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4    Version 6.7 04-Jul-06
5    ---------------------
7     1. In order to handle tests when input lines are enormously long, pcretest has
8        been re-factored so that it automatically extends its buffers when
9        necessary. The code is crude, but this _is_ just a test program. The
10        default size has been increased from 32K to 50K.
12     2. The code in pcre_study() was using the value of the re argument before
13        testing it for NULL. (Of course, in any sensible call of the function, it
14        won't be NULL.)
16     3. The memmove() emulation function in pcre_internal.h, which is used on
17        systems that lack both memmove() and bcopy() - that is, hardly ever -
18        was missing a "static" storage class specifier.
20     4. When UTF-8 mode was not set, PCRE looped when compiling certain patterns
21        containing an extended class (one that cannot be represented by a bitmap
22        because it contains high-valued characters or Unicode property items, e.g.
23        [\pZ]). Almost always one would set UTF-8 mode when processing such a
24        pattern, but PCRE should not loop if you do not (it no longer does).
25        [Detail: two cases were found: (a) a repeated subpattern containing an
26        extended class; (b) a recursive reference to a subpattern that followed a
27        previous extended class. It wasn't skipping over the extended class
28        correctly when UTF-8 mode was not set.]
30     5. A negated single-character class was not being recognized as fixed-length
31        in lookbehind assertions such as (?<=[^f]), leading to an incorrect
32        compile error "lookbehind assertion is not fixed length".
34     6. The RunPerlTest auxiliary script was showing an unexpected difference
35        between PCRE and Perl for UTF-8 tests. It turns out that it is hard to
36        write a Perl script that can interpret lines of an input file either as
37        byte characters or as UTF-8, which is what "perltest" was being required to
38        do for the non-UTF-8 and UTF-8 tests, respectively. Essentially what you
39        can't do is switch easily at run time between having the "use utf8;" pragma
40        or not. In the end, I fudged it by using the RunPerlTest script to insert
41        "use utf8;" explicitly for the UTF-8 tests.
43     7. In multiline (/m) mode, PCRE was matching ^ after a terminating newline at
44        the end of the subject string, contrary to the documentation and to what
45        Perl does. This was true of both matching functions. Now it matches only at
46        the start of the subject and immediately after *internal* newlines.
48     8. A call of pcre_fullinfo() from pcretest to get the option bits was passing
49        a pointer to an int instead of a pointer to an unsigned long int. This
50        caused problems on 64-bit systems.
52     9. Applied a patch from the folks at Google to pcrecpp.cc, to fix "another
53        instance of the 'standard' template library not being so standard".
55    10. There was no check on the number of named subpatterns nor the maximum
56        length of a subpattern name. The product of these values is used to compute
57        the size of the memory block for a compiled pattern. By supplying a very
58        long subpattern name and a large number of named subpatterns, the size
59        computation could be caused to overflow. This is now prevented by limiting
60        the length of names to 32 characters, and the number of named subpatterns
61        to 10,000.
63    11. Subpatterns that are repeated with specific counts have to be replicated in
64        the compiled pattern. The size of memory for this was computed from the
65        length of the subpattern and the repeat count. The latter is limited to
66        65535, but there was no limit on the former, meaning that integer overflow
67        could in principle occur. The compiled length of a repeated subpattern is
68        now limited to 30,000 bytes in order to prevent this.
70    12. Added the optional facility to have named substrings with the same name.
72    13. Added the ability to use a named substring as a condition, using the
73        Python syntax: (?(name)yes|no). This overloads (?(R)... and names that
74        are numbers (not recommended). Forward references are permitted.
76    14. Added forward references in named backreferences (if you see what I mean).
78    15. In UTF-8 mode, with the PCRE_DOTALL option set, a quantified dot in the
79        pattern could run off the end of the subject. For example, the pattern
80        "(?s)(.{1,5})"8 did this with the subject "ab".
82    16. If PCRE_DOTALL or PCRE_MULTILINE were set, pcre_dfa_exec() behaved as if
83        PCRE_CASELESS was set when matching characters that were quantified with ?
84        or *.
86    17. A character class other than a single negated character that had a minimum
87        but no maximum quantifier - for example [ab]{6,} - was not handled
88        correctly by pce_dfa_exec(). It would match only one character.
90    18. A valid (though odd) pattern that looked like a POSIX character
91        class but used an invalid character after [ (for example [[,abc,]]) caused
92        pcre_compile() to give the error "Failed: internal error: code overflow" or
93        in some cases to crash with a glibc free() error. This could even happen if
94        the pattern terminated after [[ but there just happened to be a sequence of
95        letters, a binary zero, and a closing ] in the memory that followed.
97    19. Perl's treatment of octal escapes in the range \400 to \777 has changed
98        over the years. Originally (before any Unicode support), just the bottom 8
99        bits were taken. Thus, for example, \500 really meant \100. Nowadays the
100        output from "man perlunicode" includes this:
102          The regular expression compiler produces polymorphic opcodes.  That
103          is, the pattern adapts to the data and automatically switches to
104          the Unicode character scheme when presented with Unicode data--or
105          instead uses a traditional byte scheme when presented with byte
106          data.
108        Sadly, a wide octal escape does not cause a switch, and in a string with
109        no other multibyte characters, these octal escapes are treated as before.
110        Thus, in Perl, the pattern  /\500/ actually matches \100 but the pattern
111        /\500|\x{1ff}/ matches \500 or \777 because the whole thing is treated as a
112        Unicode string.
114        I have not perpetrated such confusion in PCRE. Up till now, it took just
115        the bottom 8 bits, as in old Perl. I have now made octal escapes with
116        values greater than \377 illegal in non-UTF-8 mode. In UTF-8 mode they
117        translate to the appropriate multibyte character.
119    29. Applied some refactoring to reduce the number of warnings from Microsoft
120        and Borland compilers. This has included removing the fudge introduced
121        seven years ago for the OS/2 compiler (see 2.02/2 below) because it caused
122        a warning about an unused variable.
124    21. PCRE has not included VT (character 0x0b) in the set of whitespace
125        characters since release 4.0, because Perl (from release 5.004) does not.
126        [Or at least, is documented not to: some releases seem to be in conflict
127        with the documentation.] However, when a pattern was studied with
128        pcre_study() and all its branches started with \s, PCRE still included VT
129        as a possible starting character. Of course, this did no harm; it just
130        caused an unnecessary match attempt.
132    22. Removed a now-redundant internal flag bit that recorded the fact that case
133        dependency changed within the pattern. This was once needed for "required
134        byte" processing, but is no longer used. This recovers a now-scarce options
135        bit. Also moved the least significant internal flag bit to the most-
136        significant bit of the word, which was not previously used (hangover from
137        the days when it was an int rather than a uint) to free up another bit for
138        the future.
140    23. Added support for CRLF line endings as well as CR and LF. As well as the
141        default being selectable at build time, it can now be changed at runtime
142        via the PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx flags. There are now options for pcregrep to
143        specify that it is scanning data with non-default line endings.
145    24. Changed the definition of CXXLINK to make it agree with the definition of
146        LINK in the Makefile, by replacing LDFLAGS to CXXFLAGS.
148    25. Applied Ian Taylor's patches to avoid using another stack frame for tail
149        recursions. This makes a big different to stack usage for some patterns.
151    26. If a subpattern containing a named recursion or subroutine reference such
152        as (?P>B) was quantified, for example (xxx(?P>B)){3}, the calculation of
153        the space required for the compiled pattern went wrong and gave too small a
154        value. Depending on the environment, this could lead to "Failed: internal
155        error: code overflow at offset 49" or "glibc detected double free or
156        corruption" errors.
158    27. Applied patches from Google (a) to support the new newline modes and (b) to
159        advance over multibyte UTF-8 characters in GlobalReplace.
161    28. Change free() to pcre_free() in pcredemo.c. Apparently this makes a
162        difference for some implementation of PCRE in some Windows version.
164    29. Added some extra testing facilities to pcretest:
166        \q<number>   in a data line sets the "match limit" value
167        \Q<number>   in a data line sets the "match recursion limt" value
168        -S <number>  sets the stack size, where <number> is in megabytes
170        The -S option isn't available for Windows.
173    Version 6.6 06-Feb-06
174    ---------------------
176     1. Change 16(a) for 6.5 broke things, because PCRE_DATA_SCOPE was not defined
177        in pcreposix.h. I have copied the definition from pcre.h.
179     2. Change 25 for 6.5 broke compilation in a build directory out-of-tree
180        because pcre.h is no longer a built file.
182     3. Added Jeff Friedl's additional debugging patches to pcregrep. These are
183        not normally included in the compiled code.
186    Version 6.5 01-Feb-06
187    ---------------------
189     1. When using the partial match feature with pcre_dfa_exec(), it was not
190        anchoring the second and subsequent partial matches at the new starting
191        point. This could lead to incorrect results. For example, with the pattern
192        /1234/, partially matching against "123" and then "a4" gave a match.
194     2. Changes to pcregrep:
196        (a) All non-match returns from pcre_exec() were being treated as failures
197            to match the line. Now, unless the error is PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH, an
198            error message is output. Some extra information is given for the
199            PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT and PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT errors, which are
200            probably the only errors that are likely to be caused by users (by
201            specifying a regex that has nested indefinite repeats, for instance).
202            If there are more than 20 of these errors, pcregrep is abandoned.
204        (b) A binary zero was treated as data while matching, but terminated the
205            output line if it was written out. This has been fixed: binary zeroes
206            are now no different to any other data bytes.
208        (c) Whichever of the LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE environment variables is set is
209            used to set a locale for matching. The --locale=xxxx long option has
210            been added (no short equivalent) to specify a locale explicitly on the
211            pcregrep command, overriding the environment variables.
213        (d) When -B was used with -n, some line numbers in the output were one less
214            than they should have been.
216        (e) Added the -o (--only-matching) option.
218        (f) If -A or -C was used with -c (count only), some lines of context were
219            accidentally printed for the final match.
221        (g) Added the -H (--with-filename) option.
223        (h) The combination of options -rh failed to suppress file names for files
224            that were found from directory arguments.
226        (i) Added the -D (--devices) and -d (--directories) options.
228        (j) Added the -F (--fixed-strings) option.
230        (k) Allow "-" to be used as a file name for -f as well as for a data file.
232        (l) Added the --colo(u)r option.
234        (m) Added Jeffrey Friedl's -S testing option, but within #ifdefs so that it
235            is not present by default.
237     3. A nasty bug was discovered in the handling of recursive patterns, that is,
238        items such as (?R) or (?1), when the recursion could match a number of
239        alternatives. If it matched one of the alternatives, but subsequently,
240        outside the recursion, there was a failure, the code tried to back up into
241        the recursion. However, because of the way PCRE is implemented, this is not
242        possible, and the result was an incorrect result from the match.
244        In order to prevent this happening, the specification of recursion has
245        been changed so that all such subpatterns are automatically treated as
246        atomic groups. Thus, for example, (?R) is treated as if it were (?>(?R)).
248     4. I had overlooked the fact that, in some locales, there are characters for
249        which isalpha() is true but neither isupper() nor islower() are true. In
250        the fr_FR locale, for instance, the \xAA and \xBA characters (ordmasculine
251        and ordfeminine) are like this. This affected the treatment of \w and \W
252        when they appeared in character classes, but not when they appeared outside
253        a character class. The bit map for "word" characters is now created
254        separately from the results of isalnum() instead of just taking it from the
255        upper, lower, and digit maps. (Plus the underscore character, of course.)
257     5. The above bug also affected the handling of POSIX character classes such as
258        [[:alpha:]] and [[:alnum:]]. These do not have their own bit maps in PCRE's
259        permanent tables. Instead, the bit maps for such a class were previously
260        created as the appropriate unions of the upper, lower, and digit bitmaps.
261        Now they are created by subtraction from the [[:word:]] class, which has
262        its own bitmap.
264     6. The [[:blank:]] character class matches horizontal, but not vertical space.
265        It is created by subtracting the vertical space characters (\x09, \x0a,
266        \x0b, \x0c) from the [[:space:]] bitmap. Previously, however, the
267        subtraction was done in the overall bitmap for a character class, meaning
268        that a class such as [\x0c[:blank:]] was incorrect because \x0c would not
269        be recognized. This bug has been fixed.
271     7. Patches from the folks at Google:
273          (a) pcrecpp.cc: "to handle a corner case that may or may not happen in
274          real life, but is still worth protecting against".
276          (b) pcrecpp.cc: "corrects a bug when negative radixes are used with
277          regular expressions".
279          (c) pcre_scanner.cc: avoid use of std::count() because not all systems
280          have it.
282          (d) Split off pcrecpparg.h from pcrecpp.h and had the former built by
283          "configure" and the latter not, in order to fix a problem somebody had
284          with compiling the Arg class on HP-UX.
286          (e) Improve the error-handling of the C++ wrapper a little bit.
288          (f) New tests for checking recursion limiting.
290     8. The pcre_memmove() function, which is used only if the environment does not
291        have a standard memmove() function (and is therefore rarely compiled),
292        contained two bugs: (a) use of int instead of size_t, and (b) it was not
293        returning a result (though PCRE never actually uses the result).
295     9. In the POSIX regexec() interface, if nmatch is specified as a ridiculously
296        large number - greater than INT_MAX/(3*sizeof(int)) - REG_ESPACE is
297        returned instead of calling malloc() with an overflowing number that would
298        most likely cause subsequent chaos.
300    10. The debugging option of pcretest was not showing the NO_AUTO_CAPTURE flag.
302    11. The POSIX flag REG_NOSUB is now supported. When a pattern that was compiled
303        with this option is matched, the nmatch and pmatch options of regexec() are
304        ignored.
306    12. Added REG_UTF8 to the POSIX interface. This is not defined by POSIX, but is
307        provided in case anyone wants to the the POSIX interface with UTF-8
308        strings.
310    13. Added CXXLDFLAGS to the Makefile parameters to provide settings only on the
311        C++ linking (needed for some HP-UX environments).
313    14. Avoid compiler warnings in get_ucpname() when compiled without UCP support
314        (unused parameter) and in the pcre_printint() function (omitted "default"
315        switch label when the default is to do nothing).
317    15. Added some code to make it possible, when PCRE is compiled as a C++
318        library, to replace subject pointers for pcre_exec() with a smart pointer
319        class, thus making it possible to process discontinuous strings.
321    16. The two macros PCRE_EXPORT and PCRE_DATA_SCOPE are confusing, and perform
322        much the same function. They were added by different people who were trying
323        to make PCRE easy to compile on non-Unix systems. It has been suggested
324        that PCRE_EXPORT be abolished now that there is more automatic apparatus
325        for compiling on Windows systems. I have therefore replaced it with
326        PCRE_DATA_SCOPE. This is set automatically for Windows; if not set it
327        defaults to "extern" for C or "extern C" for C++, which works fine on
328        Unix-like systems. It is now possible to override the value of PCRE_DATA_
329        SCOPE with something explicit in config.h. In addition:
331        (a) pcreposix.h still had just "extern" instead of either of these macros;
332            I have replaced it with PCRE_DATA_SCOPE.
334        (b) Functions such as _pcre_xclass(), which are internal to the library,
335            but external in the C sense, all had PCRE_EXPORT in their definitions.
336            This is apparently wrong for the Windows case, so I have removed it.
337            (It makes no difference on Unix-like systems.)
339    17. Added a new limit, MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION, which limits the depth of nesting
340        of recursive calls to match(). This is different to MATCH_LIMIT because
341        that limits the total number of calls to match(), not all of which increase
342        the depth of recursion. Limiting the recursion depth limits the amount of
343        stack (or heap if NO_RECURSE is set) that is used. The default can be set
344        when PCRE is compiled, and changed at run time. A patch from Google adds
345        this functionality to the C++ interface.
347    18. Changes to the handling of Unicode character properties:
349        (a) Updated the table to Unicode 4.1.0.
351        (b) Recognize characters that are not in the table as "Cn" (undefined).
353        (c) I revised the way the table is implemented to a much improved format
354            which includes recognition of ranges. It now supports the ranges that
355            are defined in UnicodeData.txt, and it also amalgamates other
356            characters into ranges. This has reduced the number of entries in the
357            table from around 16,000 to around 3,000, thus reducing its size
358            considerably. I realized I did not need to use a tree structure after
359            all - a binary chop search is just as efficient. Having reduced the
360            number of entries, I extended their size from 6 bytes to 8 bytes to
361            allow for more data.
363        (d) Added support for Unicode script names via properties such as \p{Han}.
365    19. In UTF-8 mode, a backslash followed by a non-Ascii character was not
366        matching that character.
368    20. When matching a repeated Unicode property with a minimum greater than zero,
369        (for example \pL{2,}), PCRE could look past the end of the subject if it
370        reached it while seeking the minimum number of characters. This could
371        happen only if some of the characters were more than one byte long, because
372        there is a check for at least the minimum number of bytes.
374    21. Refactored the implementation of \p and \P so as to be more general, to
375        allow for more different types of property in future. This has changed the
376        compiled form incompatibly. Anybody with saved compiled patterns that use
377        \p or \P will have to recompile them.
379    22. Added "Any" and "L&" to the supported property types.
381    23. Recognize \x{...} as a code point specifier, even when not in UTF-8 mode,
382        but give a compile time error if the value is greater than 0xff.
384    24. The man pages for pcrepartial, pcreprecompile, and pcre_compile2 were
385        accidentally not being installed or uninstalled.
387    25. The pcre.h file was built from pcre.h.in, but the only changes that were
388        made were to insert the current release number. This seemed silly, because
389        it made things harder for people building PCRE on systems that don't run
390        "configure". I have turned pcre.h into a distributed file, no longer built
391        by "configure", with the version identification directly included. There is
392        no longer a pcre.h.in file.
394        However, this change necessitated a change to the pcre-config script as
395        well. It is built from pcre-config.in, and one of the substitutions was the
396        release number. I have updated configure.ac so that ./configure now finds
397        the release number by grepping pcre.h.
399    26. Added the ability to run the tests under valgrind.
402    Version 6.4 05-Sep-05
403    ---------------------
405     1. Change 6.0/10/(l) to pcregrep introduced a bug that caused separator lines
406        "--" to be printed when multiple files were scanned, even when none of the
407        -A, -B, or -C options were used. This is not compatible with Gnu grep, so I
408        consider it to be a bug, and have restored the previous behaviour.
410     2. A couple of code tidies to get rid of compiler warnings.
412     3. The pcretest program used to cheat by referring to symbols in the library
413        whose names begin with _pcre_. These are internal symbols that are not
414        really supposed to be visible externally, and in some environments it is
415        possible to suppress them. The cheating is now confined to including
416        certain files from the library's source, which is a bit cleaner.
418     4. Renamed pcre.in as pcre.h.in to go with pcrecpp.h.in; it also makes the
419        file's purpose clearer.
421     5. Reorganized pcre_ucp_findchar().
424    Version 6.3 15-Aug-05
425    ---------------------
427     1. The file libpcre.pc.in did not have general read permission in the tarball.
429     2. There were some problems when building without C++ support:
431        (a) If C++ support was not built, "make install" and "make test" still
432            tried to test it.
434        (b) There were problems when the value of CXX was explicitly set. Some
435            changes have been made to try to fix these, and ...
437        (c) --disable-cpp can now be used to explicitly disable C++ support.
439        (d) The use of @CPP_OBJ@ directly caused a blank line preceded by a
440            backslash in a target when C++ was disabled. This confuses some
441            versions of "make", apparently. Using an intermediate variable solves
442            this. (Same for CPP_LOBJ.)
444     3. $(LINK_FOR_BUILD) now includes $(CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD) and $(LINK)
445        (non-Windows) now includes $(CFLAGS) because these flags are sometimes
446        necessary on certain architectures.
448     4. Added a setting of -export-symbols-regex to the link command to remove
449        those symbols that are exported in the C sense, but actually are local
450        within the library, and not documented. Their names all begin with
451        "_pcre_". This is not a perfect job, because (a) we have to except some
452        symbols that pcretest ("illegally") uses, and (b) the facility isn't always
453        available (and never for static libraries). I have made a note to try to
454        find a way round (a) in the future.
457    Version 6.2 01-Aug-05
458    ---------------------
460     1. There was no test for integer overflow of quantifier values. A construction
461        such as {1111111111111111} would give undefined results. What is worse, if
462        a minimum quantifier for a parenthesized subpattern overflowed and became
463        negative, the calculation of the memory size went wrong. This could have
464        led to memory overwriting.
466     2. Building PCRE using VPATH was broken. Hopefully it is now fixed.
468     3. Added "b" to the 2nd argument of fopen() in dftables.c, for non-Unix-like
469        operating environments where this matters.
471     4. Applied Giuseppe Maxia's patch to add additional features for controlling
472        PCRE options from within the C++ wrapper.
474     5. Named capturing subpatterns were not being correctly counted when a pattern
475        was compiled. This caused two problems: (a) If there were more than 100
476        such subpatterns, the calculation of the memory needed for the whole
477        compiled pattern went wrong, leading to an overflow error. (b) Numerical
478        back references of the form \12, where the number was greater than 9, were
479        not recognized as back references, even though there were sufficient
480        previous subpatterns.
482     6. Two minor patches to pcrecpp.cc in order to allow it to compile on older
483        versions of gcc, e.g. 2.95.4.
486    Version 6.1 21-Jun-05
487    ---------------------
489     1. There was one reference to the variable "posix" in pcretest.c that was not
490        surrounded by "#if !defined NOPOSIX".
492     2. Make it possible to compile pcretest without DFA support, UTF8 support, or
493        the cross-check on the old pcre_info() function, for the benefit of the
494        cut-down version of PCRE that is currently imported into Exim.
496     3. A (silly) pattern starting with (?i)(?-i) caused an internal space
497        allocation error. I've done the easy fix, which wastes 2 bytes for sensible
498        patterns that start (?i) but I don't think that matters. The use of (?i) is
499        just an example; this all applies to the other options as well.
501     4. Since libtool seems to echo the compile commands it is issuing, the output
502        from "make" can be reduced a bit by putting "@" in front of each libtool
503        compile command.
505     5. Patch from the folks at Google for configure.in to be a bit more thorough
506        in checking for a suitable C++ installation before trying to compile the
507        C++ stuff. This should fix a reported problem when a compiler was present,
508        but no suitable headers.
510     6. The man pages all had just "PCRE" as their title. I have changed them to
511        be the relevant file name. I have also arranged that these names are
512        retained in the file doc/pcre.txt, which is a concatenation in text format
513        of all the man pages except the little individual ones for each function.
515     7. The NON-UNIX-USE file had not been updated for the different set of source
516        files that come with release 6. I also added a few comments about the C++
517        wrapper.
520    Version 6.0 07-Jun-05
521    ---------------------
523     1. Some minor internal re-organization to help with my DFA experiments.
525     2. Some missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP conditionals in pcretest and printint that
526        didn't matter for the library itself when fully configured, but did matter
527        when compiling without UCP support, or within Exim, where the ucp files are
528        not imported.
530     3. Refactoring of the library code to split up the various functions into
531        different source modules. The addition of the new DFA matching code (see
532        below) to a single monolithic source would have made it really too
533        unwieldy, quite apart from causing all the code to be include in a
534        statically linked application, when only some functions are used. This is
535        relevant even without the DFA addition now that patterns can be compiled in
536        one application and matched in another.
538        The downside of splitting up is that there have to be some external
539        functions and data tables that are used internally in different modules of
540        the library but which are not part of the API. These have all had their
541        names changed to start with "_pcre_" so that they are unlikely to clash
542        with other external names.
544     4. Added an alternate matching function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which matches using
545        a different (DFA) algorithm. Although it is slower than the original
546        function, it does have some advantages for certain types of matching
547        problem.
549     5. Upgrades to pcretest in order to test the features of pcre_dfa_exec(),
550        including restarting after a partial match.
552     6. A patch for pcregrep that defines INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES if it is not
553        defined when compiling for Windows was sent to me. I have put it into the
554        code, though I have no means of testing or verifying it.
556     7. Added the pcre_refcount() auxiliary function.
558     8. Added the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option. This constrains an unanchored pattern to
559        match before or at the first newline in the subject string. In pcretest,
560        the /f option on a pattern can be used to set this.
562     9. A repeated \w when used in UTF-8 mode with characters greater than 256
563        would behave wrongly. This has been present in PCRE since release 4.0.
565    10. A number of changes to the pcregrep command:
567        (a) Refactored how -x works; insert ^(...)$ instead of setting
568            PCRE_ANCHORED and checking the length, in preparation for adding
569            something similar for -w.
571        (b) Added the -w (match as a word) option.
573        (c) Refactored the way lines are read and buffered so as to have more
574            than one at a time available.
576        (d) Implemented a pcregrep test script.
578        (e) Added the -M (multiline match) option. This allows patterns to match
579            over several lines of the subject. The buffering ensures that at least
580            8K, or the rest of the document (whichever is the shorter) is available
581            for matching (and similarly the previous 8K for lookbehind assertions).
583        (f) Changed the --help output so that it now says
585              -w, --word-regex(p)
587            instead of two lines, one with "regex" and the other with "regexp"
588            because that confused at least one person since the short forms are the
589            same. (This required a bit of code, as the output is generated
590            automatically from a table. It wasn't just a text change.)
592        (g) -- can be used to terminate pcregrep options if the next thing isn't an
593            option but starts with a hyphen. Could be a pattern or a path name
594            starting with a hyphen, for instance.
596        (h) "-" can be given as a file name to represent stdin.
598        (i) When file names are being printed, "(standard input)" is used for
599            the standard input, for compatibility with GNU grep. Previously
600            "<stdin>" was used.
602        (j) The option --label=xxx can be used to supply a name to be used for
603            stdin when file names are being printed. There is no short form.
605        (k) Re-factored the options decoding logic because we are going to add
606            two more options that take data. Such options can now be given in four
607            different ways, e.g. "-fname", "-f name", "--file=name", "--file name".
609        (l) Added the -A, -B, and -C options for requesting that lines of context
610            around matches be printed.
612        (m) Added the -L option to print the names of files that do not contain
613            any matching lines, that is, the complement of -l.
615        (n) The return code is 2 if any file cannot be opened, but pcregrep does
616            continue to scan other files.
618        (o) The -s option was incorrectly implemented. For compatibility with other
619            greps, it now suppresses the error message for a non-existent or non-
620            accessible file (but not the return code). There is a new option called
621            -q that suppresses the output of matching lines, which was what -s was
622            previously doing.
624        (p) Added --include and --exclude options to specify files for inclusion
625            and exclusion when recursing.
627    11. The Makefile was not using the Autoconf-supported LDFLAGS macro properly.
628        Hopefully, it now does.
630    12. Missing cast in pcre_study().
632    13. Added an "uninstall" target to the makefile.
634    14. Replaced "extern" in the function prototypes in Makefile.in with
635        "PCRE_DATA_SCOPE", which defaults to 'extern' or 'extern "C"' in the Unix
636        world, but is set differently for Windows.
638    15. Added a second compiling function called pcre_compile2(). The only
639        difference is that it has an extra argument, which is a pointer to an
640        integer error code. When there is a compile-time failure, this is set
641        non-zero, in addition to the error test pointer being set to point to an
642        error message. The new argument may be NULL if no error number is required
643        (but then you may as well call pcre_compile(), which is now just a
644        wrapper). This facility is provided because some applications need a
645        numeric error indication, but it has also enabled me to tidy up the way
646        compile-time errors are handled in the POSIX wrapper.
648    16. Added VPATH=.libs to the makefile; this should help when building with one
649        prefix path and installing with another. (Or so I'm told by someone who
650        knows more about this stuff than I do.)
652    17. Added a new option, REG_DOTALL, to the POSIX function regcomp(). This
653        passes PCRE_DOTALL to the pcre_compile() function, making the "." character
654        match everything, including newlines. This is not POSIX-compatible, but
655        somebody wanted the feature. From pcretest it can be activated by using
656        both the P and the s flags.
658    18. AC_PROG_LIBTOOL appeared twice in Makefile.in. Removed one.
660    19. libpcre.pc was being incorrectly installed as executable.
662    20. A couple of places in pcretest check for end-of-line by looking for '\n';
663        it now also looks for '\r' so that it will work unmodified on Windows.
665    21. Added Google's contributed C++ wrapper to the distribution.
667    22. Added some untidy missing memory free() calls in pcretest, to keep
668        Electric Fence happy when testing.
672    Version 5.0 13-Sep-04
673    ---------------------
675     1. Internal change: literal characters are no longer packed up into items
676        containing multiple characters in a single byte-string. Each character
677        is now matched using a separate opcode. However, there may be more than one
678        byte in the character in UTF-8 mode.
680     2. The pcre_callout_block structure has two new fields: pattern_position and
681        next_item_length. These contain the offset in the pattern to the next match
682        item, and its length, respectively.
684     3. The PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT option for pcre_compile() requests the automatic
685        insertion of callouts before each pattern item. Added the /C option to
686        pcretest to make use of this.
688     4. On the advice of a Windows user, the lines
690          #if defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32)
691          _setmode( _fileno( stdout ), 0x8000 );
692          #endif  /* defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32) */
694        have been added to the source of pcretest. This apparently does useful
695        magic in relation to line terminators.
697     5. Changed "r" and "w" in the calls to fopen() in pcretest to "rb" and "wb"
698        for the benefit of those environments where the "b" makes a difference.
700     6. The icc compiler has the same options as gcc, but "configure" doesn't seem
701        to know about it. I have put a hack into configure.in that adds in code
702        to set GCC=yes if CC=icc. This seems to end up at a point in the
703        generated configure script that is early enough to affect the setting of
704        compiler options, which is what is needed, but I have no means of testing
705        whether it really works. (The user who reported this had patched the
706        generated configure script, which of course I cannot do.)
708        LATER: After change 22 below (new libtool files), the configure script
709        seems to know about icc (and also ecc). Therefore, I have commented out
710        this hack in configure.in.
712     7. Added support for pkg-config (2 patches were sent in).
714     8. Negated POSIX character classes that used a combination of internal tables
715        were completely broken. These were [[:^alpha:]], [[:^alnum:]], and
716        [[:^ascii]]. Typically, they would match almost any characters. The other
717        POSIX classes were not broken in this way.
719     9. Matching the pattern "\b.*?" against "ab cd", starting at offset 1, failed
720        to find the match, as PCRE was deluded into thinking that the match had to
721        start at the start point or following a newline. The same bug applied to
722        patterns with negative forward assertions or any backward assertions
723        preceding ".*" at the start, unless the pattern required a fixed first
724        character. This was a failing pattern: "(?!.bcd).*". The bug is now fixed.
726    10. In UTF-8 mode, when moving forwards in the subject after a failed match
727        starting at the last subject character, bytes beyond the end of the subject
728        string were read.
730    11. Renamed the variable "class" as "classbits" to make life easier for C++
731        users. (Previously there was a macro definition, but it apparently wasn't
732        enough.)
734    12. Added the new field "tables" to the extra data so that tables can be passed
735        in at exec time, or the internal tables can be re-selected. This allows
736        a compiled regex to be saved and re-used at a later time by a different
737        program that might have everything at different addresses.
739    13. Modified the pcre-config script so that, when run on Solaris, it shows a
740        -R library as well as a -L library.
742    14. The debugging options of pcretest (-d on the command line or D on a
743        pattern) showed incorrect output for anything following an extended class
744        that contained multibyte characters and which was followed by a quantifier.
746    15. Added optional support for general category Unicode character properties
747        via the \p, \P, and \X escapes. Unicode property support implies UTF-8
748        support. It adds about 90K to the size of the library. The meanings of the
749        inbuilt class escapes such as \d and \s have NOT been changed.
751    16. Updated pcredemo.c to include calls to free() to release the memory for the
752        compiled pattern.
754    17. The generated file chartables.c was being created in the source directory
755        instead of in the building directory. This caused the build to fail if the
756        source directory was different from the building directory, and was
757        read-only.
759    18. Added some sample Win commands from Mark Tetrode into the NON-UNIX-USE
760        file. No doubt somebody will tell me if they don't make sense... Also added
761        Dan Mooney's comments about building on OpenVMS.
763    19. Added support for partial matching via the PCRE_PARTIAL option for
764        pcre_exec() and the \P data escape in pcretest.
766    20. Extended pcretest with 3 new pattern features:
768        (i)   A pattern option of the form ">rest-of-line" causes pcretest to
769              write the compiled pattern to the file whose name is "rest-of-line".
770              This is a straight binary dump of the data, with the saved pointer to
771              the character tables forced to be NULL. The study data, if any, is
772              written too. After writing, pcretest reads a new pattern.
774        (ii)  If, instead of a pattern, "<rest-of-line" is given, pcretest reads a
775              compiled pattern from the given file. There must not be any
776              occurrences of "<" in the file name (pretty unlikely); if there are,
777              pcretest will instead treat the initial "<" as a pattern delimiter.
778              After reading in the pattern, pcretest goes on to read data lines as
779              usual.
781        (iii) The F pattern option causes pcretest to flip the bytes in the 32-bit
782              and 16-bit fields in a compiled pattern, to simulate a pattern that
783              was compiled on a host of opposite endianness.
785    21. The pcre-exec() function can now cope with patterns that were compiled on
786        hosts of opposite endianness, with this restriction:
788          As for any compiled expression that is saved and used later, the tables
789          pointer field cannot be preserved; the extra_data field in the arguments
790          to pcre_exec() should be used to pass in a tables address if a value
791          other than the default internal tables were used at compile time.
793    22. Calling pcre_exec() with a negative value of the "ovecsize" parameter is
794        now diagnosed as an error. Previously, most of the time, a negative number
795        would have been treated as zero, but if in addition "ovector" was passed as
796        NULL, a crash could occur.
798    23. Updated the files ltmain.sh, config.sub, config.guess, and aclocal.m4 with
799        new versions from the libtool 1.5 distribution (the last one is a copy of
800        a file called libtool.m4). This seems to have fixed the need to patch
801        "configure" to support Darwin 1.3 (which I used to do). However, I still
802        had to patch ltmain.sh to ensure that ${SED} is set (it isn't on my
803        workstation).
805    24. Changed the PCRE licence to be the more standard "BSD" licence.
808    Version 4.5 01-Dec-03
809    ---------------------
811     1. There has been some re-arrangement of the code for the match() function so
812        that it can be compiled in a version that does not call itself recursively.
813        Instead, it keeps those local variables that need separate instances for
814        each "recursion" in a frame on the heap, and gets/frees frames whenever it
815        needs to "recurse". Keeping track of where control must go is done by means
816        of setjmp/longjmp. The whole thing is implemented by a set of macros that
817        hide most of the details from the main code, and operates only if
818        NO_RECURSE is defined while compiling pcre.c. If PCRE is built using the
819        "configure" mechanism, "--disable-stack-for-recursion" turns on this way of
820        operating.
822        To make it easier for callers to provide specially tailored get/free
823        functions for this usage, two new functions, pcre_stack_malloc, and
824        pcre_stack_free, are used. They are always called in strict stacking order,
825        and the size of block requested is always the same.
827        The PCRE_CONFIG_STACKRECURSE info parameter can be used to find out whether
828        PCRE has been compiled to use the stack or the heap for recursion. The
829        -C option of pcretest uses this to show which version is compiled.
831        A new data escape \S, is added to pcretest; it causes the amounts of store
832        obtained and freed by both kinds of malloc/free at match time to be added
833        to the output.
835     2. Changed the locale test to use "fr_FR" instead of "fr" because that's
836        what's available on my current Linux desktop machine.
838     3. When matching a UTF-8 string, the test for a valid string at the start has
839        been extended. If start_offset is not zero, PCRE now checks that it points
840        to a byte that is the start of a UTF-8 character. If not, it returns
841        PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET (-11). Note: the whole string is still checked;
842        this is necessary because there may be backward assertions in the pattern.
843        When matching the same subject several times, it may save resources to use
844        PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK on all but the first call if the string is long.
846     4. The code for checking the validity of UTF-8 strings has been tightened so
847        that it rejects (a) strings containing 0xfe or 0xff bytes and (b) strings
848        containing "overlong sequences".
850     5. Fixed a bug (appearing twice) that I could not find any way of exploiting!
851        I had written "if ((digitab[*p++] && chtab_digit) == 0)" where the "&&"
852        should have been "&", but it just so happened that all the cases this let
853        through by mistake were picked up later in the function.
855     6. I had used a variable called "isblank" - this is a C99 function, causing
856        some compilers to warn. To avoid this, I renamed it (as "blankclass").
858     7. Cosmetic: (a) only output another newline at the end of pcretest if it is
859        prompting; (b) run "./pcretest /dev/null" at the start of the test script
860        so the version is shown; (c) stop "make test" echoing "./RunTest".
862     8. Added patches from David Burgess to enable PCRE to run on EBCDIC systems.
864     9. The prototype for memmove() for systems that don't have it was using
865        size_t, but the inclusion of the header that defines size_t was later. I've
866        moved the #includes for the C headers earlier to avoid this.
868    10. Added some adjustments to the code to make it easier to compiler on certain
869        special systems:
871          (a) Some "const" qualifiers were missing.
872          (b) Added the macro EXPORT before all exported functions; by default this
873              is defined to be empty.
874          (c) Changed the dftables auxiliary program (that builds chartables.c) so
875              that it reads its output file name as an argument instead of writing
876              to the standard output and assuming this can be redirected.
878    11. In UTF-8 mode, if a recursive reference (e.g. (?1)) followed a character
879        class containing characters with values greater than 255, PCRE compilation
880        went into a loop.
882    12. A recursive reference to a subpattern that was within another subpattern
883        that had a minimum quantifier of zero caused PCRE to crash. For example,
884        (x(y(?2))z)? provoked this bug with a subject that got as far as the
885        recursion. If the recursively-called subpattern itself had a zero repeat,
886        that was OK.
888    13. In pcretest, the buffer for reading a data line was set at 30K, but the
889        buffer into which it was copied (for escape processing) was still set at
890        1024, so long lines caused crashes.
892    14. A pattern such as /[ab]{1,3}+/ failed to compile, giving the error
893        "internal error: code overflow...". This applied to any character class
894        that was followed by a possessive quantifier.
896    15. Modified the Makefile to add libpcre.la as a prerequisite for
897        libpcreposix.la because I was told this is needed for a parallel build to
898        work.
900    16. If a pattern that contained .* following optional items at the start was
901        studied, the wrong optimizing data was generated, leading to matching
902        errors. For example, studying /[ab]*.*c/ concluded, erroneously, that any
903        matching string must start with a or b or c. The correct conclusion for
904        this pattern is that a match can start with any character.
907    Version 4.4 13-Aug-03
908    ---------------------
910     1. In UTF-8 mode, a character class containing characters with values between
911        127 and 255 was not handled correctly if the compiled pattern was studied.
912        In fixing this, I have also improved the studying algorithm for such
913        classes (slightly).
915     2. Three internal functions had redundant arguments passed to them. Removal
916        might give a very teeny performance improvement.
918     3. Documentation bug: the value of the capture_top field in a callout is *one
919        more than* the number of the hightest numbered captured substring.
921     4. The Makefile linked pcretest and pcregrep with -lpcre, which could result
922        in incorrectly linking with a previously installed version. They now link
923        explicitly with libpcre.la.
925     5. configure.in no longer needs to recognize Cygwin specially.
927     6. A problem in pcre.in for Windows platforms is fixed.
929     7. If a pattern was successfully studied, and the -d (or /D) flag was given to
930        pcretest, it used to include the size of the study block as part of its
931        output. Unfortunately, the structure contains a field that has a different
932        size on different hardware architectures. This meant that the tests that
933        showed this size failed. As the block is currently always of a fixed size,
934        this information isn't actually particularly useful in pcretest output, so
935        I have just removed it.
937     8. Three pre-processor statements accidentally did not start in column 1.
938        Sadly, there are *still* compilers around that complain, even though
939        standard C has not required this for well over a decade. Sigh.
941     9. In pcretest, the code for checking callouts passed small integers in the
942        callout_data field, which is a void * field. However, some picky compilers
943        complained about the casts involved for this on 64-bit systems. Now
944        pcretest passes the address of the small integer instead, which should get
945        rid of the warnings.
947    10. By default, when in UTF-8 mode, PCRE now checks for valid UTF-8 strings at
948        both compile and run time, and gives an error if an invalid UTF-8 sequence
949        is found. There is a option for disabling this check in cases where the
950        string is known to be correct and/or the maximum performance is wanted.
952    11. In response to a bug report, I changed one line in Makefile.in from
954            -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/lib@WIN_PREFIX@pcreposix.dll.a \
955        to
956            -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/@WIN_PREFIX@libpcreposix.dll.a \
958        to look similar to other lines, but I have no way of telling whether this
959        is the right thing to do, as I do not use Windows. No doubt I'll get told
960        if it's wrong...
963  Version 4.3 21-May-03  Version 4.3 21-May-03
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