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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.6 21-Jan-08  Version 8.20 12-Sep-2011
5    ------------------------
7    1. Change 37 of 8.13 broke patterns like [:a]...[b:] because it thought it had
8       a POSIX class. After further experiments with Perl, which convinced me that
9       Perl has bugs and confusions, a closing square bracket is no longer allowed
10       in a POSIX name. This bug also affected patterns with classes that started
11       with full stops.
13    2. If a pattern such as /(a)b|ac/ is matched against "ac", there is no captured
14       substring, but while checking the failing first alternative, substring 1 is
15       temporarily captured. If the output vector supplied to pcre_exec() was not
16       big enough for this capture, the yield of the function was still zero
17       ("insufficient space for captured substrings"). This cannot be totally fixed
18       without adding another stack variable, which seems a lot of expense for a
19       edge case. However, I have improved the situation in cases such as
20       /(a)(b)x|abc/ matched against "abc", where the return code indicates that
21       fewer than the maximum number of slots in the ovector have been set.
23    3. Related to (2) above: when there are more back references in a pattern than
24       slots in the output vector, pcre_exec() uses temporary memory during
25       matching, and copies in the captures as far as possible afterwards. It was
26       using the entire output vector, but this conflicts with the specification
27       that only 2/3 is used for passing back captured substrings. Now it uses only
28       the first 2/3, for compatibility. This is, of course, another edge case.
30    4. Zoltan Herczeg's just-in-time compiler support has been integrated into the
31       main code base, and can be used by building with --enable-jit. When this is
32       done, pcregrep automatically uses it unless --disable-pcregrep-jit or the
33       runtime --no-jit option is given.
35    5. When the number of matches in a pcre_dfa_exec() run exactly filled the
36       ovector, the return from the function was zero, implying that there were
37       other matches that did not fit. The correct "exactly full" value is now
38       returned.
40    6. If a subpattern that was called recursively or as a subroutine contained
41       (*PRUNE) or any other control that caused it to give a non-standard return,
42       invalid errors such as "Error -26 (nested recursion at the same subject
43       position)" or even infinite loops could occur.
45    7. If a pattern such as /a(*SKIP)c|b(*ACCEPT)|/ was studied, it stopped
46       computing the minimum length on reaching *ACCEPT, and so ended up with the
47       wrong value of 1 rather than 0. Further investigation indicates that
48       computing a minimum subject length in the presence of *ACCEPT is difficult
49       (think back references, subroutine calls), and so I have changed the code so
50       that no minimum is registered for a pattern that contains *ACCEPT.
52    8. If (*THEN) was present in the first (true) branch of a conditional group,
53       it was not handled as intended.
56    Version 8.13 16-Aug-2011
57    ------------------------
59    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.
61    2.  Two minor typos in pcre_internal.h have been fixed.
63    3.  Added #include <string.h> to pcre_scanner_unittest.cc, pcrecpp.cc, and
64        pcrecpp_unittest.cc. They are needed for strcmp(), memset(), and strchr()
65        in some environments (e.g. Solaris 10/SPARC using Sun Studio 12U2).
67    4.  There were a number of related bugs in the code for matching backrefences
68        caselessly in UTF-8 mode when codes for the characters concerned were
69        different numbers of bytes. For example, U+023A and U+2C65 are an upper
70        and lower case pair, using 2 and 3 bytes, respectively. The main bugs were:
71        (a) A reference to 3 copies of a 2-byte code matched only 2 of a 3-byte
72        code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a
73        2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data
74        left).
76    5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by
77        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long
78        as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of
79        the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.
81    6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is
82        now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the
83        last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small
84        enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with
85        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
87    7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when
88        pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check
89        failure, the offset and reason code are output.
91    8.  When \R was used with a maximizing quantifier it failed to skip backwards
92        over a \r\n pair if the subsequent match failed. Instead, it just skipped
93        back over a single character (\n). This seems wrong (because it treated the
94        two characters as a single entity when going forwards), conflicts with the
95        documentation that \R is equivalent to (?>\r\n|\n|...etc), and makes the
96        behaviour of \R* different to (\R)*, which also seems wrong. The behaviour
97        has been changed.
99    9.  Some internal refactoring has changed the processing so that the handling
100        of the PCRE_CASELESS and PCRE_MULTILINE options is done entirely at compile
101        time (the PCRE_DOTALL option was changed this way some time ago: version
102        7.7 change 16). This has made it possible to abolish the OP_OPT op code,
103        which was always a bit of a fudge. It also means that there is one less
104        argument for the match() function, which reduces its stack requirements
105        slightly. This change also fixes an incompatibility with Perl: the pattern
106        (?i:([^b]))(?1) should not match "ab", but previously PCRE gave a match.
108    10. More internal refactoring has drastically reduced the number of recursive
109        calls to match() for possessively repeated groups such as (abc)++ when
110        using pcre_exec().
112    11. While implementing 10, a number of bugs in the handling of groups were
113        discovered and fixed:
115        (?<=(a)+) was not diagnosed as invalid (non-fixed-length lookbehind).
116        (a|)*(?1) gave a compile-time internal error.
117        ((a|)+)+  did not notice that the outer group could match an empty string.
118        (^a|^)+   was not marked as anchored.
119        (.*a|.*)+ was not marked as matching at start or after a newline.
121    12. Yet more internal refactoring has removed another argument from the match()
122        function. Special calls to this function are now indicated by setting a
123        value in a variable in the "match data" data block.
125    13. Be more explicit in pcre_study() instead of relying on "default" for
126        opcodes that mean there is no starting character; this means that when new
127        ones are added and accidentally left out of pcre_study(), testing should
128        pick them up.
130    14. The -s option of pcretest has been documented for ages as being an old
131        synonym of -m (show memory usage). I have changed it to mean "force study
132        for every regex", that is, assume /S for every regex. This is similar to -i
133        and -d etc. It's slightly incompatible, but I'm hoping nobody is still
134        using it. It makes it easier to run collections of tests with and without
135        study enabled, and thereby test pcre_study() more easily. All the standard
136        tests are now run with and without -s (but some patterns can be marked as
137        "never study" - see 20 below).
139    15. When (*ACCEPT) was used in a subpattern that was called recursively, the
140        restoration of the capturing data to the outer values was not happening
141        correctly.
143    16. If a recursively called subpattern ended with (*ACCEPT) and matched an
144        empty string, and PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, pcre_exec() thought the whole
145        pattern had matched an empty string, and so incorrectly returned a no
146        match.
148    17. There was optimizing code for the last branch of non-capturing parentheses,
149        and also for the obeyed branch of a conditional subexpression, which used
150        tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, now that there is
151        the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is
152        no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These
153        two optimizations have therefore been removed.
155    18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always
156        matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be
157        incorrectly computed because \R can also match just one byte.
159    19. If a pattern containing (*ACCEPT) was studied, the minimum subject length
160        was incorrectly computed.
162    20. If /S is present twice on a test pattern in pcretest input, it now
163        *disables* studying, thereby overriding the use of -s on the command line
164        (see 14 above). This is necessary for one or two tests to keep the output
165        identical in both cases.
167    21. When (*ACCEPT) was used in an assertion that matched an empty string and
168        PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, PCRE applied the non-empty test to the assertion.
170    22. When an atomic group that contained a capturing parenthesis was
171        successfully matched, but the branch in which it appeared failed, the
172        capturing was not being forgotten if a higher numbered group was later
173        captured. For example, /(?>(a))b|(a)c/ when matching "ac" set capturing
174        group 1 to "a", when in fact it should be unset. This applied to multi-
175        branched capturing and non-capturing groups, repeated or not, and also to
176        positive assertions (capturing in negative assertions does not happen
177        in PCRE) and also to nested atomic groups.
179    23. Add the ++ qualifier feature to pcretest, to show the remainder of the
180        subject after a captured substring, to make it easier to tell which of a
181        number of identical substrings has been captured.
183    24. The way atomic groups are processed by pcre_exec() has been changed so that
184        if they are repeated, backtracking one repetition now resets captured
185        values correctly. For example, if ((?>(a+)b)+aabab) is matched against
186        "aaaabaaabaabab" the value of captured group 2 is now correctly recorded as
187        "aaa". Previously, it would have been "a". As part of this code
188        refactoring, the way recursive calls are handled has also been changed.
190    25. If an assertion condition captured any substrings, they were not passed
191        back unless some other capturing happened later. For example, if
192        (?(?=(a))a) was matched against "a", no capturing was returned.
194    26. When studying a pattern that contained subroutine calls or assertions,
195        the code for finding the minimum length of a possible match was handling
196        direct recursions such as (xxx(?1)|yyy) but not mutual recursions (where
197        group 1 called group 2 while simultaneously a separate group 2 called group
198        1). A stack overflow occurred in this case. I have fixed this by limiting
199        the recursion depth to 10.
201    27. Updated RunTest.bat in the distribution to the version supplied by Tom
202        Fortmann. This supports explicit test numbers on the command line, and has
203        argument validation and error reporting.
205    28. An instance of \X with an unlimited repeat could fail if at any point the
206        first character it looked at was a mark character.
208    29. Some minor code refactoring concerning Unicode properties and scripts
209        should reduce the stack requirement of match() slightly.
211    30. Added the '=' option to pcretest to check the setting of unused capturing
212        slots at the end of the pattern, which are documented as being -1, but are
213        not included in the return count.
215    31. If \k was not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted name, PCRE
216        compiled something random. Now it gives a compile-time error (as does
217        Perl).
219    32. A *MARK encountered during the processing of a positive assertion is now
220        recorded and passed back (compatible with Perl).
222    33. If --only-matching or --colour was set on a pcregrep call whose pattern
223        had alternative anchored branches, the search for a second match in a line
224        was done as if at the line start. Thus, for example, /^01|^02/ incorrectly
225        matched the line "0102" twice. The same bug affected patterns that started
226        with a backwards assertion. For example /\b01|\b02/ also matched "0102"
227        twice.
229    34. Previously, PCRE did not allow quantification of assertions. However, Perl
230        does, and because of capturing effects, quantifying parenthesized
231        assertions may at times be useful. Quantifiers are now allowed for
232        parenthesized assertions.
234    35. A minor code tidy in pcre_compile() when checking options for \R usage.
236    36. \g was being checked for fancy things in a character class, when it should
237        just be a literal "g".
239    37. PCRE was rejecting [:a[:digit:]] whereas Perl was not. It seems that the
240        appearance of a nested POSIX class supersedes an apparent external class.
241        For example, [:a[:digit:]b:] matches "a", "b", ":", or a digit. Also,
242        unescaped square brackets may also appear as part of class names. For
243        example, [:a[:abc]b:] gives unknown class "[:abc]b:]". PCRE now behaves
244        more like Perl. (But see 8.20/1 above.)
246    38. PCRE was giving an error for \N with a braced quantifier such as {1,} (this
247        was because it thought it was \N{name}, which is not supported).
249    39. Add minix to OS list not supporting the -S option in pcretest.
251    40. PCRE tries to detect cases of infinite recursion at compile time, but it
252        cannot analyze patterns in sufficient detail to catch mutual recursions
253        such as ((?1))((?2)). There is now a runtime test that gives an error if a
254        subgroup is called recursively as a subpattern for a second time at the
255        same position in the subject string. In previous releases this might have
256        been caught by the recursion limit, or it might have run out of stack.
258    41. A pattern such as /(?(R)a+|(?R)b)/ is quite safe, as the recursion can
259        happen only once. PCRE was, however incorrectly giving a compile time error
260        "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because it cannot analyze the
261        pattern in sufficient detail. The compile time test no longer happens when
262        PCRE is compiling a conditional subpattern, but actual runaway loops are
263        now caught at runtime (see 40 above).
265    42. It seems that Perl allows any characters other than a closing parenthesis
266        to be part of the NAME in (*MARK:NAME) and other backtracking verbs. PCRE
267        has been changed to be the same.
269    43. Updated configure.ac to put in more quoting round AC_LANG_PROGRAM etc. so
270        as not to get warnings when autogen.sh is called. Also changed
271        AC_PROG_LIBTOOL (deprecated) to LT_INIT (the current macro).
273    44. To help people who use pcregrep to scan files containing exceedingly long
274        lines, the following changes have been made:
276        (a) The default value of the buffer size parameter has been increased from
277            8K to 20K. (The actual buffer used is three times this size.)
279        (b) The default can be changed by ./configure --with-pcregrep-bufsize when
280            PCRE is built.
282        (c) A --buffer-size=n option has been added to pcregrep, to allow the size
283            to be set at run time.
285        (d) Numerical values in pcregrep options can be followed by K or M, for
286            example --buffer-size=50K.
288        (e) If a line being scanned overflows pcregrep's buffer, an error is now
289            given and the return code is set to 2.
291    45. Add a pointer to the latest mark to the callout data block.
293    46. The pattern /.(*F)/, when applied to "abc" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
294        partial match of an empty string instead of no match. This was specific to
295        the use of ".".
297    47. The pattern /f.*/8s, when applied to "for" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
298        complete match instead of a partial match. This bug was dependent on both
299        the PCRE_UTF8 and PCRE_DOTALL options being set.
301    48. For a pattern such as /\babc|\bdef/ pcre_study() was failing to set up the
302        starting byte set, because \b was not being ignored.
305    Version 8.12 15-Jan-2011
306    ------------------------
308    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
309        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
311    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
312        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
313        particular, this made one of the standard tests fail. (The integer value
314        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
316    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
317        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
318        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
319        match.
321    4.  Another pcregrep bug caused similar problems if --colour was specified with
322        -M (multiline) and the pattern match finished with a line ending.
324    5.  In pcregrep, when a pattern that ended with a literal newline sequence was
325        matched in multiline mode, the following line was shown as part of the
326        match. This seems wrong, so I have changed it.
328    6.  Another pcregrep bug in multiline mode, when --colour was specified, caused
329        the check for further matches in the same line (so they could be coloured)
330        to overrun the end of the current line. If another match was found, it was
331        incorrectly shown (and then shown again when found in the next line).
333    7.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
334        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
335        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
336        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
339    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
340    ------------------------
342    1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
343        to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
344        backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
345        at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
346        is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
347        alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
349    2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
350        such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
351        result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
352        (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
353        (*THEN).
355    3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
356        the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
357        in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
358        of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
360    4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
361        match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
362        an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
363        changed to the "earliest inspected character" point, because the returned
364        data for a partial match starts at this character. This means that, for
365        example, /(?<=abc)def/ gives a partial match for the subject "abc"
366        (previously it gave "no match").
368    5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
369        of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
370        previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
371        has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
372        match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
373        give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
374        /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
375        match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
376        now correct.]
378    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
379        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
380        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
381        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
382        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
383        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
384        places in pcre_compile().
386    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
387        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
388        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
389        according to the set newline convention.
391    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
392        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
393        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
395    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
397    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
399    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
400        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
402    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
403        of pcregrep.
405    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
406        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
407        needed fixing:
409        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
410            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
411            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
413        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
414            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
415            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
416            than one byte was nonsense.)
418        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
419            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
421    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
422        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
423        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
424        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
425        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
427    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
428        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
429        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
431    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
432        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
434    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
435        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
436        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
437        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
438        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
439        release 2.5.4.
441    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
442        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
443        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
444        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
445        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
447    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
448        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
449        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
450        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
452    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
453        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
454        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
455        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
456        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
457        pcre_compile().
459    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
460        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
461        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
462        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
463        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
465    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
466        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
469    Version 8.10 25-Jun-2010
470    ------------------------
472    1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and
473        THEN.
475    2.  (*ACCEPT) was not working when inside an atomic group.
477    3.  Inside a character class, \B is treated as a literal by default, but
478        faulted if PCRE_EXTRA is set. This mimics Perl's behaviour (the -w option
479        causes the error). The code is unchanged, but I tidied the documentation.
481    4.  Inside a character class, PCRE always treated \R and \X as literals,
482        whereas Perl faults them if its -w option is set. I have changed PCRE so
483        that it faults them when PCRE_EXTRA is set.
485    5.  Added support for \N, which always matches any character other than
486        newline. (It is the same as "." when PCRE_DOTALL is not set.)
488    6.  When compiling pcregrep with newer versions of gcc which may have
489        FORTIFY_SOURCE set, several warnings "ignoring return value of 'fwrite',
490        declared with attribute warn_unused_result" were given. Just casting the
491        result to (void) does not stop the warnings; a more elaborate fudge is
492        needed. I've used a macro to implement this.
494    7.  Minor change to pcretest.c to avoid a compiler warning.
496    8.  Added four artifical Unicode properties to help with an option to make
497        \s etc use properties (see next item). The new properties are: Xan
498        (alphanumeric), Xsp (Perl space), Xps (POSIX space), and Xwd (word).
500    9.  Added PCRE_UCP to make \b, \d, \s, \w, and certain POSIX character classes
501        use Unicode properties. (*UCP) at the start of a pattern can be used to set
502        this option. Modified pcretest to add /W to test this facility. Added
503        REG_UCP to make it available via the POSIX interface.
505    10. Added --line-buffered to pcregrep.
507    11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was
508        studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than
509        127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of
510        the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized
511        (#976).
513    12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property
514        test, for example, \p{Nd}+, there was the theoretical possibility of
515        setting up an incorrect bitmap of starting bytes, but fortunately it could
516        not have actually happened in practice until change 8 above was made (it
517        added property types that matched character-matching opcodes).
519    13. pcre_study() now recognizes \h, \v, and \R when constructing a bit map of
520        possible starting bytes for non-anchored patterns.
522    14. Extended the "auto-possessify" feature of pcre_compile(). It now recognizes
523        \R, and also a number of cases that involve Unicode properties, both
524        explicit and implicit when PCRE_UCP is set.
526    15. If a repeated Unicode property match (e.g. \p{Lu}*) was used with non-UTF-8
527        input, it could crash or give wrong results if characters with values
528        greater than 0xc0 were present in the subject string. (Detail: it assumed
529        UTF-8 input when processing these items.)
531    16. Added a lot of (int) casts to avoid compiler warnings in systems where
532        size_t is 64-bit (#991).
534    17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with
535        --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).
537    18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on
538        the end, a newline was missing in the output.
540    19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values
541        less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for
542        generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It
543        turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space
544        characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in
545        these tables, and indeed these tables seem to approximate to ISO 8859. This
546        caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was used to create a list
547        of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was including 0x85 and 0xa0,
548        which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I have changed the code so
549        that only real ASCII characters (less than 128) and the correct starting
550        bytes for UTF-8 encodings are set for characters greater than 127 when in
551        UTF-8 mode. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above - the code is different
552        altogether.)
554    20. Added the /T option to pcretest so as to be able to run tests with non-
555        standard character tables, thus making it possible to include the tests
556        used for 19 above in the standard set of tests.
558    21. A pattern such as (?&t)(?#()(?(DEFINE)(?<t>a)) which has a forward
559        reference to a subpattern the other side of a comment that contains an
560        opening parenthesis caused either an internal compiling error, or a
561        reference to the wrong subpattern.
564    Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010
565    ------------------------
567    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 5.2.0.
569    2.  Added the option --libs-cpp to pcre-config, but only when C++ support is
570        configured.
572    3.  Updated the licensing terms in the pcregexp.pas file, as agreed with the
573        original author of that file, following a query about its status.
575    4.  On systems that do not have stdint.h (e.g. Solaris), check for and include
576        inttypes.h instead. This fixes a bug that was introduced by change 8.01/8.
578    5.  A pattern such as (?&t)*+(?(DEFINE)(?<t>.)) which has a possessive
579        quantifier applied to a forward-referencing subroutine call, could compile
580        incorrect code or give the error "internal error: previously-checked
581        referenced subpattern not found".
583    6.  Both MS Visual Studio and Symbian OS have problems with initializing
584        variables to point to external functions. For these systems, therefore,
585        pcre_malloc etc. are now initialized to local functions that call the
586        relevant global functions.
588    7.  There were two entries missing in the vectors called coptable and poptable
589        in pcre_dfa_exec.c. This could lead to memory accesses outsize the vectors.
590        I've fixed the data, and added a kludgy way of testing at compile time that
591        the lengths are correct (equal to the number of opcodes).
593    8.  Following on from 7, I added a similar kludge to check the length of the
594        eint vector in pcreposix.c.
596    9.  Error texts for pcre_compile() are held as one long string to avoid too
597        much relocation at load time. To find a text, the string is searched,
598        counting zeros. There was no check for running off the end of the string,
599        which could happen if a new error number was added without updating the
600        string.
602    10. \K gave a compile-time error if it appeared in a lookbehind assersion.
604    11. \K was not working if it appeared in an atomic group or in a group that
605        was called as a "subroutine", or in an assertion. Perl 5.11 documents that
606        \K is "not well defined" if used in an assertion. PCRE now accepts it if
607        the assertion is positive, but not if it is negative.
609    12. Change 11 fortuitously reduced the size of the stack frame used in the
610        "match()" function of pcre_exec.c by one pointer. Forthcoming
611        implementation of support for (*MARK) will need an extra pointer on the
612        stack; I have reserved it now, so that the stack frame size does not
613        decrease.
615    13. A pattern such as (?P<L1>(?P<L2>0)|(?P>L2)(?P>L1)) in which the only other
616        item in branch that calls a recursion is a subroutine call - as in the
617        second branch in the above example - was incorrectly given the compile-
618        time error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because pcre_compile()
619        was not correctly checking the subroutine for matching a non-empty string.
621    14. The checks for overrunning compiling workspace could trigger after an
622        overrun had occurred. This is a "should never occur" error, but it can be
623        triggered by pathological patterns such as hundreds of nested parentheses.
624        The checks now trigger 100 bytes before the end of the workspace.
626    15. Fix typo in configure.ac: "srtoq" should be "strtoq".
629    Version 8.01 19-Jan-2010
630    ------------------------
632    1.  If a pattern contained a conditional subpattern with only one branch (in
633        particular, this includes all (*DEFINE) patterns), a call to pcre_study()
634        computed the wrong minimum data length (which is of course zero for such
635        subpatterns). This could cause incorrect "no match" results.
637    2.  For patterns such as (?i)a(?-i)b|c where an option setting at the start of
638        the pattern is reset in the first branch, pcre_compile() failed with
639        "internal error: code overflow at offset...". This happened only when
640        the reset was to the original external option setting. (An optimization
641        abstracts leading options settings into an external setting, which was the
642        cause of this.)
644    3.  A pattern such as ^(?!a(*SKIP)b) where a negative assertion contained one
645        of the verbs SKIP, PRUNE, or COMMIT, did not work correctly. When the
646        assertion pattern did not match (meaning that the assertion was true), it
647        was incorrectly treated as false if the SKIP had been reached during the
648        matching. This also applied to assertions used as conditions.
650    4.  If an item that is not supported by pcre_dfa_exec() was encountered in an
651        assertion subpattern, including such a pattern used as a condition,
652        unpredictable results occurred, instead of the error return
655    5.  The C++ GlobalReplace function was not working like Perl for the special
656        situation when an empty string is matched. It now does the fancy magic
657        stuff that is necessary.
659    6.  In pcre_internal.h, obsolete includes to setjmp.h and stdarg.h have been
660        removed. (These were left over from very, very early versions of PCRE.)
662    7.  Some cosmetic changes to the code to make life easier when compiling it
663        as part of something else:
665        (a) Change DEBUG to PCRE_DEBUG.
667        (b) In pcre_compile(), rename the member of the "branch_chain" structure
668            called "current" as "current_branch", to prevent a collision with the
669            Linux macro when compiled as a kernel module.
671        (c) In pcre_study(), rename the function set_bit() as set_table_bit(), to
672            prevent a collision with the Linux macro when compiled as a kernel
673            module.
675    8.  In pcre_compile() there are some checks for integer overflows that used to
676        cast potentially large values to (double). This has been changed to that
677        when building, a check for int64_t is made, and if it is found, it is used
678        instead, thus avoiding the use of floating point arithmetic. (There is no
679        other use of FP in PCRE.) If int64_t is not found, the fallback is to
680        double.
682    9.  Added two casts to avoid signed/unsigned warnings from VS Studio Express
683        2005 (difference between two addresses compared to an unsigned value).
685    10. Change the standard AC_CHECK_LIB test for libbz2 in configure.ac to a
686        custom one, because of the following reported problem in Windows:
688          - libbz2 uses the Pascal calling convention (WINAPI) for the functions
689              under Win32.
690          - The standard autoconf AC_CHECK_LIB fails to include "bzlib.h",
691              therefore missing the function definition.
692          - The compiler thus generates a "C" signature for the test function.
693          - The linker fails to find the "C" function.
694          - PCRE fails to configure if asked to do so against libbz2.
696    11. When running libtoolize from libtool-2.2.6b as part of autogen.sh, these
697        messages were output:
699          Consider adding `AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR([m4])' to configure.ac and
700          rerunning libtoolize, to keep the correct libtool macros in-tree.
701          Consider adding `-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.
703        I have done both of these things.
705    12. Although pcre_dfa_exec() does not use nearly as much stack as pcre_exec()
706        most of the time, it *can* run out if it is given a pattern that contains a
707        runaway infinite recursion. I updated the discussion in the pcrestack man
708        page.
710    13. Now that we have gone to the x.xx style of version numbers, the minor
711        version may start with zero. Using 08 or 09 is a bad idea because users
712        might check the value of PCRE_MINOR in their code, and 08 or 09 may be
713        interpreted as invalid octal numbers. I've updated the previous comment in
714        configure.ac, and also added a check that gives an error if 08 or 09 are
715        used.
717    14. Change 8.00/11 was not quite complete: code had been accidentally omitted,
718        causing partial matching to fail when the end of the subject matched \W
719        in a UTF-8 pattern where \W was quantified with a minimum of 3.
721    15. There were some discrepancies between the declarations in pcre_internal.h
722        of _pcre_is_newline(), _pcre_was_newline(), and _pcre_valid_utf8() and
723        their definitions. The declarations used "const uschar *" and the
724        definitions used USPTR. Even though USPTR is normally defined as "const
725        unsigned char *" (and uschar is typedeffed as "unsigned char"), it was
726        reported that: "This difference in casting confuses some C++ compilers, for
727        example, SunCC recognizes above declarations as different functions and
728        generates broken code for hbpcre." I have changed the declarations to use
729        USPTR.
731    16. GNU libtool is named differently on some systems. The autogen.sh script now
732        tries several variants such as glibtoolize (MacOSX) and libtoolize1x
733        (FreeBSD).
735    17. Applied Craig's patch that fixes an HP aCC compile error in pcre 8.00
736        (strtoXX undefined when compiling pcrecpp.cc). The patch contains this
737        comment: "Figure out how to create a longlong from a string: strtoll and
738        equivalent. It's not enough to call AC_CHECK_FUNCS: hpux has a strtoll, for
739        instance, but it only takes 2 args instead of 3!"
741    18. A subtle bug concerned with back references has been fixed by a change of
742        specification, with a corresponding code fix. A pattern such as
743        ^(xa|=?\1a)+$ which contains a back reference inside the group to which it
744        refers, was giving matches when it shouldn't. For example, xa=xaaa would
745        match that pattern. Interestingly, Perl (at least up to 5.11.3) has the
746        same bug. Such groups have to be quantified to be useful, or contained
747        inside another quantified group. (If there's no repetition, the reference
748        can never match.) The problem arises because, having left the group and
749        moved on to the rest of the pattern, a later failure that backtracks into
750        the group uses the captured value from the final iteration of the group
751        rather than the correct earlier one. I have fixed this in PCRE by forcing
752        any group that contains a reference to itself to be an atomic group; that
753        is, there cannot be any backtracking into it once it has completed. This is
754        similar to recursive and subroutine calls.
757    Version 8.00 19-Oct-09
758    ----------------------
760    1.  The table for translating pcre_compile() error codes into POSIX error codes
761        was out-of-date, and there was no check on the pcre_compile() error code
762        being within the table. This could lead to an OK return being given in
763        error.
765    2.  Changed the call to open a subject file in pcregrep from fopen(pathname,
766        "r") to fopen(pathname, "rb"), which fixed a problem with some of the tests
767        in a Windows environment.
769    3.  The pcregrep --count option prints the count for each file even when it is
770        zero, as does GNU grep. However, pcregrep was also printing all files when
771        --files-with-matches was added. Now, when both options are given, it prints
772        counts only for those files that have at least one match. (GNU grep just
773        prints the file name in this circumstance, but including the count seems
774        more useful - otherwise, why use --count?) Also ensured that the
775        combination -clh just lists non-zero counts, with no names.
777    4.  The long form of the pcregrep -F option was incorrectly implemented as
778        --fixed_strings instead of --fixed-strings. This is an incompatible change,
779        but it seems right to fix it, and I didn't think it was worth preserving
780        the old behaviour.
782    5.  The command line items --regex=pattern and --regexp=pattern were not
783        recognized by pcregrep, which required --regex pattern or --regexp pattern
784        (with a space rather than an '='). The man page documented the '=' forms,
785        which are compatible with GNU grep; these now work.
787    6.  No libpcreposix.pc file was created for pkg-config; there was just
788        libpcre.pc and libpcrecpp.pc. The omission has been rectified.
790    7.  Added #ifndef SUPPORT_UCP into the pcre_ucd.c module, to reduce its size
791        when UCP support is not needed, by modifying the Python script that
792        generates it from Unicode data files. This should not matter if the module
793        is correctly used as a library, but I received one complaint about 50K of
794        unwanted data. My guess is that the person linked everything into his
795        program rather than using a library. Anyway, it does no harm.
797    8.  A pattern such as /\x{123}{2,2}+/8 was incorrectly compiled; the trigger
798        was a minimum greater than 1 for a wide character in a possessive
799        repetition. The same bug could also affect patterns like /(\x{ff}{0,2})*/8
800        which had an unlimited repeat of a nested, fixed maximum repeat of a wide
801        character. Chaos in the form of incorrect output or a compiling loop could
802        result.
804    9.  The restrictions on what a pattern can contain when partial matching is
805        requested for pcre_exec() have been removed. All patterns can now be
806        partially matched by this function. In addition, if there are at least two
807        slots in the offset vector, the offset of the earliest inspected character
808        for the match and the offset of the end of the subject are set in them when
809        PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL is returned.
811    10. Partial matching has been split into two forms: PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT, which is
812        synonymous with PCRE_PARTIAL, for backwards compatibility, and
813        PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, which causes a partial match to supersede a full match,
814        and may be more useful for multi-segment matching.
816    11. Partial matching with pcre_exec() is now more intuitive. A partial match
817        used to be given if ever the end of the subject was reached; now it is
818        given only if matching could not proceed because another character was
819        needed. This makes a difference in some odd cases such as Z(*FAIL) with the
820        string "Z", which now yields "no match" instead of "partial match". In the
821        case of pcre_dfa_exec(), "no match" is given if every matching path for the
822        final character ended with (*FAIL).
824    12. Restarting a match using pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match did not work
825        if the pattern had a "must contain" character that was already found in the
826        earlier partial match, unless partial matching was again requested. For
827        example, with the pattern /dog.(body)?/, the "must contain" character is
828        "g". If the first part-match was for the string "dog", restarting with
829        "sbody" failed. This bug has been fixed.
831    13. The string returned by pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match has been
832        changed so that it starts at the first inspected character rather than the
833        first character of the match. This makes a difference only if the pattern
834        starts with a lookbehind assertion or \b or \B (\K is not supported by
835        pcre_dfa_exec()). It's an incompatible change, but it makes the two
836        matching functions compatible, and I think it's the right thing to do.
838    14. Added a pcredemo man page, created automatically from the pcredemo.c file,
839        so that the demonstration program is easily available in environments where
840        PCRE has not been installed from source.
842    15. Arranged to add -DPCRE_STATIC to cflags in libpcre.pc, libpcreposix.cp,
843        libpcrecpp.pc and pcre-config when PCRE is not compiled as a shared
844        library.
846    16. Added REG_UNGREEDY to the pcreposix interface, at the request of a user.
847        It maps to PCRE_UNGREEDY. It is not, of course, POSIX-compatible, but it
848        is not the first non-POSIX option to be added. Clearly some people find
849        these options useful.
851    17. If a caller to the POSIX matching function regexec() passes a non-zero
852        value for nmatch with a NULL value for pmatch, the value of
853        nmatch is forced to zero.
855    18. RunGrepTest did not have a test for the availability of the -u option of
856        the diff command, as RunTest does. It now checks in the same way as
857        RunTest, and also checks for the -b option.
859    19. If an odd number of negated classes containing just a single character
860        interposed, within parentheses, between a forward reference to a named
861        subpattern and the definition of the subpattern, compilation crashed with
862        an internal error, complaining that it could not find the referenced
863        subpattern. An example of a crashing pattern is /(?&A)(([^m])(?<A>))/.
864        [The bug was that it was starting one character too far in when skipping
865        over the character class, thus treating the ] as data rather than
866        terminating the class. This meant it could skip too much.]
868    20. Added PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART in order to be able to correctly implement the
869        /g option in pcretest when the pattern contains \K, which makes it possible
870        to have an empty string match not at the start, even when the pattern is
871        anchored. Updated pcretest and pcredemo to use this option.
873    21. If the maximum number of capturing subpatterns in a recursion was greater
874        than the maximum at the outer level, the higher number was returned, but
875        with unset values at the outer level. The correct (outer level) value is
876        now given.
878    22. If (*ACCEPT) appeared inside capturing parentheses, previous releases of
879        PCRE did not set those parentheses (unlike Perl). I have now found a way to
880        make it do so. The string so far is captured, making this feature
881        compatible with Perl.
883    23. The tests have been re-organized, adding tests 11 and 12, to make it
884        possible to check the Perl 5.10 features against Perl 5.10.
886    24. Perl 5.10 allows subroutine calls in lookbehinds, as long as the subroutine
887        pattern matches a fixed length string. PCRE did not allow this; now it
888        does. Neither allows recursion.
890    25. I finally figured out how to implement a request to provide the minimum
891        length of subject string that was needed in order to match a given pattern.
892        (It was back references and recursion that I had previously got hung up
893        on.) This code has now been added to pcre_study(); it finds a lower bound
894        to the length of subject needed. It is not necessarily the greatest lower
895        bound, but using it to avoid searching strings that are too short does give
896        some useful speed-ups. The value is available to calling programs via
897        pcre_fullinfo().
899    26. While implementing 25, I discovered to my embarrassment that pcretest had
900        not been passing the result of pcre_study() to pcre_dfa_exec(), so the
901        study optimizations had never been tested with that matching function.
902        Oops. What is worse, even when it was passed study data, there was a bug in
903        pcre_dfa_exec() that meant it never actually used it. Double oops. There
904        were also very few tests of studied patterns with pcre_dfa_exec().
906    27. If (?| is used to create subpatterns with duplicate numbers, they are now
907        allowed to have the same name, even if PCRE_DUPNAMES is not set. However,
908        on the other side of the coin, they are no longer allowed to have different
909        names, because these cannot be distinguished in PCRE, and this has caused
910        confusion. (This is a difference from Perl.)
912    28. When duplicate subpattern names are present (necessarily with different
913        numbers, as required by 27 above), and a test is made by name in a
914        conditional pattern, either for a subpattern having been matched, or for
915        recursion in such a pattern, all the associated numbered subpatterns are
916        tested, and the overall condition is true if the condition is true for any
917        one of them. This is the way Perl works, and is also more like the way
918        testing by number works.
921    Version 7.9 11-Apr-09
922    ---------------------
924    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
925        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
926        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
927        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
928        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
929        pcretest is linked with readline.
931    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
932        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
933        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
934        but BOOL is not.
936    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
937        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
939    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
940        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
941        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
942        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
944    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
945        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
946        the same.
948    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
949        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
950        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
952    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
953        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
954        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
955        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
957    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
958        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
959        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
960        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
962    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
963        condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
964        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
966    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
967        used for matching.
969    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
970        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
972    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
974    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
976    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
978    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
979        wrapper.
981    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
982        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
983        string constants.
985    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
986        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
987        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
988        these, but not everybody uses configure.
990    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
991        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
992        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
993        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
994        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
995        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
997    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
998        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
1000    21. If PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT occurred during a recursion, there was a memory
1001        leak if the size of the offset vector was greater than 30. When the vector
1002        is smaller, the saved offsets during recursion go onto a local stack
1003        vector, but for larger vectors malloc() is used. It was failing to free
1004        when the recursion yielded PCRE_ERROR_MATCH_LIMIT (or any other "abnormal"
1005        error, in fact).
1007    22. There was a missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 round one of the variables in the
1008        heapframe that is used only when UTF-8 support is enabled. This caused no
1009        problem, but was untidy.
1011    23. Steven Van Ingelgem's patch to CMakeLists.txt to change the name
1012        CMAKE_BINARY_DIR to PROJECT_BINARY_DIR so that it works when PCRE is
1013        included within another project.
1015    24. Steven Van Ingelgem's patches to add more options to the CMake support,
1016        slightly modified by me:
1018          (a) PCRE_BUILD_TESTS can be set OFF not to build the tests, including
1019              not building pcregrep.
1021          (b) PCRE_BUILD_PCREGREP can be see OFF not to build pcregrep, but only
1022              if PCRE_BUILD_TESTS is also set OFF, because the tests use pcregrep.
1024    25. Forward references, both numeric and by name, in patterns that made use of
1025        duplicate group numbers, could behave incorrectly or give incorrect errors,
1026        because when scanning forward to find the reference group, PCRE was not
1027        taking into account the duplicate group numbers. A pattern such as
1028        ^X(?3)(a)(?|(b)|(q))(Y) is an example.
1030    26. Changed a few more instances of "const unsigned char *" to USPTR, making
1031        the feature of a custom pointer more persuasive (as requested by a user).
1033    27. Wrapped the definitions of fileno and isatty for Windows, which appear in
1034        pcretest.c, inside #ifndefs, because it seems they are sometimes already
1035        pre-defined.
1037    28. Added support for (*UTF8) at the start of a pattern.
1039    29. Arrange for flags added by the "release type" setting in CMake to be shown
1040        in the configuration summary.
1043    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
1044    ---------------------
1046    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
1047        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
1048        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
1049        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
1050        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
1051        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
1053    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
1054        scripts.
1056    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
1057        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
1058        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
1060    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
1061        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
1062        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
1064    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
1065        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
1066        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
1067        truncation.
1069    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
1071    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
1072        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
1074    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
1075        test 2 if it fails.
1077    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
1078        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
1079        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
1081    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
1082        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
1084    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
1085        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
1086        some environments:
1088          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
1090        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
1092    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
1093        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
1094        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
1095        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
1096        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
1098    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
1099        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
1101    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
1102        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
1103        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
1105    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
1106        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
1108    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
1110    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
1111        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
1113    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
1115    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
1116        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
1117        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
1118        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
1121    Version 7.7 07-May-08
1122    ---------------------
1124    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
1125        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
1126        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
1128    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
1129        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
1130        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
1132    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
1133        Lopes.
1135    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
1137        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
1138            of files, instead of just to the final components.
1140        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
1141            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
1142            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
1143            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
1144            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
1145            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
1147    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
1148        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
1150    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
1151        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
1152        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
1154    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
1155        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
1157    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
1158        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
1159        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
1161    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
1163    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
1164        matching function regexec().
1166    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
1167        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
1168        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
1169        Oniguruma does).
1171    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
1172        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
1173        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
1174        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
1175        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
1176        time.
1178    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
1179        to the way PCRE behaves:
1181        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
1183        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
1184            (Perl fails the current match path).
1186        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
1187            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
1188            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
1189            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
1190            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
1191            of the DOTALL setting.
1193    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
1194        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
1195        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
1196        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
1197        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
1198        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
1199        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
1200        was subsequently set up correctly.)
1202    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
1203        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
1204        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
1205        (*FAIL).
1207    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
1208        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
1209        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
1210        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
1211        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
1212        on the OP_ANY path.
1214    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
1215        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
1216        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
1218    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
1219        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
1220        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
1221        Daniel Bergström.
1223    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
1224        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
1225        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
1226        spotting this.
1229    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
1230  ---------------------  ---------------------
1232  1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with  1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
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1262      solves the problem, but it does no harm.      solves the problem, but it does no harm.
1264  6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and  6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
1265      NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured      NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
1266      with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.      with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
1268  7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and  7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
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1271      building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave      building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
1272      trouble in some build environments.      trouble in some build environments.
1274    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
1277  Version 7.5 10-Jan-08  Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
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