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Craig's patch for the double-counting bug in global replace.

1 nigel 3 ChangeLog for PCRE
2     ------------------
3    
4 ph10 297 Version 7.5 04-Jan-08
5 ph10 263 ---------------------
6    
7     1. Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
8     values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
9 ph10 286
10 ph10 264 2. Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
11     Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
12     included.
13 ph10 286
14     3. The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
15 ph10 265 [:^space:].
16 ph10 286
17 ph10 267 4. PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it
18     defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so
19 ph10 286 I have changed it.
20    
21 ph10 268 5. The construct (?&) was not diagnosed as a syntax error (it referenced the
22 ph10 286 first named subpattern) and a construct such as (?&a) would reference the
23     first named subpattern whose name started with "a" (in other words, the
24 ph10 272 length check was missing). Both these problems are fixed. "Subpattern name
25     expected" is now given for (?&) (a zero-length name), and this patch also
26     makes it give the same error for \k'' (previously it complained that that
27     was a reference to a non-existent subpattern).
28 ph10 286
29 ph10 269 6. The erroneous patterns (?+-a) and (?-+a) give different error messages;
30 ph10 286 this is right because (?- can be followed by option settings as well as by
31 ph10 269 digits. I have, however, made the messages clearer.
32 ph10 286
33 ph10 270 7. Patterns such as (?(1)a|b) (a pattern that contains fewer subpatterns
34     than the number used in the conditional) now cause a compile-time error.
35     This is actually not compatible with Perl, which accepts such patterns, but
36     treats the conditional as always being FALSE (as PCRE used to), but it
37     seems to me that giving a diagnostic is better.
38 ph10 286
39 ph10 274 8. Change "alphameric" to the more common word "alphanumeric" in comments
40 ph10 275 and messages.
41 ph10 286
42     9. Fix two occurrences of "backslash" in comments that should have been
43     "backspace".
44    
45     10. Remove two redundant lines of code that can never be obeyed (their function
46     was moved elsewhere).
47    
48     11. The program that makes PCRE's Unicode character property table had a bug
49     which caused it to generate incorrect table entries for sequences of
50 ph10 277 characters that have the same character type, but are in different scripts.
51 ph10 286 It amalgamated them into a single range, with the script of the first of
52 ph10 277 them. In other words, some characters were in the wrong script. There were
53     thirteen such cases, affecting characters in the following ranges:
54 ph10 286
55 ph10 277 U+002b0 - U+002c1
56     U+0060c - U+0060d
57 ph10 286 U+0061e - U+00612
58 ph10 277 U+0064b - U+0065e
59     U+0074d - U+0076d
60     U+01800 - U+01805
61     U+01d00 - U+01d77
62     U+01d9b - U+01dbf
63     U+0200b - U+0200f
64     U+030fc - U+030fe
65     U+03260 - U+0327f
66     U+0fb46 - U+0fbb1
67     U+10450 - U+1049d
68 ph10 286
69 ph10 279 12. The -o option (show only the matching part of a line) for pcregrep was not
70     compatible with GNU grep in that, if there was more than one match in a
71     line, it showed only the first of them. It now behaves in the same way as
72     GNU grep.
73 ph10 286
74     13. If the -o and -v options were combined for pcregrep, it printed a blank
75     line for every non-matching line. GNU grep prints nothing, and pcregrep now
76     does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any
77     non-matching lines.
78    
79 ph10 289 14. Added --file-offsets and --line-offsets to pcregrep.
80    
81     15. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially
82 ph10 282 infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not
83 ph10 286 being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads
84     and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).
85    
86 ph10 289 16. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the
87 ph10 284 inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of
88     INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).
89 ph10 263
90 ph10 289 17. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode
91 ph10 286 character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at
92     runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this
93     are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that
94     caused the error; without that there was no problem.
95 ph10 263
96 ph10 289 18. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.
97 ph10 286
98 ph10 289 19. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.
99 ph10 286
100 ph10 289 20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
101 ph10 288 RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
102 ph10 297 double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
103     later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
104     that check the return values (which was not done before).
105 ph10 292
106 ph10 291 21. Several CMake things:
107 ph10 287
108 ph10 291 (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
109 ph10 292 the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
110 ph10 288
111 ph10 292 (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
112     linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
113 ph10 291
114 ph10 292 (3) Added PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBREADLINE, PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBZ, PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBBZ2.
115 ph10 294
116     22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
117     crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
118     UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
119     this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
120     newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
121     checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
122     account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
123 ph10 295
124     23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
125     character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
126     character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
127     allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
128     unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
129     names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
130     for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
131     class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
132     closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
133     diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
134     treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
135     Perl does, and where it didn't before.
136 ph10 296
137     24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
138     Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
139 ph10 292
140    
141 ph10 260 Version 7.4 21-Sep-07
142 ph10 230 ---------------------
143    
144     1. Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This
145 ph10 231 means that a class such as [\s] counted as "explicit reference to CR or
146     LF". That isn't really right - the whole point of the change was to try to
147     help when there was an actual mention of one of the two characters. So now
148     the change happens only if \r or \n (or a literal CR or LF) character is
149 ph10 230 encountered.
150 ph10 231
151     2. The 32-bit options word was also used for 6 internal flags, but the numbers
152     of both had grown to the point where there were only 3 bits left.
153     Fortunately, there was spare space in the data structure, and so I have
154     moved the internal flags into a new 16-bit field to free up more option
155 ph10 230 bits.
156 ph10 231
157     3. The appearance of (?J) at the start of a pattern set the DUPNAMES option,
158     but did not set the internal JCHANGED flag - either of these is enough to
159     control the way the "get" function works - but the PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED
160     facility is supposed to tell if (?J) was ever used, so now (?J) at the
161 ph10 230 start sets both bits.
162    
163 ph10 231 4. Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from
164     matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.
165 ph10 230
166 ph10 243 5. doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.
167    
168     6. Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward
169 ph10 233 compatibility, even though it is no longer used.
170 ph10 243
171     7. Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and
172 ph10 254 strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 when the
173 ph10 259 windows.h file is present (where different names are used). [This was
174 ph10 257 reversed later after testing - see 16 below.]
175 ph10 243
176     8. Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also
177 ph10 236 some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".
178 ph10 243
179 ph10 239 9. When pcregrep was used with the --colour option, it missed the line ending
180 ph10 243 sequence off the lines that it output.
181    
182     10. It was pointed out to me that arrays of string pointers cause lots of
183     relocations when a shared library is dynamically loaded. A technique of
184     using a single long string with a table of offsets can drastically reduce
185     these. I have refactored PCRE in four places to do this. The result is
186 ph10 240 dramatic:
187 ph10 243
188 ph10 240 Originally: 290
189     After changing UCP table: 187
190 ph10 243 After changing error message table: 43
191 ph10 240 After changing table of "verbs" 36
192     After changing table of Posix names 22
193 ph10 243
194 ph10 240 Thanks to the folks working on Gregex for glib for this insight.
195 ph10 247
196 ph10 244 11. --disable-stack-for-recursion caused compiling to fail unless -enable-
197 ph10 247 unicode-properties was also set.
198    
199 ph10 248 12. Updated the tests so that they work when \R is defaulted to ANYCRLF.
200 ph10 231
201 ph10 253 13. Added checks for ANY and ANYCRLF to pcrecpp.cc where it previously
202     checked only for CRLF.
203 ph10 233
204 ph10 259 14. Added casts to pcretest.c to avoid compiler warnings.
205    
206 ph10 256 15. Added Craig's patch to various pcrecpp modules to avoid compiler warnings.
207 ph10 253
208 ph10 257 16. Added Craig's patch to remove the WINDOWS_H tests, that were not working,
209 ph10 259 and instead check for _strtoi64 explicitly, and avoid the use of snprintf()
210     entirely. This removes changes made in 7 above.
211 ph10 256
212 ph10 261 17. The CMake files have been updated, and there is now more information about
213     building with CMake in the NON-UNIX-USE document.
214 ph10 257
215 ph10 261
216 ph10 228 Version 7.3 28-Aug-07
217 ph10 157 ---------------------
218    
219 ph10 189 1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the
220     line "#include <pcre.h>" was included in pcre_internal.h. The use of angle
221     brackets there is not right, since it causes compilers to look for an
222     installed pcre.h, not the version that is in the source that is being
223     compiled (which of course may be different). I have changed it back to:
224 ph10 197
225 ph10 189 #include "pcre.h"
226 ph10 197
227     I have a vague recollection that the change was concerned with compiling in
228     different directories, but in the new build system, that is taken care of
229     by the VPATH setting the Makefile.
230    
231 ph10 190 2. The pattern .*$ when run in not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode with newline=any failed
232     when the subject happened to end in the byte 0x85 (e.g. if the last
233     character was \x{1ec5}). *Character* 0x85 is one of the "any" newline
234     characters but of course it shouldn't be taken as a newline when it is part
235     of another character. The bug was that, for an unlimited repeat of . in
236     not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode, PCRE was advancing by bytes rather than by
237     characters when looking for a newline.
238 ph10 197
239     3. A small performance improvement in the DOTALL UTF-8 mode .* case.
240    
241     4. Debugging: adjusted the names of opcodes for different kinds of parentheses
242     in debug output.
243    
244 ph10 201 5. Arrange to use "%I64d" instead of "%lld" and "%I64u" instead of "%llu" for
245     long printing in the pcrecpp unittest when running under MinGW.
246 ph10 189
247 ph10 197 6. ESC_K was left out of the EBCDIC table.
248 ph10 189
249 ph10 197 7. Change 7.0/38 introduced a new limit on the number of nested non-capturing
250     parentheses; I made it 1000, which seemed large enough. Unfortunately, the
251     limit also applies to "virtual nesting" when a pattern is recursive, and in
252     this case 1000 isn't so big. I have been able to remove this limit at the
253     expense of backing off one optimization in certain circumstances. Normally,
254     when pcre_exec() would call its internal match() function recursively and
255     immediately return the result unconditionally, it uses a "tail recursion"
256     feature to save stack. However, when a subpattern that can match an empty
257     string has an unlimited repetition quantifier, it no longer makes this
258     optimization. That gives it a stack frame in which to save the data for
259     checking that an empty string has been matched. Previously this was taken
260     from the 1000-entry workspace that had been reserved. So now there is no
261     explicit limit, but more stack is used.
262 ph10 189
263 ph10 200 8. Applied Daniel's patches to solve problems with the import/export magic
264     syntax that is required for Windows, and which was going wrong for the
265     pcreposix and pcrecpp parts of the library. These were overlooked when this
266     problem was solved for the main library.
267 ph10 197
268 ph10 202 9. There were some crude static tests to avoid integer overflow when computing
269     the size of patterns that contain repeated groups with explicit upper
270     limits. As the maximum quantifier is 65535, the maximum group length was
271     set at 30,000 so that the product of these two numbers did not overflow a
272     32-bit integer. However, it turns out that people want to use groups that
273     are longer than 30,000 bytes (though not repeat them that many times).
274     Change 7.0/17 (the refactoring of the way the pattern size is computed) has
275     made it possible to implement the integer overflow checks in a much more
276     dynamic way, which I have now done. The artificial limitation on group
277     length has been removed - we now have only the limit on the total length of
278     the compiled pattern, which depends on the LINK_SIZE setting.
279 ph10 208
280     10. Fixed a bug in the documentation for get/copy named substring when
281     duplicate names are permitted. If none of the named substrings are set, the
282     functions return PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING (7); the doc said they returned an
283     empty string.
284    
285     11. Because Perl interprets \Q...\E at a high level, and ignores orphan \E
286     instances, patterns such as [\Q\E] or [\E] or even [^\E] cause an error,
287     because the ] is interpreted as the first data character and the
288     terminating ] is not found. PCRE has been made compatible with Perl in this
289     regard. Previously, it interpreted [\Q\E] as an empty class, and [\E] could
290     cause memory overwriting.
291    
292 ph10 206 10. Like Perl, PCRE automatically breaks an unlimited repeat after an empty
293     string has been matched (to stop an infinite loop). It was not recognizing
294 ph10 208 a conditional subpattern that could match an empty string if that
295 ph10 206 subpattern was within another subpattern. For example, it looped when
296 ph10 208 trying to match (((?(1)X|))*) but it was OK with ((?(1)X|)*) where the
297 ph10 206 condition was not nested. This bug has been fixed.
298 ph10 208
299 ph10 207 12. A pattern like \X?\d or \P{L}?\d in non-UTF-8 mode could cause a backtrack
300     past the start of the subject in the presence of bytes with the top bit
301     set, for example "\x8aBCD".
302 ph10 211
303 ph10 210 13. Added Perl 5.10 experimental backtracking controls (*FAIL), (*F), (*PRUNE),
304     (*SKIP), (*THEN), (*COMMIT), and (*ACCEPT).
305 ph10 200
306 ph10 211 14. Optimized (?!) to (*FAIL).
307 ph10 202
308 ph10 212 15. Updated the test for a valid UTF-8 string to conform to the later RFC 3629.
309     This restricts code points to be within the range 0 to 0x10FFFF, excluding
310     the "low surrogate" sequence 0xD800 to 0xDFFF. Previously, PCRE allowed the
311     full range 0 to 0x7FFFFFFF, as defined by RFC 2279. Internally, it still
312     does: it's just the validity check that is more restrictive.
313 ph10 220
314     16. Inserted checks for integer overflows during escape sequence (backslash)
315     processing, and also fixed erroneous offset values for syntax errors during
316     backslash processing.
317    
318 ph10 214 17. Fixed another case of looking too far back in non-UTF-8 mode (cf 12 above)
319 ph10 220 for patterns like [\PPP\x8a]{1,}\x80 with the subject "A\x80".
320    
321 ph10 215 18. An unterminated class in a pattern like (?1)\c[ with a "forward reference"
322     caused an overrun.
323 ph10 220
324     19. A pattern like (?:[\PPa*]*){8,} which had an "extended class" (one with
325     something other than just ASCII characters) inside a group that had an
326     unlimited repeat caused a loop at compile time (while checking to see
327     whether the group could match an empty string).
328    
329 ph10 217 20. Debugging a pattern containing \p or \P could cause a crash. For example,
330     [\P{Any}] did so. (Error in the code for printing property names.)
331 ph10 210
332 ph10 220 21. An orphan \E inside a character class could cause a crash.
333    
334     22. A repeated capturing bracket such as (A)? could cause a wild memory
335 ph10 218 reference during compilation.
336 ph10 220
337     23. There are several functions in pcre_compile() that scan along a compiled
338     expression for various reasons (e.g. to see if it's fixed length for look
339 ph10 218 behind). There were bugs in these functions when a repeated \p or \P was
340 ph10 220 present in the pattern. These operators have additional parameters compared
341     with \d, etc, and these were not being taken into account when moving along
342 ph10 218 the compiled data. Specifically:
343 ph10 220
344     (a) A item such as \p{Yi}{3} in a lookbehind was not treated as fixed
345     length.
346    
347     (b) An item such as \pL+ within a repeated group could cause crashes or
348 ph10 218 loops.
349 ph10 220
350 ph10 218 (c) A pattern such as \p{Yi}+(\P{Yi}+)(?1) could give an incorrect
351 ph10 220 "reference to non-existent subpattern" error.
352    
353 ph10 221 (d) A pattern like (\P{Yi}{2}\277)? could loop at compile time.
354    
355 ph10 219 24. A repeated \S or \W in UTF-8 mode could give wrong answers when multibyte
356 ph10 220 characters were involved (for example /\S{2}/8g with "A\x{a3}BC").
357 ph10 211
358 ph10 222 25. Using pcregrep in multiline, inverted mode (-Mv) caused it to loop.
359 ph10 218
360 ph10 227 26. Patterns such as [\P{Yi}A] which include \p or \P and just one other
361 ph10 223 character were causing crashes (broken optimization).
362 ph10 227
363 ph10 224 27. Patterns such as (\P{Yi}*\277)* (group with possible zero repeat containing
364 ph10 227 \p or \P) caused a compile-time loop.
365    
366 ph10 226 28. More problems have arisen in unanchored patterns when CRLF is a valid line
367     break. For example, the unstudied pattern [\r\n]A does not match the string
368     "\r\nA" because change 7.0/46 below moves the current point on by two
369     characters after failing to match at the start. However, the pattern \nA
370 ph10 227 *does* match, because it doesn't start till \n, and if [\r\n]A is studied,
371     the same is true. There doesn't seem any very clean way out of this, but
372     what I have chosen to do makes the common cases work: PCRE now takes note
373     of whether there can be an explicit match for \r or \n anywhere in the
374     pattern, and if so, 7.0/46 no longer applies. As part of this change,
375     there's a new PCRE_INFO_HASCRORLF option for finding out whether a compiled
376     pattern has explicit CR or LF references.
377 ph10 222
378 ph10 227 29. Added (*CR) etc for changing newline setting at start of pattern.
379 ph10 223
380 ph10 227
381 ph10 189 Version 7.2 19-Jun-07
382     ---------------------
383    
384 ph10 157 1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale,
385     which is apparently normally available under Windows.
386 ph10 159
387     2. Re-jig the pcregrep tests with different newline settings in an attempt
388     to make them independent of the local environment's newline setting.
389 ph10 157
390 ph10 160 3. Add code to configure.ac to remove -g from the CFLAGS default settings.
391 ph10 165
392 ph10 161 4. Some of the "internals" tests were previously cut out when the link size
393     was not 2, because the output contained actual offsets. The recent new
394 ph10 165 "Z" feature of pcretest means that these can be cut out, making the tests
395     usable with all link sizes.
396    
397 ph10 164 5. Implemented Stan Switzer's goto replacement for longjmp() when not using
398     stack recursion. This gives a massive performance boost under BSD, but just
399 ph10 165 a small improvement under Linux. However, it saves one field in the frame
400 ph10 164 in all cases.
401 ph10 172
402 ph10 166 6. Added more features from the forthcoming Perl 5.10:
403 ph10 172
404 ph10 166 (a) (?-n) (where n is a string of digits) is a relative subroutine or
405     recursion call. It refers to the nth most recently opened parentheses.
406 ph10 172
407 ph10 166 (b) (?+n) is also a relative subroutine call; it refers to the nth next
408 ph10 172 to be opened parentheses.
409    
410     (c) Conditions that refer to capturing parentheses can be specified
411 ph10 167 relatively, for example, (?(-2)... or (?(+3)...
412 ph10 172
413 ph10 168 (d) \K resets the start of the current match so that everything before
414 ph10 172 is not part of it.
415    
416 ph10 171 (e) \k{name} is synonymous with \k<name> and \k'name' (.NET compatible).
417 ph10 172
418 ph10 171 (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of
419 ph10 172 reference syntax.
420 ph10 182
421 ph10 175 (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each
422 ph10 182 alternative starts with the same number.
423 ph10 172
424 ph10 182 (h) \h, \H, \v, and \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace.
425    
426 ph10 172 7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and
427     PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED.
428    
429     8. A pattern such as (.*(.)?)* caused pcre_exec() to fail by either not
430     terminating or by crashing. Diagnosed by Viktor Griph; it was in the code
431 ph10 170 for detecting groups that can match an empty string.
432 ph10 159
433 ph10 172 9. A pattern with a very large number of alternatives (more than several
434     hundred) was running out of internal workspace during the pre-compile
435     phase, where pcre_compile() figures out how much memory will be needed. A
436     bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with
437     alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of
438     workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available.
439 ph10 182
440 ph10 176 10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings.
441 ph10 172
442 ph10 179 11. Applied patch from Google to remove an optimization that didn't quite work.
443     The report of the bug said:
444 ph10 182
445 ph10 179 pcrecpp::RE("a*").FullMatch("aaa") matches, while
446     pcrecpp::RE("a*?").FullMatch("aaa") does not, and
447 ph10 182 pcrecpp::RE("a*?\\z").FullMatch("aaa") does again.
448 ph10 185
449 ph10 184 12. If \p or \P was used in non-UTF-8 mode on a character greater than 127
450 ph10 185 it matched the wrong number of bytes.
451 ph10 172
452 ph10 179
453 ph10 155 Version 7.1 24-Apr-07
454 ph10 98 ---------------------
455    
456 ph10 111 1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one
457 ph10 122 that is more "standard", making use of automake and other Autotools. There
458 ph10 99 is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent
459     on this.
460 ph10 111
461     2. Part of the patch fixed a problem with the pcregrep tests. The test of -r
462     for recursive directory scanning broke on some systems because the files
463     are not scanned in any specific order and on different systems the order
464     was different. A call to "sort" has been inserted into RunGrepTest for the
465     approprate test as a short-term fix. In the longer term there may be an
466 ph10 100 alternative.
467 ph10 111
468 ph10 100 3. I had an email from Eric Raymond about problems translating some of PCRE's
469 ph10 111 man pages to HTML (despite the fact that I distribute HTML pages, some
470     people do their own conversions for various reasons). The problems
471     concerned the use of low-level troff macros .br and .in. I have therefore
472     removed all such uses from the man pages (some were redundant, some could
473 ph10 113 be replaced by .nf/.fi pairs). The 132html script that I use to generate
474     HTML has been updated to handle .nf/.fi and to complain if it encounters
475     .br or .in.
476 ph10 111
477 ph10 100 4. Updated comments in configure.ac that get placed in config.h.in and also
478 ph10 123 arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, with the name
479 ph10 111 config.h.generic, for the benefit of those who have to compile without
480     Autotools (compare pcre.h, which is now distributed as pcre.h.generic).
481    
482     5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan
483     Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated
484 ph10 127 makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files
485 ph10 135 makevp_c.txt, makevp_l.txt, and pcregexp.pas.
486 ph10 111
487     6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out
488     to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his
489 ph10 102 copy. The trailing space was an accident, so I've just removed it.
490 ph10 111
491 ph10 104 7. Add -Wl,-R... flags in pcre-config.in for *BSD* systems, as I'm told
492 ph10 111 that is needed.
493    
494 ph10 105 8. Mark ucp_table (in ucptable.h) and ucp_gentype (in pcre_ucp_searchfuncs.c)
495     as "const" (a) because they are and (b) because it helps the PHP
496     maintainers who have recently made a script to detect big data structures
497 ph10 111 in the php code that should be moved to the .rodata section. I remembered
498     to update Builducptable as well, so it won't revert if ucptable.h is ever
499 ph10 105 re-created.
500 ph10 111
501     9. Added some extra #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 conditionals into pcretest.c,
502 ph10 107 pcre_printint.src, pcre_compile.c, pcre_study.c, and pcre_tables.c, in
503 ph10 111 order to be able to cut out the UTF-8 tables in the latter when UTF-8
504     support is not required. This saves 1.5-2K of code, which is important in
505 ph10 107 some applications.
506 ph10 111
507 ph10 110 Later: more #ifdefs are needed in pcre_ord2utf8.c and pcre_valid_utf8.c
508 ph10 111 so as not to refer to the tables, even though these functions will never be
509     called when UTF-8 support is disabled. Otherwise there are problems with a
510     shared library.
511    
512 ph10 118 10. Fixed two bugs in the emulated memmove() function in pcre_internal.h:
513    
514     (a) It was defining its arguments as char * instead of void *.
515    
516 ph10 123 (b) It was assuming that all moves were upwards in memory; this was true
517     a long time ago when I wrote it, but is no longer the case.
518    
519 ph10 118 The emulated memove() is provided for those environments that have neither
520 ph10 123 memmove() nor bcopy(). I didn't think anyone used it these days, but that
521 ph10 118 is clearly not the case, as these two bugs were recently reported.
522 ph10 123
523 ph10 111 11. The script PrepareRelease is now distributed: it calls 132html, CleanTxt,
524 ph10 123 and Detrail to create the HTML documentation, the .txt form of the man
525     pages, and it removes trailing spaces from listed files. It also creates
526     pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic from pcre.h and config.h. In the latter
527     case, it wraps all the #defines with #ifndefs. This script should be run
528 ph10 111 before "make dist".
529 ph10 123
530 ph10 115 12. Fixed two fairly obscure bugs concerned with quantified caseless matching
531     with Unicode property support.
532 ph10 123
533     (a) For a maximizing quantifier, if the two different cases of the
534     character were of different lengths in their UTF-8 codings (there are
535     some cases like this - I found 11), and the matching function had to
536 ph10 115 back up over a mixture of the two cases, it incorrectly assumed they
537     were both the same length.
538 ph10 123
539     (b) When PCRE was configured to use the heap rather than the stack for
540     recursion during matching, it was not correctly preserving the data for
541     the other case of a UTF-8 character when checking ahead for a match
542     while processing a minimizing repeat. If the check also involved
543 ph10 115 matching a wide character, but failed, corruption could cause an
544     erroneous result when trying to check for a repeat of the original
545     character.
546 ph10 123
547 ph10 116 13. Some tidying changes to the testing mechanism:
548 ph10 98
549 ph10 116 (a) The RunTest script now detects the internal link size and whether there
550     is UTF-8 and UCP support by running ./pcretest -C instead of relying on
551 ph10 123 values substituted by "configure". (The RunGrepTest script already did
552     this for UTF-8.) The configure.ac script no longer substitutes the
553     relevant variables.
554    
555 ph10 116 (b) The debugging options /B and /D in pcretest show the compiled bytecode
556     with length and offset values. This means that the output is different
557     for different internal link sizes. Test 2 is skipped for link sizes
558     other than 2 because of this, bypassing the problem. Unfortunately,
559     there was also a test in test 3 (the locale tests) that used /B and
560 ph10 123 failed for link sizes other than 2. Rather than cut the whole test out,
561     I have added a new /Z option to pcretest that replaces the length and
562     offset values with spaces. This is now used to make test 3 independent
563 ph10 122 of link size. (Test 2 will be tidied up later.)
564 ph10 123
565     14. If erroroffset was passed as NULL to pcre_compile, it provoked a
566 ph10 122 segmentation fault instead of returning the appropriate error message.
567 ph10 134
568 ph10 131 15. In multiline mode when the newline sequence was set to "any", the pattern
569 ph10 134 ^$ would give a match between the \r and \n of a subject such as "A\r\nB".
570     This doesn't seem right; it now treats the CRLF combination as the line
571     ending, and so does not match in that case. It's only a pattern such as ^$
572     that would hit this one: something like ^ABC$ would have failed after \r
573     and then tried again after \r\n.
574    
575 ph10 131 16. Changed the comparison command for RunGrepTest from "diff -u" to "diff -ub"
576 ph10 134 in an attempt to make files that differ only in their line terminators
577     compare equal. This works on Linux.
578 ph10 142
579 ph10 141 17. Under certain error circumstances pcregrep might try to free random memory
580     as it exited. This is now fixed, thanks to valgrind.
581 ph10 142
582 ph10 141 19. In pcretest, if the pattern /(?m)^$/g<any> was matched against the string
583 ph10 142 "abc\r\n\r\n", it found an unwanted second match after the second \r. This
584     was because its rules for how to advance for /g after matching an empty
585 ph10 143 string at the end of a line did not allow for this case. They now check for
586     it specially.
587 ph10 150
588     20. pcretest is supposed to handle patterns and data of any length, by
589     extending its buffers when necessary. It was getting this wrong when the
590 ph10 147 buffer for a data line had to be extended.
591 ph10 150
592 ph10 149 21. Added PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF which is like ANY, but matches only CR, LF, or
593 ph10 150 CRLF as a newline sequence.
594 ph10 152
595 ph10 151 22. Code for handling Unicode properties in pcre_dfa_exec() wasn't being cut
596 ph10 152 out by #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP. This did no harm, as it could never be used, but
597     I have nevertheless tidied it up.
598 ph10 111
599 ph10 152 23. Added some casts to kill warnings from HP-UX ia64 compiler.
600 ph10 123
601 ph10 153 24. Added a man page for pcre-config.
602 ph10 152
603 ph10 153
604 nigel 93 Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
605     ---------------------
606    
607     1. Fixed a signed/unsigned compiler warning in pcre_compile.c, shown up by
608     moving to gcc 4.1.1.
609    
610     2. The -S option for pcretest uses setrlimit(); I had omitted to #include
611     sys/time.h, which is documented as needed for this function. It doesn't
612     seem to matter on Linux, but it showed up on some releases of OS X.
613    
614     3. It seems that there are systems where bytes whose values are greater than
615     127 match isprint() in the "C" locale. The "C" locale should be the
616     default when a C program starts up. In most systems, only ASCII printing
617     characters match isprint(). This difference caused the output from pcretest
618     to vary, making some of the tests fail. I have changed pcretest so that:
619    
620     (a) When it is outputting text in the compiled version of a pattern, bytes
621     other than 32-126 are always shown as hex escapes.
622    
623     (b) When it is outputting text that is a matched part of a subject string,
624     it does the same, unless a different locale has been set for the match
625     (using the /L modifier). In this case, it uses isprint() to decide.
626    
627     4. Fixed a major bug that caused incorrect computation of the amount of memory
628     required for a compiled pattern when options that changed within the
629     pattern affected the logic of the preliminary scan that determines the
630     length. The relevant options are -x, and -i in UTF-8 mode. The result was
631     that the computed length was too small. The symptoms of this bug were
632     either the PCRE error "internal error: code overflow" from pcre_compile(),
633     or a glibc crash with a message such as "pcretest: free(): invalid next
634     size (fast)". Examples of patterns that provoked this bug (shown in
635     pcretest format) are:
636    
637     /(?-x: )/x
638     /(?x)(?-x: \s*#\s*)/
639     /((?i)[\x{c0}])/8
640     /(?i:[\x{c0}])/8
641    
642     HOWEVER: Change 17 below makes this fix obsolete as the memory computation
643     is now done differently.
644    
645     5. Applied patches from Google to: (a) add a QuoteMeta function to the C++
646     wrapper classes; (b) implement a new function in the C++ scanner that is
647     more efficient than the old way of doing things because it avoids levels of
648     recursion in the regex matching; (c) add a paragraph to the documentation
649     for the FullMatch() function.
650    
651     6. The escape sequence \n was being treated as whatever was defined as
652     "newline". Not only was this contrary to the documentation, which states
653     that \n is character 10 (hex 0A), but it also went horribly wrong when
654     "newline" was defined as CRLF. This has been fixed.
655    
656     7. In pcre_dfa_exec.c the value of an unsigned integer (the variable called c)
657     was being set to -1 for the "end of line" case (supposedly a value that no
658     character can have). Though this value is never used (the check for end of
659     line is "zero bytes in current character"), it caused compiler complaints.
660     I've changed it to 0xffffffff.
661    
662     8. In pcre_version.c, the version string was being built by a sequence of
663     C macros that, in the event of PCRE_PRERELEASE being defined as an empty
664     string (as it is for production releases) called a macro with an empty
665     argument. The C standard says the result of this is undefined. The gcc
666     compiler treats it as an empty string (which was what was wanted) but it is
667     reported that Visual C gives an error. The source has been hacked around to
668     avoid this problem.
669    
670     9. On the advice of a Windows user, included <io.h> and <fcntl.h> in Windows
671     builds of pcretest, and changed the call to _setmode() to use _O_BINARY
672     instead of 0x8000. Made all the #ifdefs test both _WIN32 and WIN32 (not all
673     of them did).
674    
675     10. Originally, pcretest opened its input and output without "b"; then I was
676     told that "b" was needed in some environments, so it was added for release
677     5.0 to both the input and output. (It makes no difference on Unix-like
678     systems.) Later I was told that it is wrong for the input on Windows. I've
679     now abstracted the modes into two macros, to make it easier to fiddle with
680     them, and removed "b" from the input mode under Windows.
681    
682     11. Added pkgconfig support for the C++ wrapper library, libpcrecpp.
683    
684     12. Added -help and --help to pcretest as an official way of being reminded
685     of the options.
686    
687     13. Removed some redundant semicolons after macro calls in pcrecpparg.h.in
688     and pcrecpp.cc because they annoy compilers at high warning levels.
689    
690     14. A bit of tidying/refactoring in pcre_exec.c in the main bumpalong loop.
691    
692     15. Fixed an occurrence of == in configure.ac that should have been = (shell
693     scripts are not C programs :-) and which was not noticed because it works
694     on Linux.
695    
696     16. pcretest is supposed to handle any length of pattern and data line (as one
697     line or as a continued sequence of lines) by extending its input buffer if
698     necessary. This feature was broken for very long pattern lines, leading to
699     a string of junk being passed to pcre_compile() if the pattern was longer
700     than about 50K.
701    
702     17. I have done a major re-factoring of the way pcre_compile() computes the
703     amount of memory needed for a compiled pattern. Previously, there was code
704     that made a preliminary scan of the pattern in order to do this. That was
705     OK when PCRE was new, but as the facilities have expanded, it has become
706     harder and harder to keep it in step with the real compile phase, and there
707     have been a number of bugs (see for example, 4 above). I have now found a
708     cunning way of running the real compile function in a "fake" mode that
709     enables it to compute how much memory it would need, while actually only
710     ever using a few hundred bytes of working memory and without too many
711     tests of the mode. This should make future maintenance and development
712     easier. A side effect of this work is that the limit of 200 on the nesting
713     depth of parentheses has been removed (though this was never a serious
714     limitation, I suspect). However, there is a downside: pcre_compile() now
715     runs more slowly than before (30% or more, depending on the pattern). I
716     hope this isn't a big issue. There is no effect on runtime performance.
717    
718     18. Fixed a minor bug in pcretest: if a pattern line was not terminated by a
719     newline (only possible for the last line of a file) and it was a
720     pattern that set a locale (followed by /Lsomething), pcretest crashed.
721    
722     19. Added additional timing features to pcretest. (1) The -tm option now times
723     matching only, not compiling. (2) Both -t and -tm can be followed, as a
724     separate command line item, by a number that specifies the number of
725     repeats to use when timing. The default is 50000; this gives better
726     precision, but takes uncomfortably long for very large patterns.
727    
728     20. Extended pcre_study() to be more clever in cases where a branch of a
729     subpattern has no definite first character. For example, (a*|b*)[cd] would
730     previously give no result from pcre_study(). Now it recognizes that the
731     first character must be a, b, c, or d.
732    
733     21. There was an incorrect error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" if
734     a subpattern (or the entire pattern) that was being tested for matching an
735     empty string contained only one non-empty item after a nested subpattern.
736     For example, the pattern (?>\x{100}*)\d(?R) provoked this error
737     incorrectly, because the \d was being skipped in the check.
738    
739     22. The pcretest program now has a new pattern option /B and a command line
740     option -b, which is equivalent to adding /B to every pattern. This causes
741     it to show the compiled bytecode, without the additional information that
742     -d shows. The effect of -d is now the same as -b with -i (and similarly, /D
743     is the same as /B/I).
744    
745     23. A new optimization is now able automatically to treat some sequences such
746     as a*b as a*+b. More specifically, if something simple (such as a character
747     or a simple class like \d) has an unlimited quantifier, and is followed by
748     something that cannot possibly match the quantified thing, the quantifier
749     is automatically "possessified".
750    
751     24. A recursive reference to a subpattern whose number was greater than 39
752     went wrong under certain circumstances in UTF-8 mode. This bug could also
753     have affected the operation of pcre_study().
754    
755     25. Realized that a little bit of performance could be had by replacing
756     (c & 0xc0) == 0xc0 with c >= 0xc0 when processing UTF-8 characters.
757    
758     26. Timing data from pcretest is now shown to 4 decimal places instead of 3.
759    
760     27. Possessive quantifiers such as a++ were previously implemented by turning
761     them into atomic groups such as ($>a+). Now they have their own opcodes,
762     which improves performance. This includes the automatically created ones
763     from 23 above.
764    
765     28. A pattern such as (?=(\w+))\1: which simulates an atomic group using a
766     lookahead was broken if it was not anchored. PCRE was mistakenly expecting
767     the first matched character to be a colon. This applied both to named and
768     numbered groups.
769    
770     29. The ucpinternal.h header file was missing its idempotency #ifdef.
771    
772     30. I was sent a "project" file called libpcre.a.dev which I understand makes
773     building PCRE on Windows easier, so I have included it in the distribution.
774    
775     31. There is now a check in pcretest against a ridiculously large number being
776     returned by pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). If this happens in a /g or /G
777     loop, the loop is abandoned.
778    
779     32. Forward references to subpatterns in conditions such as (?(2)...) where
780     subpattern 2 is defined later cause pcre_compile() to search forwards in
781     the pattern for the relevant set of parentheses. This search went wrong
782     when there were unescaped parentheses in a character class, parentheses
783     escaped with \Q...\E, or parentheses in a #-comment in /x mode.
784    
785     33. "Subroutine" calls and backreferences were previously restricted to
786     referencing subpatterns earlier in the regex. This restriction has now
787     been removed.
788    
789     34. Added a number of extra features that are going to be in Perl 5.10. On the
790     whole, these are just syntactic alternatives for features that PCRE had
791     previously implemented using the Python syntax or my own invention. The
792     other formats are all retained for compatibility.
793    
794     (a) Named groups can now be defined as (?<name>...) or (?'name'...) as well
795     as (?P<name>...). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are
796     also .NET compatible.
797    
798     (b) A recursion or subroutine call to a named group can now be defined as
799     (?&name) as well as (?P>name).
800    
801     (c) A backreference to a named group can now be defined as \k<name> or
802     \k'name' as well as (?P=name). The new forms, as well as being in Perl
803     5.10, are also .NET compatible.
804    
805     (d) A conditional reference to a named group can now use the syntax
806     (?(<name>) or (?('name') as well as (?(name).
807    
808     (e) A "conditional group" of the form (?(DEFINE)...) can be used to define
809     groups (named and numbered) that are never evaluated inline, but can be
810     called as "subroutines" from elsewhere. In effect, the DEFINE condition
811     is always false. There may be only one alternative in such a group.
812    
813     (f) A test for recursion can be given as (?(R1).. or (?(R&name)... as well
814     as the simple (?(R). The condition is true only if the most recent
815     recursion is that of the given number or name. It does not search out
816     through the entire recursion stack.
817    
818     (g) The escape \gN or \g{N} has been added, where N is a positive or
819     negative number, specifying an absolute or relative reference.
820    
821     35. Tidied to get rid of some further signed/unsigned compiler warnings and
822     some "unreachable code" warnings.
823    
824     36. Updated the Unicode property tables to Unicode version 5.0.0. Amongst other
825     things, this adds five new scripts.
826    
827     37. Perl ignores orphaned \E escapes completely. PCRE now does the same.
828     There were also incompatibilities regarding the handling of \Q..\E inside
829     character classes, for example with patterns like [\Qa\E-\Qz\E] where the
830     hyphen was adjacent to \Q or \E. I hope I've cleared all this up now.
831    
832     38. Like Perl, PCRE detects when an indefinitely repeated parenthesized group
833     matches an empty string, and forcibly breaks the loop. There were bugs in
834     this code in non-simple cases. For a pattern such as ^(a()*)* matched
835     against aaaa the result was just "a" rather than "aaaa", for example. Two
836     separate and independent bugs (that affected different cases) have been
837     fixed.
838    
839     39. Refactored the code to abolish the use of different opcodes for small
840     capturing bracket numbers. This is a tidy that I avoided doing when I
841     removed the limit on the number of capturing brackets for 3.5 back in 2001.
842     The new approach is not only tidier, it makes it possible to reduce the
843     memory needed to fix the previous bug (38).
844    
845     40. Implemented PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY to recognize any of the Unicode newline
846     sequences (http://unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr18/) as "newline" when
847     processing dot, circumflex, or dollar metacharacters, or #-comments in /x
848     mode.
849    
850     41. Add \R to match any Unicode newline sequence, as suggested in the Unicode
851     report.
852    
853     42. Applied patch, originally from Ari Pollak, modified by Google, to allow
854     copy construction and assignment in the C++ wrapper.
855    
856     43. Updated pcregrep to support "--newline=any". In the process, I fixed a
857     couple of bugs that could have given wrong results in the "--newline=crlf"
858     case.
859    
860     44. Added a number of casts and did some reorganization of signed/unsigned int
861     variables following suggestions from Dair Grant. Also renamed the variable
862     "this" as "item" because it is a C++ keyword.
863    
864     45. Arranged for dftables to add
865    
866     #include "pcre_internal.h"
867    
868     to pcre_chartables.c because without it, gcc 4.x may remove the array
869     definition from the final binary if PCRE is built into a static library and
870     dead code stripping is activated.
871    
872     46. For an unanchored pattern, if a match attempt fails at the start of a
873     newline sequence, and the newline setting is CRLF or ANY, and the next two
874     characters are CRLF, advance by two characters instead of one.
875    
876    
877 nigel 91 Version 6.7 04-Jul-06
878     ---------------------
879    
880     1. In order to handle tests when input lines are enormously long, pcretest has
881     been re-factored so that it automatically extends its buffers when
882     necessary. The code is crude, but this _is_ just a test program. The
883     default size has been increased from 32K to 50K.
884    
885     2. The code in pcre_study() was using the value of the re argument before
886     testing it for NULL. (Of course, in any sensible call of the function, it
887     won't be NULL.)
888    
889     3. The memmove() emulation function in pcre_internal.h, which is used on
890     systems that lack both memmove() and bcopy() - that is, hardly ever -
891     was missing a "static" storage class specifier.
892    
893     4. When UTF-8 mode was not set, PCRE looped when compiling certain patterns
894     containing an extended class (one that cannot be represented by a bitmap
895     because it contains high-valued characters or Unicode property items, e.g.
896     [\pZ]). Almost always one would set UTF-8 mode when processing such a
897     pattern, but PCRE should not loop if you do not (it no longer does).
898     [Detail: two cases were found: (a) a repeated subpattern containing an
899     extended class; (b) a recursive reference to a subpattern that followed a
900     previous extended class. It wasn't skipping over the extended class
901     correctly when UTF-8 mode was not set.]
902    
903     5. A negated single-character class was not being recognized as fixed-length
904     in lookbehind assertions such as (?<=[^f]), leading to an incorrect
905     compile error "lookbehind assertion is not fixed length".
906    
907     6. The RunPerlTest auxiliary script was showing an unexpected difference
908     between PCRE and Perl for UTF-8 tests. It turns out that it is hard to
909     write a Perl script that can interpret lines of an input file either as
910     byte characters or as UTF-8, which is what "perltest" was being required to
911     do for the non-UTF-8 and UTF-8 tests, respectively. Essentially what you
912     can't do is switch easily at run time between having the "use utf8;" pragma
913     or not. In the end, I fudged it by using the RunPerlTest script to insert
914     "use utf8;" explicitly for the UTF-8 tests.
915    
916     7. In multiline (/m) mode, PCRE was matching ^ after a terminating newline at
917     the end of the subject string, contrary to the documentation and to what
918     Perl does. This was true of both matching functions. Now it matches only at
919     the start of the subject and immediately after *internal* newlines.
920    
921     8. A call of pcre_fullinfo() from pcretest to get the option bits was passing
922     a pointer to an int instead of a pointer to an unsigned long int. This
923     caused problems on 64-bit systems.
924    
925     9. Applied a patch from the folks at Google to pcrecpp.cc, to fix "another
926     instance of the 'standard' template library not being so standard".
927    
928     10. There was no check on the number of named subpatterns nor the maximum
929     length of a subpattern name. The product of these values is used to compute
930     the size of the memory block for a compiled pattern. By supplying a very
931     long subpattern name and a large number of named subpatterns, the size
932     computation could be caused to overflow. This is now prevented by limiting
933     the length of names to 32 characters, and the number of named subpatterns
934     to 10,000.
935    
936     11. Subpatterns that are repeated with specific counts have to be replicated in
937     the compiled pattern. The size of memory for this was computed from the
938     length of the subpattern and the repeat count. The latter is limited to
939     65535, but there was no limit on the former, meaning that integer overflow
940     could in principle occur. The compiled length of a repeated subpattern is
941     now limited to 30,000 bytes in order to prevent this.
942    
943     12. Added the optional facility to have named substrings with the same name.
944    
945     13. Added the ability to use a named substring as a condition, using the
946     Python syntax: (?(name)yes|no). This overloads (?(R)... and names that
947     are numbers (not recommended). Forward references are permitted.
948    
949     14. Added forward references in named backreferences (if you see what I mean).
950    
951     15. In UTF-8 mode, with the PCRE_DOTALL option set, a quantified dot in the
952     pattern could run off the end of the subject. For example, the pattern
953     "(?s)(.{1,5})"8 did this with the subject "ab".
954    
955     16. If PCRE_DOTALL or PCRE_MULTILINE were set, pcre_dfa_exec() behaved as if
956     PCRE_CASELESS was set when matching characters that were quantified with ?
957     or *.
958    
959     17. A character class other than a single negated character that had a minimum
960     but no maximum quantifier - for example [ab]{6,} - was not handled
961     correctly by pce_dfa_exec(). It would match only one character.
962    
963     18. A valid (though odd) pattern that looked like a POSIX character
964     class but used an invalid character after [ (for example [[,abc,]]) caused
965     pcre_compile() to give the error "Failed: internal error: code overflow" or
966     in some cases to crash with a glibc free() error. This could even happen if
967     the pattern terminated after [[ but there just happened to be a sequence of
968     letters, a binary zero, and a closing ] in the memory that followed.
969    
970     19. Perl's treatment of octal escapes in the range \400 to \777 has changed
971     over the years. Originally (before any Unicode support), just the bottom 8
972     bits were taken. Thus, for example, \500 really meant \100. Nowadays the
973     output from "man perlunicode" includes this:
974    
975     The regular expression compiler produces polymorphic opcodes. That
976     is, the pattern adapts to the data and automatically switches to
977     the Unicode character scheme when presented with Unicode data--or
978     instead uses a traditional byte scheme when presented with byte
979     data.
980    
981     Sadly, a wide octal escape does not cause a switch, and in a string with
982     no other multibyte characters, these octal escapes are treated as before.
983     Thus, in Perl, the pattern /\500/ actually matches \100 but the pattern
984     /\500|\x{1ff}/ matches \500 or \777 because the whole thing is treated as a
985     Unicode string.
986    
987     I have not perpetrated such confusion in PCRE. Up till now, it took just
988     the bottom 8 bits, as in old Perl. I have now made octal escapes with
989     values greater than \377 illegal in non-UTF-8 mode. In UTF-8 mode they
990     translate to the appropriate multibyte character.
991    
992     29. Applied some refactoring to reduce the number of warnings from Microsoft
993     and Borland compilers. This has included removing the fudge introduced
994     seven years ago for the OS/2 compiler (see 2.02/2 below) because it caused
995     a warning about an unused variable.
996    
997     21. PCRE has not included VT (character 0x0b) in the set of whitespace
998     characters since release 4.0, because Perl (from release 5.004) does not.
999     [Or at least, is documented not to: some releases seem to be in conflict
1000     with the documentation.] However, when a pattern was studied with
1001     pcre_study() and all its branches started with \s, PCRE still included VT
1002     as a possible starting character. Of course, this did no harm; it just
1003     caused an unnecessary match attempt.
1004    
1005     22. Removed a now-redundant internal flag bit that recorded the fact that case
1006     dependency changed within the pattern. This was once needed for "required
1007     byte" processing, but is no longer used. This recovers a now-scarce options
1008     bit. Also moved the least significant internal flag bit to the most-
1009     significant bit of the word, which was not previously used (hangover from
1010     the days when it was an int rather than a uint) to free up another bit for
1011     the future.
1012    
1013     23. Added support for CRLF line endings as well as CR and LF. As well as the
1014     default being selectable at build time, it can now be changed at runtime
1015     via the PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx flags. There are now options for pcregrep to
1016     specify that it is scanning data with non-default line endings.
1017    
1018     24. Changed the definition of CXXLINK to make it agree with the definition of
1019     LINK in the Makefile, by replacing LDFLAGS to CXXFLAGS.
1020    
1021     25. Applied Ian Taylor's patches to avoid using another stack frame for tail
1022     recursions. This makes a big different to stack usage for some patterns.
1023    
1024     26. If a subpattern containing a named recursion or subroutine reference such
1025     as (?P>B) was quantified, for example (xxx(?P>B)){3}, the calculation of
1026     the space required for the compiled pattern went wrong and gave too small a
1027     value. Depending on the environment, this could lead to "Failed: internal
1028     error: code overflow at offset 49" or "glibc detected double free or
1029     corruption" errors.
1030    
1031     27. Applied patches from Google (a) to support the new newline modes and (b) to
1032     advance over multibyte UTF-8 characters in GlobalReplace.
1033    
1034     28. Change free() to pcre_free() in pcredemo.c. Apparently this makes a
1035     difference for some implementation of PCRE in some Windows version.
1036    
1037     29. Added some extra testing facilities to pcretest:
1038    
1039     \q<number> in a data line sets the "match limit" value
1040     \Q<number> in a data line sets the "match recursion limt" value
1041     -S <number> sets the stack size, where <number> is in megabytes
1042    
1043     The -S option isn't available for Windows.
1044    
1045    
1046 nigel 89 Version 6.6 06-Feb-06
1047     ---------------------
1048    
1049     1. Change 16(a) for 6.5 broke things, because PCRE_DATA_SCOPE was not defined
1050     in pcreposix.h. I have copied the definition from pcre.h.
1051    
1052     2. Change 25 for 6.5 broke compilation in a build directory out-of-tree
1053     because pcre.h is no longer a built file.
1054    
1055     3. Added Jeff Friedl's additional debugging patches to pcregrep. These are
1056     not normally included in the compiled code.
1057    
1058    
1059 nigel 87 Version 6.5 01-Feb-06
1060     ---------------------
1061    
1062     1. When using the partial match feature with pcre_dfa_exec(), it was not
1063     anchoring the second and subsequent partial matches at the new starting
1064     point. This could lead to incorrect results. For example, with the pattern
1065     /1234/, partially matching against "123" and then "a4" gave a match.
1066    
1067     2. Changes to pcregrep:
1068    
1069     (a) All non-match returns from pcre_exec() were being treated as failures
1070     to match the line. Now, unless the error is PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH, an
1071     error message is output. Some extra information is given for the
1072     PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT and PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT errors, which are
1073     probably the only errors that are likely to be caused by users (by
1074     specifying a regex that has nested indefinite repeats, for instance).
1075     If there are more than 20 of these errors, pcregrep is abandoned.
1076    
1077     (b) A binary zero was treated as data while matching, but terminated the
1078     output line if it was written out. This has been fixed: binary zeroes
1079     are now no different to any other data bytes.
1080    
1081     (c) Whichever of the LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE environment variables is set is
1082     used to set a locale for matching. The --locale=xxxx long option has
1083     been added (no short equivalent) to specify a locale explicitly on the
1084     pcregrep command, overriding the environment variables.
1085    
1086     (d) When -B was used with -n, some line numbers in the output were one less
1087     than they should have been.
1088    
1089     (e) Added the -o (--only-matching) option.
1090    
1091     (f) If -A or -C was used with -c (count only), some lines of context were
1092     accidentally printed for the final match.
1093    
1094     (g) Added the -H (--with-filename) option.
1095    
1096     (h) The combination of options -rh failed to suppress file names for files
1097     that were found from directory arguments.
1098    
1099     (i) Added the -D (--devices) and -d (--directories) options.
1100    
1101     (j) Added the -F (--fixed-strings) option.
1102    
1103     (k) Allow "-" to be used as a file name for -f as well as for a data file.
1104    
1105     (l) Added the --colo(u)r option.
1106    
1107     (m) Added Jeffrey Friedl's -S testing option, but within #ifdefs so that it
1108     is not present by default.
1109    
1110     3. A nasty bug was discovered in the handling of recursive patterns, that is,
1111     items such as (?R) or (?1), when the recursion could match a number of
1112     alternatives. If it matched one of the alternatives, but subsequently,
1113     outside the recursion, there was a failure, the code tried to back up into
1114     the recursion. However, because of the way PCRE is implemented, this is not
1115     possible, and the result was an incorrect result from the match.
1116    
1117     In order to prevent this happening, the specification of recursion has
1118     been changed so that all such subpatterns are automatically treated as
1119     atomic groups. Thus, for example, (?R) is treated as if it were (?>(?R)).
1120    
1121     4. I had overlooked the fact that, in some locales, there are characters for
1122     which isalpha() is true but neither isupper() nor islower() are true. In
1123     the fr_FR locale, for instance, the \xAA and \xBA characters (ordmasculine
1124     and ordfeminine) are like this. This affected the treatment of \w and \W
1125     when they appeared in character classes, but not when they appeared outside
1126     a character class. The bit map for "word" characters is now created
1127     separately from the results of isalnum() instead of just taking it from the
1128     upper, lower, and digit maps. (Plus the underscore character, of course.)
1129    
1130     5. The above bug also affected the handling of POSIX character classes such as
1131     [[:alpha:]] and [[:alnum:]]. These do not have their own bit maps in PCRE's
1132     permanent tables. Instead, the bit maps for such a class were previously
1133     created as the appropriate unions of the upper, lower, and digit bitmaps.
1134     Now they are created by subtraction from the [[:word:]] class, which has
1135     its own bitmap.
1136    
1137     6. The [[:blank:]] character class matches horizontal, but not vertical space.
1138     It is created by subtracting the vertical space characters (\x09, \x0a,
1139     \x0b, \x0c) from the [[:space:]] bitmap. Previously, however, the
1140     subtraction was done in the overall bitmap for a character class, meaning
1141     that a class such as [\x0c[:blank:]] was incorrect because \x0c would not
1142     be recognized. This bug has been fixed.
1143    
1144     7. Patches from the folks at Google:
1145    
1146     (a) pcrecpp.cc: "to handle a corner case that may or may not happen in
1147     real life, but is still worth protecting against".
1148    
1149     (b) pcrecpp.cc: "corrects a bug when negative radixes are used with
1150     regular expressions".
1151    
1152     (c) pcre_scanner.cc: avoid use of std::count() because not all systems
1153     have it.
1154    
1155     (d) Split off pcrecpparg.h from pcrecpp.h and had the former built by
1156     "configure" and the latter not, in order to fix a problem somebody had
1157     with compiling the Arg class on HP-UX.
1158    
1159     (e) Improve the error-handling of the C++ wrapper a little bit.
1160    
1161     (f) New tests for checking recursion limiting.
1162    
1163     8. The pcre_memmove() function, which is used only if the environment does not
1164     have a standard memmove() function (and is therefore rarely compiled),
1165     contained two bugs: (a) use of int instead of size_t, and (b) it was not
1166     returning a result (though PCRE never actually uses the result).
1167    
1168     9. In the POSIX regexec() interface, if nmatch is specified as a ridiculously
1169     large number - greater than INT_MAX/(3*sizeof(int)) - REG_ESPACE is
1170     returned instead of calling malloc() with an overflowing number that would
1171     most likely cause subsequent chaos.
1172    
1173     10. The debugging option of pcretest was not showing the NO_AUTO_CAPTURE flag.
1174    
1175     11. The POSIX flag REG_NOSUB is now supported. When a pattern that was compiled
1176     with this option is matched, the nmatch and pmatch options of regexec() are
1177     ignored.
1178    
1179     12. Added REG_UTF8 to the POSIX interface. This is not defined by POSIX, but is
1180     provided in case anyone wants to the the POSIX interface with UTF-8
1181     strings.
1182    
1183     13. Added CXXLDFLAGS to the Makefile parameters to provide settings only on the
1184     C++ linking (needed for some HP-UX environments).
1185    
1186     14. Avoid compiler warnings in get_ucpname() when compiled without UCP support
1187     (unused parameter) and in the pcre_printint() function (omitted "default"
1188     switch label when the default is to do nothing).
1189    
1190     15. Added some code to make it possible, when PCRE is compiled as a C++
1191     library, to replace subject pointers for pcre_exec() with a smart pointer
1192     class, thus making it possible to process discontinuous strings.
1193    
1194     16. The two macros PCRE_EXPORT and PCRE_DATA_SCOPE are confusing, and perform
1195     much the same function. They were added by different people who were trying
1196     to make PCRE easy to compile on non-Unix systems. It has been suggested
1197     that PCRE_EXPORT be abolished now that there is more automatic apparatus
1198     for compiling on Windows systems. I have therefore replaced it with
1199     PCRE_DATA_SCOPE. This is set automatically for Windows; if not set it
1200     defaults to "extern" for C or "extern C" for C++, which works fine on
1201     Unix-like systems. It is now possible to override the value of PCRE_DATA_
1202     SCOPE with something explicit in config.h. In addition:
1203    
1204     (a) pcreposix.h still had just "extern" instead of either of these macros;
1205     I have replaced it with PCRE_DATA_SCOPE.
1206    
1207     (b) Functions such as _pcre_xclass(), which are internal to the library,
1208     but external in the C sense, all had PCRE_EXPORT in their definitions.
1209     This is apparently wrong for the Windows case, so I have removed it.
1210     (It makes no difference on Unix-like systems.)
1211    
1212     17. Added a new limit, MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION, which limits the depth of nesting
1213     of recursive calls to match(). This is different to MATCH_LIMIT because
1214     that limits the total number of calls to match(), not all of which increase
1215     the depth of recursion. Limiting the recursion depth limits the amount of
1216     stack (or heap if NO_RECURSE is set) that is used. The default can be set
1217     when PCRE is compiled, and changed at run time. A patch from Google adds
1218     this functionality to the C++ interface.
1219    
1220     18. Changes to the handling of Unicode character properties:
1221    
1222     (a) Updated the table to Unicode 4.1.0.
1223    
1224     (b) Recognize characters that are not in the table as "Cn" (undefined).
1225    
1226     (c) I revised the way the table is implemented to a much improved format
1227     which includes recognition of ranges. It now supports the ranges that
1228     are defined in UnicodeData.txt, and it also amalgamates other
1229     characters into ranges. This has reduced the number of entries in the
1230     table from around 16,000 to around 3,000, thus reducing its size
1231     considerably. I realized I did not need to use a tree structure after
1232     all - a binary chop search is just as efficient. Having reduced the
1233     number of entries, I extended their size from 6 bytes to 8 bytes to
1234     allow for more data.
1235    
1236     (d) Added support for Unicode script names via properties such as \p{Han}.
1237    
1238     19. In UTF-8 mode, a backslash followed by a non-Ascii character was not
1239     matching that character.
1240    
1241     20. When matching a repeated Unicode property with a minimum greater than zero,
1242     (for example \pL{2,}), PCRE could look past the end of the subject if it
1243     reached it while seeking the minimum number of characters. This could
1244     happen only if some of the characters were more than one byte long, because
1245     there is a check for at least the minimum number of bytes.
1246    
1247     21. Refactored the implementation of \p and \P so as to be more general, to
1248     allow for more different types of property in future. This has changed the
1249     compiled form incompatibly. Anybody with saved compiled patterns that use
1250     \p or \P will have to recompile them.
1251    
1252     22. Added "Any" and "L&" to the supported property types.
1253    
1254     23. Recognize \x{...} as a code point specifier, even when not in UTF-8 mode,
1255     but give a compile time error if the value is greater than 0xff.
1256    
1257     24. The man pages for pcrepartial, pcreprecompile, and pcre_compile2 were
1258     accidentally not being installed or uninstalled.
1259    
1260     25. The pcre.h file was built from pcre.h.in, but the only changes that were
1261     made were to insert the current release number. This seemed silly, because
1262     it made things harder for people building PCRE on systems that don't run
1263     "configure". I have turned pcre.h into a distributed file, no longer built
1264     by "configure", with the version identification directly included. There is
1265     no longer a pcre.h.in file.
1266    
1267     However, this change necessitated a change to the pcre-config script as
1268     well. It is built from pcre-config.in, and one of the substitutions was the
1269     release number. I have updated configure.ac so that ./configure now finds
1270     the release number by grepping pcre.h.
1271    
1272     26. Added the ability to run the tests under valgrind.
1273    
1274    
1275 nigel 85 Version 6.4 05-Sep-05
1276     ---------------------
1277    
1278     1. Change 6.0/10/(l) to pcregrep introduced a bug that caused separator lines
1279     "--" to be printed when multiple files were scanned, even when none of the
1280     -A, -B, or -C options were used. This is not compatible with Gnu grep, so I
1281     consider it to be a bug, and have restored the previous behaviour.
1282    
1283     2. A couple of code tidies to get rid of compiler warnings.
1284    
1285     3. The pcretest program used to cheat by referring to symbols in the library
1286     whose names begin with _pcre_. These are internal symbols that are not
1287     really supposed to be visible externally, and in some environments it is
1288     possible to suppress them. The cheating is now confined to including
1289     certain files from the library's source, which is a bit cleaner.
1290    
1291     4. Renamed pcre.in as pcre.h.in to go with pcrecpp.h.in; it also makes the
1292     file's purpose clearer.
1293    
1294     5. Reorganized pcre_ucp_findchar().
1295    
1296    
1297 nigel 83 Version 6.3 15-Aug-05
1298     ---------------------
1299    
1300     1. The file libpcre.pc.in did not have general read permission in the tarball.
1301    
1302     2. There were some problems when building without C++ support:
1303    
1304     (a) If C++ support was not built, "make install" and "make test" still
1305     tried to test it.
1306    
1307     (b) There were problems when the value of CXX was explicitly set. Some
1308     changes have been made to try to fix these, and ...
1309    
1310     (c) --disable-cpp can now be used to explicitly disable C++ support.
1311    
1312     (d) The use of @CPP_OBJ@ directly caused a blank line preceded by a
1313     backslash in a target when C++ was disabled. This confuses some
1314     versions of "make", apparently. Using an intermediate variable solves
1315     this. (Same for CPP_LOBJ.)
1316    
1317     3. $(LINK_FOR_BUILD) now includes $(CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD) and $(LINK)
1318     (non-Windows) now includes $(CFLAGS) because these flags are sometimes
1319     necessary on certain architectures.
1320    
1321     4. Added a setting of -export-symbols-regex to the link command to remove
1322     those symbols that are exported in the C sense, but actually are local
1323     within the library, and not documented. Their names all begin with
1324     "_pcre_". This is not a perfect job, because (a) we have to except some
1325     symbols that pcretest ("illegally") uses, and (b) the facility isn't always
1326     available (and never for static libraries). I have made a note to try to
1327     find a way round (a) in the future.
1328    
1329    
1330 nigel 81 Version 6.2 01-Aug-05
1331     ---------------------
1332    
1333     1. There was no test for integer overflow of quantifier values. A construction
1334     such as {1111111111111111} would give undefined results. What is worse, if
1335     a minimum quantifier for a parenthesized subpattern overflowed and became
1336     negative, the calculation of the memory size went wrong. This could have
1337     led to memory overwriting.
1338    
1339     2. Building PCRE using VPATH was broken. Hopefully it is now fixed.
1340    
1341     3. Added "b" to the 2nd argument of fopen() in dftables.c, for non-Unix-like
1342     operating environments where this matters.
1343    
1344     4. Applied Giuseppe Maxia's patch to add additional features for controlling
1345     PCRE options from within the C++ wrapper.
1346    
1347     5. Named capturing subpatterns were not being correctly counted when a pattern
1348     was compiled. This caused two problems: (a) If there were more than 100
1349     such subpatterns, the calculation of the memory needed for the whole
1350     compiled pattern went wrong, leading to an overflow error. (b) Numerical
1351     back references of the form \12, where the number was greater than 9, were
1352     not recognized as back references, even though there were sufficient
1353     previous subpatterns.
1354    
1355     6. Two minor patches to pcrecpp.cc in order to allow it to compile on older
1356     versions of gcc, e.g. 2.95.4.
1357    
1358    
1359 nigel 79 Version 6.1 21-Jun-05
1360     ---------------------
1361    
1362     1. There was one reference to the variable "posix" in pcretest.c that was not
1363     surrounded by "#if !defined NOPOSIX".
1364    
1365     2. Make it possible to compile pcretest without DFA support, UTF8 support, or
1366     the cross-check on the old pcre_info() function, for the benefit of the
1367     cut-down version of PCRE that is currently imported into Exim.
1368    
1369     3. A (silly) pattern starting with (?i)(?-i) caused an internal space
1370     allocation error. I've done the easy fix, which wastes 2 bytes for sensible
1371     patterns that start (?i) but I don't think that matters. The use of (?i) is
1372     just an example; this all applies to the other options as well.
1373    
1374     4. Since libtool seems to echo the compile commands it is issuing, the output
1375     from "make" can be reduced a bit by putting "@" in front of each libtool
1376     compile command.
1377    
1378     5. Patch from the folks at Google for configure.in to be a bit more thorough
1379     in checking for a suitable C++ installation before trying to compile the
1380     C++ stuff. This should fix a reported problem when a compiler was present,
1381     but no suitable headers.
1382    
1383     6. The man pages all had just "PCRE" as their title. I have changed them to
1384     be the relevant file name. I have also arranged that these names are
1385     retained in the file doc/pcre.txt, which is a concatenation in text format
1386     of all the man pages except the little individual ones for each function.
1387    
1388     7. The NON-UNIX-USE file had not been updated for the different set of source
1389     files that come with release 6. I also added a few comments about the C++
1390     wrapper.
1391    
1392    
1393 nigel 77 Version 6.0 07-Jun-05
1394     ---------------------
1395    
1396     1. Some minor internal re-organization to help with my DFA experiments.
1397    
1398     2. Some missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP conditionals in pcretest and printint that
1399     didn't matter for the library itself when fully configured, but did matter
1400     when compiling without UCP support, or within Exim, where the ucp files are
1401     not imported.
1402    
1403     3. Refactoring of the library code to split up the various functions into
1404     different source modules. The addition of the new DFA matching code (see
1405     below) to a single monolithic source would have made it really too
1406     unwieldy, quite apart from causing all the code to be include in a
1407     statically linked application, when only some functions are used. This is
1408     relevant even without the DFA addition now that patterns can be compiled in
1409     one application and matched in another.
1410    
1411     The downside of splitting up is that there have to be some external
1412     functions and data tables that are used internally in different modules of
1413     the library but which are not part of the API. These have all had their
1414     names changed to start with "_pcre_" so that they are unlikely to clash
1415     with other external names.
1416    
1417     4. Added an alternate matching function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which matches using
1418     a different (DFA) algorithm. Although it is slower than the original
1419     function, it does have some advantages for certain types of matching
1420     problem.
1421    
1422     5. Upgrades to pcretest in order to test the features of pcre_dfa_exec(),
1423     including restarting after a partial match.
1424    
1425     6. A patch for pcregrep that defines INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES if it is not
1426     defined when compiling for Windows was sent to me. I have put it into the
1427     code, though I have no means of testing or verifying it.
1428    
1429     7. Added the pcre_refcount() auxiliary function.
1430    
1431     8. Added the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option. This constrains an unanchored pattern to
1432     match before or at the first newline in the subject string. In pcretest,
1433     the /f option on a pattern can be used to set this.
1434    
1435     9. A repeated \w when used in UTF-8 mode with characters greater than 256
1436     would behave wrongly. This has been present in PCRE since release 4.0.
1437    
1438     10. A number of changes to the pcregrep command:
1439    
1440     (a) Refactored how -x works; insert ^(...)$ instead of setting
1441     PCRE_ANCHORED and checking the length, in preparation for adding
1442     something similar for -w.
1443    
1444     (b) Added the -w (match as a word) option.
1445    
1446     (c) Refactored the way lines are read and buffered so as to have more
1447     than one at a time available.
1448    
1449     (d) Implemented a pcregrep test script.
1450    
1451     (e) Added the -M (multiline match) option. This allows patterns to match
1452     over several lines of the subject. The buffering ensures that at least
1453     8K, or the rest of the document (whichever is the shorter) is available
1454     for matching (and similarly the previous 8K for lookbehind assertions).
1455    
1456     (f) Changed the --help output so that it now says
1457    
1458     -w, --word-regex(p)
1459    
1460     instead of two lines, one with "regex" and the other with "regexp"
1461     because that confused at least one person since the short forms are the
1462     same. (This required a bit of code, as the output is generated
1463     automatically from a table. It wasn't just a text change.)
1464    
1465     (g) -- can be used to terminate pcregrep options if the next thing isn't an
1466     option but starts with a hyphen. Could be a pattern or a path name
1467     starting with a hyphen, for instance.
1468    
1469     (h) "-" can be given as a file name to represent stdin.
1470    
1471     (i) When file names are being printed, "(standard input)" is used for
1472     the standard input, for compatibility with GNU grep. Previously
1473     "<stdin>" was used.
1474    
1475     (j) The option --label=xxx can be used to supply a name to be used for
1476     stdin when file names are being printed. There is no short form.
1477    
1478     (k) Re-factored the options decoding logic because we are going to add
1479     two more options that take data. Such options can now be given in four
1480     different ways, e.g. "-fname", "-f name", "--file=name", "--file name".
1481    
1482     (l) Added the -A, -B, and -C options for requesting that lines of context
1483     around matches be printed.
1484    
1485     (m) Added the -L option to print the names of files that do not contain
1486     any matching lines, that is, the complement of -l.
1487    
1488     (n) The return code is 2 if any file cannot be opened, but pcregrep does
1489     continue to scan other files.
1490    
1491     (o) The -s option was incorrectly implemented. For compatibility with other
1492     greps, it now suppresses the error message for a non-existent or non-
1493     accessible file (but not the return code). There is a new option called
1494     -q that suppresses the output of matching lines, which was what -s was
1495     previously doing.
1496    
1497     (p) Added --include and --exclude options to specify files for inclusion
1498     and exclusion when recursing.
1499    
1500     11. The Makefile was not using the Autoconf-supported LDFLAGS macro properly.
1501     Hopefully, it now does.
1502    
1503     12. Missing cast in pcre_study().
1504    
1505     13. Added an "uninstall" target to the makefile.
1506    
1507     14. Replaced "extern" in the function prototypes in Makefile.in with
1508     "PCRE_DATA_SCOPE", which defaults to 'extern' or 'extern "C"' in the Unix
1509     world, but is set differently for Windows.
1510    
1511     15. Added a second compiling function called pcre_compile2(). The only
1512     difference is that it has an extra argument, which is a pointer to an
1513     integer error code. When there is a compile-time failure, this is set
1514     non-zero, in addition to the error test pointer being set to point to an
1515     error message. The new argument may be NULL if no error number is required
1516     (but then you may as well call pcre_compile(), which is now just a
1517     wrapper). This facility is provided because some applications need a
1518     numeric error indication, but it has also enabled me to tidy up the way
1519     compile-time errors are handled in the POSIX wrapper.
1520    
1521     16. Added VPATH=.libs to the makefile; this should help when building with one
1522     prefix path and installing with another. (Or so I'm told by someone who
1523     knows more about this stuff than I do.)
1524    
1525     17. Added a new option, REG_DOTALL, to the POSIX function regcomp(). This
1526     passes PCRE_DOTALL to the pcre_compile() function, making the "." character
1527     match everything, including newlines. This is not POSIX-compatible, but
1528     somebody wanted the feature. From pcretest it can be activated by using
1529     both the P and the s flags.
1530    
1531     18. AC_PROG_LIBTOOL appeared twice in Makefile.in. Removed one.
1532    
1533     19. libpcre.pc was being incorrectly installed as executable.
1534    
1535     20. A couple of places in pcretest check for end-of-line by looking for '\n';
1536     it now also looks for '\r' so that it will work unmodified on Windows.
1537    
1538     21. Added Google's contributed C++ wrapper to the distribution.
1539    
1540     22. Added some untidy missing memory free() calls in pcretest, to keep
1541     Electric Fence happy when testing.
1542    
1543    
1544    
1545 nigel 75 Version 5.0 13-Sep-04
1546     ---------------------
1547    
1548     1. Internal change: literal characters are no longer packed up into items
1549     containing multiple characters in a single byte-string. Each character
1550     is now matched using a separate opcode. However, there may be more than one
1551     byte in the character in UTF-8 mode.
1552    
1553     2. The pcre_callout_block structure has two new fields: pattern_position and
1554     next_item_length. These contain the offset in the pattern to the next match
1555     item, and its length, respectively.
1556    
1557     3. The PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT option for pcre_compile() requests the automatic
1558     insertion of callouts before each pattern item. Added the /C option to
1559     pcretest to make use of this.
1560    
1561     4. On the advice of a Windows user, the lines
1562    
1563     #if defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32)
1564     _setmode( _fileno( stdout ), 0x8000 );
1565     #endif /* defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32) */
1566    
1567     have been added to the source of pcretest. This apparently does useful
1568     magic in relation to line terminators.
1569    
1570     5. Changed "r" and "w" in the calls to fopen() in pcretest to "rb" and "wb"
1571     for the benefit of those environments where the "b" makes a difference.
1572    
1573     6. The icc compiler has the same options as gcc, but "configure" doesn't seem
1574     to know about it. I have put a hack into configure.in that adds in code
1575     to set GCC=yes if CC=icc. This seems to end up at a point in the
1576     generated configure script that is early enough to affect the setting of
1577     compiler options, which is what is needed, but I have no means of testing
1578     whether it really works. (The user who reported this had patched the
1579     generated configure script, which of course I cannot do.)
1580    
1581     LATER: After change 22 below (new libtool files), the configure script
1582     seems to know about icc (and also ecc). Therefore, I have commented out
1583     this hack in configure.in.
1584    
1585     7. Added support for pkg-config (2 patches were sent in).
1586    
1587     8. Negated POSIX character classes that used a combination of internal tables
1588     were completely broken. These were [[:^alpha:]], [[:^alnum:]], and
1589     [[:^ascii]]. Typically, they would match almost any characters. The other
1590     POSIX classes were not broken in this way.
1591    
1592     9. Matching the pattern "\b.*?" against "ab cd", starting at offset 1, failed
1593     to find the match, as PCRE was deluded into thinking that the match had to
1594     start at the start point or following a newline. The same bug applied to
1595     patterns with negative forward assertions or any backward assertions
1596     preceding ".*" at the start, unless the pattern required a fixed first
1597     character. This was a failing pattern: "(?!.bcd).*". The bug is now fixed.
1598    
1599     10. In UTF-8 mode, when moving forwards in the subject after a failed match
1600     starting at the last subject character, bytes beyond the end of the subject
1601     string were read.
1602    
1603     11. Renamed the variable "class" as "classbits" to make life easier for C++
1604     users. (Previously there was a macro definition, but it apparently wasn't
1605     enough.)
1606    
1607     12. Added the new field "tables" to the extra data so that tables can be passed
1608     in at exec time, or the internal tables can be re-selected. This allows
1609     a compiled regex to be saved and re-used at a later time by a different
1610     program that might have everything at different addresses.
1611    
1612     13. Modified the pcre-config script so that, when run on Solaris, it shows a
1613     -R library as well as a -L library.
1614    
1615     14. The debugging options of pcretest (-d on the command line or D on a
1616     pattern) showed incorrect output for anything following an extended class
1617     that contained multibyte characters and which was followed by a quantifier.
1618    
1619     15. Added optional support for general category Unicode character properties
1620     via the \p, \P, and \X escapes. Unicode property support implies UTF-8
1621     support. It adds about 90K to the size of the library. The meanings of the
1622     inbuilt class escapes such as \d and \s have NOT been changed.
1623    
1624     16. Updated pcredemo.c to include calls to free() to release the memory for the
1625     compiled pattern.
1626    
1627     17. The generated file chartables.c was being created in the source directory
1628     instead of in the building directory. This caused the build to fail if the
1629     source directory was different from the building directory, and was
1630     read-only.
1631    
1632     18. Added some sample Win commands from Mark Tetrode into the NON-UNIX-USE
1633     file. No doubt somebody will tell me if they don't make sense... Also added
1634     Dan Mooney's comments about building on OpenVMS.
1635    
1636     19. Added support for partial matching via the PCRE_PARTIAL option for
1637     pcre_exec() and the \P data escape in pcretest.
1638    
1639     20. Extended pcretest with 3 new pattern features:
1640    
1641     (i) A pattern option of the form ">rest-of-line" causes pcretest to
1642     write the compiled pattern to the file whose name is "rest-of-line".
1643     This is a straight binary dump of the data, with the saved pointer to
1644     the character tables forced to be NULL. The study data, if any, is
1645     written too. After writing, pcretest reads a new pattern.
1646    
1647     (ii) If, instead of a pattern, "<rest-of-line" is given, pcretest reads a
1648     compiled pattern from the given file. There must not be any
1649     occurrences of "<" in the file name (pretty unlikely); if there are,
1650     pcretest will instead treat the initial "<" as a pattern delimiter.
1651     After reading in the pattern, pcretest goes on to read data lines as
1652     usual.
1653    
1654     (iii) The F pattern option causes pcretest to flip the bytes in the 32-bit
1655     and 16-bit fields in a compiled pattern, to simulate a pattern that
1656     was compiled on a host of opposite endianness.
1657    
1658     21. The pcre-exec() function can now cope with patterns that were compiled on
1659     hosts of opposite endianness, with this restriction:
1660    
1661     As for any compiled expression that is saved and used later, the tables
1662     pointer field cannot be preserved; the extra_data field in the arguments
1663     to pcre_exec() should be used to pass in a tables address if a value
1664     other than the default internal tables were used at compile time.
1665    
1666     22. Calling pcre_exec() with a negative value of the "ovecsize" parameter is
1667     now diagnosed as an error. Previously, most of the time, a negative number
1668     would have been treated as zero, but if in addition "ovector" was passed as
1669     NULL, a crash could occur.
1670    
1671     23. Updated the files ltmain.sh, config.sub, config.guess, and aclocal.m4 with
1672     new versions from the libtool 1.5 distribution (the last one is a copy of
1673     a file called libtool.m4). This seems to have fixed the need to patch
1674     "configure" to support Darwin 1.3 (which I used to do). However, I still
1675     had to patch ltmain.sh to ensure that ${SED} is set (it isn't on my
1676     workstation).
1677    
1678     24. Changed the PCRE licence to be the more standard "BSD" licence.
1679    
1680    
1681 nigel 73 Version 4.5 01-Dec-03
1682     ---------------------
1683    
1684     1. There has been some re-arrangement of the code for the match() function so
1685     that it can be compiled in a version that does not call itself recursively.
1686     Instead, it keeps those local variables that need separate instances for
1687     each "recursion" in a frame on the heap, and gets/frees frames whenever it
1688     needs to "recurse". Keeping track of where control must go is done by means
1689     of setjmp/longjmp. The whole thing is implemented by a set of macros that
1690     hide most of the details from the main code, and operates only if
1691     NO_RECURSE is defined while compiling pcre.c. If PCRE is built using the
1692     "configure" mechanism, "--disable-stack-for-recursion" turns on this way of
1693     operating.
1694    
1695     To make it easier for callers to provide specially tailored get/free
1696     functions for this usage, two new functions, pcre_stack_malloc, and
1697     pcre_stack_free, are used. They are always called in strict stacking order,
1698     and the size of block requested is always the same.
1699    
1700     The PCRE_CONFIG_STACKRECURSE info parameter can be used to find out whether
1701     PCRE has been compiled to use the stack or the heap for recursion. The
1702     -C option of pcretest uses this to show which version is compiled.
1703    
1704     A new data escape \S, is added to pcretest; it causes the amounts of store
1705     obtained and freed by both kinds of malloc/free at match time to be added
1706     to the output.
1707    
1708     2. Changed the locale test to use "fr_FR" instead of "fr" because that's
1709     what's available on my current Linux desktop machine.
1710    
1711     3. When matching a UTF-8 string, the test for a valid string at the start has
1712     been extended. If start_offset is not zero, PCRE now checks that it points
1713     to a byte that is the start of a UTF-8 character. If not, it returns
1714     PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET (-11). Note: the whole string is still checked;
1715     this is necessary because there may be backward assertions in the pattern.
1716     When matching the same subject several times, it may save resources to use
1717     PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK on all but the first call if the string is long.
1718    
1719     4. The code for checking the validity of UTF-8 strings has been tightened so
1720     that it rejects (a) strings containing 0xfe or 0xff bytes and (b) strings
1721     containing "overlong sequences".
1722    
1723     5. Fixed a bug (appearing twice) that I could not find any way of exploiting!
1724     I had written "if ((digitab[*p++] && chtab_digit) == 0)" where the "&&"
1725     should have been "&", but it just so happened that all the cases this let
1726     through by mistake were picked up later in the function.
1727    
1728     6. I had used a variable called "isblank" - this is a C99 function, causing
1729     some compilers to warn. To avoid this, I renamed it (as "blankclass").
1730    
1731     7. Cosmetic: (a) only output another newline at the end of pcretest if it is
1732     prompting; (b) run "./pcretest /dev/null" at the start of the test script
1733     so the version is shown; (c) stop "make test" echoing "./RunTest".
1734    
1735     8. Added patches from David Burgess to enable PCRE to run on EBCDIC systems.
1736    
1737     9. The prototype for memmove() for systems that don't have it was using
1738     size_t, but the inclusion of the header that defines size_t was later. I've
1739     moved the #includes for the C headers earlier to avoid this.
1740    
1741     10. Added some adjustments to the code to make it easier to compiler on certain
1742     special systems:
1743    
1744     (a) Some "const" qualifiers were missing.
1745     (b) Added the macro EXPORT before all exported functions; by default this
1746     is defined to be empty.
1747     (c) Changed the dftables auxiliary program (that builds chartables.c) so
1748     that it reads its output file name as an argument instead of writing
1749     to the standard output and assuming this can be redirected.
1750    
1751     11. In UTF-8 mode, if a recursive reference (e.g. (?1)) followed a character
1752     class containing characters with values greater than 255, PCRE compilation
1753     went into a loop.
1754    
1755     12. A recursive reference to a subpattern that was within another subpattern
1756     that had a minimum quantifier of zero caused PCRE to crash. For example,
1757     (x(y(?2))z)? provoked this bug with a subject that got as far as the
1758     recursion. If the recursively-called subpattern itself had a zero repeat,
1759     that was OK.
1760    
1761     13. In pcretest, the buffer for reading a data line was set at 30K, but the
1762     buffer into which it was copied (for escape processing) was still set at
1763     1024, so long lines caused crashes.
1764    
1765     14. A pattern such as /[ab]{1,3}+/ failed to compile, giving the error
1766     "internal error: code overflow...". This applied to any character class
1767     that was followed by a possessive quantifier.
1768    
1769     15. Modified the Makefile to add libpcre.la as a prerequisite for
1770     libpcreposix.la because I was told this is needed for a parallel build to
1771     work.
1772    
1773     16. If a pattern that contained .* following optional items at the start was
1774     studied, the wrong optimizing data was generated, leading to matching
1775     errors. For example, studying /[ab]*.*c/ concluded, erroneously, that any
1776     matching string must start with a or b or c. The correct conclusion for
1777     this pattern is that a match can start with any character.
1778    
1779    
1780 nigel 71 Version 4.4 13-Aug-03
1781     ---------------------
1782    
1783     1. In UTF-8 mode, a character class containing characters with values between
1784     127 and 255 was not handled correctly if the compiled pattern was studied.
1785     In fixing this, I have also improved the studying algorithm for such
1786     classes (slightly).
1787    
1788     2. Three internal functions had redundant arguments passed to them. Removal
1789     might give a very teeny performance improvement.
1790    
1791     3. Documentation bug: the value of the capture_top field in a callout is *one
1792     more than* the number of the hightest numbered captured substring.
1793    
1794     4. The Makefile linked pcretest and pcregrep with -lpcre, which could result
1795     in incorrectly linking with a previously installed version. They now link
1796     explicitly with libpcre.la.
1797    
1798     5. configure.in no longer needs to recognize Cygwin specially.
1799    
1800     6. A problem in pcre.in for Windows platforms is fixed.
1801    
1802     7. If a pattern was successfully studied, and the -d (or /D) flag was given to
1803     pcretest, it used to include the size of the study block as part of its
1804     output. Unfortunately, the structure contains a field that has a different
1805     size on different hardware architectures. This meant that the tests that
1806     showed this size failed. As the block is currently always of a fixed size,
1807     this information isn't actually particularly useful in pcretest output, so
1808     I have just removed it.
1809    
1810     8. Three pre-processor statements accidentally did not start in column 1.
1811     Sadly, there are *still* compilers around that complain, even though
1812     standard C has not required this for well over a decade. Sigh.
1813    
1814     9. In pcretest, the code for checking callouts passed small integers in the
1815     callout_data field, which is a void * field. However, some picky compilers
1816     complained about the casts involved for this on 64-bit systems. Now
1817     pcretest passes the address of the small integer instead, which should get
1818     rid of the warnings.
1819    
1820     10. By default, when in UTF-8 mode, PCRE now checks for valid UTF-8 strings at
1821     both compile and run time, and gives an error if an invalid UTF-8 sequence
1822     is found. There is a option for disabling this check in cases where the
1823     string is known to be correct and/or the maximum performance is wanted.
1824    
1825     11. In response to a bug report, I changed one line in Makefile.in from
1826    
1827     -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/lib@WIN_PREFIX@pcreposix.dll.a \
1828     to
1829     -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/@WIN_PREFIX@libpcreposix.dll.a \
1830    
1831     to look similar to other lines, but I have no way of telling whether this
1832     is the right thing to do, as I do not use Windows. No doubt I'll get told
1833     if it's wrong...
1834    
1835    
1836 nigel 69 Version 4.3 21-May-03
1837     ---------------------
1838    
1839     1. Two instances of @WIN_PREFIX@ omitted from the Windows targets in the
1840     Makefile.
1841    
1842     2. Some refactoring to improve the quality of the code:
1843    
1844     (i) The utf8_table... variables are now declared "const".
1845    
1846     (ii) The code for \cx, which used the "case flipping" table to upper case
1847     lower case letters, now just substracts 32. This is ASCII-specific,
1848     but the whole concept of \cx is ASCII-specific, so it seems
1849     reasonable.
1850    
1851     (iii) PCRE was using its character types table to recognize decimal and
1852     hexadecimal digits in the pattern. This is silly, because it handles
1853     only 0-9, a-f, and A-F, but the character types table is locale-
1854     specific, which means strange things might happen. A private
1855     table is now used for this - though it costs 256 bytes, a table is
1856     much faster than multiple explicit tests. Of course, the standard
1857     character types table is still used for matching digits in subject
1858     strings against \d.
1859    
1860     (iv) Strictly, the identifier ESC_t is reserved by POSIX (all identifiers
1861     ending in _t are). So I've renamed it as ESC_tee.
1862    
1863     3. The first argument for regexec() in the POSIX wrapper should have been
1864     defined as "const".
1865    
1866     4. Changed pcretest to use malloc() for its buffers so that they can be
1867     Electric Fenced for debugging.
1868    
1869     5. There were several places in the code where, in UTF-8 mode, PCRE would try
1870     to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string. Often this
1871     had no effect on PCRE's behaviour, but in some circumstances it could
1872     provoke a segmentation fault.
1873    
1874     6. A lookbehind at the start of a pattern in UTF-8 mode could also cause PCRE
1875     to try to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string.
1876    
1877     7. A lookbehind in a pattern matched in non-UTF-8 mode on a PCRE compiled with
1878     UTF-8 support could misbehave in various ways if the subject string
1879     contained bytes with the 0x80 bit set and the 0x40 bit unset in a lookbehind
1880     area. (PCRE was not checking for the UTF-8 mode flag, and trying to move
1881     back over UTF-8 characters.)
1882    
1883    
1884 nigel 67 Version 4.2 14-Apr-03
1885     ---------------------
1886    
1887     1. Typo "#if SUPPORT_UTF8" instead of "#ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8" fixed.
1888    
1889     2. Changes to the building process, supplied by Ronald Landheer-Cieslak
1890     [ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on non-Windows platforms
1891     [NOT_ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on Windows platforms
1892     [WIN_PREFIX]: new variable, "cyg" for Cygwin
1893     * Makefile.in: use autoconf substitution for OBJEXT, EXEEXT, BUILD_OBJEXT
1894     and BUILD_EXEEXT
1895     Note: automatic setting of the BUILD variables is not yet working
1896     set CPPFLAGS and BUILD_CPPFLAGS (but don't use yet) - should be used at
1897     compile-time but not at link-time
1898     [LINK]: use for linking executables only
1899     make different versions for Windows and non-Windows
1900     [LINKLIB]: new variable, copy of UNIX-style LINK, used for linking
1901     libraries
1902     [LINK_FOR_BUILD]: new variable
1903     [OBJEXT]: use throughout
1904     [EXEEXT]: use throughout
1905     <winshared>: new target
1906     <wininstall>: new target
1907     <dftables.o>: use native compiler
1908     <dftables>: use native linker
1909     <install>: handle Windows platform correctly
1910     <clean>: ditto
1911     <check>: ditto
1912     copy DLL to top builddir before testing
1913    
1914     As part of these changes, -no-undefined was removed again. This was reported
1915     to give trouble on HP-UX 11.0, so getting rid of it seems like a good idea
1916     in any case.
1917    
1918     3. Some tidies to get rid of compiler warnings:
1919    
1920     . In the match_data structure, match_limit was an unsigned long int, whereas
1921     match_call_count was an int. I've made them both unsigned long ints.
1922    
1923     . In pcretest the fact that a const uschar * doesn't automatically cast to
1924     a void * provoked a warning.
1925    
1926     . Turning on some more compiler warnings threw up some "shadow" variables
1927     and a few more missing casts.
1928    
1929     4. If PCRE was complied with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8
1930     option, a class that contained a single character with a value between 128
1931     and 255 (e.g. /[\xFF]/) caused PCRE to crash.
1932    
1933     5. If PCRE was compiled with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8
1934     option, a class that contained several characters, but with at least one
1935     whose value was between 128 and 255 caused PCRE to crash.
1936    
1937    
1938 nigel 65 Version 4.1 12-Mar-03
1939     ---------------------
1940 nigel 63
1941 nigel 65 1. Compiling with gcc -pedantic found a couple of places where casts were
1942     needed, and a string in dftables.c that was longer than standard compilers are
1943     required to support.
1944    
1945     2. Compiling with Sun's compiler found a few more places where the code could
1946     be tidied up in order to avoid warnings.
1947    
1948     3. The variables for cross-compiling were called HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS; the
1949     first of these names is deprecated in the latest Autoconf in favour of the name
1950     CC_FOR_BUILD, because "host" is typically used to mean the system on which the
1951     compiled code will be run. I can't find a reference for HOST_CFLAGS, but by
1952     analogy I have changed it to CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD.
1953    
1954     4. Added -no-undefined to the linking command in the Makefile, because this is
1955     apparently helpful for Windows. To make it work, also added "-L. -lpcre" to the
1956     linking step for the pcreposix library.
1957    
1958     5. PCRE was failing to diagnose the case of two named groups with the same
1959     name.
1960    
1961     6. A problem with one of PCRE's optimizations was discovered. PCRE remembers a
1962     literal character that is needed in the subject for a match, and scans along to
1963     ensure that it is present before embarking on the full matching process. This
1964     saves time in cases of nested unlimited repeats that are never going to match.
1965     Problem: the scan can take a lot of time if the subject is very long (e.g.
1966     megabytes), thus penalizing straightforward matches. It is now done only if the
1967     amount of subject to be scanned is less than 1000 bytes.
1968    
1969     7. A lesser problem with the same optimization is that it was recording the
1970     first character of an anchored pattern as "needed", thus provoking a search
1971     right along the subject, even when the first match of the pattern was going to
1972     fail. The "needed" character is now not set for anchored patterns, unless it
1973     follows something in the pattern that is of non-fixed length. Thus, it still
1974     fulfils its original purpose of finding quick non-matches in cases of nested
1975     unlimited repeats, but isn't used for simple anchored patterns such as /^abc/.
1976    
1977    
1978     Version 4.0 17-Feb-03
1979     ---------------------
1980    
1981 nigel 63 1. If a comment in an extended regex that started immediately after a meta-item
1982     extended to the end of string, PCRE compiled incorrect data. This could lead to
1983     all kinds of weird effects. Example: /#/ was bad; /()#/ was bad; /a#/ was not.
1984    
1985     2. Moved to autoconf 2.53 and libtool 1.4.2.
1986    
1987     3. Perl 5.8 no longer needs "use utf8" for doing UTF-8 things. Consequently,
1988     the special perltest8 script is no longer needed - all the tests can be run
1989     from a single perltest script.
1990    
1991     4. From 5.004, Perl has not included the VT character (0x0b) in the set defined
1992     by \s. It has now been removed in PCRE. This means it isn't recognized as
1993     whitespace in /x regexes too, which is the same as Perl. Note that the POSIX
1994     class [:space:] *does* include VT, thereby creating a mess.
1995    
1996     5. Added the class [:blank:] (a GNU extension from Perl 5.8) to match only
1997     space and tab.
1998    
1999     6. Perl 5.005 was a long time ago. It's time to amalgamate the tests that use
2000     its new features into the main test script, reducing the number of scripts.
2001    
2002     7. Perl 5.8 has changed the meaning of patterns like /a(?i)b/. Earlier versions
2003     were backward compatible, and made the (?i) apply to the whole pattern, as if
2004     /i were given. Now it behaves more logically, and applies the option setting
2005     only to what follows. PCRE has been changed to follow suit. However, if it
2006     finds options settings right at the start of the pattern, it extracts them into
2007     the global options, as before. Thus, they show up in the info data.
2008    
2009     8. Added support for the \Q...\E escape sequence. Characters in between are
2010     treated as literals. This is slightly different from Perl in that $ and @ are
2011     also handled as literals inside the quotes. In Perl, they will cause variable
2012     interpolation. Note the following examples:
2013    
2014     Pattern PCRE matches Perl matches
2015    
2016     \Qabc$xyz\E abc$xyz abc followed by the contents of $xyz
2017     \Qabc\$xyz\E abc\$xyz abc\$xyz
2018     \Qabc\E\$\Qxyz\E abc$xyz abc$xyz
2019    
2020     For compatibility with Perl, \Q...\E sequences are recognized inside character
2021     classes as well as outside them.
2022    
2023     9. Re-organized 3 code statements in pcretest to avoid "overflow in
2024     floating-point constant arithmetic" warnings from a Microsoft compiler. Added a
2025     (size_t) cast to one statement in pcretest and one in pcreposix to avoid
2026     signed/unsigned warnings.
2027    
2028     10. SunOS4 doesn't have strtoul(). This was used only for unpicking the -o
2029     option for pcretest, so I've replaced it by a simple function that does just
2030     that job.
2031    
2032     11. pcregrep was ending with code 0 instead of 2 for the commands "pcregrep" or
2033     "pcregrep -".
2034    
2035     12. Added "possessive quantifiers" ?+, *+, ++, and {,}+ which come from Sun's
2036     Java package. This provides some syntactic sugar for simple cases of what my
2037     documentation calls "once-only subpatterns". A pattern such as x*+ is the same
2038     as (?>x*). In other words, if what is inside (?>...) is just a single repeated
2039     item, you can use this simplified notation. Note that only makes sense with
2040     greedy quantifiers. Consequently, the use of the possessive quantifier forces
2041     greediness, whatever the setting of the PCRE_UNGREEDY option.
2042    
2043     13. A change of greediness default within a pattern was not taking effect at
2044     the current level for patterns like /(b+(?U)a+)/. It did apply to parenthesized
2045     subpatterns that followed. Patterns like /b+(?U)a+/ worked because the option
2046     was abstracted outside.
2047    
2048     14. PCRE now supports the \G assertion. It is true when the current matching
2049     position is at the start point of the match. This differs from \A when the
2050     starting offset is non-zero. Used with the /g option of pcretest (or similar
2051     code), it works in the same way as it does for Perl's /g option. If all
2052     alternatives of a regex begin with \G, the expression is anchored to the start
2053     match position, and the "anchored" flag is set in the compiled expression.
2054    
2055     15. Some bugs concerning the handling of certain option changes within patterns
2056     have been fixed. These applied to options other than (?ims). For example,
2057     "a(?x: b c )d" did not match "XabcdY" but did match "Xa b c dY". It should have
2058     been the other way round. Some of this was related to change 7 above.
2059    
2060     16. PCRE now gives errors for /[.x.]/ and /[=x=]/ as unsupported POSIX
2061     features, as Perl does. Previously, PCRE gave the warnings only for /[[.x.]]/
2062     and /[[=x=]]/. PCRE now also gives an error for /[:name:]/ because it supports
2063     POSIX classes only within a class (e.g. /[[:alpha:]]/).
2064    
2065     17. Added support for Perl's \C escape. This matches one byte, even in UTF8
2066     mode. Unlike ".", it always matches newline, whatever the setting of
2067     PCRE_DOTALL. However, PCRE does not permit \C to appear in lookbehind
2068     assertions. Perl allows it, but it doesn't (in general) work because it can't
2069     calculate the length of the lookbehind. At least, that's the case for Perl
2070     5.8.0 - I've been told they are going to document that it doesn't work in
2071     future.
2072    
2073     18. Added an error diagnosis for escapes that PCRE does not support: these are
2074     \L, \l, \N, \P, \p, \U, \u, and \X.
2075    
2076     19. Although correctly diagnosing a missing ']' in a character class, PCRE was
2077     reading past the end of the pattern in cases such as /[abcd/.
2078    
2079     20. PCRE was getting more memory than necessary for patterns with classes that
2080     contained both POSIX named classes and other characters, e.g. /[[:space:]abc/.
2081    
2082     21. Added some code, conditional on #ifdef VPCOMPAT, to make life easier for
2083     compiling PCRE for use with Virtual Pascal.
2084    
2085     22. Small fix to the Makefile to make it work properly if the build is done
2086     outside the source tree.
2087    
2088     23. Added a new extension: a condition to go with recursion. If a conditional
2089     subpattern starts with (?(R) the "true" branch is used if recursion has
2090     happened, whereas the "false" branch is used only at the top level.
2091    
2092     24. When there was a very long string of literal characters (over 255 bytes
2093     without UTF support, over 250 bytes with UTF support), the computation of how
2094     much memory was required could be incorrect, leading to segfaults or other
2095     strange effects.
2096    
2097     25. PCRE was incorrectly assuming anchoring (either to start of subject or to
2098     start of line for a non-DOTALL pattern) when a pattern started with (.*) and
2099     there was a subsequent back reference to those brackets. This meant that, for
2100     example, /(.*)\d+\1/ failed to match "abc123bc". Unfortunately, it isn't
2101     possible to check for precisely this case. All we can do is abandon the
2102     optimization if .* occurs inside capturing brackets when there are any back
2103     references whatsoever. (See below for a better fix that came later.)
2104    
2105     26. The handling of the optimization for finding the first character of a
2106     non-anchored pattern, and for finding a character that is required later in the
2107     match were failing in some cases. This didn't break the matching; it just
2108     failed to optimize when it could. The way this is done has been re-implemented.
2109    
2110     27. Fixed typo in error message for invalid (?R item (it said "(?p").
2111    
2112     28. Added a new feature that provides some of the functionality that Perl
2113     provides with (?{...}). The facility is termed a "callout". The way it is done
2114     in PCRE is for the caller to provide an optional function, by setting
2115     pcre_callout to its entry point. Like pcre_malloc and pcre_free, this is a
2116     global variable. By default it is unset, which disables all calling out. To get
2117     the function called, the regex must include (?C) at appropriate points. This
2118     is, in fact, equivalent to (?C0), and any number <= 255 may be given with (?C).
2119     This provides a means of identifying different callout points. When PCRE
2120     reaches such a point in the regex, if pcre_callout has been set, the external
2121     function is called. It is provided with data in a structure called
2122     pcre_callout_block, which is defined in pcre.h. If the function returns 0,
2123     matching continues; if it returns a non-zero value, the match at the current
2124     point fails. However, backtracking will occur if possible. [This was changed
2125     later and other features added - see item 49 below.]
2126    
2127     29. pcretest is upgraded to test the callout functionality. It provides a
2128     callout function that displays information. By default, it shows the start of
2129     the match and the current position in the text. There are some new data escapes
2130     to vary what happens:
2131    
2132     \C+ in addition, show current contents of captured substrings
2133     \C- do not supply a callout function
2134     \C!n return 1 when callout number n is reached
2135     \C!n!m return 1 when callout number n is reached for the mth time
2136    
2137     30. If pcregrep was called with the -l option and just a single file name, it
2138     output "<stdin>" if a match was found, instead of the file name.
2139    
2140     31. Improve the efficiency of the POSIX API to PCRE. If the number of capturing
2141     slots is less than POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD, use a block on the stack to pass to
2142     pcre_exec(). This saves a malloc/free per call. The default value of
2143     POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD is 10; it can be changed by --with-posix-malloc-threshold
2144     when configuring.
2145    
2146     32. The default maximum size of a compiled pattern is 64K. There have been a
2147     few cases of people hitting this limit. The code now uses macros to handle the
2148     storing of links as offsets within the compiled pattern. It defaults to 2-byte
2149     links, but this can be changed to 3 or 4 bytes by --with-link-size when
2150     configuring. Tests 2 and 5 work only with 2-byte links because they output
2151     debugging information about compiled patterns.
2152    
2153     33. Internal code re-arrangements:
2154    
2155     (a) Moved the debugging function for printing out a compiled regex into
2156     its own source file (printint.c) and used #include to pull it into
2157     pcretest.c and, when DEBUG is defined, into pcre.c, instead of having two
2158     separate copies.
2159    
2160     (b) Defined the list of op-code names for debugging as a macro in
2161     internal.h so that it is next to the definition of the opcodes.
2162    
2163     (c) Defined a table of op-code lengths for simpler skipping along compiled
2164     code. This is again a macro in internal.h so that it is next to the
2165     definition of the opcodes.
2166    
2167     34. Added support for recursive calls to individual subpatterns, along the
2168     lines of Robin Houston's patch (but implemented somewhat differently).
2169    
2170     35. Further mods to the Makefile to help Win32. Also, added code to pcregrep to
2171     allow it to read and process whole directories in Win32. This code was
2172     contributed by Lionel Fourquaux; it has not been tested by me.
2173    
2174     36. Added support for named subpatterns. The Python syntax (?P<name>...) is
2175     used to name a group. Names consist of alphanumerics and underscores, and must
2176     be unique. Back references use the syntax (?P=name) and recursive calls use
2177     (?P>name) which is a PCRE extension to the Python extension. Groups still have
2178     numbers. The function pcre_fullinfo() can be used after compilation to extract
2179     a name/number map. There are three relevant calls:
2180    
2181     PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE yields the size of each entry in the map
2182     PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT yields the number of entries
2183     PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE yields a pointer to the map.
2184    
2185     The map is a vector of fixed-size entries. The size of each entry depends on
2186     the length of the longest name used. The first two bytes of each entry are the
2187     group number, most significant byte first. There follows the corresponding
2188     name, zero terminated. The names are in alphabetical order.
2189    
2190     37. Make the maximum literal string in the compiled code 250 for the non-UTF-8
2191     case instead of 255. Making it the same both with and without UTF-8 support
2192     means that the same test output works with both.
2193    
2194     38. There was a case of malloc(0) in the POSIX testing code in pcretest. Avoid
2195     calling malloc() with a zero argument.
2196    
2197     39. Change 25 above had to resort to a heavy-handed test for the .* anchoring
2198     optimization. I've improved things by keeping a bitmap of backreferences with
2199     numbers 1-31 so that if .* occurs inside capturing brackets that are not in
2200     fact referenced, the optimization can be applied. It is unlikely that a
2201     relevant occurrence of .* (i.e. one which might indicate anchoring or forcing
2202     the match to follow \n) will appear inside brackets with a number greater than
2203     31, but if it does, any back reference > 31 suppresses the optimization.
2204    
2205     40. Added a new compile-time option PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE. This has the effect
2206     of disabling numbered capturing parentheses. Any opening parenthesis that is
2207     not followed by ? behaves as if it were followed by ?: but named parentheses
2208     can still be used for capturing (and they will acquire numbers in the usual
2209     way).
2210    
2211     41. Redesigned the return codes from the match() function into yes/no/error so
2212     that errors can be passed back from deep inside the nested calls. A malloc
2213     failure while inside a recursive subpattern call now causes the
2214     PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY return instead of quietly going wrong.
2215    
2216     42. It is now possible to set a limit on the number of times the match()
2217     function is called in a call to pcre_exec(). This facility makes it possible to
2218     limit the amount of recursion and backtracking, though not in a directly
2219     obvious way, because the match() function is used in a number of different
2220     circumstances. The count starts from zero for each position in the subject
2221     string (for non-anchored patterns). The default limit is, for compatibility, a
2222     large number, namely 10 000 000. You can change this in two ways:
2223    
2224     (a) When configuring PCRE before making, you can use --with-match-limit=n
2225     to set a default value for the compiled library.
2226    
2227     (b) For each call to pcre_exec(), you can pass a pcre_extra block in which
2228     a different value is set. See 45 below.
2229    
2230     If the limit is exceeded, pcre_exec() returns PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT.
2231    
2232     43. Added a new function pcre_config(int, void *) to enable run-time extraction
2233     of things that can be changed at compile time. The first argument specifies
2234     what is wanted and the second points to where the information is to be placed.
2235     The current list of available information is:
2236    
2237     PCRE_CONFIG_UTF8
2238    
2239     The output is an integer that is set to one if UTF-8 support is available;
2240     otherwise it is set to zero.
2241    
2242     PCRE_CONFIG_NEWLINE
2243    
2244     The output is an integer that it set to the value of the code that is used for
2245     newline. It is either LF (10) or CR (13).
2246    
2247     PCRE_CONFIG_LINK_SIZE
2248    
2249     The output is an integer that contains the number of bytes used for internal
2250     linkage in compiled expressions. The value is 2, 3, or 4. See item 32 above.
2251    
2252     PCRE_CONFIG_POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD
2253    
2254     The output is an integer that contains the threshold above which the POSIX
2255     interface uses malloc() for output vectors. See item 31 above.
2256    
2257     PCRE_CONFIG_MATCH_LIMIT
2258    
2259     The output is an unsigned integer that contains the default limit of the number
2260     of match() calls in a pcre_exec() execution. See 42 above.
2261    
2262     44. pcretest has been upgraded by the addition of the -C option. This causes it
2263     to extract all the available output from the new pcre_config() function, and to
2264     output it. The program then exits immediately.
2265    
2266     45. A need has arisen to pass over additional data with calls to pcre_exec() in
2267     order to support additional features. One way would have been to define
2268     pcre_exec2() (for example) with extra arguments, but this would not have been
2269     extensible, and would also have required all calls to the original function to
2270     be mapped to the new one. Instead, I have chosen to extend the mechanism that
2271     is used for passing in "extra" data from pcre_study().
2272    
2273     The pcre_extra structure is now exposed and defined in pcre.h. It currently
2274     contains the following fields:
2275    
2276     flags a bitmap indicating which of the following fields are set
2277     study_data opaque data from pcre_study()
2278     match_limit a way of specifying a limit on match() calls for a specific
2279     call to pcre_exec()
2280     callout_data data for callouts (see 49 below)
2281    
2282     The flag bits are also defined in pcre.h, and are
2283    
2284     PCRE_EXTRA_STUDY_DATA
2285     PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT
2286     PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA
2287    
2288     The pcre_study() function now returns one of these new pcre_extra blocks, with
2289     the actual study data pointed to by the study_data field, and the
2290     PCRE_EXTRA_STUDY_DATA flag set. This can be passed directly to pcre_exec() as
2291     before. That is, this change is entirely upwards-compatible and requires no
2292     change to existing code.
2293    
2294     If you want to pass in additional data to pcre_exec(), you can either place it
2295     in a pcre_extra block provided by pcre_study(), or create your own pcre_extra
2296     block.
2297    
2298     46. pcretest has been extended to test the PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT feature. If a
2299     data string contains the escape sequence \M, pcretest calls pcre_exec() several
2300     times with different match limits, until it finds the minimum value needed for
2301     pcre_exec() to complete. The value is then output. This can be instructive; for
2302     most simple matches the number is quite small, but for pathological cases it
2303     gets very large very quickly.
2304    
2305     47. There's a new option for pcre_fullinfo() called PCRE_INFO_STUDYSIZE. It
2306     returns the size of the data block pointed to by the study_data field in a
2307     pcre_extra block, that is, the value that was passed as the argument to
2308     pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory in which to place the information
2309     created by pcre_study(). The fourth argument should point to a size_t variable.
2310     pcretest has been extended so that this information is shown after a successful
2311     pcre_study() call when information about the compiled regex is being displayed.
2312    
2313     48. Cosmetic change to Makefile: there's no need to have / after $(DESTDIR)
2314     because what follows is always an absolute path. (Later: it turns out that this
2315     is more than cosmetic for MinGW, because it doesn't like empty path
2316     components.)
2317    
2318     49. Some changes have been made to the callout feature (see 28 above):
2319    
2320     (i) A callout function now has three choices for what it returns:
2321    
2322     0 => success, carry on matching
2323     > 0 => failure at this point, but backtrack if possible
2324     < 0 => serious error, return this value from pcre_exec()
2325    
2326     Negative values should normally be chosen from the set of PCRE_ERROR_xxx
2327     values. In particular, returning PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH forces a standard
2328     "match failed" error. The error number PCRE_ERROR_CALLOUT is reserved for
2329     use by callout functions. It will never be used by PCRE itself.
2330    
2331     (ii) The pcre_extra structure (see 45 above) has a void * field called
2332     callout_data, with corresponding flag bit PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA. The
2333     pcre_callout_block structure has a field of the same name. The contents of
2334     the field passed in the pcre_extra structure are passed to the callout
2335     function in the corresponding field in the callout block. This makes it
2336     easier to use the same callout-containing regex from multiple threads. For
2337     testing, the pcretest program has a new data escape
2338    
2339     \C*n pass the number n (may be negative) as callout_data
2340    
2341     If the callout function in pcretest receives a non-zero value as
2342     callout_data, it returns that value.
2343    
2344     50. Makefile wasn't handling CFLAGS properly when compiling dftables. Also,
2345     there were some redundant $(CFLAGS) in commands that are now specified as
2346     $(LINK), which already includes $(CFLAGS).
2347    
2348     51. Extensions to UTF-8 support are listed below. These all apply when (a) PCRE
2349     has been compiled with UTF-8 support *and* pcre_compile() has been compiled
2350     with the PCRE_UTF8 flag. Patterns that are compiled without that flag assume
2351     one-byte characters throughout. Note that case-insensitive matching applies
2352     only to characters whose values are less than 256. PCRE doesn't support the
2353     notion of cases for higher-valued characters.
2354    
2355     (i) A character class whose characters are all within 0-255 is handled as
2356     a bit map, and the map is inverted for negative classes. Previously, a
2357     character > 255 always failed to match such a class; however it should
2358     match if the class was a negative one (e.g. [^ab]). This has been fixed.
2359    
2360     (ii) A negated character class with a single character < 255 is coded as
2361     "not this character" (OP_NOT). This wasn't working properly when the test
2362     character was multibyte, either singly or repeated.
2363    
2364     (iii) Repeats of multibyte characters are now handled correctly in UTF-8
2365     mode, for example: \x{100}{2,3}.
2366    
2367     (iv) The character escapes \b, \B, \d, \D, \s, \S, \w, and \W (either
2368     singly or repeated) now correctly test multibyte characters. However,
2369     PCRE doesn't recognize any characters with values greater than 255 as
2370     digits, spaces, or word characters. Such characters always match \D, \S,
2371     and \W, and never match \d, \s, or \w.
2372    
2373     (v) Classes may now contain characters and character ranges with values
2374     greater than 255. For example: [ab\x{100}-\x{400}].
2375    
2376     (vi) pcregrep now has a --utf-8 option (synonym -u) which makes it call
2377     PCRE in UTF-8 mode.
2378    
2379     52. The info request value PCRE_INFO_FIRSTCHAR has been renamed
2380     PCRE_INFO_FIRSTBYTE because it is a byte value. However, the old name is
2381     retained for backwards compatibility. (Note that LASTLITERAL is also a byte
2382     value.)
2383    
2384     53. The single man page has become too large. I have therefore split it up into
2385     a number of separate man pages. These also give rise to individual HTML pages;
2386     these are now put in a separate directory, and there is an index.html page that
2387     lists them all. Some hyperlinking between the pages has been installed.
2388    
2389     54. Added convenience functions for handling named capturing parentheses.
2390    
2391     55. Unknown escapes inside character classes (e.g. [\M]) and escapes that
2392     aren't interpreted therein (e.g. [\C]) are literals in Perl. This is now also
2393     true in PCRE, except when the PCRE_EXTENDED option is set, in which case they
2394     are faulted.
2395    
2396     56. Introduced HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS which can be set in the environment when
2397     calling configure. These values are used when compiling the dftables.c program
2398     which is run to generate the source of the default character tables. They
2399     default to the values of CC and CFLAGS. If you are cross-compiling PCRE,
2400     you will need to set these values.
2401    
2402     57. Updated the building process for Windows DLL, as provided by Fred Cox.
2403    
2404    
2405     Version 3.9 02-Jan-02
2406 nigel 61 ---------------------
2407    
2408     1. A bit of extraneous text had somehow crept into the pcregrep documentation.
2409    
2410     2. If --disable-static was given, the building process failed when trying to
2411     build pcretest and pcregrep. (For some reason it was using libtool to compile
2412     them, which is not right, as they aren't part of the library.)
2413    
2414    
2415 nigel 59 Version 3.8 18-Dec-01
2416     ---------------------
2417    
2418     1. The experimental UTF-8 code was completely screwed up. It was packing the
2419     bytes in the wrong order. How dumb can you get?
2420    
2421    
2422 nigel 57 Version 3.7 29-Oct-01
2423     ---------------------
2424    
2425     1. In updating pcretest to check change 1 of version 3.6, I screwed up.
2426     This caused pcretest, when used on the test data, to segfault. Unfortunately,
2427     this didn't happen under Solaris 8, where I normally test things.
2428    
2429 nigel 59 2. The Makefile had to be changed to make it work on BSD systems, where 'make'
2430     doesn't seem to recognize that ./xxx and xxx are the same file. (This entry
2431     isn't in ChangeLog distributed with 3.7 because I forgot when I hastily made
2432     this fix an hour or so after the initial 3.7 release.)
2433 nigel 57
2434 nigel 59
2435 nigel 55 Version 3.6 23-Oct-01
2436     ---------------------
2437    
2438     1. Crashed with /(sens|respons)e and \1ibility/ and "sense and sensibility" if
2439     offsets passed as NULL with zero offset count.
2440    
2441     2. The config.guess and config.sub files had not been updated when I moved to
2442     the latest autoconf.
2443    
2444    
2445 nigel 53 Version 3.5 15-Aug-01
2446     ---------------------
2447 nigel 5
2448 nigel 53 1. Added some missing #if !defined NOPOSIX conditionals in pcretest.c that
2449     had been forgotten.
2450    
2451     2. By using declared but undefined structures, we can avoid using "void"
2452     definitions in pcre.h while keeping the internal definitions of the structures
2453     private.
2454    
2455     3. The distribution is now built using autoconf 2.50 and libtool 1.4. From a
2456     user point of view, this means that both static and shared libraries are built
2457     by default, but this can be individually controlled. More of the work of
2458     handling this static/shared cases is now inside libtool instead of PCRE's make
2459     file.
2460    
2461     4. The pcretest utility is now installed along with pcregrep because it is
2462     useful for users (to test regexs) and by doing this, it automatically gets
2463     relinked by libtool. The documentation has been turned into a man page, so
2464     there are now .1, .txt, and .html versions in /doc.
2465    
2466     5. Upgrades to pcregrep:
2467     (i) Added long-form option names like gnu grep.
2468     (ii) Added --help to list all options with an explanatory phrase.
2469     (iii) Added -r, --recursive to recurse into sub-directories.
2470     (iv) Added -f, --file to read patterns from a file.
2471    
2472     6. pcre_exec() was referring to its "code" argument before testing that
2473     argument for NULL (and giving an error if it was NULL).
2474    
2475     7. Upgraded Makefile.in to allow for compiling in a different directory from
2476     the source directory.
2477    
2478     8. Tiny buglet in pcretest: when pcre_fullinfo() was called to retrieve the
2479     options bits, the pointer it was passed was to an int instead of to an unsigned
2480     long int. This mattered only on 64-bit systems.
2481    
2482     9. Fixed typo (3.4/1) in pcre.h again. Sigh. I had changed pcre.h (which is
2483     generated) instead of pcre.in, which it its source. Also made the same change
2484     in several of the .c files.
2485    
2486     10. A new release of gcc defines printf() as a macro, which broke pcretest
2487     because it had an ifdef in the middle of a string argument for printf(). Fixed
2488     by using separate calls to printf().
2489    
2490     11. Added --enable-newline-is-cr and --enable-newline-is-lf to the configure
2491     script, to force use of CR or LF instead of \n in the source. On non-Unix
2492     systems, the value can be set in config.h.
2493    
2494     12. The limit of 200 on non-capturing parentheses is a _nesting_ limit, not an
2495     absolute limit. Changed the text of the error message to make this clear, and
2496     likewise updated the man page.
2497    
2498     13. The limit of 99 on the number of capturing subpatterns has been removed.
2499     The new limit is 65535, which I hope will not be a "real" limit.
2500    
2501    
2502 nigel 51 Version 3.4 22-Aug-00
2503     ---------------------
2504    
2505     1. Fixed typo in pcre.h: unsigned const char * changed to const unsigned char *.
2506    
2507     2. Diagnose condition (?(0) as an error instead of crashing on matching.
2508    
2509    
2510 nigel 49 Version 3.3 01-Aug-00
2511     ---------------------
2512    
2513     1. If an octal character was given, but the value was greater than \377, it
2514     was not getting masked to the least significant bits, as documented. This could
2515     lead to crashes in some systems.
2516    
2517     2. Perl 5.6 (if not earlier versions) accepts classes like [a-\d] and treats
2518     the hyphen as a literal. PCRE used to give an error; it now behaves like Perl.
2519    
2520     3. Added the functions pcre_free_substring() and pcre_free_substring_list().
2521     These just pass their arguments on to (pcre_free)(), but they are provided
2522     because some uses of PCRE bind it to non-C systems that can call its functions,
2523     but cannot call free() or pcre_free() directly.
2524    
2525     4. Add "make test" as a synonym for "make check". Corrected some comments in
2526     the Makefile.
2527    
2528     5. Add $(DESTDIR)/ in front of all the paths in the "install" target in the
2529     Makefile.
2530    
2531     6. Changed the name of pgrep to pcregrep, because Solaris has introduced a
2532     command called pgrep for grepping around the active processes.
2533    
2534     7. Added the beginnings of support for UTF-8 character strings.
2535    
2536     8. Arranged for the Makefile to pass over the settings of CC, CFLAGS, and
2537     RANLIB to ./ltconfig so that they are used by libtool. I think these are all
2538     the relevant ones. (AR is not passed because ./ltconfig does its own figuring
2539     out for the ar command.)
2540    
2541    
2542 nigel 47 Version 3.2 12-May-00
2543     ---------------------
2544    
2545     This is purely a bug fixing release.
2546    
2547     1. If the pattern /((Z)+|A)*/ was matched agained ZABCDEFG it matched Z instead
2548     of ZA. This was just one example of several cases that could provoke this bug,
2549     which was introduced by change 9 of version 2.00. The code for breaking
2550     infinite loops after an iteration that matches an empty string was't working
2551     correctly.
2552    
2553     2. The pcretest program was not imitating Perl correctly for the pattern /a*/g
2554     when matched against abbab (for example). After matching an empty string, it
2555     wasn't forcing anchoring when setting PCRE_NOTEMPTY for the next attempt; this
2556     caused it to match further down the string than it should.
2557    
2558     3. The code contained an inclusion of sys/types.h. It isn't clear why this
2559     was there because it doesn't seem to be needed, and it causes trouble on some
2560     systems, as it is not a Standard C header. It has been removed.
2561    
2562     4. Made 4 silly changes to the source to avoid stupid compiler warnings that
2563     were reported on the Macintosh. The changes were from
2564    
2565     while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n');
2566     to
2567     while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n') ;
2568    
2569     Totally extraordinary, but if that's what it takes...
2570    
2571     5. PCRE is being used in one environment where neither memmove() nor bcopy() is
2572     available. Added HAVE_BCOPY and an autoconf test for it; if neither
2573     HAVE_MEMMOVE nor HAVE_BCOPY is set, use a built-in emulation function which
2574     assumes the way PCRE uses memmove() (always moving upwards).
2575    
2576     6. PCRE is being used in one environment where strchr() is not available. There
2577     was only one use in pcre.c, and writing it out to avoid strchr() probably gives
2578     faster code anyway.
2579    
2580    
2581 nigel 45 Version 3.1 09-Feb-00
2582     ---------------------
2583    
2584     The only change in this release is the fixing of some bugs in Makefile.in for
2585     the "install" target:
2586    
2587     (1) It was failing to install pcreposix.h.
2588    
2589     (2) It was overwriting the pcre.3 man page with the pcreposix.3 man page.
2590    
2591    
2592 nigel 43 Version 3.0 01-Feb-00
2593     ---------------------
2594 nigel 41
2595     1. Add support for the /+ modifier to perltest (to output $` like it does in
2596     pcretest).
2597    
2598     2. Add support for the /g modifier to perltest.
2599    
2600     3. Fix pcretest so that it behaves even more like Perl for /g when the pattern
2601     matches null strings.
2602    
2603     4. Fix perltest so that it doesn't do unwanted things when fed an empty
2604     pattern. Perl treats empty patterns specially - it reuses the most recent
2605     pattern, which is not what we want. Replace // by /(?#)/ in order to avoid this
2606     effect.
2607    
2608     5. The POSIX interface was broken in that it was just handing over the POSIX
2609     captured string vector to pcre_exec(), but (since release 2.00) PCRE has
2610     required a bigger vector, with some working space on the end. This means that
2611     the POSIX wrapper now has to get and free some memory, and copy the results.
2612    
2613 nigel 43 6. Added some simple autoconf support, placing the test data and the
2614     documentation in separate directories, re-organizing some of the
2615     information files, and making it build pcre-config (a GNU standard). Also added
2616     libtool support for building PCRE as a shared library, which is now the
2617     default.
2618 nigel 41
2619 nigel 43 7. Got rid of the leading zero in the definition of PCRE_MINOR because 08 and
2620     09 are not valid octal constants. Single digits will be used for minor values
2621     less than 10.
2622    
2623     8. Defined REG_EXTENDED and REG_NOSUB as zero in the POSIX header, so that
2624     existing programs that set these in the POSIX interface can use PCRE without
2625     modification.
2626    
2627     9. Added a new function, pcre_fullinfo() with an extensible interface. It can
2628     return all that pcre_info() returns, plus additional data. The pcre_info()
2629     function is retained for compatibility, but is considered to be obsolete.
2630    
2631     10. Added experimental recursion feature (?R) to handle one common case that
2632     Perl 5.6 will be able to do with (?p{...}).
2633    
2634     11. Added support for POSIX character classes like [:alpha:], which Perl is
2635     adopting.
2636    
2637    
2638 nigel 39 Version 2.08 31-Aug-99
2639     ----------------------
2640    
2641     1. When startoffset was not zero and the pattern began with ".*", PCRE was not
2642     trying to match at the startoffset position, but instead was moving forward to
2643     the next newline as if a previous match had failed.
2644    
2645     2. pcretest was not making use of PCRE_NOTEMPTY when repeating for /g and /G,
2646     and could get into a loop if a null string was matched other than at the start
2647     of the subject.
2648    
2649     3. Added definitions of PCRE_MAJOR and PCRE_MINOR to pcre.h so the version can
2650     be distinguished at compile time, and for completeness also added PCRE_DATE.
2651    
2652     5. Added Paul Sokolovsky's minor changes to make it easy to compile a Win32 DLL
2653     in GnuWin32 environments.
2654    
2655    
2656 nigel 37 Version 2.07 29-Jul-99
2657     ----------------------
2658    
2659     1. The documentation is now supplied in plain text form and HTML as well as in
2660     the form of man page sources.
2661    
2662     2. C++ compilers don't like assigning (void *) values to other pointer types.
2663     In particular this affects malloc(). Although there is no problem in Standard
2664     C, I've put in casts to keep C++ compilers happy.
2665    
2666     3. Typo on pcretest.c; a cast of (unsigned char *) in the POSIX regexec() call
2667     should be (const char *).
2668    
2669     4. If NOPOSIX is defined, pcretest.c compiles without POSIX support. This may
2670     be useful for non-Unix systems who don't want to bother with the POSIX stuff.
2671     However, I haven't made this a standard facility. The documentation doesn't
2672     mention it, and the Makefile doesn't support it.
2673    
2674     5. The Makefile now contains an "install" target, with editable destinations at
2675     the top of the file. The pcretest program is not installed.
2676    
2677     6. pgrep -V now gives the PCRE version number and date.
2678    
2679     7. Fixed bug: a zero repetition after a literal string (e.g. /abcde{0}/) was
2680     causing the entire string to be ignored, instead of just the last character.
2681    
2682     8. If a pattern like /"([^\\"]+|\\.)*"/ is applied in the normal way to a
2683     non-matching string, it can take a very, very long time, even for strings of
2684     quite modest length, because of the nested recursion. PCRE now does better in
2685     some of these cases. It does this by remembering the last required literal
2686     character in the pattern, and pre-searching the subject to ensure it is present
2687     before running the real match. In other words, it applies a heuristic to detect
2688     some types of certain failure quickly, and in the above example, if presented
2689     with a string that has no trailing " it gives "no match" very quickly.
2690    
2691     9. A new runtime option PCRE_NOTEMPTY causes null string matches to be ignored;
2692     other alternatives are tried instead.
2693    
2694    
2695 nigel 35 Version 2.06 09-Jun-99
2696     ----------------------
2697    
2698     1. Change pcretest's output for amount of store used to show just the code
2699     space, because the remainder (the data block) varies in size between 32-bit and
2700     64-bit systems.
2701    
2702     2. Added an extra argument to pcre_exec() to supply an offset in the subject to
2703     start matching at. This allows lookbehinds to work when searching for multiple
2704     occurrences in a string.
2705    
2706     3. Added additional options to pcretest for testing multiple occurrences:
2707    
2708     /+ outputs the rest of the string that follows a match
2709     /g loops for multiple occurrences, using the new startoffset argument
2710     /G loops for multiple occurrences by passing an incremented pointer
2711    
2712     4. PCRE wasn't doing the "first character" optimization for patterns starting
2713     with \b or \B, though it was doing it for other lookbehind assertions. That is,
2714     it wasn't noticing that a match for a pattern such as /\bxyz/ has to start with
2715     the letter 'x'. On long subject strings, this gives a significant speed-up.
2716    
2717    
2718 nigel 33 Version 2.05 21-Apr-99
2719     ----------------------
2720    
2721     1. Changed the type of magic_number from int to long int so that it works
2722     properly on 16-bit systems.
2723    
2724     2. Fixed a bug which caused patterns starting with .* not to work correctly
2725     when the subject string contained newline characters. PCRE was assuming
2726     anchoring for such patterns in all cases, which is not correct because .* will
2727     not pass a newline unless PCRE_DOTALL is set. It now assumes anchoring only if
2728     DOTALL is set at top level; otherwise it knows that patterns starting with .*
2729     must be retried after every newline in the subject.
2730    
2731    
2732 nigel 31 Version 2.04 18-Feb-99
2733     ----------------------
2734    
2735     1. For parenthesized subpatterns with repeats whose minimum was zero, the
2736     computation of the store needed to hold the pattern was incorrect (too large).
2737     If such patterns were nested a few deep, this could multiply and become a real
2738     problem.
2739    
2740     2. Added /M option to pcretest to show the memory requirement of a specific
2741     pattern. Made -m a synonym of -s (which does this globally) for compatibility.
2742    
2743     3. Subpatterns of the form (regex){n,m} (i.e. limited maximum) were being
2744     compiled in such a way that the backtracking after subsequent failure was
2745     pessimal. Something like (a){0,3} was compiled as (a)?(a)?(a)? instead of
2746     ((a)((a)(a)?)?)? with disastrous performance if the maximum was of any size.
2747    
2748    
2749 nigel 29 Version 2.03 02-Feb-99
2750     ----------------------
2751    
2752     1. Fixed typo and small mistake in man page.
2753    
2754 nigel 31 2. Added 4th condition (GPL supersedes if conflict) and created separate
2755     LICENCE file containing the conditions.
2756 nigel 29
2757     3. Updated pcretest so that patterns such as /abc\/def/ work like they do in
2758     Perl, that is the internal \ allows the delimiter to be included in the
2759     pattern. Locked out the use of \ as a delimiter. If \ immediately follows
2760     the final delimiter, add \ to the end of the pattern (to test the error).
2761    
2762     4. Added the convenience functions for extracting substrings after a successful
2763     match. Updated pcretest to make it able to test these functions.
2764    
2765    
2766 nigel 27 Version 2.02 14-Jan-99
2767     ----------------------
2768    
2769     1. Initialized the working variables associated with each extraction so that
2770     their saving and restoring doesn't refer to uninitialized store.
2771    
2772     2. Put dummy code into study.c in order to trick the optimizer of the IBM C
2773     compiler for OS/2 into generating correct code. Apparently IBM isn't going to
2774     fix the problem.
2775    
2776     3. Pcretest: the timing code wasn't using LOOPREPEAT for timing execution
2777     calls, and wasn't printing the correct value for compiling calls. Increased the
2778     default value of LOOPREPEAT, and the number of significant figures in the
2779     times.
2780    
2781     4. Changed "/bin/rm" in the Makefile to "-rm" so it works on Windows NT.
2782    
2783     5. Renamed "deftables" as "dftables" to get it down to 8 characters, to avoid
2784     a building problem on Windows NT with a FAT file system.
2785    
2786    
2787 nigel 25 Version 2.01 21-Oct-98
2788     ----------------------
2789    
2790     1. Changed the API for pcre_compile() to allow for the provision of a pointer
2791     to character tables built by pcre_maketables() in the current locale. If NULL
2792     is passed, the default tables are used.
2793    
2794    
2795 nigel 23 Version 2.00 24-Sep-98
2796 nigel 21 ----------------------
2797    
2798 nigel 23 1. Since the (>?) facility is in Perl 5.005, don't require PCRE_EXTRA to enable
2799     it any more.
2800    
2801     2. Allow quantification of (?>) groups, and make it work correctly.
2802    
2803     3. The first character computation wasn't working for (?>) groups.
2804    
2805     4. Correct the implementation of \Z (it is permitted to match on the \n at the
2806     end of the subject) and add 5.005's \z, which really does match only at the
2807     very end of the subject.
2808    
2809     5. Remove the \X "cut" facility; Perl doesn't have it, and (?> is neater.
2810    
2811     6. Remove the ability to specify CASELESS, MULTILINE, DOTALL, and
2812     DOLLAR_END_ONLY at runtime, to make it possible to implement the Perl 5.005
2813     localized options. All options to pcre_study() were also removed.
2814    
2815     7. Add other new features from 5.005:
2816    
2817     $(?<= positive lookbehind
2818     $(?<! negative lookbehind
2819     (?imsx-imsx) added the unsetting capability
2820     such a setting is global if at outer level; local otherwise
2821     (?imsx-imsx:) non-capturing groups with option setting
2822     (?(cond)re|re) conditional pattern matching
2823    
2824     A backreference to itself in a repeated group matches the previous
2825     captured string.
2826    
2827     8. General tidying up of studying (both automatic and via "study")
2828     consequential on the addition of new assertions.
2829    
2830     9. As in 5.005, unlimited repeated groups that could match an empty substring
2831     are no longer faulted at compile time. Instead, the loop is forcibly broken at
2832     runtime if any iteration does actually match an empty substring.
2833    
2834     10. Include the RunTest script in the distribution.
2835    
2836     11. Added tests from the Perl 5.005_02 distribution. This showed up a few
2837     discrepancies, some of which were old and were also with respect to 5.004. They
2838     have now been fixed.
2839    
2840    
2841     Version 1.09 28-Apr-98
2842     ----------------------
2843    
2844 nigel 21 1. A negated single character class followed by a quantifier with a minimum
2845     value of one (e.g. [^x]{1,6} ) was not compiled correctly. This could lead to
2846     program crashes, or just wrong answers. This did not apply to negated classes
2847     containing more than one character, or to minima other than one.
2848    
2849    
2850 nigel 19 Version 1.08 27-Mar-98
2851     ----------------------
2852    
2853     1. Add PCRE_UNGREEDY to invert the greediness of quantifiers.
2854    
2855     2. Add (?U) and (?X) to set PCRE_UNGREEDY and PCRE_EXTRA respectively. The
2856     latter must appear before anything that relies on it in the pattern.
2857    
2858    
2859 nigel 17 Version 1.07 16-Feb-98
2860     ----------------------
2861    
2862     1. A pattern such as /((a)*)*/ was not being diagnosed as in error (unlimited
2863     repeat of a potentially empty string).
2864    
2865    
2866 nigel 15 Version 1.06 23-Jan-98
2867     ----------------------
2868    
2869     1. Added Markus Oberhumer's little patches for C++.
2870    
2871     2. Literal strings longer than 255 characters were broken.
2872    
2873    
2874 nigel 13 Version 1.05 23-Dec-97
2875     ----------------------
2876    
2877     1. Negated character classes containing more than one character were failing if
2878     PCRE_CASELESS was set at run time.
2879    
2880    
2881 nigel 11 Version 1.04 19-Dec-97
2882     ----------------------
2883    
2884     1. Corrected the man page, where some "const" qualifiers had been omitted.
2885    
2886     2. Made debugging output print "{0,xxx}" instead of just "{,xxx}" to agree with
2887     input syntax.
2888    
2889     3. Fixed memory leak which occurred when a regex with back references was
2890     matched with an offsets vector that wasn't big enough. The temporary memory
2891     that is used in this case wasn't being freed if the match failed.
2892    
2893     4. Tidied pcretest to ensure it frees memory that it gets.
2894    
2895     5. Temporary memory was being obtained in the case where the passed offsets
2896     vector was exactly big enough.
2897    
2898     6. Corrected definition of offsetof() from change 5 below.
2899    
2900     7. I had screwed up change 6 below and broken the rules for the use of
2901     setjmp(). Now fixed.
2902    
2903    
2904 nigel 9 Version 1.03 18-Dec-97
2905     ----------------------
2906    
2907     1. A erroneous regex with a missing opening parenthesis was correctly
2908     diagnosed, but PCRE attempted to access brastack[-1], which could cause crashes
2909     on some systems.
2910    
2911     2. Replaced offsetof(real_pcre, code) by offsetof(real_pcre, code[0]) because
2912     it was reported that one broken compiler failed on the former because "code" is
2913     also an independent variable.
2914    
2915     3. The erroneous regex a[]b caused an array overrun reference.
2916    
2917     4. A regex ending with a one-character negative class (e.g. /[^k]$/) did not
2918     fail on data ending with that character. (It was going on too far, and checking
2919     the next character, typically a binary zero.) This was specific to the
2920     optimized code for single-character negative classes.
2921    
2922     5. Added a contributed patch from the TIN world which does the following:
2923    
2924     + Add an undef for memmove, in case the the system defines a macro for it.
2925    
2926     + Add a definition of offsetof(), in case there isn't one. (I don't know
2927     the reason behind this - offsetof() is part of the ANSI standard - but
2928     it does no harm).
2929    
2930     + Reduce the ifdef's in pcre.c using macro DPRINTF, thereby eliminating
2931     most of the places where whitespace preceded '#'. I have given up and
2932     allowed the remaining 2 cases to be at the margin.
2933    
2934     + Rename some variables in pcre to eliminate shadowing. This seems very
2935     pedantic, but does no harm, of course.
2936    
2937     6. Moved the call to setjmp() into its own function, to get rid of warnings
2938     from gcc -Wall, and avoided calling it at all unless PCRE_EXTRA is used.
2939    
2940     7. Constructs such as \d{8,} were compiling into the equivalent of
2941 nigel 11 \d{8}\d{0,65527} instead of \d{8}\d* which didn't make much difference to the
2942 nigel 9 outcome, but in this particular case used more store than had been allocated,
2943     which caused the bug to be discovered because it threw up an internal error.
2944    
2945     8. The debugging code in both pcre and pcretest for outputting the compiled
2946     form of a regex was going wrong in the case of back references followed by
2947     curly-bracketed repeats.
2948    
2949    
2950 nigel 7 Version 1.02 12-Dec-97
2951     ----------------------
2952    
2953     1. Typos in pcre.3 and comments in the source fixed.
2954    
2955     2. Applied a contributed patch to get rid of places where it used to remove
2956     'const' from variables, and fixed some signed/unsigned and uninitialized
2957     variable warnings.
2958    
2959     3. Added the "runtest" target to Makefile.
2960    
2961     4. Set default compiler flag to -O2 rather than just -O.
2962    
2963    
2964 nigel 5 Version 1.01 19-Nov-97
2965     ----------------------
2966    
2967     1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeat of empty string for patterns
2968     like /([ab]*)*/, that is, for classes with more than one character in them.
2969    
2970     2. Likewise, it wasn't diagnosing patterns with "once-only" subpatterns, such
2971     as /((?>a*))*/ (a PCRE_EXTRA facility).
2972    
2973    
2974     Version 1.00 18-Nov-97
2975     ----------------------
2976    
2977     1. Added compile-time macros to support systems such as SunOS4 which don't have
2978     memmove() or strerror() but have other things that can be used instead.
2979    
2980     2. Arranged that "make clean" removes the executables.
2981    
2982    
2983 nigel 3 Version 0.99 27-Oct-97
2984     ----------------------
2985    
2986     1. Fixed bug in code for optimizing classes with only one character. It was
2987     initializing a 32-byte map regardless, which could cause it to run off the end
2988     of the memory it had got.
2989    
2990     2. Added, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA, the proposed (?>REGEX) construction.
2991    
2992    
2993     Version 0.98 22-Oct-97
2994     ----------------------
2995    
2996     1. Fixed bug in code for handling temporary memory usage when there are more
2997     back references than supplied space in the ovector. This could cause segfaults.
2998    
2999    
3000     Version 0.97 21-Oct-97
3001     ----------------------
3002    
3003     1. Added the \X "cut" facility, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA.
3004    
3005     2. Optimized negated single characters not to use a bit map.
3006    
3007     3. Brought error texts together as macro definitions; clarified some of them;
3008     fixed one that was wrong - it said "range out of order" when it meant "invalid
3009     escape sequence".
3010    
3011     4. Changed some char * arguments to const char *.
3012    
3013     5. Added PCRE_NOTBOL and PCRE_NOTEOL (from POSIX).
3014    
3015     6. Added the POSIX-style API wrapper in pcreposix.a and testing facilities in
3016     pcretest.
3017    
3018    
3019     Version 0.96 16-Oct-97
3020     ----------------------
3021    
3022     1. Added a simple "pgrep" utility to the distribution.
3023    
3024     2. Fixed an incompatibility with Perl: "{" is now treated as a normal character
3025     unless it appears in one of the precise forms "{ddd}", "{ddd,}", or "{ddd,ddd}"
3026     where "ddd" means "one or more decimal digits".
3027    
3028     3. Fixed serious bug. If a pattern had a back reference, but the call to
3029     pcre_exec() didn't supply a large enough ovector to record the related
3030     identifying subpattern, the match always failed. PCRE now remembers the number
3031     of the largest back reference, and gets some temporary memory in which to save
3032     the offsets during matching if necessary, in order to ensure that
3033     backreferences always work.
3034    
3035     4. Increased the compatibility with Perl in a number of ways:
3036    
3037     (a) . no longer matches \n by default; an option PCRE_DOTALL is provided
3038     to request this handling. The option can be set at compile or exec time.
3039    
3040     (b) $ matches before a terminating newline by default; an option
3041     PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY is provided to override this (but not in multiline
3042     mode). The option can be set at compile or exec time.
3043    
3044     (c) The handling of \ followed by a digit other than 0 is now supposed to be
3045     the same as Perl's. If the decimal number it represents is less than 10
3046     or there aren't that many previous left capturing parentheses, an octal
3047     escape is read. Inside a character class, it's always an octal escape,
3048     even if it is a single digit.
3049    
3050     (d) An escaped but undefined alphabetic character is taken as a literal,
3051     unless PCRE_EXTRA is set. Currently this just reserves the remaining
3052     escapes.
3053    
3054     (e) {0} is now permitted. (The previous item is removed from the compiled
3055     pattern).
3056    
3057     5. Changed all the names of code files so that the basic parts are no longer
3058     than 10 characters, and abolished the teeny "globals.c" file.
3059    
3060     6. Changed the handling of character classes; they are now done with a 32-byte
3061     bit map always.
3062    
3063     7. Added the -d and /D options to pcretest to make it possible to look at the
3064     internals of compilation without having to recompile pcre.
3065    
3066    
3067     Version 0.95 23-Sep-97
3068     ----------------------
3069    
3070     1. Fixed bug in pre-pass concerning escaped "normal" characters such as \x5c or
3071     \x20 at the start of a run of normal characters. These were being treated as
3072     real characters, instead of the source characters being re-checked.
3073    
3074    
3075     Version 0.94 18-Sep-97
3076     ----------------------
3077    
3078     1. The functions are now thread-safe, with the caveat that the global variables
3079     containing pointers to malloc() and free() or alternative functions are the
3080     same for all threads.
3081    
3082     2. Get pcre_study() to generate a bitmap of initial characters for non-
3083     anchored patterns when this is possible, and use it if passed to pcre_exec().
3084    
3085    
3086     Version 0.93 15-Sep-97
3087     ----------------------
3088    
3089     1. /(b)|(:+)/ was computing an incorrect first character.
3090    
3091     2. Add pcre_study() to the API and the passing of pcre_extra to pcre_exec(),
3092     but not actually doing anything yet.
3093    
3094     3. Treat "-" characters in classes that cannot be part of ranges as literals,
3095     as Perl does (e.g. [-az] or [az-]).
3096    
3097     4. Set the anchored flag if a branch starts with .* or .*? because that tests
3098     all possible positions.
3099    
3100     5. Split up into different modules to avoid including unneeded functions in a
3101     compiled binary. However, compile and exec are still in one module. The "study"
3102     function is split off.
3103    
3104     6. The character tables are now in a separate module whose source is generated
3105     by an auxiliary program - but can then be edited by hand if required. There are
3106     now no calls to isalnum(), isspace(), isdigit(), isxdigit(), tolower() or
3107     toupper() in the code.
3108    
3109     7. Turn the malloc/free funtions variables into pcre_malloc and pcre_free and
3110     make them global. Abolish the function for setting them, as the caller can now
3111     set them directly.
3112    
3113    
3114     Version 0.92 11-Sep-97
3115     ----------------------
3116    
3117     1. A repeat with a fixed maximum and a minimum of 1 for an ordinary character
3118     (e.g. /a{1,3}/) was broken (I mis-optimized it).
3119    
3120     2. Caseless matching was not working in character classes if the characters in
3121     the pattern were in upper case.
3122    
3123     3. Make ranges like [W-c] work in the same way as Perl for caseless matching.
3124    
3125     4. Make PCRE_ANCHORED public and accept as a compile option.
3126    
3127     5. Add an options word to pcre_exec() and accept PCRE_ANCHORED and
3128     PCRE_CASELESS at run time. Add escapes \A and \I to pcretest to cause it to
3129     pass them.
3130    
3131     6. Give an error if bad option bits passed at compile or run time.
3132    
3133     7. Add PCRE_MULTILINE at compile and exec time, and (?m) as well. Add \M to
3134     pcretest to cause it to pass that flag.
3135    
3136     8. Add pcre_info(), to get the number of identifying subpatterns, the stored
3137     options, and the first character, if set.
3138    
3139     9. Recognize C+ or C{n,m} where n >= 1 as providing a fixed starting character.
3140    
3141    
3142     Version 0.91 10-Sep-97
3143     ----------------------
3144    
3145     1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeats of subpatterns that could
3146     match the empty string as in /(a*)*/. It was looping and ultimately crashing.
3147    
3148     2. PCRE was looping on encountering an indefinitely repeated back reference to
3149     a subpattern that had matched an empty string, e.g. /(a|)\1*/. It now does what
3150     Perl does - treats the match as successful.
3151    
3152     ****

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