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2  This file contains a concatenation of the PCRE man pages, converted to plain  This file contains a concatenation of the PCRE man pages, converted to plain
3  text format for ease of searching with a text editor, or for use on systems  text format for ease of searching with a text editor, or for use on systems
4  that do not have a man page processor. The small individual files that give  that do not have a man page processor. The small individual files that give
5  synopses of each function in the library have not been included. There are  synopses of each function in the library have not been included. Neither has
6  separate text files for the pcregrep and pcretest commands.  the pcredemo program. There are separate text files for the pcregrep and
7    pcretest commands.
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9    
10    
# Line 18  INTRODUCTION Line 19  INTRODUCTION
19    
20         The  PCRE  library is a set of functions that implement regular expres-         The  PCRE  library is a set of functions that implement regular expres-
21         sion pattern matching using the same syntax and semantics as Perl, with         sion pattern matching using the same syntax and semantics as Perl, with
22         just  a  few  differences. Certain features that appeared in Python and         just  a few differences. Some features that appeared in Python and PCRE
23         PCRE before they appeared in Perl are also available using  the  Python         before they appeared in Perl are also available using the  Python  syn-
24         syntax.  There is also some support for certain .NET and Oniguruma syn-         tax,  there  is  some  support for one or two .NET and Oniguruma syntax
25         tax items, and there is an option for  requesting  some  minor  changes         items, and there is an option for requesting some  minor  changes  that
26         that give better JavaScript compatibility.         give better JavaScript compatibility.
27    
28         The  current  implementation of PCRE (release 7.x) corresponds approxi-         The  current implementation of PCRE corresponds approximately with Perl
29         mately with Perl 5.10, including support for UTF-8 encoded strings  and         5.10/5.11, including support for UTF-8 encoded strings and Unicode gen-
30         Unicode general category properties. However, UTF-8 and Unicode support         eral  category properties. However, UTF-8 and Unicode support has to be
31         has to be explicitly enabled; it is not the default. The Unicode tables         explicitly enabled; it is not the default. The  Unicode  tables  corre-
32         correspond to Unicode release 5.0.0.         spond to Unicode release 5.2.0.
33    
34         In  addition to the Perl-compatible matching function, PCRE contains an         In  addition to the Perl-compatible matching function, PCRE contains an
35         alternative matching function that matches the same  compiled  patterns         alternative function that matches the same compiled patterns in a  dif-
36         in  a different way. In certain circumstances, the alternative function         ferent way. In certain circumstances, the alternative function has some
37         has some advantages. For a discussion of the two  matching  algorithms,         advantages.  For a discussion of the two matching algorithms,  see  the
38         see the pcrematching page.         pcrematching page.
39    
40         PCRE  is  written  in C and released as a C library. A number of people         PCRE  is  written  in C and released as a C library. A number of people
41         have written wrappers and interfaces of various kinds.  In  particular,         have written wrappers and interfaces of various kinds.  In  particular,
# Line 54  INTRODUCTION Line 55  INTRODUCTION
55         library is built. The pcre_config() function makes it  possible  for  a         library is built. The pcre_config() function makes it  possible  for  a
56         client  to  discover  which  features are available. The features them-         client  to  discover  which  features are available. The features them-
57         selves are described in the pcrebuild page. Documentation about  build-         selves are described in the pcrebuild page. Documentation about  build-
58         ing  PCRE for various operating systems can be found in the README file         ing  PCRE  for various operating systems can be found in the README and
59         in the source distribution.         NON-UNIX-USE files in the source distribution.
60    
61         The library contains a number of undocumented  internal  functions  and         The library contains a number of undocumented  internal  functions  and
62         data  tables  that  are  used by more than one of the exported external         data  tables  that  are  used by more than one of the exported external
# Line 71  USER DOCUMENTATION Line 72  USER DOCUMENTATION
72         The user documentation for PCRE comprises a number  of  different  sec-         The user documentation for PCRE comprises a number  of  different  sec-
73         tions.  In the "man" format, each of these is a separate "man page". In         tions.  In the "man" format, each of these is a separate "man page". In
74         the HTML format, each is a separate page, linked from the  index  page.         the HTML format, each is a separate page, linked from the  index  page.
75         In  the  plain text format, all the sections are concatenated, for ease         In  the  plain  text format, all the sections, except the pcredemo sec-
76         of searching. The sections are as follows:         tion, are concatenated, for ease of searching. The sections are as fol-
77           lows:
78    
79           pcre              this document           pcre              this document
80           pcre-config       show PCRE installation configuration information           pcre-config       show PCRE installation configuration information
# Line 81  USER DOCUMENTATION Line 83  USER DOCUMENTATION
83           pcrecallout       details of the callout feature           pcrecallout       details of the callout feature
84           pcrecompat        discussion of Perl compatibility           pcrecompat        discussion of Perl compatibility
85           pcrecpp           details of the C++ wrapper           pcrecpp           details of the C++ wrapper
86             pcredemo          a demonstration C program that uses PCRE
87           pcregrep          description of the pcregrep command           pcregrep          description of the pcregrep command
88           pcrematching      discussion of the two matching algorithms           pcrematching      discussion of the two matching algorithms
89           pcrepartial       details of the partial matching facility           pcrepartial       details of the partial matching facility
90           pcrepattern       syntax and semantics of supported           pcrepattern       syntax and semantics of supported
91                               regular expressions                               regular expressions
          pcresyntax        quick syntax reference  
92           pcreperform       discussion of performance issues           pcreperform       discussion of performance issues
93           pcreposix         the POSIX-compatible C API           pcreposix         the POSIX-compatible C API
94           pcreprecompile    details of saving and re-using precompiled patterns           pcreprecompile    details of saving and re-using precompiled patterns
95           pcresample        discussion of the sample program           pcresample        discussion of the pcredemo program
96           pcrestack         discussion of stack usage           pcrestack         discussion of stack usage
97             pcresyntax        quick syntax reference
98           pcretest          description of the pcretest testing command           pcretest          description of the pcretest testing command
99    
100         In addition, in the "man" and HTML formats, there is a short  page  for         In  addition,  in the "man" and HTML formats, there is a short page for
101         each C library function, listing its arguments and results.         each C library function, listing its arguments and results.
102    
103    
104  LIMITATIONS  LIMITATIONS
105    
106         There  are some size limitations in PCRE but it is hoped that they will         There are some size limitations in PCRE but it is hoped that they  will
107         never in practice be relevant.         never in practice be relevant.
108    
109         The maximum length of a compiled pattern is 65539 (sic) bytes  if  PCRE         The  maximum  length of a compiled pattern is 65539 (sic) bytes if PCRE
110         is compiled with the default internal linkage size of 2. If you want to         is compiled with the default internal linkage size of 2. If you want to
111         process regular expressions that are truly enormous,  you  can  compile         process  regular  expressions  that are truly enormous, you can compile
112         PCRE  with  an  internal linkage size of 3 or 4 (see the README file in         PCRE with an internal linkage size of 3 or 4 (see the  README  file  in
113         the source distribution and the pcrebuild documentation  for  details).         the  source  distribution and the pcrebuild documentation for details).
114         In  these  cases the limit is substantially larger.  However, the speed         In these cases the limit is substantially larger.  However,  the  speed
115         of execution is slower.         of execution is slower.
116    
117         All values in repeating quantifiers must be less than 65536.         All values in repeating quantifiers must be less than 65536.
# Line 119  LIMITATIONS Line 122  LIMITATIONS
122         The maximum length of name for a named subpattern is 32 characters, and         The maximum length of name for a named subpattern is 32 characters, and
123         the maximum number of named subpatterns is 10000.         the maximum number of named subpatterns is 10000.
124    
125         The maximum length of a subject string is the largest  positive  number         The  maximum  length of a subject string is the largest positive number
126         that  an integer variable can hold. However, when using the traditional         that an integer variable can hold. However, when using the  traditional
127         matching function, PCRE uses recursion to handle subpatterns and indef-         matching function, PCRE uses recursion to handle subpatterns and indef-
128         inite  repetition.  This means that the available stack space may limit         inite repetition.  This means that the available stack space may  limit
129         the size of a subject string that can be processed by certain patterns.         the size of a subject string that can be processed by certain patterns.
130         For a discussion of stack issues, see the pcrestack documentation.         For a discussion of stack issues, see the pcrestack documentation.
131    
132    
133  UTF-8 AND UNICODE PROPERTY SUPPORT  UTF-8 AND UNICODE PROPERTY SUPPORT
134    
135         From  release  3.3,  PCRE  has  had  some support for character strings         From release 3.3, PCRE has  had  some  support  for  character  strings
136         encoded in the UTF-8 format. For release 4.0 this was greatly  extended         encoded  in the UTF-8 format. For release 4.0 this was greatly extended
137         to  cover  most common requirements, and in release 5.0 additional sup-         to cover most common requirements, and in release 5.0  additional  sup-
138         port for Unicode general category properties was added.         port for Unicode general category properties was added.
139    
140         In order process UTF-8 strings, you must build PCRE  to  include  UTF-8         In  order  process  UTF-8 strings, you must build PCRE to include UTF-8
141         support  in  the  code,  and, in addition, you must call pcre_compile()         support in the code, and, in addition,  you  must  call  pcre_compile()
142         with the PCRE_UTF8 option flag. When you do this, both the pattern  and         with  the  PCRE_UTF8  option  flag,  or the pattern must start with the
143         any  subject  strings  that are matched against it are treated as UTF-8         sequence (*UTF8). When either of these is the case,  both  the  pattern
144         strings instead of just strings of bytes.         and  any  subject  strings  that  are matched against it are treated as
145           UTF-8 strings instead of strings of 1-byte characters.
146    
147         If you compile PCRE with UTF-8 support, but do not use it at run  time,         If you compile PCRE with UTF-8 support, but do not use it at run  time,
148         the  library will be a bit bigger, but the additional run time overhead         the  library will be a bit bigger, but the additional run time overhead
# Line 218  UTF-8 AND UNICODE PROPERTY SUPPORT Line 222  UTF-8 AND UNICODE PROPERTY SUPPORT
222         not available in the alternative matching function, pcre_dfa_exec().         not available in the alternative matching function, pcre_dfa_exec().
223    
224         6.  The  character escapes \b, \B, \d, \D, \s, \S, \w, and \W correctly         6.  The  character escapes \b, \B, \d, \D, \s, \S, \w, and \W correctly
225         test characters of any code value, but the characters that PCRE  recog-         test characters of any code value, but, by default, the characters that
226         nizes  as  digits,  spaces,  or  word characters remain the same set as         PCRE  recognizes  as digits, spaces, or word characters remain the same
227         before, all with values less than 256. This remains true even when PCRE         set as before, all with values less than 256. This  remains  true  even
228         includes  Unicode  property support, because to do otherwise would slow         when  PCRE  is built to include Unicode property support, because to do
229         down PCRE in many common cases. If you really want to test for a  wider         otherwise would slow down PCRE in many common  cases.  Note  that  this
230         sense  of,  say,  "digit",  you must use Unicode property tests such as         also applies to \b, because it is defined in terms of \w and \W. If you
231         \p{Nd}. Note that this also applies to \b, because  it  is  defined  in         really want to test for a wider sense of, say,  "digit",  you  can  use
232         terms of \w and \W.         explicit  Unicode property tests such as \p{Nd}.  Alternatively, if you
233           set the PCRE_UCP option, the way that the  character  escapes  work  is
234           changed  so that Unicode properties are used to determine which charac-
235           ters match. There are more details in the section on generic  character
236           types in the pcrepattern documentation.
237    
238         7.  Similarly,  characters that match the POSIX named character classes         7.  Similarly,  characters that match the POSIX named character classes
239         are all low-valued characters.         are all low-valued characters, unless the PCRE_UCP option is set.
240    
241         8. However, the Perl 5.10 horizontal and vertical  whitespace  matching         8. However, the Perl 5.10 horizontal and vertical  whitespace  matching
242         escapes (\h, \H, \v, and \V) do match all the appropriate Unicode char-         escapes (\h, \H, \v, and \V) do match all the appropriate Unicode char-
243         acters.         acters, whether or not PCRE_UCP is set.
244    
245         9. Case-insensitive matching applies only to  characters  whose  values         9. Case-insensitive matching applies only to  characters  whose  values
246         are  less than 128, unless PCRE is built with Unicode property support.         are  less than 128, unless PCRE is built with Unicode property support.
# Line 259  AUTHOR Line 267  AUTHOR
267    
268  REVISION  REVISION
269    
270         Last updated: 18 March 2009         Last updated: 12 May 2010
271         Copyright (c) 1997-2009 University of Cambridge.         Copyright (c) 1997-2010 University of Cambridge.
272  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
273    
274    
# Line 278  PCRE BUILD-TIME OPTIONS Line 286  PCRE BUILD-TIME OPTIONS
286         script,  where the optional features are selected or deselected by pro-         script,  where the optional features are selected or deselected by pro-
287         viding options to configure before running the make  command.  However,         viding options to configure before running the make  command.  However,
288         the  same  options  can be selected in both Unix-like and non-Unix-like         the  same  options  can be selected in both Unix-like and non-Unix-like
289         environments using the GUI facility of  CMakeSetup  if  you  are  using         environments using the GUI facility of cmake-gui if you are using CMake
290         CMake instead of configure to build PCRE.         instead of configure to build PCRE.
291    
292           There  is  a  lot more information about building PCRE in non-Unix-like
293           environments in the file called NON_UNIX_USE, which is part of the PCRE
294           distribution.  You  should consult this file as well as the README file
295           if you are building in a non-Unix-like environment.
296    
297         The complete list of options for configure (which includes the standard         The complete list of options for configure (which includes the standard
298         ones such as the  selection  of  the  installation  directory)  can  be         ones  such  as  the  selection  of  the  installation directory) can be
299         obtained by running         obtained by running
300    
301           ./configure --help           ./configure --help
302    
303         The  following  sections  include  descriptions  of options whose names         The following sections include  descriptions  of  options  whose  names
304         begin with --enable or --disable. These settings specify changes to the         begin with --enable or --disable. These settings specify changes to the
305         defaults  for  the configure command. Because of the way that configure         defaults for the configure command. Because of the way  that  configure
306         works, --enable and --disable always come in pairs, so  the  complemen-         works,  --enable  and --disable always come in pairs, so the complemen-
307         tary  option always exists as well, but as it specifies the default, it         tary option always exists as well, but as it specifies the default,  it
308         is not described.         is not described.
309    
310    
# Line 312  UTF-8 SUPPORT Line 325  UTF-8 SUPPORT
325    
326           --enable-utf8           --enable-utf8
327    
328         to the configure command. Of itself, this  does  not  make  PCRE  treat         to  the  configure  command.  Of  itself, this does not make PCRE treat
329         strings  as UTF-8. As well as compiling PCRE with this option, you also         strings as UTF-8. As well as compiling PCRE with this option, you  also
330         have have to set the PCRE_UTF8 option when you call the  pcre_compile()         have  have to set the PCRE_UTF8 option when you call the pcre_compile()
331         function.         or pcre_compile2() functions.
332    
333         If  you set --enable-utf8 when compiling in an EBCDIC environment, PCRE         If you set --enable-utf8 when compiling in an EBCDIC environment,  PCRE
334         expects its input to be either ASCII or UTF-8 (depending on the runtime         expects its input to be either ASCII or UTF-8 (depending on the runtime
335         option).  It  is not possible to support both EBCDIC and UTF-8 codes in         option). It is not possible to support both EBCDIC and UTF-8  codes  in
336         the same  version  of  the  library.  Consequently,  --enable-utf8  and         the  same  version  of  the  library.  Consequently,  --enable-utf8 and
337         --enable-ebcdic are mutually exclusive.         --enable-ebcdic are mutually exclusive.
338    
339    
340  UNICODE CHARACTER PROPERTY SUPPORT  UNICODE CHARACTER PROPERTY SUPPORT
341    
342         UTF-8  support allows PCRE to process character values greater than 255         UTF-8 support allows PCRE to process character values greater than  255
343         in the strings that it handles. On its own, however, it does  not  pro-         in  the  strings that it handles. On its own, however, it does not pro-
344         vide any facilities for accessing the properties of such characters. If         vide any facilities for accessing the properties of such characters. If
345         you want to be able to use the pattern escapes \P, \p,  and  \X,  which         you  want  to  be able to use the pattern escapes \P, \p, and \X, which
346         refer to Unicode character properties, you must add         refer to Unicode character properties, you must add
347    
348           --enable-unicode-properties           --enable-unicode-properties
349    
350         to  the configure command. This implies UTF-8 support, even if you have         to the configure command. This implies UTF-8 support, even if you  have
351         not explicitly requested it.         not explicitly requested it.
352    
353         Including Unicode property support adds around 30K  of  tables  to  the         Including  Unicode  property  support  adds around 30K of tables to the
354         PCRE  library.  Only  the general category properties such as Lu and Nd         PCRE library. Only the general category properties such as  Lu  and  Nd
355         are supported. Details are given in the pcrepattern documentation.         are supported. Details are given in the pcrepattern documentation.
356    
357    
358  CODE VALUE OF NEWLINE  CODE VALUE OF NEWLINE
359    
360         By default, PCRE interprets the linefeed (LF) character  as  indicating         By  default,  PCRE interprets the linefeed (LF) character as indicating
361         the  end  of  a line. This is the normal newline character on Unix-like         the end of a line. This is the normal newline  character  on  Unix-like
362         systems. You can compile PCRE to use carriage return (CR)  instead,  by         systems.  You  can compile PCRE to use carriage return (CR) instead, by
363         adding         adding
364    
365           --enable-newline-is-cr           --enable-newline-is-cr
366    
367         to  the  configure  command.  There  is  also  a --enable-newline-is-lf         to the  configure  command.  There  is  also  a  --enable-newline-is-lf
368         option, which explicitly specifies linefeed as the newline character.         option, which explicitly specifies linefeed as the newline character.
369    
370         Alternatively, you can specify that line endings are to be indicated by         Alternatively, you can specify that line endings are to be indicated by
# Line 363  CODE VALUE OF NEWLINE Line 376  CODE VALUE OF NEWLINE
376    
377           --enable-newline-is-anycrlf           --enable-newline-is-anycrlf
378    
379         which  causes  PCRE  to recognize any of the three sequences CR, LF, or         which causes PCRE to recognize any of the three sequences  CR,  LF,  or
380         CRLF as indicating a line ending. Finally, a fifth option, specified by         CRLF as indicating a line ending. Finally, a fifth option, specified by
381    
382           --enable-newline-is-any           --enable-newline-is-any
383    
384         causes PCRE to recognize any Unicode newline sequence.         causes PCRE to recognize any Unicode newline sequence.
385    
386         Whatever line ending convention is selected when PCRE is built  can  be         Whatever  line  ending convention is selected when PCRE is built can be
387         overridden  when  the library functions are called. At build time it is         overridden when the library functions are called. At build time  it  is
388         conventional to use the standard for your operating system.         conventional to use the standard for your operating system.
389    
390    
391  WHAT \R MATCHES  WHAT \R MATCHES
392    
393         By default, the sequence \R in a pattern matches  any  Unicode  newline         By  default,  the  sequence \R in a pattern matches any Unicode newline
394         sequence,  whatever  has  been selected as the line ending sequence. If         sequence, whatever has been selected as the line  ending  sequence.  If
395         you specify         you specify
396    
397           --enable-bsr-anycrlf           --enable-bsr-anycrlf
398    
399         the default is changed so that \R matches only CR, LF, or  CRLF.  What-         the  default  is changed so that \R matches only CR, LF, or CRLF. What-
400         ever  is selected when PCRE is built can be overridden when the library         ever is selected when PCRE is built can be overridden when the  library
401         functions are called.         functions are called.
402    
403    
404  BUILDING SHARED AND STATIC LIBRARIES  BUILDING SHARED AND STATIC LIBRARIES
405    
406         The PCRE building process uses libtool to build both shared and  static         The  PCRE building process uses libtool to build both shared and static
407         Unix  libraries by default. You can suppress one of these by adding one         Unix libraries by default. You can suppress one of these by adding  one
408         of         of
409    
410           --disable-shared           --disable-shared
# Line 403  BUILDING SHARED AND STATIC LIBRARIES Line 416  BUILDING SHARED AND STATIC LIBRARIES
416  POSIX MALLOC USAGE  POSIX MALLOC USAGE
417    
418         When PCRE is called through the POSIX interface (see the pcreposix doc-         When PCRE is called through the POSIX interface (see the pcreposix doc-
419         umentation),  additional  working  storage  is required for holding the         umentation), additional working storage is  required  for  holding  the
420         pointers to capturing substrings, because PCRE requires three  integers         pointers  to capturing substrings, because PCRE requires three integers
421         per  substring,  whereas  the POSIX interface provides only two. If the         per substring, whereas the POSIX interface provides only  two.  If  the
422         number of expected substrings is small, the wrapper function uses space         number of expected substrings is small, the wrapper function uses space
423         on the stack, because this is faster than using malloc() for each call.         on the stack, because this is faster than using malloc() for each call.
424         The default threshold above which the stack is no longer used is 10; it         The default threshold above which the stack is no longer used is 10; it
# Line 418  POSIX MALLOC USAGE Line 431  POSIX MALLOC USAGE
431    
432  HANDLING VERY LARGE PATTERNS  HANDLING VERY LARGE PATTERNS
433    
434         Within  a  compiled  pattern,  offset values are used to point from one         Within a compiled pattern, offset values are used  to  point  from  one
435         part to another (for example, from an opening parenthesis to an  alter-         part  to another (for example, from an opening parenthesis to an alter-
436         nation  metacharacter).  By default, two-byte values are used for these         nation metacharacter). By default, two-byte values are used  for  these
437         offsets, leading to a maximum size for a  compiled  pattern  of  around         offsets,  leading  to  a  maximum size for a compiled pattern of around
438         64K.  This  is sufficient to handle all but the most gigantic patterns.         64K. This is sufficient to handle all but the most  gigantic  patterns.
439         Nevertheless, some people do want to process enormous patterns,  so  it         Nevertheless,  some  people do want to process truyl enormous patterns,
440         is  possible  to compile PCRE to use three-byte or four-byte offsets by         so it is possible to compile PCRE to use three-byte or  four-byte  off-
441         adding a setting such as         sets by adding a setting such as
442    
443           --with-link-size=3           --with-link-size=3
444    
445         to the configure command. The value given must be 2,  3,  or  4.  Using         to  the  configure  command.  The value given must be 2, 3, or 4. Using
446         longer  offsets slows down the operation of PCRE because it has to load         longer offsets slows down the operation of PCRE because it has to  load
447         additional bytes when handling them.         additional bytes when handling them.
448    
449    
450  AVOIDING EXCESSIVE STACK USAGE  AVOIDING EXCESSIVE STACK USAGE
451    
452         When matching with the pcre_exec() function, PCRE implements backtrack-         When matching with the pcre_exec() function, PCRE implements backtrack-
453         ing  by  making recursive calls to an internal function called match().         ing by making recursive calls to an internal function  called  match().
454         In environments where the size of the stack is limited,  this  can  se-         In  environments  where  the size of the stack is limited, this can se-
455         verely  limit  PCRE's operation. (The Unix environment does not usually         verely limit PCRE's operation. (The Unix environment does  not  usually
456         suffer from this problem, but it may sometimes be necessary to increase         suffer from this problem, but it may sometimes be necessary to increase
457         the  maximum  stack size.  There is a discussion in the pcrestack docu-         the maximum stack size.  There is a discussion in the  pcrestack  docu-
458         mentation.) An alternative approach to recursion that uses memory  from         mentation.)  An alternative approach to recursion that uses memory from
459         the  heap  to remember data, instead of using recursive function calls,         the heap to remember data, instead of using recursive  function  calls,
460         has been implemented to work round the problem of limited  stack  size.         has  been  implemented to work round the problem of limited stack size.
461         If you want to build a version of PCRE that works this way, add         If you want to build a version of PCRE that works this way, add
462    
463           --disable-stack-for-recursion           --disable-stack-for-recursion
464    
465         to  the  configure  command. With this configuration, PCRE will use the         to the configure command. With this configuration, PCRE  will  use  the
466         pcre_stack_malloc and pcre_stack_free variables to call memory  manage-         pcre_stack_malloc  and pcre_stack_free variables to call memory manage-
467         ment  functions. By default these point to malloc() and free(), but you         ment functions. By default these point to malloc() and free(), but  you
468         can replace the pointers so that your own functions are used.         can replace the pointers so that your own functions are used instead.
469    
470         Separate functions are  provided  rather  than  using  pcre_malloc  and         Separate  functions  are  provided  rather  than  using pcre_malloc and
471         pcre_free  because  the  usage  is  very  predictable:  the block sizes         pcre_free because the  usage  is  very  predictable:  the  block  sizes
472         requested are always the same, and  the  blocks  are  always  freed  in         requested  are  always  the  same,  and  the blocks are always freed in
473         reverse  order.  A calling program might be able to implement optimized         reverse order. A calling program might be able to  implement  optimized
474         functions that perform better  than  malloc()  and  free().  PCRE  runs         functions  that  perform  better  than  malloc()  and free(). PCRE runs
475         noticeably more slowly when built in this way. This option affects only         noticeably more slowly when built in this way. This option affects only
476         the  pcre_exec()  function;  it   is   not   relevant   for   the   the         the pcre_exec() function; it is not relevant for pcre_dfa_exec().
        pcre_dfa_exec() function.  
477    
478    
479  LIMITING PCRE RESOURCE USAGE  LIMITING PCRE RESOURCE USAGE
# Line 550  PCRETEST OPTION FOR LIBREADLINE SUPPORT Line 562  PCRETEST OPTION FOR LIBREADLINE SUPPORT
562         to  the  configure  command,  pcretest  is  linked with the libreadline         to  the  configure  command,  pcretest  is  linked with the libreadline
563         library, and when its input is from a terminal, it reads it  using  the         library, and when its input is from a terminal, it reads it  using  the
564         readline() function. This provides line-editing and history facilities.         readline() function. This provides line-editing and history facilities.
565         Note that libreadline is GPL-licenced, so if you distribute a binary of         Note that libreadline is GPL-licensed, so if you distribute a binary of
566         pcretest linked in this way, there may be licensing issues.         pcretest linked in this way, there may be licensing issues.
567    
568         Setting  this  option  causes  the -lreadline option to be added to the         Setting  this  option  causes  the -lreadline option to be added to the
# Line 586  AUTHOR Line 598  AUTHOR
598    
599  REVISION  REVISION
600    
601         Last updated: 17 March 2009         Last updated: 29 September 2009
602         Copyright (c) 1997-2009 University of Cambridge.         Copyright (c) 1997-2009 University of Cambridge.
603  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
604    
# Line 674  THE ALTERNATIVE MATCHING ALGORITHM Line 686  THE ALTERNATIVE MATCHING ALGORITHM
686         though  it is not implemented as a traditional finite state machine (it         though  it is not implemented as a traditional finite state machine (it
687         keeps multiple states active simultaneously).         keeps multiple states active simultaneously).
688    
689           Although the general principle of this matching algorithm  is  that  it
690           scans  the subject string only once, without backtracking, there is one
691           exception: when a lookaround assertion is encountered,  the  characters
692           following  or  preceding  the  current  point  have to be independently
693           inspected.
694    
695         The scan continues until either the end of the subject is  reached,  or         The scan continues until either the end of the subject is  reached,  or
696         there  are  no more unterminated paths. At this point, terminated paths         there  are  no more unterminated paths. At this point, terminated paths
697         represent the different matching possibilities (if there are none,  the         represent the different matching possibilities (if there are none,  the
698         match  has  failed).   Thus,  if there is more than one possible match,         match  has  failed).   Thus,  if there is more than one possible match,
699         this algorithm finds all of them, and in particular, it finds the long-         this algorithm finds all of them, and in particular, it finds the long-
700         est.  In PCRE, there is an option to stop the algorithm after the first         est.  There  is  an  option to stop the algorithm after the first match
701         match (which is necessarily the shortest) has been found.         (which is necessarily the shortest) is found.
702    
703         Note that all the matches that are found start at the same point in the         Note that all the matches that are found start at the same point in the
704         subject. If the pattern         subject. If the pattern
# Line 750  ADVANTAGES OF THE ALTERNATIVE ALGORITHM Line 768  ADVANTAGES OF THE ALTERNATIVE ALGORITHM
768         more than one match using the standard algorithm, you have to do kludgy         more than one match using the standard algorithm, you have to do kludgy
769         things with callouts.         things with callouts.
770    
771         2.  There is much better support for partial matching. The restrictions         2.  Because  the  alternative  algorithm  scans the subject string just
        on the content of the pattern that apply when using the standard  algo-  
        rithm  for  partial matching do not apply to the alternative algorithm.  
        For non-anchored patterns, the starting position of a partial match  is  
        available.  
   
        3.  Because  the  alternative  algorithm  scans the subject string just  
772         once, and never needs to backtrack, it is possible to  pass  very  long         once, and never needs to backtrack, it is possible to  pass  very  long
773         subject  strings  to  the matching function in several pieces, checking         subject  strings  to  the matching function in several pieces, checking
774         for partial matching each time.         for partial matching each time.  The  pcrepartial  documentation  gives
775           details of partial matching.
776    
777    
778  DISADVANTAGES OF THE ALTERNATIVE ALGORITHM  DISADVANTAGES OF THE ALTERNATIVE ALGORITHM
779    
780         The alternative algorithm suffers from a number of disadvantages:         The alternative algorithm suffers from a number of disadvantages:
781    
782         1. It is substantially slower than  the  standard  algorithm.  This  is         1.  It  is  substantially  slower  than the standard algorithm. This is
783         partly  because  it has to search for all possible matches, but is also         partly because it has to search for all possible matches, but  is  also
784         because it is less susceptible to optimization.         because it is less susceptible to optimization.
785    
786         2. Capturing parentheses and back references are not supported.         2. Capturing parentheses and back references are not supported.
# Line 785  AUTHOR Line 798  AUTHOR
798    
799  REVISION  REVISION
800    
801         Last updated: 19 April 2008         Last updated: 29 September 2009
802         Copyright (c) 1997-2008 University of Cambridge.         Copyright (c) 1997-2009 University of Cambridge.
803  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
804    
805    
# Line 893  PCRE API OVERVIEW Line 906  PCRE API OVERVIEW
906         bers for the library.  Applications can use these  to  include  support         bers for the library.  Applications can use these  to  include  support
907         for different releases of PCRE.         for different releases of PCRE.
908    
909           In a Windows environment, if you want to statically link an application
910           program against a non-dll pcre.a  file,  you  must  define  PCRE_STATIC
911           before  including  pcre.h or pcrecpp.h, because otherwise the pcre_mal-
912           loc()   and   pcre_free()   exported   functions   will   be   declared
913           __declspec(dllimport), with unwanted results.
914    
915         The   functions   pcre_compile(),  pcre_compile2(),  pcre_study(),  and         The   functions   pcre_compile(),  pcre_compile2(),  pcre_study(),  and
916         pcre_exec() are used for compiling and matching regular expressions  in         pcre_exec() are used for compiling and matching regular expressions  in
917         a  Perl-compatible  manner. A sample program that demonstrates the sim-         a  Perl-compatible  manner. A sample program that demonstrates the sim-
918         plest way of using them is provided in the file  called  pcredemo.c  in         plest way of using them is provided in the file  called  pcredemo.c  in
919         the  source distribution. The pcresample documentation describes how to         the PCRE source distribution. A listing of this program is given in the
920         compile and run it.         pcredemo documentation, and the pcresample documentation describes  how
921           to compile and run it.
922    
923         A second matching function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which is not Perl-compati-         A second matching function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which is not Perl-compati-
924         ble,  is  also provided. This uses a different algorithm for the match-         ble, is also provided. This uses a different algorithm for  the  match-
925         ing. The alternative algorithm finds all possible matches (at  a  given         ing.  The  alternative algorithm finds all possible matches (at a given
926         point  in  the subject), and scans the subject just once. However, this         point in the subject), and scans the subject just  once  (unless  there
927         algorithm does not return captured substrings. A description of the two         are  lookbehind  assertions).  However,  this algorithm does not return
928         matching  algorithms and their advantages and disadvantages is given in         captured substrings. A description of the two matching  algorithms  and
929         the pcrematching documentation.         their  advantages  and disadvantages is given in the pcrematching docu-
930           mentation.
931    
932         In addition to the main compiling and  matching  functions,  there  are         In addition to the main compiling and  matching  functions,  there  are
933         convenience functions for extracting captured substrings from a subject         convenience functions for extracting captured substrings from a subject
# Line 1116  COMPILING A PATTERN Line 1137  COMPILING A PATTERN
1137         Either of the functions pcre_compile() or pcre_compile2() can be called         Either of the functions pcre_compile() or pcre_compile2() can be called
1138         to compile a pattern into an internal form. The only difference between         to compile a pattern into an internal form. The only difference between
1139         the  two interfaces is that pcre_compile2() has an additional argument,         the  two interfaces is that pcre_compile2() has an additional argument,
1140         errorcodeptr, via which a numerical error code can be returned.         errorcodeptr, via which a numerical error  code  can  be  returned.  To
1141           avoid  too  much repetition, we refer just to pcre_compile() below, but
1142           the information applies equally to pcre_compile2().
1143    
1144         The pattern is a C string terminated by a binary zero, and is passed in         The pattern is a C string terminated by a binary zero, and is passed in
1145         the  pattern  argument.  A  pointer to a single block of memory that is         the  pattern  argument.  A  pointer to a single block of memory that is
# Line 1133  COMPILING A PATTERN Line 1156  COMPILING A PATTERN
1156    
1157         The options argument contains various bit settings that affect the com-         The options argument contains various bit settings that affect the com-
1158         pilation. It should be zero if no options are required.  The  available         pilation. It should be zero if no options are required.  The  available
1159         options  are  described  below. Some of them, in particular, those that         options  are  described  below. Some of them (in particular, those that
1160         are compatible with Perl, can also be set and  unset  from  within  the         are compatible with Perl, but some others as well) can also be set  and
1161         pattern  (see  the  detailed  description in the pcrepattern documenta-         unset  from  within  the  pattern  (see the detailed description in the
1162         tion). For these options, the contents of the options  argument  speci-         pcrepattern documentation). For those options that can be different  in
1163         fies  their initial settings at the start of compilation and execution.         different  parts  of  the pattern, the contents of the options argument
1164         The PCRE_ANCHORED and PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx options can be set at  the  time         specifies their settings at the start of compilation and execution. The
1165         of matching as well as at compile time.         PCRE_ANCHORED, PCRE_BSR_xxx, and PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx options can be set at
1166           the time of matching as well as at compile time.
1167    
1168         If errptr is NULL, pcre_compile() returns NULL immediately.  Otherwise,         If errptr is NULL, pcre_compile() returns NULL immediately.  Otherwise,
1169         if compilation of a pattern fails,  pcre_compile()  returns  NULL,  and         if  compilation  of  a  pattern fails, pcre_compile() returns NULL, and
1170         sets the variable pointed to by errptr to point to a textual error mes-         sets the variable pointed to by errptr to point to a textual error mes-
1171         sage. This is a static string that is part of the library. You must not         sage. This is a static string that is part of the library. You must not
1172         try to free it. The offset from the start of the pattern to the charac-         try to free it. The byte offset from the start of the  pattern  to  the
1173         ter where the error was discovered is placed in the variable pointed to         character  that  was  being  processed when the error was discovered is
1174         by  erroffset,  which must not be NULL. If it is, an immediate error is         placed in the variable pointed to by erroffset, which must not be NULL.
1175         given.         If  it  is,  an  immediate error is given. Some errors are not detected
1176           until checks are carried out when the whole pattern has  been  scanned;
1177         If pcre_compile2() is used instead of pcre_compile(),  and  the  error-         in this case the offset is set to the end of the pattern.
1178         codeptr  argument is not NULL, a non-zero error code number is returned  
1179         via this argument in the event of an error. This is in addition to  the         If  pcre_compile2()  is  used instead of pcre_compile(), and the error-
1180           codeptr argument is not NULL, a non-zero error code number is  returned
1181           via  this argument in the event of an error. This is in addition to the
1182         textual error message. Error codes and messages are listed below.         textual error message. Error codes and messages are listed below.
1183    
1184         If  the  final  argument, tableptr, is NULL, PCRE uses a default set of         If the final argument, tableptr, is NULL, PCRE uses a  default  set  of
1185         character tables that are  built  when  PCRE  is  compiled,  using  the         character  tables  that  are  built  when  PCRE  is compiled, using the
1186         default  C  locale.  Otherwise, tableptr must be an address that is the         default C locale. Otherwise, tableptr must be an address  that  is  the
1187         result of a call to pcre_maketables(). This value is  stored  with  the         result  of  a  call to pcre_maketables(). This value is stored with the
1188         compiled  pattern,  and used again by pcre_exec(), unless another table         compiled pattern, and used again by pcre_exec(), unless  another  table
1189         pointer is passed to it. For more discussion, see the section on locale         pointer is passed to it. For more discussion, see the section on locale
1190         support below.         support below.
1191    
1192         This  code  fragment  shows a typical straightforward call to pcre_com-         This code fragment shows a typical straightforward  call  to  pcre_com-
1193         pile():         pile():
1194    
1195           pcre *re;           pcre *re;
# Line 1176  COMPILING A PATTERN Line 1202  COMPILING A PATTERN
1202             &erroffset,       /* for error offset */             &erroffset,       /* for error offset */
1203             NULL);            /* use default character tables */             NULL);            /* use default character tables */
1204    
1205         The following names for option bits are defined in  the  pcre.h  header         The  following  names  for option bits are defined in the pcre.h header
1206         file:         file:
1207    
1208           PCRE_ANCHORED           PCRE_ANCHORED
1209    
1210         If this bit is set, the pattern is forced to be "anchored", that is, it         If this bit is set, the pattern is forced to be "anchored", that is, it
1211         is constrained to match only at the first matching point in the  string         is  constrained to match only at the first matching point in the string
1212         that  is being searched (the "subject string"). This effect can also be         that is being searched (the "subject string"). This effect can also  be
1213         achieved by appropriate constructs in the pattern itself, which is  the         achieved  by appropriate constructs in the pattern itself, which is the
1214         only way to do it in Perl.         only way to do it in Perl.
1215    
1216           PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT           PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT
1217    
1218         If this bit is set, pcre_compile() automatically inserts callout items,         If this bit is set, pcre_compile() automatically inserts callout items,
1219         all with number 255, before each pattern item. For  discussion  of  the         all  with  number  255, before each pattern item. For discussion of the
1220         callout facility, see the pcrecallout documentation.         callout facility, see the pcrecallout documentation.
1221    
1222           PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF           PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF
1223           PCRE_BSR_UNICODE           PCRE_BSR_UNICODE
1224    
1225         These options (which are mutually exclusive) control what the \R escape         These options (which are mutually exclusive) control what the \R escape
1226         sequence matches. The choice is either to match only CR, LF,  or  CRLF,         sequence  matches.  The choice is either to match only CR, LF, or CRLF,
1227         or to match any Unicode newline sequence. The default is specified when         or to match any Unicode newline sequence. The default is specified when
1228         PCRE is built. It can be overridden from within the pattern, or by set-         PCRE is built. It can be overridden from within the pattern, or by set-
1229         ting an option when a compiled pattern is matched.         ting an option when a compiled pattern is matched.
1230    
1231           PCRE_CASELESS           PCRE_CASELESS
1232    
1233         If  this  bit is set, letters in the pattern match both upper and lower         If this bit is set, letters in the pattern match both upper  and  lower
1234         case letters. It is equivalent to Perl's  /i  option,  and  it  can  be         case  letters.  It  is  equivalent  to  Perl's /i option, and it can be
1235         changed  within a pattern by a (?i) option setting. In UTF-8 mode, PCRE         changed within a pattern by a (?i) option setting. In UTF-8 mode,  PCRE
1236         always understands the concept of case for characters whose values  are         always  understands the concept of case for characters whose values are
1237         less  than 128, so caseless matching is always possible. For characters         less than 128, so caseless matching is always possible. For  characters
1238         with higher values, the concept of case is supported if  PCRE  is  com-         with  higher  values,  the concept of case is supported if PCRE is com-
1239         piled  with Unicode property support, but not otherwise. If you want to         piled with Unicode property support, but not otherwise. If you want  to
1240         use caseless matching for characters 128 and  above,  you  must  ensure         use  caseless  matching  for  characters 128 and above, you must ensure
1241         that  PCRE  is  compiled  with Unicode property support as well as with         that PCRE is compiled with Unicode property support  as  well  as  with
1242         UTF-8 support.         UTF-8 support.
1243    
1244           PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY           PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY
1245    
1246         If this bit is set, a dollar metacharacter in the pattern matches  only         If  this bit is set, a dollar metacharacter in the pattern matches only
1247         at  the  end  of the subject string. Without this option, a dollar also         at the end of the subject string. Without this option,  a  dollar  also
1248         matches immediately before a newline at the end of the string (but  not         matches  immediately before a newline at the end of the string (but not
1249         before  any  other newlines). The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option is ignored         before any other newlines). The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option  is  ignored
1250         if PCRE_MULTILINE is set.  There is no equivalent  to  this  option  in         if  PCRE_MULTILINE  is  set.   There is no equivalent to this option in
1251         Perl, and no way to set it within a pattern.         Perl, and no way to set it within a pattern.
1252    
1253           PCRE_DOTALL           PCRE_DOTALL
1254    
1255         If this bit is set, a dot metacharater in the pattern matches all char-         If this bit is set, a dot metacharater in the pattern matches all char-
1256         acters, including those that indicate newline. Without it, a  dot  does         acters,  including  those that indicate newline. Without it, a dot does
1257         not  match  when  the  current position is at a newline. This option is         not match when the current position is at a  newline.  This  option  is
1258         equivalent to Perl's /s option, and it can be changed within a  pattern         equivalent  to Perl's /s option, and it can be changed within a pattern
1259         by  a (?s) option setting. A negative class such as [^a] always matches         by a (?s) option setting. A negative class such as [^a] always  matches
1260         newline characters, independent of the setting of this option.         newline characters, independent of the setting of this option.
1261    
1262           PCRE_DUPNAMES           PCRE_DUPNAMES
1263    
1264         If this bit is set, names used to identify capturing  subpatterns  need         If  this  bit is set, names used to identify capturing subpatterns need
1265         not be unique. This can be helpful for certain types of pattern when it         not be unique. This can be helpful for certain types of pattern when it
1266         is known that only one instance of the named  subpattern  can  ever  be         is  known  that  only  one instance of the named subpattern can ever be
1267         matched.  There  are  more details of named subpatterns below; see also         matched. There are more details of named subpatterns  below;  see  also
1268         the pcrepattern documentation.         the pcrepattern documentation.
1269    
1270           PCRE_EXTENDED           PCRE_EXTENDED
1271    
1272         If this bit is set, whitespace  data  characters  in  the  pattern  are         If  this  bit  is  set,  whitespace  data characters in the pattern are
1273         totally ignored except when escaped or inside a character class. White-         totally ignored except when escaped or inside a character class. White-
1274         space does not include the VT character (code 11). In addition, charac-         space does not include the VT character (code 11). In addition, charac-
1275         ters between an unescaped # outside a character class and the next new-         ters between an unescaped # outside a character class and the next new-
1276         line, inclusive, are also ignored. This  is  equivalent  to  Perl's  /x         line,  inclusive,  are  also  ignored.  This is equivalent to Perl's /x
1277         option,  and  it  can be changed within a pattern by a (?x) option set-         option, and it can be changed within a pattern by a  (?x)  option  set-
1278         ting.         ting.
1279    
1280         This option makes it possible to include  comments  inside  complicated         This  option  makes  it possible to include comments inside complicated
1281         patterns.   Note,  however,  that this applies only to data characters.         patterns.  Note, however, that this applies only  to  data  characters.
1282         Whitespace  characters  may  never  appear  within  special   character         Whitespace   characters  may  never  appear  within  special  character
1283         sequences  in  a  pattern,  for  example  within the sequence (?( which         sequences in a pattern, for  example  within  the  sequence  (?(  which
1284         introduces a conditional subpattern.         introduces a conditional subpattern.
1285    
1286           PCRE_EXTRA           PCRE_EXTRA
1287    
1288         This option was invented in order to turn on  additional  functionality         This  option  was invented in order to turn on additional functionality
1289         of  PCRE  that  is  incompatible with Perl, but it is currently of very         of PCRE that is incompatible with Perl, but it  is  currently  of  very
1290         little use. When set, any backslash in a pattern that is followed by  a         little  use. When set, any backslash in a pattern that is followed by a
1291         letter  that  has  no  special  meaning causes an error, thus reserving         letter that has no special meaning  causes  an  error,  thus  reserving
1292         these combinations for future expansion. By  default,  as  in  Perl,  a         these  combinations  for  future  expansion.  By default, as in Perl, a
1293         backslash  followed by a letter with no special meaning is treated as a         backslash followed by a letter with no special meaning is treated as  a
1294         literal. (Perl can, however, be persuaded to give a warning for  this.)         literal. (Perl can, however, be persuaded to give an error for this, by
1295         There  are  at  present no other features controlled by this option. It         running it with the -w option.) There are at present no other  features
1296         can also be set by a (?X) option setting within a pattern.         controlled  by this option. It can also be set by a (?X) option setting
1297           within a pattern.
1298    
1299           PCRE_FIRSTLINE           PCRE_FIRSTLINE
1300    
# Line 1355  COMPILING A PATTERN Line 1382  COMPILING A PATTERN
1382         be  used  for  capturing  (and  they acquire numbers in the usual way).         be  used  for  capturing  (and  they acquire numbers in the usual way).
1383         There is no equivalent of this option in Perl.         There is no equivalent of this option in Perl.
1384    
1385             PCRE_UCP
1386    
1387           This option changes the way PCRE processes \b, \d, \s, \w, and some  of
1388           the POSIX character classes. By default, only ASCII characters are rec-
1389           ognized, but if PCRE_UCP is set, Unicode properties are used instead to
1390           classify  characters.  More details are given in the section on generic
1391           character types in the pcrepattern page. If you set PCRE_UCP,  matching
1392           one  of the items it affects takes much longer. The option is available
1393           only if PCRE has been compiled with Unicode property support.
1394    
1395           PCRE_UNGREEDY           PCRE_UNGREEDY
1396    
1397         This option inverts the "greediness" of the quantifiers  so  that  they         This option inverts the "greediness" of the quantifiers  so  that  they
# Line 1445  COMPILATION ERROR CODES Line 1482  COMPILATION ERROR CODES
1482           50  [this code is not in use]           50  [this code is not in use]
1483           51  octal value is greater than \377 (not in UTF-8 mode)           51  octal value is greater than \377 (not in UTF-8 mode)
1484           52  internal error: overran compiling workspace           52  internal error: overran compiling workspace
1485           53  internal  error:  previously-checked  referenced  subpattern  not           53  internal error: previously-checked referenced subpattern
1486         found                 not found
1487           54  DEFINE group contains more than one branch           54  DEFINE group contains more than one branch
1488           55  repeating a DEFINE group is not allowed           55  repeating a DEFINE group is not allowed
1489           56  inconsistent NEWLINE options           56  inconsistent NEWLINE options
1490           57  \g is not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted           57  \g is not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted
1491                 name/number or by a plain number                 name/number or by a plain number
1492           58  a numbered reference must not be zero           58  a numbered reference must not be zero
1493           59  (*VERB) with an argument is not supported           59  an argument is not allowed for (*ACCEPT), (*FAIL), or (*COMMIT)
1494           60  (*VERB) not recognized           60  (*VERB) not recognized
1495           61  number is too big           61  number is too big
1496           62  subpattern name expected           62  subpattern name expected
1497           63  digit expected after (?+           63  digit expected after (?+
1498           64  ] is an invalid data character in JavaScript compatibility mode           64  ] is an invalid data character in JavaScript compatibility mode
1499             65  different names for subpatterns of the same number are
1500                   not allowed
1501             66  (*MARK) must have an argument
1502             67  this version of PCRE is not compiled with PCRE_UCP support
1503    
1504         The  numbers  32  and 10000 in errors 48 and 49 are defaults; different         The numbers 32 and 10000 in errors 48 and 49  are  defaults;  different
1505         values may be used if the limits were changed when PCRE was built.         values may be used if the limits were changed when PCRE was built.
1506    
1507    
# Line 1469  STUDYING A PATTERN Line 1510  STUDYING A PATTERN
1510         pcre_extra *pcre_study(const pcre *code, int options         pcre_extra *pcre_study(const pcre *code, int options
1511              const char **errptr);              const char **errptr);
1512    
1513         If a compiled pattern is going to be used several times,  it  is  worth         If  a  compiled  pattern is going to be used several times, it is worth
1514         spending more time analyzing it in order to speed up the time taken for         spending more time analyzing it in order to speed up the time taken for
1515         matching. The function pcre_study() takes a pointer to a compiled  pat-         matching.  The function pcre_study() takes a pointer to a compiled pat-
1516         tern as its first argument. If studying the pattern produces additional         tern as its first argument. If studying the pattern produces additional
1517         information that will help speed up matching,  pcre_study()  returns  a         information  that  will  help speed up matching, pcre_study() returns a
1518         pointer  to a pcre_extra block, in which the study_data field points to         pointer to a pcre_extra block, in which the study_data field points  to
1519         the results of the study.         the results of the study.
1520    
1521         The  returned  value  from  pcre_study()  can  be  passed  directly  to         The  returned  value  from  pcre_study()  can  be  passed  directly  to
1522         pcre_exec().  However,  a  pcre_extra  block also contains other fields         pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). However, a pcre_extra block  also  con-
1523         that can be set by the caller before the block  is  passed;  these  are         tains  other  fields  that can be set by the caller before the block is
1524         described below in the section on matching a pattern.         passed; these are described below in the section on matching a pattern.
1525    
1526         If  studying  the  pattern  does not produce any additional information         If studying the  pattern  does  not  produce  any  useful  information,
1527         pcre_study() returns NULL. In that circumstance, if the calling program         pcre_study() returns NULL. In that circumstance, if the calling program
1528         wants  to  pass  any of the other fields to pcre_exec(), it must set up         wants  to  pass  any  of   the   other   fields   to   pcre_exec()   or
1529         its own pcre_extra block.         pcre_dfa_exec(), it must set up its own pcre_extra block.
1530    
1531         The second argument of pcre_study() contains option bits.  At  present,         The  second  argument of pcre_study() contains option bits. At present,
1532         no options are defined, and this argument should always be zero.         no options are defined, and this argument should always be zero.
1533    
1534         The  third argument for pcre_study() is a pointer for an error message.         The third argument for pcre_study() is a pointer for an error  message.
1535         If studying succeeds (even if no data is  returned),  the  variable  it         If  studying  succeeds  (even  if no data is returned), the variable it
1536         points  to  is  set  to NULL. Otherwise it is set to point to a textual         points to is set to NULL. Otherwise it is set to  point  to  a  textual
1537         error message. This is a static string that is part of the library. You         error message. This is a static string that is part of the library. You
1538         must  not  try  to  free it. You should test the error pointer for NULL         must not try to free it. You should test the  error  pointer  for  NULL
1539         after calling pcre_study(), to be sure that it has run successfully.         after calling pcre_study(), to be sure that it has run successfully.
1540    
1541         This is a typical call to pcre_study():         This is a typical call to pcre_study():
# Line 1505  STUDYING A PATTERN Line 1546  STUDYING A PATTERN
1546             0,              /* no options exist */             0,              /* no options exist */
1547             &error);        /* set to NULL or points to a message */             &error);        /* set to NULL or points to a message */
1548    
1549         At present, studying a pattern is useful only for non-anchored patterns         Studying a pattern does two things: first, a lower bound for the length
1550         that  do not have a single fixed starting character. A bitmap of possi-         of subject string that is needed to match the pattern is computed. This
1551         ble starting bytes is created.         does not mean that there are any strings of that length that match, but
1552           it does guarantee that no shorter strings match. The value is  used  by
1553           pcre_exec()  and  pcre_dfa_exec()  to  avoid  wasting time by trying to
1554           match strings that are shorter than the lower bound. You can  find  out
1555           the value in a calling program via the pcre_fullinfo() function.
1556    
1557           Studying a pattern is also useful for non-anchored patterns that do not
1558           have a single fixed starting character. A bitmap of  possible  starting
1559           bytes  is  created. This speeds up finding a position in the subject at
1560           which to start matching.
1561    
1562           The two optimizations just described can be  disabled  by  setting  the
1563           PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE    option    when    calling    pcre_exec()   or
1564           pcre_dfa_exec(). You might want to do this  if  your  pattern  contains
1565           callouts,  or  make  use of (*MARK), and you make use of these in cases
1566           where matching fails.  See  the  discussion  of  PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE
1567           below.
1568    
1569    
1570  LOCALE SUPPORT  LOCALE SUPPORT
1571    
1572         PCRE handles caseless matching, and determines whether  characters  are         PCRE  handles  caseless matching, and determines whether characters are
1573         letters,  digits, or whatever, by reference to a set of tables, indexed         letters, digits, or whatever, by reference to a set of tables,  indexed
1574         by character value. When running in UTF-8 mode, this  applies  only  to         by  character  value.  When running in UTF-8 mode, this applies only to
1575         characters  with  codes  less than 128. Higher-valued codes never match         characters with codes less than 128. By  default,  higher-valued  codes
1576         escapes such as \w or \d, but can be tested with \p if  PCRE  is  built         never match escapes such as \w or \d, but they can be tested with \p if
1577         with  Unicode  character property support. The use of locales with Uni-         PCRE is built with Unicode character property  support.  Alternatively,
1578         code is discouraged. If you are handling characters with codes  greater         the  PCRE_UCP  option  can  be  set at compile time; this causes \w and
1579         than  128, you should either use UTF-8 and Unicode, or use locales, but         friends to use Unicode property support instead of built-in tables. The
1580         not try to mix the two.         use of locales with Unicode is discouraged. If you are handling charac-
1581           ters with codes greater than 128, you should either use UTF-8 and  Uni-
1582           code, or use locales, but not try to mix the two.
1583    
1584         PCRE contains an internal set of tables that are used  when  the  final         PCRE  contains  an  internal set of tables that are used when the final
1585         argument  of  pcre_compile()  is  NULL.  These  are sufficient for many         argument of pcre_compile() is  NULL.  These  are  sufficient  for  many
1586         applications.  Normally, the internal tables recognize only ASCII char-         applications.  Normally, the internal tables recognize only ASCII char-
1587         acters. However, when PCRE is built, it is possible to cause the inter-         acters. However, when PCRE is built, it is possible to cause the inter-
1588         nal tables to be rebuilt in the default "C" locale of the local system,         nal tables to be rebuilt in the default "C" locale of the local system,
1589         which may cause them to be different.         which may cause them to be different.
1590    
1591         The  internal tables can always be overridden by tables supplied by the         The internal tables can always be overridden by tables supplied by  the
1592         application that calls PCRE. These may be created in a different locale         application that calls PCRE. These may be created in a different locale
1593         from  the  default.  As more and more applications change to using Uni-         from the default. As more and more applications change  to  using  Uni-
1594         code, the need for this locale support is expected to die away.         code, the need for this locale support is expected to die away.
1595    
1596         External tables are built by calling  the  pcre_maketables()  function,         External  tables  are  built by calling the pcre_maketables() function,
1597         which  has no arguments, in the relevant locale. The result can then be         which has no arguments, in the relevant locale. The result can then  be
1598         passed to pcre_compile() or pcre_exec()  as  often  as  necessary.  For         passed  to  pcre_compile()  or  pcre_exec()  as often as necessary. For
1599         example,  to  build  and use tables that are appropriate for the French         example, to build and use tables that are appropriate  for  the  French
1600         locale (where accented characters with  values  greater  than  128  are         locale  (where  accented  characters  with  values greater than 128 are
1601         treated as letters), the following code could be used:         treated as letters), the following code could be used:
1602    
1603           setlocale(LC_CTYPE, "fr_FR");           setlocale(LC_CTYPE, "fr_FR");
1604           tables = pcre_maketables();           tables = pcre_maketables();
1605           re = pcre_compile(..., tables);           re = pcre_compile(..., tables);
1606    
1607         The  locale  name "fr_FR" is used on Linux and other Unix-like systems;         The locale name "fr_FR" is used on Linux and other  Unix-like  systems;
1608         if you are using Windows, the name for the French locale is "french".         if you are using Windows, the name for the French locale is "french".
1609    
1610         When pcre_maketables() runs, the tables are built  in  memory  that  is         When  pcre_maketables()  runs,  the  tables are built in memory that is
1611         obtained  via  pcre_malloc. It is the caller's responsibility to ensure         obtained via pcre_malloc. It is the caller's responsibility  to  ensure
1612         that the memory containing the tables remains available for as long  as         that  the memory containing the tables remains available for as long as
1613         it is needed.         it is needed.
1614    
1615         The pointer that is passed to pcre_compile() is saved with the compiled         The pointer that is passed to pcre_compile() is saved with the compiled
1616         pattern, and the same tables are used via this pointer by  pcre_study()         pattern,  and the same tables are used via this pointer by pcre_study()
1617         and normally also by pcre_exec(). Thus, by default, for any single pat-         and normally also by pcre_exec(). Thus, by default, for any single pat-
1618         tern, compilation, studying and matching all happen in the same locale,         tern, compilation, studying and matching all happen in the same locale,
1619         but different patterns can be compiled in different locales.         but different patterns can be compiled in different locales.
1620    
1621         It  is  possible to pass a table pointer or NULL (indicating the use of         It is possible to pass a table pointer or NULL (indicating the  use  of
1622         the internal tables) to pcre_exec(). Although  not  intended  for  this         the  internal  tables)  to  pcre_exec(). Although not intended for this
1623         purpose,  this facility could be used to match a pattern in a different         purpose, this facility could be used to match a pattern in a  different
1624         locale from the one in which it was compiled. Passing table pointers at         locale from the one in which it was compiled. Passing table pointers at
1625         run time is discussed below in the section on matching a pattern.         run time is discussed below in the section on matching a pattern.
1626    
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1630         int pcre_fullinfo(const pcre *code, const pcre_extra *extra,         int pcre_fullinfo(const pcre *code, const pcre_extra *extra,
1631              int what, void *where);              int what, void *where);
1632    
1633         The  pcre_fullinfo() function returns information about a compiled pat-         The pcre_fullinfo() function returns information about a compiled  pat-
1634         tern. It replaces the obsolete pcre_info() function, which is neverthe-         tern. It replaces the obsolete pcre_info() function, which is neverthe-
1635         less retained for backwards compability (and is documented below).         less retained for backwards compability (and is documented below).
1636    
1637         The  first  argument  for  pcre_fullinfo() is a pointer to the compiled         The first argument for pcre_fullinfo() is a  pointer  to  the  compiled
1638         pattern. The second argument is the result of pcre_study(), or NULL  if         pattern.  The second argument is the result of pcre_study(), or NULL if
1639         the  pattern  was not studied. The third argument specifies which piece         the pattern was not studied. The third argument specifies  which  piece
1640         of information is required, and the fourth argument is a pointer  to  a         of  information  is required, and the fourth argument is a pointer to a
1641         variable  to  receive  the  data. The yield of the function is zero for         variable to receive the data. The yield of the  function  is  zero  for
1642         success, or one of the following negative numbers:         success, or one of the following negative numbers:
1643    
1644           PCRE_ERROR_NULL       the argument code was NULL           PCRE_ERROR_NULL       the argument code was NULL
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1646           PCRE_ERROR_BADMAGIC   the "magic number" was not found           PCRE_ERROR_BADMAGIC   the "magic number" was not found
1647           PCRE_ERROR_BADOPTION  the value of what was invalid           PCRE_ERROR_BADOPTION  the value of what was invalid
1648    
1649         The "magic number" is placed at the start of each compiled  pattern  as         The  "magic  number" is placed at the start of each compiled pattern as
1650         an  simple check against passing an arbitrary memory pointer. Here is a         an simple check against passing an arbitrary memory pointer. Here is  a
1651         typical call of pcre_fullinfo(), to obtain the length of  the  compiled         typical  call  of pcre_fullinfo(), to obtain the length of the compiled
1652         pattern:         pattern:
1653    
1654           int rc;           int rc;
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1659             PCRE_INFO_SIZE,   /* what is required */             PCRE_INFO_SIZE,   /* what is required */
1660             &length);         /* where to put the data */             &length);         /* where to put the data */
1661    
1662         The  possible  values for the third argument are defined in pcre.h, and         The possible values for the third argument are defined in  pcre.h,  and
1663         are as follows:         are as follows:
1664    
1665           PCRE_INFO_BACKREFMAX           PCRE_INFO_BACKREFMAX
1666    
1667         Return the number of the highest back reference  in  the  pattern.  The         Return  the  number  of  the highest back reference in the pattern. The
1668         fourth  argument  should  point to an int variable. Zero is returned if         fourth argument should point to an int variable. Zero  is  returned  if
1669         there are no back references.         there are no back references.
1670    
1671           PCRE_INFO_CAPTURECOUNT           PCRE_INFO_CAPTURECOUNT
1672    
1673         Return the number of capturing subpatterns in the pattern.  The  fourth         Return  the  number of capturing subpatterns in the pattern. The fourth
1674         argument should point to an int variable.         argument should point to an int variable.
1675    
1676           PCRE_INFO_DEFAULT_TABLES           PCRE_INFO_DEFAULT_TABLES
1677    
1678         Return  a pointer to the internal default character tables within PCRE.         Return a pointer to the internal default character tables within  PCRE.
1679         The fourth argument should point to an unsigned char *  variable.  This         The  fourth  argument should point to an unsigned char * variable. This
1680         information call is provided for internal use by the pcre_study() func-         information call is provided for internal use by the pcre_study() func-
1681         tion. External callers can cause PCRE to use  its  internal  tables  by         tion.  External  callers  can  cause PCRE to use its internal tables by
1682         passing a NULL table pointer.         passing a NULL table pointer.
1683    
1684           PCRE_INFO_FIRSTBYTE           PCRE_INFO_FIRSTBYTE
1685    
1686         Return  information  about  the first byte of any matched string, for a         Return information about the first byte of any matched  string,  for  a
1687         non-anchored pattern. The fourth argument should point to an int  vari-         non-anchored  pattern. The fourth argument should point to an int vari-
1688         able.  (This option used to be called PCRE_INFO_FIRSTCHAR; the old name         able. (This option used to be called PCRE_INFO_FIRSTCHAR; the old  name
1689         is still recognized for backwards compatibility.)         is still recognized for backwards compatibility.)
1690    
1691         If there is a fixed first byte, for example, from  a  pattern  such  as         If  there  is  a  fixed first byte, for example, from a pattern such as
1692         (cat|cow|coyote), its value is returned. Otherwise, if either         (cat|cow|coyote), its value is returned. Otherwise, if either
1693    
1694         (a)  the pattern was compiled with the PCRE_MULTILINE option, and every         (a) the pattern was compiled with the PCRE_MULTILINE option, and  every
1695         branch starts with "^", or         branch starts with "^", or
1696    
1697         (b) every branch of the pattern starts with ".*" and PCRE_DOTALL is not         (b) every branch of the pattern starts with ".*" and PCRE_DOTALL is not
1698         set (if it were set, the pattern would be anchored),         set (if it were set, the pattern would be anchored),
1699    
1700         -1  is  returned, indicating that the pattern matches only at the start         -1 is returned, indicating that the pattern matches only at  the  start
1701         of a subject string or after any newline within the  string.  Otherwise         of  a  subject string or after any newline within the string. Otherwise
1702         -2 is returned. For anchored patterns, -2 is returned.         -2 is returned. For anchored patterns, -2 is returned.
1703    
1704           PCRE_INFO_FIRSTTABLE           PCRE_INFO_FIRSTTABLE
1705    
1706         If  the pattern was studied, and this resulted in the construction of a         If the pattern was studied, and this resulted in the construction of  a
1707         256-bit table indicating a fixed set of bytes for the first byte in any         256-bit table indicating a fixed set of bytes for the first byte in any
1708         matching  string, a pointer to the table is returned. Otherwise NULL is         matching string, a pointer to the table is returned. Otherwise NULL  is
1709         returned. The fourth argument should point to an unsigned char *  vari-         returned.  The fourth argument should point to an unsigned char * vari-
1710         able.         able.
1711    
1712           PCRE_INFO_HASCRORLF           PCRE_INFO_HASCRORLF
1713    
1714         Return  1  if  the  pattern  contains any explicit matches for CR or LF         Return 1 if the pattern contains any explicit  matches  for  CR  or  LF
1715         characters, otherwise 0. The fourth argument should  point  to  an  int         characters,  otherwise  0.  The  fourth argument should point to an int
1716         variable.  An explicit match is either a literal CR or LF character, or         variable. An explicit match is either a literal CR or LF character,  or
1717         \r or \n.         \r or \n.
1718    
1719           PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED           PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED
1720    
1721         Return 1 if the (?J) or (?-J) option setting is used  in  the  pattern,         Return  1  if  the (?J) or (?-J) option setting is used in the pattern,
1722         otherwise  0. The fourth argument should point to an int variable. (?J)         otherwise 0. The fourth argument should point to an int variable.  (?J)
1723         and (?-J) set and unset the local PCRE_DUPNAMES option, respectively.         and (?-J) set and unset the local PCRE_DUPNAMES option, respectively.
1724    
1725           PCRE_INFO_LASTLITERAL           PCRE_INFO_LASTLITERAL
1726    
1727         Return the value of the rightmost literal byte that must exist  in  any         Return  the  value of the rightmost literal byte that must exist in any
1728         matched  string,  other  than  at  its  start,  if such a byte has been         matched string, other than at its  start,  if  such  a  byte  has  been
1729         recorded. The fourth argument should point to an int variable. If there         recorded. The fourth argument should point to an int variable. If there
1730         is  no such byte, -1 is returned. For anchored patterns, a last literal         is no such byte, -1 is returned. For anchored patterns, a last  literal
1731         byte is recorded only if it follows something of variable  length.  For         byte  is  recorded only if it follows something of variable length. For
1732         example, for the pattern /^a\d+z\d+/ the returned value is "z", but for         example, for the pattern /^a\d+z\d+/ the returned value is "z", but for
1733         /^a\dz\d/ the returned value is -1.         /^a\dz\d/ the returned value is -1.
1734    
1735             PCRE_INFO_MINLENGTH
1736    
1737           If  the  pattern  was studied and a minimum length for matching subject
1738           strings was computed, its value is  returned.  Otherwise  the  returned
1739           value  is  -1. The value is a number of characters, not bytes (this may
1740           be relevant in UTF-8 mode). The fourth argument should point to an  int
1741           variable.  A  non-negative  value is a lower bound to the length of any
1742           matching string. There may not be any strings of that  length  that  do
1743           actually match, but every string that does match is at least that long.
1744    
1745           PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT           PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT
1746           PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE           PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE
1747           PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE           PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE
1748    
1749         PCRE supports the use of named as well as numbered capturing  parenthe-         PCRE  supports the use of named as well as numbered capturing parenthe-
1750         ses.  The names are just an additional way of identifying the parenthe-         ses. The names are just an additional way of identifying the  parenthe-
1751         ses, which still acquire numbers. Several convenience functions such as         ses, which still acquire numbers. Several convenience functions such as
1752         pcre_get_named_substring()  are  provided  for extracting captured sub-         pcre_get_named_substring() are provided for  extracting  captured  sub-
1753         strings by name. It is also possible to extract the data  directly,  by         strings  by  name. It is also possible to extract the data directly, by
1754         first  converting  the  name to a number in order to access the correct         first converting the name to a number in order to  access  the  correct
1755         pointers in the output vector (described with pcre_exec() below). To do         pointers in the output vector (described with pcre_exec() below). To do
1756         the  conversion,  you  need  to  use  the  name-to-number map, which is         the conversion, you need  to  use  the  name-to-number  map,  which  is
1757         described by these three values.         described by these three values.
1758    
1759         The map consists of a number of fixed-size entries. PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT         The map consists of a number of fixed-size entries. PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT
1760         gives the number of entries, and PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE gives the size         gives the number of entries, and PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE gives the size
1761         of each entry; both of these  return  an  int  value.  The  entry  size         of  each  entry;  both  of  these  return  an int value. The entry size
1762         depends  on the length of the longest name. PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE returns         depends on the length of the longest name. PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE  returns
1763         a pointer to the first entry of the table  (a  pointer  to  char).  The         a  pointer  to  the  first  entry of the table (a pointer to char). The
1764         first two bytes of each entry are the number of the capturing parenthe-         first two bytes of each entry are the number of the capturing parenthe-
1765         sis, most significant byte first. The rest of the entry is  the  corre-         sis,  most  significant byte first. The rest of the entry is the corre-
1766         sponding  name,  zero  terminated. The names are in alphabetical order.         sponding name, zero terminated.
1767         When PCRE_DUPNAMES is set, duplicate names are in order of their paren-  
1768         theses  numbers.  For  example,  consider the following pattern (assume         The names are in alphabetical order. Duplicate names may appear if  (?|
1769         PCRE_EXTENDED is  set,  so  white  space  -  including  newlines  -  is         is used to create multiple groups with the same number, as described in
1770         ignored):         the section on duplicate subpattern numbers in  the  pcrepattern  page.
1771           Duplicate  names  for  subpatterns with different numbers are permitted
1772           only if PCRE_DUPNAMES is set. In all cases  of  duplicate  names,  they
1773           appear  in  the table in the order in which they were found in the pat-
1774           tern. In the absence of (?| this is the  order  of  increasing  number;
1775           when (?| is used this is not necessarily the case because later subpat-
1776           terns may have lower numbers.
1777    
1778           As a simple example of the name/number table,  consider  the  following
1779           pattern  (assume  PCRE_EXTENDED is set, so white space - including new-
1780           lines - is ignored):
1781    
1782           (?<date> (?<year>(\d\d)?\d\d) -           (?<date> (?<year>(\d\d)?\d\d) -
1783           (?<month>\d\d) - (?<day>\d\d) )           (?<month>\d\d) - (?<day>\d\d) )
1784    
1785         There  are  four  named subpatterns, so the table has four entries, and         There are four named subpatterns, so the table has  four  entries,  and
1786         each entry in the table is eight bytes long. The table is  as  follows,         each  entry  in the table is eight bytes long. The table is as follows,
1787         with non-printing bytes shows in hexadecimal, and undefined bytes shown         with non-printing bytes shows in hexadecimal, and undefined bytes shown
1788         as ??:         as ??:
1789    
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1792           00 04 m  o  n  t  h  00           00 04 m  o  n  t  h  00
1793           00 02 y  e  a  r  00 ??           00 02 y  e  a  r  00 ??
1794    
1795         When writing code to extract data  from  named  subpatterns  using  the         When  writing  code  to  extract  data from named subpatterns using the
1796         name-to-number  map,  remember that the length of the entries is likely         name-to-number map, remember that the length of the entries  is  likely
1797         to be different for each compiled pattern.         to be different for each compiled pattern.
1798    
1799           PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL           PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL
1800    
1801         Return 1 if the pattern can be used for partial matching, otherwise  0.         Return  1  if  the  pattern  can  be  used  for  partial  matching with
1802         The  fourth  argument  should point to an int variable. The pcrepartial         pcre_exec(), otherwise 0. The fourth argument should point  to  an  int
1803         documentation lists the restrictions that apply to patterns  when  par-         variable.  From  release  8.00,  this  always  returns  1,  because the
1804         tial matching is used.         restrictions that previously applied  to  partial  matching  have  been
1805           lifted.  The  pcrepartial documentation gives details of partial match-
1806           ing.
1807    
1808           PCRE_INFO_OPTIONS           PCRE_INFO_OPTIONS
1809    
1810         Return  a  copy of the options with which the pattern was compiled. The         Return a copy of the options with which the pattern was  compiled.  The
1811         fourth argument should point to an unsigned long  int  variable.  These         fourth  argument  should  point to an unsigned long int variable. These
1812         option bits are those specified in the call to pcre_compile(), modified         option bits are those specified in the call to pcre_compile(), modified
1813         by any top-level option settings at the start of the pattern itself. In         by any top-level option settings at the start of the pattern itself. In
1814         other  words,  they are the options that will be in force when matching         other words, they are the options that will be in force  when  matching
1815         starts. For example, if the pattern /(?im)abc(?-i)d/ is  compiled  with         starts.  For  example, if the pattern /(?im)abc(?-i)d/ is compiled with
1816         the  PCRE_EXTENDED option, the result is PCRE_CASELESS, PCRE_MULTILINE,         the PCRE_EXTENDED option, the result is PCRE_CASELESS,  PCRE_MULTILINE,
1817         and PCRE_EXTENDED.         and PCRE_EXTENDED.
1818    
1819         A pattern is automatically anchored by PCRE if  all  of  its  top-level         A  pattern  is  automatically  anchored by PCRE if all of its top-level
1820         alternatives begin with one of the following:         alternatives begin with one of the following:
1821    
1822           ^     unless PCRE_MULTILINE is set           ^     unless PCRE_MULTILINE is set
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1830    
1831           PCRE_INFO_SIZE           PCRE_INFO_SIZE
1832    
1833         Return the size of the compiled pattern, that is, the  value  that  was         Return  the  size  of the compiled pattern, that is, the value that was
1834         passed as the argument to pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory in         passed as the argument to pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory in
1835         which to place the compiled data. The fourth argument should point to a         which to place the compiled data. The fourth argument should point to a
1836         size_t variable.         size_t variable.
# Line 1757  INFORMATION ABOUT A PATTERN Line 1838  INFORMATION ABOUT A PATTERN
1838           PCRE_INFO_STUDYSIZE           PCRE_INFO_STUDYSIZE
1839    
1840         Return the size of the data block pointed to by the study_data field in         Return the size of the data block pointed to by the study_data field in
1841         a pcre_extra block. That is,  it  is  the  value  that  was  passed  to         a  pcre_extra  block.  That  is,  it  is  the  value that was passed to
1842         pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory into which to place the data         pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory into which to place the data
1843         created by pcre_study(). The fourth argument should point to  a  size_t         created  by  pcre_study().  If pcre_extra is NULL, or there is no study
1844           data, zero is returned. The fourth argument should point  to  a  size_t
1845         variable.         variable.
1846    
1847    
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1897    
1898         The function pcre_exec() is called to match a subject string against  a         The function pcre_exec() is called to match a subject string against  a
1899         compiled  pattern, which is passed in the code argument. If the pattern         compiled  pattern, which is passed in the code argument. If the pattern
1900         has been studied, the result of the study should be passed in the extra         was studied, the result of the study should  be  passed  in  the  extra
1901         argument.  This  function is the main matching facility of the library,         argument.  This  function is the main matching facility of the library,
1902         and it operates in a Perl-like manner. For specialist use there is also         and it operates in a Perl-like manner. For specialist use there is also
1903         an  alternative matching function, which is described below in the sec-         an  alternative matching function, which is described below in the sec-
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1937           unsigned long int match_limit_recursion;           unsigned long int match_limit_recursion;
1938           void *callout_data;           void *callout_data;
1939           const unsigned char *tables;           const unsigned char *tables;
1940             unsigned char **mark;
1941    
1942         The flags field is a bitmap that specifies which of  the  other  fields         The flags field is a bitmap that specifies which of  the  other  fields
1943         are set. The flag bits are:         are set. The flag bits are:
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1947           PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION           PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION
1948           PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA           PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA
1949           PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES           PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES
1950             PCRE_EXTRA_MARK
1951    
1952         Other  flag  bits should be set to zero. The study_data field is set in         Other  flag  bits should be set to zero. The study_data field is set in
1953         the pcre_extra block that is returned by  pcre_study(),  together  with         the pcre_extra block that is returned by  pcre_study(),  together  with
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1958         The match_limit field provides a means of preventing PCRE from using up         The match_limit field provides a means of preventing PCRE from using up
1959         a vast amount of resources when running patterns that are not going  to         a vast amount of resources when running patterns that are not going  to
1960         match,  but  which  have  a very large number of possibilities in their         match,  but  which  have  a very large number of possibilities in their
1961         search trees. The classic  example  is  the  use  of  nested  unlimited         search trees. The classic example is a pattern that uses nested  unlim-
1962         repeats.         ited repeats.
1963    
1964         Internally,  PCRE uses a function called match() which it calls repeat-         Internally,  PCRE uses a function called match() which it calls repeat-
1965         edly (sometimes recursively). The limit set by match_limit  is  imposed         edly (sometimes recursively). The limit set by match_limit  is  imposed
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1992         PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION  is  set  in  the  flags field. If the         PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION  is  set  in  the  flags field. If the
1993         limit is exceeded, pcre_exec() returns PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT.         limit is exceeded, pcre_exec() returns PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT.
1994    
1995         The pcre_callout field is used in conjunction with the  "callout"  fea-         The callout_data field is used in conjunction with the  "callout"  fea-
1996         ture, which is described in the pcrecallout documentation.         ture, and is described in the pcrecallout documentation.
1997    
1998         The  tables  field  is  used  to  pass  a  character  tables pointer to         The  tables  field  is  used  to  pass  a  character  tables pointer to
1999         pcre_exec(); this overrides the value that is stored with the  compiled         pcre_exec(); this overrides the value that is stored with the  compiled
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2006         address  when  pcre_exec() is called. See the pcreprecompile documenta-         address  when  pcre_exec() is called. See the pcreprecompile documenta-
2007         tion for a discussion of saving compiled patterns for later use.         tion for a discussion of saving compiled patterns for later use.
2008    
2009           If PCRE_EXTRA_MARK is set in the flags field, the mark  field  must  be
2010           set  to  point  to a char * variable. If the pattern contains any back-
2011           tracking control verbs such as (*MARK:NAME), and the execution ends  up
2012           with  a  name  to  pass back, a pointer to the name string (zero termi-
2013           nated) is placed in the variable pointed to  by  the  mark  field.  The
2014           names  are  within  the  compiled pattern; if you wish to retain such a
2015           name you must copy it before freeing the memory of a compiled  pattern.
2016           If  there  is no name to pass back, the variable pointed to by the mark
2017           field set to NULL. For details of the backtracking control  verbs,  see
2018           the section entitled "Backtracking control" in the pcrepattern documen-
2019           tation.
2020    
2021     Option bits for pcre_exec()     Option bits for pcre_exec()
2022    
2023         The unused bits of the options argument for pcre_exec() must  be  zero.         The unused bits of the options argument for pcre_exec() must  be  zero.
2024         The  only  bits  that  may  be set are PCRE_ANCHORED, PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx,         The  only  bits  that  may  be set are PCRE_ANCHORED, PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx,
2025         PCRE_NOTBOL,   PCRE_NOTEOL,   PCRE_NOTEMPTY,    PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE,         PCRE_NOTBOL,   PCRE_NOTEOL,    PCRE_NOTEMPTY,    PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART,
2026         PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK and PCRE_PARTIAL.         PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE,   PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK,   PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT,  and
2027           PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
2028    
2029           PCRE_ANCHORED           PCRE_ANCHORED
2030    
2031         The  PCRE_ANCHORED  option  limits pcre_exec() to matching at the first         The PCRE_ANCHORED option limits pcre_exec() to matching  at  the  first
2032         matching position. If a pattern was  compiled  with  PCRE_ANCHORED,  or         matching  position.  If  a  pattern was compiled with PCRE_ANCHORED, or
2033         turned  out to be anchored by virtue of its contents, it cannot be made         turned out to be anchored by virtue of its contents, it cannot be  made
2034         unachored at matching time.         unachored at matching time.
2035    
2036           PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF           PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF
2037           PCRE_BSR_UNICODE           PCRE_BSR_UNICODE
2038    
2039         These options (which are mutually exclusive) control what the \R escape         These options (which are mutually exclusive) control what the \R escape
2040         sequence  matches.  The choice is either to match only CR, LF, or CRLF,         sequence matches. The choice is either to match only CR, LF,  or  CRLF,
2041         or to match any Unicode newline sequence. These  options  override  the         or  to  match  any Unicode newline sequence. These options override the
2042         choice that was made or defaulted when the pattern was compiled.         choice that was made or defaulted when the pattern was compiled.
2043    
2044           PCRE_NEWLINE_CR           PCRE_NEWLINE_CR
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2047           PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF           PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF
2048           PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY           PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY
2049    
2050         These  options  override  the  newline  definition  that  was chosen or         These options override  the  newline  definition  that  was  chosen  or
2051         defaulted when the pattern was compiled. For details, see the  descrip-         defaulted  when the pattern was compiled. For details, see the descrip-
2052         tion  of  pcre_compile()  above.  During  matching,  the newline choice         tion of pcre_compile()  above.  During  matching,  the  newline  choice
2053         affects the behaviour of the dot, circumflex,  and  dollar  metacharac-         affects  the  behaviour  of the dot, circumflex, and dollar metacharac-
2054         ters.  It may also alter the way the match position is advanced after a         ters. It may also alter the way the match position is advanced after  a
2055         match failure for an unanchored pattern.         match failure for an unanchored pattern.
2056    
2057         When PCRE_NEWLINE_CRLF, PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF,  or  PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY  is         When  PCRE_NEWLINE_CRLF,  PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF,  or PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY is
2058         set,  and a match attempt for an unanchored pattern fails when the cur-         set, and a match attempt for an unanchored pattern fails when the  cur-
2059         rent position is at a  CRLF  sequence,  and  the  pattern  contains  no         rent  position  is  at  a  CRLF  sequence,  and the pattern contains no
2060         explicit  matches  for  CR  or  LF  characters,  the  match position is         explicit matches for  CR  or  LF  characters,  the  match  position  is
2061         advanced by two characters instead of one, in other words, to after the         advanced by two characters instead of one, in other words, to after the
2062         CRLF.         CRLF.
2063    
2064         The above rule is a compromise that makes the most common cases work as         The above rule is a compromise that makes the most common cases work as
2065         expected. For example, if the  pattern  is  .+A  (and  the  PCRE_DOTALL         expected.  For  example,  if  the  pattern  is .+A (and the PCRE_DOTALL
2066         option is not set), it does not match the string "\r\nA" because, after         option is not set), it does not match the string "\r\nA" because, after
2067         failing at the start, it skips both the CR and the LF before  retrying.         failing  at the start, it skips both the CR and the LF before retrying.
2068         However,  the  pattern  [\r\n]A does match that string, because it con-         However, the pattern [\r\n]A does match that string,  because  it  con-
2069         tains an explicit CR or LF reference, and so advances only by one char-         tains an explicit CR or LF reference, and so advances only by one char-
2070         acter after the first failure.         acter after the first failure.
2071    
2072         An explicit match for CR of LF is either a literal appearance of one of         An explicit match for CR of LF is either a literal appearance of one of
2073         those characters, or one of the \r or  \n  escape  sequences.  Implicit         those  characters,  or  one  of the \r or \n escape sequences. Implicit
2074         matches  such  as [^X] do not count, nor does \s (which includes CR and         matches such as [^X] do not count, nor does \s (which includes  CR  and
2075         LF in the characters that it matches).         LF in the characters that it matches).
2076    
2077         Notwithstanding the above, anomalous effects may still occur when  CRLF         Notwithstanding  the above, anomalous effects may still occur when CRLF
2078         is a valid newline sequence and explicit \r or \n escapes appear in the         is a valid newline sequence and explicit \r or \n escapes appear in the
2079         pattern.         pattern.
2080    
2081           PCRE_NOTBOL           PCRE_NOTBOL
2082    
2083         This option specifies that first character of the subject string is not         This option specifies that first character of the subject string is not
2084         the  beginning  of  a  line, so the circumflex metacharacter should not         the beginning of a line, so the  circumflex  metacharacter  should  not
2085         match before it. Setting this without PCRE_MULTILINE (at compile  time)         match  before it. Setting this without PCRE_MULTILINE (at compile time)
2086         causes  circumflex  never to match. This option affects only the behav-         causes circumflex never to match. This option affects only  the  behav-
2087         iour of the circumflex metacharacter. It does not affect \A.         iour of the circumflex metacharacter. It does not affect \A.
2088    
2089           PCRE_NOTEOL           PCRE_NOTEOL
2090    
2091         This option specifies that the end of the subject string is not the end         This option specifies that the end of the subject string is not the end
2092         of  a line, so the dollar metacharacter should not match it nor (except         of a line, so the dollar metacharacter should not match it nor  (except
2093         in multiline mode) a newline immediately before it. Setting this  with-         in  multiline mode) a newline immediately before it. Setting this with-
2094         out PCRE_MULTILINE (at compile time) causes dollar never to match. This         out PCRE_MULTILINE (at compile time) causes dollar never to match. This
2095         option affects only the behaviour of the dollar metacharacter. It  does         option  affects only the behaviour of the dollar metacharacter. It does
2096         not affect \Z or \z.         not affect \Z or \z.
2097    
2098           PCRE_NOTEMPTY           PCRE_NOTEMPTY
2099    
2100         An empty string is not considered to be a valid match if this option is         An empty string is not considered to be a valid match if this option is
2101         set. If there are alternatives in the pattern, they are tried.  If  all         set.  If  there are alternatives in the pattern, they are tried. If all
2102         the  alternatives  match  the empty string, the entire match fails. For         the alternatives match the empty string, the entire  match  fails.  For
2103         example, if the pattern         example, if the pattern
2104    
2105           a?b?           a?b?
2106    
2107         is applied to a string not beginning with "a" or "b",  it  matches  the         is  applied  to  a  string not beginning with "a" or "b", it matches an
2108         empty  string at the start of the subject. With PCRE_NOTEMPTY set, this         empty string at the start of the subject. With PCRE_NOTEMPTY set,  this
2109         match is not valid, so PCRE searches further into the string for occur-         match is not valid, so PCRE searches further into the string for occur-
2110         rences of "a" or "b".         rences of "a" or "b".
2111    
2112         Perl has no direct equivalent of PCRE_NOTEMPTY, but it does make a spe-           PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART
2113         cial case of a pattern match of the empty  string  within  its  split()  
2114         function,  and  when  using  the /g modifier. It is possible to emulate         This is like PCRE_NOTEMPTY, except that an empty string match  that  is
2115         Perl's behaviour after matching a null string by first trying the match         not  at  the  start  of  the  subject  is  permitted. If the pattern is
2116         again at the same offset with PCRE_NOTEMPTY and PCRE_ANCHORED, and then         anchored, such a match can occur only if the pattern contains \K.
2117         if that fails by advancing the starting offset (see below)  and  trying  
2118         an ordinary match again. There is some code that demonstrates how to do         Perl    has    no    direct    equivalent    of    PCRE_NOTEMPTY     or
2119         this in the pcredemo.c sample program.         PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART,  but  it  does  make a special case of a pattern
2120           match of the empty string within its split() function, and  when  using
2121           the  /g  modifier.  It  is  possible  to emulate Perl's behaviour after
2122           matching a null string by first trying the match again at the same off-
2123           set  with  PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART  and  PCRE_ANCHORED,  and then if that
2124           fails, by advancing the starting offset (see below) and trying an ordi-
2125           nary  match  again. There is some code that demonstrates how to do this
2126           in the pcredemo sample program.
2127    
2128           PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE           PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE
2129    
2130         There are a number of optimizations that pcre_exec() uses at the  start         There are a number of optimizations that pcre_exec() uses at the  start
2131         of  a  match,  in  order to speed up the process. For example, if it is         of  a  match,  in  order to speed up the process. For example, if it is
2132         known that a match must start with a specific  character,  it  searches         known that an unanchored match must start with a specific character, it
2133         the subject for that character, and fails immediately if it cannot find         searches  the  subject  for that character, and fails immediately if it
2134         it, without actually running the main matching function. When  callouts         cannot find it, without actually running the  main  matching  function.
2135         are  in  use,  these  optimizations  can cause them to be skipped. This         This means that a special item such as (*COMMIT) at the start of a pat-
2136         option disables the "start-up" optimizations,  causing  performance  to         tern is not considered until after a suitable starting  point  for  the
2137         suffer, but ensuring that the callouts do occur.         match  has been found. When callouts or (*MARK) items are in use, these
2138           "start-up" optimizations can cause them to be skipped if the pattern is
2139           never  actually  used.  The start-up optimizations are in effect a pre-
2140           scan of the subject that takes place before the pattern is run.
2141    
2142           The PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE option disables the start-up  optimizations,
2143           possibly  causing  performance  to  suffer,  but ensuring that in cases
2144           where the result is "no match", the callouts do occur, and  that  items
2145           such as (*COMMIT) and (*MARK) are considered at every possible starting
2146           position in the subject  string.   Setting  PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE  can
2147           change the outcome of a matching operation.  Consider the pattern
2148    
2149             (*COMMIT)ABC
2150    
2151           When  this  is  compiled, PCRE records the fact that a match must start
2152           with the character "A". Suppose the subject  string  is  "DEFABC".  The
2153           start-up  optimization  scans along the subject, finds "A" and runs the
2154           first match attempt from there. The (*COMMIT) item means that the  pat-
2155           tern  must  match the current starting position, which in this case, it
2156           does. However, if the same match  is  run  with  PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE
2157           set,  the  initial  scan  along the subject string does not happen. The
2158           first match attempt is run starting  from  "D"  and  when  this  fails,
2159           (*COMMIT)  prevents  any  further  matches  being tried, so the overall
2160           result is "no match". If the pattern is studied,  more  start-up  opti-
2161           mizations  may  be  used. For example, a minimum length for the subject
2162           may be recorded. Consider the pattern
2163    
2164             (*MARK:A)(X|Y)
2165    
2166           The minimum length for a match is one  character.  If  the  subject  is
2167           "ABC",  there  will  be  attempts  to  match "ABC", "BC", "C", and then
2168           finally an empty string.  If the pattern is studied, the final  attempt
2169           does  not take place, because PCRE knows that the subject is too short,
2170           and so the (*MARK) is never encountered.  In this  case,  studying  the
2171           pattern  does  not  affect the overall match result, which is still "no
2172           match", but it does affect the auxiliary information that is returned.
2173    
2174           PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK           PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK
2175    
2176         When PCRE_UTF8 is set at compile time, the validity of the subject as a         When PCRE_UTF8 is set at compile time, the validity of the subject as a
2177         UTF-8 string is automatically checked when pcre_exec() is  subsequently         UTF-8  string is automatically checked when pcre_exec() is subsequently
2178         called.   The  value  of  startoffset is also checked to ensure that it         called.  The value of startoffset is also checked  to  ensure  that  it
2179         points to the start of a UTF-8 character. There is a  discussion  about         points  to  the start of a UTF-8 character. There is a discussion about
2180         the  validity  of  UTF-8 strings in the section on UTF-8 support in the         the validity of UTF-8 strings in the section on UTF-8  support  in  the
2181         main pcre page. If  an  invalid  UTF-8  sequence  of  bytes  is  found,         main  pcre  page.  If  an  invalid  UTF-8  sequence  of bytes is found,
2182         pcre_exec()  returns  the error PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8. If startoffset con-         pcre_exec() returns the error PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8. If  startoffset  con-
2183         tains an invalid value, PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET is returned.         tains an invalid value, PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET is returned.
2184    
2185         If you already know that your subject is valid, and you  want  to  skip         If  you  already  know that your subject is valid, and you want to skip
2186         these    checks    for   performance   reasons,   you   can   set   the         these   checks   for   performance   reasons,   you   can    set    the
2187         PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK option when calling pcre_exec(). You might  want  to         PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK  option  when calling pcre_exec(). You might want to
2188         do  this  for the second and subsequent calls to pcre_exec() if you are         do this for the second and subsequent calls to pcre_exec() if  you  are
2189         making repeated calls to find all  the  matches  in  a  single  subject         making  repeated  calls  to  find  all  the matches in a single subject
2190         string.  However,  you  should  be  sure  that the value of startoffset         string. However, you should be  sure  that  the  value  of  startoffset
2191         points to the start of a UTF-8 character.  When  PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK  is         points  to  the  start of a UTF-8 character. When PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK is
2192         set,  the  effect of passing an invalid UTF-8 string as a subject, or a         set, the effect of passing an invalid UTF-8 string as a subject,  or  a
2193         value of startoffset that does not point to the start of a UTF-8  char-         value  of startoffset that does not point to the start of a UTF-8 char-
2194         acter, is undefined. Your program may crash.         acter, is undefined. Your program may crash.
2195    
2196           PCRE_PARTIAL           PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
2197             PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT
2198    
2199         This  option  turns  on  the  partial  matching feature. If the subject         These options turn on the partial matching feature. For backwards  com-
2200         string fails to match the pattern, but at some point during the  match-         patibility,  PCRE_PARTIAL is a synonym for PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT. A partial
2201         ing  process  the  end of the subject was reached (that is, the subject         match occurs if the end of the subject string is reached  successfully,
2202         partially matches the pattern and the failure to  match  occurred  only         but  there  are not enough subject characters to complete the match. If
2203         because  there were not enough subject characters), pcre_exec() returns         this happens when PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD  is  set,  pcre_exec()  immediately
2204         PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL instead of PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH. When PCRE_PARTIAL  is         returns  PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL.  Otherwise,  if  PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT is set,
2205         used,  there  are restrictions on what may appear in the pattern. These         matching continues by testing any other alternatives. Only if they  all
2206         are discussed in the pcrepartial documentation.         fail  is  PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL  returned (instead of PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH).
2207           The portion of the string that was inspected when the partial match was
2208           found  is  set  as  the first matching string. There is a more detailed
2209           discussion in the pcrepartial documentation.
2210    
2211     The string to be matched by pcre_exec()     The string to be matched by pcre_exec()
2212    
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2293         has to get additional memory for use during matching. Thus it  is  usu-         has to get additional memory for use during matching. Thus it  is  usu-
2294         ally advisable to supply an ovector.         ally advisable to supply an ovector.
2295    
2296         The  pcre_info()  function  can  be used to find out how many capturing         The pcre_fullinfo() function can be used to find out how many capturing
2297         subpatterns there are in a compiled  pattern.  The  smallest  size  for         subpatterns there are in a compiled  pattern.  The  smallest  size  for
2298         ovector  that  will allow for n captured substrings, in addition to the         ovector  that  will allow for n captured substrings, in addition to the
2299         offsets of the substring matched by the whole pattern, is (n+1)*3.         offsets of the substring matched by the whole pattern, is (n+1)*3.
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2356         purpose.  If the call via pcre_malloc() fails, this error is given. The         purpose.  If the call via pcre_malloc() fails, this error is given. The
2357         memory is automatically freed at the end of matching.         memory is automatically freed at the end of matching.
2358    
2359           This error is also given if pcre_stack_malloc() fails  in  pcre_exec().
2360           This  can happen only when PCRE has been compiled with --disable-stack-
2361           for-recursion.
2362    
2363           PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING    (-7)           PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING    (-7)
2364    
2365         This error is used by the pcre_copy_substring(),  pcre_get_substring(),         This error is used by the pcre_copy_substring(),  pcre_get_substring(),
# Line 2249  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE TRADITIONAL FUNC Line 2396  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE TRADITIONAL FUNC
2396    
2397           PCRE_ERROR_BADPARTIAL     (-13)           PCRE_ERROR_BADPARTIAL     (-13)
2398    
2399         The PCRE_PARTIAL option was used with  a  compiled  pattern  containing         This code is no longer in  use.  It  was  formerly  returned  when  the
2400         items  that are not supported for partial matching. See the pcrepartial         PCRE_PARTIAL  option  was used with a compiled pattern containing items
2401         documentation for details of partial matching.         that were  not  supported  for  partial  matching.  From  release  8.00
2402           onwards, there are no restrictions on partial matching.
2403    
2404           PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL       (-14)           PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL       (-14)
2405    
2406         An unexpected internal error has occurred. This error could  be  caused         An  unexpected  internal error has occurred. This error could be caused
2407         by a bug in PCRE or by overwriting of the compiled pattern.         by a bug in PCRE or by overwriting of the compiled pattern.
2408    
2409           PCRE_ERROR_BADCOUNT       (-15)           PCRE_ERROR_BADCOUNT       (-15)
# Line 2265  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE TRADITIONAL FUNC Line 2413  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE TRADITIONAL FUNC
2413           PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT (-21)           PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT (-21)
2414    
2415         The internal recursion limit, as specified by the match_limit_recursion         The internal recursion limit, as specified by the match_limit_recursion
2416         field in a pcre_extra structure (or defaulted)  was  reached.  See  the         field  in  a  pcre_extra  structure (or defaulted) was reached. See the
2417         description above.         description above.
2418    
2419           PCRE_ERROR_BADNEWLINE     (-23)           PCRE_ERROR_BADNEWLINE     (-23)
# Line 2288  EXTRACTING CAPTURED SUBSTRINGS BY NUMBER Line 2436  EXTRACTING CAPTURED SUBSTRINGS BY NUMBER
2436         int pcre_get_substring_list(const char *subject,         int pcre_get_substring_list(const char *subject,
2437              int *ovector, int stringcount, const char ***listptr);              int *ovector, int stringcount, const char ***listptr);
2438    
2439         Captured  substrings  can  be  accessed  directly  by using the offsets         Captured substrings can be  accessed  directly  by  using  the  offsets
2440         returned by pcre_exec() in  ovector.  For  convenience,  the  functions         returned  by  pcre_exec()  in  ovector.  For convenience, the functions
2441         pcre_copy_substring(),    pcre_get_substring(),    and    pcre_get_sub-         pcre_copy_substring(),    pcre_get_substring(),    and    pcre_get_sub-
2442         string_list() are provided for extracting captured substrings  as  new,         string_list()  are  provided for extracting captured substrings as new,
2443         separate,  zero-terminated strings. These functions identify substrings         separate, zero-terminated strings. These functions identify  substrings
2444         by number. The next section describes functions  for  extracting  named         by  number.  The  next section describes functions for extracting named
2445         substrings.         substrings.
2446    
2447         A  substring that contains a binary zero is correctly extracted and has         A substring that contains a binary zero is correctly extracted and  has
2448         a further zero added on the end, but the result is not, of course, a  C         a  further zero added on the end, but the result is not, of course, a C
2449         string.   However,  you  can  process such a string by referring to the         string.  However, you can process such a string  by  referring  to  the
2450         length that is  returned  by  pcre_copy_substring()  and  pcre_get_sub-         length  that  is  returned  by  pcre_copy_substring() and pcre_get_sub-
2451         string().  Unfortunately, the interface to pcre_get_substring_list() is         string().  Unfortunately, the interface to pcre_get_substring_list() is
2452         not adequate for handling strings containing binary zeros, because  the         not  adequate for handling strings containing binary zeros, because the
2453         end of the final string is not independently indicated.         end of the final string is not independently indicated.
2454    
2455         The  first  three  arguments  are the same for all three of these func-         The first three arguments are the same for all  three  of  these  func-
2456         tions: subject is the subject string that has  just  been  successfully         tions:  subject  is  the subject string that has just been successfully
2457         matched, ovector is a pointer to the vector of integer offsets that was         matched, ovector is a pointer to the vector of integer offsets that was
2458         passed to pcre_exec(), and stringcount is the number of substrings that         passed to pcre_exec(), and stringcount is the number of substrings that
2459         were  captured  by  the match, including the substring that matched the         were captured by the match, including the substring  that  matched  the
2460         entire regular expression. This is the value returned by pcre_exec() if         entire regular expression. This is the value returned by pcre_exec() if
2461         it  is greater than zero. If pcre_exec() returned zero, indicating that         it is greater than zero. If pcre_exec() returned zero, indicating  that
2462         it ran out of space in ovector, the value passed as stringcount  should         it  ran out of space in ovector, the value passed as stringcount should
2463         be the number of elements in the vector divided by three.         be the number of elements in the vector divided by three.
2464    
2465         The  functions pcre_copy_substring() and pcre_get_substring() extract a         The functions pcre_copy_substring() and pcre_get_substring() extract  a
2466         single substring, whose number is given as  stringnumber.  A  value  of         single  substring,  whose  number  is given as stringnumber. A value of
2467         zero  extracts  the  substring that matched the entire pattern, whereas         zero extracts the substring that matched the  entire  pattern,  whereas
2468         higher values  extract  the  captured  substrings.  For  pcre_copy_sub-         higher  values  extract  the  captured  substrings.  For pcre_copy_sub-
2469         string(),  the  string  is  placed  in buffer, whose length is given by         string(), the string is placed in buffer,  whose  length  is  given  by
2470         buffersize, while for pcre_get_substring() a new  block  of  memory  is         buffersize,  while  for  pcre_get_substring()  a new block of memory is
2471         obtained  via  pcre_malloc,  and its address is returned via stringptr.         obtained via pcre_malloc, and its address is  returned  via  stringptr.
2472         The yield of the function is the length of the  string,  not  including         The  yield  of  the function is the length of the string, not including
2473         the terminating zero, or one of these error codes:         the terminating zero, or one of these error codes:
2474    
2475           PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY       (-6)           PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY       (-6)
2476    
2477         The  buffer  was too small for pcre_copy_substring(), or the attempt to         The buffer was too small for pcre_copy_substring(), or the  attempt  to
2478         get memory failed for pcre_get_substring().         get memory failed for pcre_get_substring().
2479    
2480           PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING    (-7)           PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING    (-7)
2481    
2482         There is no substring whose number is stringnumber.         There is no substring whose number is stringnumber.
2483    
2484         The pcre_get_substring_list()  function  extracts  all  available  sub-         The  pcre_get_substring_list()  function  extracts  all  available sub-
2485         strings  and  builds  a list of pointers to them. All this is done in a         strings and builds a list of pointers to them. All this is  done  in  a
2486         single block of memory that is obtained via pcre_malloc. The address of         single block of memory that is obtained via pcre_malloc. The address of
2487         the  memory  block  is returned via listptr, which is also the start of         the memory block is returned via listptr, which is also  the  start  of
2488         the list of string pointers. The end of the list is marked  by  a  NULL         the  list  of  string pointers. The end of the list is marked by a NULL
2489         pointer.  The  yield  of  the function is zero if all went well, or the         pointer. The yield of the function is zero if all  went  well,  or  the
2490         error code         error code
2491    
2492           PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY       (-6)           PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY       (-6)
2493    
2494         if the attempt to get the memory block failed.         if the attempt to get the memory block failed.
2495    
2496         When any of these functions encounter a substring that is unset,  which         When  any of these functions encounter a substring that is unset, which
2497         can  happen  when  capturing subpattern number n+1 matches some part of         can happen when capturing subpattern number n+1 matches  some  part  of
2498         the subject, but subpattern n has not been used at all, they return  an         the  subject, but subpattern n has not been used at all, they return an
2499         empty string. This can be distinguished from a genuine zero-length sub-         empty string. This can be distinguished from a genuine zero-length sub-
2500         string by inspecting the appropriate offset in ovector, which is  nega-         string  by inspecting the appropriate offset in ovector, which is nega-
2501         tive for unset substrings.         tive for unset substrings.
2502    
2503         The  two convenience functions pcre_free_substring() and pcre_free_sub-         The two convenience functions pcre_free_substring() and  pcre_free_sub-
2504         string_list() can be used to free the memory  returned  by  a  previous         string_list()  can  be  used  to free the memory returned by a previous
2505         call  of  pcre_get_substring()  or  pcre_get_substring_list(),  respec-         call  of  pcre_get_substring()  or  pcre_get_substring_list(),  respec-
2506         tively. They do nothing more than  call  the  function  pointed  to  by         tively.  They  do  nothing  more  than  call the function pointed to by
2507         pcre_free,  which  of course could be called directly from a C program.         pcre_free, which of course could be called directly from a  C  program.
2508         However, PCRE is used in some situations where it is linked via a  spe-         However,  PCRE is used in some situations where it is linked via a spe-
2509         cial   interface  to  another  programming  language  that  cannot  use         cial  interface  to  another  programming  language  that  cannot   use
2510         pcre_free directly; it is for these cases that the functions  are  pro-         pcre_free  directly;  it is for these cases that the functions are pro-
2511         vided.         vided.
2512    
2513    
# Line 2378  EXTRACTING CAPTURED SUBSTRINGS BY NAME Line 2526  EXTRACTING CAPTURED SUBSTRINGS BY NAME
2526              int stringcount, const char *stringname,              int stringcount, const char *stringname,
2527              const char **stringptr);              const char **stringptr);
2528    
2529         To  extract a substring by name, you first have to find associated num-         To extract a substring by name, you first have to find associated  num-
2530         ber.  For example, for this pattern         ber.  For example, for this pattern
2531    
2532           (a+)b(?<xxx>\d+)...           (a+)b(?<xxx>\d+)...
# Line 2387  EXTRACTING CAPTURED SUBSTRINGS BY NAME Line 2535  EXTRACTING CAPTURED SUBSTRINGS BY NAME
2535         be unique (PCRE_DUPNAMES was not set), you can find the number from the         be unique (PCRE_DUPNAMES was not set), you can find the number from the
2536         name by calling pcre_get_stringnumber(). The first argument is the com-         name by calling pcre_get_stringnumber(). The first argument is the com-
2537         piled pattern, and the second is the name. The yield of the function is         piled pattern, and the second is the name. The yield of the function is
2538         the subpattern number, or PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING (-7) if  there  is  no         the  subpattern  number,  or PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING (-7) if there is no
2539         subpattern of that name.         subpattern of that name.
2540    
2541         Given the number, you can extract the substring directly, or use one of         Given the number, you can extract the substring directly, or use one of
2542         the functions described in the previous section. For convenience, there         the functions described in the previous section. For convenience, there
2543         are also two functions that do the whole job.         are also two functions that do the whole job.
2544    
2545         Most    of    the    arguments   of   pcre_copy_named_substring()   and         Most   of   the   arguments    of    pcre_copy_named_substring()    and
2546         pcre_get_named_substring() are the same  as  those  for  the  similarly         pcre_get_named_substring()  are  the  same  as  those for the similarly
2547         named  functions  that extract by number. As these are described in the         named functions that extract by number. As these are described  in  the
2548         previous section, they are not re-described here. There  are  just  two         previous  section,  they  are not re-described here. There are just two
2549         differences:         differences:
2550    
2551         First,  instead  of a substring number, a substring name is given. Sec-         First, instead of a substring number, a substring name is  given.  Sec-
2552         ond, there is an extra argument, given at the start, which is a pointer         ond, there is an extra argument, given at the start, which is a pointer
2553         to  the compiled pattern. This is needed in order to gain access to the         to the compiled pattern. This is needed in order to gain access to  the
2554         name-to-number translation table.         name-to-number translation table.
2555    
2556         These functions call pcre_get_stringnumber(), and if it succeeds,  they         These  functions call pcre_get_stringnumber(), and if it succeeds, they
2557         then  call  pcre_copy_substring() or pcre_get_substring(), as appropri-         then call pcre_copy_substring() or pcre_get_substring(),  as  appropri-
2558         ate. NOTE: If PCRE_DUPNAMES is set and there are duplicate  names,  the         ate.  NOTE:  If PCRE_DUPNAMES is set and there are duplicate names, the
2559         behaviour may not be what you want (see the next section).         behaviour may not be what you want (see the next section).
2560    
2561         Warning:  If the pattern uses the "(?|" feature to set up multiple sub-         Warning: If the pattern uses the (?| feature to set up multiple subpat-
2562         patterns with the same number, you  cannot  use  names  to  distinguish         terns  with  the  same number, as described in the section on duplicate
2563         them, because names are not included in the compiled code. The matching         subpattern numbers in the pcrepattern page, you  cannot  use  names  to
2564         process uses only numbers.         distinguish  the  different subpatterns, because names are not included
2565           in the compiled code. The matching process uses only numbers. For  this
2566           reason,  the  use of different names for subpatterns of the same number
2567           causes an error at compile time.
2568    
2569    
2570  DUPLICATE SUBPATTERN NAMES  DUPLICATE SUBPATTERN NAMES
# Line 2422  DUPLICATE SUBPATTERN NAMES Line 2573  DUPLICATE SUBPATTERN NAMES
2573              const char *name, char **first, char **last);              const char *name, char **first, char **last);
2574    
2575         When a pattern is compiled with the  PCRE_DUPNAMES  option,  names  for         When a pattern is compiled with the  PCRE_DUPNAMES  option,  names  for
2576         subpatterns  are  not  required  to  be unique. Normally, patterns with         subpatterns  are not required to be unique. (Duplicate names are always
2577         duplicate names are such that in any one match, only one of  the  named         allowed for subpatterns with the same number, created by using the  (?|
2578         subpatterns  participates. An example is shown in the pcrepattern docu-         feature.  Indeed,  if  such subpatterns are named, they are required to
2579         mentation.         use the same names.)
2580    
2581           Normally, patterns with duplicate names are such that in any one match,
2582           only  one of the named subpatterns participates. An example is shown in
2583           the pcrepattern documentation.
2584    
2585         When   duplicates   are   present,   pcre_copy_named_substring()    and         When   duplicates   are   present,   pcre_copy_named_substring()    and
2586         pcre_get_named_substring()  return the first substring corresponding to         pcre_get_named_substring()  return the first substring corresponding to
# Line 2478  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE ALTERNATIVE FUNC Line 2633  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE ALTERNATIVE FUNC
2633         characteristics  to  the  normal  algorithm, and is not compatible with         characteristics  to  the  normal  algorithm, and is not compatible with
2634         Perl. Some of the features of PCRE patterns are not  supported.  Never-         Perl. Some of the features of PCRE patterns are not  supported.  Never-
2635         theless,  there are times when this kind of matching can be useful. For         theless,  there are times when this kind of matching can be useful. For
2636         a discussion of the two matching algorithms, see the pcrematching docu-         a discussion of the two matching algorithms, and  a  list  of  features
2637         mentation.         that  pcre_dfa_exec() does not support, see the pcrematching documenta-
2638           tion.
2639    
2640         The  arguments  for  the  pcre_dfa_exec()  function are the same as for         The arguments for the pcre_dfa_exec() function  are  the  same  as  for
2641         pcre_exec(), plus two extras. The ovector argument is used in a differ-         pcre_exec(), plus two extras. The ovector argument is used in a differ-
2642         ent  way,  and  this is described below. The other common arguments are         ent way, and this is described below. The other  common  arguments  are
2643         used in the same way as for pcre_exec(), so their  description  is  not         used  in  the  same way as for pcre_exec(), so their description is not
2644         repeated here.         repeated here.
2645    
2646         The  two  additional  arguments provide workspace for the function. The         The two additional arguments provide workspace for  the  function.  The
2647         workspace vector should contain at least 20 elements. It  is  used  for         workspace  vector  should  contain at least 20 elements. It is used for
2648         keeping  track  of  multiple  paths  through  the  pattern  tree.  More         keeping  track  of  multiple  paths  through  the  pattern  tree.  More
2649         workspace will be needed for patterns and subjects where  there  are  a         workspace  will  be  needed for patterns and subjects where there are a
2650         lot of potential matches.         lot of potential matches.
2651    
2652         Here is an example of a simple call to pcre_dfa_exec():         Here is an example of a simple call to pcre_dfa_exec():
# Line 2512  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE ALTERNATIVE FUNC Line 2668  MATCHING A PATTERN: THE ALTERNATIVE FUNC
2668    
2669     Option bits for pcre_dfa_exec()     Option bits for pcre_dfa_exec()
2670    
2671         The  unused  bits  of  the options argument for pcre_dfa_exec() must be         The unused bits of the options argument  for  pcre_dfa_exec()  must  be
2672         zero. The only bits  that  may  be  set  are  PCRE_ANCHORED,  PCRE_NEW-         zero.  The  only  bits  that  may  be  set are PCRE_ANCHORED, PCRE_NEW-
2673         LINE_xxx,  PCRE_NOTBOL, PCRE_NOTEOL, PCRE_NOTEMPTY, PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK,         LINE_xxx,        PCRE_NOTBOL,        PCRE_NOTEOL,        PCRE_NOTEMPTY,
2674         PCRE_PARTIAL, PCRE_DFA_SHORTEST, and PCRE_DFA_RESTART. All but the last         PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART,       PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK,      PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF,
2675         three of these are the same as for pcre_exec(), so their description is         PCRE_BSR_UNICODE, PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE, PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD,  PCRE_PAR-
2676         not repeated here.         TIAL_SOFT,  PCRE_DFA_SHORTEST,  and PCRE_DFA_RESTART.  All but the last
2677           four of these are  exactly  the  same  as  for  pcre_exec(),  so  their
2678           PCRE_PARTIAL         description is not repeated here.
2679    
2680         This has the same general effect as it does for  pcre_exec(),  but  the           PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
2681         details   are   slightly   different.  When  PCRE_PARTIAL  is  set  for           PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT
2682         pcre_dfa_exec(), the return code PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH is  converted  into  
2683         PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL  if  the  end  of the subject is reached, there have         These  have the same general effect as they do for pcre_exec(), but the
2684         been no complete matches, but there is still at least one matching pos-         details are slightly  different.  When  PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD  is  set  for
2685         sibility.  The portion of the string that provided the partial match is         pcre_dfa_exec(),  it  returns PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL if the end of the sub-
2686         set as the first matching string.         ject is reached and there is still at least  one  matching  possibility
2687           that requires additional characters. This happens even if some complete
2688           matches have also been found. When PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT is set, the return
2689           code PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH is converted into PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL if the end
2690           of the subject is reached, there have been  no  complete  matches,  but
2691           there  is  still  at least one matching possibility. The portion of the
2692           string that was inspected when the longest partial match was  found  is
2693           set as the first matching string in both cases.
2694    
2695           PCRE_DFA_SHORTEST           PCRE_DFA_SHORTEST
2696    
2697         Setting the PCRE_DFA_SHORTEST option causes the matching  algorithm  to         Setting  the  PCRE_DFA_SHORTEST option causes the matching algorithm to
2698         stop as soon as it has found one match. Because of the way the alterna-         stop as soon as it has found one match. Because of the way the alterna-
2699         tive algorithm works, this is necessarily the shortest  possible  match         tive  algorithm  works, this is necessarily the shortest possible match
2700         at the first possible matching point in the subject string.         at the first possible matching point in the subject string.
2701    
2702           PCRE_DFA_RESTART           PCRE_DFA_RESTART
2703    
2704         When  pcre_dfa_exec()  is  called  with  the  PCRE_PARTIAL  option, and         When pcre_dfa_exec() returns a partial match, it is possible to call it
2705         returns a partial match, it is possible to call it  again,  with  addi-         again,  with  additional  subject characters, and have it continue with
2706         tional  subject  characters,  and have it continue with the same match.         the same match. The PCRE_DFA_RESTART option requests this action;  when
2707         The PCRE_DFA_RESTART option requests this action; when it is  set,  the         it  is  set,  the workspace and wscount options must reference the same
2708         workspace  and wscount options must reference the same vector as before         vector as before because data about the match so far is  left  in  them
2709         because data about the match so far is left in  them  after  a  partial         after a partial match. There is more discussion of this facility in the
2710         match.  There  is  more  discussion of this facility in the pcrepartial         pcrepartial documentation.
        documentation.  
2711    
2712     Successful returns from pcre_dfa_exec()     Successful returns from pcre_dfa_exec()
2713    
# Line 2634  AUTHOR Line 2796  AUTHOR
2796    
2797  REVISION  REVISION
2798    
2799         Last updated: 17 March 2009         Last updated: 21 June 2010
2800         Copyright (c) 1997-2009 University of Cambridge.         Copyright (c) 1997-2010 University of Cambridge.
2801  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2802    
2803    
# Line 2664  PCRE CALLOUTS Line 2826  PCRE CALLOUTS
2826    
2827           (?C1)abc(?C2)def           (?C1)abc(?C2)def
2828    
2829         If  the  PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT  option  bit  is  set when pcre_compile() is         If  the  PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT  option  bit  is  set when pcre_compile() or
2830         called, PCRE automatically  inserts  callouts,  all  with  number  255,         pcre_compile2() is called, PCRE  automatically  inserts  callouts,  all
2831         before  each  item in the pattern. For example, if PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT is         with  number  255,  before  each  item  in the pattern. For example, if
2832         used with the pattern         PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT is used with the pattern
2833    
2834           A(\d{2}|--)           A(\d{2}|--)
2835    
# Line 2696  MISSING CALLOUTS Line 2858  MISSING CALLOUTS
2858         ever  start,  and  the  callout is never reached. However, with "abyd",         ever  start,  and  the  callout is never reached. However, with "abyd",
2859         though the result is still no match, the callout is obeyed.         though the result is still no match, the callout is obeyed.
2860    
2861         You can disable these optimizations by passing the  PCRE_NO_START_OPTI-         If the pattern is studied, PCRE knows the minimum length of a  matching
2862         MIZE  option  to  pcre_exec()  or  pcre_dfa_exec(). This slows down the         string,  and will immediately give a "no match" return without actually
2863         matching process, but does ensure that callouts  such  as  the  example         running a match if the subject is not long enough, or,  for  unanchored
2864           patterns, if it has been scanned far enough.
2865    
2866           You  can disable these optimizations by passing the PCRE_NO_START_OPTI-
2867           MIZE option to pcre_exec() or  pcre_dfa_exec().  This  slows  down  the
2868           matching  process,  but  does  ensure that callouts such as the example
2869         above are obeyed.         above are obeyed.
2870    
2871    
2872  THE CALLOUT INTERFACE  THE CALLOUT INTERFACE
2873    
2874         During  matching, when PCRE reaches a callout point, the external func-         During matching, when PCRE reaches a callout point, the external  func-
2875         tion defined by pcre_callout is called (if it is set). This applies  to         tion  defined by pcre_callout is called (if it is set). This applies to
2876         both  the  pcre_exec()  and the pcre_dfa_exec() matching functions. The         both the pcre_exec() and the pcre_dfa_exec()  matching  functions.  The
2877         only argument to the callout function is a pointer  to  a  pcre_callout         only  argument  to  the callout function is a pointer to a pcre_callout
2878         block. This structure contains the following fields:         block. This structure contains the following fields:
2879    
2880           int          version;           int          version;
# Line 2723  THE CALLOUT INTERFACE Line 2890  THE CALLOUT INTERFACE
2890           int          pattern_position;           int          pattern_position;
2891           int          next_item_length;           int          next_item_length;
2892    
2893         The  version  field  is an integer containing the version number of the         The version field is an integer containing the version  number  of  the
2894         block format. The initial version was 0; the current version is 1.  The         block  format. The initial version was 0; the current version is 1. The
2895         version  number  will  change  again in future if additional fields are         version number will change again in future  if  additional  fields  are
2896         added, but the intention is never to remove any of the existing fields.         added, but the intention is never to remove any of the existing fields.
2897    
2898         The callout_number field contains the number of the  callout,  as  com-         The  callout_number  field  contains the number of the callout, as com-
2899         piled  into  the pattern (that is, the number after ?C for manual call-         piled into the pattern (that is, the number after ?C for  manual  call-
2900         outs, and 255 for automatically generated callouts).         outs, and 255 for automatically generated callouts).
2901    
2902         The offset_vector field is a pointer to the vector of offsets that  was         The  offset_vector field is a pointer to the vector of offsets that was
2903         passed   by   the   caller  to  pcre_exec()  or  pcre_dfa_exec().  When         passed  by  the  caller  to  pcre_exec()   or   pcre_dfa_exec().   When
2904         pcre_exec() is used, the contents can be inspected in order to  extract         pcre_exec()  is used, the contents can be inspected in order to extract
2905         substrings  that  have  been  matched  so  far,  in the same way as for         substrings that have been matched so  far,  in  the  same  way  as  for
2906         extracting substrings after a match has completed. For  pcre_dfa_exec()         extracting  substrings after a match has completed. For pcre_dfa_exec()
2907         this field is not useful.         this field is not useful.
2908    
2909         The subject and subject_length fields contain copies of the values that         The subject and subject_length fields contain copies of the values that
2910         were passed to pcre_exec().         were passed to pcre_exec().
2911    
2912         The start_match field normally contains the offset within  the  subject         The  start_match  field normally contains the offset within the subject
2913         at  which  the  current  match  attempt started. However, if the escape         at which the current match attempt  started.  However,  if  the  escape
2914         sequence \K has been encountered, this value is changed to reflect  the         sequence  \K has been encountered, this value is changed to reflect the
2915         modified  starting  point.  If the pattern is not anchored, the callout         modified starting point. If the pattern is not  anchored,  the  callout
2916         function may be called several times from the same point in the pattern         function may be called several times from the same point in the pattern
2917         for different starting points in the subject.         for different starting points in the subject.
2918    
2919         The  current_position  field  contains the offset within the subject of         The current_position field contains the offset within  the  subject  of
2920         the current match pointer.         the current match pointer.
2921    
2922         When the pcre_exec() function is used, the capture_top  field  contains         When  the  pcre_exec() function is used, the capture_top field contains
2923         one  more than the number of the highest numbered captured substring so         one more than the number of the highest numbered captured substring  so
2924         far. If no substrings have been captured, the value of  capture_top  is         far.  If  no substrings have been captured, the value of capture_top is
2925         one.  This  is always the case when pcre_dfa_exec() is used, because it         one. This is always the case when pcre_dfa_exec() is used,  because  it
2926         does not support captured substrings.         does not support captured substrings.
2927    
2928         The capture_last field contains the number of the  most  recently  cap-         The  capture_last  field  contains the number of the most recently cap-
2929         tured  substring. If no substrings have been captured, its value is -1.         tured substring. If no substrings have been captured, its value is  -1.
2930         This is always the case when pcre_dfa_exec() is used.         This is always the case when pcre_dfa_exec() is used.
2931    
2932         The callout_data field contains a value that is passed  to  pcre_exec()         The  callout_data  field contains a value that is passed to pcre_exec()
2933         or  pcre_dfa_exec() specifically so that it can be passed back in call-         or pcre_dfa_exec() specifically so that it can be passed back in  call-
2934         outs. It is passed in the pcre_callout field  of  the  pcre_extra  data         outs.  It  is  passed  in the pcre_callout field of the pcre_extra data
2935         structure.  If  no such data was passed, the value of callout_data in a         structure. If no such data was passed, the value of callout_data  in  a
2936         pcre_callout block is NULL. There is a description  of  the  pcre_extra         pcre_callout  block  is  NULL. There is a description of the pcre_extra
2937         structure in the pcreapi documentation.         structure in the pcreapi documentation.
2938    
2939         The  pattern_position field is present from version 1 of the pcre_call-         The pattern_position field is present from version 1 of the  pcre_call-
2940         out structure. It contains the offset to the next item to be matched in         out structure. It contains the offset to the next item to be matched in
2941         the pattern string.         the pattern string.
2942    
2943         The  next_item_length field is present from version 1 of the pcre_call-         The next_item_length field is present from version 1 of the  pcre_call-
2944         out structure. It contains the length of the next item to be matched in         out structure. It contains the length of the next item to be matched in
2945         the  pattern  string. When the callout immediately precedes an alterna-         the pattern string. When the callout immediately precedes  an  alterna-
2946         tion bar, a closing parenthesis, or the end of the pattern, the  length         tion  bar, a closing parenthesis, or the end of the pattern, the length
2947         is  zero.  When the callout precedes an opening parenthesis, the length         is zero. When the callout precedes an opening parenthesis,  the  length
2948         is that of the entire subpattern.         is that of the entire subpattern.
2949    
2950         The pattern_position and next_item_length fields are intended  to  help         The  pattern_position  and next_item_length fields are intended to help
2951         in  distinguishing between different automatic callouts, which all have         in distinguishing between different automatic callouts, which all  have
2952         the same callout number. However, they are set for all callouts.         the same callout number. However, they are set for all callouts.
2953    
2954    
2955  RETURN VALUES  RETURN VALUES
2956    
2957         The external callout function returns an integer to PCRE. If the  value         The  external callout function returns an integer to PCRE. If the value
2958         is  zero,  matching  proceeds  as  normal. If the value is greater than         is zero, matching proceeds as normal. If  the  value  is  greater  than
2959         zero, matching fails at the current point, but  the  testing  of  other         zero,  matching  fails  at  the current point, but the testing of other
2960         matching possibilities goes ahead, just as if a lookahead assertion had         matching possibilities goes ahead, just as if a lookahead assertion had
2961         failed. If the value is less than zero, the  match  is  abandoned,  and         failed.  If  the  value  is less than zero, the match is abandoned, and
2962         pcre_exec() (or pcre_dfa_exec()) returns the negative value.         pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() returns the negative value.
2963    
2964         Negative   values   should   normally   be   chosen  from  the  set  of         Negative  values  should  normally  be   chosen   from   the   set   of
2965         PCRE_ERROR_xxx values. In particular, PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH forces a stan-         PCRE_ERROR_xxx values. In particular, PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH forces a stan-
2966         dard  "no  match"  failure.   The  error  number  PCRE_ERROR_CALLOUT is         dard "no  match"  failure.   The  error  number  PCRE_ERROR_CALLOUT  is
2967         reserved for use by callout functions; it will never be  used  by  PCRE         reserved  for  use  by callout functions; it will never be used by PCRE
2968         itself.         itself.
2969    
2970    
# Line 2810  AUTHOR Line 2977  AUTHOR
2977    
2978  REVISION  REVISION
2979    
2980         Last updated: 15 March 2009         Last updated: 29 September 2009
2981         Copyright (c) 1997-2009 University of Cambridge.         Copyright (c) 1997-2009 University of Cambridge.
2982  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2983    
# Line 2825  NAME Line 2992  NAME
2992  DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PCRE AND PERL  DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PCRE AND PERL
2993    
2994         This  document describes the differences in the ways that PCRE and Perl         This  document describes the differences in the ways that PCRE and Perl
2995         handle regular expressions. The differences described here  are  mainly         handle regular expressions. The differences  described  here  are  with
2996         with  respect  to  Perl 5.8, though PCRE versions 7.0 and later contain         respect to Perl 5.10/5.11.
        some features that are expected to be in the forthcoming Perl 5.10.  
2997    
2998         1. PCRE has only a subset of Perl's UTF-8 and Unicode support.  Details         1.  PCRE has only a subset of Perl's UTF-8 and Unicode support. Details
2999         of  what  it does have are given in the section on UTF-8 support in the         of what it does have are given in the section on UTF-8 support  in  the
3000         main pcre page.         main pcre page.
3001    
3002         2. PCRE does not allow repeat quantifiers on lookahead assertions. Perl         2. PCRE does not allow repeat quantifiers on lookahead assertions. Perl
3003         permits  them,  but they do not mean what you might think. For example,         permits them, but they do not mean what you might think.  For  example,
3004         (?!a){3} does not assert that the next three characters are not "a". It         (?!a){3} does not assert that the next three characters are not "a". It
3005         just asserts that the next character is not "a" three times.         just asserts that the next character is not "a" three times.
3006    
3007         3.  Capturing  subpatterns  that occur inside negative lookahead asser-         3. Capturing subpatterns that occur inside  negative  lookahead  asser-
3008         tions are counted, but their entries in the offsets  vector  are  never         tions  are  counted,  but their entries in the offsets vector are never
3009         set.  Perl sets its numerical variables from any such patterns that are         set. Perl sets its numerical variables from any such patterns that  are
3010         matched before the assertion fails to match something (thereby succeed-         matched before the assertion fails to match something (thereby succeed-
3011         ing),  but  only  if the negative lookahead assertion contains just one         ing), but only if the negative lookahead assertion  contains  just  one
3012         branch.         branch.
3013    
3014         4. Though binary zero characters are supported in the  subject  string,         4.  Though  binary zero characters are supported in the subject string,
3015         they are not allowed in a pattern string because it is passed as a nor-         they are not allowed in a pattern string because it is passed as a nor-
3016         mal C string, terminated by zero. The escape sequence \0 can be used in         mal C string, terminated by zero. The escape sequence \0 can be used in
3017         the pattern to represent a binary zero.         the pattern to represent a binary zero.
3018    
3019         5.  The  following Perl escape sequences are not supported: \l, \u, \L,         5. The following Perl escape sequences are not supported: \l,  \u,  \L,
3020         \U, and \N. In fact these are implemented by Perl's general string-han-         \U, and \N. In fact these are implemented by Perl's general string-han-
3021         dling  and are not part of its pattern matching engine. If any of these         dling and are not part of its pattern matching engine. If any of  these
3022         are encountered by PCRE, an error is generated.         are encountered by PCRE, an error is generated.
3023    
3024         6. The Perl escape sequences \p, \P, and \X are supported only if  PCRE         6.  The Perl escape sequences \p, \P, and \X are supported only if PCRE
3025         is  built  with Unicode character property support. The properties that         is built with Unicode character property support. The  properties  that
3026         can be tested with \p and \P are limited to the general category  prop-         can  be tested with \p and \P are limited to the general category prop-
3027         erties  such  as  Lu and Nd, script names such as Greek or Han, and the         erties such as Lu and Nd, script names such as Greek or  Han,  and  the
3028         derived properties Any and L&.         derived  properties  Any  and  L&. PCRE does support the Cs (surrogate)
3029           property, which Perl does not; the  Perl  documentation  says  "Because
3030           Perl hides the need for the user to understand the internal representa-
3031           tion of Unicode characters, there is no need to implement the  somewhat
3032           messy concept of surrogates."
3033    
3034         7. PCRE does support the \Q...\E escape for quoting substrings. Charac-         7. PCRE does support the \Q...\E escape for quoting substrings. Charac-
3035         ters  in  between  are  treated as literals. This is slightly different         ters in between are treated as literals.  This  is  slightly  different
3036         from Perl in that $ and @ are  also  handled  as  literals  inside  the         from  Perl  in  that  $  and  @ are also handled as literals inside the
3037         quotes.  In Perl, they cause variable interpolation (but of course PCRE         quotes. In Perl, they cause variable interpolation (but of course  PCRE
3038         does not have variables). Note the following examples:         does not have variables). Note the following examples:
3039    
3040             Pattern            PCRE matches      Perl matches             Pattern            PCRE matches      Perl matches
# Line 2874  DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PCRE AND PERL Line 3044  DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PCRE AND PERL
3044             \Qabc\$xyz\E       abc\$xyz          abc\$xyz             \Qabc\$xyz\E       abc\$xyz          abc\$xyz
3045             \Qabc\E\$\Qxyz\E   abc$xyz           abc$xyz             \Qabc\E\$\Qxyz\E   abc$xyz           abc$xyz
3046    
3047         The \Q...\E sequence is recognized both inside  and  outside  character         The  \Q...\E  sequence  is recognized both inside and outside character
3048         classes.         classes.
3049    
3050         8. Fairly obviously, PCRE does not support the (?{code}) and (??{code})         8. Fairly obviously, PCRE does not support the (?{code}) and (??{code})
3051         constructions. However, there is support for recursive  patterns.  This         constructions.  However,  there is support for recursive patterns. This
3052         is  not available in Perl 5.8, but will be in Perl 5.10. Also, the PCRE         is not available in Perl 5.8, but it is in Perl 5.10.  Also,  the  PCRE
3053         "callout" feature allows an external function to be called during  pat-         "callout"  feature allows an external function to be called during pat-
3054         tern matching. See the pcrecallout documentation for details.         tern matching. See the pcrecallout documentation for details.
3055    
3056         9.  Subpatterns  that  are  called  recursively or as "subroutines" are         9. Subpatterns that are called  recursively  or  as  "subroutines"  are
3057         always treated as atomic groups in  PCRE.  This  is  like  Python,  but         always  treated  as  atomic  groups  in  PCRE. This is like Python, but
3058         unlike Perl.         unlike Perl. There is a discussion of an example that explains this  in
3059           more  detail  in  the section on recursion differences from Perl in the
3060         10.  There are some differences that are concerned with the settings of         pcrepattern page.
3061         captured strings when part of  a  pattern  is  repeated.  For  example,  
3062         matching  "aba"  against  the  pattern  /^(a(b)?)+$/  in Perl leaves $2         10. There are some differences that are concerned with the settings  of
3063           captured  strings  when  part  of  a  pattern is repeated. For example,
3064           matching "aba" against the  pattern  /^(a(b)?)+$/  in  Perl  leaves  $2
3065         unset, but in PCRE it is set to "b".         unset, but in PCRE it is set to "b".
3066    
3067         11.  PCRE  does  support  Perl  5.10's  backtracking  verbs  (*ACCEPT),         11.  PCRE's handling of duplicate subpattern numbers and duplicate sub-
3068         (*FAIL),  (*F),  (*COMMIT), (*PRUNE), (*SKIP), and (*THEN), but only in         pattern names is not as general as Perl's. This is a consequence of the
3069         the forms without an  argument.  PCRE  does  not  support  (*MARK).  If         fact the PCRE works internally just with numbers, using an external ta-
3070         (*ACCEPT)  is within capturing parentheses, PCRE does not set that cap-         ble to translate between numbers and names. In  particular,  a  pattern
3071         ture group; this is different to Perl.         such  as  (?|(?<a>A)|(?<b)B),  where the two capturing parentheses have
3072           the same number but different names, is not supported,  and  causes  an
3073           error  at compile time. If it were allowed, it would not be possible to
3074           distinguish which parentheses matched, because both names map  to  cap-
3075           turing subpattern number 1. To avoid this confusing situation, an error
3076           is given at compile time.
3077    
3078         12. PCRE provides some extensions to the Perl regular expression facil-         12. PCRE provides some extensions to the Perl regular expression facil-
3079         ities.   Perl  5.10  will  include new features that are not in earlier         ities.   Perl  5.10  includes new features that are not in earlier ver-
3080         versions, some of which (such as named parentheses) have been  in  PCRE         sions of Perl, some of which (such as named parentheses) have  been  in
3081         for some time. This list is with respect to Perl 5.10:         PCRE for some time. This list is with respect to Perl 5.10:
3082    
3083         (a)  Although  lookbehind  assertions  must match fixed length strings,         (a)  Although  lookbehind  assertions  in  PCRE must match fixed length
3084         each alternative branch of a lookbehind assertion can match a different         strings, each alternative branch of a lookbehind assertion can match  a
3085         length of string. Perl requires them all to have the same length.         different  length  of  string.  Perl requires them all to have the same
3086           length.
3087    
3088         (b)  If PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY is set and PCRE_MULTILINE is not set, the $         (b) If PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY is set and PCRE_MULTILINE is not set, the  $
3089         meta-character matches only at the very end of the string.         meta-character matches only at the very end of the string.
3090    
3091         (c) If PCRE_EXTRA is set, a backslash followed by a letter with no spe-         (c) If PCRE_EXTRA is set, a backslash followed by a letter with no spe-
3092         cial meaning is faulted. Otherwise, like Perl, the backslash is quietly         cial meaning is faulted. Otherwise, like Perl, the backslash is quietly
3093         ignored.  (Perl can be made to issue a warning.)         ignored.  (Perl can be made to issue a warning.)
3094    
3095         (d) If PCRE_UNGREEDY is set, the greediness of the  repetition  quanti-         (d)  If  PCRE_UNGREEDY is set, the greediness of the repetition quanti-
3096         fiers is inverted, that is, by default they are not greedy, but if fol-         fiers is inverted, that is, by default they are not greedy, but if fol-
3097         lowed by a question mark they are.         lowed by a question mark they are.
3098    
3099         (e) PCRE_ANCHORED can be used at matching time to force a pattern to be         (e) PCRE_ANCHORED can be used at matching time to force a pattern to be
3100         tried only at the first matching position in the subject string.         tried only at the first matching position in the subject string.
3101    
3102         (f)  The PCRE_NOTBOL, PCRE_NOTEOL, PCRE_NOTEMPTY, and PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAP-         (f) The PCRE_NOTBOL, PCRE_NOTEOL, PCRE_NOTEMPTY, PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART,
3103         TURE options for pcre_exec() have no Perl equivalents.         and  PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE  options for pcre_exec() have no Perl equiva-
3104           lents.
3105    
3106         (g) The \R escape sequence can be restricted to match only CR,  LF,  or         (g) The \R escape sequence can be restricted to match only CR,  LF,  or
3107         CRLF by the PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF option.         CRLF by the PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF option.
# Line 2951  AUTHOR Line 3130  AUTHOR
3130    
3131  REVISION  REVISION
3132    
3133         Last updated: 11 September 2007         Last updated: 12 May 2010
3134         Copyright (c) 1997-2007 University of Cambridge.         Copyright (c) 1997-2010 University of Cambridge.
3135  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
3136    
3137    
# Line 2982  PCRE REGULAR EXPRESSION DETAILS Line 3161  PCRE REGULAR EXPRESSION DETAILS
3161    
3162         The original operation of PCRE was on strings of  one-byte  characters.         The original operation of PCRE was on strings of  one-byte  characters.
3163         However,  there is now also support for UTF-8 character strings. To use         However,  there is now also support for UTF-8 character strings. To use
3164         this, you must build PCRE to  include  UTF-8  support,  and  then  call         this, PCRE must be built to include UTF-8 support, and  you  must  call
3165         pcre_compile()  with  the  PCRE_UTF8  option.  How this affects pattern         pcre_compile()  or  pcre_compile2() with the PCRE_UTF8 option. There is
3166         matching is mentioned in several places below. There is also a  summary         also a special sequence that can be given at the start of a pattern:
3167         of  UTF-8  features  in  the  section on UTF-8 support in the main pcre  
3168         page.           (*UTF8)
3169    
3170           Starting a pattern with this sequence  is  equivalent  to  setting  the
3171           PCRE_UTF8  option.  This  feature  is  not Perl-compatible. How setting
3172           UTF-8 mode affects pattern matching  is  mentioned  in  several  places
3173           below.  There  is  also  a  summary of UTF-8 features in the section on
3174           UTF-8 support in the main pcre page.
3175    
3176           Another special sequence that may appear at the start of a  pattern  or
3177           in combination with (*UTF8) is:
3178    
3179             (*UCP)
3180    
3181           This  has  the  same  effect  as setting the PCRE_UCP option: it causes
3182           sequences such as \d and \w to  use  Unicode  properties  to  determine
3183           character types, instead of recognizing only characters with codes less
3184           than 128 via a lookup table.
3185    
3186         The remainder of this document discusses the  patterns  that  are  sup-         The remainder of this document discusses the  patterns  that  are  sup-
3187         ported  by  PCRE when its main matching function, pcre_exec(), is used.         ported  by  PCRE when its main matching function, pcre_exec(), is used.
# Line 3016  NEWLINE CONVENTIONS Line 3211  NEWLINE CONVENTIONS
3211           (*ANYCRLF)   any of the three above           (*ANYCRLF)   any of the three above
3212           (*ANY)       all Unicode newline sequences           (*ANY)       all Unicode newline sequences
3213    
3214         These override the default and the options given to pcre_compile(). For         These  override  the default and the options given to pcre_compile() or
3215         example, on a Unix system where LF is the default newline sequence, the         pcre_compile2(). For example, on a Unix system where LF is the  default
3216         pattern         newline sequence, the pattern
3217    
3218           (*CR)a.b           (*CR)a.b
3219    
# Line 3028  NEWLINE CONVENTIONS Line 3223  NEWLINE CONVENTIONS
3223         and that they must be in upper case.  If  more  than  one  of  them  is         and that they must be in upper case.  If  more  than  one  of  them  is
3224         present, the last one is used.         present, the last one is used.
3225    
3226         The  newline  convention  does  not  affect what the \R escape sequence         The  newline convention affects the interpretation of the dot metachar-
3227         matches. By default, this is any Unicode  newline  sequence,  for  Perl         acter when PCRE_DOTALL is not set, and also the behaviour of  \N.  How-
3228         compatibility.  However, this can be changed; see the description of \R         ever,  it  does  not  affect  what  the  \R escape sequence matches. By
3229         in the section entitled "Newline sequences" below. A change of \R  set-         default, this is any Unicode newline sequence, for Perl  compatibility.
3230         ting can be combined with a change of newline convention.         However,  this can be changed; see the description of \R in the section
3231           entitled "Newline sequences" below. A change of \R setting can be  com-
3232           bined with a change of newline convention.
3233    
3234    
3235  CHARACTERS AND METACHARACTERS  CHARACTERS AND METACHARACTERS
# Line 3135  BACKSLASH Line 3332  BACKSLASH
3332         acters  in patterns in a visible manner. There is no restriction on the         acters  in patterns in a visible manner. There is no restriction on the
3333         appearance of non-printing characters, apart from the binary zero  that         appearance of non-printing characters, apart from the binary zero  that
3334         terminates  a  pattern,  but  when  a pattern is being prepared by text         terminates  a  pattern,  but  when  a pattern is being prepared by text
3335         editing, it is usually easier  to  use  one  of  the  following  escape         editing, it is  often  easier  to  use  one  of  the  following  escape
3336         sequences than the binary character it represents:         sequences than the binary character it represents:
3337    
3338           \a        alarm, that is, the BEL character (hex 07)           \a        alarm, that is, the BEL character (hex 07)
# Line 3145  BACKSLASH Line 3342  BACKSLASH
3342           \n        linefeed (hex 0A)           \n        linefeed (hex 0A)
3343           \r        carriage return (hex 0D)           \r        carriage return (hex 0D)
3344           \t        tab (hex 09)           \t        tab (hex 09)
3345           \ddd      character with octal code ddd, or backreference           \ddd      character with octal code ddd, or back reference
3346           \xhh      character with hex code hh           \xhh      character with hex code hh
3347           \x{hhh..} character with hex code hhh..           \x{hhh..} character with hex code hhh..
3348    
# Line 3214  BACKSLASH Line 3411  BACKSLASH
3411         All the sequences that define a single character value can be used both         All the sequences that define a single character value can be used both
3412         inside  and  outside character classes. In addition, inside a character         inside  and  outside character classes. In addition, inside a character
3413         class, the sequence \b is interpreted as the backspace  character  (hex         class, the sequence \b is interpreted as the backspace  character  (hex
3414         08),  and the sequences \R and \X are interpreted as the characters "R"         08).  The sequences \B, \N, \R, and \X are not special inside a charac-
3415         and "X", respectively. Outside a character class, these sequences  have         ter class. Like any  other  unrecognized  escape  sequences,  they  are
3416         different meanings (see below).         treated  as  the  literal characters "B", "N", "R", and "X" by default,
3417           but cause an error if the PCRE_EXTRA option is set. Outside a character
3418           class, these sequences have different meanings.
3419    
3420     Absolute and relative back references     Absolute and relative back references
3421    
# Line 3236  BACKSLASH Line 3435  BACKSLASH
3435    
3436     Generic character types     Generic character types
3437    
3438         Another use of backslash is for specifying generic character types. The         Another use of backslash is for specifying generic character types:
        following are always recognized:  
3439    
3440           \d     any decimal digit           \d     any decimal digit
3441           \D     any character that is not a decimal digit           \D     any character that is not a decimal digit
# Line 3250  BACKSLASH Line 3448  BACKSLASH
3448           \w     any "word" character           \w     any "word" character
3449           \W     any "non-word" character           \W     any "non-word" character
3450    
3451         Each pair of escape sequences partitions the complete set of characters         There is also the single sequence \N, which matches a non-newline char-
3452         into  two disjoint sets. Any given character matches one, and only one,         acter.  This is the same as the "." metacharacter when  PCRE_DOTALL  is
3453         of each pair.         not set.
3454    
3455         These character type sequences can appear both inside and outside char-         Each  pair of lower and upper case escape sequences partitions the com-
3456         acter  classes.  They each match one character of the appropriate type.         plete set of characters into two disjoint  sets.  Any  given  character
3457         If the current matching point is at the end of the subject string,  all         matches  one, and only one, of each pair. The sequences can appear both
3458         of them fail, since there is no character to match.         inside and outside character classes. They each match one character  of
3459           the  appropriate  type.  If the current matching point is at the end of
3460           the subject string, all of them fail, because there is no character  to
3461           match.
3462    
3463         For  compatibility  with Perl, \s does not match the VT character (code         For  compatibility  with Perl, \s does not match the VT character (code
3464         11).  This makes it different from the the POSIX "space" class. The  \s         11).  This makes it different from the the POSIX "space" class. The  \s
# Line 3265  BACKSLASH Line 3466  BACKSLASH
3466         "use locale;" is included in a Perl script, \s may match the VT charac-         "use locale;" is included in a Perl script, \s may match the VT charac-
3467         ter. In PCRE, it never does.         ter. In PCRE, it never does.
3468    
3469         In  UTF-8 mode, characters with values greater than 128 never match \d,         A  "word"  character is an underscore or any character that is a letter
3470         \s, or \w, and always match \D, \S, and \W. This is true even when Uni-         or digit.  By default, the definition of letters  and  digits  is  con-
3471         code  character  property  support is available. These sequences retain         trolled  by PCRE's low-valued character tables, and may vary if locale-
3472         their original meanings from before UTF-8 support was available, mainly         specific matching is taking place (see "Locale support" in the  pcreapi
3473         for  efficiency  reasons. Note that this also affects \b, because it is         page).  For  example,  in  a French locale such as "fr_FR" in Unix-like
3474         defined in terms of \w and \W.         systems, or "french" in Windows, some character codes greater than  128
3475           are  used  for  accented letters, and these are then matched by \w. The
3476           use of locales with Unicode is discouraged.
3477    
3478           By default, in UTF-8 mode, characters  with  values  greater  than  128
3479           never  match  \d,  \s,  or  \w,  and always match \D, \S, and \W. These
3480           sequences retain their original meanings from before UTF-8 support  was
3481           available,  mainly for efficiency reasons. However, if PCRE is compiled
3482           with Unicode property support, and the PCRE_UCP option is set, the  be-
3483           haviour  is  changed  so  that Unicode properties are used to determine
3484           character types, as follows:
3485    
3486             \d  any character that \p{Nd} matches (decimal digit)
3487             \s  any character that \p{Z} matches, plus HT, LF, FF, CR
3488             \w  any character that \p{L} or \p{N} matches, plus underscore
3489    
3490           The upper case escapes match the inverse sets of characters. Note  that
3491           \d  matches  only decimal digits, whereas \w matches any Unicode digit,
3492           as well as any Unicode letter, and underscore. Note also that  PCRE_UCP
3493           affects  \b,  and  \B  because  they are defined in terms of \w and \W.
3494           Matching these sequences is noticeably slower when PCRE_UCP is set.
3495    
3496         The sequences \h, \H, \v, and \V are Perl 5.10 features. In contrast to         The sequences \h, \H, \v, and \V are Perl 5.10 features. In contrast to
3497         the  other  sequences, these do match certain high-valued codepoints in         the  other  sequences,  which  match  only ASCII characters by default,
3498         UTF-8 mode.  The horizontal space characters are:         these always  match  certain  high-valued  codepoints  in  UTF-8  mode,
3499           whether or not PCRE_UCP is set. The horizontal space characters are:
3500    
3501           U+0009     Horizontal tab           U+0009     Horizontal tab
3502           U+0020     Space           U+0020     Space
# Line 3306  BACKSLASH Line 3528  BACKSLASH
3528           U+2028     Line separator           U+2028     Line separator
3529           U+2029     Paragraph separator           U+2029     Paragraph separator
3530    
        A "word" character is an underscore or any character less than 256 that  
        is  a  letter  or  digit.  The definition of letters and digits is con-  
        trolled by PCRE's low-valued character tables, and may vary if  locale-  
        specific  matching is taking place (see "Locale support" in the pcreapi  
        page). For example, in a French locale such  as  "fr_FR"  in  Unix-like  
        systems,  or "french" in Windows, some character codes greater than 128  
        are used for accented letters, and these are matched by \w. The use  of  
        locales with Unicode is discouraged.  
   
3531     Newline sequences     Newline sequences
3532    
3533         Outside  a  character class, by default, the escape sequence \R matches         Outside  a  character class, by default, the escape sequence \R matches
# Line 3347  BACKSLASH Line 3560  BACKSLASH
3560           (*BSR_ANYCRLF)   CR, LF, or CRLF only           (*BSR_ANYCRLF)   CR, LF, or CRLF only
3561           (*BSR_UNICODE)   any Unicode newline sequence           (*BSR_UNICODE)   any Unicode newline sequence
3562    
3563         These override the default and the options given to pcre_compile(), but         These override the default and the options given to  pcre_compile()  or
3564         they can be overridden by options given to pcre_exec(). Note that these         pcre_compile2(),  but  they  can  be  overridden  by  options  given to
3565         special settings, which are not Perl-compatible, are recognized only at         pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). Note that these special settings, which
3566         the  very  start  of a pattern, and that they must be in upper case. If         are  not  Perl-compatible,  are  recognized only at the very start of a
3567         more than one of them is present, the last one is  used.  They  can  be         pattern, and that they must be in upper case. If more than one of  them
3568         combined  with  a  change of newline convention, for example, a pattern         is present, the last one is used. They can be combined with a change of
3569         can start with:         newline convention; for example, a pattern can start with:
3570    
3571           (*ANY)(*BSR_ANYCRLF)           (*ANY)(*BSR_ANYCRLF)
3572    
3573         Inside a character class, \R matches the letter "R".         They can also be combined with the (*UTF8) or (*UCP) special sequences.
3574           Inside  a  character  class,  \R  is  treated as an unrecognized escape
3575           sequence, and so matches the letter "R" by default, but causes an error
3576           if PCRE_EXTRA is set.
3577    
3578     Unicode character properties     Unicode character properties
3579    
3580         When PCRE is built with Unicode character property support, three addi-         When PCRE is built with Unicode character property support, three addi-
3581         tional  escape sequences that match characters with specific properties         tional escape sequences that match characters with specific  properties
3582         are available.  When not in UTF-8 mode, these sequences are  of  course         are  available.   When not in UTF-8 mode, these sequences are of course
3583         limited  to  testing characters whose codepoints are less than 256, but         limited to testing characters whose codepoints are less than  256,  but
3584         they do work in this mode.  The extra escape sequences are:         they do work in this mode.  The extra escape sequences are:
3585    
3586           \p{xx}   a character with the xx property           \p{xx}   a character with the xx property
3587           \P{xx}   a character without the xx property           \P{xx}   a character without the xx property
3588           \X       an extended Unicode sequence           \X       an extended Unicode sequence
3589    
3590         The property names represented by xx above are limited to  the  Unicode         The  property  names represented by xx above are limited to the Unicode
3591         script names, the general category properties, and "Any", which matches         script names, the general category properties, "Any", which matches any
3592         any character (including newline). Other properties such as "InMusical-         character   (including  newline),  and  some  special  PCRE  properties
3593         Symbols"  are  not  currently supported by PCRE. Note that \P{Any} does         (described in the next section).  Other Perl properties such as  "InMu-
3594         not match any characters, so always causes a match failure.         sicalSymbols"  are  not  currently supported by PCRE. Note that \P{Any}
3595           does not match any characters, so always causes a match failure.
3596    
3597         Sets of Unicode characters are defined as belonging to certain scripts.         Sets of Unicode characters are defined as belonging to certain scripts.
3598         A  character from one of these sets can be matched using a script name.         A  character from one of these sets can be matched using a script name.
# Line 3387  BACKSLASH Line 3604  BACKSLASH
3604         Those that are not part of an identified script are lumped together  as         Those that are not part of an identified script are lumped together  as
3605         "Common". The current list of scripts is:         "Common". The current list of scripts is:
3606    
3607         Arabic,  Armenian,  Balinese,  Bengali,  Bopomofo,  Braille,  Buginese,         Arabic, Armenian, Avestan, Balinese, Bamum, Bengali, Bopomofo, Braille,
3608         Buhid,  Canadian_Aboriginal,  Cherokee,  Common,   Coptic,   Cuneiform,         Buginese, Buhid, Canadian_Aboriginal, Carian, Cham,  Cherokee,  Common,
3609         Cypriot, Cyrillic, Deseret, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Glagolitic,         Coptic,   Cuneiform,  Cypriot,  Cyrillic,  Deseret,  Devanagari,  Egyp-
3610         Gothic, Greek, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han, Hangul, Hanunoo, Hebrew,  Hira-         tian_Hieroglyphs,  Ethiopic,  Georgian,  Glagolitic,   Gothic,   Greek,
3611         gana,  Inherited,  Kannada,  Katakana,  Kharoshthi,  Khmer, Lao, Latin,         Gujarati,  Gurmukhi,  Han,  Hangul,  Hanunoo,  Hebrew,  Hiragana, Impe-
3612         Limbu,  Linear_B,  Malayalam,  Mongolian,  Myanmar,  New_Tai_Lue,  Nko,         rial_Aramaic, Inherited, Inscriptional_Pahlavi, Inscriptional_Parthian,
3613         Ogham,  Old_Italic,  Old_Persian, Oriya, Osmanya, Phags_Pa, Phoenician,         Javanese,  Kaithi, Kannada, Katakana, Kayah_Li, Kharoshthi, Khmer, Lao,
3614         Runic,  Shavian,  Sinhala,  Syloti_Nagri,  Syriac,  Tagalog,  Tagbanwa,         Latin,  Lepcha,  Limbu,  Linear_B,  Lisu,  Lycian,  Lydian,  Malayalam,
3615         Tai_Le, Tamil, Telugu, Thaana, Thai, Tibetan, Tifinagh, Ugaritic, Yi.         Meetei_Mayek,  Mongolian, Myanmar, New_Tai_Lue, Nko, Ogham, Old_Italic,
3616           Old_Persian, Old_South_Arabian, Old_Turkic, Ol_Chiki,  Oriya,  Osmanya,
3617         Each  character has exactly one general category property, specified by         Phags_Pa,  Phoenician,  Rejang,  Runic, Samaritan, Saurashtra, Shavian,
3618         a two-letter abbreviation. For compatibility with Perl, negation can be         Sinhala, Sundanese, Syloti_Nagri, Syriac,  Tagalog,  Tagbanwa,  Tai_Le,
3619         specified  by  including a circumflex between the opening brace and the         Tai_Tham,  Tai_Viet,  Tamil,  Telugu,  Thaana, Thai, Tibetan, Tifinagh,
3620         property name. For example, \p{^Lu} is the same as \P{Lu}.         Ugaritic, Vai, Yi.
3621    
3622           Each character has exactly one Unicode general category property, spec-
3623           ified  by a two-letter abbreviation. For compatibility with Perl, nega-
3624           tion can be specified by including a  circumflex  between  the  opening
3625           brace  and  the  property  name.  For  example,  \p{^Lu} is the same as
3626           \P{Lu}.
3627    
3628         If only one letter is specified with \p or \P, it includes all the gen-         If only one letter is specified with \p or \P, it includes all the gen-
3629         eral  category properties that start with that letter. In this case, in         eral  category properties that start with that letter. In this case, in
# Line 3464  BACKSLASH Line 3687  BACKSLASH
3687         U+D800 to U+DFFF. Such characters are not valid in UTF-8  strings  (see         U+D800 to U+DFFF. Such characters are not valid in UTF-8  strings  (see
3688         RFC 3629) and so cannot be tested by PCRE, unless UTF-8 validity check-         RFC 3629) and so cannot be tested by PCRE, unless UTF-8 validity check-
3689         ing has been turned off (see the discussion  of  PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK  in         ing has been turned off (see the discussion  of  PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK  in
3690         the pcreapi page).         the pcreapi page). Perl does not support the Cs property.
3691    
3692         The  long  synonyms  for  these  properties that Perl supports (such as         The  long  synonyms  for  property  names  that  Perl supports (such as
3693         \p{Letter}) are not supported by PCRE, nor is it  permitted  to  prefix         \p{Letter}) are not supported by PCRE, nor is it  permitted  to  prefix
3694         any of these properties with "Is".         any of these properties with "Is".
3695    
# Line 3492  BACKSLASH Line 3715  BACKSLASH
3715         Matching characters by Unicode property is not fast, because  PCRE  has         Matching characters by Unicode property is not fast, because  PCRE  has
3716         to  search  a  structure  that  contains data for over fifteen thousand         to  search  a  structure  that  contains data for over fifteen thousand
3717         characters. That is why the traditional escape sequences such as \d and         characters. That is why the traditional escape sequences such as \d and
3718         \w do not use Unicode properties in PCRE.         \w  do  not  use  Unicode properties in PCRE by default, though you can
3719           make them do so by setting the PCRE_UCP option for pcre_compile() or by
3720           starting the pattern with (*UCP).
3721    
3722       PCRE's additional properties
3723    
3724           As  well  as  the standard Unicode properties described in the previous
3725           section, PCRE supports four more that make it possible to convert  tra-
3726           ditional escape sequences such as \w and \s and POSIX character classes
3727           to use Unicode properties. PCRE uses these non-standard, non-Perl prop-
3728           erties internally when PCRE_UCP is set. They are:
3729    
3730             Xan   Any alphanumeric character
3731             Xps   Any POSIX space character
3732             Xsp   Any Perl space character
3733             Xwd   Any Perl "word" character
3734    
3735           Xan  matches  characters that have either the L (letter) or the N (num-
3736           ber) property. Xps matches the characters tab, linefeed, vertical  tab,
3737           formfeed,  or  carriage  return, and any other character that has the Z
3738           (separator) property.  Xsp is the same as Xps, except that vertical tab
3739           is excluded. Xwd matches the same characters as Xan, plus underscore.
3740    
3741     Resetting the match start     Resetting the match start
3742    
# Line 3513  BACKSLASH Line 3757  BACKSLASH
3757    
3758         matches "foobar", the first substring is still set to "foo".         matches "foobar", the first substring is still set to "foo".
3759    
3760           Perl documents that the use  of  \K  within  assertions  is  "not  well
3761           defined".  In  PCRE,  \K  is  acted upon when it occurs inside positive
3762           assertions, but is ignored in negative assertions.
3763    
3764     Simple assertions     Simple assertions
3765    
3766         The final use of backslash is for certain simple assertions. An  asser-         The final use of backslash is for certain simple assertions. An  asser-
# Line 3529  BACKSLASH Line 3777  BACKSLASH
3777           \z     matches only at the end of the subject           \z     matches only at the end of the subject
3778           \G     matches at the first matching position in the subject           \G     matches at the first matching position in the subject
3779    
3780         These assertions may not appear in character classes (but note that  \b         Inside a character class, \b has a different meaning;  it  matches  the
3781         has a different meaning, namely the backspace character, inside a char-         backspace  character.  If  any  other  of these assertions appears in a
3782         acter class).         character class, by default it matches the corresponding literal  char-
3783           acter  (for  example,  \B  matches  the  letter  B).  However,  if  the
3784         A word boundary is a position in the subject string where  the  current         PCRE_EXTRA option is set, an "invalid escape sequence" error is  gener-
3785         character  and  the previous character do not both match \w or \W (i.e.         ated instead.
3786         one matches \w and the other matches \W), or the start or  end  of  the  
3787         string if the first or last character matches \w, respectively.         A  word  boundary is a position in the subject string where the current
3788           character and the previous character do not both match \w or  \W  (i.e.
3789           one  matches  \w  and the other matches \W), or the start or end of the
3790           string if the first or last  character  matches  \w,  respectively.  In
3791           UTF-8  mode,  the  meanings  of \w and \W can be changed by setting the
3792           PCRE_UCP option. When this is done, it also affects \b and \B.  Neither
3793           PCRE  nor  Perl has a separate "start of word" or "end of word" metase-
3794           quence. However, whatever follows \b normally determines which  it  is.
3795           For example, the fragment \ba matches "a" at the start of a word.
3796    
3797         The  \A,  \Z,  and \z assertions differ from the traditional circumflex         The  \A,  \Z,  and \z assertions differ from the traditional circumflex
3798         and dollar (described in the next section) in that they only ever match         and dollar (described in the next section) in that they only ever match
# Line 3619  CIRCUMFLEX AND DOLLAR Line 3875  CIRCUMFLEX AND DOLLAR
3875         set.         set.
3876    
3877    
3878  FULL STOP (PERIOD, DOT)  FULL STOP (PERIOD, DOT) AND \N
3879    
3880         Outside a character class, a dot in the pattern matches any one charac-         Outside a character class, a dot in the pattern matches any one charac-
3881         ter  in  the subject string except (by default) a character that signi-         ter  in  the subject string except (by default) a character that signi-
# Line 3642  FULL STOP (PERIOD, DOT) Line 3898  FULL STOP (PERIOD, DOT)
3898         flex and dollar, the only relationship being  that  they  both  involve         flex and dollar, the only relationship being  that  they  both  involve
3899         newlines. Dot has no special meaning in a character class.         newlines. Dot has no special meaning in a character class.
3900    
3901           The escape sequence \N always behaves as a dot does when PCRE_DOTALL is
3902           not set. In other words, it matches any one character except  one  that
3903           signifies the end of a line.
3904    
3905    
3906  MATCHING A SINGLE BYTE  MATCHING A SINGLE BYTE
3907    
# Line 3662  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES Line 3922  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES
3922    
3923         An opening square bracket introduces a character class, terminated by a         An opening square bracket introduces a character class, terminated by a
3924         closing square bracket. A closing square bracket on its own is not spe-         closing square bracket. A closing square bracket on its own is not spe-
3925         cial. If a closing square bracket is required as a member of the class,         cial by default.  However, if the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option is set,
3926         it should be the first data character in the class  (after  an  initial         a lone closing square bracket causes a compile-time error. If a closing
3927         circumflex, if present) or escaped with a backslash.         square  bracket  is required as a member of the class, it should be the
3928           first data character in the class  (after  an  initial  circumflex,  if
3929           present) or escaped with a backslash.
3930    
3931         A  character  class matches a single character in the subject. In UTF-8         A  character  class matches a single character in the subject. In UTF-8
3932         mode, the character may occupy more than one byte. A matched  character         mode, the character may be more than one byte long. A matched character
3933         must be in the set of characters defined by the class, unless the first         must be in the set of characters defined by the class, unless the first
3934         character in the class definition is a circumflex, in  which  case  the         character in the class definition is a circumflex, in  which  case  the
3935         subject  character  must  not  be in the set defined by the class. If a         subject  character  must  not  be in the set defined by the class. If a
# Line 3678  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES Line 3940  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES
3940         while [^aeiou] matches any character that is not a  lower  case  vowel.         while [^aeiou] matches any character that is not a  lower  case  vowel.
3941         Note that a circumflex is just a convenient notation for specifying the         Note that a circumflex is just a convenient notation for specifying the
3942         characters that are in the class by enumerating those that are  not.  A         characters that are in the class by enumerating those that are  not.  A
3943         class  that starts with a circumflex is not an assertion: it still con-         class  that starts with a circumflex is not an assertion; it still con-
3944         sumes a character from the subject string, and therefore  it  fails  if         sumes a character from the subject string, and therefore  it  fails  if
3945         the current pointer is at the end of the string.         the current pointer is at the end of the string.
3946    
# Line 3694  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES Line 3956  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES
3956         than 128, so caseless matching is always possible. For characters  with         than 128, so caseless matching is always possible. For characters  with
3957         higher  values,  the  concept  of case is supported if PCRE is compiled         higher  values,  the  concept  of case is supported if PCRE is compiled
3958         with Unicode property support, but not otherwise.  If you want  to  use         with Unicode property support, but not otherwise.  If you want  to  use
3959         caseless  matching  for  characters 128 and above, you must ensure that         caseless  matching  in UTF8-mode for characters 128 and above, you must
3960         PCRE is compiled with Unicode property support as well  as  with  UTF-8         ensure that PCRE is compiled with Unicode property support as  well  as
3961         support.         with UTF-8 support.
3962    
3963         Characters  that  might  indicate  line breaks are never treated in any         Characters  that  might  indicate  line breaks are never treated in any
3964         special way  when  matching  character  classes,  whatever  line-ending         special way  when  matching  character  classes,  whatever  line-ending
# Line 3733  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES Line 3995  SQUARE BRACKETS AND CHARACTER CLASSES
3995         concept  of  case for characters with values greater than 128 only when         concept  of  case for characters with values greater than 128 only when
3996         it is compiled with Unicode property support.         it is compiled with Unicode property support.
3997    
3998         The character types \d, \D, \p, \P, \s, \S, \w, and \W may also  appear         The character types \d, \D, \h, \H, \p, \P, \s, \S, \v, \V, \w, and  \W
3999         in  a  character  class,  and add the characters that they match to the         may  also appear in a character class, and add the characters that they
4000         class. For example, [\dABCDEF] matches any hexadecimal digit. A circum-         match to the class. For example,  [\dABCDEF]  matches  any  hexadecimal
4001         flex  can  conveniently  be used with the upper case character types to         digit.  A circumflex can conveniently be used with the upper case char-
4002         specify a more restricted set of characters  than  the  matching  lower         acter types to specify a more restricted set  of  characters  than  the
4003         case  type.  For example, the class [^\W_] matches any letter or digit,         matching  lower  case  type.  For example, the class [^\W_] matches any
4004         but not underscore.         letter or digit, but not underscore.
4005    
4006         The only metacharacters that are recognized in  character  classes  are         The only metacharacters that are recognized in  character  classes  are
4007         backslash,  hyphen  (only  where  it can be interpreted as specifying a         backslash,  hyphen  (only  where  it can be interpreted as specifying a
# Line 3758  POSIX CHARACTER CLASSES Line 4020  POSIX CHARACTER CLASSES
4020           [01[:alpha:]%]           [01[:alpha:]%]
4021    
4022         matches "0", "1", any alphabetic character, or "%". The supported class         matches "0", "1", any alphabetic character, or "%". The supported class
4023         names are         names are:
4024    
4025           alnum    letters and digits           alnum    letters and digits
4026           alpha    letters           alpha    letters
# Line 3769  POSIX CHARACTER CLASSES Line 4031  POSIX CHARACTER CLASSES
4031           graph    printing characters, excluding space           graph    printing characters, excluding space
4032           lower    lower case letters           lower    lower case letters
4033           print    printing characters, including space           print    printing characters, including space
4034           punct    printing characters, excluding letters and digits           punct    printing characters, excluding letters and digits and space
4035           space    white space (not quite the same as \s)           space    white space (not quite the same as \s)
4036           upper    upper case letters           upper    upper case letters
4037           word     "word" characters (same as \w)           word     "word" characters (same as \w)
# Line 3790  POSIX CHARACTER CLASSES Line 4052  POSIX CHARACTER CLASSES
4052         POSIX syntax [.ch.] and [=ch=] where "ch" is a "collating element", but         POSIX syntax [.ch.] and [=ch=] where "ch" is a "collating element", but
4053         these are not supported, and an error is given if they are encountered.         these are not supported, and an error is given if they are encountered.
4054    
4055         In UTF-8 mode, characters with values greater than 128 do not match any         By  default,  in UTF-8 mode, characters with values greater than 128 do
4056         of the POSIX character classes.         not match any of the POSIX character classes. However, if the  PCRE_UCP
4057           option  is passed to pcre_compile(), some of the classes are changed so
4058           that Unicode character properties are used. This is achieved by replac-
4059           ing the POSIX classes by other sequences, as follows:
4060    
4061             [:alnum:]  becomes  \p{Xan}
4062             [:alpha:]  becomes  \p{L}
4063             [:blank:]  becomes  \h
4064             [:digit:]  becomes  \p{Nd}
4065             [:lower:]  becomes  \p{Ll}
4066             [:space:]  becomes  \p{Xps}
4067             [:upper:]  becomes  \p{Lu}
4068             [:word:]   becomes  \p{Xwd}
4069    
4070           Negated  versions,  such  as [:^alpha:] use \P instead of \p. The other
4071           POSIX classes are unchanged, and match only characters with code points
4072           less than 128.
4073    
4074    
4075  VERTICAL BAR  VERTICAL BAR
4076    
4077         Vertical bar characters are used to separate alternative patterns.  For         Vertical  bar characters are used to separate alternative patterns. For
4078         example, the pattern         example, the pattern
4079    
4080           gilbert|sullivan           gilbert|sullivan
4081    
4082         matches  either "gilbert" or "sullivan". Any number of alternatives may         matches either "gilbert" or "sullivan". Any number of alternatives  may
4083         appear, and an empty  alternative  is  permitted  (matching  the  empty         appear,  and  an  empty  alternative  is  permitted (matching the empty
4084         string). The matching process tries each alternative in turn, from left         string). The matching process tries each alternative in turn, from left
4085         to right, and the first one that succeeds is used. If the  alternatives         to  right, and the first one that succeeds is used. If the alternatives
4086         are  within a subpattern (defined below), "succeeds" means matching the         are within a subpattern (defined below), "succeeds" means matching  the
4087         rest of the main pattern as well as the alternative in the subpattern.         rest of the main pattern as well as the alternative in the subpattern.
4088    
4089    
4090  INTERNAL OPTION SETTING  INTERNAL OPTION SETTING
4091    
4092         The settings of the  PCRE_CASELESS,  PCRE_MULTILINE,  PCRE_DOTALL,  and         The  settings  of  the  PCRE_CASELESS, PCRE_MULTILINE, PCRE_DOTALL, and
4093         PCRE_EXTENDED  options  (which are Perl-compatible) can be changed from         PCRE_EXTENDED options (which are Perl-compatible) can be  changed  from
4094         within the pattern by  a  sequence  of  Perl  option  letters  enclosed         within  the  pattern  by  a  sequence  of  Perl option letters enclosed
4095         between "(?" and ")".  The option letters are         between "(?" and ")".  The option letters are
4096    
4097           i  for PCRE_CASELESS           i  for PCRE_CASELESS
# Line 3823  INTERNAL OPTION SETTING Line 4101  INTERNAL OPTION SETTING
4101    
4102         For example, (?im) sets caseless, multiline matching. It is also possi-         For example, (?im) sets caseless, multiline matching. It is also possi-
4103         ble to unset these options by preceding the letter with a hyphen, and a         ble to unset these options by preceding the letter with a hyphen, and a
4104         combined  setting and unsetting such as (?im-sx), which sets PCRE_CASE-         combined setting and unsetting such as (?im-sx), which sets  PCRE_CASE-
4105         LESS and PCRE_MULTILINE while unsetting PCRE_DOTALL and  PCRE_EXTENDED,         LESS  and PCRE_MULTILINE while unsetting PCRE_DOTALL and PCRE_EXTENDED,
4106         is  also  permitted.  If  a  letter  appears  both before and after the         is also permitted. If a  letter  appears  both  before  and  after  the
4107         hyphen, the option is unset.         hyphen, the option is unset.
4108    
4109         The PCRE-specific options PCRE_DUPNAMES, PCRE_UNGREEDY, and  PCRE_EXTRA         The  PCRE-specific options PCRE_DUPNAMES, PCRE_UNGREEDY, and PCRE_EXTRA
4110         can  be changed in the same way as the Perl-compatible options by using         can be changed in the same way as the Perl-compatible options by  using
4111         the characters J, U and X respectively.         the characters J, U and X respectively.
4112    
4113         When an option change occurs at top level (that is, not inside  subpat-         When  one  of  these  option  changes occurs at top level (that is, not
4114         tern  parentheses),  the change applies to the remainder of the pattern         inside subpattern parentheses), the change applies to the remainder  of
4115         that follows.  If the change is placed right at the start of a pattern,         the pattern that follows. If the change is placed right at the start of
4116         PCRE extracts it into the global options (and it will therefore show up         a pattern, PCRE extracts it into the global options (and it will there-
4117         in data extracted by the pcre_fullinfo() function).         fore show up in data extracted by the pcre_fullinfo() function).
4118    
4119         An option change within a subpattern (see below for  a  description  of         An  option  change  within a subpattern (see below for a description of
4120         subpatterns) affects only that part of the current pattern that follows         subpatterns) affects only that part of the current pattern that follows
4121         it, so         it, so
4122    
4123           (a(?i)b)c           (a(?i)b)c
4124    
4125         matches abc and aBc and no other strings (assuming PCRE_CASELESS is not         matches abc and aBc and no other strings (assuming PCRE_CASELESS is not
4126         used).   By  this means, options can be made to have different settings         used).  By this means, options can be made to have  different  settings
4127         in different parts of the pattern. Any changes made in one  alternative         in  different parts of the pattern. Any changes made in one alternative
4128         do  carry  on  into subsequent branches within the same subpattern. For         do carry on into subsequent branches within the  same  subpattern.  For
4129         example,         example,
4130    
4131           (a(?i)b|c)           (a(?i)b|c)
4132    
4133         matches "ab", "aB", "c", and "C", even though  when  matching  "C"  the         matches  "ab",  "aB",  "c",  and "C", even though when matching "C" the
4134         first  branch  is  abandoned before the option setting. This is because         first branch is abandoned before the option setting.  This  is  because
4135         the effects of option settings happen at compile time. There  would  be         the  effects  of option settings happen at compile time. There would be
4136         some very weird behaviour otherwise.         some very weird behaviour otherwise.
4137    
4138         Note:  There  are  other  PCRE-specific  options that can be set by the         Note: There are other PCRE-specific options that  can  be  set  by  the
4139         application when the compile or match functions  are  called.  In  some         application  when  the  compile  or match functions are called. In some
4140         cases  the  pattern  can  contain special leading sequences to override         cases the pattern can contain special leading sequences such as (*CRLF)
4141         what the application has set or what has been  defaulted.  Details  are         to  override  what  the application has set or what has been defaulted.
4142         given in the section entitled "Newline sequences" above.         Details are given in the section entitled  "Newline  sequences"  above.
4143           There  are  also  the  (*UTF8) and (*UCP) leading sequences that can be
4144           used to set UTF-8 and Unicode property modes; they  are  equivalent  to
4145           setting the PCRE_UTF8 and the PCRE_UCP options, respectively.
4146    
4147    
4148  SUBPATTERNS  SUBPATTERNS
# Line 3943  DUPLICATE SUBPATTERN NUMBERS Line 4224  DUPLICATE SUBPATTERN NUMBERS
4224           / ( a )  (?| x ( y ) z | (p (q) r) | (t) u (v) ) ( z ) /x           / ( a )  (?| x ( y ) z | (p (q) r) | (t) u (v) ) ( z ) /x
4225           # 1            2         2  3        2     3     4           # 1            2         2  3        2     3     4
4226    
4227         A backreference or a recursive call to  a  numbered  subpattern  always         A back reference to a numbered subpattern uses the  most  recent  value
4228         refers to the first one in the pattern with the given number.         that  is  set  for that number by any subpattern. The following pattern
4229           matches "abcabc" or "defdef":
4230    
4231             /(?|(abc)|(def))\1/
4232    
4233           In contrast, a recursive or "subroutine" call to a numbered  subpattern
4234           always  refers  to  the first one in the pattern with the given number.
4235           The following pattern matches "abcabc" or "defabc":
4236    
4237             /(?|(abc)|(def))(?1)/
4238    
4239           If a condition test for a subpattern's having matched refers to a  non-
4240           unique  number, the test is true if any of the subpatterns of that num-
4241           ber have matched.
4242    
4243         An  alternative approach to using this "branch reset" feature is to use         An alternative approach to using this "branch reset" feature is to  use
4244         duplicate named subpatterns, as described in the next section.         duplicate named subpatterns, as described in the next section.
4245    
4246    
4247  NAMED SUBPATTERNS  NAMED SUBPATTERNS
4248    
4249         Identifying capturing parentheses by number is simple, but  it  can  be         Identifying  capturing  parentheses  by number is simple, but it can be
4250         very  hard  to keep track of the numbers in complicated regular expres-         very hard to keep track of the numbers in complicated  regular  expres-
4251         sions. Furthermore, if an  expression  is  modified,  the  numbers  may         sions.  Furthermore,  if  an  expression  is  modified, the numbers may
4252         change.  To help with this difficulty, PCRE supports the naming of sub-         change. To help with this difficulty, PCRE supports the naming of  sub-
4253         patterns. This feature was not added to Perl until release 5.10. Python         patterns. This feature was not added to Perl until release 5.10. Python
4254         had  the  feature earlier, and PCRE introduced it at release 4.0, using         had the feature earlier, and PCRE introduced it at release  4.0,  using
4255         the Python syntax. PCRE now supports both the Perl and the Python  syn-         the  Python syntax. PCRE now supports both the Perl and the Python syn-
4256         tax.         tax. Perl allows identically numbered  subpatterns  to  have  different
4257           names, but PCRE does not.
4258    
4259         In  PCRE,  a subpattern can be named in one of three ways: (?<name>...)         In  PCRE,  a subpattern can be named in one of three ways: (?<name>...)
4260         or (?'name'...) as in Perl, or (?P<name>...) as in  Python.  References         or (?'name'...) as in Perl, or (?P<name>...) as in  Python.  References
4261         to capturing parentheses from other parts of the pattern, such as back-         to  capturing parentheses from other parts of the pattern, such as back
4262         references, recursion, and conditions, can be made by name as  well  as         references, recursion, and conditions, can be made by name as  well  as
4263         by number.         by number.
4264    
# Line 3976  NAMED SUBPATTERNS Line 4271  NAMED SUBPATTERNS
4271    
4272         By default, a name must be unique within a pattern, but it is  possible         By default, a name must be unique within a pattern, but it is  possible
4273         to relax this constraint by setting the PCRE_DUPNAMES option at compile         to relax this constraint by setting the PCRE_DUPNAMES option at compile
4274         time. This can be useful for patterns where only one  instance  of  the         time. (Duplicate names are also always permitted for  subpatterns  with
4275           the  same  number, set up as described in the previous section.) Dupli-
4276           cate names can be useful for patterns where only one  instance  of  the
4277         named  parentheses  can  match. Suppose you want to match the name of a         named  parentheses  can  match. Suppose you want to match the name of a
4278         weekday, either as a 3-letter abbreviation or as the full name, and  in         weekday, either as a 3-letter abbreviation or as the full name, and  in
4279         both cases you want to extract the abbreviation. This pattern (ignoring         both cases you want to extract the abbreviation. This pattern (ignoring
# Line 3995  NAMED SUBPATTERNS Line 4292  NAMED SUBPATTERNS
4292         The convenience function for extracting the data by  name  returns  the         The convenience function for extracting the data by  name  returns  the
4293         substring  for  the first (and in this example, the only) subpattern of         substring  for  the first (and in this example, the only) subpattern of
4294         that name that matched. This saves searching  to  find  which  numbered         that name that matched. This saves searching  to  find  which  numbered
4295         subpattern  it  was. If you make a reference to a non-unique named sub-         subpattern it was.
4296         pattern from elsewhere in the pattern, the one that corresponds to  the  
4297         lowest  number  is used. For further details of the interfaces for han-         If  you  make  a  back  reference to a non-unique named subpattern from
4298         dling named subpatterns, see the pcreapi documentation.         elsewhere in the pattern, the one that corresponds to the first  occur-
4299           rence of the name is used. In the absence of duplicate numbers (see the
4300           previous section) this is the one with the lowest number. If you use  a
4301           named  reference  in a condition test (see the section about conditions
4302           below), either to check whether a subpattern has matched, or  to  check
4303           for  recursion,  all  subpatterns with the same name are tested. If the
4304           condition is true for any one of them, the overall condition  is  true.
4305           This is the same behaviour as testing by number. For further details of
4306           the interfaces for handling named subpatterns, see the pcreapi documen-
4307           tation.
4308    
4309         Warning: You cannot use different names to distinguish between two sub-         Warning: You cannot use different names to distinguish between two sub-
4310         patterns  with  the same number (see the previous section) because PCRE         patterns with the same number because PCRE uses only the  numbers  when
4311         uses only the numbers when matching.         matching. For this reason, an error is given at compile time if differ-
4312           ent names are given to subpatterns with the same number.  However,  you
4313           can  give  the same name to subpatterns with the same number, even when
4314           PCRE_DUPNAMES is not set.
4315    
4316    
4317  REPETITION  REPETITION
# Line 4019  REPETITION Line 4328  REPETITION
4328           a character class           a character class
4329           a back reference (see next section)           a back reference (see next section)
4330           a parenthesized subpattern (unless it is an assertion)           a parenthesized subpattern (unless it is an assertion)
4331             a recursive or "subroutine" call to a subpattern
4332    
4333         The  general repetition quantifier specifies a minimum and maximum num-         The  general repetition quantifier specifies a minimum and maximum num-
4334         ber of permitted matches, by giving the two numbers in  curly  brackets         ber of permitted matches, by giving the two numbers in  curly  brackets
# Line 4133  REPETITION Line 4443  REPETITION
4443         mization, or alternatively using ^ to indicate anchoring explicitly.         mization, or alternatively using ^ to indicate anchoring explicitly.
4444    
4445         However,  there is one situation where the optimization cannot be used.         However,  there is one situation where the optimization cannot be used.
4446         When .*  is inside capturing parentheses that  are  the  subject  of  a         When .*  is inside capturing parentheses that are the subject of a back
4447         backreference  elsewhere  in the pattern, a match at the start may fail         reference elsewhere in the pattern, a match at the start may fail where
4448         where a later one succeeds. Consider, for example:         a later one succeeds. Consider, for example:
4449    
4450           (.*)abc\1           (.*)abc\1
4451    
# Line 4342  BACK REFERENCES Line 4652  BACK REFERENCES
4652    
4653         There may be more than one back reference to the same subpattern. If  a         There may be more than one back reference to the same subpattern. If  a
4654         subpattern  has  not actually been used in a particular match, any back         subpattern  has  not actually been used in a particular match, any back
4655         references to it always fail. For example, the pattern         references to it always fail by default. For example, the pattern
4656    
4657           (a|(bc))\2           (a|(bc))\2
4658    
4659         always fails if it starts to match "a" rather than "bc". Because  there         always fails if it starts to match "a" rather than  "bc".  However,  if
4660         may  be  many  capturing parentheses in a pattern, all digits following         the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option is set at compile time, a back refer-
4661         the backslash are taken as part of a potential back  reference  number.         ence to an unset value matches an empty string.
4662         If the pattern continues with a digit character, some delimiter must be  
4663         used to terminate the back reference. If the  PCRE_EXTENDED  option  is         Because there may be many capturing parentheses in a pattern, all  dig-
4664         set,  this  can  be  whitespace.  Otherwise an empty comment (see "Com-         its  following a backslash are taken as part of a potential back refer-
4665         ments" below) can be used.         ence number.  If the pattern continues with  a  digit  character,  some
4666           delimiter  must  be  used  to  terminate  the  back  reference.  If the
4667         A back reference that occurs inside the parentheses to which it  refers         PCRE_EXTENDED option is set, this can be whitespace. Otherwise, the \g{
4668         fails  when  the subpattern is first used, so, for example, (a\1) never         syntax or an empty comment (see "Comments" below) can be used.
4669         matches.  However, such references can be useful inside  repeated  sub-  
4670       Recursive back references
4671    
4672           A  back reference that occurs inside the parentheses to which it refers
4673           fails when the subpattern is first used, so, for example,  (a\1)  never
4674           matches.   However,  such references can be useful inside repeated sub-
4675         patterns. For example, the pattern         patterns. For example, the pattern
4676    
4677           (a|b\1)+           (a|b\1)+
4678    
4679         matches any number of "a"s and also "aba", "ababbaa" etc. At each iter-         matches any number of "a"s and also "aba", "ababbaa" etc. At each iter-
4680         ation of the subpattern,  the  back  reference  matches  the  character         ation  of  the  subpattern,  the  back  reference matches the character
4681         string  corresponding  to  the previous iteration. In order for this to         string corresponding to the previous iteration. In order  for  this  to
4682         work, the pattern must be such that the first iteration does  not  need         work,  the  pattern must be such that the first iteration does not need
4683         to  match the back reference. This can be done using alternation, as in         to match the back reference. This can be done using alternation, as  in
4684         the example above, or by a quantifier with a minimum of zero.         the example above, or by a quantifier with a minimum of zero.
4685    
4686           Back  references of this type cause the group that they reference to be
4687           treated as an atomic group.  Once the whole group has been  matched,  a
4688           subsequent  matching  failure cannot cause backtracking into the middle
4689           of the group.
4690    
4691    
4692  ASSERTIONS  ASSERTIONS
4693    
# Line 4415  ASSERTIONS Line 4735  ASSERTIONS
4735         If you want to force a matching failure at some point in a pattern, the         If you want to force a matching failure at some point in a pattern, the
4736         most convenient way to do it is  with  (?!)  because  an  empty  string         most convenient way to do it is  with  (?!)  because  an  empty  string
4737         always  matches, so an assertion that requires there not to be an empty         always  matches, so an assertion that requires there not to be an empty
4738         string must always fail.         string must always fail.   The  Perl  5.10  backtracking  control  verb
4739           (*FAIL) or (*F) is essentially a synonym for (?!).
4740    
4741     Lookbehind assertions     Lookbehind assertions
4742    
4743         Lookbehind assertions start with (?<= for positive assertions and  (?<!         Lookbehind  assertions start with (?<= for positive assertions and (?<!
4744         for negative assertions. For example,         for negative assertions. For example,
4745    
4746           (?<!foo)bar           (?<!foo)bar
4747    
4748         does  find  an  occurrence  of "bar" that is not preceded by "foo". The         does find an occurrence of "bar" that is not  preceded  by  "foo".  The
4749         contents of a lookbehind assertion are restricted  such  that  all  the         contents  of  a  lookbehind  assertion are restricted such that all the
4750         strings it matches must have a fixed length. However, if there are sev-         strings it matches must have a fixed length. However, if there are sev-
4751         eral top-level alternatives, they do not all  have  to  have  the  same         eral  top-level  alternatives,  they  do  not all have to have the same
4752         fixed length. Thus         fixed length. Thus
4753    
4754           (?<=bullock|donkey)           (?<=bullock|donkey)
# Line 4436  ASSERTIONS Line 4757  ASSERTIONS
4757    
4758           (?<!dogs?|cats?)           (?<!dogs?|cats?)
4759    
4760         causes  an  error at compile time. Branches that match different length         causes an error at compile time. Branches that match  different  length
4761         strings are permitted only at the top level of a lookbehind  assertion.         strings  are permitted only at the top level of a lookbehind assertion.
4762         This  is  an  extension  compared  with  Perl (at least for 5.8), which         This is an extension compared with Perl (5.8 and 5.10), which  requires
4763         requires all branches to match the same length of string. An  assertion         all branches to match the same length of string. An assertion such as
        such as  
4764    
4765           (?<=ab(c|de))           (?<=ab(c|de))
4766    
4767         is  not  permitted,  because  its single top-level branch can match two         is  not  permitted,  because  its single top-level branch can match two
4768         different lengths, but it is acceptable if rewritten to  use  two  top-         different lengths, but it is acceptable to PCRE if rewritten to use two
4769         level branches:         top-level branches:
4770    
4771           (?<=abc|abde)           (?<=abc|abde)
4772    
4773         In some cases, the Perl 5.10 escape sequence \K (see above) can be used         In some cases, the Perl 5.10 escape sequence \K (see above) can be used
4774         instead of a lookbehind assertion; this is not restricted to  a  fixed-         instead of  a  lookbehind  assertion  to  get  round  the  fixed-length
4775         length.         restriction.
4776    
4777         The  implementation  of lookbehind assertions is, for each alternative,         The  implementation  of lookbehind assertions is, for each alternative,
4778         to temporarily move the current position back by the fixed  length  and         to temporarily move the current position back by the fixed  length  and
# Line 4464  ASSERTIONS Line 4784  ASSERTIONS
4784         ble to calculate the length of the lookbehind. The \X and  \R  escapes,         ble to calculate the length of the lookbehind. The \X and  \R  escapes,
4785         which can match different numbers of bytes, are also not permitted.         which can match different numbers of bytes, are also not permitted.
4786    
4787           "Subroutine"  calls  (see below) such as (?2) or (?&X) are permitted in
4788           lookbehinds, as long as the subpattern matches a  fixed-length  string.
4789           Recursion, however, is not supported.
4790    
4791         Possessive  quantifiers  can  be  used  in  conjunction with lookbehind         Possessive  quantifiers  can  be  used  in  conjunction with lookbehind
4792         assertions to specify efficient matching at  the  end  of  the  subject         assertions to specify efficient matching of fixed-length strings at the
4793         string. Consider a simple pattern such as         end of subject strings. Consider a simple pattern such as
4794    
4795           abcd$           abcd$
4796    
# Line 4529  CONDITIONAL SUBPATTERNS Line 4853  CONDITIONAL SUBPATTERNS
4853    
4854         It  is possible to cause the matching process to obey a subpattern con-         It  is possible to cause the matching process to obey a subpattern con-
4855         ditionally or to choose between two alternative subpatterns,  depending         ditionally or to choose between two alternative subpatterns,  depending
4856         on  the result of an assertion, or whether a previous capturing subpat-         on  the result of an assertion, or whether a specific capturing subpat-
4857         tern matched or not. The two possible forms of  conditional  subpattern         tern has already been matched. The two possible  forms  of  conditional
4858         are         subpattern are:
4859    
4860           (?(condition)yes-pattern)           (?(condition)yes-pattern)
4861           (?(condition)yes-pattern|no-pattern)           (?(condition)yes-pattern|no-pattern)
# Line 4546  CONDITIONAL SUBPATTERNS Line 4870  CONDITIONAL SUBPATTERNS
4870     Checking for a used subpattern by number     Checking for a used subpattern by number
4871    
4872         If the text between the parentheses consists of a sequence  of  digits,         If the text between the parentheses consists of a sequence  of  digits,
4873         the  condition  is  true if the capturing subpattern of that number has         the condition is true if a capturing subpattern of that number has pre-
4874         previously matched. An alternative notation is to  precede  the  digits         viously matched. If there is more than one  capturing  subpattern  with
4875         with a plus or minus sign. In this case, the subpattern number is rela-         the  same  number  (see  the earlier section about duplicate subpattern
4876         tive rather than absolute.  The most recently opened parentheses can be         numbers), the condition is true if any of them have been set. An alter-
4877         referenced  by  (?(-1),  the  next most recent by (?(-2), and so on. In         native  notation is to precede the digits with a plus or minus sign. In
4878         looping constructs it can also make sense to refer to subsequent groups         this case, the subpattern number is relative rather than absolute.  The
4879         with constructs such as (?(+2).         most  recently opened parentheses can be referenced by (?(-1), the next
4880           most recent by (?(-2), and so on. In looping  constructs  it  can  also
4881           make  sense  to  refer  to  subsequent  groups  with constructs such as
4882           (?(+2).
4883    
4884         Consider  the  following  pattern, which contains non-significant white         Consider the following pattern, which  contains  non-significant  white
4885         space to make it more readable (assume the PCRE_EXTENDED option) and to         space to make it more readable (assume the PCRE_EXTENDED option) and to
4886         divide it into three parts for ease of discussion:         divide it into three parts for ease of discussion:
4887    
4888           ( \( )?    [^()]+    (?(1) \) )           ( \( )?    [^()]+    (?(1) \) )
4889    
4890         The  first  part  matches  an optional opening parenthesis, and if that         The first part matches an optional opening  parenthesis,  and  if  that
4891         character is present, sets it as the first captured substring. The sec-         character is present, sets it as the first captured substring. The sec-
4892         ond  part  matches one or more characters that are not parentheses. The         ond part matches one or more characters that are not  parentheses.  The
4893         third part is a conditional subpattern that tests whether the first set         third part is a conditional subpattern that tests whether the first set
4894         of parentheses matched or not. If they did, that is, if subject started         of parentheses matched or not. If they did, that is, if subject started
4895         with an opening parenthesis, the condition is true, and so the yes-pat-         with an opening parenthesis, the condition is true, and so the yes-pat-
4896         tern  is  executed  and  a  closing parenthesis is required. Otherwise,         tern is executed and a  closing  parenthesis  is  required.  Otherwise,
4897         since no-pattern is not present, the  subpattern  matches  nothing.  In         since  no-pattern  is  not  present, the subpattern matches nothing. In
4898         other  words,  this  pattern  matches  a  sequence  of non-parentheses,         other words,  this  pattern  matches  a  sequence  of  non-parentheses,
4899         optionally enclosed in parentheses.         optionally enclosed in parentheses.
4900    
4901         If you were embedding this pattern in a larger one,  you  could  use  a         If  you  were  embedding  this pattern in a larger one, you could use a
4902         relative reference:         relative reference:
4903    
4904           ...other stuff... ( \( )?    [^()]+    (?(-1) \) ) ...           ...other stuff... ( \( )?    [^()]+    (?(-1) \) ) ...
4905    
4906         This  makes  the  fragment independent of the parentheses in the larger         This makes the fragment independent of the parentheses  in  the  larger
4907         pattern.         pattern.
4908    
4909     Checking for a used subpattern by name     Checking for a used subpattern by name
4910    
4911         Perl uses the syntax (?(<name>)...) or (?('name')...)  to  test  for  a         Perl  uses  the  syntax  (?(<name>)...) or (?('name')...) to test for a
4912         used  subpattern  by  name.  For compatibility with earlier versions of         used subpattern by name. For compatibility  with  earlier  versions  of
4913         PCRE, which had this facility before Perl, the syntax  (?(name)...)  is         PCRE,  which  had this facility before Perl, the syntax (?(name)...) is
4914         also  recognized. However, there is a possible ambiguity with this syn-         also recognized. However, there is a possible ambiguity with this  syn-
4915         tax, because subpattern names may  consist  entirely  of  digits.  PCRE         tax,  because  subpattern  names  may  consist entirely of digits. PCRE
4916         looks  first for a named subpattern; if it cannot find one and the name         looks first for a named subpattern; if it cannot find one and the  name
4917         consists entirely of digits, PCRE looks for a subpattern of  that  num-         consists  entirely  of digits, PCRE looks for a subpattern of that num-
4918         ber,  which must be greater than zero. Using subpattern names that con-         ber, which must be greater than zero. Using subpattern names that  con-
4919         sist entirely of digits is not recommended.         sist entirely of digits is not recommended.
4920    
4921         Rewriting the above example to use a named subpattern gives this:         Rewriting the above example to use a named subpattern gives this:
4922    
4923           (?<OPEN> \( )?    [^()]+    (?(<OPEN>) \) )           (?<OPEN> \( )?    [^()]+    (?(<OPEN>) \) )
4924    
4925           If  the  name used in a condition of this kind is a duplicate, the test
4926           is applied to all subpatterns of the same name, and is true if any  one
4927           of them has matched.
4928    
4929     Checking for pattern recursion     Checking for pattern recursion
4930    
4931         If the condition is the string (R), and there is no subpattern with the         If the condition is the string (R), and there is no subpattern with the
4932         name  R, the condition is true if a recursive call to the whole pattern         name R, the condition is true if a recursive call to the whole  pattern
4933         or any subpattern has been made. If digits or a name preceded by amper-         or any subpattern has been made. If digits or a name preceded by amper-
4934         sand follow the letter R, for example:         sand follow the letter R, for example:
4935    
4936           (?(R3)...) or (?(R&name)...)           (?(R3)...) or (?(R&name)...)
4937    
4938         the  condition is true if the most recent recursion is into the subpat-         the condition is true if the most recent recursion is into a subpattern
4939         tern whose number or name is given. This condition does not  check  the         whose number or name is given. This condition does not check the entire
4940         entire recursion stack.         recursion stack. If the name used in a condition  of  this  kind  is  a
4941           duplicate, the test is applied to all subpatterns of the same name, and
4942           is true if any one of them is the most recent recursion.
4943    
4944         At  "top  level", all these recursion test conditions are false. Recur-         At "top level", all these recursion test  conditions  are  false.   The
4945         sive patterns are described below.         syntax for recursive patterns is described below.
4946    
4947     Defining subpatterns for use by reference only     Defining subpatterns for use by reference only
4948    
4949         If the condition is the string (DEFINE), and  there  is  no  subpattern         If  the  condition  is  the string (DEFINE), and there is no subpattern
4950         with  the  name  DEFINE,  the  condition is always false. In this case,         with the name DEFINE, the condition is  always  false.  In  this  case,
4951         there may be only one alternative  in  the  subpattern.  It  is  always         there  may  be  only  one  alternative  in the subpattern. It is always
4952         skipped  if  control  reaches  this  point  in the pattern; the idea of         skipped if control reaches this point  in  the  pattern;  the  idea  of
4953         DEFINE is that it can be used to define "subroutines" that can be  ref-         DEFINE  is that it can be used to define "subroutines" that can be ref-
4954         erenced  from elsewhere. (The use of "subroutines" is described below.)         erenced from elsewhere. (The use of "subroutines" is described  below.)
4955         For example, a pattern to match an IPv4 address could be  written  like         For  example,  a pattern to match an IPv4 address could be written like
4956         this (ignore whitespace and line breaks):         this (ignore whitespace and line breaks):
4957    
4958           (?(DEFINE) (?<byte> 2[0-4]\d | 25[0-5] | 1\d\d | [1-9]?\d) )           (?(DEFINE) (?<byte> 2[0-4]\d | 25[0-5] | 1\d\d | [1-9]?\d) )
4959           \b (?&byte) (\.(?&byte)){3} \b           \b (?&byte) (\.(?&byte)){3} \b
4960    
4961         The  first part of the pattern is a DEFINE group inside which a another         The first part of the pattern is a DEFINE group inside which a  another
4962         group named "byte" is defined. This matches an individual component  of         group  named "byte" is defined. This matches an individual component of
4963         an  IPv4  address  (a number less than 256). When matching takes place,         an IPv4 address (a number less than 256). When  matching  takes  place,
4964         this part of the pattern is skipped because DEFINE acts  like  a  false         this  part  of  the pattern is skipped because DEFINE acts like a false
4965         condition.         condition. The rest of the pattern uses references to the  named  group
4966           to  match the four dot-separated components of an IPv4 address, insist-
4967         The rest of the pattern uses references to the named group to match the         ing on a word boundary at each end.
        four dot-separated components of an IPv4 address, insisting on  a  word  
        boundary at each end.  
4968    
4969     Assertion conditions     Assertion conditions
4970    
4971         If  the  condition  is  not  in any of the above formats, it must be an         If the condition is not in any of the above  formats,  it  must  be  an
4972         assertion.  This may be a positive or negative lookahead or  lookbehind         assertion.   This may be a positive or negative lookahead or lookbehind
4973         assertion.  Consider  this  pattern,  again  containing non-significant         assertion. Consider  this  pattern,  again  containing  non-significant
4974         white space, and with the two alternatives on the second line:         white space, and with the two alternatives on the second line:
4975    
4976           (?(?=[^a-z]*[a-z])           (?(?=[^a-z]*[a-z])
4977           \d{2}-[a-z]{3}-\d{2}  |  \d{2}-\d{2}-\d{2} )           \d{2}-[a-z]{3}-\d{2}  |  \d{2}-\d{2}-\d{2} )
4978    
4979         The condition  is  a  positive  lookahead  assertion  that  matches  an         The  condition  is  a  positive  lookahead  assertion  that  matches an
4980         optional  sequence of non-letters followed by a letter. In other words,         optional sequence of non-letters followed by a letter. In other  words,
4981         it tests for the presence of at least one letter in the subject.  If  a         it  tests  for the presence of at least one letter in the subject. If a
4982         letter  is found, the subject is matched against the first alternative;         letter is found, the subject is matched against the first  alternative;
4983         otherwise it is  matched  against  the  second.  This  pattern  matches         otherwise  it  is  matched  against  the  second.  This pattern matches
4984         strings  in  one  of the two forms dd-aaa-dd or dd-dd-dd, where aaa are         strings in one of the two forms dd-aaa-dd or dd-dd-dd,  where  aaa  are
4985         letters and dd are digits.         letters and dd are digits.
4986    
4987    
4988  COMMENTS  COMMENTS
4989    
4990         The sequence (?# marks the start of a comment that continues up to  the         The  sequence (?# marks the start of a comment that continues up to the
4991         next  closing  parenthesis.  Nested  parentheses are not permitted. The         next closing parenthesis. Nested parentheses  are  not  permitted.  The
4992         characters that make up a comment play no part in the pattern  matching         characters  that make up a comment play no part in the pattern matching
4993         at all.         at all.
4994    
4995         If  the PCRE_EXTENDED option is set, an unescaped # character outside a         If the PCRE_EXTENDED option is set, an unescaped # character outside  a
4996         character class introduces a  comment  that  continues  to  immediately         character  class  introduces  a  comment  that continues to immediately
4997         after the next newline in the pattern.         after the next newline in the pattern.
4998    
4999    
5000  RECURSIVE PATTERNS  RECURSIVE PATTERNS
5001    
5002         Consider  the problem of matching a string in parentheses, allowing for         Consider the problem of matching a string in parentheses, allowing  for
5003         unlimited nested parentheses. Without the use of  recursion,  the  best         unlimited  nested  parentheses.  Without the use of recursion, the best
5004         that  can  be  done  is  to use a pattern that matches up to some fixed         that can be done is to use a pattern that  matches  up  to  some  fixed
5005         depth of nesting. It is not possible to  handle  an  arbitrary  nesting         depth  of  nesting.  It  is not possible to handle an arbitrary nesting
5006         depth.         depth.
5007    
5008         For some time, Perl has provided a facility that allows regular expres-         For some time, Perl has provided a facility that allows regular expres-
5009         sions to recurse (amongst other things). It does this by  interpolating         sions  to recurse (amongst other things). It does this by interpolating
5010         Perl  code in the expression at run time, and the code can refer to the         Perl code in the expression at run time, and the code can refer to  the
5011         expression itself. A Perl pattern using code interpolation to solve the         expression itself. A Perl pattern using code interpolation to solve the
5012         parentheses problem can be created like this:         parentheses problem can be created like this:
5013    
# Line 4687  RECURSIVE PATTERNS Line 5017  RECURSIVE PATTERNS
5017         refers recursively to the pattern in which it appears.         refers recursively to the pattern in which it appears.
5018    
5019         Obviously, PCRE cannot support the interpolation of Perl code. Instead,         Obviously, PCRE cannot support the interpolation of Perl code. Instead,
5020         it  supports  special  syntax  for recursion of the entire pattern, and         it supports special syntax for recursion of  the  entire  pattern,  and
5021         also for individual subpattern recursion.  After  its  introduction  in         also  for  individual  subpattern  recursion. After its introduction in
5022         PCRE  and  Python,  this  kind of recursion was introduced into Perl at         PCRE and Python, this kind of  recursion  was  subsequently  introduced
5023         release 5.10.         into Perl at release 5.10.
5024    
5025         A special item that consists of (? followed by a  number  greater  than         A  special  item  that consists of (? followed by a number greater than
5026         zero and a closing parenthesis is a recursive call of the subpattern of         zero and a closing parenthesis is a recursive call of the subpattern of
5027         the given number, provided that it occurs inside that  subpattern.  (If         the  given  number, provided that it occurs inside that subpattern. (If
5028         not,  it  is  a  "subroutine" call, which is described in the next sec-         not, it is a "subroutine" call, which is described  in  the  next  sec-
5029         tion.) The special item (?R) or (?0) is a recursive call of the  entire         tion.)  The special item (?R) or (?0) is a recursive call of the entire
5030         regular expression.         regular expression.
5031    
        In  PCRE (like Python, but unlike Perl), a recursive subpattern call is  
        always treated as an atomic group. That is, once it has matched some of  
        the subject string, it is never re-entered, even if it contains untried  
        alternatives and there is a subsequent matching failure.  
   
5032         This PCRE pattern solves the nested  parentheses  problem  (assume  the         This PCRE pattern solves the nested  parentheses  problem  (assume  the
5033         PCRE_EXTENDED option is set so that white space is ignored):         PCRE_EXTENDED option is set so that white space is ignored):
5034    
5035           \( ( (?>[^()]+) | (?R) )* \)           \( ( [^()]++ | (?R) )* \)
5036    
5037         First  it matches an opening parenthesis. Then it matches any number of         First  it matches an opening parenthesis. Then it matches any number of
5038         substrings which can either be a  sequence  of  non-parentheses,  or  a         substrings which can either be a  sequence  of  non-parentheses,  or  a
5039         recursive  match  of the pattern itself (that is, a correctly parenthe-         recursive  match  of the pattern itself (that is, a correctly parenthe-
5040         sized substring).  Finally there is a closing parenthesis.         sized substring).  Finally there is a closing parenthesis. Note the use
5041           of a possessive quantifier to avoid backtracking into sequences of non-
5042           parentheses.
5043    
5044         If this were part of a larger pattern, you would not  want  to  recurse         If this were part of a larger pattern, you would not  want  to  recurse
5045         the entire pattern, so instead you could use this:         the entire pattern, so instead you could use this:
5046    
5047           ( \( ( (?>[^()]+) | (?1) )* \) )           ( \( ( [^()]++ | (?1) )* \) )
5048    
5049         We  have  put the pattern into parentheses, and caused the recursion to         We  have  put the pattern into parentheses, and caused the recursion to
5050         refer to them instead of the whole pattern.         refer to them instead of the whole pattern.
5051    
5052         In a larger pattern,  keeping  track  of  parenthesis  numbers  can  be         In a larger pattern,  keeping  track  of  parenthesis  numbers  can  be
5053         tricky.  This is made easier by the use of relative references. (A Perl         tricky.  This  is made easier by the use of relative references (a Perl
5054         5.10 feature.)  Instead of (?1) in the  pattern  above  you  can  write         5.10 feature).  Instead of (?1) in the  pattern  above  you  can  write
5055         (?-2) to refer to the second most recently opened parentheses preceding         (?-2) to refer to the second most recently opened parentheses preceding
5056         the recursion. In other  words,  a  negative  number  counts  capturing         the recursion. In other  words,  a  negative  number  counts  capturing
5057         parentheses leftwards from the point at which it is encountered.         parentheses leftwards from the point at which it is encountered.
# Line 4739  RECURSIVE PATTERNS Line 5066  RECURSIVE PATTERNS
5066         syntax for this is (?&name); PCRE's earlier syntax  (?P>name)  is  also         syntax for this is (?&name); PCRE's earlier syntax  (?P>name)  is  also
5067         supported. We could rewrite the above example as follows:         supported. We could rewrite the above example as follows:
5068    
5069           (?<pn> \( ( (?>[^()]+) | (?&pn) )* \) )           (?<pn> \( ( [^()]++ | (?&pn) )* \) )
5070    
5071         If  there  is more than one subpattern with the same name, the earliest         If  there  is more than one subpattern with the same name, the earliest
5072         one is used.         one is used.
5073    
5074         This particular example pattern that we have been looking  at  contains         This particular example pattern that we have been looking  at  contains
5075         nested  unlimited repeats, and so the use of atomic grouping for match-         nested unlimited repeats, and so the use of a possessive quantifier for
5076         ing strings of non-parentheses is important when applying  the  pattern         matching strings of non-parentheses is important when applying the pat-
5077         to strings that do not match. For example, when this pattern is applied         tern  to  strings  that do not match. For example, when this pattern is
5078         to         applied to
5079    
5080           (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa()           (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa()
5081    
5082         it yields "no match" quickly. However, if atomic grouping is not  used,         it yields "no match" quickly. However, if a  possessive  quantifier  is
5083         the  match  runs  for a very long time indeed because there are so many         not  used, the match runs for a very long time indeed because there are
5084         different ways the + and * repeats can carve up the  subject,  and  all         so many different ways the + and * repeats can carve  up  the  subject,
5085         have to be tested before failure can be reported.         and all have to be tested before failure can be reported.
5086    
5087         At the end of a match, the values set for any capturing subpatterns are         At  the  end  of a match, the values of capturing parentheses are those
5088         those from the outermost level of the recursion at which the subpattern         from the outermost level. If you want to obtain intermediate values,  a
5089         value  is  set.   If  you want to obtain intermediate values, a callout         callout  function can be used (see below and the pcrecallout documenta-
5090         function can be used (see below and the pcrecallout documentation).  If         tion). If the pattern above is matched against
        the pattern above is matched against  
5091    
5092           (ab(cd)ef)           (ab(cd)ef)
5093    
5094         the  value  for  the  capturing  parentheses is "ef", which is the last         the value for the inner capturing parentheses  (numbered  2)  is  "ef",
5095         value taken on at the top level. If additional parentheses  are  added,         which  is the last value taken on at the top level. If a capturing sub-
5096         giving         pattern is not matched at the top level, its final value is unset, even
5097           if it is (temporarily) set at a deeper level.
5098           \( ( ( (?>[^()]+) | (?R) )* ) \)  
5099              ^                        ^         If  there are more than 15 capturing parentheses in a pattern, PCRE has
5100              ^                        ^         to obtain extra memory to store data during a recursion, which it  does
5101           by using pcre_malloc, freeing it via pcre_free afterwards. If no memory
5102         the  string  they  capture is "ab(cd)ef", the contents of the top level         can be obtained, the match fails with the PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY error.
        parentheses. If there are more than 15 capturing parentheses in a  pat-  
        tern, PCRE has to obtain extra memory to store data during a recursion,  
        which it does by using pcre_malloc, freeing  it  via  pcre_free  after-  
        wards.  If  no  memory  can  be  obtained,  the  match  fails  with the  
        PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY error.  
5103    
5104         Do not confuse the (?R) item with the condition (R),  which  tests  for         Do not confuse the (?R) item with the condition (R),  which  tests  for
5105         recursion.   Consider  this pattern, which matches text in angle brack-         recursion.   Consider  this pattern, which matches text in angle brack-
# Line 4792  RECURSIVE PATTERNS Line 5113  RECURSIVE PATTERNS
5113         two  different  alternatives for the recursive and non-recursive cases.         two  different  alternatives for the recursive and non-recursive cases.
5114         The (?R) item is the actual recursive call.         The (?R) item is the actual recursive call.
5115    
5116       Recursion difference from Perl
5117    
5118           In PCRE (like Python, but unlike Perl), a recursive subpattern call  is
5119           always treated as an atomic group. That is, once it has matched some of
5120           the subject string, it is never re-entered, even if it contains untried
5121           alternatives  and  there  is a subsequent matching failure. This can be
5122           illustrated by the following pattern, which purports to match a  palin-
5123           dromic  string  that contains an odd number of characters (for example,
5124           "a", "aba", "abcba", "abcdcba"):
5125    
5126             ^(.|(.)(?1)\2)$
5127    
5128           The idea is that it either matches a single character, or two identical
5129           characters  surrounding  a sub-palindrome. In Perl, this pattern works;
5130           in PCRE it does not if the pattern is  longer  than  three  characters.
5131           Consider the subject string "abcba":
5132    
5133           At  the  top level, the first character is matched, but as it is not at
5134           the end of the string, the first alternative fails; the second alterna-
5135           tive is taken and the recursion kicks in. The recursive call to subpat-
5136           tern 1 successfully matches the next character ("b").  (Note  that  the
5137           beginning and end of line tests are not part of the recursion).
5138    
5139           Back  at  the top level, the next character ("c") is compared with what
5140           subpattern 2 matched, which was "a". This fails. Because the  recursion
5141           is  treated  as  an atomic group, there are now no backtracking points,
5142           and so the entire match fails. (Perl is able, at  this  point,  to  re-
5143           enter  the  recursion  and try the second alternative.) However, if the
5144           pattern is written with the alternatives in the other order, things are
5145           different:
5146    
5147             ^((.)(?1)\2|.)$
5148    
5149           This  time,  the recursing alternative is tried first, and continues to
5150           recurse until it runs out of characters, at which point  the  recursion
5151           fails.  But  this  time  we  do  have another alternative to try at the
5152           higher level. That is the big difference:  in  the  previous  case  the
5153           remaining alternative is at a deeper recursion level, which PCRE cannot
5154           use.
5155    
5156           To change the pattern so that matches all palindromic strings, not just
5157           those  with  an  odd number of characters, it is tempting to change the
5158           pattern to this:
5159    
5160             ^((.)(?1)\2|.?)$
5161    
5162           Again, this works in Perl, but not in PCRE, and for  the  same  reason.
5163           When  a  deeper  recursion has matched a single character, it cannot be
5164           entered again in order to match an empty string.  The  solution  is  to
5165           separate  the two cases, and write out the odd and even cases as alter-
5166           natives at the higher level:
5167    
5168             ^(?:((.)(?1)\2|)|((.)(?3)\4|.))
5169    
5170           If you want to match typical palindromic phrases, the  pattern  has  to
5171           ignore all non-word characters, which can be done like this:
5172    
5173             ^\W*+(?:((.)\W*+(?1)\W*+\2|)|((.)\W*+(?3)\W*+\4|\W*+.\W*+))\W*+$
5174    
5175           If run with the PCRE_CASELESS option, this pattern matches phrases such
5176           as "A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!" and it works well in both PCRE and
5177           Perl.  Note the use of the possessive quantifier *+ to avoid backtrack-
5178           ing into sequences of non-word characters. Without this, PCRE  takes  a
5179           great  deal  longer  (ten  times or more) to match typical phrases, and
5180           Perl takes so long that you think it has gone into a loop.
5181    
5182           WARNING: The palindrome-matching patterns above work only if  the  sub-
5183           ject  string  does not start with a palindrome that is shorter than the
5184           entire string.  For example, although "abcba" is correctly matched,  if
5185           the  subject  is "ababa", PCRE finds the palindrome "aba" at the start,
5186           then fails at top level because the end of the string does not  follow.
5187           Once  again, it cannot jump back into the recursion to try other alter-
5188           natives, so the entire match fails.
5189    
5190    
5191  SUBPATTERNS AS SUBROUTINES  SUBPATTERNS AS SUBROUTINES
5192    
# Line 4818  SUBPATTERNS AS SUBROUTINES Line 5213  SUBPATTERNS AS SUBROUTINES
5213         two strings. Another example is  given  in  the  discussion  of  DEFINE         two strings. Another example is  given  in  the  discussion  of  DEFINE
5214         above.         above.
5215    
5216         Like recursive subpatterns, a "subroutine" call is always treated as an         Like  recursive  subpatterns, a subroutine call is always treated as an
5217         atomic group. That is, once it has matched some of the subject  string,         atomic group. That is, once it has matched some of the subject  string,
5218         it  is  never  re-entered, even if it contains untried alternatives and         it  is  never  re-entered, even if it contains untried alternatives and
5219         there is a subsequent matching failure.         there is a subsequent matching failure. Any capturing parentheses  that
5220           are  set  during  the  subroutine  call revert to their previous values
5221           afterwards.
5222    
5223         When a subpattern is used as a subroutine, processing options  such  as         When a subpattern is used as a subroutine, processing options  such  as
5224         case-independence are fixed when the subpattern is defined. They cannot         case-independence are fixed when the subpattern is defined. They cannot
# Line 4904  BACKTRACKING CONTROL Line 5301  BACKTRACKING CONTROL
5301         (*FAIL), which behaves like a failing negative assertion, they cause an         (*FAIL), which behaves like a failing negative assertion, they cause an
5302         error if encountered by pcre_dfa_exec().         error if encountered by pcre_dfa_exec().
5303    
5304           If any of these verbs are used in an assertion or subroutine subpattern
5305           (including recursive subpatterns), their effect  is  confined  to  that
5306           subpattern;  it  does  not extend to the surrounding pattern. Note that
5307           such subpatterns are processed as anchored at the point where they  are
5308           tested.
5309    
5310         The  new verbs make use of what was previously invalid syntax: an open-         The  new verbs make use of what was previously invalid syntax: an open-
5311         ing parenthesis followed by an asterisk. In Perl, they are generally of         ing parenthesis followed by an asterisk. They are generally of the form
5312         the form (*VERB:ARG) but PCRE does not support the use of arguments, so         (*VERB)  or (*VERB:NAME). Some may take either form, with differing be-
5313         its general form is just (*VERB). Any number of these verbs  may  occur         haviour, depending on whether or not an argument is present. An name is
5314         in a pattern. There are two kinds:         a  sequence  of letters, digits, and underscores. If the name is empty,
5315           that is, if the closing parenthesis immediately follows the colon,  the
5316           effect is as if the colon were not there. Any number of these verbs may
5317           occur in a pattern.
5318    
5319           PCRE contains some optimizations that are used to speed up matching  by
5320           running some checks at the start of each match attempt. For example, it
5321           may know the minimum length of matching subject, or that  a  particular
5322           character  must  be present. When one of these optimizations suppresses
5323           the running of a match, any included backtracking verbs  will  not,  of
5324           course, be processed. You can suppress the start-of-match optimizations
5325           by setting the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE option when calling pcre_exec().
5326    
5327     Verbs that act immediately     Verbs that act immediately
5328    
5329         The following verbs act as soon as they are encountered:         The following verbs act as soon as they are encountered. They  may  not
5330           be followed by a name.
5331    
5332            (*ACCEPT)            (*ACCEPT)
5333    
5334         This  verb causes the ma