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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 8.11 10-Oct-2010  Version 8.20 23-Sep-2011
5    ------------------------
6    
7    1.  Change 37 of 8.13 broke patterns like [:a]...[b:] because it thought it had
8        a POSIX class. After further experiments with Perl, which convinced me that
9        Perl has bugs and confusions, a closing square bracket is no longer allowed
10        in a POSIX name. This bug also affected patterns with classes that started
11        with full stops.
12    
13    2.  If a pattern such as /(a)b|ac/ is matched against "ac", there is no
14        captured substring, but while checking the failing first alternative,
15        substring 1 is temporarily captured. If the output vector supplied to
16        pcre_exec() was not big enough for this capture, the yield of the function
17        was still zero ("insufficient space for captured substrings"). This cannot
18        be totally fixed without adding another stack variable, which seems a lot
19        of expense for a edge case. However, I have improved the situation in cases
20        such as /(a)(b)x|abc/ matched against "abc", where the return code
21        indicates that fewer than the maximum number of slots in the ovector have
22        been set.
23    
24    3.  Related to (2) above: when there are more back references in a pattern than
25        slots in the output vector, pcre_exec() uses temporary memory during
26        matching, and copies in the captures as far as possible afterwards. It was
27        using the entire output vector, but this conflicts with the specification
28        that only 2/3 is used for passing back captured substrings. Now it uses
29        only the first 2/3, for compatibility. This is, of course, another edge
30        case.
31    
32    4.  Zoltan Herczeg's just-in-time compiler support has been integrated into the
33        main code base, and can be used by building with --enable-jit. When this is
34        done, pcregrep automatically uses it unless --disable-pcregrep-jit or the
35        runtime --no-jit option is given.
36    
37    5.  When the number of matches in a pcre_dfa_exec() run exactly filled the
38        ovector, the return from the function was zero, implying that there were
39        other matches that did not fit. The correct "exactly full" value is now
40        returned.
41    
42    6.  If a subpattern that was called recursively or as a subroutine contained
43        (*PRUNE) or any other control that caused it to give a non-standard return,
44        invalid errors such as "Error -26 (nested recursion at the same subject
45        position)" or even infinite loops could occur.
46    
47    7.  If a pattern such as /a(*SKIP)c|b(*ACCEPT)|/ was studied, it stopped
48        computing the minimum length on reaching *ACCEPT, and so ended up with the
49        wrong value of 1 rather than 0. Further investigation indicates that
50        computing a minimum subject length in the presence of *ACCEPT is difficult
51        (think back references, subroutine calls), and so I have changed the code
52        so that no minimum is registered for a pattern that contains *ACCEPT.
53    
54    8.  If (*THEN) was present in the first (true) branch of a conditional group,
55        it was not handled as intended. [But see 16 below.]
56    
57    9.  Replaced RunTest.bat and CMakeLists.txt with improved versions provided by
58        Sheri Pierce.
59    
60    10. A pathological pattern such as /(*ACCEPT)a/ was miscompiled, thinking that
61        the first byte in a match must be "a".
62    
63    11. Change 17 for 8.13 increased the recursion depth for patterns like
64        /a(?:.)*?a/ drastically. I've improved things by remembering whether a
65        pattern contains any instances of (*THEN). If it does not, the old
66        optimizations are restored. It would be nice to do this on a per-group
67        basis, but at the moment that is not feasible.
68    
69    12. In some environments, the output of pcretest -C is CRLF terminated. This
70        broke RunTest's code that checks for the link size. A single white space
71        after the value is now allowed for.
72    
73    13. RunTest now checks for the "fr" locale as well as for "fr_FR" and "french".
74        For "fr", it uses the Windows-specific input and output files.
75    
76    14. If (*THEN) appeared in a group that was called recursively or as a
77        subroutine, it did not work as intended. [But see next item.]
78    
79    15. Consider the pattern /A (B(*THEN)C) | D/ where A, B, C, and D are complex
80        pattern fragments (but not containing any | characters). If A and B are
81        matched, but there is a failure in C so that it backtracks to (*THEN), PCRE
82        was behaving differently to Perl. PCRE backtracked into A, but Perl goes to
83        D. In other words, Perl considers parentheses that do not contain any |
84        characters to be part of a surrounding alternative, whereas PCRE was
85        treading (B(*THEN)C) the same as (B(*THEN)C|(*FAIL)) -- which Perl handles
86        differently. PCRE now behaves in the same way as Perl, except in the case
87        of subroutine/recursion calls such as (?1) which have in any case always
88        been different (but PCRE had them first :-).
89    
90    16. Related to 15 above: Perl does not treat the | in a conditional group as
91        creating alternatives. Such a group is treated in the same way as an
92        ordinary group without any | characters when processing (*THEN). PCRE has
93        been changed to match Perl's behaviour.
94    
95    17. If a user had set PCREGREP_COLO(U)R to something other than 1:31, the
96        RunGrepTest script failed.
97    
98    
99    Version 8.13 16-Aug-2011
100    ------------------------
101    
102    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.
103    
104    2.  Two minor typos in pcre_internal.h have been fixed.
105    
106    3.  Added #include <string.h> to pcre_scanner_unittest.cc, pcrecpp.cc, and
107        pcrecpp_unittest.cc. They are needed for strcmp(), memset(), and strchr()
108        in some environments (e.g. Solaris 10/SPARC using Sun Studio 12U2).
109    
110    4.  There were a number of related bugs in the code for matching backrefences
111        caselessly in UTF-8 mode when codes for the characters concerned were
112        different numbers of bytes. For example, U+023A and U+2C65 are an upper
113        and lower case pair, using 2 and 3 bytes, respectively. The main bugs were:
114        (a) A reference to 3 copies of a 2-byte code matched only 2 of a 3-byte
115        code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a
116        2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data
117        left).
118    
119    5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by
120        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long
121        as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of
122        the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.
123    
124    6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is
125        now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the
126        last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small
127        enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with
128        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
129    
130    7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when
131        pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check
132        failure, the offset and reason code are output.
133    
134    8.  When \R was used with a maximizing quantifier it failed to skip backwards
135        over a \r\n pair if the subsequent match failed. Instead, it just skipped
136        back over a single character (\n). This seems wrong (because it treated the
137        two characters as a single entity when going forwards), conflicts with the
138        documentation that \R is equivalent to (?>\r\n|\n|...etc), and makes the
139        behaviour of \R* different to (\R)*, which also seems wrong. The behaviour
140        has been changed.
141    
142    9.  Some internal refactoring has changed the processing so that the handling
143        of the PCRE_CASELESS and PCRE_MULTILINE options is done entirely at compile
144        time (the PCRE_DOTALL option was changed this way some time ago: version
145        7.7 change 16). This has made it possible to abolish the OP_OPT op code,
146        which was always a bit of a fudge. It also means that there is one less
147        argument for the match() function, which reduces its stack requirements
148        slightly. This change also fixes an incompatibility with Perl: the pattern
149        (?i:([^b]))(?1) should not match "ab", but previously PCRE gave a match.
150    
151    10. More internal refactoring has drastically reduced the number of recursive
152        calls to match() for possessively repeated groups such as (abc)++ when
153        using pcre_exec().
154    
155    11. While implementing 10, a number of bugs in the handling of groups were
156        discovered and fixed:
157    
158        (?<=(a)+) was not diagnosed as invalid (non-fixed-length lookbehind).
159        (a|)*(?1) gave a compile-time internal error.
160        ((a|)+)+  did not notice that the outer group could match an empty string.
161        (^a|^)+   was not marked as anchored.
162        (.*a|.*)+ was not marked as matching at start or after a newline.
163    
164    12. Yet more internal refactoring has removed another argument from the match()
165        function. Special calls to this function are now indicated by setting a
166        value in a variable in the "match data" data block.
167    
168    13. Be more explicit in pcre_study() instead of relying on "default" for
169        opcodes that mean there is no starting character; this means that when new
170        ones are added and accidentally left out of pcre_study(), testing should
171        pick them up.
172    
173    14. The -s option of pcretest has been documented for ages as being an old
174        synonym of -m (show memory usage). I have changed it to mean "force study
175        for every regex", that is, assume /S for every regex. This is similar to -i
176        and -d etc. It's slightly incompatible, but I'm hoping nobody is still
177        using it. It makes it easier to run collections of tests with and without
178        study enabled, and thereby test pcre_study() more easily. All the standard
179        tests are now run with and without -s (but some patterns can be marked as
180        "never study" - see 20 below).
181    
182    15. When (*ACCEPT) was used in a subpattern that was called recursively, the
183        restoration of the capturing data to the outer values was not happening
184        correctly.
185    
186    16. If a recursively called subpattern ended with (*ACCEPT) and matched an
187        empty string, and PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, pcre_exec() thought the whole
188        pattern had matched an empty string, and so incorrectly returned a no
189        match.
190    
191    17. There was optimizing code for the last branch of non-capturing parentheses,
192        and also for the obeyed branch of a conditional subexpression, which used
193        tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, now that there is
194        the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is
195        no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These
196        two optimizations have therefore been removed. [But see 8.20/11 above.]
197    
198    18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always
199        matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be
200        incorrectly computed because \R can also match just one byte.
201    
202    19. If a pattern containing (*ACCEPT) was studied, the minimum subject length
203        was incorrectly computed.
204    
205    20. If /S is present twice on a test pattern in pcretest input, it now
206        *disables* studying, thereby overriding the use of -s on the command line
207        (see 14 above). This is necessary for one or two tests to keep the output
208        identical in both cases.
209    
210    21. When (*ACCEPT) was used in an assertion that matched an empty string and
211        PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, PCRE applied the non-empty test to the assertion.
212    
213    22. When an atomic group that contained a capturing parenthesis was
214        successfully matched, but the branch in which it appeared failed, the
215        capturing was not being forgotten if a higher numbered group was later
216        captured. For example, /(?>(a))b|(a)c/ when matching "ac" set capturing
217        group 1 to "a", when in fact it should be unset. This applied to multi-
218        branched capturing and non-capturing groups, repeated or not, and also to
219        positive assertions (capturing in negative assertions does not happen
220        in PCRE) and also to nested atomic groups.
221    
222    23. Add the ++ qualifier feature to pcretest, to show the remainder of the
223        subject after a captured substring, to make it easier to tell which of a
224        number of identical substrings has been captured.
225    
226    24. The way atomic groups are processed by pcre_exec() has been changed so that
227        if they are repeated, backtracking one repetition now resets captured
228        values correctly. For example, if ((?>(a+)b)+aabab) is matched against
229        "aaaabaaabaabab" the value of captured group 2 is now correctly recorded as
230        "aaa". Previously, it would have been "a". As part of this code
231        refactoring, the way recursive calls are handled has also been changed.
232    
233    25. If an assertion condition captured any substrings, they were not passed
234        back unless some other capturing happened later. For example, if
235        (?(?=(a))a) was matched against "a", no capturing was returned.
236    
237    26. When studying a pattern that contained subroutine calls or assertions,
238        the code for finding the minimum length of a possible match was handling
239        direct recursions such as (xxx(?1)|yyy) but not mutual recursions (where
240        group 1 called group 2 while simultaneously a separate group 2 called group
241        1). A stack overflow occurred in this case. I have fixed this by limiting
242        the recursion depth to 10.
243    
244    27. Updated RunTest.bat in the distribution to the version supplied by Tom
245        Fortmann. This supports explicit test numbers on the command line, and has
246        argument validation and error reporting.
247    
248    28. An instance of \X with an unlimited repeat could fail if at any point the
249        first character it looked at was a mark character.
250    
251    29. Some minor code refactoring concerning Unicode properties and scripts
252        should reduce the stack requirement of match() slightly.
253    
254    30. Added the '=' option to pcretest to check the setting of unused capturing
255        slots at the end of the pattern, which are documented as being -1, but are
256        not included in the return count.
257    
258    31. If \k was not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted name, PCRE
259        compiled something random. Now it gives a compile-time error (as does
260        Perl).
261    
262    32. A *MARK encountered during the processing of a positive assertion is now
263        recorded and passed back (compatible with Perl).
264    
265    33. If --only-matching or --colour was set on a pcregrep call whose pattern
266        had alternative anchored branches, the search for a second match in a line
267        was done as if at the line start. Thus, for example, /^01|^02/ incorrectly
268        matched the line "0102" twice. The same bug affected patterns that started
269        with a backwards assertion. For example /\b01|\b02/ also matched "0102"
270        twice.
271    
272    34. Previously, PCRE did not allow quantification of assertions. However, Perl
273        does, and because of capturing effects, quantifying parenthesized
274        assertions may at times be useful. Quantifiers are now allowed for
275        parenthesized assertions.
276    
277    35. A minor code tidy in pcre_compile() when checking options for \R usage.
278    
279    36. \g was being checked for fancy things in a character class, when it should
280        just be a literal "g".
281    
282    37. PCRE was rejecting [:a[:digit:]] whereas Perl was not. It seems that the
283        appearance of a nested POSIX class supersedes an apparent external class.
284        For example, [:a[:digit:]b:] matches "a", "b", ":", or a digit. Also,
285        unescaped square brackets may also appear as part of class names. For
286        example, [:a[:abc]b:] gives unknown class "[:abc]b:]". PCRE now behaves
287        more like Perl. (But see 8.20/1 above.)
288    
289    38. PCRE was giving an error for \N with a braced quantifier such as {1,} (this
290        was because it thought it was \N{name}, which is not supported).
291    
292    39. Add minix to OS list not supporting the -S option in pcretest.
293    
294    40. PCRE tries to detect cases of infinite recursion at compile time, but it
295        cannot analyze patterns in sufficient detail to catch mutual recursions
296        such as ((?1))((?2)). There is now a runtime test that gives an error if a
297        subgroup is called recursively as a subpattern for a second time at the
298        same position in the subject string. In previous releases this might have
299        been caught by the recursion limit, or it might have run out of stack.
300    
301    41. A pattern such as /(?(R)a+|(?R)b)/ is quite safe, as the recursion can
302        happen only once. PCRE was, however incorrectly giving a compile time error
303        "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because it cannot analyze the
304        pattern in sufficient detail. The compile time test no longer happens when
305        PCRE is compiling a conditional subpattern, but actual runaway loops are
306        now caught at runtime (see 40 above).
307    
308    42. It seems that Perl allows any characters other than a closing parenthesis
309        to be part of the NAME in (*MARK:NAME) and other backtracking verbs. PCRE
310        has been changed to be the same.
311    
312    43. Updated configure.ac to put in more quoting round AC_LANG_PROGRAM etc. so
313        as not to get warnings when autogen.sh is called. Also changed
314        AC_PROG_LIBTOOL (deprecated) to LT_INIT (the current macro).
315    
316    44. To help people who use pcregrep to scan files containing exceedingly long
317        lines, the following changes have been made:
318    
319        (a) The default value of the buffer size parameter has been increased from
320            8K to 20K. (The actual buffer used is three times this size.)
321    
322        (b) The default can be changed by ./configure --with-pcregrep-bufsize when
323            PCRE is built.
324    
325        (c) A --buffer-size=n option has been added to pcregrep, to allow the size
326            to be set at run time.
327    
328        (d) Numerical values in pcregrep options can be followed by K or M, for
329            example --buffer-size=50K.
330    
331        (e) If a line being scanned overflows pcregrep's buffer, an error is now
332            given and the return code is set to 2.
333    
334    45. Add a pointer to the latest mark to the callout data block.
335    
336    46. The pattern /.(*F)/, when applied to "abc" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
337        partial match of an empty string instead of no match. This was specific to
338        the use of ".".
339    
340    47. The pattern /f.*/8s, when applied to "for" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
341        complete match instead of a partial match. This bug was dependent on both
342        the PCRE_UTF8 and PCRE_DOTALL options being set.
343    
344    48. For a pattern such as /\babc|\bdef/ pcre_study() was failing to set up the
345        starting byte set, because \b was not being ignored.
346    
347    
348    Version 8.12 15-Jan-2011
349    ------------------------
350    
351    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
352        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
353    
354    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
355        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
356        particular, this made one of the standard tests fail. (The integer value
357        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
358    
359    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
360        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
361        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
362        match.
363    
364    4.  Another pcregrep bug caused similar problems if --colour was specified with
365        -M (multiline) and the pattern match finished with a line ending.
366    
367    5.  In pcregrep, when a pattern that ended with a literal newline sequence was
368        matched in multiline mode, the following line was shown as part of the
369        match. This seems wrong, so I have changed it.
370    
371    6.  Another pcregrep bug in multiline mode, when --colour was specified, caused
372        the check for further matches in the same line (so they could be coloured)
373        to overrun the end of the current line. If another match was found, it was
374        incorrectly shown (and then shown again when found in the next line).
375    
376    7.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
377        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
378        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
379        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
380    
381    
382    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
383  ------------------------  ------------------------
384    
385  1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior  1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
386      to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it      to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
387      backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch      backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
388      at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation      at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
389      is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next      is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
390      alternative in the innermost enclosing group".      alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
391    
392  2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern  2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
393      such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should      such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
394      result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and      result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
395      (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides      (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
396      (*THEN).      (*THEN).
397    
398  3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from  3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
399      the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example      the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
400      in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part      in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
401      of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)      of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
402    
403  4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always  4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
404      match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for      match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
405      an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been      an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
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409      (previously it gave "no match").      (previously it gave "no match").
410    
411  5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching  5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
412      of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,      of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
413      previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD      previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
414      has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial      has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
415      match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now      match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
416      give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case      give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
417      /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial      /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
418      match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is      match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
419      now correct.]      now correct.]
420    
421    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
422        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
423        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
424        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
425        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
426        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
427        places in pcre_compile().
428    
429    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
430        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
431        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
432        according to the set newline convention.
433    
434    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
435        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
436        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
437    
438    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
439    
440    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
441    
442    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
443        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
444    
445    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
446        of pcregrep.
447    
448    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
449        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
450        needed fixing:
451    
452        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
453            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
454            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
455    
456        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
457            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
458            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
459            than one byte was nonsense.)
460    
461        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
462            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
463    
464    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
465        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
466        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
467        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
468        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
469    
470    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
471        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
472        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
473    
474    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
475        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
476    
477    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
478        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
479        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
480        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
481        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
482        release 2.5.4.
483    
484    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
485        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
486        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
487        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
488        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
489    
490    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
491        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
492        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
493        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
494    
495    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
496        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
497        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
498        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
499        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
500        pcre_compile().
501    
502    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
503        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
504        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
505        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
506        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
507    
508    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
509        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
510    
511    
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