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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 7.9 xx-xxx-09  Version 8.21
5    ------------
7    1.  Updating the JIT compiler.
9    2.  JIT compiler now supports OP_NCREF, OP_RREF and OP_NRREF. New test cases
10        are added as well.
12    3.  Fix cache-flush issue on PowerPC (It is still an experimental JIT port).
13        PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES is not suported by JIT, and should be checked before
14        calling _pcre_jit_exec. Some extra comments are added.
16    4.  Mark settings inside atomic groups that do not contain any capturing
17        parentheses, for example, (?>a(*:m)), were not being passed out. This bug
18        was introduced by change 18 for 8.20.
20    5.  Supporting of \x, \U and \u in JavaScript compatibility mode based on the
21        ECMA-262 standard.
23    6.  Lookbehinds such as (?<=a{2}b) that contained a fixed repetition were
24        erroneously being rejected as "not fixed length" if PCRE_CASELESS was set.
25        This bug was probably introduced by change 9 of 8.13.
27    7.  While fixing 6 above, I noticed that a number of other items were being
28        incorrectly rejected as "not fixed length". This arose partly because newer
29        opcodes had not been added to the fixed-length checking code. I have (a)
30        corrected the bug and added tests for these items, and (b) arranged for an
31        error to occur if an unknown opcode is encountered while checking for fixed
32        length instead of just assuming "not fixed length". The items that were
33        rejected were: (*ACCEPT), (*COMMIT), (*FAIL), (*MARK), (*PRUNE), (*SKIP),
34        (*THEN), \h, \H, \v, \V, and single character negative classes with fixed
35        repetitions, e.g. [^a]{3}, with and without PCRE_CASELESS.
37    8.  A possessively repeated conditional subpattern such as (?(?=c)c|d)++ was
38        being incorrectly compiled and would have given unpredicatble results.
40    9.  A possessively repeated subpattern with minimum repeat count greater than
41        one behaved incorrectly. For example, (A){2,}+ behaved as if it was
42        (A)(A)++ which meant that, after a subsequent mismatch, backtracking into
43        the first (A) could occur when it should not.
45    10. Add a cast and remove a redundant test from the code.
47    11. JIT should use pcre_malloc/pcre_free for allocation.
49    12. Updated pcre-config so that it no longer shows -L/usr/lib, which seems
50        best practice nowadays, and helps with cross-compiling. (If the exec_prefix
51        is anything other than /usr, -L is still shown).
53    13. In non-UTF-8 mode, \C is now supported in lookbehinds and DFA matching.
55    14. Perl does not support \N without a following name in a [] class; PCRE now
56        also gives an error.
58    15. If a forward reference was repeated with an upper limit of around 2000,
59        it caused the error "internal error: overran compiling workspace". This
60        is now checked, and causes "too many forward references" instead.
62    16. A repeated forward reference in a pattern such as (a)(?2){2}(.) was
63        incorrectly expecting the subject to contain another "a" after the start.
66    Version 8.20 21-Oct-2011
67    ------------------------
69    1.  Change 37 of 8.13 broke patterns like [:a]...[b:] because it thought it had
70        a POSIX class. After further experiments with Perl, which convinced me that
71        Perl has bugs and confusions, a closing square bracket is no longer allowed
72        in a POSIX name. This bug also affected patterns with classes that started
73        with full stops.
75    2.  If a pattern such as /(a)b|ac/ is matched against "ac", there is no
76        captured substring, but while checking the failing first alternative,
77        substring 1 is temporarily captured. If the output vector supplied to
78        pcre_exec() was not big enough for this capture, the yield of the function
79        was still zero ("insufficient space for captured substrings"). This cannot
80        be totally fixed without adding another stack variable, which seems a lot
81        of expense for a edge case. However, I have improved the situation in cases
82        such as /(a)(b)x|abc/ matched against "abc", where the return code
83        indicates that fewer than the maximum number of slots in the ovector have
84        been set.
86    3.  Related to (2) above: when there are more back references in a pattern than
87        slots in the output vector, pcre_exec() uses temporary memory during
88        matching, and copies in the captures as far as possible afterwards. It was
89        using the entire output vector, but this conflicts with the specification
90        that only 2/3 is used for passing back captured substrings. Now it uses
91        only the first 2/3, for compatibility. This is, of course, another edge
92        case.
94    4.  Zoltan Herczeg's just-in-time compiler support has been integrated into the
95        main code base, and can be used by building with --enable-jit. When this is
96        done, pcregrep automatically uses it unless --disable-pcregrep-jit or the
97        runtime --no-jit option is given.
99    5.  When the number of matches in a pcre_dfa_exec() run exactly filled the
100        ovector, the return from the function was zero, implying that there were
101        other matches that did not fit. The correct "exactly full" value is now
102        returned.
104    6.  If a subpattern that was called recursively or as a subroutine contained
105        (*PRUNE) or any other control that caused it to give a non-standard return,
106        invalid errors such as "Error -26 (nested recursion at the same subject
107        position)" or even infinite loops could occur.
109    7.  If a pattern such as /a(*SKIP)c|b(*ACCEPT)|/ was studied, it stopped
110        computing the minimum length on reaching *ACCEPT, and so ended up with the
111        wrong value of 1 rather than 0. Further investigation indicates that
112        computing a minimum subject length in the presence of *ACCEPT is difficult
113        (think back references, subroutine calls), and so I have changed the code
114        so that no minimum is registered for a pattern that contains *ACCEPT.
116    8.  If (*THEN) was present in the first (true) branch of a conditional group,
117        it was not handled as intended. [But see 16 below.]
119    9.  Replaced RunTest.bat and CMakeLists.txt with improved versions provided by
120        Sheri Pierce.
122    10. A pathological pattern such as /(*ACCEPT)a/ was miscompiled, thinking that
123        the first byte in a match must be "a".
125    11. Change 17 for 8.13 increased the recursion depth for patterns like
126        /a(?:.)*?a/ drastically. I've improved things by remembering whether a
127        pattern contains any instances of (*THEN). If it does not, the old
128        optimizations are restored. It would be nice to do this on a per-group
129        basis, but at the moment that is not feasible.
131    12. In some environments, the output of pcretest -C is CRLF terminated. This
132        broke RunTest's code that checks for the link size. A single white space
133        character after the value is now allowed for.
135    13. RunTest now checks for the "fr" locale as well as for "fr_FR" and "french".
136        For "fr", it uses the Windows-specific input and output files.
138    14. If (*THEN) appeared in a group that was called recursively or as a
139        subroutine, it did not work as intended. [But see next item.]
141    15. Consider the pattern /A (B(*THEN)C) | D/ where A, B, C, and D are complex
142        pattern fragments (but not containing any | characters). If A and B are
143        matched, but there is a failure in C so that it backtracks to (*THEN), PCRE
144        was behaving differently to Perl. PCRE backtracked into A, but Perl goes to
145        D. In other words, Perl considers parentheses that do not contain any |
146        characters to be part of a surrounding alternative, whereas PCRE was
147        treading (B(*THEN)C) the same as (B(*THEN)C|(*FAIL)) -- which Perl handles
148        differently. PCRE now behaves in the same way as Perl, except in the case
149        of subroutine/recursion calls such as (?1) which have in any case always
150        been different (but PCRE had them first :-).
152    16. Related to 15 above: Perl does not treat the | in a conditional group as
153        creating alternatives. Such a group is treated in the same way as an
154        ordinary group without any | characters when processing (*THEN). PCRE has
155        been changed to match Perl's behaviour.
157    17. If a user had set PCREGREP_COLO(U)R to something other than 1:31, the
158        RunGrepTest script failed.
160    18. Change 22 for version 13 caused atomic groups to use more stack. This is
161        inevitable for groups that contain captures, but it can lead to a lot of
162        stack use in large patterns. The old behaviour has been restored for atomic
163        groups that do not contain any capturing parentheses.
165    19. If the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE option was set for pcre_compile(), it did not
166        suppress the check for a minimum subject length at run time. (If it was
167        given to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() it did work.)
169    20. Fixed an ASCII-dependent infelicity in pcretest that would have made it
170        fail to work when decoding hex characters in data strings in EBCDIC
171        environments.
173    21. It appears that in at least one Mac OS environment, the isxdigit() function
174        is implemented as a macro that evaluates to its argument more than once,
175        contravening the C 90 Standard (I haven't checked a later standard). There
176        was an instance in pcretest which caused it to go wrong when processing
177        \x{...} escapes in subject strings. The has been rewritten to avoid using
178        things like p++ in the argument of isxdigit().
181    Version 8.13 16-Aug-2011
182    ------------------------
184    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.
186    2.  Two minor typos in pcre_internal.h have been fixed.
188    3.  Added #include <string.h> to pcre_scanner_unittest.cc, pcrecpp.cc, and
189        pcrecpp_unittest.cc. They are needed for strcmp(), memset(), and strchr()
190        in some environments (e.g. Solaris 10/SPARC using Sun Studio 12U2).
192    4.  There were a number of related bugs in the code for matching backrefences
193        caselessly in UTF-8 mode when codes for the characters concerned were
194        different numbers of bytes. For example, U+023A and U+2C65 are an upper
195        and lower case pair, using 2 and 3 bytes, respectively. The main bugs were:
196        (a) A reference to 3 copies of a 2-byte code matched only 2 of a 3-byte
197        code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a
198        2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data
199        left).
201    5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by
202        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long
203        as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of
204        the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.
206    6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is
207        now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the
208        last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small
209        enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with
210        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
212    7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when
213        pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check
214        failure, the offset and reason code are output.
216    8.  When \R was used with a maximizing quantifier it failed to skip backwards
217        over a \r\n pair if the subsequent match failed. Instead, it just skipped
218        back over a single character (\n). This seems wrong (because it treated the
219        two characters as a single entity when going forwards), conflicts with the
220        documentation that \R is equivalent to (?>\r\n|\n|...etc), and makes the
221        behaviour of \R* different to (\R)*, which also seems wrong. The behaviour
222        has been changed.
224    9.  Some internal refactoring has changed the processing so that the handling
225        of the PCRE_CASELESS and PCRE_MULTILINE options is done entirely at compile
226        time (the PCRE_DOTALL option was changed this way some time ago: version
227        7.7 change 16). This has made it possible to abolish the OP_OPT op code,
228        which was always a bit of a fudge. It also means that there is one less
229        argument for the match() function, which reduces its stack requirements
230        slightly. This change also fixes an incompatibility with Perl: the pattern
231        (?i:([^b]))(?1) should not match "ab", but previously PCRE gave a match.
233    10. More internal refactoring has drastically reduced the number of recursive
234        calls to match() for possessively repeated groups such as (abc)++ when
235        using pcre_exec().
237    11. While implementing 10, a number of bugs in the handling of groups were
238        discovered and fixed:
240        (?<=(a)+) was not diagnosed as invalid (non-fixed-length lookbehind).
241        (a|)*(?1) gave a compile-time internal error.
242        ((a|)+)+  did not notice that the outer group could match an empty string.
243        (^a|^)+   was not marked as anchored.
244        (.*a|.*)+ was not marked as matching at start or after a newline.
246    12. Yet more internal refactoring has removed another argument from the match()
247        function. Special calls to this function are now indicated by setting a
248        value in a variable in the "match data" data block.
250    13. Be more explicit in pcre_study() instead of relying on "default" for
251        opcodes that mean there is no starting character; this means that when new
252        ones are added and accidentally left out of pcre_study(), testing should
253        pick them up.
255    14. The -s option of pcretest has been documented for ages as being an old
256        synonym of -m (show memory usage). I have changed it to mean "force study
257        for every regex", that is, assume /S for every regex. This is similar to -i
258        and -d etc. It's slightly incompatible, but I'm hoping nobody is still
259        using it. It makes it easier to run collections of tests with and without
260        study enabled, and thereby test pcre_study() more easily. All the standard
261        tests are now run with and without -s (but some patterns can be marked as
262        "never study" - see 20 below).
264    15. When (*ACCEPT) was used in a subpattern that was called recursively, the
265        restoration of the capturing data to the outer values was not happening
266        correctly.
268    16. If a recursively called subpattern ended with (*ACCEPT) and matched an
269        empty string, and PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, pcre_exec() thought the whole
270        pattern had matched an empty string, and so incorrectly returned a no
271        match.
273    17. There was optimizing code for the last branch of non-capturing parentheses,
274        and also for the obeyed branch of a conditional subexpression, which used
275        tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, now that there is
276        the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is
277        no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These
278        two optimizations have therefore been removed. [But see 8.20/11 above.]
280    18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always
281        matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be
282        incorrectly computed because \R can also match just one byte.
284    19. If a pattern containing (*ACCEPT) was studied, the minimum subject length
285        was incorrectly computed.
287    20. If /S is present twice on a test pattern in pcretest input, it now
288        *disables* studying, thereby overriding the use of -s on the command line
289        (see 14 above). This is necessary for one or two tests to keep the output
290        identical in both cases.
292    21. When (*ACCEPT) was used in an assertion that matched an empty string and
293        PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, PCRE applied the non-empty test to the assertion.
295    22. When an atomic group that contained a capturing parenthesis was
296        successfully matched, but the branch in which it appeared failed, the
297        capturing was not being forgotten if a higher numbered group was later
298        captured. For example, /(?>(a))b|(a)c/ when matching "ac" set capturing
299        group 1 to "a", when in fact it should be unset. This applied to multi-
300        branched capturing and non-capturing groups, repeated or not, and also to
301        positive assertions (capturing in negative assertions does not happen
302        in PCRE) and also to nested atomic groups.
304    23. Add the ++ qualifier feature to pcretest, to show the remainder of the
305        subject after a captured substring, to make it easier to tell which of a
306        number of identical substrings has been captured.
308    24. The way atomic groups are processed by pcre_exec() has been changed so that
309        if they are repeated, backtracking one repetition now resets captured
310        values correctly. For example, if ((?>(a+)b)+aabab) is matched against
311        "aaaabaaabaabab" the value of captured group 2 is now correctly recorded as
312        "aaa". Previously, it would have been "a". As part of this code
313        refactoring, the way recursive calls are handled has also been changed.
315    25. If an assertion condition captured any substrings, they were not passed
316        back unless some other capturing happened later. For example, if
317        (?(?=(a))a) was matched against "a", no capturing was returned.
319    26. When studying a pattern that contained subroutine calls or assertions,
320        the code for finding the minimum length of a possible match was handling
321        direct recursions such as (xxx(?1)|yyy) but not mutual recursions (where
322        group 1 called group 2 while simultaneously a separate group 2 called group
323        1). A stack overflow occurred in this case. I have fixed this by limiting
324        the recursion depth to 10.
326    27. Updated RunTest.bat in the distribution to the version supplied by Tom
327        Fortmann. This supports explicit test numbers on the command line, and has
328        argument validation and error reporting.
330    28. An instance of \X with an unlimited repeat could fail if at any point the
331        first character it looked at was a mark character.
333    29. Some minor code refactoring concerning Unicode properties and scripts
334        should reduce the stack requirement of match() slightly.
336    30. Added the '=' option to pcretest to check the setting of unused capturing
337        slots at the end of the pattern, which are documented as being -1, but are
338        not included in the return count.
340    31. If \k was not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted name, PCRE
341        compiled something random. Now it gives a compile-time error (as does
342        Perl).
344    32. A *MARK encountered during the processing of a positive assertion is now
345        recorded and passed back (compatible with Perl).
347    33. If --only-matching or --colour was set on a pcregrep call whose pattern
348        had alternative anchored branches, the search for a second match in a line
349        was done as if at the line start. Thus, for example, /^01|^02/ incorrectly
350        matched the line "0102" twice. The same bug affected patterns that started
351        with a backwards assertion. For example /\b01|\b02/ also matched "0102"
352        twice.
354    34. Previously, PCRE did not allow quantification of assertions. However, Perl
355        does, and because of capturing effects, quantifying parenthesized
356        assertions may at times be useful. Quantifiers are now allowed for
357        parenthesized assertions.
359    35. A minor code tidy in pcre_compile() when checking options for \R usage.
361    36. \g was being checked for fancy things in a character class, when it should
362        just be a literal "g".
364    37. PCRE was rejecting [:a[:digit:]] whereas Perl was not. It seems that the
365        appearance of a nested POSIX class supersedes an apparent external class.
366        For example, [:a[:digit:]b:] matches "a", "b", ":", or a digit. Also,
367        unescaped square brackets may also appear as part of class names. For
368        example, [:a[:abc]b:] gives unknown class "[:abc]b:]". PCRE now behaves
369        more like Perl. (But see 8.20/1 above.)
371    38. PCRE was giving an error for \N with a braced quantifier such as {1,} (this
372        was because it thought it was \N{name}, which is not supported).
374    39. Add minix to OS list not supporting the -S option in pcretest.
376    40. PCRE tries to detect cases of infinite recursion at compile time, but it
377        cannot analyze patterns in sufficient detail to catch mutual recursions
378        such as ((?1))((?2)). There is now a runtime test that gives an error if a
379        subgroup is called recursively as a subpattern for a second time at the
380        same position in the subject string. In previous releases this might have
381        been caught by the recursion limit, or it might have run out of stack.
383    41. A pattern such as /(?(R)a+|(?R)b)/ is quite safe, as the recursion can
384        happen only once. PCRE was, however incorrectly giving a compile time error
385        "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because it cannot analyze the
386        pattern in sufficient detail. The compile time test no longer happens when
387        PCRE is compiling a conditional subpattern, but actual runaway loops are
388        now caught at runtime (see 40 above).
390    42. It seems that Perl allows any characters other than a closing parenthesis
391        to be part of the NAME in (*MARK:NAME) and other backtracking verbs. PCRE
392        has been changed to be the same.
394    43. Updated configure.ac to put in more quoting round AC_LANG_PROGRAM etc. so
395        as not to get warnings when autogen.sh is called. Also changed
396        AC_PROG_LIBTOOL (deprecated) to LT_INIT (the current macro).
398    44. To help people who use pcregrep to scan files containing exceedingly long
399        lines, the following changes have been made:
401        (a) The default value of the buffer size parameter has been increased from
402            8K to 20K. (The actual buffer used is three times this size.)
404        (b) The default can be changed by ./configure --with-pcregrep-bufsize when
405            PCRE is built.
407        (c) A --buffer-size=n option has been added to pcregrep, to allow the size
408            to be set at run time.
410        (d) Numerical values in pcregrep options can be followed by K or M, for
411            example --buffer-size=50K.
413        (e) If a line being scanned overflows pcregrep's buffer, an error is now
414            given and the return code is set to 2.
416    45. Add a pointer to the latest mark to the callout data block.
418    46. The pattern /.(*F)/, when applied to "abc" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
419        partial match of an empty string instead of no match. This was specific to
420        the use of ".".
422    47. The pattern /f.*/8s, when applied to "for" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
423        complete match instead of a partial match. This bug was dependent on both
424        the PCRE_UTF8 and PCRE_DOTALL options being set.
426    48. For a pattern such as /\babc|\bdef/ pcre_study() was failing to set up the
427        starting byte set, because \b was not being ignored.
430    Version 8.12 15-Jan-2011
431    ------------------------
433    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
434        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
436    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
437        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
438        particular, this made one of the standard tests fail. (The integer value
439        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
441    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
442        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
443        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
444        match.
446    4.  Another pcregrep bug caused similar problems if --colour was specified with
447        -M (multiline) and the pattern match finished with a line ending.
449    5.  In pcregrep, when a pattern that ended with a literal newline sequence was
450        matched in multiline mode, the following line was shown as part of the
451        match. This seems wrong, so I have changed it.
453    6.  Another pcregrep bug in multiline mode, when --colour was specified, caused
454        the check for further matches in the same line (so they could be coloured)
455        to overrun the end of the current line. If another match was found, it was
456        incorrectly shown (and then shown again when found in the next line).
458    7.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
459        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
460        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
461        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
464    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
465    ------------------------
467    1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
468        to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
469        backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
470        at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
471        is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
472        alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
474    2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
475        such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
476        result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
477        (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
478        (*THEN).
480    3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
481        the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
482        in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
483        of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
485    4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
486        match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
487        an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
488        changed to the "earliest inspected character" point, because the returned
489        data for a partial match starts at this character. This means that, for
490        example, /(?<=abc)def/ gives a partial match for the subject "abc"
491        (previously it gave "no match").
493    5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
494        of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
495        previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
496        has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
497        match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
498        give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
499        /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
500        match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
501        now correct.]
503    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
504        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
505        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
506        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
507        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
508        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
509        places in pcre_compile().
511    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
512        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
513        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
514        according to the set newline convention.
516    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
517        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
518        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
520    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
522    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
524    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
525        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
527    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
528        of pcregrep.
530    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
531        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
532        needed fixing:
534        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
535            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
536            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
538        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
539            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
540            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
541            than one byte was nonsense.)
543        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
544            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
546    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
547        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
548        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
549        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
550        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
552    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
553        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
554        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
556    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
557        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
559    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
560        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
561        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
562        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
563        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
564        release 2.5.4.
566    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
567        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
568        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
569        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
570        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
572    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
573        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
574        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
575        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
577    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
578        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
579        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
580        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
581        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
582        pcre_compile().
584    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
585        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
586        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
587        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
588        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
590    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
591        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
594    Version 8.10 25-Jun-2010
595    ------------------------
597    1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and
598        THEN.
600    2.  (*ACCEPT) was not working when inside an atomic group.
602    3.  Inside a character class, \B is treated as a literal by default, but
603        faulted if PCRE_EXTRA is set. This mimics Perl's behaviour (the -w option
604        causes the error). The code is unchanged, but I tidied the documentation.
606    4.  Inside a character class, PCRE always treated \R and \X as literals,
607        whereas Perl faults them if its -w option is set. I have changed PCRE so
608        that it faults them when PCRE_EXTRA is set.
610    5.  Added support for \N, which always matches any character other than
611        newline. (It is the same as "." when PCRE_DOTALL is not set.)
613    6.  When compiling pcregrep with newer versions of gcc which may have
614        FORTIFY_SOURCE set, several warnings "ignoring return value of 'fwrite',
615        declared with attribute warn_unused_result" were given. Just casting the
616        result to (void) does not stop the warnings; a more elaborate fudge is
617        needed. I've used a macro to implement this.
619    7.  Minor change to pcretest.c to avoid a compiler warning.
621    8.  Added four artifical Unicode properties to help with an option to make
622        \s etc use properties (see next item). The new properties are: Xan
623        (alphanumeric), Xsp (Perl space), Xps (POSIX space), and Xwd (word).
625    9.  Added PCRE_UCP to make \b, \d, \s, \w, and certain POSIX character classes
626        use Unicode properties. (*UCP) at the start of a pattern can be used to set
627        this option. Modified pcretest to add /W to test this facility. Added
628        REG_UCP to make it available via the POSIX interface.
630    10. Added --line-buffered to pcregrep.
632    11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was
633        studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than
634        127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of
635        the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized
636        (#976).
638    12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property
639        test, for example, \p{Nd}+, there was the theoretical possibility of
640        setting up an incorrect bitmap of starting bytes, but fortunately it could
641        not have actually happened in practice until change 8 above was made (it
642        added property types that matched character-matching opcodes).
644    13. pcre_study() now recognizes \h, \v, and \R when constructing a bit map of
645        possible starting bytes for non-anchored patterns.
647    14. Extended the "auto-possessify" feature of pcre_compile(). It now recognizes
648        \R, and also a number of cases that involve Unicode properties, both
649        explicit and implicit when PCRE_UCP is set.
651    15. If a repeated Unicode property match (e.g. \p{Lu}*) was used with non-UTF-8
652        input, it could crash or give wrong results if characters with values
653        greater than 0xc0 were present in the subject string. (Detail: it assumed
654        UTF-8 input when processing these items.)
656    16. Added a lot of (int) casts to avoid compiler warnings in systems where
657        size_t is 64-bit (#991).
659    17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with
660        --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).
662    18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on
663        the end, a newline was missing in the output.
665    19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values
666        less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for
667        generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It
668        turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space
669        characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in
670        these tables, and indeed these tables seem to approximate to ISO 8859. This
671        caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was used to create a list
672        of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was including 0x85 and 0xa0,
673        which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I have changed the code so
674        that only real ASCII characters (less than 128) and the correct starting
675        bytes for UTF-8 encodings are set for characters greater than 127 when in
676        UTF-8 mode. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above - the code is different
677        altogether.)
679    20. Added the /T option to pcretest so as to be able to run tests with non-
680        standard character tables, thus making it possible to include the tests
681        used for 19 above in the standard set of tests.
683    21. A pattern such as (?&t)(?#()(?(DEFINE)(?<t>a)) which has a forward
684        reference to a subpattern the other side of a comment that contains an
685        opening parenthesis caused either an internal compiling error, or a
686        reference to the wrong subpattern.
689    Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010
690    ------------------------
692    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 5.2.0.
694    2.  Added the option --libs-cpp to pcre-config, but only when C++ support is
695        configured.
697    3.  Updated the licensing terms in the pcregexp.pas file, as agreed with the
698        original author of that file, following a query about its status.
700    4.  On systems that do not have stdint.h (e.g. Solaris), check for and include
701        inttypes.h instead. This fixes a bug that was introduced by change 8.01/8.
703    5.  A pattern such as (?&t)*+(?(DEFINE)(?<t>.)) which has a possessive
704        quantifier applied to a forward-referencing subroutine call, could compile
705        incorrect code or give the error "internal error: previously-checked
706        referenced subpattern not found".
708    6.  Both MS Visual Studio and Symbian OS have problems with initializing
709        variables to point to external functions. For these systems, therefore,
710        pcre_malloc etc. are now initialized to local functions that call the
711        relevant global functions.
713    7.  There were two entries missing in the vectors called coptable and poptable
714        in pcre_dfa_exec.c. This could lead to memory accesses outsize the vectors.
715        I've fixed the data, and added a kludgy way of testing at compile time that
716        the lengths are correct (equal to the number of opcodes).
718    8.  Following on from 7, I added a similar kludge to check the length of the
719        eint vector in pcreposix.c.
721    9.  Error texts for pcre_compile() are held as one long string to avoid too
722        much relocation at load time. To find a text, the string is searched,
723        counting zeros. There was no check for running off the end of the string,
724        which could happen if a new error number was added without updating the
725        string.
727    10. \K gave a compile-time error if it appeared in a lookbehind assersion.
729    11. \K was not working if it appeared in an atomic group or in a group that
730        was called as a "subroutine", or in an assertion. Perl 5.11 documents that
731        \K is "not well defined" if used in an assertion. PCRE now accepts it if
732        the assertion is positive, but not if it is negative.
734    12. Change 11 fortuitously reduced the size of the stack frame used in the
735        "match()" function of pcre_exec.c by one pointer. Forthcoming
736        implementation of support for (*MARK) will need an extra pointer on the
737        stack; I have reserved it now, so that the stack frame size does not
738        decrease.
740    13. A pattern such as (?P<L1>(?P<L2>0)|(?P>L2)(?P>L1)) in which the only other
741        item in branch that calls a recursion is a subroutine call - as in the
742        second branch in the above example - was incorrectly given the compile-
743        time error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because pcre_compile()
744        was not correctly checking the subroutine for matching a non-empty string.
746    14. The checks for overrunning compiling workspace could trigger after an
747        overrun had occurred. This is a "should never occur" error, but it can be
748        triggered by pathological patterns such as hundreds of nested parentheses.
749        The checks now trigger 100 bytes before the end of the workspace.
751    15. Fix typo in configure.ac: "srtoq" should be "strtoq".
754    Version 8.01 19-Jan-2010
755    ------------------------
757    1.  If a pattern contained a conditional subpattern with only one branch (in
758        particular, this includes all (*DEFINE) patterns), a call to pcre_study()
759        computed the wrong minimum data length (which is of course zero for such
760        subpatterns). This could cause incorrect "no match" results.
762    2.  For patterns such as (?i)a(?-i)b|c where an option setting at the start of
763        the pattern is reset in the first branch, pcre_compile() failed with
764        "internal error: code overflow at offset...". This happened only when
765        the reset was to the original external option setting. (An optimization
766        abstracts leading options settings into an external setting, which was the
767        cause of this.)
769    3.  A pattern such as ^(?!a(*SKIP)b) where a negative assertion contained one
770        of the verbs SKIP, PRUNE, or COMMIT, did not work correctly. When the
771        assertion pattern did not match (meaning that the assertion was true), it
772        was incorrectly treated as false if the SKIP had been reached during the
773        matching. This also applied to assertions used as conditions.
775    4.  If an item that is not supported by pcre_dfa_exec() was encountered in an
776        assertion subpattern, including such a pattern used as a condition,
777        unpredictable results occurred, instead of the error return
780    5.  The C++ GlobalReplace function was not working like Perl for the special
781        situation when an empty string is matched. It now does the fancy magic
782        stuff that is necessary.
784    6.  In pcre_internal.h, obsolete includes to setjmp.h and stdarg.h have been
785        removed. (These were left over from very, very early versions of PCRE.)
787    7.  Some cosmetic changes to the code to make life easier when compiling it
788        as part of something else:
790        (a) Change DEBUG to PCRE_DEBUG.
792        (b) In pcre_compile(), rename the member of the "branch_chain" structure
793            called "current" as "current_branch", to prevent a collision with the
794            Linux macro when compiled as a kernel module.
796        (c) In pcre_study(), rename the function set_bit() as set_table_bit(), to
797            prevent a collision with the Linux macro when compiled as a kernel
798            module.
800    8.  In pcre_compile() there are some checks for integer overflows that used to
801        cast potentially large values to (double). This has been changed to that
802        when building, a check for int64_t is made, and if it is found, it is used
803        instead, thus avoiding the use of floating point arithmetic. (There is no
804        other use of FP in PCRE.) If int64_t is not found, the fallback is to
805        double.
807    9.  Added two casts to avoid signed/unsigned warnings from VS Studio Express
808        2005 (difference between two addresses compared to an unsigned value).
810    10. Change the standard AC_CHECK_LIB test for libbz2 in configure.ac to a
811        custom one, because of the following reported problem in Windows:
813          - libbz2 uses the Pascal calling convention (WINAPI) for the functions
814              under Win32.
815          - The standard autoconf AC_CHECK_LIB fails to include "bzlib.h",
816              therefore missing the function definition.
817          - The compiler thus generates a "C" signature for the test function.
818          - The linker fails to find the "C" function.
819          - PCRE fails to configure if asked to do so against libbz2.
821    11. When running libtoolize from libtool-2.2.6b as part of autogen.sh, these
822        messages were output:
824          Consider adding `AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR([m4])' to configure.ac and
825          rerunning libtoolize, to keep the correct libtool macros in-tree.
826          Consider adding `-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.
828        I have done both of these things.
830    12. Although pcre_dfa_exec() does not use nearly as much stack as pcre_exec()
831        most of the time, it *can* run out if it is given a pattern that contains a
832        runaway infinite recursion. I updated the discussion in the pcrestack man
833        page.
835    13. Now that we have gone to the x.xx style of version numbers, the minor
836        version may start with zero. Using 08 or 09 is a bad idea because users
837        might check the value of PCRE_MINOR in their code, and 08 or 09 may be
838        interpreted as invalid octal numbers. I've updated the previous comment in
839        configure.ac, and also added a check that gives an error if 08 or 09 are
840        used.
842    14. Change 8.00/11 was not quite complete: code had been accidentally omitted,
843        causing partial matching to fail when the end of the subject matched \W
844        in a UTF-8 pattern where \W was quantified with a minimum of 3.
846    15. There were some discrepancies between the declarations in pcre_internal.h
847        of _pcre_is_newline(), _pcre_was_newline(), and _pcre_valid_utf8() and
848        their definitions. The declarations used "const uschar *" and the
849        definitions used USPTR. Even though USPTR is normally defined as "const
850        unsigned char *" (and uschar is typedeffed as "unsigned char"), it was
851        reported that: "This difference in casting confuses some C++ compilers, for
852        example, SunCC recognizes above declarations as different functions and
853        generates broken code for hbpcre." I have changed the declarations to use
854        USPTR.
856    16. GNU libtool is named differently on some systems. The autogen.sh script now
857        tries several variants such as glibtoolize (MacOSX) and libtoolize1x
858        (FreeBSD).
860    17. Applied Craig's patch that fixes an HP aCC compile error in pcre 8.00
861        (strtoXX undefined when compiling pcrecpp.cc). The patch contains this
862        comment: "Figure out how to create a longlong from a string: strtoll and
863        equivalent. It's not enough to call AC_CHECK_FUNCS: hpux has a strtoll, for
864        instance, but it only takes 2 args instead of 3!"
866    18. A subtle bug concerned with back references has been fixed by a change of
867        specification, with a corresponding code fix. A pattern such as
868        ^(xa|=?\1a)+$ which contains a back reference inside the group to which it
869        refers, was giving matches when it shouldn't. For example, xa=xaaa would
870        match that pattern. Interestingly, Perl (at least up to 5.11.3) has the
871        same bug. Such groups have to be quantified to be useful, or contained
872        inside another quantified group. (If there's no repetition, the reference
873        can never match.) The problem arises because, having left the group and
874        moved on to the rest of the pattern, a later failure that backtracks into
875        the group uses the captured value from the final iteration of the group
876        rather than the correct earlier one. I have fixed this in PCRE by forcing
877        any group that contains a reference to itself to be an atomic group; that
878        is, there cannot be any backtracking into it once it has completed. This is
879        similar to recursive and subroutine calls.
882    Version 8.00 19-Oct-09
883    ----------------------
885    1.  The table for translating pcre_compile() error codes into POSIX error codes
886        was out-of-date, and there was no check on the pcre_compile() error code
887        being within the table. This could lead to an OK return being given in
888        error.
890    2.  Changed the call to open a subject file in pcregrep from fopen(pathname,
891        "r") to fopen(pathname, "rb"), which fixed a problem with some of the tests
892        in a Windows environment.
894    3.  The pcregrep --count option prints the count for each file even when it is
895        zero, as does GNU grep. However, pcregrep was also printing all files when
896        --files-with-matches was added. Now, when both options are given, it prints
897        counts only for those files that have at least one match. (GNU grep just
898        prints the file name in this circumstance, but including the count seems
899        more useful - otherwise, why use --count?) Also ensured that the
900        combination -clh just lists non-zero counts, with no names.
902    4.  The long form of the pcregrep -F option was incorrectly implemented as
903        --fixed_strings instead of --fixed-strings. This is an incompatible change,
904        but it seems right to fix it, and I didn't think it was worth preserving
905        the old behaviour.
907    5.  The command line items --regex=pattern and --regexp=pattern were not
908        recognized by pcregrep, which required --regex pattern or --regexp pattern
909        (with a space rather than an '='). The man page documented the '=' forms,
910        which are compatible with GNU grep; these now work.
912    6.  No libpcreposix.pc file was created for pkg-config; there was just
913        libpcre.pc and libpcrecpp.pc. The omission has been rectified.
915    7.  Added #ifndef SUPPORT_UCP into the pcre_ucd.c module, to reduce its size
916        when UCP support is not needed, by modifying the Python script that
917        generates it from Unicode data files. This should not matter if the module
918        is correctly used as a library, but I received one complaint about 50K of
919        unwanted data. My guess is that the person linked everything into his
920        program rather than using a library. Anyway, it does no harm.
922    8.  A pattern such as /\x{123}{2,2}+/8 was incorrectly compiled; the trigger
923        was a minimum greater than 1 for a wide character in a possessive
924        repetition. The same bug could also affect patterns like /(\x{ff}{0,2})*/8
925        which had an unlimited repeat of a nested, fixed maximum repeat of a wide
926        character. Chaos in the form of incorrect output or a compiling loop could
927        result.
929    9.  The restrictions on what a pattern can contain when partial matching is
930        requested for pcre_exec() have been removed. All patterns can now be
931        partially matched by this function. In addition, if there are at least two
932        slots in the offset vector, the offset of the earliest inspected character
933        for the match and the offset of the end of the subject are set in them when
934        PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL is returned.
936    10. Partial matching has been split into two forms: PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT, which is
937        synonymous with PCRE_PARTIAL, for backwards compatibility, and
938        PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, which causes a partial match to supersede a full match,
939        and may be more useful for multi-segment matching.
941    11. Partial matching with pcre_exec() is now more intuitive. A partial match
942        used to be given if ever the end of the subject was reached; now it is
943        given only if matching could not proceed because another character was
944        needed. This makes a difference in some odd cases such as Z(*FAIL) with the
945        string "Z", which now yields "no match" instead of "partial match". In the
946        case of pcre_dfa_exec(), "no match" is given if every matching path for the
947        final character ended with (*FAIL).
949    12. Restarting a match using pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match did not work
950        if the pattern had a "must contain" character that was already found in the
951        earlier partial match, unless partial matching was again requested. For
952        example, with the pattern /dog.(body)?/, the "must contain" character is
953        "g". If the first part-match was for the string "dog", restarting with
954        "sbody" failed. This bug has been fixed.
956    13. The string returned by pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match has been
957        changed so that it starts at the first inspected character rather than the
958        first character of the match. This makes a difference only if the pattern
959        starts with a lookbehind assertion or \b or \B (\K is not supported by
960        pcre_dfa_exec()). It's an incompatible change, but it makes the two
961        matching functions compatible, and I think it's the right thing to do.
963    14. Added a pcredemo man page, created automatically from the pcredemo.c file,
964        so that the demonstration program is easily available in environments where
965        PCRE has not been installed from source.
967    15. Arranged to add -DPCRE_STATIC to cflags in libpcre.pc, libpcreposix.cp,
968        libpcrecpp.pc and pcre-config when PCRE is not compiled as a shared
969        library.
971    16. Added REG_UNGREEDY to the pcreposix interface, at the request of a user.
972        It maps to PCRE_UNGREEDY. It is not, of course, POSIX-compatible, but it
973        is not the first non-POSIX option to be added. Clearly some people find
974        these options useful.
976    17. If a caller to the POSIX matching function regexec() passes a non-zero
977        value for nmatch with a NULL value for pmatch, the value of
978        nmatch is forced to zero.
980    18. RunGrepTest did not have a test for the availability of the -u option of
981        the diff command, as RunTest does. It now checks in the same way as
982        RunTest, and also checks for the -b option.
984    19. If an odd number of negated classes containing just a single character
985        interposed, within parentheses, between a forward reference to a named
986        subpattern and the definition of the subpattern, compilation crashed with
987        an internal error, complaining that it could not find the referenced
988        subpattern. An example of a crashing pattern is /(?&A)(([^m])(?<A>))/.
989        [The bug was that it was starting one character too far in when skipping
990        over the character class, thus treating the ] as data rather than
991        terminating the class. This meant it could skip too much.]
993    20. Added PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART in order to be able to correctly implement the
994        /g option in pcretest when the pattern contains \K, which makes it possible
995        to have an empty string match not at the start, even when the pattern is
996        anchored. Updated pcretest and pcredemo to use this option.
998    21. If the maximum number of capturing subpatterns in a recursion was greater
999        than the maximum at the outer level, the higher number was returned, but
1000        with unset values at the outer level. The correct (outer level) value is
1001        now given.
1003    22. If (*ACCEPT) appeared inside capturing parentheses, previous releases of
1004        PCRE did not set those parentheses (unlike Perl). I have now found a way to
1005        make it do so. The string so far is captured, making this feature
1006        compatible with Perl.
1008    23. The tests have been re-organized, adding tests 11 and 12, to make it
1009        possible to check the Perl 5.10 features against Perl 5.10.
1011    24. Perl 5.10 allows subroutine calls in lookbehinds, as long as the subroutine
1012        pattern matches a fixed length string. PCRE did not allow this; now it
1013        does. Neither allows recursion.
1015    25. I finally figured out how to implement a request to provide the minimum
1016        length of subject string that was needed in order to match a given pattern.
1017        (It was back references and recursion that I had previously got hung up
1018        on.) This code has now been added to pcre_study(); it finds a lower bound
1019        to the length of subject needed. It is not necessarily the greatest lower
1020        bound, but using it to avoid searching strings that are too short does give
1021        some useful speed-ups. The value is available to calling programs via
1022        pcre_fullinfo().
1024    26. While implementing 25, I discovered to my embarrassment that pcretest had
1025        not been passing the result of pcre_study() to pcre_dfa_exec(), so the
1026        study optimizations had never been tested with that matching function.
1027        Oops. What is worse, even when it was passed study data, there was a bug in
1028        pcre_dfa_exec() that meant it never actually used it. Double oops. There
1029        were also very few tests of studied patterns with pcre_dfa_exec().
1031    27. If (?| is used to create subpatterns with duplicate numbers, they are now
1032        allowed to have the same name, even if PCRE_DUPNAMES is not set. However,
1033        on the other side of the coin, they are no longer allowed to have different
1034        names, because these cannot be distinguished in PCRE, and this has caused
1035        confusion. (This is a difference from Perl.)
1037    28. When duplicate subpattern names are present (necessarily with different
1038        numbers, as required by 27 above), and a test is made by name in a
1039        conditional pattern, either for a subpattern having been matched, or for
1040        recursion in such a pattern, all the associated numbered subpatterns are
1041        tested, and the overall condition is true if the condition is true for any
1042        one of them. This is the way Perl works, and is also more like the way
1043        testing by number works.
1046    Version 7.9 11-Apr-09
1047  ---------------------  ---------------------
1049  1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline  1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
1050      (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included      (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
1051      libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these      libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
1052      libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem      libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
1053      has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only      has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
1054      pcretest is linked with readline.      pcretest is linked with readline.
1056  2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the  2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
1057      "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been      "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
1058      moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,      moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
1059      but BOOL is not.      but BOOL is not.
1061  3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and  3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
1062      PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RETURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.      PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
1064  4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or  4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
1065      hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching      hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
1066      lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the      lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
1067      wording for the --colour (or --color) option.      wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
1069  5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings  5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
1070      was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be      was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
1071      the same.      the same.
1073  6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in  6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
1074      each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches      each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
1075      of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.      of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
1077  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
1078      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
1079      locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this      locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
1080      seems to be how GNU grep behaves.      seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
1082  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
1083      start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being      start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
1084      correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows      correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
1085      in the first alternative must satisfy the test.      in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
1087  9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group, PCRE  9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
1088      could crash during matching.      condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
1089        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
1090  10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was  
1091      used for matching.  10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
1092        used for matching.
1093  11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for  
1094    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
1095      characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.      characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
1097  12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.  12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
1099  14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.  14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
1101    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
1103    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
1104        wrapper.
1106    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
1107        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
1108        string constants.
1110    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
1111        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
1112        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
1113        these, but not everybody uses configure.
1115    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
1116        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
1117        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
1118        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
1119        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
1120        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
1122    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
1123        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
1125    21. If PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT occurred during a recursion, there was a memory
1126        leak if the size of the offset vector was greater than 30. When the vector
1127        is smaller, the saved offsets during recursion go onto a local stack
1128        vector, but for larger vectors malloc() is used. It was failing to free
1129        when the recursion yielded PCRE_ERROR_MATCH_LIMIT (or any other "abnormal"
1130        error, in fact).
1132    22. There was a missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 round one of the variables in the
1133        heapframe that is used only when UTF-8 support is enabled. This caused no
1134        problem, but was untidy.
1136    23. Steven Van Ingelgem's patch to CMakeLists.txt to change the name
1137        CMAKE_BINARY_DIR to PROJECT_BINARY_DIR so that it works when PCRE is
1138        included within another project.
1140    24. Steven Van Ingelgem's patches to add more options to the CMake support,
1141        slightly modified by me:
1143          (a) PCRE_BUILD_TESTS can be set OFF not to build the tests, including
1144              not building pcregrep.
1146          (b) PCRE_BUILD_PCREGREP can be see OFF not to build pcregrep, but only
1147              if PCRE_BUILD_TESTS is also set OFF, because the tests use pcregrep.
1149    25. Forward references, both numeric and by name, in patterns that made use of
1150        duplicate group numbers, could behave incorrectly or give incorrect errors,
1151        because when scanning forward to find the reference group, PCRE was not
1152        taking into account the duplicate group numbers. A pattern such as
1153        ^X(?3)(a)(?|(b)|(q))(Y) is an example.
1155    26. Changed a few more instances of "const unsigned char *" to USPTR, making
1156        the feature of a custom pointer more persuasive (as requested by a user).
1158    27. Wrapped the definitions of fileno and isatty for Windows, which appear in
1159        pcretest.c, inside #ifndefs, because it seems they are sometimes already
1160        pre-defined.
1162    28. Added support for (*UTF8) at the start of a pattern.
1164    29. Arrange for flags added by the "release type" setting in CMake to be shown
1165        in the configuration summary.
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