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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.5 12-Nov-07  Version 7.9 xx-xxx-09
5    ---------------------
7    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
8        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
9        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
10        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
11        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
12        pcretest is linked with readline.
14    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
15        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
16        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
17        but BOOL is not.
19    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
20        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RETURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
22    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
23        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
24        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
25        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
27    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
28        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
29        the same.
31    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
32        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
33        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
35    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
36        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
37        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
38        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
40    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
41        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
42        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
43        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
45    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group, PCRE
46        could crash during matching.
48    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
49        used for matching.
51    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
52        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
54    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
56    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
58    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
60    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
61        wrapper.
64    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
65    ---------------------
67    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
68        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
69        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
70        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
71        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
72        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
74    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
75        scripts.
77    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
78        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
79        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
81    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
82        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
83        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
85    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
86        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
87        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
88        truncation.
90    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
92    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
93        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
95    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
96        test 2 if it fails.
98    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
99        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
100        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
102    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
103        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
105    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
106        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
107        some environments:
109          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
111        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
113    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
114        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
115        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
116        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
117        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
119    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
120        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
122    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
123        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
124        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
126    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
127        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
129    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
131    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
132        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
134    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
136    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
137        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
138        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
139        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
142    Version 7.7 07-May-08
143    ---------------------
145    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
146        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
147        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
149    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
150        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
151        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
153    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
154        Lopes.
156    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
158        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
159            of files, instead of just to the final components.
161        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
162            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
163            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
164            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
165            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
166            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
168    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
169        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
171    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
172        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
173        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
175    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
176        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
178    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
179        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
180        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
182    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
184    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
185        matching function regexec().
187    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
188        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
189        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
190        Oniguruma does).
192    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
193        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
194        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
195        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
196        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
197        time.
199    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
200        to the way PCRE behaves:
202        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
204        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
205            (Perl fails the current match path).
207        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
208            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
209            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
210            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
211            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
212            of the DOTALL setting.
214    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
215        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
216        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
217        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
218        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
219        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
220        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
221        was subsequently set up correctly.)
223    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
224        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
225        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
226        (*FAIL).
228    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
229        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
230        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
231        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
232        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
233        on the OP_ANY path.
235    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
236        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
237        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
239    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
240        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
241        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
242        Daniel Bergström.
244    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
245        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
246        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
247        spotting this.
250    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
251    ---------------------
253    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
254        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
255        overflow.
257    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
258        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
260    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
261        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
263        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
264        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
265        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
266        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
267        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
268            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
269        - Added readline support for pcretest.
270        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
272    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
273        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
274        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
275        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
276        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
277        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
278        Configure/Make.
280    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
281        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
282        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
283        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
285    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
286        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
287        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
289    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
290        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
291        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
292        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
293        trouble in some build environments.
295    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
298    Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
299  ---------------------  ---------------------
301  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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370      does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any      does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any
371      non-matching lines.      non-matching lines.
373  14. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially  14. Added --file-offsets and --line-offsets to pcregrep.
375    15. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially
376      infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not      infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not
377      being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads      being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads
378      and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).      and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).
380  15. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the  16. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the
381      inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of      inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of
382      INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).      INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).
384  16. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode  17. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode
385      character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at      character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at
386      runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this      runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this
387      are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that      are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that
388      caused the error; without that there was no problem.      caused the error; without that there was no problem.
390  17. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.  18. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.
392    19. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.
394    20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
395        RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
396        double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
397        later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
398        that check the return values (which was not done before).
400    21. Several CMake things:
402        (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
403            the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
405        (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
406            linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
410    22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
411        crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
412        UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
413        this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
414        newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
415        checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
416        account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
418    23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
419        character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
420        character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
421        allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
422        unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
423        names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
424        for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
425        class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
426        closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
427        diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
428        treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
429        Perl does, and where it didn't before.
431  18. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.  24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
432        Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
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