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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 8.31  Version 8.33 xx-xxxx-201x
5    -------------------------
7    1.  Added 'U' to some constants that are compared to unsigned integers, to
8        avoid compiler signed/unsigned warnings. Added (int) casts to unsigned
9        variables that are added to signed variables, to ensure the result is
10        signed and can be negated.
12    2.  Applied patch by Daniel Richard G for quashing MSVC warnings to the
13        CMake config files.
15    3.  Revise the creation of config.h.generic so that all boolean macros are
16        #undefined, whereas non-boolean macros are #ifndef/#endif-ed. This makes
17        overriding via -D on the command line possible.
19    4.  Changing the definition of the variable "op" in pcre_exec.c from pcre_uchar
20        to unsigned int is reported to make a quite noticeable speed difference in
21        a specific Windows environment. Testing on Linux did also appear to show
22        some benefit (and it is clearly not harmful). Also fixed the definition of
23        Xop which should be unsigned.
25    5.  Related to (4), changing the definition of the intermediate variable cc
26        in repeated character loops from pcre_uchar to pcre_uint32 also gave speed
27        improvements.
29    6.  Fix forward search in JIT when link size is 3 or greater. Also removed some
30        unnecessary spaces.
32    7.  Adjust autogen.sh and configure.ac to lose warnings given by automake 1.12
33        and later.
35    8.  Fix two buffer over read issues in 16 and 32 bit modes. Affects JIT only.
37    9.  Optimizing fast_forward_start_bits in JIT.
39    10. Adding experimental support for callouts in JIT, and fixing some
40        issues revealed during this work. Namely:
42        (a) Unoptimized capturing brackets incorrectly reset on backtrack.
44        (b) Minimum length was not checked before the matching is started.
46    11. The value of capture_last that is passed to callouts was incorrect in some
47        cases when there was a capture on one path that was subsequently abandoned
48        after a backtrack. Also, the capture_last value is now reset after a
49        recursion, since all captures are also reset in this case.
51    12. The interpreter no longer returns the "too many substrings" error in the
52        case when an overflowing capture is in a branch that is subsequently
53        abandoned after a backtrack.
55    13. In the pathological case when an offset vector of size 2 is used, pcretest
56        now prints out the matched string after a yield of 0 or 1.
58    14. Inlining subpatterns in recursions, when certain conditions are fulfilled.
59        Only supported by the JIT compiler at the moment.
61    15. JIT compiler now supports 32 bit Macs thanks to Lawrence Velazquez.
63    16. Partial matches now set offsets[2] to the "bumpalong" value, that is, the
64        offset of the starting point of the matching process, provided the offsets
65        vector is large enough.
67    17. The \A escape now records a lookbehind value of 1, though its execution
68        does not actually inspect the previous character. This is to ensure that,
69        in partial multi-segment matching, at least one character from the old
70        segment is retained when a new segment is processed. Otherwise, if there
71        are no lookbehinds in the pattern, \A might match incorrectly at the start
72        of a new segment.
74    18. Added some #ifdef __VMS code into pcretest.c to help VMS implementations.
76    19. Redefined some pcre_uchar variables in pcre_exec.c as pcre_uint32; this
77        gives some modest performance improvement in 8-bit mode.
79    20. Added the PCRE-specific property \p{Xuc} for matching characters that can
80        be expressed in certain programming languages using Universal Character
81        Names.
84    Version 8.32 30-November-2012
85  -----------------------------  -----------------------------
87    1.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for first character search and single
88        character iterators.
90    2.  Supporting IBM XL C compilers for PPC architectures in the JIT compiler.
91        Patch by Daniel Richard G.
93    3.  Single character iterator optimizations in the JIT compiler.
95    4.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for character ranges.
97    5.  Rename the "leave" variable names to "quit" to improve WinCE compatibility.
98        Reported by Giuseppe D'Angelo.
100    6.  The PCRE_STARTLINE bit, indicating that a match can occur only at the start
101        of a line, was being set incorrectly in cases where .* appeared inside
102        atomic brackets at the start of a pattern, or where there was a subsequent
103        *PRUNE or *SKIP.
105    7.  Improved instruction cache flush for POWER/PowerPC.
106        Patch by Daniel Richard G.
108    8.  Fixed a number of issues in pcregrep, making it more compatible with GNU
109        grep:
111        (a) There is now no limit to the number of patterns to be matched.
113        (b) An error is given if a pattern is too long.
115        (c) Multiple uses of --exclude, --exclude-dir, --include, and --include-dir
116            are now supported.
118        (d) --exclude-from and --include-from (multiple use) have been added.
120        (e) Exclusions and inclusions now apply to all files and directories, not
121            just to those obtained from scanning a directory recursively.
123        (f) Multiple uses of -f and --file-list are now supported.
125        (g) In a Windows environment, the default for -d has been changed from
126            "read" (the GNU grep default) to "skip", because otherwise the presence
127            of a directory in the file list provokes an error.
129        (h) The documentation has been revised and clarified in places.
131    9.  Improve the matching speed of capturing brackets.
133    10. Changed the meaning of \X so that it now matches a Unicode extended
134        grapheme cluster.
136    11. Patch by Daniel Richard G to the autoconf files to add a macro for sorting
137        out POSIX threads when JIT support is configured.
139    12. Added support for PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED.
141    13. In the POSIX wrapper regcomp() function, setting re_nsub field in the preg
142        structure could go wrong in environments where size_t is not the same size
143        as int.
145    14. Applied user-supplied patch to pcrecpp.cc to allow PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK to be
146        set.
148    15. The EBCDIC support had decayed; later updates to the code had included
149        explicit references to (e.g.) \x0a instead of CHAR_LF. There has been a
150        general tidy up of EBCDIC-related issues, and the documentation was also
151        not quite right. There is now a test that can be run on ASCII systems to
152        check some of the EBCDIC-related things (but is it not a full test).
154    16. The new PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED option is now used by pcregrep, resulting
155        in a small tidy to the code.
157    17. Fix JIT tests when UTF is disabled and both 8 and 16 bit mode are enabled.
159    18. If the --only-matching (-o) option in pcregrep is specified multiple
160        times, each one causes appropriate output. For example, -o1 -o2 outputs the
161        substrings matched by the 1st and 2nd capturing parentheses. A separating
162        string can be specified by --om-separator (default empty).
164    19. Improving the first n character searches.
166    20. Turn case lists for horizontal and vertical white space into macros so that
167        they are defined only once.
169    21. This set of changes together give more compatible Unicode case-folding
170        behaviour for characters that have more than one other case when UCP
171        support is available.
173        (a) The Unicode property table now has offsets into a new table of sets of
174            three or more characters that are case-equivalent. The MultiStage2.py
175            script that generates these tables (the pcre_ucd.c file) now scans
176            CaseFolding.txt instead of UnicodeData.txt for character case
177            information.
179        (b) The code for adding characters or ranges of characters to a character
180            class has been abstracted into a generalized function that also handles
181            case-independence. In UTF-mode with UCP support, this uses the new data
182            to handle characters with more than one other case.
184        (c) A bug that is fixed as a result of (b) is that codepoints less than 256
185            whose other case is greater than 256 are now correctly matched
186            caselessly. Previously, the high codepoint matched the low one, but not
187            vice versa.
189        (d) The processing of \h, \H, \v, and \ in character classes now makes use
190            of the new class addition function, using character lists defined as
191            macros alongside the case definitions of 20 above.
193        (e) Caseless back references now work with characters that have more than
194            one other case.
196        (f) General caseless matching of characters with more than one other case
197            is supported.
199    22. Unicode character properties were updated from Unicode 6.2.0
201    23. Improved CMake support under Windows. Patch by Daniel Richard G.
203    24. Add support for 32-bit character strings, and UTF-32
205    25. Major JIT compiler update (code refactoring and bugfixing).
206        Experimental Sparc 32 support is added.
208    26. Applied a modified version of Daniel Richard G's patch to create
209        pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic by "make" instead of in the
210        PrepareRelease script.
212    27. Added a definition for CHAR_NULL (helpful for the z/OS port), and use it in
213        pcre_compile.c when checking for a zero character.
215    28. Introducing a native interface for JIT. Through this interface, the compiled
216        machine code can be directly executed. The purpose of this interface is to
217        provide fast pattern matching, so several sanity checks are not performed.
218        However, feature tests are still performed. The new interface provides
219        1.4x speedup compared to the old one.
221    29. If pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() was called with a negative value for
222        the subject string length, the error given was PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which
223        was confusing. There is now a new error PCRE_ERROR_BADLENGTH for this case.
225    30. In 8-bit UTF-8 mode, pcretest failed to give an error for data codepoints
226        greater than 0x7fffffff (which cannot be represented in UTF-8, even under
227        the "old" RFC 2279). Instead, it ended up passing a negative length to
228        pcre_exec().
230    31. Add support for GCC's visibility feature to hide internal functions.
232    32. Running "pcretest -C pcre8" or "pcretest -C pcre16" gave a spurious error
233        "unknown -C option" after outputting 0 or 1.
235    33. There is now support for generating a code coverage report for the test
236        suite in environments where gcc is the compiler and lcov is installed. This
237        is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
239    34. If PCRE is built with --enable-valgrind, certain memory regions are marked
240        unaddressable using valgrind annotations, allowing valgrind to detect
241        invalid memory accesses. This is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
243    25. (*UTF) can now be used to start a pattern in any of the three libraries.
245    26. Give configure error if --enable-cpp but no C++ compiler found.
248    Version 8.31 06-July-2012
249    -------------------------
251  1.  Fixing a wrong JIT test case and some compiler warnings.  1.  Fixing a wrong JIT test case and some compiler warnings.
253  2.  Removed a bashism from the RunTest script.  2.  Removed a bashism from the RunTest script.
255  3.  Add a cast to pcre_exec.c to fix the warning "unary minus operator applied  3.  Add a cast to pcre_exec.c to fix the warning "unary minus operator applied
256      to unsigned type, result still unsigned" that was given by an MS compiler      to unsigned type, result still unsigned" that was given by an MS compiler
257      on encountering the code "-sizeof(xxx)".      on encountering the code "-sizeof(xxx)".
259    4.  Partial matching support is added to the JIT compiler.
261    5.  Fixed several bugs concerned with partial matching of items that consist
262        of more than one character:
264        (a) /^(..)\1/ did not partially match "aba" because checking references was
265            done on an "all or nothing" basis. This also applied to repeated
266            references.
268        (b) \R did not give a hard partial match if \r was found at the end of the
269            subject.
271        (c) \X did not give a hard partial match after matching one or more
272            characters at the end of the subject.
274        (d) When newline was set to CRLF, a pattern such as /a$/ did not recognize
275            a partial match for the string "\r".
277        (e) When newline was set to CRLF, the metacharacter "." did not recognize
278            a partial match for a CR character at the end of the subject string.
280    6.  If JIT is requested using /S++ or -s++ (instead of just /S+ or -s+) when
281        running pcretest, the text "(JIT)" added to the output whenever JIT is
282        actually used to run the match.
284    7.  Individual JIT compile options can be set in pcretest by following -s+[+]
285        or /S+[+] with a digit between 1 and 7.
287    8.  OP_NOT now supports any UTF character not just single-byte ones.
289    9.  (*MARK) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
291    10. The command "./RunTest list" lists the available tests without actually
292        running any of them. (Because I keep forgetting what they all are.)
296    12. Applied a (slightly modified) user-supplied patch that improves performance
297        when the heap is used for recursion (compiled with --disable-stack-for-
298        recursion). Instead of malloc and free for each heap frame each time a
299        logical recursion happens, frames are retained on a chain and re-used where
300        possible. This sometimes gives as much as 30% improvement.
302    13. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a recursive subpattern
303        call.
305    14. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a positive assertion.
307    15. It is now possible to link pcretest with libedit as an alternative to
308        libreadline.
310    16. (*COMMIT) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
312    17. The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.1.0.
314    18. Added --file-list option to pcregrep.
316    19. Added binary file support to pcregrep, including the -a, --binary-files,
317        -I, and --text options.
319    20. The madvise function is renamed for posix_madvise for QNX compatibility
320        reasons. Fixed by Giuseppe D'Angelo.
322    21. Fixed a bug for backward assertions with REVERSE 0 in the JIT compiler.
324    22. Changed the option for creating symbolic links for 16-bit man pages from
325        -s to -sf so that re-installing does not cause issues.
327    23. Support PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE in JIT as (*MARK) support requires it.
329    24. Fixed a very old bug in pcretest that caused errors with restarted DFA
330        matches in certain environments (the workspace was not being correctly
331        retained). Also added to pcre_dfa_exec() a simple plausibility check on
332        some of the workspace data at the beginning of a restart.
334    25. \s*\R was auto-possessifying the \s* when it should not, whereas \S*\R
335        was not doing so when it should - probably a typo introduced by SVN 528
336        (change 8.10/14).
338    26. When PCRE_UCP was not set, \w+\x{c4} was incorrectly auto-possessifying the
339        \w+ when the character tables indicated that \x{c4} was a word character.
340        There were several related cases, all because the tests for doing a table
341        lookup were testing for characters less than 127 instead of 255.
343    27. If a pattern contains capturing parentheses that are not used in a match,
344        their slots in the ovector are set to -1. For those that are higher than
345        any matched groups, this happens at the end of processing. In the case when
346        there were back references that the ovector was too small to contain
347        (causing temporary malloc'd memory to be used during matching), and the
348        highest capturing number was not used, memory off the end of the ovector
349        was incorrectly being set to -1. (It was using the size of the temporary
350        memory instead of the true size.)
352    28. To catch bugs like 27 using valgrind, when pcretest is asked to specify an
353        ovector size, it uses memory at the end of the block that it has got.
355    29. Check for an overlong MARK name and give an error at compile time. The
356        limit is 255 for the 8-bit library and 65535 for the 16-bit library.
358    30. JIT compiler update.
360    31. JIT is now supported on jailbroken iOS devices. Thanks for Ruiger
361        Rill for the patch.
363    32. Put spaces around SLJIT_PRINT_D in the JIT compiler. Required by CXX11.
365    33. Variable renamings in the PCRE-JIT compiler. No functionality change.
367    34. Fixed typos in pcregrep: in two places there was SUPPORT_LIBZ2 instead of
368        SUPPORT_LIBBZ2. This caused a build problem when bzip2 but not gzip (zlib)
369        was enabled.
371    35. Improve JIT code generation for greedy plus quantifier.
373    36. When /((?:a?)*)*c/ or /((?>a?)*)*c/ was matched against "aac", it set group
374        1 to "aa" instead of to an empty string. The bug affected repeated groups
375        that could potentially match an empty string.
377    37. Optimizing single character iterators in JIT.
379    38. Wide characters specified with \uxxxx in JavaScript mode are now subject to
380        the same checks as \x{...} characters in non-JavaScript mode. Specifically,
381        codepoints that are too big for the mode are faulted, and in a UTF mode,
382        disallowed codepoints are also faulted.
384    39. If PCRE was compiled with UTF support, in three places in the DFA
385        matcher there was code that should only have been obeyed in UTF mode, but
386        was being obeyed unconditionally. In 8-bit mode this could cause incorrect
387        processing when bytes with values greater than 127 were present. In 16-bit
388        mode the bug would be provoked by values in the range 0xfc00 to 0xdc00. In
389        both cases the values are those that cannot be the first data item in a UTF
390        character. The three items that might have provoked this were recursions,
391        possessively repeated groups, and atomic groups.
393    40. Ensure that libpcre is explicitly listed in the link commands for pcretest
394        and pcregrep, because some OS require shared objects to be explicitly
395        passed to ld, causing the link step to fail if they are not.
397    41. There were two incorrect #ifdefs in pcre_study.c, meaning that, in 16-bit
398        mode, patterns that started with \h* or \R* might be incorrectly matched.
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