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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 8.10 03-Jun-2010  Version 8.15 12-Jan-2011
5    ------------------------
6    
7    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
8        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
9    
10    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
11        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
12        particular, this made one of the standard tests fail. (The integer value
13        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
14    
15    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
16        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
17        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
18        match.
19    
20    4.  Another pcregrep bug caused similar problems if --colour was specified with
21        -M (multiline) and the pattern match finished with a line ending.
22    
23    5.  In pcregrep, when a pattern that ended with a literal newline sequence was
24        matched in multiline mode, the following line was shown as part of the
25        match. This seems wrong, so I have changed it.
26    
27    6.  Another pcregrep bug in multiline mode, when --colour was specified, caused
28        the check for further matches in the same line (so they could be coloured)
29        to overrun the end of the current line. If another match was found, it was
30        incorrectly shown (and then shown again when found in the next line).
31    
32    7.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
33        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
34        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
35        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
36    
37    
38    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
39    ------------------------
40    
41    1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
42        to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
43        backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
44        at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
45        is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
46        alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
47    
48    2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
49        such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
50        result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
51        (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
52        (*THEN).
53    
54    3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
55        the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
56        in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
57        of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
58    
59    4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
60        match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
61        an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
62        changed to the "earliest inspected character" point, because the returned
63        data for a partial match starts at this character. This means that, for
64        example, /(?<=abc)def/ gives a partial match for the subject "abc"
65        (previously it gave "no match").
66    
67    5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
68        of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
69        previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
70        has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
71        match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
72        give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
73        /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
74        match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
75        now correct.]
76    
77    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
78        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
79        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
80        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
81        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
82        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
83        places in pcre_compile().
84    
85    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
86        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
87        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
88        according to the set newline convention.
89    
90    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
91        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
92        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
93    
94    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
95    
96    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
97    
98    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
99        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
100    
101    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
102        of pcregrep.
103    
104    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
105        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
106        needed fixing:
107    
108        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
109            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
110            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
111    
112        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
113            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
114            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
115            than one byte was nonsense.)
116    
117        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
118            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
119    
120    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
121        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
122        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
123        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
124        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
125    
126    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
127        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
128        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
129    
130    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
131        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
132    
133    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
134        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
135        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
136        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
137        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
138        release 2.5.4.
139    
140    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
141        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
142        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
143        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
144        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
145    
146    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
147        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
148        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
149        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
150    
151    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
152        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
153        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
154        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
155        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
156        pcre_compile().
157    
158    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
159        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
160        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
161        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
162        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
163    
164    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
165        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
166    
167    
168    Version 8.10 25-Jun-2010
169  ------------------------  ------------------------
170    
171  1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and  1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and
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206  11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was  11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was
207      studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than      studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than
208      127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of      127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of
209      the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized      the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized
210      (#976).      (#976).
211    
212  12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property  12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property
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232    
233  17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with  17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with
234      --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).      --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).
235    
236  18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on  18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on
237      the end, a newline was missing in the output.      the end, a newline was missing in the output.
238    
239  19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values  19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values
240      less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for      less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for
241      generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It      generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It
242      turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space      turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space
243      characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in      characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in
244      these tables. This caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was      these tables, and indeed these tables seem to approximate to ISO 8859. This
245      used to create a list of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was      caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was used to create a list
246      including 0x85 and 0xa0, which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I      of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was including 0x85 and 0xa0,
247      have changed the code so that only real ASCII characters (less than 128)      which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I have changed the code so
248      are set in this case because the \s etc escapes are documented as      that only real ASCII characters (less than 128) and the correct starting
249      recognizing only ASCII characters. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above -      bytes for UTF-8 encodings are set for characters greater than 127 when in
250      the code is different altogether.)      UTF-8 mode. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above - the code is different
251        altogether.)
252    
253    20. Added the /T option to pcretest so as to be able to run tests with non-
254        standard character tables, thus making it possible to include the tests
255        used for 19 above in the standard set of tests.
256    
257    21. A pattern such as (?&t)(?#()(?(DEFINE)(?<t>a)) which has a forward
258        reference to a subpattern the other side of a comment that contains an
259        opening parenthesis caused either an internal compiling error, or a
260        reference to the wrong subpattern.
261    
262    
263  Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010  Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010

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