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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 8.20 12-Sep-2011  Version 8.20 10-Oct-2011
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6    
7  1. Change 37 of 8.13 broke patterns like [:a]...[b:] because it thought it had  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      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      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      in a POSIX name. This bug also affected patterns with classes that started
11     with full stops.      with full stops.
12    
13  2. If a pattern such as /(a)b|ac/ is matched against "ac", there is no captured  2.  If a pattern such as /(a)b|ac/ is matched against "ac", there is no
14     substring, but while checking the failing first alternative, substring 1 is      captured substring, but while checking the failing first alternative,
15     temporarily captured. If the output vector supplied to pcre_exec() was not      substring 1 is temporarily captured. If the output vector supplied to
16     big enough for this capture, the yield of the function was still zero      pcre_exec() was not big enough for this capture, the yield of the function
17     ("insufficient space for captured substrings"). This cannot be totally fixed      was still zero ("insufficient space for captured substrings"). This cannot
18     without adding another stack variable, which seems a lot of expense for a      be totally fixed without adding another stack variable, which seems a lot
19     edge case. However, I have improved the situation in cases such as      of expense for a edge case. However, I have improved the situation in cases
20     /(a)(b)x|abc/ matched against "abc", where the return code indicates that      such as /(a)(b)x|abc/ matched against "abc", where the return code
21     fewer than the maximum number of slots in the ovector have been set.      indicates that fewer than the maximum number of slots in the ovector have
22        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  3.  Related to (2) above: when there are more back references in a pattern than
25     matching, and copies in the captures as far as possible afterwards. It was      slots in the output vector, pcre_exec() uses temporary memory during
26     using the entire output vector, but this conflicts with the specification      matching, and copies in the captures as far as possible afterwards. It was
27     that only 2/3 is used for passing back captured substrings. Now it uses only      using the entire output vector, but this conflicts with the specification
28     the first 2/3, for compatibility. This is, of course, another edge case.      that only 2/3 is used for passing back captured substrings. Now it uses
29        only the first 2/3, for compatibility. This is, of course, another edge
30  4. Zoltan Herczeg's just-in-time compiler support has been integrated into the      case.
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  4.  Zoltan Herczeg's just-in-time compiler support has been integrated into the
33     runtime --no-jit option is given.      main code base, and can be used by building with --enable-jit. When this is
34        done, pcregrep automatically uses it unless --disable-pcregrep-jit or the
35  5. When the number of matches in a pcre_dfa_exec() run exactly filled the      runtime --no-jit option is given.
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  5.  When the number of matches in a pcre_dfa_exec() run exactly filled the
38     returned.      ovector, the return from the function was zero, implying that there were
39        other matches that did not fit. The correct "exactly full" value is now
40  6. If a subpattern that was called recursively or as a subroutine contained      returned.
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  6.  If a subpattern that was called recursively or as a subroutine contained
43     position)" or even infinite loops could occur.      (*PRUNE) or any other control that caused it to give a non-standard return,
44        invalid errors such as "Error -26 (nested recursion at the same subject
45  7. If a pattern such as /a(*SKIP)c|b(*ACCEPT)|/ was studied, it stopped      position)" or even infinite loops could occur.
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  7.  If a pattern such as /a(*SKIP)c|b(*ACCEPT)|/ was studied, it stopped
48     computing a minimum subject length in the presence of *ACCEPT is difficult      computing the minimum length on reaching *ACCEPT, and so ended up with the
49     (think back references, subroutine calls), and so I have changed the code so      wrong value of 1 rather than 0. Further investigation indicates that
50     that no minimum is registered for a pattern that contains *ACCEPT.      computing a minimum subject length in the presence of *ACCEPT is difficult
51        (think back references, subroutine calls), and so I have changed the code
52  8. If (*THEN) was present in the first (true) branch of a conditional group,      so that no minimum is registered for a pattern that contains *ACCEPT.
53     it was not handled as intended.  
54    8.  If (*THEN) was present in the first (true) branch of a conditional group,
55        it was not handled as intended. [But see 16 below.]
56    
57    9.  Replaced RunTest.bat and CMakeLists.txt with improved versions provided by
58        Sheri Pierce.
59    
60    10. A pathological pattern such as /(*ACCEPT)a/ was miscompiled, thinking that
61        the first byte in a match must be "a".
62    
63    11. Change 17 for 8.13 increased the recursion depth for patterns like
64        /a(?:.)*?a/ drastically. I've improved things by remembering whether a
65        pattern contains any instances of (*THEN). If it does not, the old
66        optimizations are restored. It would be nice to do this on a per-group
67        basis, but at the moment that is not feasible.
68    
69    12. In some environments, the output of pcretest -C is CRLF terminated. This
70        broke RunTest's code that checks for the link size. A single white space
71        after the value is now allowed for.
72    
73    13. RunTest now checks for the "fr" locale as well as for "fr_FR" and "french".
74        For "fr", it uses the Windows-specific input and output files.
75    
76    14. If (*THEN) appeared in a group that was called recursively or as a
77        subroutine, it did not work as intended. [But see next item.]
78    
79    15. Consider the pattern /A (B(*THEN)C) | D/ where A, B, C, and D are complex
80        pattern fragments (but not containing any | characters). If A and B are
81        matched, but there is a failure in C so that it backtracks to (*THEN), PCRE
82        was behaving differently to Perl. PCRE backtracked into A, but Perl goes to
83        D. In other words, Perl considers parentheses that do not contain any |
84        characters to be part of a surrounding alternative, whereas PCRE was
85        treading (B(*THEN)C) the same as (B(*THEN)C|(*FAIL)) -- which Perl handles
86        differently. PCRE now behaves in the same way as Perl, except in the case
87        of subroutine/recursion calls such as (?1) which have in any case always
88        been different (but PCRE had them first :-).
89    
90    16. Related to 15 above: Perl does not treat the | in a conditional group as
91        creating alternatives. Such a group is treated in the same way as an
92        ordinary group without any | characters when processing (*THEN). PCRE has
93        been changed to match Perl's behaviour.
94    
95    17. If a user had set PCREGREP_COLO(U)R to something other than 1:31, the
96        RunGrepTest script failed.
97    
98    18. Change 22 for version 13 caused atomic groups to use more stack. This is
99        inevitable for groups that contain captures, but it can lead to a lot of
100        stack use in large patterns. The old behaviour has been restored for atomic
101        groups that do not contain any capturing parentheses.
102    
103    19. If the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE option was set for pcre_compile(), it did not
104        suppress the check for a minimum subject length at run time. (If it was
105        given to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() it did work.)
106    
107    
108  Version 8.13 16-Aug-2011  Version 8.13 16-Aug-2011
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202      tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, now that there is      tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, now that there is
203      the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is      the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is
204      no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These      no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These
205      two optimizations have therefore been removed.      two optimizations have therefore been removed. [But see 8.20/11 above.]
206    
207  18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always  18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always
208      matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be      matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be

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