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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.5 23-Dec-07  Version 8.10 03-Jun-2010
5    ------------------------
7    1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and
8        THEN.
10    2.  (*ACCEPT) was not working when inside an atomic group.
12    3.  Inside a character class, \B is treated as a literal by default, but
13        faulted if PCRE_EXTRA is set. This mimics Perl's behaviour (the -w option
14        causes the error). The code is unchanged, but I tidied the documentation.
16    4.  Inside a character class, PCRE always treated \R and \X as literals,
17        whereas Perl faults them if its -w option is set. I have changed PCRE so
18        that it faults them when PCRE_EXTRA is set.
20    5.  Added support for \N, which always matches any character other than
21        newline. (It is the same as "." when PCRE_DOTALL is not set.)
23    6.  When compiling pcregrep with newer versions of gcc which may have
24        FORTIFY_SOURCE set, several warnings "ignoring return value of 'fwrite',
25        declared with attribute warn_unused_result" were given. Just casting the
26        result to (void) does not stop the warnings; a more elaborate fudge is
27        needed. I've used a macro to implement this.
29    7.  Minor change to pcretest.c to avoid a compiler warning.
31    8.  Added four artifical Unicode properties to help with an option to make
32        \s etc use properties (see next item). The new properties are: Xan
33        (alphanumeric), Xsp (Perl space), Xps (POSIX space), and Xwd (word).
35    9.  Added PCRE_UCP to make \b, \d, \s, \w, and certain POSIX character classes
36        use Unicode properties. (*UCP) at the start of a pattern can be used to set
37        this option. Modified pcretest to add /W to test this facility. Added
38        REG_UCP to make it available via the POSIX interface.
40    10. Added --line-buffered to pcregrep.
42    11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was
43        studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than
44        127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of
45        the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized
46        (#976).
48    12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property
49        test, for example, \p{Nd}+, there was the theoretical possibility of
50        setting up an incorrect bitmap of starting bytes, but fortunately it could
51        not have actually happened in practice until change 8 above was made (it
52        added property types that matched character-matching opcodes).
54    13. pcre_study() now recognizes \h, \v, and \R when constructing a bit map of
55        possible starting bytes for non-anchored patterns.
57    14. Extended the "auto-possessify" feature of pcre_compile(). It now recognizes
58        \R, and also a number of cases that involve Unicode properties, both
59        explicit and implicit when PCRE_UCP is set.
61    15. If a repeated Unicode property match (e.g. \p{Lu}*) was used with non-UTF-8
62        input, it could crash or give wrong results if characters with values
63        greater than 0xc0 were present in the subject string. (Detail: it assumed
64        UTF-8 input when processing these items.)
66    16. Added a lot of (int) casts to avoid compiler warnings in systems where
67        size_t is 64-bit (#991).
69    17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with
70        --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).
72    18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on
73        the end, a newline was missing in the output.
75    19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values
76        less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for
77        generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It
78        turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space
79        characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in
80        these tables, and indeed these tables seem to approximate to ISO 8859. This
81        caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was used to create a list
82        of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was including 0x85 and 0xa0,
83        which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I have changed the code so
84        that only real ASCII characters (less than 128) and the correct starting
85        bytes for UTF-8 encodings are set for characters greater than 127 when in
86        UTF-8 mode. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above - the code is different
87        altogether.)
89    20. Added the /T option to pcretest so as to be able to run tests with non-
90        standard character tables, thus making it possible to include the tests
91        used for 19 above in the standard set of tests.
93    21. A pattern such as (?&t)(?#()(?(DEFINE)(?<t>a)) which has a forward
94        reference to a subpattern the other side of a comment that contains an
95        opening parenthesis caused either an internal compiling error, or a
96        reference to the wrong subpattern.
99    Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010
100    ------------------------
102    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 5.2.0.
104    2.  Added the option --libs-cpp to pcre-config, but only when C++ support is
105        configured.
107    3.  Updated the licensing terms in the pcregexp.pas file, as agreed with the
108        original author of that file, following a query about its status.
110    4.  On systems that do not have stdint.h (e.g. Solaris), check for and include
111        inttypes.h instead. This fixes a bug that was introduced by change 8.01/8.
113    5.  A pattern such as (?&t)*+(?(DEFINE)(?<t>.)) which has a possessive
114        quantifier applied to a forward-referencing subroutine call, could compile
115        incorrect code or give the error "internal error: previously-checked
116        referenced subpattern not found".
118    6.  Both MS Visual Studio and Symbian OS have problems with initializing
119        variables to point to external functions. For these systems, therefore,
120        pcre_malloc etc. are now initialized to local functions that call the
121        relevant global functions.
123    7.  There were two entries missing in the vectors called coptable and poptable
124        in pcre_dfa_exec.c. This could lead to memory accesses outsize the vectors.
125        I've fixed the data, and added a kludgy way of testing at compile time that
126        the lengths are correct (equal to the number of opcodes).
128    8.  Following on from 7, I added a similar kludge to check the length of the
129        eint vector in pcreposix.c.
131    9.  Error texts for pcre_compile() are held as one long string to avoid too
132        much relocation at load time. To find a text, the string is searched,
133        counting zeros. There was no check for running off the end of the string,
134        which could happen if a new error number was added without updating the
135        string.
137    10. \K gave a compile-time error if it appeared in a lookbehind assersion.
139    11. \K was not working if it appeared in an atomic group or in a group that
140        was called as a "subroutine", or in an assertion. Perl 5.11 documents that
141        \K is "not well defined" if used in an assertion. PCRE now accepts it if
142        the assertion is positive, but not if it is negative.
144    12. Change 11 fortuitously reduced the size of the stack frame used in the
145        "match()" function of pcre_exec.c by one pointer. Forthcoming
146        implementation of support for (*MARK) will need an extra pointer on the
147        stack; I have reserved it now, so that the stack frame size does not
148        decrease.
150    13. A pattern such as (?P<L1>(?P<L2>0)|(?P>L2)(?P>L1)) in which the only other
151        item in branch that calls a recursion is a subroutine call - as in the
152        second branch in the above example - was incorrectly given the compile-
153        time error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because pcre_compile()
154        was not correctly checking the subroutine for matching a non-empty string.
156    14. The checks for overrunning compiling workspace could trigger after an
157        overrun had occurred. This is a "should never occur" error, but it can be
158        triggered by pathological patterns such as hundreds of nested parentheses.
159        The checks now trigger 100 bytes before the end of the workspace.
161    15. Fix typo in configure.ac: "srtoq" should be "strtoq".
164    Version 8.01 19-Jan-2010
165    ------------------------
167    1.  If a pattern contained a conditional subpattern with only one branch (in
168        particular, this includes all (*DEFINE) patterns), a call to pcre_study()
169        computed the wrong minimum data length (which is of course zero for such
170        subpatterns). This could cause incorrect "no match" results.
172    2.  For patterns such as (?i)a(?-i)b|c where an option setting at the start of
173        the pattern is reset in the first branch, pcre_compile() failed with
174        "internal error: code overflow at offset...". This happened only when
175        the reset was to the original external option setting. (An optimization
176        abstracts leading options settings into an external setting, which was the
177        cause of this.)
179    3.  A pattern such as ^(?!a(*SKIP)b) where a negative assertion contained one
180        of the verbs SKIP, PRUNE, or COMMIT, did not work correctly. When the
181        assertion pattern did not match (meaning that the assertion was true), it
182        was incorrectly treated as false if the SKIP had been reached during the
183        matching. This also applied to assertions used as conditions.
185    4.  If an item that is not supported by pcre_dfa_exec() was encountered in an
186        assertion subpattern, including such a pattern used as a condition,
187        unpredictable results occurred, instead of the error return
190    5.  The C++ GlobalReplace function was not working like Perl for the special
191        situation when an empty string is matched. It now does the fancy magic
192        stuff that is necessary.
194    6.  In pcre_internal.h, obsolete includes to setjmp.h and stdarg.h have been
195        removed. (These were left over from very, very early versions of PCRE.)
197    7.  Some cosmetic changes to the code to make life easier when compiling it
198        as part of something else:
200        (a) Change DEBUG to PCRE_DEBUG.
202        (b) In pcre_compile(), rename the member of the "branch_chain" structure
203            called "current" as "current_branch", to prevent a collision with the
204            Linux macro when compiled as a kernel module.
206        (c) In pcre_study(), rename the function set_bit() as set_table_bit(), to
207            prevent a collision with the Linux macro when compiled as a kernel
208            module.
210    8.  In pcre_compile() there are some checks for integer overflows that used to
211        cast potentially large values to (double). This has been changed to that
212        when building, a check for int64_t is made, and if it is found, it is used
213        instead, thus avoiding the use of floating point arithmetic. (There is no
214        other use of FP in PCRE.) If int64_t is not found, the fallback is to
215        double.
217    9.  Added two casts to avoid signed/unsigned warnings from VS Studio Express
218        2005 (difference between two addresses compared to an unsigned value).
220    10. Change the standard AC_CHECK_LIB test for libbz2 in configure.ac to a
221        custom one, because of the following reported problem in Windows:
223          - libbz2 uses the Pascal calling convention (WINAPI) for the functions
224              under Win32.
225          - The standard autoconf AC_CHECK_LIB fails to include "bzlib.h",
226              therefore missing the function definition.
227          - The compiler thus generates a "C" signature for the test function.
228          - The linker fails to find the "C" function.
229          - PCRE fails to configure if asked to do so against libbz2.
231    11. When running libtoolize from libtool-2.2.6b as part of autogen.sh, these
232        messages were output:
234          Consider adding `AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR([m4])' to configure.ac and
235          rerunning libtoolize, to keep the correct libtool macros in-tree.
236          Consider adding `-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.
238        I have done both of these things.
240    12. Although pcre_dfa_exec() does not use nearly as much stack as pcre_exec()
241        most of the time, it *can* run out if it is given a pattern that contains a
242        runaway infinite recursion. I updated the discussion in the pcrestack man
243        page.
245    13. Now that we have gone to the x.xx style of version numbers, the minor
246        version may start with zero. Using 08 or 09 is a bad idea because users
247        might check the value of PCRE_MINOR in their code, and 08 or 09 may be
248        interpreted as invalid octal numbers. I've updated the previous comment in
249        configure.ac, and also added a check that gives an error if 08 or 09 are
250        used.
252    14. Change 8.00/11 was not quite complete: code had been accidentally omitted,
253        causing partial matching to fail when the end of the subject matched \W
254        in a UTF-8 pattern where \W was quantified with a minimum of 3.
256    15. There were some discrepancies between the declarations in pcre_internal.h
257        of _pcre_is_newline(), _pcre_was_newline(), and _pcre_valid_utf8() and
258        their definitions. The declarations used "const uschar *" and the
259        definitions used USPTR. Even though USPTR is normally defined as "const
260        unsigned char *" (and uschar is typedeffed as "unsigned char"), it was
261        reported that: "This difference in casting confuses some C++ compilers, for
262        example, SunCC recognizes above declarations as different functions and
263        generates broken code for hbpcre." I have changed the declarations to use
264        USPTR.
266    16. GNU libtool is named differently on some systems. The autogen.sh script now
267        tries several variants such as glibtoolize (MacOSX) and libtoolize1x
268        (FreeBSD).
270    17. Applied Craig's patch that fixes an HP aCC compile error in pcre 8.00
271        (strtoXX undefined when compiling pcrecpp.cc). The patch contains this
272        comment: "Figure out how to create a longlong from a string: strtoll and
273        equivalent. It's not enough to call AC_CHECK_FUNCS: hpux has a strtoll, for
274        instance, but it only takes 2 args instead of 3!"
276    18. A subtle bug concerned with back references has been fixed by a change of
277        specification, with a corresponding code fix. A pattern such as
278        ^(xa|=?\1a)+$ which contains a back reference inside the group to which it
279        refers, was giving matches when it shouldn't. For example, xa=xaaa would
280        match that pattern. Interestingly, Perl (at least up to 5.11.3) has the
281        same bug. Such groups have to be quantified to be useful, or contained
282        inside another quantified group. (If there's no repetition, the reference
283        can never match.) The problem arises because, having left the group and
284        moved on to the rest of the pattern, a later failure that backtracks into
285        the group uses the captured value from the final iteration of the group
286        rather than the correct earlier one. I have fixed this in PCRE by forcing
287        any group that contains a reference to itself to be an atomic group; that
288        is, there cannot be any backtracking into it once it has completed. This is
289        similar to recursive and subroutine calls.
292    Version 8.00 19-Oct-09
293    ----------------------
295    1.  The table for translating pcre_compile() error codes into POSIX error codes
296        was out-of-date, and there was no check on the pcre_compile() error code
297        being within the table. This could lead to an OK return being given in
298        error.
300    2.  Changed the call to open a subject file in pcregrep from fopen(pathname,
301        "r") to fopen(pathname, "rb"), which fixed a problem with some of the tests
302        in a Windows environment.
304    3.  The pcregrep --count option prints the count for each file even when it is
305        zero, as does GNU grep. However, pcregrep was also printing all files when
306        --files-with-matches was added. Now, when both options are given, it prints
307        counts only for those files that have at least one match. (GNU grep just
308        prints the file name in this circumstance, but including the count seems
309        more useful - otherwise, why use --count?) Also ensured that the
310        combination -clh just lists non-zero counts, with no names.
312    4.  The long form of the pcregrep -F option was incorrectly implemented as
313        --fixed_strings instead of --fixed-strings. This is an incompatible change,
314        but it seems right to fix it, and I didn't think it was worth preserving
315        the old behaviour.
317    5.  The command line items --regex=pattern and --regexp=pattern were not
318        recognized by pcregrep, which required --regex pattern or --regexp pattern
319        (with a space rather than an '='). The man page documented the '=' forms,
320        which are compatible with GNU grep; these now work.
322    6.  No libpcreposix.pc file was created for pkg-config; there was just
323        libpcre.pc and libpcrecpp.pc. The omission has been rectified.
325    7.  Added #ifndef SUPPORT_UCP into the pcre_ucd.c module, to reduce its size
326        when UCP support is not needed, by modifying the Python script that
327        generates it from Unicode data files. This should not matter if the module
328        is correctly used as a library, but I received one complaint about 50K of
329        unwanted data. My guess is that the person linked everything into his
330        program rather than using a library. Anyway, it does no harm.
332    8.  A pattern such as /\x{123}{2,2}+/8 was incorrectly compiled; the trigger
333        was a minimum greater than 1 for a wide character in a possessive
334        repetition. The same bug could also affect patterns like /(\x{ff}{0,2})*/8
335        which had an unlimited repeat of a nested, fixed maximum repeat of a wide
336        character. Chaos in the form of incorrect output or a compiling loop could
337        result.
339    9.  The restrictions on what a pattern can contain when partial matching is
340        requested for pcre_exec() have been removed. All patterns can now be
341        partially matched by this function. In addition, if there are at least two
342        slots in the offset vector, the offset of the earliest inspected character
343        for the match and the offset of the end of the subject are set in them when
344        PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL is returned.
346    10. Partial matching has been split into two forms: PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT, which is
347        synonymous with PCRE_PARTIAL, for backwards compatibility, and
348        PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, which causes a partial match to supersede a full match,
349        and may be more useful for multi-segment matching.
351    11. Partial matching with pcre_exec() is now more intuitive. A partial match
352        used to be given if ever the end of the subject was reached; now it is
353        given only if matching could not proceed because another character was
354        needed. This makes a difference in some odd cases such as Z(*FAIL) with the
355        string "Z", which now yields "no match" instead of "partial match". In the
356        case of pcre_dfa_exec(), "no match" is given if every matching path for the
357        final character ended with (*FAIL).
359    12. Restarting a match using pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match did not work
360        if the pattern had a "must contain" character that was already found in the
361        earlier partial match, unless partial matching was again requested. For
362        example, with the pattern /dog.(body)?/, the "must contain" character is
363        "g". If the first part-match was for the string "dog", restarting with
364        "sbody" failed. This bug has been fixed.
366    13. The string returned by pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match has been
367        changed so that it starts at the first inspected character rather than the
368        first character of the match. This makes a difference only if the pattern
369        starts with a lookbehind assertion or \b or \B (\K is not supported by
370        pcre_dfa_exec()). It's an incompatible change, but it makes the two
371        matching functions compatible, and I think it's the right thing to do.
373    14. Added a pcredemo man page, created automatically from the pcredemo.c file,
374        so that the demonstration program is easily available in environments where
375        PCRE has not been installed from source.
377    15. Arranged to add -DPCRE_STATIC to cflags in libpcre.pc, libpcreposix.cp,
378        libpcrecpp.pc and pcre-config when PCRE is not compiled as a shared
379        library.
381    16. Added REG_UNGREEDY to the pcreposix interface, at the request of a user.
382        It maps to PCRE_UNGREEDY. It is not, of course, POSIX-compatible, but it
383        is not the first non-POSIX option to be added. Clearly some people find
384        these options useful.
386    17. If a caller to the POSIX matching function regexec() passes a non-zero
387        value for nmatch with a NULL value for pmatch, the value of
388        nmatch is forced to zero.
390    18. RunGrepTest did not have a test for the availability of the -u option of
391        the diff command, as RunTest does. It now checks in the same way as
392        RunTest, and also checks for the -b option.
394    19. If an odd number of negated classes containing just a single character
395        interposed, within parentheses, between a forward reference to a named
396        subpattern and the definition of the subpattern, compilation crashed with
397        an internal error, complaining that it could not find the referenced
398        subpattern. An example of a crashing pattern is /(?&A)(([^m])(?<A>))/.
399        [The bug was that it was starting one character too far in when skipping
400        over the character class, thus treating the ] as data rather than
401        terminating the class. This meant it could skip too much.]
403    20. Added PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART in order to be able to correctly implement the
404        /g option in pcretest when the pattern contains \K, which makes it possible
405        to have an empty string match not at the start, even when the pattern is
406        anchored. Updated pcretest and pcredemo to use this option.
408    21. If the maximum number of capturing subpatterns in a recursion was greater
409        than the maximum at the outer level, the higher number was returned, but
410        with unset values at the outer level. The correct (outer level) value is
411        now given.
413    22. If (*ACCEPT) appeared inside capturing parentheses, previous releases of
414        PCRE did not set those parentheses (unlike Perl). I have now found a way to
415        make it do so. The string so far is captured, making this feature
416        compatible with Perl.
418    23. The tests have been re-organized, adding tests 11 and 12, to make it
419        possible to check the Perl 5.10 features against Perl 5.10.
421    24. Perl 5.10 allows subroutine calls in lookbehinds, as long as the subroutine
422        pattern matches a fixed length string. PCRE did not allow this; now it
423        does. Neither allows recursion.
425    25. I finally figured out how to implement a request to provide the minimum
426        length of subject string that was needed in order to match a given pattern.
427        (It was back references and recursion that I had previously got hung up
428        on.) This code has now been added to pcre_study(); it finds a lower bound
429        to the length of subject needed. It is not necessarily the greatest lower
430        bound, but using it to avoid searching strings that are too short does give
431        some useful speed-ups. The value is available to calling programs via
432        pcre_fullinfo().
434    26. While implementing 25, I discovered to my embarrassment that pcretest had
435        not been passing the result of pcre_study() to pcre_dfa_exec(), so the
436        study optimizations had never been tested with that matching function.
437        Oops. What is worse, even when it was passed study data, there was a bug in
438        pcre_dfa_exec() that meant it never actually used it. Double oops. There
439        were also very few tests of studied patterns with pcre_dfa_exec().
441    27. If (?| is used to create subpatterns with duplicate numbers, they are now
442        allowed to have the same name, even if PCRE_DUPNAMES is not set. However,
443        on the other side of the coin, they are no longer allowed to have different
444        names, because these cannot be distinguished in PCRE, and this has caused
445        confusion. (This is a difference from Perl.)
447    28. When duplicate subpattern names are present (necessarily with different
448        numbers, as required by 27 above), and a test is made by name in a
449        conditional pattern, either for a subpattern having been matched, or for
450        recursion in such a pattern, all the associated numbered subpatterns are
451        tested, and the overall condition is true if the condition is true for any
452        one of them. This is the way Perl works, and is also more like the way
453        testing by number works.
456    Version 7.9 11-Apr-09
457    ---------------------
459    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
460        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
461        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
462        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
463        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
464        pcretest is linked with readline.
466    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
467        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
468        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
469        but BOOL is not.
471    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
472        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
474    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
475        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
476        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
477        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
479    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
480        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
481        the same.
483    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
484        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
485        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
487    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
488        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
489        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
490        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
492    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
493        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
494        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
495        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
497    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
498        condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
499        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
501    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
502        used for matching.
504    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
505        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
507    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
509    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
511    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
513    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
514        wrapper.
516    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
517        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
518        string constants.
520    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
521        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
522        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
523        these, but not everybody uses configure.
525    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
526        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
527        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
528        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
529        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
530        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
532    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
533        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
535    21. If PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT occurred during a recursion, there was a memory
536        leak if the size of the offset vector was greater than 30. When the vector
537        is smaller, the saved offsets during recursion go onto a local stack
538        vector, but for larger vectors malloc() is used. It was failing to free
539        when the recursion yielded PCRE_ERROR_MATCH_LIMIT (or any other "abnormal"
540        error, in fact).
542    22. There was a missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 round one of the variables in the
543        heapframe that is used only when UTF-8 support is enabled. This caused no
544        problem, but was untidy.
546    23. Steven Van Ingelgem's patch to CMakeLists.txt to change the name
547        CMAKE_BINARY_DIR to PROJECT_BINARY_DIR so that it works when PCRE is
548        included within another project.
550    24. Steven Van Ingelgem's patches to add more options to the CMake support,
551        slightly modified by me:
553          (a) PCRE_BUILD_TESTS can be set OFF not to build the tests, including
554              not building pcregrep.
556          (b) PCRE_BUILD_PCREGREP can be see OFF not to build pcregrep, but only
557              if PCRE_BUILD_TESTS is also set OFF, because the tests use pcregrep.
559    25. Forward references, both numeric and by name, in patterns that made use of
560        duplicate group numbers, could behave incorrectly or give incorrect errors,
561        because when scanning forward to find the reference group, PCRE was not
562        taking into account the duplicate group numbers. A pattern such as
563        ^X(?3)(a)(?|(b)|(q))(Y) is an example.
565    26. Changed a few more instances of "const unsigned char *" to USPTR, making
566        the feature of a custom pointer more persuasive (as requested by a user).
568    27. Wrapped the definitions of fileno and isatty for Windows, which appear in
569        pcretest.c, inside #ifndefs, because it seems they are sometimes already
570        pre-defined.
572    28. Added support for (*UTF8) at the start of a pattern.
574    29. Arrange for flags added by the "release type" setting in CMake to be shown
575        in the configuration summary.
578    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
579    ---------------------
581    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
582        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
583        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
584        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
585        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
586        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
588    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
589        scripts.
591    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
592        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
593        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
595    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
596        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
597        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
599    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
600        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
601        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
602        truncation.
604    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
606    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
607        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
609    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
610        test 2 if it fails.
612    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
613        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
614        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
616    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
617        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
619    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
620        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
621        some environments:
623          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
625        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
627    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
628        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
629        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
630        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
631        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
633    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
634        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
636    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
637        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
638        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
640    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
641        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
643    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
645    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
646        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
648    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
650    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
651        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
652        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
653        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
656    Version 7.7 07-May-08
657    ---------------------
659    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
660        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
661        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
663    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
664        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
665        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
667    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
668        Lopes.
670    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
672        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
673            of files, instead of just to the final components.
675        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
676            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
677            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
678            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
679            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
680            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
682    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
683        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
685    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
686        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
687        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
689    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
690        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
692    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
693        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
694        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
696    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
698    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
699        matching function regexec().
701    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
702        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
703        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
704        Oniguruma does).
706    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
707        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
708        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
709        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
710        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
711        time.
713    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
714        to the way PCRE behaves:
716        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
718        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
719            (Perl fails the current match path).
721        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
722            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
723            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
724            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
725            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
726            of the DOTALL setting.
728    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
729        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
730        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
731        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
732        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
733        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
734        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
735        was subsequently set up correctly.)
737    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
738        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
739        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
740        (*FAIL).
742    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
743        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
744        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
745        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
746        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
747        on the OP_ANY path.
749    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
750        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
751        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
753    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
754        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
755        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
756        Daniel Bergström.
758    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
759        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
760        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
761        spotting this.
764    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
765    ---------------------
767    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
768        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
769        overflow.
771    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
772        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
774    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
775        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
777        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
778        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
779        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
780        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
781        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
782            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
783        - Added readline support for pcretest.
784        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
786    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
787        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
788        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
789        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
790        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
791        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
792        Configure/Make.
794    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
795        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
796        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
797        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
799    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
800        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
801        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
803    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
804        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
805        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
806        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
807        trouble in some build environments.
809    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
812    Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
813  ---------------------  ---------------------
815  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'
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908  20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in  20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
909      RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was      RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
910      double what it should be. I have removed one of the increments.      double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
911        later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
912        that check the return values (which was not done before).
914    21. Several CMake things:
916        (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
917            the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
919        (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
920            linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
924    22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
925        crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
926        UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
927        this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
928        newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
929        checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
930        account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
932    23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
933        character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
934        character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
935        allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
936        unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
937        names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
938        for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
939        class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
940        closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
941        diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
942        treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
943        Perl does, and where it didn't before.
945    24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
946        Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
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