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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.3 17-Aug-07  Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
5    ---------------------
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).
14    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
15        scripts.
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.
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.
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.
30    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
32    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
33        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
35    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
36        test 2 if it fails.
38    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
39        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
40        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
42    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
43        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
45    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
46        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
47        some environments:
49          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
51        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
53    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
54        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
55        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
56        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
57        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
59    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
60        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
62    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
63        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
64        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
66    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
67        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
69    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
71    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
72        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
74    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
76    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
77        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
78        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
79        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
82    Version 7.7 07-May-08
83    ---------------------
85    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
86        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
87        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
89    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
90        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
91        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
93    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
94        Lopes.
96    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
98        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
99            of files, instead of just to the final components.
101        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
102            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
103            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
104            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
105            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
106            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
108    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
109        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
111    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
112        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
113        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
115    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
116        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
118    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
119        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
120        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
122    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
124    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
125        matching function regexec().
127    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
128        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
129        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
130        Oniguruma does).
132    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
133        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
134        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
135        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
136        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
137        time.
139    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
140        to the way PCRE behaves:
142        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
144        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
145            (Perl fails the current match path).
147        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
148            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
149            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
150            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
151            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
152            of the DOTALL setting.
154    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
155        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
156        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
157        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
158        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
159        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
160        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
161        was subsequently set up correctly.)
163    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
164        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
165        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
166        (*FAIL).
168    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
169        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
170        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
171        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
172        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
173        on the OP_ANY path.
175    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
176        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
177        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
179    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
180        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
181        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
182        Daniel Bergström.
184    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
185        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
186        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
187        spotting this.
190    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
191    ---------------------
193    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
194        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
195        overflow.
197    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
198        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
200    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
201        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
203        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
204        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
205        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
206        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
207        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
208            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
209        - Added readline support for pcretest.
210        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
212    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
213        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
214        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
215        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
216        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
217        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
218        Configure/Make.
220    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
221        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
222        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
223        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
225    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
226        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
227        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
229    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
230        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
231        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
232        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
233        trouble in some build environments.
235    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
238    Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
239    ---------------------
241    1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
242        values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
244    2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
245        Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
246        included.
248    3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
249        [:^space:].
251    4.  PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it
252        defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so
253        I have changed it.
255    5.  The construct (?&) was not diagnosed as a syntax error (it referenced the
256        first named subpattern) and a construct such as (?&a) would reference the
257        first named subpattern whose name started with "a" (in other words, the
258        length check was missing). Both these problems are fixed. "Subpattern name
259        expected" is now given for (?&) (a zero-length name), and this patch also
260        makes it give the same error for \k'' (previously it complained that that
261        was a reference to a non-existent subpattern).
263    6.  The erroneous patterns (?+-a) and (?-+a) give different error messages;
264        this is right because (?- can be followed by option settings as well as by
265        digits. I have, however, made the messages clearer.
267    7.  Patterns such as (?(1)a|b) (a pattern that contains fewer subpatterns
268        than the number used in the conditional) now cause a compile-time error.
269        This is actually not compatible with Perl, which accepts such patterns, but
270        treats the conditional as always being FALSE (as PCRE used to), but it
271        seems to me that giving a diagnostic is better.
273    8.  Change "alphameric" to the more common word "alphanumeric" in comments
274        and messages.
276    9.  Fix two occurrences of "backslash" in comments that should have been
277        "backspace".
279    10. Remove two redundant lines of code that can never be obeyed (their function
280        was moved elsewhere).
282    11. The program that makes PCRE's Unicode character property table had a bug
283        which caused it to generate incorrect table entries for sequences of
284        characters that have the same character type, but are in different scripts.
285        It amalgamated them into a single range, with the script of the first of
286        them. In other words, some characters were in the wrong script. There were
287        thirteen such cases, affecting characters in the following ranges:
289          U+002b0 - U+002c1
290          U+0060c - U+0060d
291          U+0061e - U+00612
292          U+0064b - U+0065e
293          U+0074d - U+0076d
294          U+01800 - U+01805
295          U+01d00 - U+01d77
296          U+01d9b - U+01dbf
297          U+0200b - U+0200f
298          U+030fc - U+030fe
299          U+03260 - U+0327f
300          U+0fb46 - U+0fbb1
301          U+10450 - U+1049d
303    12. The -o option (show only the matching part of a line) for pcregrep was not
304        compatible with GNU grep in that, if there was more than one match in a
305        line, it showed only the first of them. It now behaves in the same way as
306        GNU grep.
308    13. If the -o and -v options were combined for pcregrep, it printed a blank
309        line for every non-matching line. GNU grep prints nothing, and pcregrep now
310        does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any
311        non-matching lines.
313    14. Added --file-offsets and --line-offsets to pcregrep.
315    15. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially
316        infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not
317        being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads
318        and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).
320    16. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the
321        inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of
322        INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).
324    17. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode
325        character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at
326        runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this
327        are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that
328        caused the error; without that there was no problem.
330    18. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.
332    19. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.
334    20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
335        RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
336        double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
337        later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
338        that check the return values (which was not done before).
340    21. Several CMake things:
342        (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
343            the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
345        (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
346            linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
350    22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
351        crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
352        UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
353        this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
354        newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
355        checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
356        account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
358    23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
359        character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
360        character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
361        allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
362        unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
363        names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
364        for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
365        class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
366        closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
367        diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
368        treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
369        Perl does, and where it didn't before.
371    24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
372        Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
375    Version 7.4 21-Sep-07
376    ---------------------
378    1.  Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This
379        means that a class such as [\s] counted as "explicit reference to CR or
380        LF". That isn't really right - the whole point of the change was to try to
381        help when there was an actual mention of one of the two characters. So now
382        the change happens only if \r or \n (or a literal CR or LF) character is
383        encountered.
385    2.  The 32-bit options word was also used for 6 internal flags, but the numbers
386        of both had grown to the point where there were only 3 bits left.
387        Fortunately, there was spare space in the data structure, and so I have
388        moved the internal flags into a new 16-bit field to free up more option
389        bits.
391    3.  The appearance of (?J) at the start of a pattern set the DUPNAMES option,
392        but did not set the internal JCHANGED flag - either of these is enough to
393        control the way the "get" function works - but the PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED
394        facility is supposed to tell if (?J) was ever used, so now (?J) at the
395        start sets both bits.
397    4.  Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from
398        matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.
400    5.  doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.
402    6.  Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward
403        compatibility, even though it is no longer used.
405    7.  Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and
406        strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 when the
407        windows.h file is present (where different names are used). [This was
408        reversed later after testing - see 16 below.]
410    8.  Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also
411        some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".
413    9.  When pcregrep was used with the --colour option, it missed the line ending
414        sequence off the lines that it output.
416    10. It was pointed out to me that arrays of string pointers cause lots of
417        relocations when a shared library is dynamically loaded. A technique of
418        using a single long string with a table of offsets can drastically reduce
419        these. I have refactored PCRE in four places to do this. The result is
420        dramatic:
422          Originally:                          290
423          After changing UCP table:            187
424          After changing error message table:   43
425          After changing table of "verbs"       36
426          After changing table of Posix names   22
428        Thanks to the folks working on Gregex for glib for this insight.
430    11. --disable-stack-for-recursion caused compiling to fail unless -enable-
431        unicode-properties was also set.
433    12. Updated the tests so that they work when \R is defaulted to ANYCRLF.
435    13. Added checks for ANY and ANYCRLF to pcrecpp.cc where it previously
436        checked only for CRLF.
438    14. Added casts to pcretest.c to avoid compiler warnings.
440    15. Added Craig's patch to various pcrecpp modules to avoid compiler warnings.
442    16. Added Craig's patch to remove the WINDOWS_H tests, that were not working,
443        and instead check for _strtoi64 explicitly, and avoid the use of snprintf()
444        entirely. This removes changes made in 7 above.
446    17. The CMake files have been updated, and there is now more information about
447        building with CMake in the NON-UNIX-USE document.
450    Version 7.3 28-Aug-07
451  ---------------------  ---------------------
453   1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the   1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the
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592  25. Using pcregrep in multiline, inverted mode (-Mv) caused it to loop.  25. Using pcregrep in multiline, inverted mode (-Mv) caused it to loop.
594    26. Patterns such as [\P{Yi}A] which include \p or \P and just one other
595        character were causing crashes (broken optimization).
597    27. Patterns such as (\P{Yi}*\277)* (group with possible zero repeat containing
598        \p or \P) caused a compile-time loop.
600    28. More problems have arisen in unanchored patterns when CRLF is a valid line
601        break. For example, the unstudied pattern [\r\n]A does not match the string
602        "\r\nA" because change 7.0/46 below moves the current point on by two
603        characters after failing to match at the start. However, the pattern \nA
604        *does* match, because it doesn't start till \n, and if [\r\n]A is studied,
605        the same is true. There doesn't seem any very clean way out of this, but
606        what I have chosen to do makes the common cases work: PCRE now takes note
607        of whether there can be an explicit match for \r or \n anywhere in the
608        pattern, and if so, 7.0/46 no longer applies. As part of this change,
609        there's a new PCRE_INFO_HASCRORLF option for finding out whether a compiled
610        pattern has explicit CR or LF references.
612    29. Added (*CR) etc for changing newline setting at start of pattern.
615  Version 7.2 19-Jun-07  Version 7.2 19-Jun-07
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