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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 8.13 30-Apr-2011  Version 8.30
5    ------------
6    
7    1.  Renamed "isnumber" as "is_a_number" because in some Mac environments this
8        name is defined in ctype.h.
9    
10    2.  Fixed a bug in fixed-length calculation for lookbehinds that would show up
11        only in quite long subpatterns.
12    
13    3.  Removed the function pcre_info(), which has been obsolete and deprecated
14        since it was replaced by pcre_fullinfo() in February 2000.
15    
16    4.  For a non-anchored pattern, if (*SKIP) was given with a name that did not
17        match a (*MARK), and the match failed at the start of the subject, a
18        reference to memory before the start of the subject could occur. This bug
19        was introduced by fix 17 of release 8.21.
20    
21    5.  A reference to an unset group with zero minimum repetition was giving
22        totally wrong answers (in non-JavaScript-compatibility mode). For example,
23        /(another)?(\1?)test/ matched against "hello world test". This bug was
24        introduced in release 8.13.
25    
26    6.  Add support for 16-bit character strings (a large amount of work involving
27        many changes and refactorings).
28    
29    7.  RunGrepTest failed on msys because \r\n was replaced by whitespace when the
30        command "pattern=`printf 'xxx\r\njkl'`" was run. The pattern is now taken
31        from a file.
32    
33    8.  Ovector size of 2 is also supported by JIT based pcre_exec (the ovector size
34        rounding is not applied in this particular case).
35    
36    9.  The invalid Unicode surrogate codepoints U+D800 to U+DFFF are now rejected
37        if they appear, or are escaped, in patterns.
38    
39    10. Get rid of a number of -Wunused-but-set-variable warnings.
40    
41    11. The pattern /(?=(*:x))(q|)/ matches an empty string, and returns the mark
42        "x". The similar pattern /(?=(*:x))((*:y)q|)/ did not return a mark at all.
43        Oddly, Perl behaves the same way. PCRE has been fixed so that this pattern
44        also returns the mark "x". This bug applied to capturing parentheses,
45        non-capturing parentheses, and atomic parentheses. It also applied to some
46        assertions.
47    
48    12. Stephen Kelly's patch to CMakeLists.txt allows it to parse the version
49        information out of configure.ac instead of relying on pcre.h.generic, which
50        is not stored in the repository.
51    
52    13. Applied Dmitry V. Levin's patch for a more portable method for linking with
53        -lreadline.
54    
55    14. ZH added PCRE_CONFIG_JITTARGET; added its output to pcretest -C.
56    
57    15. Applied Graycode's patch to put the top-level frame on the stack rather
58        than the heap when not using the stack for recursion. This gives a
59        performance improvement in many cases when recursion is not deep.
60    
61    
62    Version 8.21 12-Dec-2011
63    ------------------------
64    
65    1.  Updating the JIT compiler.
66    
67    2.  JIT compiler now supports OP_NCREF, OP_RREF and OP_NRREF. New test cases
68        are added as well.
69    
70    3.  Fix cache-flush issue on PowerPC (It is still an experimental JIT port).
71        PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES is not suported by JIT, and should be checked before
72        calling _pcre_jit_exec. Some extra comments are added.
73    
74    4.  (*MARK) settings inside atomic groups that do not contain any capturing
75        parentheses, for example, (?>a(*:m)), were not being passed out. This bug
76        was introduced by change 18 for 8.20.
77    
78    5.  Supporting of \x, \U and \u in JavaScript compatibility mode based on the
79        ECMA-262 standard.
80    
81    6.  Lookbehinds such as (?<=a{2}b) that contained a fixed repetition were
82        erroneously being rejected as "not fixed length" if PCRE_CASELESS was set.
83        This bug was probably introduced by change 9 of 8.13.
84    
85    7.  While fixing 6 above, I noticed that a number of other items were being
86        incorrectly rejected as "not fixed length". This arose partly because newer
87        opcodes had not been added to the fixed-length checking code. I have (a)
88        corrected the bug and added tests for these items, and (b) arranged for an
89        error to occur if an unknown opcode is encountered while checking for fixed
90        length instead of just assuming "not fixed length". The items that were
91        rejected were: (*ACCEPT), (*COMMIT), (*FAIL), (*MARK), (*PRUNE), (*SKIP),
92        (*THEN), \h, \H, \v, \V, and single character negative classes with fixed
93        repetitions, e.g. [^a]{3}, with and without PCRE_CASELESS.
94    
95    8.  A possessively repeated conditional subpattern such as (?(?=c)c|d)++ was
96        being incorrectly compiled and would have given unpredicatble results.
97    
98    9.  A possessively repeated subpattern with minimum repeat count greater than
99        one behaved incorrectly. For example, (A){2,}+ behaved as if it was
100        (A)(A)++ which meant that, after a subsequent mismatch, backtracking into
101        the first (A) could occur when it should not.
102    
103    10. Add a cast and remove a redundant test from the code.
104    
105    11. JIT should use pcre_malloc/pcre_free for allocation.
106    
107    12. Updated pcre-config so that it no longer shows -L/usr/lib, which seems
108        best practice nowadays, and helps with cross-compiling. (If the exec_prefix
109        is anything other than /usr, -L is still shown).
110    
111    13. In non-UTF-8 mode, \C is now supported in lookbehinds and DFA matching.
112    
113    14. Perl does not support \N without a following name in a [] class; PCRE now
114        also gives an error.
115    
116    15. If a forward reference was repeated with an upper limit of around 2000,
117        it caused the error "internal error: overran compiling workspace". The
118        maximum number of forward references (including repeats) was limited by the
119        internal workspace, and dependent on the LINK_SIZE. The code has been
120        rewritten so that the workspace expands (via pcre_malloc) if necessary, and
121        the default depends on LINK_SIZE. There is a new upper limit (for safety)
122        of around 200,000 forward references. While doing this, I also speeded up
123        the filling in of repeated forward references.
124    
125    16. A repeated forward reference in a pattern such as (a)(?2){2}(.) was
126        incorrectly expecting the subject to contain another "a" after the start.
127    
128    17. When (*SKIP:name) is activated without a corresponding (*MARK:name) earlier
129        in the match, the SKIP should be ignored. This was not happening; instead
130        the SKIP was being treated as NOMATCH. For patterns such as
131        /A(*MARK:A)A+(*SKIP:B)Z|AAC/ this meant that the AAC branch was never
132        tested.
133    
134    18. The behaviour of (*MARK), (*PRUNE), and (*THEN) has been reworked and is
135        now much more compatible with Perl, in particular in cases where the result
136        is a non-match for a non-anchored pattern. For example, if
137        /b(*:m)f|a(*:n)w/ is matched against "abc", the non-match returns the name
138        "m", where previously it did not return a name. A side effect of this
139        change is that for partial matches, the last encountered mark name is
140        returned, as for non matches. A number of tests that were previously not
141        Perl-compatible have been moved into the Perl-compatible test files. The
142        refactoring has had the pleasing side effect of removing one argument from
143        the match() function, thus reducing its stack requirements.
144    
145    19. If the /S+ option was used in pcretest to study a pattern using JIT,
146        subsequent uses of /S (without +) incorrectly behaved like /S+.
147    
148    21. Retrieve executable code size support for the JIT compiler and fixing
149        some warnings.
150    
151    22. A caseless match of a UTF-8 character whose other case uses fewer bytes did
152        not work when the shorter character appeared right at the end of the
153        subject string.
154    
155    23. Added some (int) casts to non-JIT modules to reduce warnings on 64-bit
156        systems.
157    
158    24. Added PCRE_INFO_JITSIZE to pass on the value from (21) above, and also
159        output it when the /M option is used in pcretest.
160    
161    25. The CheckMan script was not being included in the distribution. Also, added
162        an explicit "perl" to run Perl scripts from the PrepareRelease script
163        because this is reportedly needed in Windows.
164    
165    26. If study data was being save in a file and studying had not found a set of
166        "starts with" bytes for the pattern, the data written to the file (though
167        never used) was taken from uninitialized memory and so caused valgrind to
168        complain.
169    
170    27. Updated RunTest.bat as provided by Sheri Pierce.
171    
172    28. Fixed a possible uninitialized memory bug in pcre_jit_compile.c.
173    
174    29. Computation of memory usage for the table of capturing group names was
175        giving an unnecessarily large value.
176    
177    
178    Version 8.20 21-Oct-2011
179    ------------------------
180    
181    1.  Change 37 of 8.13 broke patterns like [:a]...[b:] because it thought it had
182        a POSIX class. After further experiments with Perl, which convinced me that
183        Perl has bugs and confusions, a closing square bracket is no longer allowed
184        in a POSIX name. This bug also affected patterns with classes that started
185        with full stops.
186    
187    2.  If a pattern such as /(a)b|ac/ is matched against "ac", there is no
188        captured substring, but while checking the failing first alternative,
189        substring 1 is temporarily captured. If the output vector supplied to
190        pcre_exec() was not big enough for this capture, the yield of the function
191        was still zero ("insufficient space for captured substrings"). This cannot
192        be totally fixed without adding another stack variable, which seems a lot
193        of expense for a edge case. However, I have improved the situation in cases
194        such as /(a)(b)x|abc/ matched against "abc", where the return code
195        indicates that fewer than the maximum number of slots in the ovector have
196        been set.
197    
198    3.  Related to (2) above: when there are more back references in a pattern than
199        slots in the output vector, pcre_exec() uses temporary memory during
200        matching, and copies in the captures as far as possible afterwards. It was
201        using the entire output vector, but this conflicts with the specification
202        that only 2/3 is used for passing back captured substrings. Now it uses
203        only the first 2/3, for compatibility. This is, of course, another edge
204        case.
205    
206    4.  Zoltan Herczeg's just-in-time compiler support has been integrated into the
207        main code base, and can be used by building with --enable-jit. When this is
208        done, pcregrep automatically uses it unless --disable-pcregrep-jit or the
209        runtime --no-jit option is given.
210    
211    5.  When the number of matches in a pcre_dfa_exec() run exactly filled the
212        ovector, the return from the function was zero, implying that there were
213        other matches that did not fit. The correct "exactly full" value is now
214        returned.
215    
216    6.  If a subpattern that was called recursively or as a subroutine contained
217        (*PRUNE) or any other control that caused it to give a non-standard return,
218        invalid errors such as "Error -26 (nested recursion at the same subject
219        position)" or even infinite loops could occur.
220    
221    7.  If a pattern such as /a(*SKIP)c|b(*ACCEPT)|/ was studied, it stopped
222        computing the minimum length on reaching *ACCEPT, and so ended up with the
223        wrong value of 1 rather than 0. Further investigation indicates that
224        computing a minimum subject length in the presence of *ACCEPT is difficult
225        (think back references, subroutine calls), and so I have changed the code
226        so that no minimum is registered for a pattern that contains *ACCEPT.
227    
228    8.  If (*THEN) was present in the first (true) branch of a conditional group,
229        it was not handled as intended. [But see 16 below.]
230    
231    9.  Replaced RunTest.bat and CMakeLists.txt with improved versions provided by
232        Sheri Pierce.
233    
234    10. A pathological pattern such as /(*ACCEPT)a/ was miscompiled, thinking that
235        the first byte in a match must be "a".
236    
237    11. Change 17 for 8.13 increased the recursion depth for patterns like
238        /a(?:.)*?a/ drastically. I've improved things by remembering whether a
239        pattern contains any instances of (*THEN). If it does not, the old
240        optimizations are restored. It would be nice to do this on a per-group
241        basis, but at the moment that is not feasible.
242    
243    12. In some environments, the output of pcretest -C is CRLF terminated. This
244        broke RunTest's code that checks for the link size. A single white space
245        character after the value is now allowed for.
246    
247    13. RunTest now checks for the "fr" locale as well as for "fr_FR" and "french".
248        For "fr", it uses the Windows-specific input and output files.
249    
250    14. If (*THEN) appeared in a group that was called recursively or as a
251        subroutine, it did not work as intended. [But see next item.]
252    
253    15. Consider the pattern /A (B(*THEN)C) | D/ where A, B, C, and D are complex
254        pattern fragments (but not containing any | characters). If A and B are
255        matched, but there is a failure in C so that it backtracks to (*THEN), PCRE
256        was behaving differently to Perl. PCRE backtracked into A, but Perl goes to
257        D. In other words, Perl considers parentheses that do not contain any |
258        characters to be part of a surrounding alternative, whereas PCRE was
259        treading (B(*THEN)C) the same as (B(*THEN)C|(*FAIL)) -- which Perl handles
260        differently. PCRE now behaves in the same way as Perl, except in the case
261        of subroutine/recursion calls such as (?1) which have in any case always
262        been different (but PCRE had them first :-).
263    
264    16. Related to 15 above: Perl does not treat the | in a conditional group as
265        creating alternatives. Such a group is treated in the same way as an
266        ordinary group without any | characters when processing (*THEN). PCRE has
267        been changed to match Perl's behaviour.
268    
269    17. If a user had set PCREGREP_COLO(U)R to something other than 1:31, the
270        RunGrepTest script failed.
271    
272    18. Change 22 for version 13 caused atomic groups to use more stack. This is
273        inevitable for groups that contain captures, but it can lead to a lot of
274        stack use in large patterns. The old behaviour has been restored for atomic
275        groups that do not contain any capturing parentheses.
276    
277    19. If the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE option was set for pcre_compile(), it did not
278        suppress the check for a minimum subject length at run time. (If it was
279        given to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() it did work.)
280    
281    20. Fixed an ASCII-dependent infelicity in pcretest that would have made it
282        fail to work when decoding hex characters in data strings in EBCDIC
283        environments.
284    
285    21. It appears that in at least one Mac OS environment, the isxdigit() function
286        is implemented as a macro that evaluates to its argument more than once,
287        contravening the C 90 Standard (I haven't checked a later standard). There
288        was an instance in pcretest which caused it to go wrong when processing
289        \x{...} escapes in subject strings. The has been rewritten to avoid using
290        things like p++ in the argument of isxdigit().
291    
292    
293    Version 8.13 16-Aug-2011
294  ------------------------  ------------------------
295    
296  1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.  1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.
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309      code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a      code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a
310      2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data      2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data
311      left).      left).
312    
313  5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by  5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by
314      pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long      pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long
315      as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of      as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of
316      the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.      the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.
317    
318  6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is  6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is
319      now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the      now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the
320      last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small      last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small
321      enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with      enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with
322      pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().      pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
323    
324  7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when  7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when
325      pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check      pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check
326      failure, the offset and reason code are output.      failure, the offset and reason code are output.
327    
328    8.  When \R was used with a maximizing quantifier it failed to skip backwards
329        over a \r\n pair if the subsequent match failed. Instead, it just skipped
330        back over a single character (\n). This seems wrong (because it treated the
331        two characters as a single entity when going forwards), conflicts with the
332        documentation that \R is equivalent to (?>\r\n|\n|...etc), and makes the
333        behaviour of \R* different to (\R)*, which also seems wrong. The behaviour
334        has been changed.
335    
336    9.  Some internal refactoring has changed the processing so that the handling
337        of the PCRE_CASELESS and PCRE_MULTILINE options is done entirely at compile
338        time (the PCRE_DOTALL option was changed this way some time ago: version
339        7.7 change 16). This has made it possible to abolish the OP_OPT op code,
340        which was always a bit of a fudge. It also means that there is one less
341        argument for the match() function, which reduces its stack requirements
342        slightly. This change also fixes an incompatibility with Perl: the pattern
343        (?i:([^b]))(?1) should not match "ab", but previously PCRE gave a match.
344    
345    10. More internal refactoring has drastically reduced the number of recursive
346        calls to match() for possessively repeated groups such as (abc)++ when
347        using pcre_exec().
348    
349    11. While implementing 10, a number of bugs in the handling of groups were
350        discovered and fixed:
351    
352        (?<=(a)+) was not diagnosed as invalid (non-fixed-length lookbehind).
353        (a|)*(?1) gave a compile-time internal error.
354        ((a|)+)+  did not notice that the outer group could match an empty string.
355        (^a|^)+   was not marked as anchored.
356        (.*a|.*)+ was not marked as matching at start or after a newline.
357    
358    12. Yet more internal refactoring has removed another argument from the match()
359        function. Special calls to this function are now indicated by setting a
360        value in a variable in the "match data" data block.
361    
362    13. Be more explicit in pcre_study() instead of relying on "default" for
363        opcodes that mean there is no starting character; this means that when new
364        ones are added and accidentally left out of pcre_study(), testing should
365        pick them up.
366    
367    14. The -s option of pcretest has been documented for ages as being an old
368        synonym of -m (show memory usage). I have changed it to mean "force study
369        for every regex", that is, assume /S for every regex. This is similar to -i
370        and -d etc. It's slightly incompatible, but I'm hoping nobody is still
371        using it. It makes it easier to run collections of tests with and without
372        study enabled, and thereby test pcre_study() more easily. All the standard
373        tests are now run with and without -s (but some patterns can be marked as
374        "never study" - see 20 below).
375    
376    15. When (*ACCEPT) was used in a subpattern that was called recursively, the
377        restoration of the capturing data to the outer values was not happening
378        correctly.
379    
380    16. If a recursively called subpattern ended with (*ACCEPT) and matched an
381        empty string, and PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, pcre_exec() thought the whole
382        pattern had matched an empty string, and so incorrectly returned a no
383        match.
384    
385    17. There was optimizing code for the last branch of non-capturing parentheses,
386        and also for the obeyed branch of a conditional subexpression, which used
387        tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, now that there is
388        the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is
389        no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These
390        two optimizations have therefore been removed. [But see 8.20/11 above.]
391    
392    18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always
393        matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be
394        incorrectly computed because \R can also match just one byte.
395    
396    19. If a pattern containing (*ACCEPT) was studied, the minimum subject length
397        was incorrectly computed.
398    
399    20. If /S is present twice on a test pattern in pcretest input, it now
400        *disables* studying, thereby overriding the use of -s on the command line
401        (see 14 above). This is necessary for one or two tests to keep the output
402        identical in both cases.
403    
404    21. When (*ACCEPT) was used in an assertion that matched an empty string and
405        PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, PCRE applied the non-empty test to the assertion.
406    
407    22. When an atomic group that contained a capturing parenthesis was
408        successfully matched, but the branch in which it appeared failed, the
409        capturing was not being forgotten if a higher numbered group was later
410        captured. For example, /(?>(a))b|(a)c/ when matching "ac" set capturing
411        group 1 to "a", when in fact it should be unset. This applied to multi-
412        branched capturing and non-capturing groups, repeated or not, and also to
413        positive assertions (capturing in negative assertions does not happen
414        in PCRE) and also to nested atomic groups.
415    
416    23. Add the ++ qualifier feature to pcretest, to show the remainder of the
417        subject after a captured substring, to make it easier to tell which of a
418        number of identical substrings has been captured.
419    
420    24. The way atomic groups are processed by pcre_exec() has been changed so that
421        if they are repeated, backtracking one repetition now resets captured
422        values correctly. For example, if ((?>(a+)b)+aabab) is matched against
423        "aaaabaaabaabab" the value of captured group 2 is now correctly recorded as
424        "aaa". Previously, it would have been "a". As part of this code
425        refactoring, the way recursive calls are handled has also been changed.
426    
427    25. If an assertion condition captured any substrings, they were not passed
428        back unless some other capturing happened later. For example, if
429        (?(?=(a))a) was matched against "a", no capturing was returned.
430    
431    26. When studying a pattern that contained subroutine calls or assertions,
432        the code for finding the minimum length of a possible match was handling
433        direct recursions such as (xxx(?1)|yyy) but not mutual recursions (where
434        group 1 called group 2 while simultaneously a separate group 2 called group
435        1). A stack overflow occurred in this case. I have fixed this by limiting
436        the recursion depth to 10.
437    
438    27. Updated RunTest.bat in the distribution to the version supplied by Tom
439        Fortmann. This supports explicit test numbers on the command line, and has
440        argument validation and error reporting.
441    
442    28. An instance of \X with an unlimited repeat could fail if at any point the
443        first character it looked at was a mark character.
444    
445    29. Some minor code refactoring concerning Unicode properties and scripts
446        should reduce the stack requirement of match() slightly.
447    
448    30. Added the '=' option to pcretest to check the setting of unused capturing
449        slots at the end of the pattern, which are documented as being -1, but are
450        not included in the return count.
451    
452    31. If \k was not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted name, PCRE
453        compiled something random. Now it gives a compile-time error (as does
454        Perl).
455    
456    32. A *MARK encountered during the processing of a positive assertion is now
457        recorded and passed back (compatible with Perl).
458    
459    33. If --only-matching or --colour was set on a pcregrep call whose pattern
460        had alternative anchored branches, the search for a second match in a line
461        was done as if at the line start. Thus, for example, /^01|^02/ incorrectly
462        matched the line "0102" twice. The same bug affected patterns that started
463        with a backwards assertion. For example /\b01|\b02/ also matched "0102"
464        twice.
465    
466    34. Previously, PCRE did not allow quantification of assertions. However, Perl
467        does, and because of capturing effects, quantifying parenthesized
468        assertions may at times be useful. Quantifiers are now allowed for
469        parenthesized assertions.
470    
471    35. A minor code tidy in pcre_compile() when checking options for \R usage.
472    
473    36. \g was being checked for fancy things in a character class, when it should
474        just be a literal "g".
475    
476    37. PCRE was rejecting [:a[:digit:]] whereas Perl was not. It seems that the
477        appearance of a nested POSIX class supersedes an apparent external class.
478        For example, [:a[:digit:]b:] matches "a", "b", ":", or a digit. Also,
479        unescaped square brackets may also appear as part of class names. For
480        example, [:a[:abc]b:] gives unknown class "[:abc]b:]". PCRE now behaves
481        more like Perl. (But see 8.20/1 above.)
482    
483    38. PCRE was giving an error for \N with a braced quantifier such as {1,} (this
484        was because it thought it was \N{name}, which is not supported).
485    
486    39. Add minix to OS list not supporting the -S option in pcretest.
487    
488    40. PCRE tries to detect cases of infinite recursion at compile time, but it
489        cannot analyze patterns in sufficient detail to catch mutual recursions
490        such as ((?1))((?2)). There is now a runtime test that gives an error if a
491        subgroup is called recursively as a subpattern for a second time at the
492        same position in the subject string. In previous releases this might have
493        been caught by the recursion limit, or it might have run out of stack.
494    
495    41. A pattern such as /(?(R)a+|(?R)b)/ is quite safe, as the recursion can
496        happen only once. PCRE was, however incorrectly giving a compile time error
497        "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because it cannot analyze the
498        pattern in sufficient detail. The compile time test no longer happens when
499        PCRE is compiling a conditional subpattern, but actual runaway loops are
500        now caught at runtime (see 40 above).
501    
502    42. It seems that Perl allows any characters other than a closing parenthesis
503        to be part of the NAME in (*MARK:NAME) and other backtracking verbs. PCRE
504        has been changed to be the same.
505    
506    43. Updated configure.ac to put in more quoting round AC_LANG_PROGRAM etc. so
507        as not to get warnings when autogen.sh is called. Also changed
508        AC_PROG_LIBTOOL (deprecated) to LT_INIT (the current macro).
509    
510    44. To help people who use pcregrep to scan files containing exceedingly long
511        lines, the following changes have been made:
512    
513        (a) The default value of the buffer size parameter has been increased from
514            8K to 20K. (The actual buffer used is three times this size.)
515    
516        (b) The default can be changed by ./configure --with-pcregrep-bufsize when
517            PCRE is built.
518    
519        (c) A --buffer-size=n option has been added to pcregrep, to allow the size
520            to be set at run time.
521    
522        (d) Numerical values in pcregrep options can be followed by K or M, for
523            example --buffer-size=50K.
524    
525        (e) If a line being scanned overflows pcregrep's buffer, an error is now
526            given and the return code is set to 2.
527    
528    45. Add a pointer to the latest mark to the callout data block.
529    
530    46. The pattern /.(*F)/, when applied to "abc" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
531        partial match of an empty string instead of no match. This was specific to
532        the use of ".".
533    
534    47. The pattern /f.*/8s, when applied to "for" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
535        complete match instead of a partial match. This bug was dependent on both
536        the PCRE_UTF8 and PCRE_DOTALL options being set.
537    
538    48. For a pattern such as /\babc|\bdef/ pcre_study() was failing to set up the
539        starting byte set, because \b was not being ignored.
540    
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