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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 8.10 16-Jun-2010  Version 8.12 12-Jan-2011
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7    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
8        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
10    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
11        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
12        particular, this made one of the standard tests crash. (The integer value
13        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
15    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
16        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
17        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
18        match.
20    4.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
21        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
22        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
23        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
26    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
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29    1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
30        to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
31        backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
32        at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
33        is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
34        alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
36    2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
37        such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
38        result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
39        (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
40        (*THEN).
42    3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
43        the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
44        in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
45        of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
47    4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
48        match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
49        an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
50        changed to the "earliest inspected character" point, because the returned
51        data for a partial match starts at this character. This means that, for
52        example, /(?<=abc)def/ gives a partial match for the subject "abc"
53        (previously it gave "no match").
55    5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
56        of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
57        previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
58        has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
59        match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
60        give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
61        /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
62        match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
63        now correct.]
65    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
66        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
67        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
68        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
69        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
70        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
71        places in pcre_compile().
73    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
74        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
75        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
76        according to the set newline convention.
78    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
79        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
80        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
82    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
84    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
86    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
87        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
89    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
90        of pcregrep.
92    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
93        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
94        needed fixing:
96        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
97            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
98            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
100        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
101            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
102            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
103            than one byte was nonsense.)
105        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
106            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
108    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
109        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
110        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
111        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
112        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
114    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
115        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
116        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
118    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
119        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
121    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
122        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
123        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
124        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
125        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
126        release 2.5.4.
128    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
129        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
130        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
131        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
132        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
134    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
135        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
136        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
137        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
139    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
140        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
141        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
142        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
143        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
144        pcre_compile().
146    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
147        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
148        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
149        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
150        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
152    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
153        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
156    Version 8.10 25-Jun-2010
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159  1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and  1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and

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