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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 7.5 12-Nov-07  Version 8.0 02 Jul-08
5    ---------------------
6    
7    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
8        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
9        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
10        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
11        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
12        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
13    
14    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
15        scripts.
16    
17    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
18        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
19        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
20    
21    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
22        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
23        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
24    
25    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
26        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
27        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
28        truncation.
29    
30    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
31    
32    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
33        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
34    
35    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
36        test 2 if it fails.
37    
38    
39    Version 7.7 07-May-08
40    ---------------------
41    
42    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
43        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
44        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
45    
46    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
47        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
48        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
49    
50    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
51        Lopes.
52    
53    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
54    
55        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
56            of files, instead of just to the final components.
57    
58        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
59            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
60            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
61            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
62            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
63            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
64    
65    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
66        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
67    
68    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
69        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
70        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
71    
72    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
73        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
74    
75    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
76        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
77        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
78    
79    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
80    
81    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
82        matching function regexec().
83    
84    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
85        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
86        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
87        Oniguruma does).
88    
89    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
90        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
91        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
92        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
93        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
94        time.
95    
96    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
97        to the way PCRE behaves:
98    
99        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
100    
101        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
102            (Perl fails the current match path).
103    
104        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
105            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
106            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
107            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
108            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
109            of the DOTALL setting.
110    
111    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
112        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
113        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
114        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
115        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
116        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
117        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
118        was subsequently set up correctly.)
119    
120    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
121        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
122        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
123        (*FAIL).
124    
125    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
126        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
127        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
128        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
129        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
130        on the OP_ANY path.
131    
132    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
133        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
134        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
135    
136    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
137        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
138        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
139        Daniel Bergström.
140    
141    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
142        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
143        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
144        spotting this.
145    
146    
147    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
148    ---------------------
149    
150    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
151        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
152        overflow.
153    
154    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
155        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
156    
157    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
158        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
159    
160        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
161        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
162        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
163        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
164        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
165            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
166        - Added readline support for pcretest.
167        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
168    
169    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
170        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
171        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
172        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
173        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
174        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
175        Configure/Make.
176    
177    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
178        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
179        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
180        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
181    
182    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
183        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
184        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
185    
186    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
187        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
188        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
189        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
190        trouble in some build environments.
191    
192    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
193    
194    
195    Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
196  ---------------------  ---------------------
197    
198  1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'  1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
199      values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."      values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
200    
201  2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.  2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
202      Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being      Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
203      included.      included.
204    
205  3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as  3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
206      [:^space:].      [:^space:].
207    
208  4.  PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it  4.  PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it
209      defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so      defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so
210      I have changed it.      I have changed it.
211    
212    5.  The construct (?&) was not diagnosed as a syntax error (it referenced the
213        first named subpattern) and a construct such as (?&a) would reference the
214        first named subpattern whose name started with "a" (in other words, the
215        length check was missing). Both these problems are fixed. "Subpattern name
216        expected" is now given for (?&) (a zero-length name), and this patch also
217        makes it give the same error for \k'' (previously it complained that that
218        was a reference to a non-existent subpattern).
219    
220    6.  The erroneous patterns (?+-a) and (?-+a) give different error messages;
221        this is right because (?- can be followed by option settings as well as by
222        digits. I have, however, made the messages clearer.
223    
224    7.  Patterns such as (?(1)a|b) (a pattern that contains fewer subpatterns
225        than the number used in the conditional) now cause a compile-time error.
226        This is actually not compatible with Perl, which accepts such patterns, but
227        treats the conditional as always being FALSE (as PCRE used to), but it
228        seems to me that giving a diagnostic is better.
229    
230    8.  Change "alphameric" to the more common word "alphanumeric" in comments
231        and messages.
232    
233    9.  Fix two occurrences of "backslash" in comments that should have been
234        "backspace".
235    
236    10. Remove two redundant lines of code that can never be obeyed (their function
237        was moved elsewhere).
238    
239    11. The program that makes PCRE's Unicode character property table had a bug
240        which caused it to generate incorrect table entries for sequences of
241        characters that have the same character type, but are in different scripts.
242        It amalgamated them into a single range, with the script of the first of
243        them. In other words, some characters were in the wrong script. There were
244        thirteen such cases, affecting characters in the following ranges:
245    
246          U+002b0 - U+002c1
247          U+0060c - U+0060d
248          U+0061e - U+00612
249          U+0064b - U+0065e
250          U+0074d - U+0076d
251          U+01800 - U+01805
252          U+01d00 - U+01d77
253          U+01d9b - U+01dbf
254          U+0200b - U+0200f
255          U+030fc - U+030fe
256          U+03260 - U+0327f
257          U+0fb46 - U+0fbb1
258          U+10450 - U+1049d
259    
260    12. The -o option (show only the matching part of a line) for pcregrep was not
261        compatible with GNU grep in that, if there was more than one match in a
262        line, it showed only the first of them. It now behaves in the same way as
263        GNU grep.
264    
265    13. If the -o and -v options were combined for pcregrep, it printed a blank
266        line for every non-matching line. GNU grep prints nothing, and pcregrep now
267        does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any
268        non-matching lines.
269    
270    14. Added --file-offsets and --line-offsets to pcregrep.
271    
272    15. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially
273        infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not
274        being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads
275        and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).
276    
277    16. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the
278        inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of
279        INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).
280    
281    17. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode
282        character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at
283        runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this
284        are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that
285        caused the error; without that there was no problem.
286    
287    18. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.
288    
289    19. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.
290    
291    20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
292        RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
293        double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
294        later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
295        that check the return values (which was not done before).
296    
297    21. Several CMake things:
298    
299        (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
300            the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
301    
302        (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
303            linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
304    
305        (3) Added PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBREADLINE, PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBZ, PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBBZ2.
306    
307    22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
308        crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
309        UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
310        this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
311        newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
312        checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
313        account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
314    
315    23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
316        character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
317        character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
318        allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
319        unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
320        names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
321        for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
322        class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
323        closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
324        diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
325        treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
326        Perl does, and where it didn't before.
327    
328    24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
329        Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
330    
331    
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