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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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4  Version 8.21  Version 8.33 xx-xxxx-201x
5  ------------  -------------------------
7    1.  Added 'U' to some constants that are compared to unsigned integers, to
8        avoid compiler signed/unsigned warnings. Added (int) casts to unsigned
9        variables that are added to signed variables, to ensure the result is
10        signed and can be negated.
12    2.  Applied patch by Daniel Richard G for quashing MSVC warnings to the
13        CMake config files.
15    3.  Revise the creation of config.h.generic so that all boolean macros are
16        #undefined, whereas non-boolean macros are #ifndef/#endif-ed. This makes
17        overriding via -D on the command line possible.
19    4.  Changing the definition of the variable "op" in pcre_exec.c from pcre_uchar
20        to unsigned int is reported to make a quite noticeable speed difference in
21        a specific Windows environment. Testing on Linux did also appear to show
22        some benefit (and it is clearly not harmful). Also fixed the definition of
23        Xop which should be unsigned.
25    5.  Related to (4), changing the definition of the intermediate variable cc
26        in repeated character loops from pcre_uchar to pcre_uint32 also gave speed
27        improvements.
29    6.  Fix forward search in JIT when link size is 3 or greater. Also removed some
30        unnecessary spaces.
32    7.  Adjust autogen.sh and configure.ac to lose warnings given by automake 1.12
33        and later.
35    8.  Fix two buffer over read issues in 16 and 32 bit modes. Affects JIT only.
37    9.  Optimizing fast_forward_start_bits in JIT.
39    10. Adding experimental support for callouts in JIT, and fixing some
40        issues revealed during this work. Namely:
42        (a) Unoptimized capturing brackets incorrectly reset on backtrack.
44        (b) Minimum length was not checked before the matching is started.
46        WARNING: Callouts are not release ready! <- this line needs to be removed when it is.
48    11. The value of capture_last that is passed to callouts was incorrect in some
49        cases when there was a capture on one path that was subsequently abandoned
50        after a backtrack. Also, the capture_last value is now reset after a
51        recursion, since all captures are also reset in this case.
53    12. The interpreter no longer returns the "too many substrings" error in the
54        case when an overflowing capture is in a branch that is subsequently
55        abandoned after a backtrack.
57    13. In the pathological case when an offset vector of size 2 is used, pcretest
58        now prints out the matched string after a yield of 0 or 1.
61    Version 8.32 30-November-2012
62    -----------------------------
64    1.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for first character search and single
65        character iterators.
67    2.  Supporting IBM XL C compilers for PPC architectures in the JIT compiler.
68        Patch by Daniel Richard G.
70    3.  Single character iterator optimizations in the JIT compiler.
72    4.  Improved JIT compiler optimizations for character ranges.
74    5.  Rename the "leave" variable names to "quit" to improve WinCE compatibility.
75        Reported by Giuseppe D'Angelo.
77    6.  The PCRE_STARTLINE bit, indicating that a match can occur only at the start
78        of a line, was being set incorrectly in cases where .* appeared inside
79        atomic brackets at the start of a pattern, or where there was a subsequent
80        *PRUNE or *SKIP.
82    7.  Improved instruction cache flush for POWER/PowerPC.
83        Patch by Daniel Richard G.
85    8.  Fixed a number of issues in pcregrep, making it more compatible with GNU
86        grep:
88        (a) There is now no limit to the number of patterns to be matched.
90        (b) An error is given if a pattern is too long.
92        (c) Multiple uses of --exclude, --exclude-dir, --include, and --include-dir
93            are now supported.
95        (d) --exclude-from and --include-from (multiple use) have been added.
97        (e) Exclusions and inclusions now apply to all files and directories, not
98            just to those obtained from scanning a directory recursively.
100        (f) Multiple uses of -f and --file-list are now supported.
102        (g) In a Windows environment, the default for -d has been changed from
103            "read" (the GNU grep default) to "skip", because otherwise the presence
104            of a directory in the file list provokes an error.
106        (h) The documentation has been revised and clarified in places.
108    9.  Improve the matching speed of capturing brackets.
110    10. Changed the meaning of \X so that it now matches a Unicode extended
111        grapheme cluster.
113    11. Patch by Daniel Richard G to the autoconf files to add a macro for sorting
114        out POSIX threads when JIT support is configured.
116    12. Added support for PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED.
118    13. In the POSIX wrapper regcomp() function, setting re_nsub field in the preg
119        structure could go wrong in environments where size_t is not the same size
120        as int.
122    14. Applied user-supplied patch to pcrecpp.cc to allow PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK to be
123        set.
125    15. The EBCDIC support had decayed; later updates to the code had included
126        explicit references to (e.g.) \x0a instead of CHAR_LF. There has been a
127        general tidy up of EBCDIC-related issues, and the documentation was also
128        not quite right. There is now a test that can be run on ASCII systems to
129        check some of the EBCDIC-related things (but is it not a full test).
131    16. The new PCRE_STUDY_EXTRA_NEEDED option is now used by pcregrep, resulting
132        in a small tidy to the code.
134    17. Fix JIT tests when UTF is disabled and both 8 and 16 bit mode are enabled.
136    18. If the --only-matching (-o) option in pcregrep is specified multiple
137        times, each one causes appropriate output. For example, -o1 -o2 outputs the
138        substrings matched by the 1st and 2nd capturing parentheses. A separating
139        string can be specified by --om-separator (default empty).
141    19. Improving the first n character searches.
143    20. Turn case lists for horizontal and vertical white space into macros so that
144        they are defined only once.
146    21. This set of changes together give more compatible Unicode case-folding
147        behaviour for characters that have more than one other case when UCP
148        support is available.
150        (a) The Unicode property table now has offsets into a new table of sets of
151            three or more characters that are case-equivalent. The MultiStage2.py
152            script that generates these tables (the pcre_ucd.c file) now scans
153            CaseFolding.txt instead of UnicodeData.txt for character case
154            information.
156        (b) The code for adding characters or ranges of characters to a character
157            class has been abstracted into a generalized function that also handles
158            case-independence. In UTF-mode with UCP support, this uses the new data
159            to handle characters with more than one other case.
161        (c) A bug that is fixed as a result of (b) is that codepoints less than 256
162            whose other case is greater than 256 are now correctly matched
163            caselessly. Previously, the high codepoint matched the low one, but not
164            vice versa.
166        (d) The processing of \h, \H, \v, and \ in character classes now makes use
167            of the new class addition function, using character lists defined as
168            macros alongside the case definitions of 20 above.
170        (e) Caseless back references now work with characters that have more than
171            one other case.
173        (f) General caseless matching of characters with more than one other case
174            is supported.
176    22. Unicode character properties were updated from Unicode 6.2.0
178    23. Improved CMake support under Windows. Patch by Daniel Richard G.
180    24. Add support for 32-bit character strings, and UTF-32
182    25. Major JIT compiler update (code refactoring and bugfixing).
183        Experimental Sparc 32 support is added.
185    26. Applied a modified version of Daniel Richard G's patch to create
186        pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic by "make" instead of in the
187        PrepareRelease script.
189    27. Added a definition for CHAR_NULL (helpful for the z/OS port), and use it in
190        pcre_compile.c when checking for a zero character.
192    28. Introducing a native interface for JIT. Through this interface, the compiled
193        machine code can be directly executed. The purpose of this interface is to
194        provide fast pattern matching, so several sanity checks are not performed.
195        However, feature tests are still performed. The new interface provides
196        1.4x speedup compared to the old one.
198    29. If pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() was called with a negative value for
199        the subject string length, the error given was PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which
200        was confusing. There is now a new error PCRE_ERROR_BADLENGTH for this case.
202    30. In 8-bit UTF-8 mode, pcretest failed to give an error for data codepoints
203        greater than 0x7fffffff (which cannot be represented in UTF-8, even under
204        the "old" RFC 2279). Instead, it ended up passing a negative length to
205        pcre_exec().
207    31. Add support for GCC's visibility feature to hide internal functions.
209    32. Running "pcretest -C pcre8" or "pcretest -C pcre16" gave a spurious error
210        "unknown -C option" after outputting 0 or 1.
212    33. There is now support for generating a code coverage report for the test
213        suite in environments where gcc is the compiler and lcov is installed. This
214        is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
216    34. If PCRE is built with --enable-valgrind, certain memory regions are marked
217        unaddressable using valgrind annotations, allowing valgrind to detect
218        invalid memory accesses. This is mainly for the benefit of the developers.
220    25. (*UTF) can now be used to start a pattern in any of the three libraries.
222    26. Give configure error if --enable-cpp but no C++ compiler found.
225    Version 8.31 06-July-2012
226    -------------------------
228    1.  Fixing a wrong JIT test case and some compiler warnings.
230    2.  Removed a bashism from the RunTest script.
232    3.  Add a cast to pcre_exec.c to fix the warning "unary minus operator applied
233        to unsigned type, result still unsigned" that was given by an MS compiler
234        on encountering the code "-sizeof(xxx)".
236    4.  Partial matching support is added to the JIT compiler.
238    5.  Fixed several bugs concerned with partial matching of items that consist
239        of more than one character:
241        (a) /^(..)\1/ did not partially match "aba" because checking references was
242            done on an "all or nothing" basis. This also applied to repeated
243            references.
245        (b) \R did not give a hard partial match if \r was found at the end of the
246            subject.
248        (c) \X did not give a hard partial match after matching one or more
249            characters at the end of the subject.
251        (d) When newline was set to CRLF, a pattern such as /a$/ did not recognize
252            a partial match for the string "\r".
254        (e) When newline was set to CRLF, the metacharacter "." did not recognize
255            a partial match for a CR character at the end of the subject string.
257    6.  If JIT is requested using /S++ or -s++ (instead of just /S+ or -s+) when
258        running pcretest, the text "(JIT)" added to the output whenever JIT is
259        actually used to run the match.
261    7.  Individual JIT compile options can be set in pcretest by following -s+[+]
262        or /S+[+] with a digit between 1 and 7.
264    8.  OP_NOT now supports any UTF character not just single-byte ones.
266    9.  (*MARK) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
268    10. The command "./RunTest list" lists the available tests without actually
269        running any of them. (Because I keep forgetting what they all are.)
273    12. Applied a (slightly modified) user-supplied patch that improves performance
274        when the heap is used for recursion (compiled with --disable-stack-for-
275        recursion). Instead of malloc and free for each heap frame each time a
276        logical recursion happens, frames are retained on a chain and re-used where
277        possible. This sometimes gives as much as 30% improvement.
279    13. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a recursive subpattern
280        call.
282    14. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a positive assertion.
284    15. It is now possible to link pcretest with libedit as an alternative to
285        libreadline.
287    16. (*COMMIT) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
289    17. The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.1.0.
291    18. Added --file-list option to pcregrep.
293    19. Added binary file support to pcregrep, including the -a, --binary-files,
294        -I, and --text options.
296    20. The madvise function is renamed for posix_madvise for QNX compatibility
297        reasons. Fixed by Giuseppe D'Angelo.
299    21. Fixed a bug for backward assertions with REVERSE 0 in the JIT compiler.
301    22. Changed the option for creating symbolic links for 16-bit man pages from
302        -s to -sf so that re-installing does not cause issues.
304    23. Support PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE in JIT as (*MARK) support requires it.
306    24. Fixed a very old bug in pcretest that caused errors with restarted DFA
307        matches in certain environments (the workspace was not being correctly
308        retained). Also added to pcre_dfa_exec() a simple plausibility check on
309        some of the workspace data at the beginning of a restart.
311    25. \s*\R was auto-possessifying the \s* when it should not, whereas \S*\R
312        was not doing so when it should - probably a typo introduced by SVN 528
313        (change 8.10/14).
315    26. When PCRE_UCP was not set, \w+\x{c4} was incorrectly auto-possessifying the
316        \w+ when the character tables indicated that \x{c4} was a word character.
317        There were several related cases, all because the tests for doing a table
318        lookup were testing for characters less than 127 instead of 255.
320    27. If a pattern contains capturing parentheses that are not used in a match,
321        their slots in the ovector are set to -1. For those that are higher than
322        any matched groups, this happens at the end of processing. In the case when
323        there were back references that the ovector was too small to contain
324        (causing temporary malloc'd memory to be used during matching), and the
325        highest capturing number was not used, memory off the end of the ovector
326        was incorrectly being set to -1. (It was using the size of the temporary
327        memory instead of the true size.)
329    28. To catch bugs like 27 using valgrind, when pcretest is asked to specify an
330        ovector size, it uses memory at the end of the block that it has got.
332    29. Check for an overlong MARK name and give an error at compile time. The
333        limit is 255 for the 8-bit library and 65535 for the 16-bit library.
335    30. JIT compiler update.
337    31. JIT is now supported on jailbroken iOS devices. Thanks for Ruiger
338        Rill for the patch.
340    32. Put spaces around SLJIT_PRINT_D in the JIT compiler. Required by CXX11.
342    33. Variable renamings in the PCRE-JIT compiler. No functionality change.
344    34. Fixed typos in pcregrep: in two places there was SUPPORT_LIBZ2 instead of
345        SUPPORT_LIBBZ2. This caused a build problem when bzip2 but not gzip (zlib)
346        was enabled.
348    35. Improve JIT code generation for greedy plus quantifier.
350    36. When /((?:a?)*)*c/ or /((?>a?)*)*c/ was matched against "aac", it set group
351        1 to "aa" instead of to an empty string. The bug affected repeated groups
352        that could potentially match an empty string.
354    37. Optimizing single character iterators in JIT.
356    38. Wide characters specified with \uxxxx in JavaScript mode are now subject to
357        the same checks as \x{...} characters in non-JavaScript mode. Specifically,
358        codepoints that are too big for the mode are faulted, and in a UTF mode,
359        disallowed codepoints are also faulted.
361    39. If PCRE was compiled with UTF support, in three places in the DFA
362        matcher there was code that should only have been obeyed in UTF mode, but
363        was being obeyed unconditionally. In 8-bit mode this could cause incorrect
364        processing when bytes with values greater than 127 were present. In 16-bit
365        mode the bug would be provoked by values in the range 0xfc00 to 0xdc00. In
366        both cases the values are those that cannot be the first data item in a UTF
367        character. The three items that might have provoked this were recursions,
368        possessively repeated groups, and atomic groups.
370    40. Ensure that libpcre is explicitly listed in the link commands for pcretest
371        and pcregrep, because some OS require shared objects to be explicitly
372        passed to ld, causing the link step to fail if they are not.
374    41. There were two incorrect #ifdefs in pcre_study.c, meaning that, in 16-bit
375        mode, patterns that started with \h* or \R* might be incorrectly matched.
378    Version 8.30 04-February-2012
379    -----------------------------
381    1.  Renamed "isnumber" as "is_a_number" because in some Mac environments this
382        name is defined in ctype.h.
384    2.  Fixed a bug in fixed-length calculation for lookbehinds that would show up
385        only in quite long subpatterns.
387    3.  Removed the function pcre_info(), which has been obsolete and deprecated
388        since it was replaced by pcre_fullinfo() in February 2000.
390    4.  For a non-anchored pattern, if (*SKIP) was given with a name that did not
391        match a (*MARK), and the match failed at the start of the subject, a
392        reference to memory before the start of the subject could occur. This bug
393        was introduced by fix 17 of release 8.21.
395    5.  A reference to an unset group with zero minimum repetition was giving
396        totally wrong answers (in non-JavaScript-compatibility mode). For example,
397        /(another)?(\1?)test/ matched against "hello world test". This bug was
398        introduced in release 8.13.
400    6.  Add support for 16-bit character strings (a large amount of work involving
401        many changes and refactorings).
403    7.  RunGrepTest failed on msys because \r\n was replaced by whitespace when the
404        command "pattern=`printf 'xxx\r\njkl'`" was run. The pattern is now taken
405        from a file.
407    8.  Ovector size of 2 is also supported by JIT based pcre_exec (the ovector size
408        rounding is not applied in this particular case).
410    9.  The invalid Unicode surrogate codepoints U+D800 to U+DFFF are now rejected
411        if they appear, or are escaped, in patterns.
413    10. Get rid of a number of -Wunused-but-set-variable warnings.
415    11. The pattern /(?=(*:x))(q|)/ matches an empty string, and returns the mark
416        "x". The similar pattern /(?=(*:x))((*:y)q|)/ did not return a mark at all.
417        Oddly, Perl behaves the same way. PCRE has been fixed so that this pattern
418        also returns the mark "x". This bug applied to capturing parentheses,
419        non-capturing parentheses, and atomic parentheses. It also applied to some
420        assertions.
422    12. Stephen Kelly's patch to CMakeLists.txt allows it to parse the version
423        information out of configure.ac instead of relying on pcre.h.generic, which
424        is not stored in the repository.
426    13. Applied Dmitry V. Levin's patch for a more portable method for linking with
427        -lreadline.
429    14. ZH added PCRE_CONFIG_JITTARGET; added its output to pcretest -C.
431    15. Applied Graycode's patch to put the top-level frame on the stack rather
432        than the heap when not using the stack for recursion. This gives a
433        performance improvement in many cases when recursion is not deep.
435    16. Experimental code added to "pcretest -C" to output the stack frame size.
438    Version 8.21 12-Dec-2011
439    ------------------------
441  1.  Updating the JIT compiler.  1.  Updating the JIT compiler.
# Line 13  Version 8.21 Line 447  Version 8.21
447      PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES is not suported by JIT, and should be checked before      PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES is not suported by JIT, and should be checked before
448      calling _pcre_jit_exec. Some extra comments are added.      calling _pcre_jit_exec. Some extra comments are added.
450  4.  Mark settings inside atomic groups that do not contain any capturing  4.  (*MARK) settings inside atomic groups that do not contain any capturing
451      parentheses, for example, (?>a(*:m)), were not being passed out. This bug      parentheses, for example, (?>a(*:m)), were not being passed out. This bug
452      was introduced by change 18 for 8.20.      was introduced by change 18 for 8.20.
# Line 22  Version 8.21 Line 456  Version 8.21
457  6.  Lookbehinds such as (?<=a{2}b) that contained a fixed repetition were  6.  Lookbehinds such as (?<=a{2}b) that contained a fixed repetition were
458      erroneously being rejected as "not fixed length" if PCRE_CASELESS was set.      erroneously being rejected as "not fixed length" if PCRE_CASELESS was set.
459      This bug was probably introduced by change 9 of 8.13.      This bug was probably introduced by change 9 of 8.13.
461    7.  While fixing 6 above, I noticed that a number of other items were being
462        incorrectly rejected as "not fixed length". This arose partly because newer
463        opcodes had not been added to the fixed-length checking code. I have (a)
464        corrected the bug and added tests for these items, and (b) arranged for an
465        error to occur if an unknown opcode is encountered while checking for fixed
466        length instead of just assuming "not fixed length". The items that were
467        rejected were: (*ACCEPT), (*COMMIT), (*FAIL), (*MARK), (*PRUNE), (*SKIP),
468        (*THEN), \h, \H, \v, \V, and single character negative classes with fixed
469        repetitions, e.g. [^a]{3}, with and without PCRE_CASELESS.
471    8.  A possessively repeated conditional subpattern such as (?(?=c)c|d)++ was
472        being incorrectly compiled and would have given unpredicatble results.
474    9.  A possessively repeated subpattern with minimum repeat count greater than
475        one behaved incorrectly. For example, (A){2,}+ behaved as if it was
476        (A)(A)++ which meant that, after a subsequent mismatch, backtracking into
477        the first (A) could occur when it should not.
479    10. Add a cast and remove a redundant test from the code.
481    11. JIT should use pcre_malloc/pcre_free for allocation.
483    12. Updated pcre-config so that it no longer shows -L/usr/lib, which seems
484        best practice nowadays, and helps with cross-compiling. (If the exec_prefix
485        is anything other than /usr, -L is still shown).
487    13. In non-UTF-8 mode, \C is now supported in lookbehinds and DFA matching.
489    14. Perl does not support \N without a following name in a [] class; PCRE now
490        also gives an error.
492    15. If a forward reference was repeated with an upper limit of around 2000,
493        it caused the error "internal error: overran compiling workspace". The
494        maximum number of forward references (including repeats) was limited by the
495        internal workspace, and dependent on the LINK_SIZE. The code has been
496        rewritten so that the workspace expands (via pcre_malloc) if necessary, and
497        the default depends on LINK_SIZE. There is a new upper limit (for safety)
498        of around 200,000 forward references. While doing this, I also speeded up
499        the filling in of repeated forward references.
501    16. A repeated forward reference in a pattern such as (a)(?2){2}(.) was
502        incorrectly expecting the subject to contain another "a" after the start.
504    17. When (*SKIP:name) is activated without a corresponding (*MARK:name) earlier
505        in the match, the SKIP should be ignored. This was not happening; instead
506        the SKIP was being treated as NOMATCH. For patterns such as
507        /A(*MARK:A)A+(*SKIP:B)Z|AAC/ this meant that the AAC branch was never
508        tested.
510    18. The behaviour of (*MARK), (*PRUNE), and (*THEN) has been reworked and is
511        now much more compatible with Perl, in particular in cases where the result
512        is a non-match for a non-anchored pattern. For example, if
513        /b(*:m)f|a(*:n)w/ is matched against "abc", the non-match returns the name
514        "m", where previously it did not return a name. A side effect of this
515        change is that for partial matches, the last encountered mark name is
516        returned, as for non matches. A number of tests that were previously not
517        Perl-compatible have been moved into the Perl-compatible test files. The
518        refactoring has had the pleasing side effect of removing one argument from
519        the match() function, thus reducing its stack requirements.
521    19. If the /S+ option was used in pcretest to study a pattern using JIT,
522        subsequent uses of /S (without +) incorrectly behaved like /S+.
524    21. Retrieve executable code size support for the JIT compiler and fixing
525        some warnings.
527    22. A caseless match of a UTF-8 character whose other case uses fewer bytes did
528        not work when the shorter character appeared right at the end of the
529        subject string.
531    23. Added some (int) casts to non-JIT modules to reduce warnings on 64-bit
532        systems.
534    24. Added PCRE_INFO_JITSIZE to pass on the value from (21) above, and also
535        output it when the /M option is used in pcretest.
537    25. The CheckMan script was not being included in the distribution. Also, added
538        an explicit "perl" to run Perl scripts from the PrepareRelease script
539        because this is reportedly needed in Windows.
541    26. If study data was being save in a file and studying had not found a set of
542        "starts with" bytes for the pattern, the data written to the file (though
543        never used) was taken from uninitialized memory and so caused valgrind to
544        complain.
546    27. Updated RunTest.bat as provided by Sheri Pierce.
548    28. Fixed a possible uninitialized memory bug in pcre_jit_compile.c.
550    29. Computation of memory usage for the table of capturing group names was
551        giving an unnecessarily large value.
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