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4  Version 8.21  Version 8.35-RC1 xx-xxxx-201x
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7    1.  A new flag is set, when property checks are present in an XCLASS.
8        When this flag is not set, PCRE can perform certain optimizations
9        such as studying these XCLASS-es.
11    2.  The auto-possessification of character sets were improved: a normal
12        and an extended character set can be compared now. Furthermore
13        the JIT compiler optimizes more character set checks.
15    3.  Got rid of some compiler warnings for potentially uninitialized variables
16        that show up only when compiled with -O2.
18    4.  A pattern such as (?=ab\K) that uses \K in an assertion can set the start
19        of a match later then the end of the match. The pcretest program was not
20        handling the case sensibly - it was outputting from the start to the next
21        binary zero. It now reports this situation in a message, and outputs the
22        text from the end to the start.
24    5.  Fast forward search is improved in JIT. Instead of the first three
25        characters, any three characters with fixed position can be searched.
26        Search order: first, last, middle.
28    6.  Improve character range checks in JIT. Characters are read by an inprecise
29        function now, which returns with an unknown value if the character code is
30        above a certain treshold (e.g: 256). The only limitation is that the value
31        must be bigger than the treshold as well. This function is useful, when
32        the characters above the treshold are handled in the same way.
34    7.  The macros whose names start with RAWUCHAR are placeholders for a future
35        mode in which only the bottom 21 bits of 32-bit data items are used. To
36        make this more memorable for those maintaining the code, the names have
37        been changed to start with UCHAR21, and an extensive comment has been added
38        to their definition.
40    8.  Add missing (new) files sljitNativeTILEGX.c and sljitNativeTILEGX-encoder.c
41        to the export list in Makefile.am (they were accidentally omitted from the
42        8.34 tarball).
44    9.  The informational output from pcretest used the phrase "starting byte set"
45        which is inappropriate for the 16-bit and 32-bit libraries. As the output
46        for "first char" and "need char" really means "non-UTF-char", I've changed
47        "byte" to "char", and slightly reworded the output. The documentation about
48        these values has also been (I hope) clarified.
50    10. Another JIT related optimization: use table jumps for selecting the correct
51        backtracking path, when more than four alternatives are present inside a
52        bracket.
54    11. Empty match is not possible, when the minimum length is greater than zero,
55        and there is no \K in the pattern. Remove these unnecessary checks form JIT.
58    Version 8.34 15-December-2013
59    -----------------------------
61    1.  Add pcre[16|32]_jit_free_unused_memory to forcibly free unused JIT
62        executable memory. Patch inspired by Carsten Klein.
64    2.  ./configure --enable-coverage defined SUPPORT_GCOV in config.h, although
65        this macro is never tested and has no effect, because the work to support
66        coverage involves only compiling and linking options and special targets in
67        the Makefile. The comment in config.h implied that defining the macro would
68        enable coverage support, which is totally false. There was also support for
69        setting this macro in the CMake files (my fault, I just copied it from
70        configure). SUPPORT_GCOV has now been removed.
72    3.  Make a small performance improvement in strlen16() and strlen32() in
73        pcretest.
75    4.  Change 36 for 8.33 left some unreachable statements in pcre_exec.c,
76        detected by the Solaris compiler (gcc doesn't seem to be able to diagnose
77        these cases). There was also one in pcretest.c.
79    5.  Cleaned up a "may be uninitialized" compiler warning in pcre_exec.c.
81    6.  In UTF mode, the code for checking whether a group could match an empty
82        string (which is used for indefinitely repeated groups to allow for
83        breaking an infinite loop) was broken when the group contained a repeated
84        negated single-character class with a character that occupied more than one
85        data item and had a minimum repetition of zero (for example, [^\x{100}]* in
86        UTF-8 mode). The effect was undefined: the group might or might not be
87        deemed as matching an empty string, or the program might have crashed.
89    7.  The code for checking whether a group could match an empty string was not
90        recognizing that \h, \H, \v, \V, and \R must match a character.
92    8.  Implemented PCRE_INFO_MATCH_EMPTY, which yields 1 if the pattern can match
93        an empty string. If it can, pcretest shows this in its information output.
95    9.  Fixed two related bugs that applied to Unicode extended grapheme clusters
96        that were repeated with a maximizing qualifier (e.g. \X* or \X{2,5}) when
97        matched by pcre_exec() without using JIT:
99        (a) If the rest of the pattern did not match after a maximal run of
100            grapheme clusters, the code for backing up to try with fewer of them
101            did not always back up over a full grapheme when characters that do not
102            have the modifier quality were involved, e.g. Hangul syllables.
104        (b) If the match point in a subject started with modifier character, and
105            there was no match, the code could incorrectly back up beyond the match
106            point, and potentially beyond the first character in the subject,
107            leading to a segfault or an incorrect match result.
109    10. A conditional group with an assertion condition could lead to PCRE
110        recording an incorrect first data item for a match if no other first data
111        item was recorded. For example, the pattern (?(?=ab)ab) recorded "a" as a
112        first data item, and therefore matched "ca" after "c" instead of at the
113        start.
115    11. Change 40 for 8.33 (allowing pcregrep to find empty strings) showed up a
116        bug that caused the command "echo a | ./pcregrep -M '|a'" to loop.
118    12. The source of pcregrep now includes z/OS-specific code so that it can be
119        compiled for z/OS as part of the special z/OS distribution.
121    13. Added the -T and -TM options to pcretest.
123    14. The code in pcre_compile.c for creating the table of named capturing groups
124        has been refactored. Instead of creating the table dynamically during the
125        actual compiling pass, the information is remembered during the pre-compile
126        pass (on the stack unless there are more than 20 named groups, in which
127        case malloc() is used) and the whole table is created before the actual
128        compile happens. This has simplified the code (it is now nearly 150 lines
129        shorter) and prepared the way for better handling of references to groups
130        with duplicate names.
132    15. A back reference to a named subpattern when there is more than one of the
133        same name now checks them in the order in which they appear in the pattern.
134        The first one that is set is used for the reference. Previously only the
135        first one was inspected. This change makes PCRE more compatible with Perl.
137    16. Unicode character properties were updated from Unicode 6.3.0.
139    17. The compile-time code for auto-possessification has been refactored, based
140        on a patch by Zoltan Herczeg. It now happens after instead of during
141        compilation. The code is cleaner, and more cases are handled. The option
142        PCRE_NO_AUTO_POSSESS is added for testing purposes, and the -O and /O
143        options in pcretest are provided to set it. It can also be set by
144        (*NO_AUTO_POSSESS) at the start of a pattern.
146    18. The character VT has been added to the default ("C" locale) set of
147        characters that match \s and are generally treated as white space,
148        following this same change in Perl 5.18. There is now no difference between
149        "Perl space" and "POSIX space". Whether VT is treated as white space in
150        other locales depends on the locale.
152    19. The code for checking named groups as conditions, either for being set or
153        for being recursed, has been refactored (this is related to 14 and 15
154        above). Processing unduplicated named groups should now be as fast at
155        numerical groups, and processing duplicated groups should be faster than
156        before.
158    20. Two patches to the CMake build system, by Alexander Barkov:
160          (1) Replace the "source" command by "." in CMakeLists.txt because
161              "source" is a bash-ism.
163          (2) Add missing HAVE_STDINT_H and HAVE_INTTYPES_H to config-cmake.h.in;
164              without these the CMake build does not work on Solaris.
166    21. Perl has changed its handling of \8 and \9. If there is no previously
167        encountered capturing group of those numbers, they are treated as the
168        literal characters 8 and 9 instead of a binary zero followed by the
169        literals. PCRE now does the same.
171    22. Following Perl, added \o{} to specify codepoints in octal, making it
172        possible to specify values greater than 0777 and also making them
173        unambiguous.
175    23. Perl now gives an error for missing closing braces after \x{... instead of
176        treating the string as literal. PCRE now does the same.
178    24. RunTest used to grumble if an inappropriate test was selected explicitly,
179        but just skip it when running all tests. This make it awkward to run ranges
180        of tests when one of them was inappropriate. Now it just skips any
181        inappropriate tests, as it always did when running all tests.
183    25. If PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT and PCRE_UCP were set for a pattern that contained
184        character types such as \d or \w, too many callouts were inserted, and the
185        data that they returned was rubbish.
187    26. In UCP mode, \s was not matching two of the characters that Perl matches,
188        namely NEL (U+0085) and MONGOLIAN VOWEL SEPARATOR (U+180E), though they
189        were matched by \h. The code has now been refactored so that the lists of
190        the horizontal and vertical whitespace characters used for \h and \v (which
191        are defined only in one place) are now also used for \s.
193    27. Add JIT support for the 64 bit TileGX architecture.
194        Patch by Jiong Wang (Tilera Corporation).
196    28. Possessive quantifiers for classes (both explicit and automatically
197        generated) now use special opcodes instead of wrapping in ONCE brackets.
199    29. Whereas an item such as A{4}+ ignored the possessivenes of the quantifier
200        (because it's meaningless), this was not happening when PCRE_CASELESS was
201        set. Not wrong, but inefficient.
203    30. Updated perltest.pl to add /u (force Unicode mode) when /W (use Unicode
204        properties for \w, \d, etc) is present in a test regex. Otherwise if the
205        test contains no characters greater than 255, Perl doesn't realise it
206        should be using Unicode semantics.
208    31. Upgraded the handling of the POSIX classes [:graph:], [:print:], and
209        [:punct:] when PCRE_UCP is set so as to include the same characters as Perl
210        does in Unicode mode.
212    32. Added the "forbid" facility to pcretest so that putting tests into the
213        wrong test files can sometimes be quickly detected.
215    33. There is now a limit (default 250) on the depth of nesting of parentheses.
216        This limit is imposed to control the amount of system stack used at compile
217        time. It can be changed at build time by --with-parens-nest-limit=xxx or
218        the equivalent in CMake.
220    34. Character classes such as [A-\d] or [a-[:digit:]] now cause compile-time
221        errors. Perl warns for these when in warning mode, but PCRE has no facility
222        for giving warnings.
224    35. Change 34 for 8.13 allowed quantifiers on assertions, because Perl does.
225        However, this was not working for (?!) because it is optimized to (*FAIL),
226        for which PCRE does not allow quantifiers. The optimization is now disabled
227        when a quantifier follows (?!). I can't see any use for this, but it makes
228        things uniform.
230    36. Perl no longer allows group names to start with digits, so I have made this
231        change also in PCRE. It simplifies the code a bit.
233    37. In extended mode, Perl ignores spaces before a + that indicates a
234        possessive quantifier. PCRE allowed a space before the quantifier, but not
235        before the possessive +. It now does.
237    38. The use of \K (reset reported match start) within a repeated possessive
238        group such as (a\Kb)*+ was not working.
240    40. Document that the same character tables must be used at compile time and
241        run time, and that the facility to pass tables to pcre_exec() and
242        pcre_dfa_exec() is for use only with saved/restored patterns.
244    41. Applied Jeff Trawick's patch CMakeLists.txt, which "provides two new
245        features for Builds with MSVC:
247        1. Support pcre.rc and/or pcreposix.rc (as is already done for MinGW
248           builds). The .rc files can be used to set FileDescription and many other
249           attributes.
251        2. Add an option (-DINSTALL_MSVC_PDB) to enable installation of .pdb files.
252           This allows higher-level build scripts which want .pdb files to avoid
253           hard-coding the exact files needed."
255    42. Added support for [[:<:]] and [[:>:]] as used in the BSD POSIX library to
256        mean "start of word" and "end of word", respectively, as a transition aid.
258    43. A minimizing repeat of a class containing codepoints greater than 255 in
259        non-UTF 16-bit or 32-bit modes caused an internal error when PCRE was
260        compiled to use the heap for recursion.
262    44. Got rid of some compiler warnings for unused variables when UTF but not UCP
263        is configured.
266    Version 8.33 28-May-2013
267    ------------------------
269    1.  Added 'U' to some constants that are compared to unsigned integers, to
270        avoid compiler signed/unsigned warnings. Added (int) casts to unsigned
271        variables that are added to signed variables, to ensure the result is
272        signed and can be negated.
274    2.  Applied patch by Daniel Richard G for quashing MSVC warnings to the
275        CMake config files.
277    3.  Revise the creation of config.h.generic so that all boolean macros are
278        #undefined, whereas non-boolean macros are #ifndef/#endif-ed. This makes
279        overriding via -D on the command line possible.
281    4.  Changing the definition of the variable "op" in pcre_exec.c from pcre_uchar
282        to unsigned int is reported to make a quite noticeable speed difference in
283        a specific Windows environment. Testing on Linux did also appear to show
284        some benefit (and it is clearly not harmful). Also fixed the definition of
285        Xop which should be unsigned.
287    5.  Related to (4), changing the definition of the intermediate variable cc
288        in repeated character loops from pcre_uchar to pcre_uint32 also gave speed
289        improvements.
291    6.  Fix forward search in JIT when link size is 3 or greater. Also removed some
292        unnecessary spaces.
294    7.  Adjust autogen.sh and configure.ac to lose warnings given by automake 1.12
295        and later.
297    8.  Fix two buffer over read issues in 16 and 32 bit modes. Affects JIT only.
299    9.  Optimizing fast_forward_start_bits in JIT.
301    10. Adding support for callouts in JIT, and fixing some issues revealed
302        during this work. Namely:
304        (a) Unoptimized capturing brackets incorrectly reset on backtrack.
306        (b) Minimum length was not checked before the matching is started.
308    11. The value of capture_last that is passed to callouts was incorrect in some
309        cases when there was a capture on one path that was subsequently abandoned
310        after a backtrack. Also, the capture_last value is now reset after a
311        recursion, since all captures are also reset in this case.
313    12. The interpreter no longer returns the "too many substrings" error in the
314        case when an overflowing capture is in a branch that is subsequently
315        abandoned after a backtrack.
317    13. In the pathological case when an offset vector of size 2 is used, pcretest
318        now prints out the matched string after a yield of 0 or 1.
320    14. Inlining subpatterns in recursions, when certain conditions are fulfilled.
321        Only supported by the JIT compiler at the moment.
323    15. JIT compiler now supports 32 bit Macs thanks to Lawrence Velazquez.
325    16. Partial matches now set offsets[2] to the "bumpalong" value, that is, the
326        offset of the starting point of the matching process, provided the offsets
327        vector is large enough.
329    17. The \A escape now records a lookbehind value of 1, though its execution
330        does not actually inspect the previous character. This is to ensure that,
331        in partial multi-segment matching, at least one character from the old
332        segment is retained when a new segment is processed. Otherwise, if there
333        are no lookbehinds in the pattern, \A might match incorrectly at the start
334        of a new segment.
336    18. Added some #ifdef __VMS code into pcretest.c to help VMS implementations.
338    19. Redefined some pcre_uchar variables in pcre_exec.c as pcre_uint32; this
339        gives some modest performance improvement in 8-bit mode.
341    20. Added the PCRE-specific property \p{Xuc} for matching characters that can
342        be expressed in certain programming languages using Universal Character
343        Names.
345    21. Unicode validation has been updated in the light of Unicode Corrigendum #9,
346        which points out that "non characters" are not "characters that may not
347        appear in Unicode strings" but rather "characters that are reserved for
348        internal use and have only local meaning".
350    22. When a pattern was compiled with automatic callouts (PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT) and
351        there was a conditional group that depended on an assertion, if the
352        assertion was false, the callout that immediately followed the alternation
353        in the condition was skipped when pcre_exec() was used for matching.
355    23. Allow an explicit callout to be inserted before an assertion that is the
356        condition for a conditional group, for compatibility with automatic
357        callouts, which always insert a callout at this point.
359    24. In 8.31, (*COMMIT) was confined to within a recursive subpattern. Perl also
360        confines (*SKIP) and (*PRUNE) in the same way, and this has now been done.
362    25. (*PRUNE) is now supported by the JIT compiler.
364    26. Fix infinite loop when /(?<=(*SKIP)ac)a/ is matched against aa.
366    27. Fix the case where there are two or more SKIPs with arguments that may be
367        ignored.
369    28. (*SKIP) is now supported by the JIT compiler.
371    29. (*THEN) is now supported by the JIT compiler.
373    30. Update RunTest with additional test selector options.
375    31. The way PCRE handles backtracking verbs has been changed in two ways.
377        (1) Previously, in something like (*COMMIT)(*SKIP), COMMIT would override
378        SKIP. Now, PCRE acts on whichever backtracking verb is reached first by
379        backtracking. In some cases this makes it more Perl-compatible, but Perl's
380        rather obscure rules do not always do the same thing.
382        (2) Previously, backtracking verbs were confined within assertions. This is
383        no longer the case for positive assertions, except for (*ACCEPT). Again,
384        this sometimes improves Perl compatibility, and sometimes does not.
386    32. A number of tests that were in test 2 because Perl did things differently
387        have been moved to test 1, because either Perl or PCRE has changed, and
388        these tests are now compatible.
390    32. Backtracking control verbs are now handled in the same way in JIT and
391        interpreter.
393    33. An opening parenthesis in a MARK/PRUNE/SKIP/THEN name in a pattern that
394        contained a forward subroutine reference caused a compile error.
396    34. Auto-detect and optimize limited repetitions in JIT.
398    35. Implement PCRE_NEVER_UTF to lock out the use of UTF, in particular,
399        blocking (*UTF) etc.
401    36. In the interpreter, maximizing pattern repetitions for characters and
402        character types now use tail recursion, which reduces stack usage.
404    37. The value of the max lookbehind was not correctly preserved if a compiled
405        and saved regex was reloaded on a host of different endianness.
407    38. Implemented (*LIMIT_MATCH) and (*LIMIT_RECURSION). As part of the extension
408        of the compiled pattern block, expand the flags field from 16 to 32 bits
409        because it was almost full.
411    39. Try madvise first before posix_madvise.
413    40. Change 7 for PCRE 7.9 made it impossible for pcregrep to find empty lines
414        with a pattern such as ^$. It has taken 4 years for anybody to notice! The
415        original change locked out all matches of empty strings. This has been
416        changed so that one match of an empty string per line is recognized.
417        Subsequent searches on the same line (for colouring or for --only-matching,
418        for example) do not recognize empty strings.
420    41. Applied a user patch to fix a number of spelling mistakes in comments.
422    42. Data lines longer than 65536 caused pcretest to crash.
424    43. Clarified the data type for length and startoffset arguments for pcre_exec
425        and pcre_dfa_exec in the function-specific man pages, where they were
426        explicitly stated to be in bytes, never having been updated. I also added
427        some clarification to the pcreapi man page.
429    44. A call to pcre_dfa_exec() with an output vector size less than 2 caused
430        a segmentation fault.
433    Version 8.32 30-November-2012
434    -----------------------------
436    1.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for first character search and single
437        character iterators.
439    2.  Supporting IBM XL C compilers for PPC architectures in the JIT compiler.
440        Patch by Daniel Richard G.
442    3.  Single character iterator optimizations in the JIT compiler.
444    4.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for character ranges.
446    5.  Rename the "leave" variable names to "quit" to improve WinCE compatibility.
447        Reported by Giuseppe D'Angelo.
449    6.  The PCRE_STARTLINE bit, indicating that a match can occur only at the start
450        of a line, was being set incorrectly in cases where .* appeared inside
451        atomic brackets at the start of a pattern, or where there was a subsequent
452        *PRUNE or *SKIP.
454    7.  Improved instruction cache flush for POWER/PowerPC.
455        Patch by Daniel Richard G.
457    8.  Fixed a number of issues in pcregrep, making it more compatible with GNU
458        grep:
460        (a) There is now no limit to the number of patterns to be matched.
462        (b) An error is given if a pattern is too long.
464        (c) Multiple uses of --exclude, --exclude-dir, --include, and --include-dir
465            are now supported.
467        (d) --exclude-from and --include-from (multiple use) have been added.
469        (e) Exclusions and inclusions now apply to all files and directories, not
470            just to those obtained from scanning a directory recursively.
472        (f) Multiple uses of -f and --file-list are now supported.
474        (g) In a Windows environment, the default for -d has been changed from
475            "read" (the GNU grep default) to "skip", because otherwise the presence
476            of a directory in the file list provokes an error.
478        (h) The documentation has been revised and clarified in places.
480    9.  Improve the matching speed of capturing brackets.
482    10. Changed the meaning of \X so that it now matches a Unicode extended
483        grapheme cluster.
485    11. Patch by Daniel Richard G to the autoconf files to add a macro for sorting
486        out POSIX threads when JIT support is configured.
488    12. Added support for PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED.
490    13. In the POSIX wrapper regcomp() function, setting re_nsub field in the preg
491        structure could go wrong in environments where size_t is not the same size
492        as int.
494    14. Applied user-supplied patch to pcrecpp.cc to allow PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK to be
495        set.
497    15. The EBCDIC support had decayed; later updates to the code had included
498        explicit references to (e.g.) \x0a instead of CHAR_LF. There has been a
499        general tidy up of EBCDIC-related issues, and the documentation was also
500        not quite right. There is now a test that can be run on ASCII systems to
501        check some of the EBCDIC-related things (but is it not a full test).
503    16. The new PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED option is now used by pcregrep, resulting
504        in a small tidy to the code.
506    17. Fix JIT tests when UTF is disabled and both 8 and 16 bit mode are enabled.
508    18. If the --only-matching (-o) option in pcregrep is specified multiple
509        times, each one causes appropriate output. For example, -o1 -o2 outputs the
510        substrings matched by the 1st and 2nd capturing parentheses. A separating
511        string can be specified by --om-separator (default empty).
513    19. Improving the first n character searches.
515    20. Turn case lists for horizontal and vertical white space into macros so that
516        they are defined only once.
518    21. This set of changes together give more compatible Unicode case-folding
519        behaviour for characters that have more than one other case when UCP
520        support is available.
522        (a) The Unicode property table now has offsets into a new table of sets of
523            three or more characters that are case-equivalent. The MultiStage2.py
524            script that generates these tables (the pcre_ucd.c file) now scans
525            CaseFolding.txt instead of UnicodeData.txt for character case
526            information.
528        (b) The code for adding characters or ranges of characters to a character
529            class has been abstracted into a generalized function that also handles
530            case-independence. In UTF-mode with UCP support, this uses the new data
531            to handle characters with more than one other case.
533        (c) A bug that is fixed as a result of (b) is that codepoints less than 256
534            whose other case is greater than 256 are now correctly matched
535            caselessly. Previously, the high codepoint matched the low one, but not
536            vice versa.
538        (d) The processing of \h, \H, \v, and \ in character classes now makes use
539            of the new class addition function, using character lists defined as
540            macros alongside the case definitions of 20 above.
542        (e) Caseless back references now work with characters that have more than
543            one other case.
545        (f) General caseless matching of characters with more than one other case
546            is supported.
548    22. Unicode character properties were updated from Unicode 6.2.0
550    23. Improved CMake support under Windows. Patch by Daniel Richard G.
552    24. Add support for 32-bit character strings, and UTF-32
554    25. Major JIT compiler update (code refactoring and bugfixing).
555        Experimental Sparc 32 support is added.
557    26. Applied a modified version of Daniel Richard G's patch to create
558        pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic by "make" instead of in the
559        PrepareRelease script.
561    27. Added a definition for CHAR_NULL (helpful for the z/OS port), and use it in
562        pcre_compile.c when checking for a zero character.
564    28. Introducing a native interface for JIT. Through this interface, the compiled
565        machine code can be directly executed. The purpose of this interface is to
566        provide fast pattern matching, so several sanity checks are not performed.
567        However, feature tests are still performed. The new interface provides
568        1.4x speedup compared to the old one.
570    29. If pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() was called with a negative value for
571        the subject string length, the error given was PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which
572        was confusing. There is now a new error PCRE_ERROR_BADLENGTH for this case.
574    30. In 8-bit UTF-8 mode, pcretest failed to give an error for data codepoints
575        greater than 0x7fffffff (which cannot be represented in UTF-8, even under
576        the "old" RFC 2279). Instead, it ended up passing a negative length to
577        pcre_exec().
579    31. Add support for GCC's visibility feature to hide internal functions.
581    32. Running "pcretest -C pcre8" or "pcretest -C pcre16" gave a spurious error
582        "unknown -C option" after outputting 0 or 1.
584    33. There is now support for generating a code coverage report for the test
585        suite in environments where gcc is the compiler and lcov is installed. This
586        is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
588    34. If PCRE is built with --enable-valgrind, certain memory regions are marked
589        unaddressable using valgrind annotations, allowing valgrind to detect
590        invalid memory accesses. This is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
592    25. (*UTF) can now be used to start a pattern in any of the three libraries.
594    26. Give configure error if --enable-cpp but no C++ compiler found.
597    Version 8.31 06-July-2012
598    -------------------------
600    1.  Fixing a wrong JIT test case and some compiler warnings.
602    2.  Removed a bashism from the RunTest script.
604    3.  Add a cast to pcre_exec.c to fix the warning "unary minus operator applied
605        to unsigned type, result still unsigned" that was given by an MS compiler
606        on encountering the code "-sizeof(xxx)".
608    4.  Partial matching support is added to the JIT compiler.
610    5.  Fixed several bugs concerned with partial matching of items that consist
611        of more than one character:
613        (a) /^(..)\1/ did not partially match "aba" because checking references was
614            done on an "all or nothing" basis. This also applied to repeated
615            references.
617        (b) \R did not give a hard partial match if \r was found at the end of the
618            subject.
620        (c) \X did not give a hard partial match after matching one or more
621            characters at the end of the subject.
623        (d) When newline was set to CRLF, a pattern such as /a$/ did not recognize
624            a partial match for the string "\r".
626        (e) When newline was set to CRLF, the metacharacter "." did not recognize
627            a partial match for a CR character at the end of the subject string.
629    6.  If JIT is requested using /S++ or -s++ (instead of just /S+ or -s+) when
630        running pcretest, the text "(JIT)" added to the output whenever JIT is
631        actually used to run the match.
633    7.  Individual JIT compile options can be set in pcretest by following -s+[+]
634        or /S+[+] with a digit between 1 and 7.
636    8.  OP_NOT now supports any UTF character not just single-byte ones.
638    9.  (*MARK) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
640    10. The command "./RunTest list" lists the available tests without actually
641        running any of them. (Because I keep forgetting what they all are.)
645    12. Applied a (slightly modified) user-supplied patch that improves performance
646        when the heap is used for recursion (compiled with --disable-stack-for-
647        recursion). Instead of malloc and free for each heap frame each time a
648        logical recursion happens, frames are retained on a chain and re-used where
649        possible. This sometimes gives as much as 30% improvement.
651    13. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a recursive subpattern
652        call.
654    14. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a positive assertion.
656    15. It is now possible to link pcretest with libedit as an alternative to
657        libreadline.
659    16. (*COMMIT) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
661    17. The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.1.0.
663    18. Added --file-list option to pcregrep.
665    19. Added binary file support to pcregrep, including the -a, --binary-files,
666        -I, and --text options.
668    20. The madvise function is renamed for posix_madvise for QNX compatibility
669        reasons. Fixed by Giuseppe D'Angelo.
671    21. Fixed a bug for backward assertions with REVERSE 0 in the JIT compiler.
673    22. Changed the option for creating symbolic links for 16-bit man pages from
674        -s to -sf so that re-installing does not cause issues.
676    23. Support PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE in JIT as (*MARK) support requires it.
678    24. Fixed a very old bug in pcretest that caused errors with restarted DFA
679        matches in certain environments (the workspace was not being correctly
680        retained). Also added to pcre_dfa_exec() a simple plausibility check on
681        some of the workspace data at the beginning of a restart.
683    25. \s*\R was auto-possessifying the \s* when it should not, whereas \S*\R
684        was not doing so when it should - probably a typo introduced by SVN 528
685        (change 8.10/14).
687    26. When PCRE_UCP was not set, \w+\x{c4} was incorrectly auto-possessifying the
688        \w+ when the character tables indicated that \x{c4} was a word character.
689        There were several related cases, all because the tests for doing a table
690        lookup were testing for characters less than 127 instead of 255.
692    27. If a pattern contains capturing parentheses that are not used in a match,
693        their slots in the ovector are set to -1. For those that are higher than
694        any matched groups, this happens at the end of processing. In the case when
695        there were back references that the ovector was too small to contain
696        (causing temporary malloc'd memory to be used during matching), and the
697        highest capturing number was not used, memory off the end of the ovector
698        was incorrectly being set to -1. (It was using the size of the temporary
699        memory instead of the true size.)
701    28. To catch bugs like 27 using valgrind, when pcretest is asked to specify an
702        ovector size, it uses memory at the end of the block that it has got.
704    29. Check for an overlong MARK name and give an error at compile time. The
705        limit is 255 for the 8-bit library and 65535 for the 16-bit library.
707    30. JIT compiler update.
709    31. JIT is now supported on jailbroken iOS devices. Thanks for Ruiger
710        Rill for the patch.
712    32. Put spaces around SLJIT_PRINT_D in the JIT compiler. Required by CXX11.
714    33. Variable renamings in the PCRE-JIT compiler. No functionality change.
716    34. Fixed typos in pcregrep: in two places there was SUPPORT_LIBZ2 instead of
717        SUPPORT_LIBBZ2. This caused a build problem when bzip2 but not gzip (zlib)
718        was enabled.
720    35. Improve JIT code generation for greedy plus quantifier.
722    36. When /((?:a?)*)*c/ or /((?>a?)*)*c/ was matched against "aac", it set group
723        1 to "aa" instead of to an empty string. The bug affected repeated groups
724        that could potentially match an empty string.
726    37. Optimizing single character iterators in JIT.
728    38. Wide characters specified with \uxxxx in JavaScript mode are now subject to
729        the same checks as \x{...} characters in non-JavaScript mode. Specifically,
730        codepoints that are too big for the mode are faulted, and in a UTF mode,
731        disallowed codepoints are also faulted.
733    39. If PCRE was compiled with UTF support, in three places in the DFA
734        matcher there was code that should only have been obeyed in UTF mode, but
735        was being obeyed unconditionally. In 8-bit mode this could cause incorrect
736        processing when bytes with values greater than 127 were present. In 16-bit
737        mode the bug would be provoked by values in the range 0xfc00 to 0xdc00. In
738        both cases the values are those that cannot be the first data item in a UTF
739        character. The three items that might have provoked this were recursions,
740        possessively repeated groups, and atomic groups.
742    40. Ensure that libpcre is explicitly listed in the link commands for pcretest
743        and pcregrep, because some OS require shared objects to be explicitly
744        passed to ld, causing the link step to fail if they are not.
746    41. There were two incorrect #ifdefs in pcre_study.c, meaning that, in 16-bit
747        mode, patterns that started with \h* or \R* might be incorrectly matched.
750    Version 8.30 04-February-2012
751    -----------------------------
753    1.  Renamed "isnumber" as "is_a_number" because in some Mac environments this
754        name is defined in ctype.h.
756    2.  Fixed a bug in fixed-length calculation for lookbehinds that would show up
757        only in quite long subpatterns.
759    3.  Removed the function pcre_info(), which has been obsolete and deprecated
760        since it was replaced by pcre_fullinfo() in February 2000.
762    4.  For a non-anchored pattern, if (*SKIP) was given with a name that did not
763        match a (*MARK), and the match failed at the start of the subject, a
764        reference to memory before the start of the subject could occur. This bug
765        was introduced by fix 17 of release 8.21.
767    5.  A reference to an unset group with zero minimum repetition was giving
768        totally wrong answers (in non-JavaScript-compatibility mode). For example,
769        /(another)?(\1?)test/ matched against "hello world test". This bug was
770        introduced in release 8.13.
772    6.  Add support for 16-bit character strings (a large amount of work involving
773        many changes and refactorings).
775    7.  RunGrepTest failed on msys because \r\n was replaced by whitespace when the
776        command "pattern=`printf 'xxx\r\njkl'`" was run. The pattern is now taken
777        from a file.
779    8.  Ovector size of 2 is also supported by JIT based pcre_exec (the ovector size
780        rounding is not applied in this particular case).
782    9.  The invalid Unicode surrogate codepoints U+D800 to U+DFFF are now rejected
783        if they appear, or are escaped, in patterns.
785    10. Get rid of a number of -Wunused-but-set-variable warnings.
787    11. The pattern /(?=(*:x))(q|)/ matches an empty string, and returns the mark
788        "x". The similar pattern /(?=(*:x))((*:y)q|)/ did not return a mark at all.
789        Oddly, Perl behaves the same way. PCRE has been fixed so that this pattern
790        also returns the mark "x". This bug applied to capturing parentheses,
791        non-capturing parentheses, and atomic parentheses. It also applied to some
792        assertions.
794    12. Stephen Kelly's patch to CMakeLists.txt allows it to parse the version
795        information out of configure.ac instead of relying on pcre.h.generic, which
796        is not stored in the repository.
798    13. Applied Dmitry V. Levin's patch for a more portable method for linking with
799        -lreadline.
801    14. ZH added PCRE_CONFIG_JITTARGET; added its output to pcretest -C.
803    15. Applied Graycode's patch to put the top-level frame on the stack rather
804        than the heap when not using the stack for recursion. This gives a
805        performance improvement in many cases when recursion is not deep.
807    16. Experimental code added to "pcretest -C" to output the stack frame size.
810    Version 8.21 12-Dec-2011
811    ------------------------
813  1.  Updating the JIT compiler.  1.  Updating the JIT compiler.
815    2.  JIT compiler now supports OP_NCREF, OP_RREF and OP_NRREF. New test cases
816        are added as well.
818    3.  Fix cache-flush issue on PowerPC (It is still an experimental JIT port).
819        PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES is not suported by JIT, and should be checked before
820        calling _pcre_jit_exec. Some extra comments are added.
822    4.  (*MARK) settings inside atomic groups that do not contain any capturing
823        parentheses, for example, (?>a(*:m)), were not being passed out. This bug
824        was introduced by change 18 for 8.20.
826    5.  Supporting of \x, \U and \u in JavaScript compatibility mode based on the
827        ECMA-262 standard.
829    6.  Lookbehinds such as (?<=a{2}b) that contained a fixed repetition were
830        erroneously being rejected as "not fixed length" if PCRE_CASELESS was set.
831        This bug was probably introduced by change 9 of 8.13.
833    7.  While fixing 6 above, I noticed that a number of other items were being
834        incorrectly rejected as "not fixed length". This arose partly because newer
835        opcodes had not been added to the fixed-length checking code. I have (a)
836        corrected the bug and added tests for these items, and (b) arranged for an
837        error to occur if an unknown opcode is encountered while checking for fixed
838        length instead of just assuming "not fixed length". The items that were
839        rejected were: (*ACCEPT), (*COMMIT), (*FAIL), (*MARK), (*PRUNE), (*SKIP),
840        (*THEN), \h, \H, \v, \V, and single character negative classes with fixed
841        repetitions, e.g. [^a]{3}, with and without PCRE_CASELESS.
843    8.  A possessively repeated conditional subpattern such as (?(?=c)c|d)++ was
844        being incorrectly compiled and would have given unpredicatble results.
846    9.  A possessively repeated subpattern with minimum repeat count greater than
847        one behaved incorrectly. For example, (A){2,}+ behaved as if it was
848        (A)(A)++ which meant that, after a subsequent mismatch, backtracking into
849        the first (A) could occur when it should not.
851    10. Add a cast and remove a redundant test from the code.
853    11. JIT should use pcre_malloc/pcre_free for allocation.
855    12. Updated pcre-config so that it no longer shows -L/usr/lib, which seems
856        best practice nowadays, and helps with cross-compiling. (If the exec_prefix
857        is anything other than /usr, -L is still shown).
859    13. In non-UTF-8 mode, \C is now supported in lookbehinds and DFA matching.
861    14. Perl does not support \N without a following name in a [] class; PCRE now
862        also gives an error.
864    15. If a forward reference was repeated with an upper limit of around 2000,
865        it caused the error "internal error: overran compiling workspace". The
866        maximum number of forward references (including repeats) was limited by the
867        internal workspace, and dependent on the LINK_SIZE. The code has been
868        rewritten so that the workspace expands (via pcre_malloc) if necessary, and
869        the default depends on LINK_SIZE. There is a new upper limit (for safety)
870        of around 200,000 forward references. While doing this, I also speeded up
871        the filling in of repeated forward references.
873    16. A repeated forward reference in a pattern such as (a)(?2){2}(.) was
874        incorrectly expecting the subject to contain another "a" after the start.
876    17. When (*SKIP:name) is activated without a corresponding (*MARK:name) earlier
877        in the match, the SKIP should be ignored. This was not happening; instead
878        the SKIP was being treated as NOMATCH. For patterns such as
879        /A(*MARK:A)A+(*SKIP:B)Z|AAC/ this meant that the AAC branch was never
880        tested.
882    18. The behaviour of (*MARK), (*PRUNE), and (*THEN) has been reworked and is
883        now much more compatible with Perl, in particular in cases where the result
884        is a non-match for a non-anchored pattern. For example, if
885        /b(*:m)f|a(*:n)w/ is matched against "abc", the non-match returns the name
886        "m", where previously it did not return a name. A side effect of this
887        change is that for partial matches, the last encountered mark name is
888        returned, as for non matches. A number of tests that were previously not
889        Perl-compatible have been moved into the Perl-compatible test files. The
890        refactoring has had the pleasing side effect of removing one argument from
891        the match() function, thus reducing its stack requirements.
893    19. If the /S+ option was used in pcretest to study a pattern using JIT,
894        subsequent uses of /S (without +) incorrectly behaved like /S+.
896    21. Retrieve executable code size support for the JIT compiler and fixing
897        some warnings.
899    22. A caseless match of a UTF-8 character whose other case uses fewer bytes did
900        not work when the shorter character appeared right at the end of the
901        subject string.
903    23. Added some (int) casts to non-JIT modules to reduce warnings on 64-bit
904        systems.
906    24. Added PCRE_INFO_JITSIZE to pass on the value from (21) above, and also
907        output it when the /M option is used in pcretest.
909    25. The CheckMan script was not being included in the distribution. Also, added
910        an explicit "perl" to run Perl scripts from the PrepareRelease script
911        because this is reportedly needed in Windows.
913    26. If study data was being save in a file and studying had not found a set of
914        "starts with" bytes for the pattern, the data written to the file (though
915        never used) was taken from uninitialized memory and so caused valgrind to
916        complain.
918    27. Updated RunTest.bat as provided by Sheri Pierce.
920    28. Fixed a possible uninitialized memory bug in pcre_jit_compile.c.
922    29. Computation of memory usage for the table of capturing group names was
923        giving an unnecessarily large value.
926  Version 8.20 21-Oct-2011  Version 8.20 21-Oct-2011
927  ------------------------  ------------------------
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1937  7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it  7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
1938      doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have      doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
1939      locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this      locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
1940      seems to be how GNU grep behaves.      seems to be how GNU grep behaves. [But see later change 40 for release
1941        8.33.]
1943  8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at  8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
1944      start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being      start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
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2181      containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to      containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
2182      non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the      non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
2183      compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the      compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
2184      existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating      existence of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
2185      the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference      the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
2186      was subsequently set up correctly.)      was subsequently set up correctly.)

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