called subpattern itself had a zero repeat,
1265 that was OK.
1267 13. In pcretest, the buffer for reading a data line was set at 30K, but the
1268 buffer into which it was copied (for escape processing) was still set at
1269 1024, so long lines caused crashes.
1271 14. A pattern such as /[ab]{1,3}+/ failed to compile, giving the error
1272 "internal error: code overflow...". This applied to any character class
1273 that was followed by a possessive quantifier.
1275 15. Modified the Makefile to add libpcre.la as a prerequisite for
1276 libpcreposix.la because I was told this is needed for a parallel build to
1277 work.
1279 16. If a pattern that contained .* following optional items at the start was
1280 studied, the wrong optimizing data was generated, leading to matching
1281 errors. For example, studying /[ab]*.*c/ concluded, erroneously, that any
1282 matching string must start with a or b or c. The correct conclusion for
1283 this pattern is that a match can start with any character.
1286 Version 4.4 13-Aug-03
1287 ---------------------
1289 1. In UTF-8 mode, a character class containing characters with values between
1290 127 and 255 was not handled correctly if the compiled pattern was studied.
1291 In fixing this, I have also improved the studying algorithm for such
1292 classes (slightly).
1294 2. Three internal functions had redundant arguments passed to them. Removal
1295 might give a very teeny performance improvement.
1297 3. Documentation bug: the value of the capture_top field in a callout is *one
1298 more than* the number of the hightest numbered captured substring.
1300 4. The Makefile linked pcretest and pcregrep with -lpcre, which could result
1301 in incorrectly linking with a previously installed version. They now link
1302 explicitly with libpcre.la.
1304 5. configure.in no longer needs to recognize Cygwin specially.
1306 6. A problem in pcre.in for Windows platforms is fixed.
1308 7. If a pattern was successfully studied, and the -d (or /D) flag was given to
1309 pcretest, it used to include the size of the study block as part of its
1310 output. Unfortunately, the structure contains a field that has a different
1311 size on different hardware architectures. This meant that the tests that
1312 showed this size failed. As the block is currently always of a fixed size,
1313 this information isn't actually particularly useful in pcretest output, so
1314 I have just removed it.
1316 8. Three pre-processor statements accidentally did not start in column 1.
1317 Sadly, there are *still* compilers around that complain, even though
1318 standard C has not required this for well over a decade. Sigh.
1320 9. In pcretest, the code for checking callouts passed small integers in the
1321 callout_data field, which is a void * field. However, some picky compilers
1322 complained about the casts involved for this on 64-bit systems. Now
1323 pcretest passes the address of the small integer instead, which should get
1324 rid of the warnings.
1326 10. By default, when in UTF-8 mode, PCRE now checks for valid UTF-8 strings at
1327 both compile and run time, and gives an error if an invalid UTF-8 sequence
1328 is found. There is a option for disabling this check in cases where the
1329 string is known to be correct and/or the maximum performance is wanted.
1331 11. In response to a bug report, I changed one line in Makefile.in from
1333 -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/lib@WIN_PREFIX@pcreposix.dll.a \
1334 to
1335 -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/@WIN_PREFIX@libpcreposix.dll.a \
1337 to look similar to other lines, but I have no way of telling whether this
1338 is the right thing to do, as I do not use Windows. No doubt I'll get told
1339 if it's wrong...
1342 Version 4.3 21-May-03
1343 ---------------------
1345 1. Two instances of @WIN_PREFIX@ omitted from the Windows targets in the
1346 Makefile.
1348 2. Some refactoring to improve the quality of the code:
1350 (i) The utf8_table... variables are now declared "const".
1352 (ii) The code for \cx, which used the "case flipping" table to upper case
1353 lower case letters, now just substracts 32. This is ASCII-specific,
1354 but the whole concept of \cx is ASCII-specific, so it seems
1355 reasonable.
1357 (iii) PCRE was using its character types table to recognize decimal and
1358 hexadecimal digits in the pattern. This is silly, because it handles
1359 only 0-9, a-f, and A-F, but the character types table is locale-
1360 specific, which means strange things might happen. A private
1361 table is now used for this - though it costs 256 bytes, a table is
1362 much faster than multiple explicit tests. Of course, the standard
1363 character types table is still used for matching digits in subject
1364 strings against \d.
1366 (iv) Strictly, the identifier ESC_t is reserved by POSIX (all identifiers
1367 ending in _t are). So I've renamed it as ESC_tee.
1369 3. The first argument for regexec() in the POSIX wrapper should have been
1370 defined as "const".
1372 4. Changed pcretest to use malloc() for its buffers so that they can be
1373 Electric Fenced for debugging.
1375 5. There were several places in the code where, in UTF-8 mode, PCRE would try
1376 to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string. Often this
1377 had no effect on PCRE's behaviour, but in some circumstances it could
1378 provoke a segmentation fault.
1380 6. A lookbehind at the start of a pattern in UTF-8 mode could also cause PCRE
1381 to try to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string.
1383 7. A lookbehind in a pattern matched in non-UTF-8 mode on a PCRE compiled with
1384 UTF-8 support could misbehave in various ways if the subject string
1385 contained bytes with the 0x80 bit set and the 0x40 bit unset in a lookbehind
1386 area. (PCRE was not checking for the UTF-8 mode flag, and trying to move
1387 back over UTF-8 characters.)
1390 Version 4.2 14-Apr-03
1391 ---------------------
1393 1. Typo "#if SUPPORT_UTF8" instead of "#ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8" fixed.
1395 2. Changes to the building process, supplied by Ronald Landheer-Cieslak
1396 [ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on non-Windows platforms
1397 [NOT_ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on Windows platforms
1398 [WIN_PREFIX]: new variable, "cyg" for Cygwin
1399 * Makefile.in: use autoconf substitution for OBJEXT, EXEEXT, BUILD_OBJEXT
1401 Note: automatic setting of the BUILD variables is not yet working
1402 set CPPFLAGS and BUILD_CPPFLAGS (but don't use yet) - should be used at
1403 compile-time but not at link-time
1404 [LINK]: use for linking executables only
1405 make different versions for Windows and non-Windows
1406 [LINKLIB]: new variable, copy of UNIX-style LINK, used for linking
1407 libraries
1408 [LINK_FOR_BUILD]: new variable
1409 [OBJEXT]: use throughout
1410 [EXEEXT]: use throughout
1411 <winshared>: new target
1412 <wininstall>: new target
1413 <dftables.o>: use native compiler
1414 <dftables>: use native linker
1415 <install>: handle Windows platform correctly
1416 <clean>: ditto
1417 <check>: ditto
1418 copy DLL to top builddir before testing
1420 As part of these changes, -no-undefined was removed again. This was reported
1421 to give trouble on HP-UX 11.0, so getting rid of it seems like a good idea
1422 in any case.
1424 3. Some tidies to get rid of compiler warnings:
1426 . In the match_data structure, match_limit was an unsigned long int, whereas
1427 match_call_count was an int. I've made them both unsigned long ints.
1429 . In pcretest the fact that a const uschar * doesn't automatically cast to
1430 a void * provoked a warning.
1432 . Turning on some more compiler warnings threw up some "shadow" variables
1433 and a few more missing casts.
1435 4. If PCRE was complied with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8
1436 option, a class that contained a single character with a value between 128
1437 and 255 (e.g. /[\xFF]/) caused PCRE to crash.
1439 5. If PCRE was compiled with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8
1440 option, a class that contained several characters, but with at least one
1441 whose value was between 128 and 255 caused PCRE to crash.
1444 Version 4.1 12-Mar-03
1445 ---------------------
1447 1. Compiling with gcc -pedantic found a couple of places where casts were
1448 needed, and a string in dftables.c that was longer than standard compilers are
1449 required to support.
1451 2. Compiling with Sun's compiler found a few more places where the code could
1452 be tidied up in order to avoid warnings.
1454 3. The variables for cross-compiling were called HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS; the
1455 first of these names is deprecated in the latest Autoconf in favour of the name
1456 CC_FOR_BUILD, because "host" is typically used to mean the system on which the
1457 compiled code will be run. I can't find a reference for HOST_CFLAGS, but by
1458 analogy I have changed it to CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD.
1460 4. Added -no-undefined to the linking command in the Makefile, because this is
1461 apparently helpful for Windows. To make it work, also added "-L. -lpcre" to the
1462 linking step for the pcreposix library.
1464 5. PCRE was failing to diagnose the case of two named groups with the same
1465 name.
1467 6. A problem with one of PCRE's optimizations was discovered. PCRE remembers a
1468 literal character that is needed in the subject for a match, and scans along to
1469 ensure that it is present before embarking on the full matching process. This
1470 saves time in cases of nested unlimited repeats that are never going to match.
1471 Problem: the scan can take a lot of time if the subject is very long (e.g.
1472 megabytes), thus penalizing straightforward matches. It is now done only if the
1473 amount of subject to be scanned is less than 1000 bytes.
1475 7. A lesser problem with the same optimization is that it was recording the
1476 first character of an anchored pattern as "needed", thus provoking a search
1477 right along the subject, even when the first match of the pattern was going to
1478 fail. The "needed" character is now not set for anchored patterns, unless it
1479 follows something in the pattern that is of non-fixed length. Thus, it still
1480 fulfils its original purpose of finding quick non-matches in cases of nested
1481 unlimited repeats, but isn't used for simple anchored patterns such as /^abc/.
1484 Version 4.0 17-Feb-03
1485 ---------------------
1487 1. If a comment in an extended regex that started immediately after a meta-item
1488 extended to the end of string, PCRE compiled incorrect data. This could lead to
1489 all kinds of weird effects. Example: /#/ was bad; /()#/ was bad; /a#/ was not.
1491 2. Moved to autoconf 2.53 and libtool 1.4.2.
1493 3. Perl 5.8 no longer needs "use utf8" for doing UTF-8 things. Consequently,
1494 the special perltest8 script is no longer needed - all the tests can be run
1495 from a single perltest script.
1497 4. From 5.004, Perl has not included the VT character (0x0b) in the set defined
1498 by \s. It has now been removed in PCRE. This means it isn't recognized as
1499 whitespace in /x regexes too, which is the same as Perl. Note that the POSIX
1500 class [:space:] *does* include VT, thereby creating a mess.
1502 5. Added the class [:blank:] (a GNU extension from Perl 5.8) to match only
1503 space and tab.
1505 6. Perl 5.005 was a long time ago. It's time to amalgamate the tests that use
1506 its new features into the main test script, reducing the number of scripts.
1508 7. Perl 5.8 has changed the meaning of patterns like /a(?i)b/. Earlier versions
1509 were backward compatible, and made the (?i) apply to the whole pattern, as if
1510 /i were given. Now it behaves more logically, and applies the option setting
1511 only to what follows. PCRE has been changed to follow suit. However, if it
1512 finds options settings right at the start of the pattern, it extracts them into
1513 the global options, as before. Thus, they show up in the info data.
1515 8. Added support for the \Q...\E escape sequence. Characters in between are
1516 treated as literals. This is slightly different from Perl in that $ and @ are
1517 also handled as literals inside the quotes. In Perl, they will cause variable
1518 interpolation. Note the following examples:
1520 Pattern PCRE matches Perl matches
1522 \Qabc$xyz\E abc$xyz abc followed by the contents of $xyz
1523 \Qabc\$xyz\E abc\$xyz abc\$xyz
1524 \Qabc\E\$\Qxyz\E abc$xyz abc$xyz
1526 For compatibility with Perl, \Q...\E sequences are recognized inside character
1527 classes as well as outside them.
1529 9. Re-organized 3 code statements in pcretest to avoid "overflow in
1530 floating-point constant arithmetic" warnings from a Microsoft compiler. Added a
1531 (size_t) cast to one statement in pcretest and one in pcreposix to avoid
1532 signed/unsigned warnings.
1534 10. SunOS4 doesn't have strtoul(). This was used only for unpicking the -o
1535 option for pcretest, so I've replaced it by a simple function that does just
1536 that job.
1538 11. pcregrep was ending with code 0 instead of 2 for the commands "pcregrep" or
1539 "pcregrep -".
1541 12. Added "possessive quantifiers" ?+, *+, ++, and {,}+ which come from Sun's
1542 Java package. This provides some syntactic sugar for simple cases of what my
1543 documentation calls "once-only subpatterns". A pattern such as x*+ is the same
1544 as (?>x*). In other words, if what is inside (?>...) is just a single repeated
1545 item, you can use this simplified notation. Note that only makes sense with
1546 greedy quantifiers. Consequently, the use of the possessive quantifier forces
1547 greediness, whatever the setting of the PCRE_UNGREEDY option.
1549 13. A change of greediness default within a pattern was not taking effect at
1550 the current level for patterns like /(b+(?U)a+)/. It did apply to parenthesized
1551 subpatterns that followed. Patterns like /b+(?U)a+/ worked because the option
1552 was abstracted outside.
1554 14. PCRE now supports the \G assertion. It is true when the current matching
1555 position is at the start point of the match. This differs from \A when the
1556 starting offset is non-zero. Used with the /g option of pcretest (or similar
1557 code), it works in the same way as it does for Perl's /g option. If all
1558 alternatives of a regex begin with \G, the expression is anchored to the start
1559 match position, and the "anchored" flag is set in the compiled expression.
1561 15. Some bugs concerning the handling of certain option changes within patterns
1562 have been fixed. These applied to options other than (?ims). For example,
1563 "a(?x: b c )d" did not match "XabcdY" but did match "Xa b c dY". It should have
1564 been the other way round. Some of this was related to change 7 above.
1566 16. PCRE now gives errors for /[.x.]/ and /[=x=]/ as unsupported POSIX
1567 features, as Perl does. Previously, PCRE gave the warnings only for /[[.x.]]/
1568 and /[[=x=]]/. PCRE now also gives an error for /[:name:]/ because it supports
1569 POSIX classes only within a class (e.g. /[[:alpha:]]/).
1571 17. Added support for Perl's \C escape. This matches one byte, even in UTF8
1572 mode. Unlike ".", it always matches newline, whatever the setting of
1573 PCRE_DOTALL. However, PCRE does not permit \C to appear in lookbehind
1574 assertions. Perl allows it, but it doesn't (in general) work because it can't
1575 calculate the length of the lookbehind. At least, that's the case for Perl
1576 5.8.0 - I've been told they are going to document that it doesn't work in
1577 future.
1579 18. Added an error diagnosis for escapes that PCRE does not support: these are
1580 \L, \l, \N, \P, \p, \U, \u, and \X.
1582 19. Although correctly diagnosing a missing ']' in a character class, PCRE was
1583 reading past the end of the pattern in cases such as /[abcd/.
1585 20. PCRE was getting more memory than necessary for patterns with classes that
1586 contained both POSIX named classes and other characters, e.g. /[[:space:]abc/.
1588 21. Added some code, conditional on #ifdef VPCOMPAT, to make life easier for
1589 compiling PCRE for use with Virtual Pascal.
1591 22. Small fix to the Makefile to make it work properly if the build is done
1592 outside the source tree.
1594 23. Added a new extension: a condition to go with recursion. If a conditional
1595 subpattern starts with (?(R) the "true" branch is used if recursion has
1596 happened, whereas the "false" branch is used only at the top level.
1598 24. When there was a very long string of literal characters (over 255 bytes
1599 without UTF support, over 250 bytes with UTF support), the computation of how
1600 much memory was required could be incorrect, leading to segfaults or other
1601 strange effects.
1603 25. PCRE was incorrectly assuming anchoring (either to start of subject or to
1604 start of line for a non-DOTALL pattern) when a pattern started with (.*) and
1605 there was a subsequent back reference to those brackets. This meant that, for
1606 example, /(.*)\d+\1/ failed to match "abc123bc". Unfortunately, it isn't
1607 possible to check for precisely this case. All we can do is abandon the
1608 optimization if .* occurs inside capturing brackets when there are any back
1609 references whatsoever. (See below for a better fix that came later.)
1611 26. The handling of the optimization for finding the first character of a
1612 non-anchored pattern, and for finding a character that is required later in the
1613 match were failing in some cases. This didn't break the matching; it just
1614 failed to optimize when it could. The way this is done has been re-implemented.
1616 27. Fixed typo in error message for invalid (?R item (it said "(?p").
1618 28. Added a new feature that provides some of the functionality that Perl
1619 provides with (?{...}). The facility is termed a "callout". The way it is done
1620 in PCRE is for the caller to provide an optional function, by setting
1621 pcre_callout to its entry point. Like pcre_malloc and pcre_free, this is a
1622 global variable. By default it is unset, which disables all calling out. To get
1623 the function called, the regex must include (?C) at appropriate points. This
1624 is, in fact, equivalent to (?C0), and any number <= 255 may be given with (?C).
1625 This provides a means of identifying different callout points. When PCRE
1626 reaches such a point in the regex, if pcre_callout has been set, the external
1627 function is called. It is provided with data in a structure called
1628 pcre_callout_block, which is defined in pcre.h. If the function returns 0,
1629 matching continues; if it returns a non-zero value, the match at the current
1630 point fails. However, backtracking will occur if possible. [This was changed
1631 later and other features added - see item 49 below.]
1633 29. pcretest is upgraded to test the callout functionality. It provides a
1634 callout function that displays information. By default, it shows the start of
1635 the match and the current position in the text. There are some new data escapes
1636 to vary what happens:
1638 \C+ in addition, show current contents of captured substrings
1639 \C- do not supply a callout function
1640 \C!n return 1 when callout number n is reached
1641 \C!n!m return 1 when callout number n is reached for the mth time
1643 30. If pcregrep was called with the -l option and just a single file name, it
1644 output "<stdin>" if a match was found, instead of the file name.
1646 31. Improve the efficiency of the POSIX API to PCRE. If the number of capturing
1647 slots is less than POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD, use a block on the stack to pass to
1648 pcre_exec(). This saves a malloc/free per call. The default value of
1649 POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD is 10; it can be changed by --with-posix-malloc-threshold
1650 when configuring.
1652 32. The default maximum size of a compiled pattern is 64K. There have been a
1653 few cases of people hitting this limit. The code now uses macros to handle the
1654 storing of links as offsets within the compiled pattern. It defaults to 2-byte
1655 links, but this can be changed to 3 or 4 bytes by --with-link-size when
1656 configuring. Tests 2 and 5 work only with 2-byte links because they output
1657 debugging information about compiled patterns.
1659 33. Internal code re-arrangements:
1661 (a) Moved the debugging function for printing out a compiled regex into
1662 its own source file (printint.c) and used #include to pull it into
1663 pcretest.c and, when DEBUG is defined, into pcre.c, instead of having two
1664 separate copies.
1666 (b) Defined the list of op-code names for debugging as a macro in
1667 internal.h so that it is next to the definition of the opcodes.
1669 (c) Defined a table of op-code lengths for simpler skipping along compiled
1670 code. This is again a macro in internal.h so that it is next to the
1671 definition of the opcodes.
1673 34. Added support for recursive calls to individual subpatterns, along the
1674 lines of Robin Houston's patch (but implemented somewhat differently).
1676 35. Further mods to the Makefile to help Win32. Also, added code to pcregrep to
1677 allow it to read and process whole directories in Win32. This code was
1678 contributed by Lionel Fourquaux; it has not been tested by me.
1680 36. Added support for named subpatterns. The Python syntax (?P<name>...) is
1681 used to name a group. Names consist of alphanumerics and underscores, and must
1682 be unique. Back references use the syntax (?P=name) and recursive calls use
1683 (?P>name) which is a PCRE extension to the Python extension. Groups still have
1684 numbers. The function pcre_fullinfo() can be used after compilation to extract
1685 a name/number map. There are three relevant calls:
1687 PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE yields the size of each entry in the map
1688 PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT yields the number of entries
1689 PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE yields a pointer to the map.
1691 The map is a vector of fixed-size entries. The size of each entry depends on
1692 the length of the longest name used. The first two bytes of each entry are the
1693 group number, most significant byte first. There follows the corresponding
1694 name, zero terminated. The names are in alphabetical order.
1696 37. Make the maximum literal string in the compiled code 250 for the non-UTF-8
1697 case instead of 255. Making it the same both with and without UTF-8 support
1698 means that the same test output works with both.
1700 38. There was a case of malloc(0) in the POSIX testing code in pcretest. Avoid
1701 calling malloc() with a zero argument.
1703 39. Change 25 above had to resort to a heavy-handed test for the .* anchoring
1704 optimization. I've improved things by keeping a bitmap of backreferences with
1705 numbers 1-31 so that if .* occurs inside capturing brackets that are not in
1706 fact referenced, the optimization can be applied. It is unlikely that a
1707 relevant occurrence of .* (i.e. one which might indicate anchoring or forcing
1708 the match to follow \n) will appear inside brackets with a number greater than
1709 31, but if it does, any back reference > 31 suppresses the optimization.
1711 40. Added a new compile-time option PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE. This has the effect
1712 of disabling numbered capturing parentheses. Any opening parenthesis that is
1713 not followed by ? behaves as if it were followed by ?: but named parentheses
1714 can still be used for capturing (and they will acquire numbers in the usual
1715 way).
1717 41. Redesigned the return codes from the match() function into yes/no/error so
1718 that errors can be passed back from deep inside the nested calls. A malloc
1719 failure while inside a recursive subpattern call now causes the
1720 PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY return instead of quietly going wrong.
1722 42. It is now possible to set a limit on the number of times the match()
1723 function is called in a call to pcre_exec(). This facility makes it possible to
1724 limit the amount of recursion and backtracking, though not in a directly
1725 obvious way, because the match() function is used in a number of different
1726 circumstances. The count starts from zero for each position in the subject
1727 string (for non-anchored patterns). The default limit is, for compatibility, a
1728 large number, namely 10 000 000. You can change this in two ways:
1730 (a) When configuring PCRE before making, you can use --with-match-limit=n
1731 to set a default value for the compiled library.
1733 (b) For each call to pcre_exec(), you can pass a pcre_extra block in which
1734 a different value is set. See 45 below.
1736 If the limit is exceeded, pcre_exec() returns PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT.
1738 43. Added a new function pcre_config(int, void *) to enable run-time extraction
1739 of things that can be changed at compile time. The first argument specifies
1740 what is wanted and the second points to where the information is to be placed.
1741 The current list of available information is:
1745 The output is an integer that is set to one if UTF-8 support is available;
1746 otherwise it is set to zero.
1750 The output is an integer that it set to the value of the code that is used for
1751 newline. It is either LF (10) or CR (13).
1755 The output is an integer that contains the number of bytes used for internal
1756 linkage in compiled expressions. The value is 2, 3, or 4. See item 32 above.
1760 The output is an integer that contains the threshold above which the POSIX
1761 interface uses malloc() for output vectors. See item 31 above.
1765 The output is an unsigned integer that contains the default limit of the number
1766 of match() calls in a pcre_exec() execution. See 42 above.
1768 44. pcretest has been upgraded by the addition of the -C option. This causes it
1769 to extract all the available output from the new pcre_config() function, and to
1770 output it. The program then exits immediately.
1772 45. A need has arisen to pass over additional data with calls to pcre_exec() in
1773 order to support additional features. One way would have been to define
1774 pcre_exec2() (for example) with extra arguments, but this would not have been
1775 extensible, and would also have required all calls to the original function to
1776 be mapped to the new one. Instead, I have chosen to extend the mechanism that
1777 is used for passing in "extra" data from pcre_study().
1779 The pcre_extra structure is now exposed and defined in pcre.h. It currently
1780 contains the following fields:
1782 flags a bitmap indicating which of the following fields are set
1783 study_data opaque data from pcre_study()
1784 match_limit a way of specifying a limit on match() calls for a specific
1785 call to pcre_exec()
1786 callout_data data for callouts (see 49 below)
1788 The flag bits are also defined in pcre.h, and are
1794 The pcre_study() function now returns one of these new pcre_extra blocks, with
1795 the actual study data pointed to by the study_data field, and the
1796 PCRE_EXTRA_STUDY_DATA flag set. This can be passed directly to pcre_exec() as
1797 before. That is, this change is entirely upwards-compatible and requires no
1798 change to existing code.
1800 If you want to pass in additional data to pcre_exec(), you can either place it
1801 in a pcre_extra block provided by pcre_study(), or create your own pcre_extra
1802 block.
1804 46. pcretest has been extended to test the PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT feature. If a
1805 data string contains the escape sequence \M, pcretest calls pcre_exec() several
1806 times with different match limits, until it finds the minimum value needed for
1807 pcre_exec() to complete. The value is then output. This can be instructive; for
1808 most simple matches the number is quite small, but for pathological cases it
1809 gets very large very quickly.
1811 47. There's a new option for pcre_fullinfo() called PCRE_INFO_STUDYSIZE. It
1812 returns the size of the data block pointed to by the study_data field in a
1813 pcre_extra block, that is, the value that was passed as the argument to
1814 pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory in which to place the information
1815 created by pcre_study(). The fourth argument should point to a size_t variable.
1816 pcretest has been extended so that this information is shown after a successful
1817 pcre_study() call when information about the compiled regex is being displayed.
1819 48. Cosmetic change to Makefile: there's no need to have / after $(DESTDIR)
1820 because what follows is always an absolute path. (Later: it turns out that this
1821 is more than cosmetic for MinGW, because it doesn't like empty path
1822 components.)
1824 49. Some changes have been made to the callout feature (see 28 above):
1826 (i) A callout function now has three choices for what it returns:
1828 0 => success, carry on matching
1829 > 0 => failure at this point, but backtrack if possible
1830 < 0 => serious error, return this value from pcre_exec()
1832 Negative values should normally be chosen from the set of PCRE_ERROR_xxx
1833 values. In particular, returning PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH forces a standard
1834 "match failed" error. The error number PCRE_ERROR_CALLOUT is reserved for
1835 use by callout functions. It will never be used by PCRE itself.
1837 (ii) The pcre_extra structure (see 45 above) has a void * field called
1838 callout_data, with corresponding flag bit PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA. The
1839 pcre_callout_block structure has a field of the same name. The contents of
1840 the field passed in the pcre_extra structure are passed to the callout
1841 function in the corresponding field in the callout block. This makes it
1842 easier to use the same callout-containing regex from multiple threads. For
1843 testing, the pcretest program has a new data escape
1845 \C*n pass the number n (may be negative) as callout_data
1847 If the callout function in pcretest receives a non-zero value as
1848 callout_data, it returns that value.
1850 50. Makefile wasn't handling CFLAGS properly when compiling dftables. Also,
1851 there were some redundant $(CFLAGS) in commands that are now specified as
1852 $(LINK), which already includes $(CFLAGS).
1854 51. Extensions to UTF-8 support are listed below. These all apply when (a) PCRE
1855 has been compiled with UTF-8 support *and* pcre_compile() has been compiled
1856 with the PCRE_UTF8 flag. Patterns that are compiled without that flag assume
1857 one-byte characters throughout. Note that case-insensitive matching applies
1858 only to characters whose values are less than 256. PCRE doesn't support the
1859 notion of cases for higher-valued characters.
1861 (i) A character class whose characters are all within 0-255 is handled as
1862 a bit map, and the map is inverted for negative classes. Previously, a
1863 character > 255 always failed to match such a class; however it should
1864 match if the class was a negative one (e.g. [^ab]). This has been fixed.
1866 (ii) A negated character class with a single character < 255 is coded as
1867 "not this character" (OP_NOT). This wasn't working properly when the test
1868 character was multibyte, either singly or repeated.
1870 (iii) Repeats of multibyte characters are now handled correctly in UTF-8
1871 mode, for example: \x{100}{2,3}.
1873 (iv) The character escapes \b, \B, \d, \D, \s, \S, \w, and \W (either
1874 singly or repeated) now correctly test multibyte characters. However,
1875 PCRE doesn't recognize any characters with values greater than 255 as
1876 digits, spaces, or word characters. Such characters always match \D, \S,
1877 and \W, and never match \d, \s, or \w.
1879 (v) Classes may now contain characters and character ranges with values
1880 greater than 255. For example: [ab\x{100}-\x{400}].
1882 (vi) pcregrep now has a --utf-8 option (synonym -u) which makes it call
1883 PCRE in UTF-8 mode.
1885 52. The info request value PCRE_INFO_FIRSTCHAR has been renamed
1886 PCRE_INFO_FIRSTBYTE because it is a byte value. However, the old name is
1887 retained for backwards compatibility. (Note that LASTLITERAL is also a byte
1888 value.)
1890 53. The single man page has become too large. I have therefore split it up into
1891 a number of separate man pages. These also give rise to individual HTML pages;
1892 these are now put in a separate directory, and there is an index.html page that
1893 lists them all. Some hyperlinking between the pages has been installed.
1895 54. Added convenience functions for handling named capturing parentheses.
1897 55. Unknown escapes inside character classes (e.g. [\M]) and escapes that
1898 aren't interpreted therein (e.g. [\C]) are literals in Perl. This is now also
1899 true in PCRE, except when the PCRE_EXTENDED option is set, in which case they
1900 are faulted.
1902 56. Introduced HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS which can be set in the environment when
1903 calling configure. These values are used when compiling the dftables.c program
1904 which is run to generate the source of the default character tables. They
1905 default to the values of CC and CFLAGS. If you are cross-compiling PCRE,
1906 you will need to set these values.
1908 57. Updated the building process for Windows DLL, as provided by Fred Cox.
1911 Version 3.9 02-Jan-02
1912 ---------------------
1914 1. A bit of extraneous text had somehow crept into the pcregrep documentation.
1916 2. If --disable-static was given, the building process failed when trying to
1917 build pcretest and pcregrep. (For some reason it was using libtool to compile
1918 them, which is not right, as they aren't part of the library.)
1921 Version 3.8 18-Dec-01
1922 ---------------------
1924 1. The experimental UTF-8 code was completely screwed up. It was packing the
1925 bytes in the wrong order. How dumb can you get?
1928 Version 3.7 29-Oct-01
1929 ---------------------
1931 1. In updating pcretest to check change 1 of version 3.6, I screwed up.
1932 This caused pcretest, when used on the test data, to segfault. Unfortunately,
1933 this didn't happen under Solaris 8, where I normally test things.
1935 2. The Makefile had to be changed to make it work on BSD systems, where 'make'
1936 doesn't seem to recognize that ./xxx and xxx are the same file. (This entry
1937 isn't in ChangeLog distributed with 3.7 because I forgot when I hastily made
1938 this fix an hour or so after the initial 3.7 release.)
1941 Version 3.6 23-Oct-01
1942 ---------------------
1944 1. Crashed with /(sens|respons)e and \1ibility/ and "sense and sensibility" if
1945 offsets passed as NULL with zero offset count.
1947 2. The config.guess and config.sub files had not been updated when I moved to
1948 the latest autoconf.
1951 Version 3.5 15-Aug-01
1952 ---------------------
1954 1. Added some missing #if !defined NOPOSIX conditionals in pcretest.c that
1955 had been forgotten.
1957 2. By using declared but undefined structures, we can avoid using "void"
1958 definitions in pcre.h while keeping the internal definitions of the structures
1959 private.
1961 3. The distribution is now built using autoconf 2.50 and libtool 1.4. From a
1962 user point of view, this means that both static and shared libraries are built
1963 by default, but this can be individually controlled. More of the work of
1964 handling this static/shared cases is now inside libtool instead of PCRE's make
1965 file.
1967 4. The pcretest utility is now installed along with pcregrep because it is
1968 useful for users (to test regexs) and by doing this, it automatically gets
1969 relinked by libtool. The documentation has been turned into a man page, so
1970 there are now .1, .txt, and .html versions in /doc.
1972 5. Upgrades to pcregrep:
1973 (i) Added long-form option names like gnu grep.
1974 (ii) Added --help to list all options with an explanatory phrase.
1975 (iii) Added -r, --recursive to recurse into sub-directories.
1976 (iv) Added -f, --file to read patterns from a file.
1978 6. pcre_exec() was referring to its "code" argument before testing that
1979 argument for NULL (and giving an error if it was NULL).
1981 7. Upgraded Makefile.in to allow for compiling in a different directory from
1982 the source directory.
1984 8. Tiny buglet in pcretest: when pcre_fullinfo() was called to retrieve the
1985 options bits, the pointer it was passed was to an int instead of to an unsigned
1986 long int. This mattered only on 64-bit systems.
1988 9. Fixed typo (3.4/1) in pcre.h again. Sigh. I had changed pcre.h (which is
1989 generated) instead of pcre.in, which it its source. Also made the same change
1990 in several of the .c files.
1992 10. A new release of gcc defines printf() as a macro, which broke pcretest
1993 because it had an ifdef in the middle of a string argument for printf(). Fixed
1994 by using separate calls to printf().
1996 11. Added --enable-newline-is-cr and --enable-newline-is-lf to the configure
1997 script, to force use of CR or LF instead of \n in the source. On non-Unix
1998 systems, the value can be set in config.h.
2000 12. The limit of 200 on non-capturing parentheses is a _nesting_ limit, not an
2001 absolute limit. Changed the text of the error message to make this clear, and
2002 likewise updated the man page.
2004 13. The limit of 99 on the number of capturing subpatterns has been removed.
2005 The new limit is 65535, which I hope will not be a "real" limit.
2008 Version 3.4 22-Aug-00
2009 ---------------------
2011 1. Fixed typo in pcre.h: unsigned const char * changed to const unsigned char *.
2013 2. Diagnose condition (?(0) as an error instead of crashing on matching.
2016 Version 3.3 01-Aug-00
2017 ---------------------
2019 1. If an octal character was given, but the value was greater than \377, it
2020 was not getting masked to the least significant bits, as documented. This could
2021 lead to crashes in some systems.
2023 2. Perl 5.6 (if not earlier versions) accepts classes like [a-\d] and treats
2024 the hyphen as a literal. PCRE used to give an error; it now behaves like Perl.
2026 3. Added the functions pcre_free_substring() and pcre_free_substring_list().
2027 These just pass their arguments on to (pcre_free)(), but they are provided
2028 because some uses of PCRE bind it to non-C systems that can call its functions,
2029 but cannot call free() or pcre_free() directly.
2031 4. Add "make test" as a synonym for "make check". Corrected some comments in
2032 the Makefile.
2034 5. Add $(DESTDIR)/ in front of all the paths in the "install" target in the
2035 Makefile.
2037 6. Changed the name of pgrep to pcregrep, because Solaris has introduced a
2038 command called pgrep for grepping around the active processes.
2040 7. Added the beginnings of support for UTF-8 character strings.
2042 8. Arranged for the Makefile to pass over the settings of CC, CFLAGS, and
2043 RANLIB to ./ltconfig so that they are used by libtool. I think these are all
2044 the relevant ones. (AR is not passed because ./ltconfig does its own figuring
2045 out for the ar command.)
2048 Version 3.2 12-May-00
2049 ---------------------
2051 This is purely a bug fixing release.
2053 1. If the pattern /((Z)+|A)*/ was matched agained ZABCDEFG it matched Z instead
2054 of ZA. This was just one example of several cases that could provoke this bug,
2055 which was introduced by change 9 of version 2.00. The code for breaking
2056 infinite loops after an iteration that matches an empty string was't working
2057 correctly.
2059 2. The pcretest program was not imitating Perl correctly for the pattern /a*/g
2060 when matched against abbab (for example). After matching an empty string, it
2061 wasn't forcing anchoring when setting PCRE_NOTEMPTY for the next attempt; this
2062 caused it to match further down the string than it should.
2064 3. The code contained an inclusion of sys/types.h. It isn't clear why this
2065 was there because it doesn't seem to be needed, and it causes trouble on some
2066 systems, as it is not a Standard C header. It has been removed.
2068 4. Made 4 silly changes to the source to avoid stupid compiler warnings that
2069 were reported on the Macintosh. The changes were from
2071 while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n');
2072 to
2073 while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n') ;
2075 Totally extraordinary, but if that's what it takes...
2077 5. PCRE is being used in one environment where neither memmove() nor bcopy() is
2078 available. Added HAVE_BCOPY and an autoconf test for it; if neither
2079 HAVE_MEMMOVE nor HAVE_BCOPY is set, use a built-in emulation function which
2080 assumes the way PCRE uses memmove() (always moving upwards).
2082 6. PCRE is being used in one environment where strchr() is not available. There
2083 was only one use in pcre.c, and writing it out to avoid strchr() probably gives
2084 faster code anyway.
2087 Version 3.1 09-Feb-00
2088 ---------------------
2090 The only change in this release is the fixing of some bugs in Makefile.in for
2091 the "install" target:
2093 (1) It was failing to install pcreposix.h.
2095 (2) It was overwriting the pcre.3 man page with the pcreposix.3 man page.
2098 Version 3.0 01-Feb-00
2099 ---------------------
2101 1. Add support for the /+ modifier to perltest (to output $` like it does in
2102 pcretest).
2104 2. Add support for the /g modifier to perltest.
2106 3. Fix pcretest so that it behaves even more like Perl for /g when the pattern
2107 matches null strings.
2109 4. Fix perltest so that it doesn't do unwanted things when fed an empty
2110 pattern. Perl treats empty patterns specially - it reuses the most recent
2111 pattern, which is not what we want. Replace // by /(?#)/ in order to avoid this
2112 effect.
2114 5. The POSIX interface was broken in that it was just handing over the POSIX
2115 captured string vector to pcre_exec(), but (since release 2.00) PCRE has
2116 required a bigger vector, with some working space on the end. This means that
2117 the POSIX wrapper now has to get and free some memory, and copy the results.
2119 6. Added some simple autoconf support, placing the test data and the
2120 documentation in separate directories, re-organizing some of the
2121 information files, and making it build pcre-config (a GNU standard). Also added
2122 libtool support for building PCRE as a shared library, which is now the
2123 default.
2125 7. Got rid of the leading zero in the definition of PCRE_MINOR because 08 and
2126 09 are not valid octal constants. Single digits will be used for minor values
2127 less than 10.
2129 8. Defined REG_EXTENDED and REG_NOSUB as zero in the POSIX header, so that
2130 existing programs that set these in the POSIX interface can use PCRE without
2131 modification.
2133 9. Added a new function, pcre_fullinfo() with an extensible interface. It can
2134 return all that pcre_info() returns, plus additional data. The pcre_info()
2135 function is retained for compatibility, but is considered to be obsolete.
2137 10. Added experimental recursion feature (?R) to handle one common case that
2138 Perl 5.6 will be able to do with (?p{...}).
2140 11. Added support for POSIX character classes like [:alpha:], which Perl is
2141 adopting.
2144 Version 2.08 31-Aug-99
2145 ----------------------
2147 1. When startoffset was not zero and the pattern began with ".*", PCRE was not
2148 trying to match at the startoffset position, but instead was moving forward to
2149 the next newline as if a previous match had failed.
2151 2. pcretest was not making use of PCRE_NOTEMPTY when repeating for /g and /G,
2152 and could get into a loop if a null string was matched other than at the start
2153 of the subject.
2155 3. Added definitions of PCRE_MAJOR and PCRE_MINOR to pcre.h so the version can
2156 be distinguished at compile time, and for completeness also added PCRE_DATE.
2158 5. Added Paul Sokolovsky's minor changes to make it easy to compile a Win32 DLL
2159 in GnuWin32 environments.
2162 Version 2.07 29-Jul-99
2163 ----------------------
2165 1. The documentation is now supplied in plain text form and HTML as well as in
2166 the form of man page sources.
2168 2. C++ compilers don't like assigning (void *) values to other pointer types.
2169 In particular this affects malloc(). Although there is no problem in Standard
2170 C, I've put in casts to keep C++ compilers happy.
2172 3. Typo on pcretest.c; a cast of (unsigned char *) in the POSIX regexec() call
2173 should be (const char *).
2175 4. If NOPOSIX is defined, pcretest.c compiles without POSIX support. This may
2176 be useful for non-Unix systems who don't want to bother with the POSIX stuff.
2177 However, I haven't made this a standard facility. The documentation doesn't
2178 mention it, and the Makefile doesn't support it.
2180 5. The Makefile now contains an "install" target, with editable destinations at
2181 the top of the file. The pcretest program is not installed.
2183 6. pgrep -V now gives the PCRE version number and date.
2185 7. Fixed bug: a zero repetition after a literal string (e.g. /abcde{0}/) was
2186 causing the entire string to be ignored, instead of just the last character.
2188 8. If a pattern like /"([^\\"]+|\\.)*"/ is applied in the normal way to a
2189 non-matching string, it can take a very, very long time, even for strings of
2190 quite modest length, because of the nested recursion. PCRE now does better in
2191 some of these cases. It does this by remembering the last required literal
2192 character in the pattern, and pre-searching the subject to ensure it is present
2193 before running the real match. In other words, it applies a heuristic to detect
2194 some types of certain failure quickly, and in the above example, if presented
2195 with a string that has no trailing " it gives "no match" very quickly.
2197 9. A new runtime option PCRE_NOTEMPTY causes null string matches to be ignored;
2198 other alternatives are tried instead.
2201 Version 2.06 09-Jun-99
2202 ----------------------
2204 1. Change pcretest's output for amount of store used to show just the code
2205 space, because the remainder (the data block) varies in size between 32-bit and
2206 64-bit systems.
2208 2. Added an extra argument to pcre_exec() to supply an offset in the subject to
2209 start matching at. This allows lookbehinds to work when searching for multiple
2210 occurrences in a string.
2212 3. Added additional options to pcretest for testing multiple occurrences:
2214 /+ outputs the rest of the string that follows a match
2215 /g loops for multiple occurrences, using the new startoffset argument
2216 /G loops for multiple occurrences by passing an incremented pointer
2218 4. PCRE wasn't doing the "first character" optimization for patterns starting
2219 with \b or \B, though it was doing it for other lookbehind assertions. That is,
2220 it wasn't noticing that a match for a pattern such as /\bxyz/ has to start with
2221 the letter 'x'. On long subject strings, this gives a significant speed-up.
2224 Version 2.05 21-Apr-99
2225 ----------------------
2227 1. Changed the type of magic_number from int to long int so that it works
2228 properly on 16-bit systems.
2230 2. Fixed a bug which caused patterns starting with .* not to work correctly
2231 when the subject string contained newline characters. PCRE was assuming
2232 anchoring for such patterns in all cases, which is not correct because .* will
2233 not pass a newline unless PCRE_DOTALL is set. It now assumes anchoring only if
2234 DOTALL is set at top level; otherwise it knows that patterns starting with .*
2235 must be retried after every newline in the subject.
2238 Version 2.04 18-Feb-99
2239 ----------------------
2241 1. For parenthesized subpatterns with repeats whose minimum was zero, the
2242 computation of the store needed to hold the pattern was incorrect (too large).
2243 If such patterns were nested a few deep, this could multiply and become a real
2244 problem.
2246 2. Added /M option to pcretest to show the memory requirement of a specific
2247 pattern. Made -m a synonym of -s (which does this globally) for compatibility.
2249 3. Subpatterns of the form (regex){n,m} (i.e. limited maximum) were being
2250 compiled in such a way that the backtracking after subsequent failure was
2251 pessimal. Something like (a){0,3} was compiled as (a)?(a)?(a)? instead of
2252 ((a)((a)(a)?)?)? with disastrous performance if the maximum was of any size.
2255 Version 2.03 02-Feb-99
2256 ----------------------
2258 1. Fixed typo and small mistake in man page.
2260 2. Added 4th condition (GPL supersedes if conflict) and created separate
2261 LICENCE file containing the conditions.
2263 3. Updated pcretest so that patterns such as /abc\/def/ work like they do in
2264 Perl, that is the internal \ allows the delimiter to be included in the
2265 pattern. Locked out the use of \ as a delimiter. If \ immediately follows
2266 the final delimiter, add \ to the end of the pattern (to test the error).
2268 4. Added the convenience functions for extracting substrings after a successful
2269 match. Updated pcretest to make it able to test these functions.
2272 Version 2.02 14-Jan-99
2273 ----------------------
2275 1. Initialized the working variables associated with each extraction so that
2276 their saving and restoring doesn't refer to uninitialized store.
2278 2. Put dummy code into study.c in order to trick the optimizer of the IBM C
2279 compiler for OS/2 into generating correct code. Apparently IBM isn't going to
2280 fix the problem.
2282 3. Pcretest: the timing code wasn't using LOOPREPEAT for timing execution
2283 calls, and wasn't printing the correct value for compiling calls. Increased the
2284 default value of LOOPREPEAT, and the number of significant figures in the
2285 times.
2287 4. Changed "/bin/rm" in the Makefile to "-rm" so it works on Windows NT.
2289 5. Renamed "deftables" as "dftables" to get it down to 8 characters, to avoid
2290 a building problem on Windows NT with a FAT file system.
2293 Version 2.01 21-Oct-98
2294 ----------------------
2296 1. Changed the API for pcre_compile() to allow for the provision of a pointer
2297 to character tables built by pcre_maketables() in the current locale. If NULL
2298 is passed, the default tables are used.
2301 Version 2.00 24-Sep-98
2302 ----------------------
2304 1. Since the (>?) facility is in Perl 5.005, don't require PCRE_EXTRA to enable
2305 it any more.
2307 2. Allow quantification of (?>) groups, and make it work correctly.
2309 3. The first character computation wasn't working for (?>) groups.
2311 4. Correct the implementation of \Z (it is permitted to match on the \n at the
2312 end of the subject) and add 5.005's \z, which really does match only at the
2313 very end of the subject.
2315 5. Remove the \X "cut" facility; Perl doesn't have it, and (?> is neater.
2317 6. Remove the ability to specify CASELESS, MULTILINE, DOTALL, and
2318 DOLLAR_END_ONLY at runtime, to make it possible to implement the Perl 5.005
2319 localized options. All options to pcre_study() were also removed.
2321 7. Add other new features from 5.005:
2323 $(?<= positive lookbehind
2324 $(?<! negative lookbehind
2325 (?imsx-imsx) added the unsetting capability
2326 such a setting is global if at outer level; local otherwise
2327 (?imsx-imsx:) non-capturing groups with option setting
2328 (?(cond)re|re) conditional pattern matching
2330 A backreference to itself in a repeated group matches the previous
2331 captured string.
2333 8. General tidying up of studying (both automatic and via "study")
2334 consequential on the addition of new assertions.
2336 9. As in 5.005, unlimited repeated groups that could match an empty substring
2337 are no longer faulted at compile time. Instead, the loop is forcibly broken at
2338 runtime if any iteration does actually match an empty substring.
2340 10. Include the RunTest script in the distribution.
2342 11. Added tests from the Perl 5.005_02 distribution. This showed up a few
2343 discrepancies, some of which were old and were also with respect to 5.004. They
2344 have now been fixed.
2347 Version 1.09 28-Apr-98
2348 ----------------------
2350 1. A negated single character class followed by a quantifier with a minimum
2351 value of one (e.g. [^x]{1,6} ) was not compiled correctly. This could lead to
2352 program crashes, or just wrong answers. This did not apply to negated classes
2353 containing more than one character, or to minima other than one.
2356 Version 1.08 27-Mar-98
2357 ----------------------
2359 1. Add PCRE_UNGREEDY to invert the greediness of quantifiers.
2361 2. Add (?U) and (?X) to set PCRE_UNGREEDY and PCRE_EXTRA respectively. The
2362 latter must appear before anything that relies on it in the pattern.
2365 Version 1.07 16-Feb-98
2366 ----------------------
2368 1. A pattern such as /((a)*)*/ was not being diagnosed as in error (unlimited
2369 repeat of a potentially empty string).
2372 Version 1.06 23-Jan-98
2373 ----------------------
2375 1. Added Markus Oberhumer's little patches for C++.
2377 2. Literal strings longer than 255 characters were broken.
2380 Version 1.05 23-Dec-97
2381 ----------------------
2383 1. Negated character classes containing more than one character were failing if
2384 PCRE_CASELESS was set at run time.
2387 Version 1.04 19-Dec-97
2388 ----------------------
2390 1. Corrected the man page, where some "const" qualifiers had been omitted.
2392 2. Made debugging output print "{0,xxx}" instead of just "{,xxx}" to agree with
2393 input syntax.
2395 3. Fixed memory leak which occurred when a regex with back references was
2396 matched with an offsets vector that wasn't big enough. The temporary memory
2397 that is used in this case wasn't being freed if the match failed.
2399 4. Tidied pcretest to ensure it frees memory that it gets.
2401 5. Temporary memory was being obtained in the case where the passed offsets
2402 vector was exactly big enough.
2404 6. Corrected definition of offsetof() from change 5 below.
2406 7. I had screwed up change 6 below and broken the rules for the use of
2407 setjmp(). Now fixed.
2410 Version 1.03 18-Dec-97
2411 ----------------------
2413 1. A erroneous regex with a missing opening parenthesis was correctly
2414 diagnosed, but PCRE attempted to access brastack[-1], which could cause crashes
2415 on some systems.
2417 2. Replaced offsetof(real_pcre, code) by offsetof(real_pcre, code[0]) because
2418 it was reported that one broken compiler failed on the former because "code" is
2419 also an independent variable.
2421 3. The erroneous regex a[]b caused an array overrun reference.
2423 4. A regex ending with a one-character negative class (e.g. /[^k]$/) did not
2424 fail on data ending with that character. (It was going on too far, and checking
2425 the next character, typically a binary zero.) This was specific to the
2426 optimized code for single-character negative classes.
2428 5. Added a contributed patch from the TIN world which does the following:
2430 + Add an undef for memmove, in case the the system defines a macro for it.
2432 + Add a definition of offsetof(), in case there isn't one. (I don't know
2433 the reason behind this - offsetof() is part of the ANSI standard - but
2434 it does no harm).
2436 + Reduce the ifdef's in pcre.c using macro DPRINTF, thereby eliminating
2437 most of the places where whitespace preceded '#'. I have given up and
2438 allowed the remaining 2 cases to be at the margin.
2440 + Rename some variables in pcre to eliminate shadowing. This seems very
2441 pedantic, but does no harm, of course.
2443 6. Moved the call to setjmp() into its own function, to get rid of warnings
2444 from gcc -Wall, and avoided calling it at all unless PCRE_EXTRA is used.
2446 7. Constructs such as \d{8,} were compiling into the equivalent of
2447 \d{8}\d{0,65527} instead of \d{8}\d* which didn't make much difference to the
2448 outcome, but in this particular case used more store than had been allocated,
2449 which caused the bug to be discovered because it threw up an internal error.
2451 8. The debugging code in both pcre and pcretest for outputting the compiled
2452 form of a regex was going wrong in the case of back references followed by
2453 curly-bracketed repeats.
2456 Version 1.02 12-Dec-97
2457 ----------------------
2459 1. Typos in pcre.3 and comments in the source fixed.
2461 2. Applied a contributed patch to get rid of places where it used to remove
2462 'const' from variables, and fixed some signed/unsigned and uninitialized
2463 variable warnings.
2465 3. Added the "runtest" target to Makefile.
2467 4. Set default compiler flag to -O2 rather than just -O.
2470 Version 1.01 19-Nov-97
2471 ----------------------
2473 1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeat of empty string for patterns
2474 like /([ab]*)*/, that is, for classes with more than one character in them.
2476 2. Likewise, it wasn't diagnosing patterns with "once-only" subpatterns, such
2477 as /((?>a*))*/ (a PCRE_EXTRA facility).
2480 Version 1.00 18-Nov-97
2481 ----------------------
2483 1. Added compile-time macros to support systems such as SunOS4 which don't have
2484 memmove() or strerror() but have other things that can be used instead.
2486 2. Arranged that "make clean" removes the executables.
2489 Version 0.99 27-Oct-97
2490 ----------------------
2492 1. Fixed bug in code for optimizing classes with only one character. It was
2493 initializing a 32-byte map regardless, which could cause it to run off the end
2494 of the memory it had got.
2496 2. Added, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA, the proposed (?>REGEX) construction.
2499 Version 0.98 22-Oct-97
2500 ----------------------
2502 1. Fixed bug in code for handling temporary memory usage when there are more
2503 back references than supplied space in the ovector. This could cause segfaults.
2506 Version 0.97 21-Oct-97
2507 ----------------------
2509 1. Added the \X "cut" facility, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA.
2511 2. Optimized negated single characters not to use a bit map.
2513 3. Brought error texts together as macro definitions; clarified some of them;
2514 fixed one that was wrong - it said "range out of order" when it meant "invalid
2515 escape sequence".
2517 4. Changed some char * arguments to const char *.
2519 5. Added PCRE_NOTBOL and PCRE_NOTEOL (from POSIX).
2521 6. Added the POSIX-style API wrapper in pcreposix.a and testing facilities in
2522 pcretest.
2525 Version 0.96 16-Oct-97
2526 ----------------------
2528 1. Added a simple "pgrep" utility to the distribution.
2530 2. Fixed an incompatibility with Perl: "{" is now treated as a normal character
2531 unless it appears in one of the precise forms "{ddd}", "{ddd,}", or "{ddd,ddd}"
2532 where "ddd" means "one or more decimal digits".
2534 3. Fixed serious bug. If a pattern had a back reference, but the call to
2535 pcre_exec() didn't supply a large enough ovector to record the related
2536 identifying subpattern, the match always failed. PCRE now remembers the number
2537 of the largest back reference, and gets some temporary memory in which to save
2538 the offsets during matching if necessary, in order to ensure that
2539 backreferences always work.
2541 4. Increased the compatibility with Perl in a number of ways:
2543 (a) . no longer matches \n by default; an option PCRE_DOTALL is provided
2544 to request this handling. The option can be set at compile or exec time.
2546 (b) $ matches before a terminating newline by default; an option
2547 PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY is provided to override this (but not in multiline
2548 mode). The option can be set at compile or exec time.
2550 (c) The handling of \ followed by a digit other than 0 is now supposed to be
2551 the same as Perl's. If the decimal number it represents is less than 10
2552 or there aren't that many previous left capturing parentheses, an octal
2553 escape is read. Inside a character class, it's always an octal escape,
2554 even if it is a single digit.
2556 (d) An escaped but undefined alphabetic character is taken as a literal,
2557 unless PCRE_EXTRA is set. Currently this just reserves the remaining
2558 escapes.
2560 (e) {0} is now permitted. (The previous item is removed from the compiled
2561 pattern).
2563 5. Changed all the names of code files so that the basic parts are no longer
2564 than 10 characters, and abolished the teeny "globals.c" file.
2566 6. Changed the handling of character classes; they are now done with a 32-byte
2567 bit map always.
2569 7. Added the -d and /D options to pcretest to make it possible to look at the
2570 internals of compilation without having to recompile pcre.
2573 Version 0.95 23-Sep-97
2574 ----------------------
2576 1. Fixed bug in pre-pass concerning escaped "normal" characters such as \x5c or
2577 \x20 at the start of a run of normal characters. These were being treated as
2578 real characters, instead of the source characters being re-checked.
2581 Version 0.94 18-Sep-97
2582 ----------------------
2584 1. The functions are now thread-safe, with the caveat that the global variables
2585 containing pointers to malloc() and free() or alternative functions are the
2586 same for all threads.
2588 2. Get pcre_study() to generate a bitmap of initial characters for non-
2589 anchored patterns when this is possible, and use it if passed to pcre_exec().
2592 Version 0.93 15-Sep-97
2593 ----------------------
2595 1. /(b)|(:+)/ was computing an incorrect first character.
2597 2. Add pcre_study() to the API and the passing of pcre_extra to pcre_exec(),
2598 but not actually doing anything yet.
2600 3. Treat "-" characters in classes that cannot be part of ranges as literals,
2601 as Perl does (e.g. [-az] or [az-]).
2603 4. Set the anchored flag if a branch starts with .* or .*? because that tests
2604 all possible positions.
2606 5. Split up into different modules to avoid including unneeded functions in a
2607 compiled binary. However, compile and exec are still in one module. The "study"
2608 function is split off.
2610 6. The character tables are now in a separate module whose source is generated
2611 by an auxiliary program - but can then be edited by hand if required. There are
2612 now no calls to isalnum(), isspace(), isdigit(), isxdigit(), tolower() or
2613 toupper() in the code.
2615 7. Turn the malloc/free funtions variables into pcre_malloc and pcre_free and
2616 make them global. Abolish the function for setting them, as the caller can now
2617 set them directly.
2620 Version 0.92 11-Sep-97
2621 ----------------------
2623 1. A repeat with a fixed maximum and a minimum of 1 for an ordinary character
2624 (e.g. /a{1,3}/) was broken (I mis-optimized it).
2626 2. Caseless matching was not working in character classes if the characters in
2627 the pattern were in upper case.
2629 3. Make ranges like [W-c] work in the same way as Perl for caseless matching.
2631 4. Make PCRE_ANCHORED public and accept as a compile option.
2633 5. Add an options word to pcre_exec() and accept PCRE_ANCHORED and
2634 PCRE_CASELESS at run time. Add escapes \A and \I to pcretest to cause it to
2635 pass them.
2637 6. Give an error if bad option bits passed at compile or run time.
2639 7. Add PCRE_MULTILINE at compile and exec time, and (?m) as well. Add \M to
2640 pcretest to cause it to pass that flag.
2642 8. Add pcre_info(), to get the number of identifying subpatterns, the stored
2643 options, and the first character, if set.
2645 9. Recognize C+ or C{n,m} where n >= 1 as providing a fixed starting character.
2648 Version 0.91 10-Sep-97
2649 ----------------------
2651 1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeats of subpatterns that could
2652 match the empty string as in /(a*)*/. It was looping and ultimately crashing.
2654 2. PCRE was looping on encountering an indefinitely repeated back reference to
2655 a subpattern that had matched an empty string, e.g. /(a|)\1*/. It now does what
2656 Perl does - treats the match as successful.
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