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4  Version 8.01 06-Jan-10  Version 8.13 30-Apr-2011
5  ----------------------  ------------------------
7    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.
9    2.  Two minor typos in pcre_internal.h have been fixed.
11    3.  Added #include <string.h> to pcre_scanner_unittest.cc, pcrecpp.cc, and
12        pcrecpp_unittest.cc. They are needed for strcmp(), memset(), and strchr()
13        in some environments (e.g. Solaris 10/SPARC using Sun Studio 12U2).
15    4.  There were a number of related bugs in the code for matching backrefences
16        caselessly in UTF-8 mode when codes for the characters concerned were
17        different numbers of bytes. For example, U+023A and U+2C65 are an upper
18        and lower case pair, using 2 and 3 bytes, respectively. The main bugs were:
19        (a) A reference to 3 copies of a 2-byte code matched only 2 of a 3-byte
20        code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a
21        2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data
22        left).
24    5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by
25        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long
26        as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of
27        the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.
29    6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is
30        now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the
31        last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small
32        enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with
33        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
35    7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when
36        pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check
37        failure, the offset and reason code are output.
41    Version 8.12 15-Jan-2011
42    ------------------------
44    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
45        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
47    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
48        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
49        particular, this made one of the standard tests fail. (The integer value
50        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
52    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
53        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
54        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
55        match.
57    4.  Another pcregrep bug caused similar problems if --colour was specified with
58        -M (multiline) and the pattern match finished with a line ending.
60    5.  In pcregrep, when a pattern that ended with a literal newline sequence was
61        matched in multiline mode, the following line was shown as part of the
62        match. This seems wrong, so I have changed it.
64    6.  Another pcregrep bug in multiline mode, when --colour was specified, caused
65        the check for further matches in the same line (so they could be coloured)
66        to overrun the end of the current line. If another match was found, it was
67        incorrectly shown (and then shown again when found in the next line).
69    7.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
70        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
71        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
72        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
75    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
76    ------------------------
78    1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
79        to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
80        backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
81        at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
82        is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
83        alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
85    2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
86        such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
87        result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
88        (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
89        (*THEN).
91    3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
92        the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
93        in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
94        of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
96    4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
97        match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
98        an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
99        changed to the "earliest inspected character" point, because the returned
100        data for a partial match starts at this character. This means that, for
101        example, /(?<=abc)def/ gives a partial match for the subject "abc"
102        (previously it gave "no match").
104    5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
105        of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
106        previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
107        has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
108        match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
109        give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
110        /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
111        match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
112        now correct.]
114    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
115        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
116        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
117        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
118        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
119        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
120        places in pcre_compile().
122    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
123        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
124        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
125        according to the set newline convention.
127    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
128        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
129        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
131    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
133    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
135    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
136        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
138    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
139        of pcregrep.
141    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
142        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
143        needed fixing:
145        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
146            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
147            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
149        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
150            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
151            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
152            than one byte was nonsense.)
154        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
155            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
157    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
158        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
159        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
160        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
161        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
163    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
164        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
165        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
167    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
168        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
170    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
171        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
172        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
173        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
174        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
175        release 2.5.4.
177    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
178        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
179        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
180        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
181        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
183    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
184        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
185        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
186        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
188    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
189        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
190        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
191        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
192        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
193        pcre_compile().
195    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
196        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
197        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
198        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
199        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
201    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
202        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
205    Version 8.10 25-Jun-2010
206    ------------------------
208    1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and
209        THEN.
211    2.  (*ACCEPT) was not working when inside an atomic group.
213    3.  Inside a character class, \B is treated as a literal by default, but
214        faulted if PCRE_EXTRA is set. This mimics Perl's behaviour (the -w option
215        causes the error). The code is unchanged, but I tidied the documentation.
217    4.  Inside a character class, PCRE always treated \R and \X as literals,
218        whereas Perl faults them if its -w option is set. I have changed PCRE so
219        that it faults them when PCRE_EXTRA is set.
221    5.  Added support for \N, which always matches any character other than
222        newline. (It is the same as "." when PCRE_DOTALL is not set.)
224    6.  When compiling pcregrep with newer versions of gcc which may have
225        FORTIFY_SOURCE set, several warnings "ignoring return value of 'fwrite',
226        declared with attribute warn_unused_result" were given. Just casting the
227        result to (void) does not stop the warnings; a more elaborate fudge is
228        needed. I've used a macro to implement this.
230    7.  Minor change to pcretest.c to avoid a compiler warning.
232    8.  Added four artifical Unicode properties to help with an option to make
233        \s etc use properties (see next item). The new properties are: Xan
234        (alphanumeric), Xsp (Perl space), Xps (POSIX space), and Xwd (word).
236    9.  Added PCRE_UCP to make \b, \d, \s, \w, and certain POSIX character classes
237        use Unicode properties. (*UCP) at the start of a pattern can be used to set
238        this option. Modified pcretest to add /W to test this facility. Added
239        REG_UCP to make it available via the POSIX interface.
241    10. Added --line-buffered to pcregrep.
243    11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was
244        studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than
245        127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of
246        the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized
247        (#976).
249    12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property
250        test, for example, \p{Nd}+, there was the theoretical possibility of
251        setting up an incorrect bitmap of starting bytes, but fortunately it could
252        not have actually happened in practice until change 8 above was made (it
253        added property types that matched character-matching opcodes).
255    13. pcre_study() now recognizes \h, \v, and \R when constructing a bit map of
256        possible starting bytes for non-anchored patterns.
258    14. Extended the "auto-possessify" feature of pcre_compile(). It now recognizes
259        \R, and also a number of cases that involve Unicode properties, both
260        explicit and implicit when PCRE_UCP is set.
262    15. If a repeated Unicode property match (e.g. \p{Lu}*) was used with non-UTF-8
263        input, it could crash or give wrong results if characters with values
264        greater than 0xc0 were present in the subject string. (Detail: it assumed
265        UTF-8 input when processing these items.)
267    16. Added a lot of (int) casts to avoid compiler warnings in systems where
268        size_t is 64-bit (#991).
270    17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with
271        --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).
273    18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on
274        the end, a newline was missing in the output.
276    19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values
277        less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for
278        generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It
279        turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space
280        characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in
281        these tables, and indeed these tables seem to approximate to ISO 8859. This
282        caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was used to create a list
283        of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was including 0x85 and 0xa0,
284        which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I have changed the code so
285        that only real ASCII characters (less than 128) and the correct starting
286        bytes for UTF-8 encodings are set for characters greater than 127 when in
287        UTF-8 mode. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above - the code is different
288        altogether.)
290    20. Added the /T option to pcretest so as to be able to run tests with non-
291        standard character tables, thus making it possible to include the tests
292        used for 19 above in the standard set of tests.
294    21. A pattern such as (?&t)(?#()(?(DEFINE)(?<t>a)) which has a forward
295        reference to a subpattern the other side of a comment that contains an
296        opening parenthesis caused either an internal compiling error, or a
297        reference to the wrong subpattern.
300    Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010
301    ------------------------
303    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 5.2.0.
305    2.  Added the option --libs-cpp to pcre-config, but only when C++ support is
306        configured.
308    3.  Updated the licensing terms in the pcregexp.pas file, as agreed with the
309        original author of that file, following a query about its status.
311    4.  On systems that do not have stdint.h (e.g. Solaris), check for and include
312        inttypes.h instead. This fixes a bug that was introduced by change 8.01/8.
314    5.  A pattern such as (?&t)*+(?(DEFINE)(?<t>.)) which has a possessive
315        quantifier applied to a forward-referencing subroutine call, could compile
316        incorrect code or give the error "internal error: previously-checked
317        referenced subpattern not found".
319    6.  Both MS Visual Studio and Symbian OS have problems with initializing
320        variables to point to external functions. For these systems, therefore,
321        pcre_malloc etc. are now initialized to local functions that call the
322        relevant global functions.
324    7.  There were two entries missing in the vectors called coptable and poptable
325        in pcre_dfa_exec.c. This could lead to memory accesses outsize the vectors.
326        I've fixed the data, and added a kludgy way of testing at compile time that
327        the lengths are correct (equal to the number of opcodes).
329    8.  Following on from 7, I added a similar kludge to check the length of the
330        eint vector in pcreposix.c.
332    9.  Error texts for pcre_compile() are held as one long string to avoid too
333        much relocation at load time. To find a text, the string is searched,
334        counting zeros. There was no check for running off the end of the string,
335        which could happen if a new error number was added without updating the
336        string.
338    10. \K gave a compile-time error if it appeared in a lookbehind assersion.
340    11. \K was not working if it appeared in an atomic group or in a group that
341        was called as a "subroutine", or in an assertion. Perl 5.11 documents that
342        \K is "not well defined" if used in an assertion. PCRE now accepts it if
343        the assertion is positive, but not if it is negative.
345    12. Change 11 fortuitously reduced the size of the stack frame used in the
346        "match()" function of pcre_exec.c by one pointer. Forthcoming
347        implementation of support for (*MARK) will need an extra pointer on the
348        stack; I have reserved it now, so that the stack frame size does not
349        decrease.
351    13. A pattern such as (?P<L1>(?P<L2>0)|(?P>L2)(?P>L1)) in which the only other
352        item in branch that calls a recursion is a subroutine call - as in the
353        second branch in the above example - was incorrectly given the compile-
354        time error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because pcre_compile()
355        was not correctly checking the subroutine for matching a non-empty string.
357    14. The checks for overrunning compiling workspace could trigger after an
358        overrun had occurred. This is a "should never occur" error, but it can be
359        triggered by pathological patterns such as hundreds of nested parentheses.
360        The checks now trigger 100 bytes before the end of the workspace.
362    15. Fix typo in configure.ac: "srtoq" should be "strtoq".
365    Version 8.01 19-Jan-2010
366    ------------------------
368  1.  If a pattern contained a conditional subpattern with only one branch (in  1.  If a pattern contained a conditional subpattern with only one branch (in
369      particular, this includes all (DEFINE) patterns), a call to pcre_study()      particular, this includes all (*DEFINE) patterns), a call to pcre_study()
370      computed the wrong minimum data length (which is of course zero for such      computed the wrong minimum data length (which is of course zero for such
371      subpatterns).      subpatterns). This could cause incorrect "no match" results.
373  2.  For patterns such as (?i)a(?-i)b|c where an option setting at the start of  2.  For patterns such as (?i)a(?-i)b|c where an option setting at the start of
374      the pattern is reset in the first branch, pcre_compile() failed with      the pattern is reset in the first branch, pcre_compile() failed with
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422      custom one, because of the following reported problem in Windows:      custom one, because of the following reported problem in Windows:
424        - libbz2 uses the Pascal calling convention (WINAPI) for the functions        - libbz2 uses the Pascal calling convention (WINAPI) for the functions
425          under Win32.            under Win32.
426        - The standard autoconf AC_CHECK_LIB fails to include "bzlib.h",        - The standard autoconf AC_CHECK_LIB fails to include "bzlib.h",
427          therefore missing the function definition.            therefore missing the function definition.
428        - The compiler thus generates a "C" signature for the test function.        - The compiler thus generates a "C" signature for the test function.
429        - The linker fails to find the "C" function.        - The linker fails to find the "C" function.
430        - PCRE fails to configure if asked to do so against libbz2.        - PCRE fails to configure if asked to do so against libbz2.
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474      equivalent. It's not enough to call AC_CHECK_FUNCS: hpux has a strtoll, for      equivalent. It's not enough to call AC_CHECK_FUNCS: hpux has a strtoll, for
475      instance, but it only takes 2 args instead of 3!"      instance, but it only takes 2 args instead of 3!"
477    18. A subtle bug concerned with back references has been fixed by a change of
478        specification, with a corresponding code fix. A pattern such as
479        ^(xa|=?\1a)+$ which contains a back reference inside the group to which it
480        refers, was giving matches when it shouldn't. For example, xa=xaaa would
481        match that pattern. Interestingly, Perl (at least up to 5.11.3) has the
482        same bug. Such groups have to be quantified to be useful, or contained
483        inside another quantified group. (If there's no repetition, the reference
484        can never match.) The problem arises because, having left the group and
485        moved on to the rest of the pattern, a later failure that backtracks into
486        the group uses the captured value from the final iteration of the group
487        rather than the correct earlier one. I have fixed this in PCRE by forcing
488        any group that contains a reference to itself to be an atomic group; that
489        is, there cannot be any backtracking into it once it has completed. This is
490        similar to recursive and subroutine calls.
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