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4    Version 7.5 12-Nov-07
5    ---------------------
7    1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
8        values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
10    2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
11        Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
12        included.
14    3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
15        [:^space:].
18    Version 7.4 21-Sep-07
19    ---------------------
21    1.  Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This
22        means that a class such as [\s] counted as "explicit reference to CR or
23        LF". That isn't really right - the whole point of the change was to try to
24        help when there was an actual mention of one of the two characters. So now
25        the change happens only if \r or \n (or a literal CR or LF) character is
26        encountered.
28    2.  The 32-bit options word was also used for 6 internal flags, but the numbers
29        of both had grown to the point where there were only 3 bits left.
30        Fortunately, there was spare space in the data structure, and so I have
31        moved the internal flags into a new 16-bit field to free up more option
32        bits.
34    3.  The appearance of (?J) at the start of a pattern set the DUPNAMES option,
35        but did not set the internal JCHANGED flag - either of these is enough to
36        control the way the "get" function works - but the PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED
37        facility is supposed to tell if (?J) was ever used, so now (?J) at the
38        start sets both bits.
40    4.  Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from
41        matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.
43    5.  doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.
45    6.  Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward
46        compatibility, even though it is no longer used.
48    7.  Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and
49        strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 when the
50        windows.h file is present (where different names are used). [This was
51        reversed later after testing - see 16 below.]
53    8.  Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also
54        some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".
56    9.  When pcregrep was used with the --colour option, it missed the line ending
57        sequence off the lines that it output.
59    10. It was pointed out to me that arrays of string pointers cause lots of
60        relocations when a shared library is dynamically loaded. A technique of
61        using a single long string with a table of offsets can drastically reduce
62        these. I have refactored PCRE in four places to do this. The result is
63        dramatic:
65          Originally:                          290
66          After changing UCP table:            187
67          After changing error message table:   43
68          After changing table of "verbs"       36
69          After changing table of Posix names   22
71        Thanks to the folks working on Gregex for glib for this insight.
73    11. --disable-stack-for-recursion caused compiling to fail unless -enable-
74        unicode-properties was also set.
76    12. Updated the tests so that they work when \R is defaulted to ANYCRLF.
78    13. Added checks for ANY and ANYCRLF to pcrecpp.cc where it previously
79        checked only for CRLF.
81    14. Added casts to pcretest.c to avoid compiler warnings.
83    15. Added Craig's patch to various pcrecpp modules to avoid compiler warnings.
85    16. Added Craig's patch to remove the WINDOWS_H tests, that were not working,
86        and instead check for _strtoi64 explicitly, and avoid the use of snprintf()
87        entirely. This removes changes made in 7 above.
89    17. The CMake files have been updated, and there is now more information about
90        building with CMake in the NON-UNIX-USE document.
93    Version 7.3 28-Aug-07
94    ---------------------
96     1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the
97        line "#include <pcre.h>" was included in pcre_internal.h. The use of angle
98        brackets there is not right, since it causes compilers to look for an
99        installed pcre.h, not the version that is in the source that is being
100        compiled (which of course may be different). I have changed it back to:
102          #include "pcre.h"
104        I have a vague recollection that the change was concerned with compiling in
105        different directories, but in the new build system, that is taken care of
106        by the VPATH setting the Makefile.
108     2. The pattern .*$ when run in not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode with newline=any failed
109        when the subject happened to end in the byte 0x85 (e.g. if the last
110        character was \x{1ec5}). *Character* 0x85 is one of the "any" newline
111        characters but of course it shouldn't be taken as a newline when it is part
112        of another character. The bug was that, for an unlimited repeat of . in
113        not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode, PCRE was advancing by bytes rather than by
114        characters when looking for a newline.
116     3. A small performance improvement in the DOTALL UTF-8 mode .* case.
118     4. Debugging: adjusted the names of opcodes for different kinds of parentheses
119        in debug output.
121     5. Arrange to use "%I64d" instead of "%lld" and "%I64u" instead of "%llu" for
122        long printing in the pcrecpp unittest when running under MinGW.
124     6. ESC_K was left out of the EBCDIC table.
126     7. Change 7.0/38 introduced a new limit on the number of nested non-capturing
127        parentheses; I made it 1000, which seemed large enough. Unfortunately, the
128        limit also applies to "virtual nesting" when a pattern is recursive, and in
129        this case 1000 isn't so big. I have been able to remove this limit at the
130        expense of backing off one optimization in certain circumstances. Normally,
131        when pcre_exec() would call its internal match() function recursively and
132        immediately return the result unconditionally, it uses a "tail recursion"
133        feature to save stack. However, when a subpattern that can match an empty
134        string has an unlimited repetition quantifier, it no longer makes this
135        optimization. That gives it a stack frame in which to save the data for
136        checking that an empty string has been matched. Previously this was taken
137        from the 1000-entry workspace that had been reserved. So now there is no
138        explicit limit, but more stack is used.
140     8. Applied Daniel's patches to solve problems with the import/export magic
141        syntax that is required for Windows, and which was going wrong for the
142        pcreposix and pcrecpp parts of the library. These were overlooked when this
143        problem was solved for the main library.
145     9. There were some crude static tests to avoid integer overflow when computing
146        the size of patterns that contain repeated groups with explicit upper
147        limits. As the maximum quantifier is 65535, the maximum group length was
148        set at 30,000 so that the product of these two numbers did not overflow a
149        32-bit integer. However, it turns out that people want to use groups that
150        are longer than 30,000 bytes (though not repeat them that many times).
151        Change 7.0/17 (the refactoring of the way the pattern size is computed) has
152        made it possible to implement the integer overflow checks in a much more
153        dynamic way, which I have now done. The artificial limitation on group
154        length has been removed - we now have only the limit on the total length of
155        the compiled pattern, which depends on the LINK_SIZE setting.
157    10. Fixed a bug in the documentation for get/copy named substring when
158        duplicate names are permitted. If none of the named substrings are set, the
159        functions return PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING (7); the doc said they returned an
160        empty string.
162    11. Because Perl interprets \Q...\E at a high level, and ignores orphan \E
163        instances, patterns such as [\Q\E] or [\E] or even [^\E] cause an error,
164        because the ] is interpreted as the first data character and the
165        terminating ] is not found. PCRE has been made compatible with Perl in this
166        regard. Previously, it interpreted [\Q\E] as an empty class, and [\E] could
167        cause memory overwriting.
169    10. Like Perl, PCRE automatically breaks an unlimited repeat after an empty
170        string has been matched (to stop an infinite loop). It was not recognizing
171        a conditional subpattern that could match an empty string if that
172        subpattern was within another subpattern. For example, it looped when
173        trying to match  (((?(1)X|))*)  but it was OK with  ((?(1)X|)*)  where the
174        condition was not nested. This bug has been fixed.
176    12. A pattern like \X?\d or \P{L}?\d in non-UTF-8 mode could cause a backtrack
177        past the start of the subject in the presence of bytes with the top bit
178        set, for example "\x8aBCD".
180    13. Added Perl 5.10 experimental backtracking controls (*FAIL), (*F), (*PRUNE),
181        (*SKIP), (*THEN), (*COMMIT), and (*ACCEPT).
183    14. Optimized (?!) to (*FAIL).
185    15. Updated the test for a valid UTF-8 string to conform to the later RFC 3629.
186        This restricts code points to be within the range 0 to 0x10FFFF, excluding
187        the "low surrogate" sequence 0xD800 to 0xDFFF. Previously, PCRE allowed the
188        full range 0 to 0x7FFFFFFF, as defined by RFC 2279. Internally, it still
189        does: it's just the validity check that is more restrictive.
191    16. Inserted checks for integer overflows during escape sequence (backslash)
192        processing, and also fixed erroneous offset values for syntax errors during
193        backslash processing.
195    17. Fixed another case of looking too far back in non-UTF-8 mode (cf 12 above)
196        for patterns like [\PPP\x8a]{1,}\x80 with the subject "A\x80".
198    18. An unterminated class in a pattern like (?1)\c[ with a "forward reference"
199        caused an overrun.
201    19. A pattern like (?:[\PPa*]*){8,} which had an "extended class" (one with
202        something other than just ASCII characters) inside a group that had an
203        unlimited repeat caused a loop at compile time (while checking to see
204        whether the group could match an empty string).
206    20. Debugging a pattern containing \p or \P could cause a crash. For example,
207        [\P{Any}] did so. (Error in the code for printing property names.)
209    21. An orphan \E inside a character class could cause a crash.
211    22. A repeated capturing bracket such as (A)? could cause a wild memory
212        reference during compilation.
214    23. There are several functions in pcre_compile() that scan along a compiled
215        expression for various reasons (e.g. to see if it's fixed length for look
216        behind). There were bugs in these functions when a repeated \p or \P was
217        present in the pattern. These operators have additional parameters compared
218        with \d, etc, and these were not being taken into account when moving along
219        the compiled data. Specifically:
221        (a) A item such as \p{Yi}{3} in a lookbehind was not treated as fixed
222            length.
224        (b) An item such as \pL+ within a repeated group could cause crashes or
225            loops.
227        (c) A pattern such as \p{Yi}+(\P{Yi}+)(?1) could give an incorrect
228            "reference to non-existent subpattern" error.
230        (d) A pattern like (\P{Yi}{2}\277)? could loop at compile time.
232    24. A repeated \S or \W in UTF-8 mode could give wrong answers when multibyte
233        characters were involved (for example /\S{2}/8g with "A\x{a3}BC").
235    25. Using pcregrep in multiline, inverted mode (-Mv) caused it to loop.
237    26. Patterns such as [\P{Yi}A] which include \p or \P and just one other
238        character were causing crashes (broken optimization).
240    27. Patterns such as (\P{Yi}*\277)* (group with possible zero repeat containing
241        \p or \P) caused a compile-time loop.
243    28. More problems have arisen in unanchored patterns when CRLF is a valid line
244        break. For example, the unstudied pattern [\r\n]A does not match the string
245        "\r\nA" because change 7.0/46 below moves the current point on by two
246        characters after failing to match at the start. However, the pattern \nA
247        *does* match, because it doesn't start till \n, and if [\r\n]A is studied,
248        the same is true. There doesn't seem any very clean way out of this, but
249        what I have chosen to do makes the common cases work: PCRE now takes note
250        of whether there can be an explicit match for \r or \n anywhere in the
251        pattern, and if so, 7.0/46 no longer applies. As part of this change,
252        there's a new PCRE_INFO_HASCRORLF option for finding out whether a compiled
253        pattern has explicit CR or LF references.
255    29. Added (*CR) etc for changing newline setting at start of pattern.
258    Version 7.2 19-Jun-07
259    ---------------------
261     1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale,
262        which is apparently normally available under Windows.
264     2. Re-jig the pcregrep tests with different newline settings in an attempt
265        to make them independent of the local environment's newline setting.
267     3. Add code to configure.ac to remove -g from the CFLAGS default settings.
269     4. Some of the "internals" tests were previously cut out when the link size
270        was not 2, because the output contained actual offsets. The recent new
271        "Z" feature of pcretest means that these can be cut out, making the tests
272        usable with all link sizes.
274     5. Implemented Stan Switzer's goto replacement for longjmp() when not using
275        stack recursion. This gives a massive performance boost under BSD, but just
276        a small improvement under Linux. However, it saves one field in the frame
277        in all cases.
279     6. Added more features from the forthcoming Perl 5.10:
281        (a) (?-n) (where n is a string of digits) is a relative subroutine or
282            recursion call. It refers to the nth most recently opened parentheses.
284        (b) (?+n) is also a relative subroutine call; it refers to the nth next
285            to be opened parentheses.
287        (c) Conditions that refer to capturing parentheses can be specified
288            relatively, for example, (?(-2)... or (?(+3)...
290        (d) \K resets the start of the current match so that everything before
291            is not part of it.
293        (e) \k{name} is synonymous with \k<name> and \k'name' (.NET compatible).
295        (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of
296            reference syntax.
298        (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each
299            alternative starts with the same number.
301        (h) \h, \H, \v, and \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace.
303     7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and
306     8. A pattern such as  (.*(.)?)*  caused pcre_exec() to fail by either not
307        terminating or by crashing. Diagnosed by Viktor Griph; it was in the code
308        for detecting groups that can match an empty string.
310     9. A pattern with a very large number of alternatives (more than several
311        hundred) was running out of internal workspace during the pre-compile
312        phase, where pcre_compile() figures out how much memory will be needed. A
313        bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with
314        alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of
315        workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available.
317    10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings.
319    11. Applied patch from Google to remove an optimization that didn't quite work.
320        The report of the bug said:
322          pcrecpp::RE("a*").FullMatch("aaa") matches, while
323          pcrecpp::RE("a*?").FullMatch("aaa") does not, and
324          pcrecpp::RE("a*?\\z").FullMatch("aaa") does again.
326    12. If \p or \P was used in non-UTF-8 mode on a character greater than 127
327        it matched the wrong number of bytes.
330    Version 7.1 24-Apr-07
331    ---------------------
333     1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one
334        that is more "standard", making use of automake and other Autotools. There
335        is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent
336        on this.
338     2. Part of the patch fixed a problem with the pcregrep tests. The test of -r
339        for recursive directory scanning broke on some systems because the files
340        are not scanned in any specific order and on different systems the order
341        was different. A call to "sort" has been inserted into RunGrepTest for the
342        approprate test as a short-term fix. In the longer term there may be an
343        alternative.
345     3. I had an email from Eric Raymond about problems translating some of PCRE's
346        man pages to HTML (despite the fact that I distribute HTML pages, some
347        people do their own conversions for various reasons). The problems
348        concerned the use of low-level troff macros .br and .in. I have therefore
349        removed all such uses from the man pages (some were redundant, some could
350        be replaced by .nf/.fi pairs). The 132html script that I use to generate
351        HTML has been updated to handle .nf/.fi and to complain if it encounters
352        .br or .in.
354     4. Updated comments in configure.ac that get placed in config.h.in and also
355        arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, with the name
356        config.h.generic, for the benefit of those who have to compile without
357        Autotools (compare pcre.h, which is now distributed as pcre.h.generic).
359     5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan
360        Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated
361        makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files
362        makevp_c.txt, makevp_l.txt, and pcregexp.pas.
364     6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out
365        to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his
366        copy. The trailing space was an accident, so I've just removed it.
368     7. Add -Wl,-R... flags in pcre-config.in for *BSD* systems, as I'm told
369        that is needed.
371     8. Mark ucp_table (in ucptable.h) and ucp_gentype (in pcre_ucp_searchfuncs.c)
372        as "const" (a) because they are and (b) because it helps the PHP
373        maintainers who have recently made a script to detect big data structures
374        in the php code that should be moved to the .rodata section. I remembered
375        to update Builducptable as well, so it won't revert if ucptable.h is ever
376        re-created.
378     9. Added some extra #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 conditionals into pcretest.c,
379        pcre_printint.src, pcre_compile.c, pcre_study.c, and pcre_tables.c, in
380        order to be able to cut out the UTF-8 tables in the latter when UTF-8
381        support is not required. This saves 1.5-2K of code, which is important in
382        some applications.
384        Later: more #ifdefs are needed in pcre_ord2utf8.c and pcre_valid_utf8.c
385        so as not to refer to the tables, even though these functions will never be
386        called when UTF-8 support is disabled. Otherwise there are problems with a
387        shared library.
389    10. Fixed two bugs in the emulated memmove() function in pcre_internal.h:
391        (a) It was defining its arguments as char * instead of void *.
393        (b) It was assuming that all moves were upwards in memory; this was true
394            a long time ago when I wrote it, but is no longer the case.
396        The emulated memove() is provided for those environments that have neither
397        memmove() nor bcopy(). I didn't think anyone used it these days, but that
398        is clearly not the case, as these two bugs were recently reported.
400    11. The script PrepareRelease is now distributed: it calls 132html, CleanTxt,
401        and Detrail to create the HTML documentation, the .txt form of the man
402        pages, and it removes trailing spaces from listed files. It also creates
403        pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic from pcre.h and config.h. In the latter
404        case, it wraps all the #defines with #ifndefs. This script should be run
405        before "make dist".
407    12. Fixed two fairly obscure bugs concerned with quantified caseless matching
408        with Unicode property support.
410        (a) For a maximizing quantifier, if the two different cases of the
411            character were of different lengths in their UTF-8 codings (there are
412            some cases like this - I found 11), and the matching function had to
413            back up over a mixture of the two cases, it incorrectly assumed they
414            were both the same length.
416        (b) When PCRE was configured to use the heap rather than the stack for
417            recursion during matching, it was not correctly preserving the data for
418            the other case of a UTF-8 character when checking ahead for a match
419            while processing a minimizing repeat. If the check also involved
420            matching a wide character, but failed, corruption could cause an
421            erroneous result when trying to check for a repeat of the original
422            character.
424    13. Some tidying changes to the testing mechanism:
426        (a) The RunTest script now detects the internal link size and whether there
427            is UTF-8 and UCP support by running ./pcretest -C instead of relying on
428            values substituted by "configure". (The RunGrepTest script already did
429            this for UTF-8.) The configure.ac script no longer substitutes the
430            relevant variables.
432        (b) The debugging options /B and /D in pcretest show the compiled bytecode
433            with length and offset values. This means that the output is different
434            for different internal link sizes. Test 2 is skipped for link sizes
435            other than 2 because of this, bypassing the problem. Unfortunately,
436            there was also a test in test 3 (the locale tests) that used /B and
437            failed for link sizes other than 2. Rather than cut the whole test out,
438            I have added a new /Z option to pcretest that replaces the length and
439            offset values with spaces. This is now used to make test 3 independent
440            of link size. (Test 2 will be tidied up later.)
442    14. If erroroffset was passed as NULL to pcre_compile, it provoked a
443        segmentation fault instead of returning the appropriate error message.
445    15. In multiline mode when the newline sequence was set to "any", the pattern
446        ^$ would give a match between the \r and \n of a subject such as "A\r\nB".
447        This doesn't seem right; it now treats the CRLF combination as the line
448        ending, and so does not match in that case. It's only a pattern such as ^$
449        that would hit this one: something like ^ABC$ would have failed after \r
450        and then tried again after \r\n.
452    16. Changed the comparison command for RunGrepTest from "diff -u" to "diff -ub"
453        in an attempt to make files that differ only in their line terminators
454        compare equal. This works on Linux.
456    17. Under certain error circumstances pcregrep might try to free random memory
457        as it exited. This is now fixed, thanks to valgrind.
459    19. In pcretest, if the pattern /(?m)^$/g<any> was matched against the string
460        "abc\r\n\r\n", it found an unwanted second match after the second \r. This
461        was because its rules for how to advance for /g after matching an empty
462        string at the end of a line did not allow for this case. They now check for
463        it specially.
465    20. pcretest is supposed to handle patterns and data of any length, by
466        extending its buffers when necessary. It was getting this wrong when the
467        buffer for a data line had to be extended.
469    21. Added PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF which is like ANY, but matches only CR, LF, or
470        CRLF as a newline sequence.
472    22. Code for handling Unicode properties in pcre_dfa_exec() wasn't being cut
473        out by #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP. This did no harm, as it could never be used, but
474        I have nevertheless tidied it up.
476    23. Added some casts to kill warnings from HP-UX ia64 compiler.
478    24. Added a man page for pcre-config.
481    Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
482    ---------------------
484     1. Fixed a signed/unsigned compiler warning in pcre_compile.c, shown up by
485        moving to gcc 4.1.1.
487     2. The -S option for pcretest uses setrlimit(); I had omitted to #include
488        sys/time.h, which is documented as needed for this function. It doesn't
489        seem to matter on Linux, but it showed up on some releases of OS X.
491     3. It seems that there are systems where bytes whose values are greater than
492        127 match isprint() in the "C" locale. The "C" locale should be the
493        default when a C program starts up. In most systems, only ASCII printing
494        characters match isprint(). This difference caused the output from pcretest
495        to vary, making some of the tests fail. I have changed pcretest so that:
497        (a) When it is outputting text in the compiled version of a pattern, bytes
498            other than 32-126 are always shown as hex escapes.
500        (b) When it is outputting text that is a matched part of a subject string,
501            it does the same, unless a different locale has been set for the match
502            (using the /L modifier). In this case, it uses isprint() to decide.
504     4. Fixed a major bug that caused incorrect computation of the amount of memory
505        required for a compiled pattern when options that changed within the
506        pattern affected the logic of the preliminary scan that determines the
507        length. The relevant options are -x, and -i in UTF-8 mode. The result was
508        that the computed length was too small. The symptoms of this bug were
509        either the PCRE error "internal error: code overflow" from pcre_compile(),
510        or a glibc crash with a message such as "pcretest: free(): invalid next
511        size (fast)". Examples of patterns that provoked this bug (shown in
512        pcretest format) are:
514          /(?-x: )/x
515          /(?x)(?-x: \s*#\s*)/
516          /((?i)[\x{c0}])/8
517          /(?i:[\x{c0}])/8
519        HOWEVER: Change 17 below makes this fix obsolete as the memory computation
520        is now done differently.
522     5. Applied patches from Google to: (a) add a QuoteMeta function to the C++
523        wrapper classes; (b) implement a new function in the C++ scanner that is
524        more efficient than the old way of doing things because it avoids levels of
525        recursion in the regex matching; (c) add a paragraph to the documentation
526        for the FullMatch() function.
528     6. The escape sequence \n was being treated as whatever was defined as
529        "newline". Not only was this contrary to the documentation, which states
530        that \n is character 10 (hex 0A), but it also went horribly wrong when
531        "newline" was defined as CRLF. This has been fixed.
533     7. In pcre_dfa_exec.c the value of an unsigned integer (the variable called c)
534        was being set to -1 for the "end of line" case (supposedly a value that no
535        character can have). Though this value is never used (the check for end of
536        line is "zero bytes in current character"), it caused compiler complaints.
537        I've changed it to 0xffffffff.
539     8. In pcre_version.c, the version string was being built by a sequence of
540        C macros that, in the event of PCRE_PRERELEASE being defined as an empty
541        string (as it is for production releases) called a macro with an empty
542        argument. The C standard says the result of this is undefined. The gcc
543        compiler treats it as an empty string (which was what was wanted) but it is
544        reported that Visual C gives an error. The source has been hacked around to
545        avoid this problem.
547     9. On the advice of a Windows user, included <io.h> and <fcntl.h> in Windows
548        builds of pcretest, and changed the call to _setmode() to use _O_BINARY
549        instead of 0x8000. Made all the #ifdefs test both _WIN32 and WIN32 (not all
550        of them did).
552    10. Originally, pcretest opened its input and output without "b"; then I was
553        told that "b" was needed in some environments, so it was added for release
554        5.0 to both the input and output. (It makes no difference on Unix-like
555        systems.) Later I was told that it is wrong for the input on Windows. I've
556        now abstracted the modes into two macros, to make it easier to fiddle with
557        them, and removed "b" from the input mode under Windows.
559    11. Added pkgconfig support for the C++ wrapper library, libpcrecpp.
561    12. Added -help and --help to pcretest as an official way of being reminded
562        of the options.
564    13. Removed some redundant semicolons after macro calls in pcrecpparg.h.in
565        and pcrecpp.cc because they annoy compilers at high warning levels.
567    14. A bit of tidying/refactoring in pcre_exec.c in the main bumpalong loop.
569    15. Fixed an occurrence of == in configure.ac that should have been = (shell
570        scripts are not C programs :-) and which was not noticed because it works
571        on Linux.
573    16. pcretest is supposed to handle any length of pattern and data line (as one
574        line or as a continued sequence of lines) by extending its input buffer if
575        necessary. This feature was broken for very long pattern lines, leading to
576        a string of junk being passed to pcre_compile() if the pattern was longer
577        than about 50K.
579    17. I have done a major re-factoring of the way pcre_compile() computes the
580        amount of memory needed for a compiled pattern. Previously, there was code
581        that made a preliminary scan of the pattern in order to do this. That was
582        OK when PCRE was new, but as the facilities have expanded, it has become
583        harder and harder to keep it in step with the real compile phase, and there
584        have been a number of bugs (see for example, 4 above). I have now found a
585        cunning way of running the real compile function in a "fake" mode that
586        enables it to compute how much memory it would need, while actually only
587        ever using a few hundred bytes of working memory and without too many
588        tests of the mode. This should make future maintenance and development
589        easier. A side effect of this work is that the limit of 200 on the nesting
590        depth of parentheses has been removed (though this was never a serious
591        limitation, I suspect). However, there is a downside: pcre_compile() now
592        runs more slowly than before (30% or more, depending on the pattern). I
593        hope this isn't a big issue. There is no effect on runtime performance.
595    18. Fixed a minor bug in pcretest: if a pattern line was not terminated by a
596        newline (only possible for the last line of a file) and it was a
597        pattern that set a locale (followed by /Lsomething), pcretest crashed.
599    19. Added additional timing features to pcretest. (1) The -tm option now times
600        matching only, not compiling. (2) Both -t and -tm can be followed, as a
601        separate command line item, by a number that specifies the number of
602        repeats to use when timing. The default is 50000; this gives better
603        precision, but takes uncomfortably long for very large patterns.
605    20. Extended pcre_study() to be more clever in cases where a branch of a
606        subpattern has no definite first character. For example, (a*|b*)[cd] would
607        previously give no result from pcre_study(). Now it recognizes that the
608        first character must be a, b, c, or d.
610    21. There was an incorrect error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" if
611        a subpattern (or the entire pattern) that was being tested for matching an
612        empty string contained only one non-empty item after a nested subpattern.
613        For example, the pattern (?>\x{100}*)\d(?R) provoked this error
614        incorrectly, because the \d was being skipped in the check.
616    22. The pcretest program now has a new pattern option /B and a command line
617        option -b, which is equivalent to adding /B to every pattern. This causes
618        it to show the compiled bytecode, without the additional information that
619        -d shows. The effect of -d is now the same as -b with -i (and similarly, /D
620        is the same as /B/I).
622    23. A new optimization is now able automatically to treat some sequences such
623        as a*b as a*+b. More specifically, if something simple (such as a character
624        or a simple class like \d) has an unlimited quantifier, and is followed by
625        something that cannot possibly match the quantified thing, the quantifier
626        is automatically "possessified".
628    24. A recursive reference to a subpattern whose number was greater than 39
629        went wrong under certain circumstances in UTF-8 mode. This bug could also
630        have affected the operation of pcre_study().
632    25. Realized that a little bit of performance could be had by replacing
633        (c & 0xc0) == 0xc0 with c >= 0xc0 when processing UTF-8 characters.
635    26. Timing data from pcretest is now shown to 4 decimal places instead of 3.
637    27. Possessive quantifiers such as a++ were previously implemented by turning
638        them into atomic groups such as ($>a+). Now they have their own opcodes,
639        which improves performance. This includes the automatically created ones
640        from 23 above.
642    28. A pattern such as (?=(\w+))\1: which simulates an atomic group using a
643        lookahead was broken if it was not anchored. PCRE was mistakenly expecting
644        the first matched character to be a colon. This applied both to named and
645        numbered groups.
647    29. The ucpinternal.h header file was missing its idempotency #ifdef.
649    30. I was sent a "project" file called libpcre.a.dev which I understand makes
650        building PCRE on Windows easier, so I have included it in the distribution.
652    31. There is now a check in pcretest against a ridiculously large number being
653        returned by pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). If this happens in a /g or /G
654        loop, the loop is abandoned.
656    32. Forward references to subpatterns in conditions such as (?(2)...) where
657        subpattern 2 is defined later cause pcre_compile() to search forwards in
658        the pattern for the relevant set of parentheses. This search went wrong
659        when there were unescaped parentheses in a character class, parentheses
660        escaped with \Q...\E, or parentheses in a #-comment in /x mode.
662    33. "Subroutine" calls and backreferences were previously restricted to
663        referencing subpatterns earlier in the regex. This restriction has now
664        been removed.
666    34. Added a number of extra features that are going to be in Perl 5.10. On the
667        whole, these are just syntactic alternatives for features that PCRE had
668        previously implemented using the Python syntax or my own invention. The
669        other formats are all retained for compatibility.
671        (a) Named groups can now be defined as (?<name>...) or (?'name'...) as well
672            as (?P<name>...). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are
673            also .NET compatible.
675        (b) A recursion or subroutine call to a named group can now be defined as
676            (?&name) as well as (?P>name).
678        (c) A backreference to a named group can now be defined as \k<name> or
679            \k'name' as well as (?P=name). The new forms, as well as being in Perl
680            5.10, are also .NET compatible.
682        (d) A conditional reference to a named group can now use the syntax
683            (?(<name>) or (?('name') as well as (?(name).
685        (e) A "conditional group" of the form (?(DEFINE)...) can be used to define
686            groups (named and numbered) that are never evaluated inline, but can be
687            called as "subroutines" from elsewhere. In effect, the DEFINE condition
688            is always false. There may be only one alternative in such a group.
690        (f) A test for recursion can be given as (?(R1).. or (?(R&name)... as well
691            as the simple (?(R). The condition is true only if the most recent
692            recursion is that of the given number or name. It does not search out
693            through the entire recursion stack.
695        (g) The escape \gN or \g{N} has been added, where N is a positive or
696            negative number, specifying an absolute or relative reference.
698    35. Tidied to get rid of some further signed/unsigned compiler warnings and
699        some "unreachable code" warnings.
701    36. Updated the Unicode property tables to Unicode version 5.0.0. Amongst other
702        things, this adds five new scripts.
704    37. Perl ignores orphaned \E escapes completely. PCRE now does the same.
705        There were also incompatibilities regarding the handling of \Q..\E inside
706        character classes, for example with patterns like [\Qa\E-\Qz\E] where the
707        hyphen was adjacent to \Q or \E. I hope I've cleared all this up now.
709    38. Like Perl, PCRE detects when an indefinitely repeated parenthesized group
710        matches an empty string, and forcibly breaks the loop. There were bugs in
711        this code in non-simple cases. For a pattern such as  ^(a()*)*  matched
712        against  aaaa  the result was just "a" rather than "aaaa", for example. Two
713        separate and independent bugs (that affected different cases) have been
714        fixed.
716    39. Refactored the code to abolish the use of different opcodes for small
717        capturing bracket numbers. This is a tidy that I avoided doing when I
718        removed the limit on the number of capturing brackets for 3.5 back in 2001.
719        The new approach is not only tidier, it makes it possible to reduce the
720        memory needed to fix the previous bug (38).
722    40. Implemented PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY to recognize any of the Unicode newline
723        sequences (http://unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr18/) as "newline" when
724        processing dot, circumflex, or dollar metacharacters, or #-comments in /x
725        mode.
727    41. Add \R to match any Unicode newline sequence, as suggested in the Unicode
728        report.
730    42. Applied patch, originally from Ari Pollak, modified by Google, to allow
731        copy construction and assignment in the C++ wrapper.
733    43. Updated pcregrep to support "--newline=any". In the process, I fixed a
734        couple of bugs that could have given wrong results in the "--newline=crlf"
735        case.
737    44. Added a number of casts and did some reorganization of signed/unsigned int
738        variables following suggestions from Dair Grant. Also renamed the variable
739        "this" as "item" because it is a C++ keyword.
741    45. Arranged for dftables to add
743          #include "pcre_internal.h"
745        to pcre_chartables.c because without it, gcc 4.x may remove the array
746        definition from the final binary if PCRE is built into a static library and
747        dead code stripping is activated.
749    46. For an unanchored pattern, if a match attempt fails at the start of a
750        newline sequence, and the newline setting is CRLF or ANY, and the next two
751        characters are CRLF, advance by two characters instead of one.
754    Version 6.7 04-Jul-06
755    ---------------------
757     1. In order to handle tests when input lines are enormously long, pcretest has
758        been re-factored so that it automatically extends its buffers when
759        necessary. The code is crude, but this _is_ just a test program. The
760        default size has been increased from 32K to 50K.
762     2. The code in pcre_study() was using the value of the re argument before
763        testing it for NULL. (Of course, in any sensible call of the function, it
764        won't be NULL.)
766     3. The memmove() emulation function in pcre_internal.h, which is used on
767        systems that lack both memmove() and bcopy() - that is, hardly ever -
768        was missing a "static" storage class specifier.
770     4. When UTF-8 mode was not set, PCRE looped when compiling certain patterns
771        containing an extended class (one that cannot be represented by a bitmap
772        because it contains high-valued characters or Unicode property items, e.g.
773        [\pZ]). Almost always one would set UTF-8 mode when processing such a
774        pattern, but PCRE should not loop if you do not (it no longer does).
775        [Detail: two cases were found: (a) a repeated subpattern containing an
776        extended class; (b) a recursive reference to a subpattern that followed a
777        previous extended class. It wasn't skipping over the extended class
778        correctly when UTF-8 mode was not set.]
780     5. A negated single-character class was not being recognized as fixed-length
781        in lookbehind assertions such as (?<=[^f]), leading to an incorrect
782        compile error "lookbehind assertion is not fixed length".
784     6. The RunPerlTest auxiliary script was showing an unexpected difference
785        between PCRE and Perl for UTF-8 tests. It turns out that it is hard to
786        write a Perl script that can interpret lines of an input file either as
787        byte characters or as UTF-8, which is what "perltest" was being required to
788        do for the non-UTF-8 and UTF-8 tests, respectively. Essentially what you
789        can't do is switch easily at run time between having the "use utf8;" pragma
790        or not. In the end, I fudged it by using the RunPerlTest script to insert
791        "use utf8;" explicitly for the UTF-8 tests.
793     7. In multiline (/m) mode, PCRE was matching ^ after a terminating newline at
794        the end of the subject string, contrary to the documentation and to what
795        Perl does. This was true of both matching functions. Now it matches only at
796        the start of the subject and immediately after *internal* newlines.
798     8. A call of pcre_fullinfo() from pcretest to get the option bits was passing
799        a pointer to an int instead of a pointer to an unsigned long int. This
800        caused problems on 64-bit systems.
802     9. Applied a patch from the folks at Google to pcrecpp.cc, to fix "another
803        instance of the 'standard' template library not being so standard".
805    10. There was no check on the number of named subpatterns nor the maximum
806        length of a subpattern name. The product of these values is used to compute
807        the size of the memory block for a compiled pattern. By supplying a very
808        long subpattern name and a large number of named subpatterns, the size
809        computation could be caused to overflow. This is now prevented by limiting
810        the length of names to 32 characters, and the number of named subpatterns
811        to 10,000.
813    11. Subpatterns that are repeated with specific counts have to be replicated in
814        the compiled pattern. The size of memory for this was computed from the
815        length of the subpattern and the repeat count. The latter is limited to
816        65535, but there was no limit on the former, meaning that integer overflow
817        could in principle occur. The compiled length of a repeated subpattern is
818        now limited to 30,000 bytes in order to prevent this.
820    12. Added the optional facility to have named substrings with the same name.
822    13. Added the ability to use a named substring as a condition, using the
823        Python syntax: (?(name)yes|no). This overloads (?(R)... and names that
824        are numbers (not recommended). Forward references are permitted.
826    14. Added forward references in named backreferences (if you see what I mean).
828    15. In UTF-8 mode, with the PCRE_DOTALL option set, a quantified dot in the
829        pattern could run off the end of the subject. For example, the pattern
830        "(?s)(.{1,5})"8 did this with the subject "ab".
832    16. If PCRE_DOTALL or PCRE_MULTILINE were set, pcre_dfa_exec() behaved as if
833        PCRE_CASELESS was set when matching characters that were quantified with ?
834        or *.
836    17. A character class other than a single negated character that had a minimum
837        but no maximum quantifier - for example [ab]{6,} - was not handled
838        correctly by pce_dfa_exec(). It would match only one character.
840    18. A valid (though odd) pattern that looked like a POSIX character
841        class but used an invalid character after [ (for example [[,abc,]]) caused
842        pcre_compile() to give the error "Failed: internal error: code overflow" or
843        in some cases to crash with a glibc free() error. This could even happen if
844        the pattern terminated after [[ but there just happened to be a sequence of
845        letters, a binary zero, and a closing ] in the memory that followed.
847    19. Perl's treatment of octal escapes in the range \400 to \777 has changed
848        over the years. Originally (before any Unicode support), just the bottom 8
849        bits were taken. Thus, for example, \500 really meant \100. Nowadays the
850        output from "man perlunicode" includes this:
852          The regular expression compiler produces polymorphic opcodes.  That
853          is, the pattern adapts to the data and automatically switches to
854          the Unicode character scheme when presented with Unicode data--or
855          instead uses a traditional byte scheme when presented with byte
856          data.
858        Sadly, a wide octal escape does not cause a switch, and in a string with
859        no other multibyte characters, these octal escapes are treated as before.
860        Thus, in Perl, the pattern  /\500/ actually matches \100 but the pattern
861        /\500|\x{1ff}/ matches \500 or \777 because the whole thing is treated as a
862        Unicode string.
864        I have not perpetrated such confusion in PCRE. Up till now, it took just
865        the bottom 8 bits, as in old Perl. I have now made octal escapes with
866        values greater than \377 illegal in non-UTF-8 mode. In UTF-8 mode they
867        translate to the appropriate multibyte character.
869    29. Applied some refactoring to reduce the number of warnings from Microsoft
870        and Borland compilers. This has included removing the fudge introduced
871        seven years ago for the OS/2 compiler (see 2.02/2 below) because it caused
872        a warning about an unused variable.
874    21. PCRE has not included VT (character 0x0b) in the set of whitespace
875        characters since release 4.0, because Perl (from release 5.004) does not.
876        [Or at least, is documented not to: some releases seem to be in conflict
877        with the documentation.] However, when a pattern was studied with
878        pcre_study() and all its branches started with \s, PCRE still included VT
879        as a possible starting character. Of course, this did no harm; it just
880        caused an unnecessary match attempt.
882    22. Removed a now-redundant internal flag bit that recorded the fact that case
883        dependency changed within the pattern. This was once needed for "required
884        byte" processing, but is no longer used. This recovers a now-scarce options
885        bit. Also moved the least significant internal flag bit to the most-
886        significant bit of the word, which was not previously used (hangover from
887        the days when it was an int rather than a uint) to free up another bit for
888        the future.
890    23. Added support for CRLF line endings as well as CR and LF. As well as the
891        default being selectable at build time, it can now be changed at runtime
892        via the PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx flags. There are now options for pcregrep to
893        specify that it is scanning data with non-default line endings.
895    24. Changed the definition of CXXLINK to make it agree with the definition of
896        LINK in the Makefile, by replacing LDFLAGS to CXXFLAGS.
898    25. Applied Ian Taylor's patches to avoid using another stack frame for tail
899        recursions. This makes a big different to stack usage for some patterns.
901    26. If a subpattern containing a named recursion or subroutine reference such
902        as (?P>B) was quantified, for example (xxx(?P>B)){3}, the calculation of
903        the space required for the compiled pattern went wrong and gave too small a
904        value. Depending on the environment, this could lead to "Failed: internal
905        error: code overflow at offset 49" or "glibc detected double free or
906        corruption" errors.
908    27. Applied patches from Google (a) to support the new newline modes and (b) to
909        advance over multibyte UTF-8 characters in GlobalReplace.
911    28. Change free() to pcre_free() in pcredemo.c. Apparently this makes a
912        difference for some implementation of PCRE in some Windows version.
914    29. Added some extra testing facilities to pcretest:
916        \q<number>   in a data line sets the "match limit" value
917        \Q<number>   in a data line sets the "match recursion limt" value
918        -S <number>  sets the stack size, where <number> is in megabytes
920        The -S option isn't available for Windows.
923    Version 6.6 06-Feb-06
924    ---------------------
926     1. Change 16(a) for 6.5 broke things, because PCRE_DATA_SCOPE was not defined
927        in pcreposix.h. I have copied the definition from pcre.h.
929     2. Change 25 for 6.5 broke compilation in a build directory out-of-tree
930        because pcre.h is no longer a built file.
932     3. Added Jeff Friedl's additional debugging patches to pcregrep. These are
933        not normally included in the compiled code.
936    Version 6.5 01-Feb-06
937    ---------------------
939     1. When using the partial match feature with pcre_dfa_exec(), it was not
940        anchoring the second and subsequent partial matches at the new starting
941        point. This could lead to incorrect results. For example, with the pattern
942        /1234/, partially matching against "123" and then "a4" gave a match.
944     2. Changes to pcregrep:
946        (a) All non-match returns from pcre_exec() were being treated as failures
947            to match the line. Now, unless the error is PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH, an
948            error message is output. Some extra information is given for the
949            PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT and PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT errors, which are
950            probably the only errors that are likely to be caused by users (by
951            specifying a regex that has nested indefinite repeats, for instance).
952            If there are more than 20 of these errors, pcregrep is abandoned.
954        (b) A binary zero was treated as data while matching, but terminated the
955            output line if it was written out. This has been fixed: binary zeroes
956            are now no different to any other data bytes.
958        (c) Whichever of the LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE environment variables is set is
959            used to set a locale for matching. The --locale=xxxx long option has
960            been added (no short equivalent) to specify a locale explicitly on the
961            pcregrep command, overriding the environment variables.
963        (d) When -B was used with -n, some line numbers in the output were one less
964            than they should have been.
966        (e) Added the -o (--only-matching) option.
968        (f) If -A or -C was used with -c (count only), some lines of context were
969            accidentally printed for the final match.
971        (g) Added the -H (--with-filename) option.
973        (h) The combination of options -rh failed to suppress file names for files
974            that were found from directory arguments.
976        (i) Added the -D (--devices) and -d (--directories) options.
978        (j) Added the -F (--fixed-strings) option.
980        (k) Allow "-" to be used as a file name for -f as well as for a data file.
982        (l) Added the --colo(u)r option.
984        (m) Added Jeffrey Friedl's -S testing option, but within #ifdefs so that it
985            is not present by default.
987     3. A nasty bug was discovered in the handling of recursive patterns, that is,
988        items such as (?R) or (?1), when the recursion could match a number of
989        alternatives. If it matched one of the alternatives, but subsequently,
990        outside the recursion, there was a failure, the code tried to back up into
991        the recursion. However, because of the way PCRE is implemented, this is not
992        possible, and the result was an incorrect result from the match.
994        In order to prevent this happening, the specification of recursion has
995        been changed so that all such subpatterns are automatically treated as
996        atomic groups. Thus, for example, (?R) is treated as if it were (?>(?R)).
998     4. I had overlooked the fact that, in some locales, there are characters for
999        which isalpha() is true but neither isupper() nor islower() are true. In
1000        the fr_FR locale, for instance, the \xAA and \xBA characters (ordmasculine
1001        and ordfeminine) are like this. This affected the treatment of \w and \W
1002        when they appeared in character classes, but not when they appeared outside
1003        a character class. The bit map for "word" characters is now created
1004        separately from the results of isalnum() instead of just taking it from the
1005        upper, lower, and digit maps. (Plus the underscore character, of course.)
1007     5. The above bug also affected the handling of POSIX character classes such as
1008        [[:alpha:]] and [[:alnum:]]. These do not have their own bit maps in PCRE's
1009        permanent tables. Instead, the bit maps for such a class were previously
1010        created as the appropriate unions of the upper, lower, and digit bitmaps.
1011        Now they are created by subtraction from the [[:word:]] class, which has
1012        its own bitmap.
1014     6. The [[:blank:]] character class matches horizontal, but not vertical space.
1015        It is created by subtracting the vertical space characters (\x09, \x0a,
1016        \x0b, \x0c) from the [[:space:]] bitmap. Previously, however, the
1017        subtraction was done in the overall bitmap for a character class, meaning
1018        that a class such as [\x0c[:blank:]] was incorrect because \x0c would not
1019        be recognized. This bug has been fixed.
1021     7. Patches from the folks at Google:
1023          (a) pcrecpp.cc: "to handle a corner case that may or may not happen in
1024          real life, but is still worth protecting against".
1026          (b) pcrecpp.cc: "corrects a bug when negative radixes are used with
1027          regular expressions".
1029          (c) pcre_scanner.cc: avoid use of std::count() because not all systems
1030          have it.
1032          (d) Split off pcrecpparg.h from pcrecpp.h and had the former built by
1033          "configure" and the latter not, in order to fix a problem somebody had
1034          with compiling the Arg class on HP-UX.
1036          (e) Improve the error-handling of the C++ wrapper a little bit.
1038          (f) New tests for checking recursion limiting.
1040     8. The pcre_memmove() function, which is used only if the environment does not
1041        have a standard memmove() function (and is therefore rarely compiled),
1042        contained two bugs: (a) use of int instead of size_t, and (b) it was not
1043        returning a result (though PCRE never actually uses the result).
1045     9. In the POSIX regexec() interface, if nmatch is specified as a ridiculously
1046        large number - greater than INT_MAX/(3*sizeof(int)) - REG_ESPACE is
1047        returned instead of calling malloc() with an overflowing number that would
1048        most likely cause subsequent chaos.
1050    10. The debugging option of pcretest was not showing the NO_AUTO_CAPTURE flag.
1052    11. The POSIX flag REG_NOSUB is now supported. When a pattern that was compiled
1053        with this option is matched, the nmatch and pmatch options of regexec() are
1054        ignored.
1056    12. Added REG_UTF8 to the POSIX interface. This is not defined by POSIX, but is
1057        provided in case anyone wants to the the POSIX interface with UTF-8
1058        strings.
1060    13. Added CXXLDFLAGS to the Makefile parameters to provide settings only on the
1061        C++ linking (needed for some HP-UX environments).
1063    14. Avoid compiler warnings in get_ucpname() when compiled without UCP support
1064        (unused parameter) and in the pcre_printint() function (omitted "default"
1065        switch label when the default is to do nothing).
1067    15. Added some code to make it possible, when PCRE is compiled as a C++
1068        library, to replace subject pointers for pcre_exec() with a smart pointer
1069        class, thus making it possible to process discontinuous strings.
1071    16. The two macros PCRE_EXPORT and PCRE_DATA_SCOPE are confusing, and perform
1072        much the same function. They were added by different people who were trying
1073        to make PCRE easy to compile on non-Unix systems. It has been suggested
1074        that PCRE_EXPORT be abolished now that there is more automatic apparatus
1075        for compiling on Windows systems. I have therefore replaced it with
1076        PCRE_DATA_SCOPE. This is set automatically for Windows; if not set it
1077        defaults to "extern" for C or "extern C" for C++, which works fine on
1078        Unix-like systems. It is now possible to override the value of PCRE_DATA_
1079        SCOPE with something explicit in config.h. In addition:
1081        (a) pcreposix.h still had just "extern" instead of either of these macros;
1082            I have replaced it with PCRE_DATA_SCOPE.
1084        (b) Functions such as _pcre_xclass(), which are internal to the library,
1085            but external in the C sense, all had PCRE_EXPORT in their definitions.
1086            This is apparently wrong for the Windows case, so I have removed it.
1087            (It makes no difference on Unix-like systems.)
1089    17. Added a new limit, MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION, which limits the depth of nesting
1090        of recursive calls to match(). This is different to MATCH_LIMIT because
1091        that limits the total number of calls to match(), not all of which increase
1092        the depth of recursion. Limiting the recursion depth limits the amount of
1093        stack (or heap if NO_RECURSE is set) that is used. The default can be set
1094        when PCRE is compiled, and changed at run time. A patch from Google adds
1095        this functionality to the C++ interface.
1097    18. Changes to the handling of Unicode character properties:
1099        (a) Updated the table to Unicode 4.1.0.
1101        (b) Recognize characters that are not in the table as "Cn" (undefined).
1103        (c) I revised the way the table is implemented to a much improved format
1104            which includes recognition of ranges. It now supports the ranges that
1105            are defined in UnicodeData.txt, and it also amalgamates other
1106            characters into ranges. This has reduced the number of entries in the
1107            table from around 16,000 to around 3,000, thus reducing its size
1108            considerably. I realized I did not need to use a tree structure after
1109            all - a binary chop search is just as efficient. Having reduced the
1110            number of entries, I extended their size from 6 bytes to 8 bytes to
1111            allow for more data.
1113        (d) Added support for Unicode script names via properties such as \p{Han}.
1115    19. In UTF-8 mode, a backslash followed by a non-Ascii character was not
1116        matching that character.
1118    20. When matching a repeated Unicode property with a minimum greater than zero,
1119        (for example \pL{2,}), PCRE could look past the end of the subject if it
1120        reached it while seeking the minimum number of characters. This could
1121        happen only if some of the characters were more than one byte long, because
1122        there is a check for at least the minimum number of bytes.
1124    21. Refactored the implementation of \p and \P so as to be more general, to
1125        allow for more different types of property in future. This has changed the
1126        compiled form incompatibly. Anybody with saved compiled patterns that use
1127        \p or \P will have to recompile them.
1129    22. Added "Any" and "L&" to the supported property types.
1131    23. Recognize \x{...} as a code point specifier, even when not in UTF-8 mode,
1132        but give a compile time error if the value is greater than 0xff.
1134    24. The man pages for pcrepartial, pcreprecompile, and pcre_compile2 were
1135        accidentally not being installed or uninstalled.
1137    25. The pcre.h file was built from pcre.h.in, but the only changes that were
1138        made were to insert the current release number. This seemed silly, because
1139        it made things harder for people building PCRE on systems that don't run
1140        "configure". I have turned pcre.h into a distributed file, no longer built
1141        by "configure", with the version identification directly included. There is
1142        no longer a pcre.h.in file.
1144        However, this change necessitated a change to the pcre-config script as
1145        well. It is built from pcre-config.in, and one of the substitutions was the
1146        release number. I have updated configure.ac so that ./configure now finds
1147        the release number by grepping pcre.h.
1149    26. Added the ability to run the tests under valgrind.
1152    Version 6.4 05-Sep-05
1153    ---------------------
1155     1. Change 6.0/10/(l) to pcregrep introduced a bug that caused separator lines
1156        "--" to be printed when multiple files were scanned, even when none of the
1157        -A, -B, or -C options were used. This is not compatible with Gnu grep, so I
1158        consider it to be a bug, and have restored the previous behaviour.
1160     2. A couple of code tidies to get rid of compiler warnings.
1162     3. The pcretest program used to cheat by referring to symbols in the library
1163        whose names begin with _pcre_. These are internal symbols that are not
1164        really supposed to be visible externally, and in some environments it is
1165        possible to suppress them. The cheating is now confined to including
1166        certain files from the library's source, which is a bit cleaner.
1168     4. Renamed pcre.in as pcre.h.in to go with pcrecpp.h.in; it also makes the
1169        file's purpose clearer.
1171     5. Reorganized pcre_ucp_findchar().
1174  Version 6.3 15-Aug-05  Version 6.3 15-Aug-05
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