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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 7.2 05-June-07  Version 7.5 12-Nov-07
5    ---------------------
6    
7    1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
8        values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
9    
10    2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
11        Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
12        included.
13    
14    3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
15        [:^space:].
16    
17    4.  PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it
18        defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so
19        I have changed it.
20    
21    5.  The construct (?&) was not diagnosed as a syntax error (it referenced the
22        first named subpattern) and a construct such as (?&a) would reference the
23        first named subpattern whose name started with "a" (in other words, the
24        length check was missing). Both these problems are fixed. "Subpattern name
25        expected" is now given for (?&) (a zero-length name), and this patch also
26        makes it give the same error for \k'' (previously it complained that that
27        was a reference to a non-existent subpattern).
28    
29    6.  The erroneous patterns (?+-a) and (?-+a) give different error messages;
30        this is right because (?- can be followed by option settings as well as by
31        digits. I have, however, made the messages clearer.
32    
33    7.  Patterns such as (?(1)a|b) (a pattern that contains fewer subpatterns
34        than the number used in the conditional) now cause a compile-time error.
35        This is actually not compatible with Perl, which accepts such patterns, but
36        treats the conditional as always being FALSE (as PCRE used to), but it
37        seems to me that giving a diagnostic is better.
38    
39    8.  Change "alphameric" to the more common word "alphanumeric" in comments
40        and messages.
41    
42    9.  Fix two occurrences of "backslash" in comments that should have been
43        "backspace".
44    
45    
46    Version 7.4 21-Sep-07
47    ---------------------
48    
49    1.  Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This
50        means that a class such as [\s] counted as "explicit reference to CR or
51        LF". That isn't really right - the whole point of the change was to try to
52        help when there was an actual mention of one of the two characters. So now
53        the change happens only if \r or \n (or a literal CR or LF) character is
54        encountered.
55    
56    2.  The 32-bit options word was also used for 6 internal flags, but the numbers
57        of both had grown to the point where there were only 3 bits left.
58        Fortunately, there was spare space in the data structure, and so I have
59        moved the internal flags into a new 16-bit field to free up more option
60        bits.
61    
62    3.  The appearance of (?J) at the start of a pattern set the DUPNAMES option,
63        but did not set the internal JCHANGED flag - either of these is enough to
64        control the way the "get" function works - but the PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED
65        facility is supposed to tell if (?J) was ever used, so now (?J) at the
66        start sets both bits.
67    
68    4.  Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from
69        matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.
70    
71    5.  doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.
72    
73    6.  Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward
74        compatibility, even though it is no longer used.
75    
76    7.  Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and
77        strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 when the
78        windows.h file is present (where different names are used). [This was
79        reversed later after testing - see 16 below.]
80    
81    8.  Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also
82        some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".
83    
84    9.  When pcregrep was used with the --colour option, it missed the line ending
85        sequence off the lines that it output.
86    
87    10. It was pointed out to me that arrays of string pointers cause lots of
88        relocations when a shared library is dynamically loaded. A technique of
89        using a single long string with a table of offsets can drastically reduce
90        these. I have refactored PCRE in four places to do this. The result is
91        dramatic:
92    
93          Originally:                          290
94          After changing UCP table:            187
95          After changing error message table:   43
96          After changing table of "verbs"       36
97          After changing table of Posix names   22
98    
99        Thanks to the folks working on Gregex for glib for this insight.
100    
101    11. --disable-stack-for-recursion caused compiling to fail unless -enable-
102        unicode-properties was also set.
103    
104    12. Updated the tests so that they work when \R is defaulted to ANYCRLF.
105    
106    13. Added checks for ANY and ANYCRLF to pcrecpp.cc where it previously
107        checked only for CRLF.
108    
109    14. Added casts to pcretest.c to avoid compiler warnings.
110    
111    15. Added Craig's patch to various pcrecpp modules to avoid compiler warnings.
112    
113    16. Added Craig's patch to remove the WINDOWS_H tests, that were not working,
114        and instead check for _strtoi64 explicitly, and avoid the use of snprintf()
115        entirely. This removes changes made in 7 above.
116    
117    17. The CMake files have been updated, and there is now more information about
118        building with CMake in the NON-UNIX-USE document.
119    
120    
121    Version 7.3 28-Aug-07
122    ---------------------
123    
124     1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the
125        line "#include <pcre.h>" was included in pcre_internal.h. The use of angle
126        brackets there is not right, since it causes compilers to look for an
127        installed pcre.h, not the version that is in the source that is being
128        compiled (which of course may be different). I have changed it back to:
129    
130          #include "pcre.h"
131    
132        I have a vague recollection that the change was concerned with compiling in
133        different directories, but in the new build system, that is taken care of
134        by the VPATH setting the Makefile.
135    
136     2. The pattern .*$ when run in not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode with newline=any failed
137        when the subject happened to end in the byte 0x85 (e.g. if the last
138        character was \x{1ec5}). *Character* 0x85 is one of the "any" newline
139        characters but of course it shouldn't be taken as a newline when it is part
140        of another character. The bug was that, for an unlimited repeat of . in
141        not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode, PCRE was advancing by bytes rather than by
142        characters when looking for a newline.
143    
144     3. A small performance improvement in the DOTALL UTF-8 mode .* case.
145    
146     4. Debugging: adjusted the names of opcodes for different kinds of parentheses
147        in debug output.
148    
149     5. Arrange to use "%I64d" instead of "%lld" and "%I64u" instead of "%llu" for
150        long printing in the pcrecpp unittest when running under MinGW.
151    
152     6. ESC_K was left out of the EBCDIC table.
153    
154     7. Change 7.0/38 introduced a new limit on the number of nested non-capturing
155        parentheses; I made it 1000, which seemed large enough. Unfortunately, the
156        limit also applies to "virtual nesting" when a pattern is recursive, and in
157        this case 1000 isn't so big. I have been able to remove this limit at the
158        expense of backing off one optimization in certain circumstances. Normally,
159        when pcre_exec() would call its internal match() function recursively and
160        immediately return the result unconditionally, it uses a "tail recursion"
161        feature to save stack. However, when a subpattern that can match an empty
162        string has an unlimited repetition quantifier, it no longer makes this
163        optimization. That gives it a stack frame in which to save the data for
164        checking that an empty string has been matched. Previously this was taken
165        from the 1000-entry workspace that had been reserved. So now there is no
166        explicit limit, but more stack is used.
167    
168     8. Applied Daniel's patches to solve problems with the import/export magic
169        syntax that is required for Windows, and which was going wrong for the
170        pcreposix and pcrecpp parts of the library. These were overlooked when this
171        problem was solved for the main library.
172    
173     9. There were some crude static tests to avoid integer overflow when computing
174        the size of patterns that contain repeated groups with explicit upper
175        limits. As the maximum quantifier is 65535, the maximum group length was
176        set at 30,000 so that the product of these two numbers did not overflow a
177        32-bit integer. However, it turns out that people want to use groups that
178        are longer than 30,000 bytes (though not repeat them that many times).
179        Change 7.0/17 (the refactoring of the way the pattern size is computed) has
180        made it possible to implement the integer overflow checks in a much more
181        dynamic way, which I have now done. The artificial limitation on group
182        length has been removed - we now have only the limit on the total length of
183        the compiled pattern, which depends on the LINK_SIZE setting.
184    
185    10. Fixed a bug in the documentation for get/copy named substring when
186        duplicate names are permitted. If none of the named substrings are set, the
187        functions return PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING (7); the doc said they returned an
188        empty string.
189    
190    11. Because Perl interprets \Q...\E at a high level, and ignores orphan \E
191        instances, patterns such as [\Q\E] or [\E] or even [^\E] cause an error,
192        because the ] is interpreted as the first data character and the
193        terminating ] is not found. PCRE has been made compatible with Perl in this
194        regard. Previously, it interpreted [\Q\E] as an empty class, and [\E] could
195        cause memory overwriting.
196    
197    10. Like Perl, PCRE automatically breaks an unlimited repeat after an empty
198        string has been matched (to stop an infinite loop). It was not recognizing
199        a conditional subpattern that could match an empty string if that
200        subpattern was within another subpattern. For example, it looped when
201        trying to match  (((?(1)X|))*)  but it was OK with  ((?(1)X|)*)  where the
202        condition was not nested. This bug has been fixed.
203    
204    12. A pattern like \X?\d or \P{L}?\d in non-UTF-8 mode could cause a backtrack
205        past the start of the subject in the presence of bytes with the top bit
206        set, for example "\x8aBCD".
207    
208    13. Added Perl 5.10 experimental backtracking controls (*FAIL), (*F), (*PRUNE),
209        (*SKIP), (*THEN), (*COMMIT), and (*ACCEPT).
210    
211    14. Optimized (?!) to (*FAIL).
212    
213    15. Updated the test for a valid UTF-8 string to conform to the later RFC 3629.
214        This restricts code points to be within the range 0 to 0x10FFFF, excluding
215        the "low surrogate" sequence 0xD800 to 0xDFFF. Previously, PCRE allowed the
216        full range 0 to 0x7FFFFFFF, as defined by RFC 2279. Internally, it still
217        does: it's just the validity check that is more restrictive.
218    
219    16. Inserted checks for integer overflows during escape sequence (backslash)
220        processing, and also fixed erroneous offset values for syntax errors during
221        backslash processing.
222    
223    17. Fixed another case of looking too far back in non-UTF-8 mode (cf 12 above)
224        for patterns like [\PPP\x8a]{1,}\x80 with the subject "A\x80".
225    
226    18. An unterminated class in a pattern like (?1)\c[ with a "forward reference"
227        caused an overrun.
228    
229    19. A pattern like (?:[\PPa*]*){8,} which had an "extended class" (one with
230        something other than just ASCII characters) inside a group that had an
231        unlimited repeat caused a loop at compile time (while checking to see
232        whether the group could match an empty string).
233    
234    20. Debugging a pattern containing \p or \P could cause a crash. For example,
235        [\P{Any}] did so. (Error in the code for printing property names.)
236    
237    21. An orphan \E inside a character class could cause a crash.
238    
239    22. A repeated capturing bracket such as (A)? could cause a wild memory
240        reference during compilation.
241    
242    23. There are several functions in pcre_compile() that scan along a compiled
243        expression for various reasons (e.g. to see if it's fixed length for look
244        behind). There were bugs in these functions when a repeated \p or \P was
245        present in the pattern. These operators have additional parameters compared
246        with \d, etc, and these were not being taken into account when moving along
247        the compiled data. Specifically:
248    
249        (a) A item such as \p{Yi}{3} in a lookbehind was not treated as fixed
250            length.
251    
252        (b) An item such as \pL+ within a repeated group could cause crashes or
253            loops.
254    
255        (c) A pattern such as \p{Yi}+(\P{Yi}+)(?1) could give an incorrect
256            "reference to non-existent subpattern" error.
257    
258        (d) A pattern like (\P{Yi}{2}\277)? could loop at compile time.
259    
260    24. A repeated \S or \W in UTF-8 mode could give wrong answers when multibyte
261        characters were involved (for example /\S{2}/8g with "A\x{a3}BC").
262    
263    25. Using pcregrep in multiline, inverted mode (-Mv) caused it to loop.
264    
265    26. Patterns such as [\P{Yi}A] which include \p or \P and just one other
266        character were causing crashes (broken optimization).
267    
268    27. Patterns such as (\P{Yi}*\277)* (group with possible zero repeat containing
269        \p or \P) caused a compile-time loop.
270    
271    28. More problems have arisen in unanchored patterns when CRLF is a valid line
272        break. For example, the unstudied pattern [\r\n]A does not match the string
273        "\r\nA" because change 7.0/46 below moves the current point on by two
274        characters after failing to match at the start. However, the pattern \nA
275        *does* match, because it doesn't start till \n, and if [\r\n]A is studied,
276        the same is true. There doesn't seem any very clean way out of this, but
277        what I have chosen to do makes the common cases work: PCRE now takes note
278        of whether there can be an explicit match for \r or \n anywhere in the
279        pattern, and if so, 7.0/46 no longer applies. As part of this change,
280        there's a new PCRE_INFO_HASCRORLF option for finding out whether a compiled
281        pattern has explicit CR or LF references.
282    
283    29. Added (*CR) etc for changing newline setting at start of pattern.
284    
285    
286    Version 7.2 19-Jun-07
287  ---------------------  ---------------------
288    
289   1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale,   1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale,
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322    
323      (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of      (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of
324          reference syntax.          reference syntax.
325    
326      (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each      (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each
327          alternative starts with the same number.          alternative starts with the same number.
328    
329        (h) \h, \H, \v, and \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace.
330    
331   7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and   7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and
332      PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED.      PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED.
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341      bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with      bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with
342      alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of      alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of
343      workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available.      workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available.
344    
345  10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings.  10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings.
346    
347    11. Applied patch from Google to remove an optimization that didn't quite work.
348        The report of the bug said:
349    
350          pcrecpp::RE("a*").FullMatch("aaa") matches, while
351          pcrecpp::RE("a*?").FullMatch("aaa") does not, and
352          pcrecpp::RE("a*?\\z").FullMatch("aaa") does again.
353    
354    12. If \p or \P was used in non-UTF-8 mode on a character greater than 127
355        it matched the wrong number of bytes.
356    
357    
358  Version 7.1 24-Apr-07  Version 7.1 24-Apr-07
359  ---------------------  ---------------------

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