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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
2  ------------------  ------------------
3    
4  Version 8.32  Version 8.34 xx-xxxx-201x
5  ------------  --------------------------
6    
7    1.  Add pcre[16|32]_jit_free_unused_memory to forcibly free unused JIT
8        executable memory. Patch inspired by Carsten Klein.
9    
10    2.  ./configure --enable-coverage defined SUPPORT_GCOV in config.h, although
11        this macro is never tested and has no effect, because the work to support
12        coverage involves only compiling and linking options and special targets in
13        the Makefile. The comment in config.h implied that defining the macro would
14        enable coverage support, which is totally false. There was also support for
15        setting this macro in the CMake files (my fault, I just copied it from
16        configure). SUPPORT_GCOV has now been removed.
17    
18    3.  Make a small performance improvement in strlen16() and strlen32() in
19        pcretest.
20    
21    4.  Change 36 for 8.33 left some unreachable statements in pcre_exec.c,
22        detected by the Solaris compiler (gcc doesn't seem to be able to diagnose
23        these cases). There was also one in pcretest.c.
24    
25    5.  Cleaned up a "may be uninitialized" compiler warning in pcre_exec.c.
26    
27    6.  In UTF mode, the code for checking whether a group could match an empty
28        string (which is used for indefinitely repeated groups to allow for
29        breaking an infinite loop) was broken when the group contained a repeated
30        negated single-character class with a character that occupied more than one
31        data item and had a minimum repetition of zero (for example, [^\x{100}]* in
32        UTF-8 mode). The effect was undefined: the group might or might not be
33        deemed as matching an empty string, or the program might have crashed.
34    
35    7.  The code for checking whether a group could match an empty string was not
36        recognizing that \h, \H, \v, \V, and \R must match a character.
37    
38    8.  Implemented PCRE_INFO_MATCH_EMPTY, which yields 1 if the pattern can match
39        an empty string. If it can, pcretest shows this in its information output.
40    
41    9.  Fixed two related bugs that applied to Unicode extended grapheme clusters
42        that were repeated with a maximizing qualifier (e.g. \X* or \X{2,5}) when
43        matched by pcre_exec() without using JIT:
44    
45        (a) If the rest of the pattern did not match after a maximal run of
46            grapheme clusters, the code for backing up to try with fewer of them
47            did not always back up over a full grapheme when characters that do not
48            have the modifier quality were involved, e.g. Hangul syllables.
49    
50        (b) If the match point in a subject started with modifier character, and
51            there was no match, the code could incorrectly back up beyond the match
52            point, and potentially beyond the first character in the subject,
53            leading to a segfault or an incorrect match result.
54    
55    10. A conditional group with an assertion condition could lead to PCRE
56        recording an incorrect first data item for a match if no other first data
57        item was recorded. For example, the pattern (?(?=ab)ab) recorded "a" as a
58        first data item, and therefore matched "ca" after "c" instead of at the
59        start.
60    
61    11. Change 40 for 8.33 (allowing pcregrep to find empty strings) showed up a
62        bug that caused the command "echo a | ./pcregrep -M '|a'" to loop.
63    
64    12. The source of pcregrep now includes z/OS-specific code so that it can be
65        compiled for z/OS as part of the special z/OS distribution.
66    
67    13. Added the -T and -TM options to pcretest.
68    
69    14. The code in pcre_compile.c for creating the table of named capturing groups
70        has been refactored. Instead of creating the table dynamically during the
71        actual compiling pass, the information is remembered during the pre-compile
72        pass (on the stack unless there are more than 20 named groups, in which
73        case malloc() is used) and the whole table is created before the actual
74        compile happens. This has simplified the code (it is now nearly 150 lines
75        shorter) and prepared the way for better handling of references to groups
76        with duplicate names.
77    
78    15. A back reference to a named subpattern when there is more than one of the
79        same name now checks them in the order in which they appear in the pattern.
80        The first one that is set is used for the reference. Previously only the
81        first one was inspected. This change makes PCRE more compatible with Perl.
82    
83    16. Unicode character properties were updated from Unicode 6.3.0.
84    
85    17. The compile-time code for auto-possessification has been refactored, based
86        on a patch by Zoltan Herczeg. It now happens after instead of during
87        compilation. The code is cleaner, and more cases are handled. The option
88        PCRE_NO_AUTO_POSSESSIFY is added for testing purposes, and the -O and /O
89        options in pcretest are provided to set it.
90    
91    18. The character VT has been added to the set of characters that match \s and
92        are generally treated as white space, following this same change in Perl
93        5.18. There is now no difference between "Perl space" and "POSIX space".
94    
95    19. The code for checking named groups as conditions, either for being set or
96        for being recursed, has been refactored (this is related to 14 and 15
97        above). Processing unduplicated named groups should now be as fast at
98        numerical groups, and processing duplicated groups should be faster than
99        before.
100    
101    20. Two patches to the CMake build system, by Alexander Barkov:
102    
103          (1) Replace the "source" command by "." in CMakeLists.txt because
104              "source" is a bash-ism.
105    
106          (2) Add missing HAVE_STDINT_H and HAVE_INTTYPES_H to config-cmake.h.in;
107              without these the CMake build does not work on Solaris.
108    
109    21. Perl has changed its handling of \8 and \9. If there is no previously
110        encountered capturing group of those numbers, they are treated as the
111        literal characters 8 and 9 instead of a binary zero followed by the
112        literals. PCRE now does the same.
113    
114    22. Following Perl, added \o{} to specify codepoints in octal, making it
115        possible to specify values greater than 0777 and also making them
116        unambiguous.
117    
118    23. Perl now gives an error for missing closing braces after \x{... instead of
119        treating the string as literal. PCRE now does the same.
120    
121    24. RunTest used to grumble if an inappropriate test was selected explicitly,
122        but just skip it when running all tests. This make it awkward to run ranges
123        of tests when one of them was inappropriate. Now it just skips any
124        inappropriate tests, as it always did when running all tests.
125    
126    25. If PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT and PCRE_UCP were set for a pattern that contained
127        character types such as \d or \w, too many callouts were inserted, and the
128        data that they returned was rubbish.
129    
130    26. In UCP mode, \s was not matching two of the characters that Perl matches,
131        namely NEL (U+0085) and MONGOLIAN VOWEL SEPARATOR (U+180E), though they
132        were matched by \h. The code has now been refactored so that the lists of
133        the horizontal and vertical whitespace characters used for \h and \v (which
134        are defined only in one place) are now also used for \s.
135    
136    27. Add JIT support for the 64 bit TileGX architecture.
137        Patch by Jiong Wang (Tilera Corporation).
138    
139    28. Possessive quantifiers for classes (both explicit and automatically
140        generated) now use special opcodes instead of wrapping in ONCE brackets.
141    
142    29. Whereas an item such as A{4}+ ignored the possessivenes of the quantifier
143        (because it's meaningless), this was not happening when PCRE_CASELESS was
144        set. Not wrong, but inefficient.
145    
146    30. Updated perltest.pl to add /u (force Unicode mode) when /W (use Unicode
147        properties for \w, \d, etc) is present in a test regex. Otherwise if the
148        test contains no characters greater than 255, Perl doesn't realise it
149        should be using Unicode semantics.
150    
151    31. Upgraded the handling of the POSIX classes [:graph:], [:print:], and
152        [:punct:] when PCRE_UCP is set so as to include the same characters as Perl
153        does in Unicode mode.
154    
155    32. Added the "forbid" facility to pcretest so that putting tests into the
156        wrong test files can sometimes be quickly detected.
157    
158    33. There is now a limit (default 250) on the depth of nesting of parentheses.
159        This limit is imposed to control the amount of system stack used at compile
160        time. It can be changed at build time by --with-parens-nest-limit=xxx or
161        the equivalent in CMake.
162    
163    34. Character classes such as [A-\d] or [a-[:digit:]] now cause compile-time
164        errors. Perl warns for these when in warning mode, but PCRE has no facility
165        for giving warnings.
166    
167    35. Change 34 for 8.13 allowed quantifiers on assertions, because Perl does.
168        However, this was not working for (?!) because it is optimized to (*FAIL),
169        for which PCRE does not allow quantifiers. The optimization is now disabled
170        when a quantifier follows (?!). I can't see any use for this, but it makes
171        things uniform.
172    
173    36. Perl no longer allows group names to start with digits, so I have made this
174        change also in PCRE. It simplifies the code a bit.
175    
176    
177    Version 8.33 28-May-2013
178    ------------------------
179    
180    1.  Added 'U' to some constants that are compared to unsigned integers, to
181        avoid compiler signed/unsigned warnings. Added (int) casts to unsigned
182        variables that are added to signed variables, to ensure the result is
183        signed and can be negated.
184    
185    2.  Applied patch by Daniel Richard G for quashing MSVC warnings to the
186        CMake config files.
187    
188    3.  Revise the creation of config.h.generic so that all boolean macros are
189        #undefined, whereas non-boolean macros are #ifndef/#endif-ed. This makes
190        overriding via -D on the command line possible.
191    
192    4.  Changing the definition of the variable "op" in pcre_exec.c from pcre_uchar
193        to unsigned int is reported to make a quite noticeable speed difference in
194        a specific Windows environment. Testing on Linux did also appear to show
195        some benefit (and it is clearly not harmful). Also fixed the definition of
196        Xop which should be unsigned.
197    
198    5.  Related to (4), changing the definition of the intermediate variable cc
199        in repeated character loops from pcre_uchar to pcre_uint32 also gave speed
200        improvements.
201    
202    6.  Fix forward search in JIT when link size is 3 or greater. Also removed some
203        unnecessary spaces.
204    
205    7.  Adjust autogen.sh and configure.ac to lose warnings given by automake 1.12
206        and later.
207    
208    8.  Fix two buffer over read issues in 16 and 32 bit modes. Affects JIT only.
209    
210    9.  Optimizing fast_forward_start_bits in JIT.
211    
212    10. Adding support for callouts in JIT, and fixing some issues revealed
213        during this work. Namely:
214    
215        (a) Unoptimized capturing brackets incorrectly reset on backtrack.
216    
217        (b) Minimum length was not checked before the matching is started.
218    
219    11. The value of capture_last that is passed to callouts was incorrect in some
220        cases when there was a capture on one path that was subsequently abandoned
221        after a backtrack. Also, the capture_last value is now reset after a
222        recursion, since all captures are also reset in this case.
223    
224    12. The interpreter no longer returns the "too many substrings" error in the
225        case when an overflowing capture is in a branch that is subsequently
226        abandoned after a backtrack.
227    
228    13. In the pathological case when an offset vector of size 2 is used, pcretest
229        now prints out the matched string after a yield of 0 or 1.
230    
231    14. Inlining subpatterns in recursions, when certain conditions are fulfilled.
232        Only supported by the JIT compiler at the moment.
233    
234    15. JIT compiler now supports 32 bit Macs thanks to Lawrence Velazquez.
235    
236    16. Partial matches now set offsets[2] to the "bumpalong" value, that is, the
237        offset of the starting point of the matching process, provided the offsets
238        vector is large enough.
239    
240    17. The \A escape now records a lookbehind value of 1, though its execution
241        does not actually inspect the previous character. This is to ensure that,
242        in partial multi-segment matching, at least one character from the old
243        segment is retained when a new segment is processed. Otherwise, if there
244        are no lookbehinds in the pattern, \A might match incorrectly at the start
245        of a new segment.
246    
247    18. Added some #ifdef __VMS code into pcretest.c to help VMS implementations.
248    
249    19. Redefined some pcre_uchar variables in pcre_exec.c as pcre_uint32; this
250        gives some modest performance improvement in 8-bit mode.
251    
252    20. Added the PCRE-specific property \p{Xuc} for matching characters that can
253        be expressed in certain programming languages using Universal Character
254        Names.
255    
256    21. Unicode validation has been updated in the light of Unicode Corrigendum #9,
257        which points out that "non characters" are not "characters that may not
258        appear in Unicode strings" but rather "characters that are reserved for
259        internal use and have only local meaning".
260    
261    22. When a pattern was compiled with automatic callouts (PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT) and
262        there was a conditional group that depended on an assertion, if the
263        assertion was false, the callout that immediately followed the alternation
264        in the condition was skipped when pcre_exec() was used for matching.
265    
266    23. Allow an explicit callout to be inserted before an assertion that is the
267        condition for a conditional group, for compatibility with automatic
268        callouts, which always insert a callout at this point.
269    
270    24. In 8.31, (*COMMIT) was confined to within a recursive subpattern. Perl also
271        confines (*SKIP) and (*PRUNE) in the same way, and this has now been done.
272    
273    25. (*PRUNE) is now supported by the JIT compiler.
274    
275    26. Fix infinite loop when /(?<=(*SKIP)ac)a/ is matched against aa.
276    
277    27. Fix the case where there are two or more SKIPs with arguments that may be
278        ignored.
279    
280    28. (*SKIP) is now supported by the JIT compiler.
281    
282    29. (*THEN) is now supported by the JIT compiler.
283    
284    30. Update RunTest with additional test selector options.
285    
286    31. The way PCRE handles backtracking verbs has been changed in two ways.
287    
288        (1) Previously, in something like (*COMMIT)(*SKIP), COMMIT would override
289        SKIP. Now, PCRE acts on whichever backtracking verb is reached first by
290        backtracking. In some cases this makes it more Perl-compatible, but Perl's
291        rather obscure rules do not always do the same thing.
292    
293        (2) Previously, backtracking verbs were confined within assertions. This is
294        no longer the case for positive assertions, except for (*ACCEPT). Again,
295        this sometimes improves Perl compatibility, and sometimes does not.
296    
297    32. A number of tests that were in test 2 because Perl did things differently
298        have been moved to test 1, because either Perl or PCRE has changed, and
299        these tests are now compatible.
300    
301    32. Backtracking control verbs are now handled in the same way in JIT and
302        interpreter.
303    
304    33. An opening parenthesis in a MARK/PRUNE/SKIP/THEN name in a pattern that
305        contained a forward subroutine reference caused a compile error.
306    
307    34. Auto-detect and optimize limited repetitions in JIT.
308    
309    35. Implement PCRE_NEVER_UTF to lock out the use of UTF, in particular,
310        blocking (*UTF) etc.
311    
312    36. In the interpreter, maximizing pattern repetitions for characters and
313        character types now use tail recursion, which reduces stack usage.
314    
315    37. The value of the max lookbehind was not correctly preserved if a compiled
316        and saved regex was reloaded on a host of different endianness.
317    
318    38. Implemented (*LIMIT_MATCH) and (*LIMIT_RECURSION). As part of the extension
319        of the compiled pattern block, expand the flags field from 16 to 32 bits
320        because it was almost full.
321    
322    39. Try madvise first before posix_madvise.
323    
324    40. Change 7 for PCRE 7.9 made it impossible for pcregrep to find empty lines
325        with a pattern such as ^$. It has taken 4 years for anybody to notice! The
326        original change locked out all matches of empty strings. This has been
327        changed so that one match of an empty string per line is recognized.
328        Subsequent searches on the same line (for colouring or for --only-matching,
329        for example) do not recognize empty strings.
330    
331    41. Applied a user patch to fix a number of spelling mistakes in comments.
332    
333    42. Data lines longer than 65536 caused pcretest to crash.
334    
335    43. Clarified the data type for length and startoffset arguments for pcre_exec
336        and pcre_dfa_exec in the function-specific man pages, where they were
337        explicitly stated to be in bytes, never having been updated. I also added
338        some clarification to the pcreapi man page.
339    
340    44. A call to pcre_dfa_exec() with an output vector size less than 2 caused
341        a segmentation fault.
342    
343    
344    Version 8.32 30-November-2012
345    -----------------------------
346    
347  1.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for first character search and single  1.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for first character search and single
348      character iterators.      character iterators.
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356    
357  5.  Rename the "leave" variable names to "quit" to improve WinCE compatibility.  5.  Rename the "leave" variable names to "quit" to improve WinCE compatibility.
358      Reported by Giuseppe D'Angelo.      Reported by Giuseppe D'Angelo.
359    
360  6.  The PCRE_STARTLINE bit, indicating that a match can occur only at the start  6.  The PCRE_STARTLINE bit, indicating that a match can occur only at the start
361      of a line, was being set incorrectly in cases where .* appeared inside      of a line, was being set incorrectly in cases where .* appeared inside
362      atomic brackets at the start of a pattern, or where there was a subsequent      atomic brackets at the start of a pattern, or where there was a subsequent
363      *PRUNE or *SKIP.      *PRUNE or *SKIP.
364    
365  7.  Improved instruction cache flush for POWER/PowerPC.  7.  Improved instruction cache flush for POWER/PowerPC.
366      Patch by Daniel Richard G.      Patch by Daniel Richard G.
367    
368  8.  Fixed a number of issues in pcregrep, making it more compatible with GNU  8.  Fixed a number of issues in pcregrep, making it more compatible with GNU
369      grep:      grep:
370    
371      (a) There is now no limit to the number of patterns to be matched.      (a) There is now no limit to the number of patterns to be matched.
372    
373      (b) An error is given if a pattern is too long.      (b) An error is given if a pattern is too long.
374    
375      (c) Multiple uses of --exclude, --exclude-dir, --include, and --include-dir      (c) Multiple uses of --exclude, --exclude-dir, --include, and --include-dir
376          are now supported.          are now supported.
377    
378      (d) --exclude-from and --include-from (multiple use) have been added.      (d) --exclude-from and --include-from (multiple use) have been added.
379    
380      (e) Exclusions and inclusions now apply to all files and directories, not      (e) Exclusions and inclusions now apply to all files and directories, not
381          just to those obtained from scanning a directory recursively.          just to those obtained from scanning a directory recursively.
382    
383      (f) Multiple uses of -f and --file-list are now supported.      (f) Multiple uses of -f and --file-list are now supported.
384    
385      (g) In a Windows environment, the default for -d has been changed from      (g) In a Windows environment, the default for -d has been changed from
386          "read" (the GNU grep default) to "skip", because otherwise the presence          "read" (the GNU grep default) to "skip", because otherwise the presence
387          of a directory in the file list provokes an error.          of a directory in the file list provokes an error.
388    
389      (h) The documentation has been revised and clarified in places.      (h) The documentation has been revised and clarified in places.
390    
391  9.  Improve the matching speed of capturing brackets.  9.  Improve the matching speed of capturing brackets.
392    
393  10. Changed the meaning of \X so that it now matches a Unicode extended  10. Changed the meaning of \X so that it now matches a Unicode extended
394      grapheme cluster.      grapheme cluster.
395    
396  11. Patch by Daniel Richard G to the autoconf files to add a macro for sorting  11. Patch by Daniel Richard G to the autoconf files to add a macro for sorting
397      out POSIX threads when JIT support is configured.      out POSIX threads when JIT support is configured.
   
 12. Added support for PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED.  
398    
399  13. In the POSIX wrapper regcomp() function, setting re_nsub field in the preg  12. Added support for PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED.
400      structure could go wrong in environments where size_t is not the same size  
401    13. In the POSIX wrapper regcomp() function, setting re_nsub field in the preg
402        structure could go wrong in environments where size_t is not the same size
403      as int.      as int.
404    
405  14. Applied user-supplied patch to pcrecpp.cc to allow PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK to be  14. Applied user-supplied patch to pcrecpp.cc to allow PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK to be
406      set.      set.
407    
408  15. The EBCDIC support had decayed; later updates to the code had included  15. The EBCDIC support had decayed; later updates to the code had included
409      explicit references to (e.g.) \x0a instead of CHAR_LF. There has been a      explicit references to (e.g.) \x0a instead of CHAR_LF. There has been a
410      general tidy up of EBCDIC-related issues, and the documentation was also      general tidy up of EBCDIC-related issues, and the documentation was also
411      not quite right. There is now a test that can be run on ASCII systems to      not quite right. There is now a test that can be run on ASCII systems to
412      check some of the EBCDIC-related things (but is it not a full test).      check some of the EBCDIC-related things (but is it not a full test).
413    
414  16. The new PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED option is now used by pcregrep, resulting  16. The new PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED option is now used by pcregrep, resulting
415      in a small tidy to the code.      in a small tidy to the code.
416    
417  17. Fix JIT tests when UTF is disabled and both 8 and 16 bit mode are enabled.  17. Fix JIT tests when UTF is disabled and both 8 and 16 bit mode are enabled.
418    
419  18. If the --only-matching (-o) option in pcregrep is specified multiple  18. If the --only-matching (-o) option in pcregrep is specified multiple
420      times, each one causes appropriate output. For example, -o1 -o2 outputs the      times, each one causes appropriate output. For example, -o1 -o2 outputs the
421      substrings matched by the 1st and 2nd capturing parentheses. A separating      substrings matched by the 1st and 2nd capturing parentheses. A separating
422      string can be specified by --om-separator (default empty).      string can be specified by --om-separator (default empty).
423    
424  19. Improving the first n character searches.  19. Improving the first n character searches.
425    
426  20. Turn case lists for horizontal and vertical white space into macros so that  20. Turn case lists for horizontal and vertical white space into macros so that
427      they are defined only once.      they are defined only once.
428    
429  21. This set of changes together give more compatible Unicode case-folding  21. This set of changes together give more compatible Unicode case-folding
430      behaviour for characters that have more than one other case when UCP      behaviour for characters that have more than one other case when UCP
431      support is available.      support is available.
432    
433      (a) The Unicode property table now has offsets into a new table of sets of      (a) The Unicode property table now has offsets into a new table of sets of
434          three or more characters that are case-equivalent. The MultiStage2.py          three or more characters that are case-equivalent. The MultiStage2.py
435          script that generates these tables (the pcre_ucd.c file) now scans          script that generates these tables (the pcre_ucd.c file) now scans
436          CaseFolding.txt instead of UnicodeData.txt for character case          CaseFolding.txt instead of UnicodeData.txt for character case
437          information.          information.
438    
439      (b) The code for adding characters or ranges of characters to a character      (b) The code for adding characters or ranges of characters to a character
440          class has been abstracted into a generalized function that also handles          class has been abstracted into a generalized function that also handles
441          case-independence. In UTF-mode with UCP support, this uses the new data          case-independence. In UTF-mode with UCP support, this uses the new data
442          to handle characters with more than one other case.          to handle characters with more than one other case.
443    
444      (c) A bug that is fixed as a result of (b) is that codepoints less than 256      (c) A bug that is fixed as a result of (b) is that codepoints less than 256
445          whose other case is greater than 256 are now correctly matched          whose other case is greater than 256 are now correctly matched
446          caselessly. Previously, the high codepoint matched the low one, but not          caselessly. Previously, the high codepoint matched the low one, but not
447          vice versa.          vice versa.
448    
449      (d) The processing of \h, \H, \v, and \ in character classes now makes use      (d) The processing of \h, \H, \v, and \ in character classes now makes use
450          of the new class addition function, using character lists defined as          of the new class addition function, using character lists defined as
451          macros alongside the case definitions of 20 above.          macros alongside the case definitions of 20 above.
452    
453      (e) Caseless back references now work with characters that have more than      (e) Caseless back references now work with characters that have more than
454          one other case.          one other case.
455    
456      (f) General caseless matching of characters with more than one other case      (f) General caseless matching of characters with more than one other case
457          is supported.          is supported.
458    
459  22. Unicode character properties were updated from Unicode 6.2.0  22. Unicode character properties were updated from Unicode 6.2.0
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464    
465  25. Major JIT compiler update (code refactoring and bugfixing).  25. Major JIT compiler update (code refactoring and bugfixing).
466      Experimental Sparc 32 support is added.      Experimental Sparc 32 support is added.
467    
468  26. Applied a modified version of Daniel Richard G's patch to create  26. Applied a modified version of Daniel Richard G's patch to create
469      pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic by "make" instead of in the      pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic by "make" instead of in the
470      PrepareRelease script.      PrepareRelease script.
471    
472  27. Added a definition for CHAR_NULL (helpful for the z/OS port). The code base  27. Added a definition for CHAR_NULL (helpful for the z/OS port), and use it in
473      should be refactored to use it as and when convenient.      pcre_compile.c when checking for a zero character.
474    
475    28. Introducing a native interface for JIT. Through this interface, the compiled
476        machine code can be directly executed. The purpose of this interface is to
477        provide fast pattern matching, so several sanity checks are not performed.
478        However, feature tests are still performed. The new interface provides
479        1.4x speedup compared to the old one.
480    
481    29. If pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() was called with a negative value for
482        the subject string length, the error given was PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which
483        was confusing. There is now a new error PCRE_ERROR_BADLENGTH for this case.
484    
485    30. In 8-bit UTF-8 mode, pcretest failed to give an error for data codepoints
486        greater than 0x7fffffff (which cannot be represented in UTF-8, even under
487        the "old" RFC 2279). Instead, it ended up passing a negative length to
488        pcre_exec().
489    
490    31. Add support for GCC's visibility feature to hide internal functions.
491    
492    32. Running "pcretest -C pcre8" or "pcretest -C pcre16" gave a spurious error
493        "unknown -C option" after outputting 0 or 1.
494    
495    33. There is now support for generating a code coverage report for the test
496        suite in environments where gcc is the compiler and lcov is installed. This
497        is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
498    
499    34. If PCRE is built with --enable-valgrind, certain memory regions are marked
500        unaddressable using valgrind annotations, allowing valgrind to detect
501        invalid memory accesses. This is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
502    
503    25. (*UTF) can now be used to start a pattern in any of the three libraries.
504    
505    26. Give configure error if --enable-cpp but no C++ compiler found.
506    
507    
508  Version 8.31 06-July-2012  Version 8.31 06-July-2012
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1848  7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it  7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
1849      doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have      doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
1850      locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this      locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
1851      seems to be how GNU grep behaves.      seems to be how GNU grep behaves. [But see later change 40 for release
1852        8.33.]
1853    
1854  8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at  8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
1855      start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being      start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
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2092      containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to      containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
2093      non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the      non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
2094      compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the      compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
2095      existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating      existence of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
2096      the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference      the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
2097      was subsequently set up correctly.)      was subsequently set up correctly.)
2098    

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