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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.4 10-Sep-07  Version 8.0 02 Jul-08
5    ---------------------
7    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
8        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
9        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
10        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
11        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
12        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
14    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
15        scripts.
17    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
18        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
19        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
21    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
22        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
23        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
25    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
26        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
27        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
28        truncation.
30    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
32    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
33        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
36    Version 7.7 07-May-08
37    ---------------------
39    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
40        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
41        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
43    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
44        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
45        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
47    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
48        Lopes.
50    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
52        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
53            of files, instead of just to the final components.
55        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
56            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
57            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
58            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
59            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
60            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
62    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
63        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
65    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
66        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
67        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
69    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
70        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
72    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
73        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
74        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
76    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
78    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
79        matching function regexec().
81    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
82        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
83        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
84        Oniguruma does).
86    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
87        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
88        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
89        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
90        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
91        time.
93    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
94        to the way PCRE behaves:
96        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
98        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
99            (Perl fails the current match path).
101        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
102            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
103            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
104            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
105            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
106            of the DOTALL setting.
108    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
109        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
110        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
111        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
112        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
113        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
114        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
115        was subsequently set up correctly.)
117    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
118        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
119        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
120        (*FAIL).
122    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
123        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
124        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
125        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
126        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
127        on the OP_ANY path.
129    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
130        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
131        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
133    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
134        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
135        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
136        Daniel Bergström.
138    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
139        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
140        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
141        spotting this.
144    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
145    ---------------------
147    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
148        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
149        overflow.
151    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
152        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
154    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
155        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
157        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
158        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
159        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
160        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
161        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
162            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
163        - Added readline support for pcretest.
164        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
166    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
167        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
168        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
169        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
170        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
171        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
172        Configure/Make.
174    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
175        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
176        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
177        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
179    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
180        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
181        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
183    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
184        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
185        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
186        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
187        trouble in some build environments.
189    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
192    Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
193    ---------------------
195    1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
196        values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
198    2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
199        Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
200        included.
202    3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
203        [:^space:].
205    4.  PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it
206        defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so
207        I have changed it.
209    5.  The construct (?&) was not diagnosed as a syntax error (it referenced the
210        first named subpattern) and a construct such as (?&a) would reference the
211        first named subpattern whose name started with "a" (in other words, the
212        length check was missing). Both these problems are fixed. "Subpattern name
213        expected" is now given for (?&) (a zero-length name), and this patch also
214        makes it give the same error for \k'' (previously it complained that that
215        was a reference to a non-existent subpattern).
217    6.  The erroneous patterns (?+-a) and (?-+a) give different error messages;
218        this is right because (?- can be followed by option settings as well as by
219        digits. I have, however, made the messages clearer.
221    7.  Patterns such as (?(1)a|b) (a pattern that contains fewer subpatterns
222        than the number used in the conditional) now cause a compile-time error.
223        This is actually not compatible with Perl, which accepts such patterns, but
224        treats the conditional as always being FALSE (as PCRE used to), but it
225        seems to me that giving a diagnostic is better.
227    8.  Change "alphameric" to the more common word "alphanumeric" in comments
228        and messages.
230    9.  Fix two occurrences of "backslash" in comments that should have been
231        "backspace".
233    10. Remove two redundant lines of code that can never be obeyed (their function
234        was moved elsewhere).
236    11. The program that makes PCRE's Unicode character property table had a bug
237        which caused it to generate incorrect table entries for sequences of
238        characters that have the same character type, but are in different scripts.
239        It amalgamated them into a single range, with the script of the first of
240        them. In other words, some characters were in the wrong script. There were
241        thirteen such cases, affecting characters in the following ranges:
243          U+002b0 - U+002c1
244          U+0060c - U+0060d
245          U+0061e - U+00612
246          U+0064b - U+0065e
247          U+0074d - U+0076d
248          U+01800 - U+01805
249          U+01d00 - U+01d77
250          U+01d9b - U+01dbf
251          U+0200b - U+0200f
252          U+030fc - U+030fe
253          U+03260 - U+0327f
254          U+0fb46 - U+0fbb1
255          U+10450 - U+1049d
257    12. The -o option (show only the matching part of a line) for pcregrep was not
258        compatible with GNU grep in that, if there was more than one match in a
259        line, it showed only the first of them. It now behaves in the same way as
260        GNU grep.
262    13. If the -o and -v options were combined for pcregrep, it printed a blank
263        line for every non-matching line. GNU grep prints nothing, and pcregrep now
264        does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any
265        non-matching lines.
267    14. Added --file-offsets and --line-offsets to pcregrep.
269    15. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially
270        infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not
271        being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads
272        and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).
274    16. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the
275        inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of
276        INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).
278    17. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode
279        character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at
280        runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this
281        are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that
282        caused the error; without that there was no problem.
284    18. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.
286    19. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.
288    20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
289        RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
290        double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
291        later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
292        that check the return values (which was not done before).
294    21. Several CMake things:
296        (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
297            the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
299        (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
300            linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
304    22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
305        crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
306        UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
307        this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
308        newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
309        checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
310        account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
312    23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
313        character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
314        character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
315        allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
316        unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
317        names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
318        for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
319        class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
320        closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
321        diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
322        treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
323        Perl does, and where it didn't before.
325    24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
326        Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
329    Version 7.4 21-Sep-07
330  ---------------------  ---------------------
332  1.  Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This  1.  Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This
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351  4.  Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from  4.  Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from
352      matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.      matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.
 5.  doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.  
354  6.  Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward  5.  doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.
356    6.  Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward
357      compatibility, even though it is no longer used.      compatibility, even though it is no longer used.
359  7.  Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and  7.  Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and
360      strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 (where      strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 when the
361      different names are used).      windows.h file is present (where different names are used). [This was
362        reversed later after testing - see 16 below.]
363  8.  Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also  
364    8.  Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also
365      some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".      some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".
367    9.  When pcregrep was used with the --colour option, it missed the line ending
368        sequence off the lines that it output.
370    10. It was pointed out to me that arrays of string pointers cause lots of
371        relocations when a shared library is dynamically loaded. A technique of
372        using a single long string with a table of offsets can drastically reduce
373        these. I have refactored PCRE in four places to do this. The result is
374        dramatic:
376          Originally:                          290
377          After changing UCP table:            187
378          After changing error message table:   43
379          After changing table of "verbs"       36
380          After changing table of Posix names   22
382        Thanks to the folks working on Gregex for glib for this insight.
384    11. --disable-stack-for-recursion caused compiling to fail unless -enable-
385        unicode-properties was also set.
387    12. Updated the tests so that they work when \R is defaulted to ANYCRLF.
389    13. Added checks for ANY and ANYCRLF to pcrecpp.cc where it previously
390        checked only for CRLF.
392    14. Added casts to pcretest.c to avoid compiler warnings.
394    15. Added Craig's patch to various pcrecpp modules to avoid compiler warnings.
396    16. Added Craig's patch to remove the WINDOWS_H tests, that were not working,
397        and instead check for _strtoi64 explicitly, and avoid the use of snprintf()
398        entirely. This removes changes made in 7 above.
400    17. The CMake files have been updated, and there is now more information about
401        building with CMake in the NON-UNIX-USE document.
404  Version 7.3 28-Aug-07  Version 7.3 28-Aug-07
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