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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.1 12-Mar-07  Version 7.3 05-Jul-07
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7     1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the
8        line "#include <pcre.h>" was included in pcre_internal.h. The use of angle
9        brackets there is not right, since it causes compilers to look for an
10        installed pcre.h, not the version that is in the source that is being
11        compiled (which of course may be different). I have changed it back to:
13          #include "pcre.h"
15        I have a vague recollection that the change was concerned with compiling in
16        different directories, but in the new build system, that is taken care of
17        by the VPATH setting the Makefile.
19     2. The pattern .*$ when run in not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode with newline=any failed
20        when the subject happened to end in the byte 0x85 (e.g. if the last
21        character was \x{1ec5}). *Character* 0x85 is one of the "any" newline
22        characters but of course it shouldn't be taken as a newline when it is part
23        of another character. The bug was that, for an unlimited repeat of . in
24        not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode, PCRE was advancing by bytes rather than by
25        characters when looking for a newline.
27     3. A small performance improvement in the DOTALL UTF-8 mode .* case.
29     4. Debugging: adjusted the names of opcodes for different kinds of parentheses
30        in debug output.
32     5. Arrange to use "%I64d" instead of "%lld" and "%I64u" instead of "%llu" for
33        long printing in the pcrecpp unittest when running under MinGW.
35     6. ESC_K was left out of the EBCDIC table.
37     7. Change 7.0/38 introduced a new limit on the number of nested non-capturing
38        parentheses; I made it 1000, which seemed large enough. Unfortunately, the
39        limit also applies to "virtual nesting" when a pattern is recursive, and in
40        this case 1000 isn't so big. I have been able to remove this limit at the
41        expense of backing off one optimization in certain circumstances. Normally,
42        when pcre_exec() would call its internal match() function recursively and
43        immediately return the result unconditionally, it uses a "tail recursion"
44        feature to save stack. However, when a subpattern that can match an empty
45        string has an unlimited repetition quantifier, it no longer makes this
46        optimization. That gives it a stack frame in which to save the data for
47        checking that an empty string has been matched. Previously this was taken
48        from the 1000-entry workspace that had been reserved. So now there is no
49        explicit limit, but more stack is used.
51     8. Applied Daniel's patches to solve problems with the import/export magic
52        syntax that is required for Windows, and which was going wrong for the
53        pcreposix and pcrecpp parts of the library. These were overlooked when this
54        problem was solved for the main library.
56     9. There were some crude static tests to avoid integer overflow when computing
57        the size of patterns that contain repeated groups with explicit upper
58        limits. As the maximum quantifier is 65535, the maximum group length was
59        set at 30,000 so that the product of these two numbers did not overflow a
60        32-bit integer. However, it turns out that people want to use groups that
61        are longer than 30,000 bytes (though not repeat them that many times).
62        Change 7.0/17 (the refactoring of the way the pattern size is computed) has
63        made it possible to implement the integer overflow checks in a much more
64        dynamic way, which I have now done. The artificial limitation on group
65        length has been removed - we now have only the limit on the total length of
66        the compiled pattern, which depends on the LINK_SIZE setting.
69    Version 7.2 19-Jun-07
70    ---------------------
72     1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale,
73        which is apparently normally available under Windows.
75     2. Re-jig the pcregrep tests with different newline settings in an attempt
76        to make them independent of the local environment's newline setting.
78     3. Add code to configure.ac to remove -g from the CFLAGS default settings.
80     4. Some of the "internals" tests were previously cut out when the link size
81        was not 2, because the output contained actual offsets. The recent new
82        "Z" feature of pcretest means that these can be cut out, making the tests
83        usable with all link sizes.
85     5. Implemented Stan Switzer's goto replacement for longjmp() when not using
86        stack recursion. This gives a massive performance boost under BSD, but just
87        a small improvement under Linux. However, it saves one field in the frame
88        in all cases.
90     6. Added more features from the forthcoming Perl 5.10:
92        (a) (?-n) (where n is a string of digits) is a relative subroutine or
93            recursion call. It refers to the nth most recently opened parentheses.
95        (b) (?+n) is also a relative subroutine call; it refers to the nth next
96            to be opened parentheses.
98        (c) Conditions that refer to capturing parentheses can be specified
99            relatively, for example, (?(-2)... or (?(+3)...
101        (d) \K resets the start of the current match so that everything before
102            is not part of it.
104        (e) \k{name} is synonymous with \k<name> and \k'name' (.NET compatible).
106        (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of
107            reference syntax.
109        (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each
110            alternative starts with the same number.
112        (h) \h, \H, \v, and \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace.
114     7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and
117     8. A pattern such as  (.*(.)?)*  caused pcre_exec() to fail by either not
118        terminating or by crashing. Diagnosed by Viktor Griph; it was in the code
119        for detecting groups that can match an empty string.
121     9. A pattern with a very large number of alternatives (more than several
122        hundred) was running out of internal workspace during the pre-compile
123        phase, where pcre_compile() figures out how much memory will be needed. A
124        bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with
125        alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of
126        workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available.
128    10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings.
130    11. Applied patch from Google to remove an optimization that didn't quite work.
131        The report of the bug said:
133          pcrecpp::RE("a*").FullMatch("aaa") matches, while
134          pcrecpp::RE("a*?").FullMatch("aaa") does not, and
135          pcrecpp::RE("a*?\\z").FullMatch("aaa") does again.
137    12. If \p or \P was used in non-UTF-8 mode on a character greater than 127
138        it matched the wrong number of bytes.
141    Version 7.1 24-Apr-07
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144   1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one   1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one
# Line 136  Version 7.1 12-Mar-07 Line 273  Version 7.1 12-Mar-07
273      string at the end of a line did not allow for this case. They now check for      string at the end of a line did not allow for this case. They now check for
274      it specially.      it specially.
276    20. pcretest is supposed to handle patterns and data of any length, by
277        extending its buffers when necessary. It was getting this wrong when the
278        buffer for a data line had to be extended.
280    21. Added PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF which is like ANY, but matches only CR, LF, or
281        CRLF as a newline sequence.
283    22. Code for handling Unicode properties in pcre_dfa_exec() wasn't being cut
284        out by #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP. This did no harm, as it could never be used, but
285        I have nevertheless tidied it up.
287    23. Added some casts to kill warnings from HP-UX ia64 compiler.
289    24. Added a man page for pcre-config.
292  Version 7.0 19-Dec-06  Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
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