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5    Version 2.07 29-Jul-99
6    ----------------------
8    1. The documentation is now supplied in plain text form and HTML as well as in
9    the form of man page sources.
11    2. C++ compilers don't like assigning (void *) values to other pointer types.
12    In particular this affects malloc(). Although there is no problem in Standard
13    C, I've put in casts to keep C++ compilers happy.
15    3. Typo on pcretest.c; a cast of (unsigned char *) in the POSIX regexec() call
16    should be (const char *).
18    4. If NOPOSIX is defined, pcretest.c compiles without POSIX support. This may
19    be useful for non-Unix systems who don't want to bother with the POSIX stuff.
20    However, I haven't made this a standard facility. The documentation doesn't
21    mention it, and the Makefile doesn't support it.
23    5. The Makefile now contains an "install" target, with editable destinations at
24    the top of the file. The pcretest program is not installed.
26    6. pgrep -V now gives the PCRE version number and date.
28    7. Fixed bug: a zero repetition after a literal string (e.g. /abcde{0}/) was
29    causing the entire string to be ignored, instead of just the last character.
31    8. If a pattern like /"([^\\"]+|\\.)*"/ is applied in the normal way to a
32    non-matching string, it can take a very, very long time, even for strings of
33    quite modest length, because of the nested recursion. PCRE now does better in
34    some of these cases. It does this by remembering the last required literal
35    character in the pattern, and pre-searching the subject to ensure it is present
36    before running the real match. In other words, it applies a heuristic to detect
37    some types of certain failure quickly, and in the above example, if presented
38    with a string that has no trailing " it gives "no match" very quickly.
40    9. A new runtime option PCRE_NOTEMPTY causes null string matches to be ignored;
41    other alternatives are tried instead.
44    Version 2.06 09-Jun-99
45    ----------------------
47    1. Change pcretest's output for amount of store used to show just the code
48    space, because the remainder (the data block) varies in size between 32-bit and
49    64-bit systems.
51    2. Added an extra argument to pcre_exec() to supply an offset in the subject to
52    start matching at. This allows lookbehinds to work when searching for multiple
53    occurrences in a string.
55    3. Added additional options to pcretest for testing multiple occurrences:
57       /+   outputs the rest of the string that follows a match
58       /g   loops for multiple occurrences, using the new startoffset argument
59       /G   loops for multiple occurrences by passing an incremented pointer
61    4. PCRE wasn't doing the "first character" optimization for patterns starting
62    with \b or \B, though it was doing it for other lookbehind assertions. That is,
63    it wasn't noticing that a match for a pattern such as /\bxyz/ has to start with
64    the letter 'x'. On long subject strings, this gives a significant speed-up.
67    Version 2.05 21-Apr-99
68    ----------------------
70    1. Changed the type of magic_number from int to long int so that it works
71    properly on 16-bit systems.
73    2. Fixed a bug which caused patterns starting with .* not to work correctly
74    when the subject string contained newline characters. PCRE was assuming
75    anchoring for such patterns in all cases, which is not correct because .* will
76    not pass a newline unless PCRE_DOTALL is set. It now assumes anchoring only if
77    DOTALL is set at top level; otherwise it knows that patterns starting with .*
78    must be retried after every newline in the subject.
81    Version 2.04 18-Feb-99
82    ----------------------
84    1. For parenthesized subpatterns with repeats whose minimum was zero, the
85    computation of the store needed to hold the pattern was incorrect (too large).
86    If such patterns were nested a few deep, this could multiply and become a real
87    problem.
89    2. Added /M option to pcretest to show the memory requirement of a specific
90    pattern. Made -m a synonym of -s (which does this globally) for compatibility.
92    3. Subpatterns of the form (regex){n,m} (i.e. limited maximum) were being
93    compiled in such a way that the backtracking after subsequent failure was
94    pessimal. Something like (a){0,3} was compiled as (a)?(a)?(a)? instead of
95    ((a)((a)(a)?)?)? with disastrous performance if the maximum was of any size.
98    Version 2.03 02-Feb-99
99    ----------------------
101    1. Fixed typo and small mistake in man page.
103    2. Added 4th condition (GPL supersedes if conflict) and created separate
104    LICENCE file containing the conditions.
106    3. Updated pcretest so that patterns such as /abc\/def/ work like they do in
107    Perl, that is the internal \ allows the delimiter to be included in the
108    pattern. Locked out the use of \ as a delimiter. If \ immediately follows
109    the final delimiter, add \ to the end of the pattern (to test the error).
111    4. Added the convenience functions for extracting substrings after a successful
112    match. Updated pcretest to make it able to test these functions.
115    Version 2.02 14-Jan-99
116    ----------------------
118    1. Initialized the working variables associated with each extraction so that
119    their saving and restoring doesn't refer to uninitialized store.
121    2. Put dummy code into study.c in order to trick the optimizer of the IBM C
122    compiler for OS/2 into generating correct code. Apparently IBM isn't going to
123    fix the problem.
125    3. Pcretest: the timing code wasn't using LOOPREPEAT for timing execution
126    calls, and wasn't printing the correct value for compiling calls. Increased the
127    default value of LOOPREPEAT, and the number of significant figures in the
128    times.
130    4. Changed "/bin/rm" in the Makefile to "-rm" so it works on Windows NT.
132    5. Renamed "deftables" as "dftables" to get it down to 8 characters, to avoid
133    a building problem on Windows NT with a FAT file system.
136  Version 2.01 21-Oct-98  Version 2.01 21-Oct-98
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