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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 8.0 02 Jul-08  Version 8.00 ??-???-??
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7    1.  The table for translating pcre_compile() error codes into POSIX error codes
8        was out-of-date, and there was no check on the pcre_compile() error code
9        being within the table. This could lead to an OK return being given in
10        error.
12    2.  Changed the call to open a subject file in pcregrep from fopen(pathname,
13        "r") to fopen(pathname, "rb"), which fixed a problem with some of the tests
14        in a Windows environment.
16    3.  The pcregrep --count option prints the count for each file even when it is
17        zero, as does GNU grep. However, pcregrep was also printing all files when
18        --files-with-matches was added. Now, when both options are given, it prints
19        counts only for those files that have at least one match. (GNU grep just
20        prints the file name in this circumstance, but including the count seems
21        more useful - otherwise, why use --count?) Also ensured that the
22        combination -clh just lists non-zero counts, with no names.
24    4.  The long form of the pcregrep -F option was incorrectly implemented as
25        --fixed_strings instead of --fixed-strings. This is an incompatible change,
26        but it seems right to fix it, and I didn't think it was worth preserving
27        the old behaviour.
29    5.  The command line items --regex=pattern and --regexp=pattern were not
30        recognized by pcregrep, which required --regex pattern or --regexp pattern
31        (with a space rather than an '='). The man page documented the '=' forms,
32        which are compatible with GNU grep; these now work.
34    6.  No libpcreposix.pc file was created for pkg-config; there was just
35        libpcre.pc and libpcrecpp.pc. The omission has been rectified.
37    7.  Added #ifndef SUPPORT_UCP into the pcre_ucd.c module, to reduce its size
38        when UCP support is not needed, by modifying the Python script that
39        generates it from Unicode data files. This should not matter if the module
40        is correctly used as a library, but I received one complaint about 50K of
41        unwanted data. My guess is that the person linked everything into his
42        program rather than using a library. Anyway, it does no harm.
44    8.  A pattern such as /\x{123}{2,2}+/8 was incorrectly compiled; the trigger
45        was a minimum greater than 1 for a wide character in a possessive
46        repetition. The same bug could also affect patterns like /(\x{ff}{0,2})*/8
47        which had an unlimited repeat of a nested, fixed maximum repeat of a wide
48        character. Chaos in the form of incorrect output or a compiling loop could
49        result.
51    9.  The restrictions on what a pattern can contain when partial matching is
52        requested for pcre_exec() have been removed. All patterns can now be
53        partially matched by this function. In addition, if there are at least two
54        slots in the offset vector, the offset of the earliest inspected character
55        for the match and the offset of the end of the subject are set in them when
56        PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL is returned.
58    10. Partial matching has been split into two forms: PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT, which is
59        synonymous with PCRE_PARTIAL, for backwards compatibility, and
60        PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, which causes a partial match to supersede a full match,
61        and may be more useful for multi-segment matching, especially with
62        pcre_exec().
64    11. Partial matching with pcre_exec() is now more intuitive. A partial match
65        used to be given if ever the end of the subject was reached; now it is
66        given only if matching could not proceed because another character was
67        needed. This makes a difference in some odd cases such as Z(*FAIL) with the
68        string "Z", which now yields "no match" instead of "partial match". In the
69        case of pcre_dfa_exec(), "no match" is given if every matching path for the
70        final character ended with (*FAIL).
72    12. Restarting a match using pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match did not work
73        if the pattern had a "must contain" character that was already found in the
74        earlier partial match, unless partial matching was again requested. For
75        example, with the pattern /dog.(body)?/, the "must contain" character is
76        "g". If the first part-match was for the string "dog", restarting with
77        "sbody" failed. This bug has been fixed.
79    13. The string returned by pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match has been
80        changed so that it starts at the first inspected character rather than the
81        first character of the match. This makes a difference only if the pattern
82        starts with a lookbehind assertion or \b or \B (\K is not supported by
83        pcre_dfa_exec()). It's an incompatible change, but it makes the two
84        matching functions compatible, and I think it's the right thing to do.
86    14. Added a pcredemo man page, created automatically from the pcredemo.c file,
87        so that the demonstration program is easily available in environments where
88        PCRE has not been installed from source.
90    15. Arranged to add -DPCRE_STATIC to cflags in libpcre.pc, libpcreposix.cp,
91        libpcrecpp.pc and pcre-config when PCRE is not compiled as a shared
92        library.
94    16. Added REG_UNGREEDY to the pcreposix interface, at the request of a user.
95        It maps to PCRE_UNGREEDY. It is not, of course, POSIX-compatible, but it
96        is not the first non-POSIX option to be added. Clearly some people find
97        these options useful.
99    17. If a caller to the POSIX matching function regexec() passes a non-zero
100        value for nmatch with a NULL value for pmatch, the value of
101        nmatch is forced to zero.
103    18. RunGrepTest did not have a test for the availability of the -u option of
104        the diff command, as RunTest does. It now checks in the same way as
105        RunTest, and also checks for the -b option.
107    19. If an odd number of negated classes containing just a single character
108        interposed, within parentheses, between a forward reference to a named
109        subpattern and the definition of the subpattern, compilation crashed with
110        an internal error, complaining that it could not find the referenced
111        subpattern. An example of a crashing pattern is /(?&A)(([^m])(?<A>))/.
112        [The bug was that it was starting one character too far in when skipping
113        over the character class, thus treating the ] as data rather than
114        terminating the class. This meant it could skip too much.]
116    20. Added PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART in order to be able to correctly implement the
117        /g option in pcretest when the pattern contains \K, which makes it possible
118        to have an empty string match not at the start, even when the pattern is
119        anchored. Updated pcretest and pcredemo to use this option.
121    21. If the maximum number of capturing subpatterns in a recursion was greater
122        than the maximum at the outer level, the higher number was returned, but
123        with unset values at the outer level. The correct (outer level) value is
124        now given.
126    22. If (*ACCEPT) appeared inside capturing parentheses, previous releases of
127        PCRE did not set those parentheses (unlike Perl). I have now found a way to
128        make it do so. The string so far is captured, making this feature
129        compatible with Perl.
131    23. The tests have been re-organized, adding tests 11 and 12, to make it
132        possible to check the Perl 5.10 features against Perl 5.10.
135    Version 7.9 11-Apr-09
136    ---------------------
138    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
139        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
140        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
141        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
142        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
143        pcretest is linked with readline.
145    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
146        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
147        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
148        but BOOL is not.
150    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
151        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
153    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
154        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
155        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
156        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
158    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
159        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
160        the same.
162    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
163        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
164        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
166    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
167        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
168        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
169        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
171    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
172        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
173        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
174        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
176    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
177        condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
178        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
180    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
181        used for matching.
183    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
184        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
186    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
188    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
190    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
192    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
193        wrapper.
195    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
196        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
197        string constants.
199    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
200        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
201        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
202        these, but not everybody uses configure.
204    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
205        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
206        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
207        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
208        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
209        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
211    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
212        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
214    21. If PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT occurred during a recursion, there was a memory
215        leak if the size of the offset vector was greater than 30. When the vector
216        is smaller, the saved offsets during recursion go onto a local stack
217        vector, but for larger vectors malloc() is used. It was failing to free
218        when the recursion yielded PCRE_ERROR_MATCH_LIMIT (or any other "abnormal"
219        error, in fact).
221    22. There was a missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 round one of the variables in the
222        heapframe that is used only when UTF-8 support is enabled. This caused no
223        problem, but was untidy.
225    23. Steven Van Ingelgem's patch to CMakeLists.txt to change the name
226        CMAKE_BINARY_DIR to PROJECT_BINARY_DIR so that it works when PCRE is
227        included within another project.
229    24. Steven Van Ingelgem's patches to add more options to the CMake support,
230        slightly modified by me:
232          (a) PCRE_BUILD_TESTS can be set OFF not to build the tests, including
233              not building pcregrep.
235          (b) PCRE_BUILD_PCREGREP can be see OFF not to build pcregrep, but only
236              if PCRE_BUILD_TESTS is also set OFF, because the tests use pcregrep.
238    25. Forward references, both numeric and by name, in patterns that made use of
239        duplicate group numbers, could behave incorrectly or give incorrect errors,
240        because when scanning forward to find the reference group, PCRE was not
241        taking into account the duplicate group numbers. A pattern such as
242        ^X(?3)(a)(?|(b)|(q))(Y) is an example.
244    26. Changed a few more instances of "const unsigned char *" to USPTR, making
245        the feature of a custom pointer more persuasive (as requested by a user).
247    27. Wrapped the definitions of fileno and isatty for Windows, which appear in
248        pcretest.c, inside #ifndefs, because it seems they are sometimes already
249        pre-defined.
251    28. Added support for (*UTF8) at the start of a pattern.
253    29. Arrange for flags added by the "release type" setting in CMake to be shown
254        in the configuration summary.
257    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
258  ---------------------  ---------------------
260  1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad  1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
261      Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-      Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
262      stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2      stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
263      to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to      to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
264      distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in      distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
265      the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).      the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
267    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
268        scripts.
270    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
271        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
272        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
274    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
275        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
276        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
278    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
279        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
280        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
281        truncation.
283    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
285    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
286        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
288    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
289        test 2 if it fails.
291    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
292        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
293        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
295    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
296        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
298    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
299        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
300        some environments:
302          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
304        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
306    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
307        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
308        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
309        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
310        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
312    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
313        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
315    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
316        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
317        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
319    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
320        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
322    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
324    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
325        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
327    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
329    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
330        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
331        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
332        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
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