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1 News about PCRE releases
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4 Release 8.00 05-Oct-09
5 ----------------------
7 Bugs have been fixed in the library and in pcregrep. There are also some
8 enhancements. Restrictions on patterns used for partial matching have been
9 removed, extra information is given for partial matches, the partial matching
10 process has been improved, and an option to make a partial match override a
11 full match is available. The "study" process has been enhanced by finding a
12 lower bound matching length. Groups with duplicate numbers may now have
13 duplicated names without the use of PCRE_DUPNAMES. However, they may not have
14 different names. The documentation has been revised to reflect these changes.
15 The version number has been expanded to 3 digits as it is clear that the rate
16 of change is not slowing down.
19 Release 7.9 11-Apr-09
20 ---------------------
22 Mostly bugfixes and tidies with just a couple of minor functional additions.
25 Release 7.8 05-Sep-08
26 ---------------------
28 More bug fixes, plus a performance improvement in Unicode character property
29 lookup.
32 Release 7.7 07-May-08
33 ---------------------
35 This is once again mainly a bug-fix release, but there are a couple of new
36 features.
39 Release 7.6 28-Jan-08
40 ---------------------
42 The main reason for having this release so soon after 7.5 is because it fixes a
43 potential buffer overflow problem in pcre_compile() when run in UTF-8 mode. In
44 addition, the CMake configuration files have been brought up to date.
47 Release 7.5 10-Jan-08
48 ---------------------
50 This is mainly a bug-fix release. However the ability to link pcregrep with
51 libz or libbz2 and the ability to link pcretest with libreadline have been
52 added. Also the --line-offsets and --file-offsets options were added to
53 pcregrep.
56 Release 7.4 21-Sep-07
57 ---------------------
59 The only change of specification is the addition of options to control whether
60 \R matches any Unicode line ending (the default) or just CR, LF, and CRLF.
61 Otherwise, the changes are bug fixes and a refactoring to reduce the number of
62 relocations needed in a shared library. There have also been some documentation
63 updates, in particular, some more information about using CMake to build PCRE
64 has been added to the NON-UNIX-USE file.
67 Release 7.3 28-Aug-07
68 ---------------------
70 Most changes are bug fixes. Some that are not:
72 1. There is some support for Perl 5.10's experimental "backtracking control
73 verbs" such as (*PRUNE).
75 2. UTF-8 checking is now as per RFC 3629 instead of RFC 2279; this is more
76 restrictive in the strings it accepts.
78 3. Checking for potential integer overflow has been made more dynamic, and as a
79 consequence there is no longer a hard limit on the size of a subpattern that
80 has a limited repeat count.
82 4. When CRLF is a valid line-ending sequence, pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec()
83 no longer advance by two characters instead of one when an unanchored match
84 fails at CRLF if there are explicit CR or LF matches within the pattern.
85 This gets rid of some anomalous effects that previously occurred.
87 5. Some PCRE-specific settings for varying the newline options at the start of
88 a pattern have been added.
91 Release 7.2 19-Jun-07
92 ---------------------
94 WARNING: saved patterns that were compiled by earlier versions of PCRE must be
95 recompiled for use with 7.2 (necessitated by the addition of \K, \h, \H, \v,
96 and \V).
98 Correction to the notes for 7.1: the note about shared libraries for Windows is
99 wrong. Previously, three libraries were built, but each could function
100 independently. For example, the pcreposix library also included all the
101 functions from the basic pcre library. The change is that the three libraries
102 are no longer independent. They are like the Unix libraries. To use the
103 pcreposix functions, for example, you need to link with both the pcreposix and
104 the basic pcre library.
106 Some more features from Perl 5.10 have been added:
108 (?-n) and (?+n) relative references for recursion and subroutines.
110 (?(-n) and (?(+n) relative references as conditions.
112 \k{name} and \g{name} are synonyms for \k<name>.
114 \K to reset the start of the matched string; for example, (foo)\Kbar
115 matches bar preceded by foo, but only sets bar as the matched string.
117 (?| introduces a group where the capturing parentheses in each alternative
118 start from the same number; for example, (?|(abc)|(xyz)) sets capturing
119 parentheses number 1 in both cases.
121 \h, \H, \v, \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace, respectively.
124 Release 7.1 24-Apr-07
125 ---------------------
127 There is only one new feature in this release: a linebreak setting of
128 PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF. It is a cut-down version of PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY, which
129 recognizes only CRLF, CR, and LF as linebreaks.
131 A few bugs are fixed (see ChangeLog for details), but the major change is a
132 complete re-implementation of the build system. This now has full Autotools
133 support and so is now "standard" in some sense. It should help with compiling
134 PCRE in a wide variety of environments.
136 NOTE: when building shared libraries for Windows, three dlls are now built,
137 called libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp. Previously, everything was
138 included in a single dll.
140 Another important change is that the dftables auxiliary program is no longer
141 compiled and run at "make" time by default. Instead, a default set of character
142 tables (assuming ASCII coding) is used. If you want to use dftables to generate
143 the character tables as previously, add --enable-rebuild-chartables to the
144 "configure" command. You must do this if you are compiling PCRE to run on a
145 system that uses EBCDIC code.
147 There is a discussion about character tables in the README file. The default is
148 not to use dftables so that that there is no problem when cross-compiling.
151 Release 7.0 19-Dec-06
152 ---------------------
154 This release has a new major number because there have been some internal
155 upheavals to facilitate the addition of new optimizations and other facilities,
156 and to make subsequent maintenance and extension easier. Compilation is likely
157 to be a bit slower, but there should be no major effect on runtime performance.
158 Previously compiled patterns are NOT upwards compatible with this release. If
159 you have saved compiled patterns from a previous release, you will have to
160 re-compile them. Important changes that are visible to users are:
162 1. The Unicode property tables have been updated to Unicode 5.0.0, which adds
163 some more scripts.
165 2. The option PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY causes PCRE to recognize any Unicode newline
166 sequence as a newline.
168 3. The \R escape matches a single Unicode newline sequence as a single unit.
170 4. New features that will appear in Perl 5.10 are now in PCRE. These include
171 alternative Perl syntax for named parentheses, and Perl syntax for
172 recursion.
174 5. The C++ wrapper interface has been extended by the addition of a
175 QuoteMeta function and the ability to allow copy construction and
176 assignment.
178 For a complete list of changes, see the ChangeLog file.
181 Release 6.7 04-Jul-06
182 ---------------------
184 The main additions to this release are the ability to use the same name for
185 multiple sets of parentheses, and support for CRLF line endings in both the
186 library and pcregrep (and in pcretest for testing).
188 Thanks to Ian Taylor, the stack usage for many kinds of pattern has been
189 significantly reduced for certain subject strings.
192 Release 6.5 01-Feb-06
193 ---------------------
195 Important changes in this release:
197 1. A number of new features have been added to pcregrep.
199 2. The Unicode property tables have been updated to Unicode 4.1.0, and the
200 supported properties have been extended with script names such as "Arabic",
201 and the derived properties "Any" and "L&". This has necessitated a change to
202 the interal format of compiled patterns. Any saved compiled patterns that
203 use \p or \P must be recompiled.
205 3. The specification of recursion in patterns has been changed so that all
206 recursive subpatterns are automatically treated as atomic groups. Thus, for
207 example, (?R) is treated as if it were (?>(?R)). This is necessary because
208 otherwise there are situations where recursion does not work.
210 See the ChangeLog for a complete list of changes, which include a number of bug
211 fixes and tidies.
214 Release 6.0 07-Jun-05
215 ---------------------
217 The release number has been increased to 6.0 because of the addition of several
218 major new pieces of functionality.
220 A new function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which implements pattern matching using a DFA
221 algorithm, has been added. This has a number of advantages for certain cases,
222 though it does run more slowly, and lacks the ability to capture substrings. On
223 the other hand, it does find all matches, not just the first, and it works
224 better for partial matching. The pcrematching man page discusses the
225 differences.
227 The pcretest program has been enhanced so that it can make use of the new
228 pcre_dfa_exec() matching function and the extra features it provides.
230 The distribution now includes a C++ wrapper library. This is built
231 automatically if a C++ compiler is found. The pcrecpp man page discusses this
232 interface.
234 The code itself has been re-organized into many more files, one for each
235 function, so it no longer requires everything to be linked in when static
236 linkage is used. As a consequence, some internal functions have had to have
237 their names exposed. These functions all have names starting with _pcre_. They
238 are undocumented, and are not intended for use by outside callers.
240 The pcregrep program has been enhanced with new functionality such as
241 multiline-matching and options for output more matching context. See the
242 ChangeLog for a complete list of changes to the library and the utility
243 programs.
246 Release 5.0 13-Sep-04
247 ---------------------
249 The licence under which PCRE is released has been changed to the more
250 conventional "BSD" licence.
252 In the code, some bugs have been fixed, and there are also some major changes
253 in this release (which is why I've increased the number to 5.0). Some changes
254 are internal rearrangements, and some provide a number of new facilities. The
255 new features are:
257 1. There's an "automatic callout" feature that inserts callouts before every
258 item in the regex, and there's a new callout field that gives the position
259 in the pattern - useful for debugging and tracing.
261 2. The extra_data structure can now be used to pass in a set of character
262 tables at exec time. This is useful if compiled regex are saved and re-used
263 at a later time when the tables may not be at the same address. If the
264 default internal tables are used, the pointer saved with the compiled
265 pattern is now set to NULL, which means that you don't need to do anything
266 special unless you are using custom tables.
268 3. It is possible, with some restrictions on the content of the regex, to
269 request "partial" matching. A special return code is given if all of the
270 subject string matched part of the regex. This could be useful for testing
271 an input field as it is being typed.
273 4. There is now some optional support for Unicode character properties, which
274 means that the patterns items such as \p{Lu} and \X can now be used. Only
275 the general category properties are supported. If PCRE is compiled with this
276 support, an additional 90K data structure is include, which increases the
277 size of the library dramatically.
279 5. There is support for saving compiled patterns and re-using them later.
281 6. There is support for running regular expressions that were compiled on a
282 different host with the opposite endianness.
284 7. The pcretest program has been extended to accommodate the new features.
286 The main internal rearrangement is that sequences of literal characters are no
287 longer handled as strings. Instead, each character is handled on its own. This
288 makes some UTF-8 handling easier, and makes the support of partial matching
289 possible. Compiled patterns containing long literal strings will be larger as a
290 result of this change; I hope that performance will not be much affected.
293 Release 4.5 01-Dec-03
294 ---------------------
296 Again mainly a bug-fix and tidying release, with only a couple of new features:
298 1. It's possible now to compile PCRE so that it does not use recursive
299 function calls when matching. Instead it gets memory from the heap. This slows
300 things down, but may be necessary on systems with limited stacks.
302 2. UTF-8 string checking has been tightened to reject overlong sequences and to
303 check that a starting offset points to the start of a character. Failure of the
304 latter returns a new error code: PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET.
306 3. PCRE can now be compiled for systems that use EBCDIC code.
309 Release 4.4 21-Aug-03
310 ---------------------
312 This is mainly a bug-fix and tidying release. The only new feature is that PCRE
313 checks UTF-8 strings for validity by default. There is an option to suppress
314 this, just in case anybody wants that teeny extra bit of performance.
317 Releases 4.1 - 4.3
318 ------------------
320 Sorry, I forgot about updating the NEWS file for these releases. Please take a
321 look at ChangeLog.
324 Release 4.0 17-Feb-03
325 ---------------------
327 There have been a lot of changes for the 4.0 release, adding additional
328 functionality and mending bugs. Below is a list of the highlights of the new
329 functionality. For full details of these features, please consult the
330 documentation. For a complete list of changes, see the ChangeLog file.
332 1. Support for Perl's \Q...\E escapes.
334 2. "Possessive quantifiers" ?+, *+, ++, and {,}+ which come from Sun's Java
335 package. They provide some syntactic sugar for simple cases of "atomic
336 grouping".
338 3. Support for the \G assertion. It is true when the current matching position
339 is at the start point of the match.
341 4. A new feature that provides some of the functionality that Perl provides
342 with (?{...}). The facility is termed a "callout". The way it is done in PCRE
343 is for the caller to provide an optional function, by setting pcre_callout to
344 its entry point. To get the function called, the regex must include (?C) at
345 appropriate points.
347 5. Support for recursive calls to individual subpatterns. This makes it really
348 easy to get totally confused.
350 6. Support for named subpatterns. The Python syntax (?P<name>...) is used to
351 name a group.
353 7. Several extensions to UTF-8 support; it is now fairly complete. There is an
354 option for pcregrep to make it operate in UTF-8 mode.
356 8. The single man page has been split into a number of separate man pages.
357 These also give rise to individual HTML pages which are put in a separate
358 directory. There is an index.html page that lists them all. Some hyperlinking
359 between the pages has been installed.
362 Release 3.5 15-Aug-01
363 ---------------------
365 1. The configuring system has been upgraded to use later versions of autoconf
366 and libtool. By default it builds both a shared and a static library if the OS
367 supports it. You can use --disable-shared or --disable-static on the configure
368 command if you want only one of them.
370 2. The pcretest utility is now installed along with pcregrep because it is
371 useful for users (to test regexs) and by doing this, it automatically gets
372 relinked by libtool. The documentation has been turned into a man page, so
373 there are now .1, .txt, and .html versions in /doc.
375 3. Upgrades to pcregrep:
376 (i) Added long-form option names like gnu grep.
377 (ii) Added --help to list all options with an explanatory phrase.
378 (iii) Added -r, --recursive to recurse into sub-directories.
379 (iv) Added -f, --file to read patterns from a file.
381 4. Added --enable-newline-is-cr and --enable-newline-is-lf to the configure
382 script, to force use of CR or LF instead of \n in the source. On non-Unix
383 systems, the value can be set in config.h.
385 5. The limit of 200 on non-capturing parentheses is a _nesting_ limit, not an
386 absolute limit. Changed the text of the error message to make this clear, and
387 likewise updated the man page.
389 6. The limit of 99 on the number of capturing subpatterns has been removed.
390 The new limit is 65535, which I hope will not be a "real" limit.
393 Release 3.3 01-Aug-00
394 ---------------------
396 There is some support for UTF-8 character strings. This is incomplete and
397 experimental. The documentation describes what is and what is not implemented.
398 Otherwise, this is just a bug-fixing release.
401 Release 3.0 01-Feb-00
402 ---------------------
404 1. A "configure" script is now used to configure PCRE for Unix systems. It
405 builds a Makefile, a config.h file, and the pcre-config script.
407 2. PCRE is built as a shared library by default.
409 3. There is support for POSIX classes such as [:alpha:].
411 5. There is an experimental recursion feature.
413 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
416 Please note that there has been a change in the API such that a larger
417 ovector is required at matching time, to provide some additional workspace.
418 The new man page has details. This change was necessary in order to support
419 some of the new functionality in Perl 5.005.
423 Another (I hope this is the last!) change has been made to the API for the
424 pcre_compile() function. An additional argument has been added to make it
425 possible to pass over a pointer to character tables built in the current
426 locale by pcre_maketables(). To use the default tables, this new arguement
427 should be passed as NULL.
431 Yet another (and again I hope this really is the last) change has been made
432 to the API for the pcre_exec() function. An additional argument has been
433 added to make it possible to start the match other than at the start of the
434 subject string. This is important if there are lookbehinds. The new man
435 page has the details, but you just want to convert existing programs, all
436 you need to do is to stick in a new fifth argument to pcre_exec(), with a
437 value of zero. For example, change
439 pcre_exec(pattern, extra, subject, length, options, ovec, ovecsize)
440 to
441 pcre_exec(pattern, extra, subject, length, 0, options, ovec, ovecsize)
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