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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.3 20-Aug-07  Version 7.9 xx-xxx-09
5    ---------------------
7    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
8        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
9        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
10        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
11        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
12        pcretest is linked with readline.
14    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
15        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
16        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
17        but BOOL is not.
19    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
20        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RETURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
22    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
23        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
24        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
25        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
27    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
28        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
29        the same.
31    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
32        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
33        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
35    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
36        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
37        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
38        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
40    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
41        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
42        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
43        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
45    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
46        condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
47        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
49    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
50        used for matching.
52    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
53        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
55    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
57    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
59    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
61    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
62        wrapper.
64    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
65        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
66        string constants.
68    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
69        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
70        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
71        these, but not everybody uses configure.
73    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
74        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
75        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
76        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
77        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
78        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
80    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
81        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
84    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
85    ---------------------
87    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
88        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
89        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
90        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
91        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
92        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
94    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
95        scripts.
97    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
98        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
99        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
101    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
102        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
103        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
105    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
106        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
107        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
108        truncation.
110    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
112    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
113        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
115    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
116        test 2 if it fails.
118    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
119        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
120        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
122    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
123        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
125    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
126        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
127        some environments:
129          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
131        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
133    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
134        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
135        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
136        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
137        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
139    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
140        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
142    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
143        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
144        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
146    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
147        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
149    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
151    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
152        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
154    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
156    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
157        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
158        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
159        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
162    Version 7.7 07-May-08
163    ---------------------
165    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
166        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
167        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
169    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
170        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
171        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
173    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
174        Lopes.
176    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
178        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
179            of files, instead of just to the final components.
181        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
182            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
183            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
184            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
185            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
186            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
188    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
189        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
191    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
192        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
193        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
195    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
196        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
198    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
199        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
200        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
202    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
204    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
205        matching function regexec().
207    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
208        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
209        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
210        Oniguruma does).
212    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
213        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
214        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
215        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
216        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
217        time.
219    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
220        to the way PCRE behaves:
222        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
224        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
225            (Perl fails the current match path).
227        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
228            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
229            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
230            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
231            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
232            of the DOTALL setting.
234    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
235        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
236        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
237        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
238        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
239        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
240        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
241        was subsequently set up correctly.)
243    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
244        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
245        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
246        (*FAIL).
248    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
249        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
250        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
251        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
252        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
253        on the OP_ANY path.
255    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
256        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
257        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
259    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
260        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
261        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
262        Daniel Bergström.
264    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
265        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
266        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
267        spotting this.
270    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
271    ---------------------
273    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
274        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
275        overflow.
277    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
278        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
280    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
281        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
283        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
284        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
285        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
286        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
287        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
288            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
289        - Added readline support for pcretest.
290        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
292    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
293        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
294        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
295        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
296        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
297        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
298        Configure/Make.
300    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
301        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
302        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
303        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
305    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
306        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
307        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
309    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
310        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
311        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
312        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
313        trouble in some build environments.
315    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
318    Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
319    ---------------------
321    1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
322        values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
324    2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
325        Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
326        included.
328    3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
329        [:^space:].
331    4.  PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it
332        defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so
333        I have changed it.
335    5.  The construct (?&) was not diagnosed as a syntax error (it referenced the
336        first named subpattern) and a construct such as (?&a) would reference the
337        first named subpattern whose name started with "a" (in other words, the
338        length check was missing). Both these problems are fixed. "Subpattern name
339        expected" is now given for (?&) (a zero-length name), and this patch also
340        makes it give the same error for \k'' (previously it complained that that
341        was a reference to a non-existent subpattern).
343    6.  The erroneous patterns (?+-a) and (?-+a) give different error messages;
344        this is right because (?- can be followed by option settings as well as by
345        digits. I have, however, made the messages clearer.
347    7.  Patterns such as (?(1)a|b) (a pattern that contains fewer subpatterns
348        than the number used in the conditional) now cause a compile-time error.
349        This is actually not compatible with Perl, which accepts such patterns, but
350        treats the conditional as always being FALSE (as PCRE used to), but it
351        seems to me that giving a diagnostic is better.
353    8.  Change "alphameric" to the more common word "alphanumeric" in comments
354        and messages.
356    9.  Fix two occurrences of "backslash" in comments that should have been
357        "backspace".
359    10. Remove two redundant lines of code that can never be obeyed (their function
360        was moved elsewhere).
362    11. The program that makes PCRE's Unicode character property table had a bug
363        which caused it to generate incorrect table entries for sequences of
364        characters that have the same character type, but are in different scripts.
365        It amalgamated them into a single range, with the script of the first of
366        them. In other words, some characters were in the wrong script. There were
367        thirteen such cases, affecting characters in the following ranges:
369          U+002b0 - U+002c1
370          U+0060c - U+0060d
371          U+0061e - U+00612
372          U+0064b - U+0065e
373          U+0074d - U+0076d
374          U+01800 - U+01805
375          U+01d00 - U+01d77
376          U+01d9b - U+01dbf
377          U+0200b - U+0200f
378          U+030fc - U+030fe
379          U+03260 - U+0327f
380          U+0fb46 - U+0fbb1
381          U+10450 - U+1049d
383    12. The -o option (show only the matching part of a line) for pcregrep was not
384        compatible with GNU grep in that, if there was more than one match in a
385        line, it showed only the first of them. It now behaves in the same way as
386        GNU grep.
388    13. If the -o and -v options were combined for pcregrep, it printed a blank
389        line for every non-matching line. GNU grep prints nothing, and pcregrep now
390        does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any
391        non-matching lines.
393    14. Added --file-offsets and --line-offsets to pcregrep.
395    15. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially
396        infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not
397        being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads
398        and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).
400    16. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the
401        inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of
402        INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).
404    17. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode
405        character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at
406        runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this
407        are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that
408        caused the error; without that there was no problem.
410    18. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.
412    19. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.
414    20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
415        RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
416        double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
417        later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
418        that check the return values (which was not done before).
420    21. Several CMake things:
422        (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
423            the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
425        (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
426            linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
430    22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
431        crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
432        UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
433        this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
434        newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
435        checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
436        account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
438    23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
439        character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
440        character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
441        allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
442        unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
443        names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
444        for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
445        class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
446        closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
447        diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
448        treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
449        Perl does, and where it didn't before.
451    24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
452        Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
455    Version 7.4 21-Sep-07
456    ---------------------
458    1.  Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This
459        means that a class such as [\s] counted as "explicit reference to CR or
460        LF". That isn't really right - the whole point of the change was to try to
461        help when there was an actual mention of one of the two characters. So now
462        the change happens only if \r or \n (or a literal CR or LF) character is
463        encountered.
465    2.  The 32-bit options word was also used for 6 internal flags, but the numbers
466        of both had grown to the point where there were only 3 bits left.
467        Fortunately, there was spare space in the data structure, and so I have
468        moved the internal flags into a new 16-bit field to free up more option
469        bits.
471    3.  The appearance of (?J) at the start of a pattern set the DUPNAMES option,
472        but did not set the internal JCHANGED flag - either of these is enough to
473        control the way the "get" function works - but the PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED
474        facility is supposed to tell if (?J) was ever used, so now (?J) at the
475        start sets both bits.
477    4.  Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from
478        matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.
480    5.  doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.
482    6.  Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward
483        compatibility, even though it is no longer used.
485    7.  Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and
486        strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 when the
487        windows.h file is present (where different names are used). [This was
488        reversed later after testing - see 16 below.]
490    8.  Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also
491        some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".
493    9.  When pcregrep was used with the --colour option, it missed the line ending
494        sequence off the lines that it output.
496    10. It was pointed out to me that arrays of string pointers cause lots of
497        relocations when a shared library is dynamically loaded. A technique of
498        using a single long string with a table of offsets can drastically reduce
499        these. I have refactored PCRE in four places to do this. The result is
500        dramatic:
502          Originally:                          290
503          After changing UCP table:            187
504          After changing error message table:   43
505          After changing table of "verbs"       36
506          After changing table of Posix names   22
508        Thanks to the folks working on Gregex for glib for this insight.
510    11. --disable-stack-for-recursion caused compiling to fail unless -enable-
511        unicode-properties was also set.
513    12. Updated the tests so that they work when \R is defaulted to ANYCRLF.
515    13. Added checks for ANY and ANYCRLF to pcrecpp.cc where it previously
516        checked only for CRLF.
518    14. Added casts to pcretest.c to avoid compiler warnings.
520    15. Added Craig's patch to various pcrecpp modules to avoid compiler warnings.
522    16. Added Craig's patch to remove the WINDOWS_H tests, that were not working,
523        and instead check for _strtoi64 explicitly, and avoid the use of snprintf()
524        entirely. This removes changes made in 7 above.
526    17. The CMake files have been updated, and there is now more information about
527        building with CMake in the NON-UNIX-USE document.
530    Version 7.3 28-Aug-07
531  ---------------------  ---------------------
533   1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the   1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the

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