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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4    Version 8.02 01-Mar-2010
5    ------------------------
6    
7    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 5.2.0.
8    
9    2.  Added the option --libs-cpp to pcre-config, but only when C++ support is
10        configured.
11    
12    3.  Updated the licensing terms in the pcregexp.pas file, as agreed with the
13        original author of that file, following a query about its status.
14    
15    4.  On systems that do not have stdint.h (e.g. Solaris), check for and include
16        inttypes.h instead. This fixes a bug that was introduced by change 8.01/8.
17    
18    5.  A pattern such as (?&t)*+(?(DEFINE)(?<t>.)) which has a possessive
19        quantifier applied to a forward-referencing subroutine call, could compile
20        incorrect code or give the error "internal error: previously-checked
21        referenced subpattern not found".
22    
23    6.  Both MS Visual Studio and Symbian OS have problems with initializing
24        variables to point to external functions. For these systems, therefore,
25        pcre_malloc etc. are now initialized to local functions that call the
26        relevant global functions.
27    
28    7.  There were two entries missing in the vectors called coptable and poptable
29        in pcre_dfa_exec.c. This could lead to memory accesses outsize the vectors.
30        I've fixed the data, and added a kludgy way of testing at compile time that
31        the lengths are correct (equal to the number of opcodes).
32    
33    8.  Following on from 7, I added a similar kludge to check the length of the
34        eint vector in pcreposix.c.
35    
36    9.  Error texts for pcre_compile() are held as one long string to avoid too
37        much relocation at load time. To find a text, the string is searched,
38        counting zeros. There was no check for running off the end of the string,
39        which could happen if a new error number was added without updating the
40        string.
41    
42    10. \K gave a compile-time error if it appeared in a lookbehind assersion.
43    
44    11. \K was not working if it appeared in an atomic group or in a group that
45        was called as a "subroutine", or in an assertion. Perl 5.11 documents that
46        \K is "not well defined" if used in an assertion. PCRE now accepts it if
47        the assertion is positive, but not if it is negative.
48    
49    12. Change 11 fortuitously reduced the size of the stack frame used in the
50        "match()" function of pcre_exec.c by one pointer. Forthcoming
51        implementation of support for (*MARK) will need an extra pointer on the
52        stack; I have reserved it now, so that the stack frame size does not
53        decrease.
54    
55    13. A pattern such as (?P<L1>(?P<L2>0)|(?P>L2)(?P>L1)) in which the only other
56        item in branch that calls a recursion is a subroutine call - as in the
57        second branch in the above example - was incorrectly given the compile-
58        time error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because pcre_compile()
59        was not correctly checking the subroutine for matching a non-empty string.
60    
61    14. The checks for overrunning compiling workspace could trigger after an
62        overrun had occurred. This is a "should never occur" error, but it can be
63        triggered by pathological patterns such as hundreds of nested parentheses.
64        The checks now trigger 100 bytes before the end of the workspace.
65    
66    15. Fix typo in configure.ac: "srtoq" should be "strtoq".
67    
68    
69    Version 8.01 19-Jan-2010
70    ------------------------
71    
72    1.  If a pattern contained a conditional subpattern with only one branch (in
73        particular, this includes all (*DEFINE) patterns), a call to pcre_study()
74        computed the wrong minimum data length (which is of course zero for such
75        subpatterns). This could cause incorrect "no match" results.
76    
77    2.  For patterns such as (?i)a(?-i)b|c where an option setting at the start of
78        the pattern is reset in the first branch, pcre_compile() failed with
79        "internal error: code overflow at offset...". This happened only when
80        the reset was to the original external option setting. (An optimization
81        abstracts leading options settings into an external setting, which was the
82        cause of this.)
83    
84    3.  A pattern such as ^(?!a(*SKIP)b) where a negative assertion contained one
85        of the verbs SKIP, PRUNE, or COMMIT, did not work correctly. When the
86        assertion pattern did not match (meaning that the assertion was true), it
87        was incorrectly treated as false if the SKIP had been reached during the
88        matching. This also applied to assertions used as conditions.
89    
90    4.  If an item that is not supported by pcre_dfa_exec() was encountered in an
91        assertion subpattern, including such a pattern used as a condition,
92        unpredictable results occurred, instead of the error return
93        PCRE_ERROR_DFA_UITEM.
94    
95    5.  The C++ GlobalReplace function was not working like Perl for the special
96        situation when an empty string is matched. It now does the fancy magic
97        stuff that is necessary.
98    
99    6.  In pcre_internal.h, obsolete includes to setjmp.h and stdarg.h have been
100        removed. (These were left over from very, very early versions of PCRE.)
101    
102    7.  Some cosmetic changes to the code to make life easier when compiling it
103        as part of something else:
104    
105        (a) Change DEBUG to PCRE_DEBUG.
106    
107        (b) In pcre_compile(), rename the member of the "branch_chain" structure
108            called "current" as "current_branch", to prevent a collision with the
109            Linux macro when compiled as a kernel module.
110    
111        (c) In pcre_study(), rename the function set_bit() as set_table_bit(), to
112            prevent a collision with the Linux macro when compiled as a kernel
113            module.
114    
115    8.  In pcre_compile() there are some checks for integer overflows that used to
116        cast potentially large values to (double). This has been changed to that
117        when building, a check for int64_t is made, and if it is found, it is used
118        instead, thus avoiding the use of floating point arithmetic. (There is no
119        other use of FP in PCRE.) If int64_t is not found, the fallback is to
120        double.
121    
122    9.  Added two casts to avoid signed/unsigned warnings from VS Studio Express
123        2005 (difference between two addresses compared to an unsigned value).
124    
125    10. Change the standard AC_CHECK_LIB test for libbz2 in configure.ac to a
126        custom one, because of the following reported problem in Windows:
127    
128          - libbz2 uses the Pascal calling convention (WINAPI) for the functions
129              under Win32.
130          - The standard autoconf AC_CHECK_LIB fails to include "bzlib.h",
131              therefore missing the function definition.
132          - The compiler thus generates a "C" signature for the test function.
133          - The linker fails to find the "C" function.
134          - PCRE fails to configure if asked to do so against libbz2.
135    
136    11. When running libtoolize from libtool-2.2.6b as part of autogen.sh, these
137        messages were output:
138    
139          Consider adding `AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR([m4])' to configure.ac and
140          rerunning libtoolize, to keep the correct libtool macros in-tree.
141          Consider adding `-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.
142    
143        I have done both of these things.
144    
145    12. Although pcre_dfa_exec() does not use nearly as much stack as pcre_exec()
146        most of the time, it *can* run out if it is given a pattern that contains a
147        runaway infinite recursion. I updated the discussion in the pcrestack man
148        page.
149    
150    13. Now that we have gone to the x.xx style of version numbers, the minor
151        version may start with zero. Using 08 or 09 is a bad idea because users
152        might check the value of PCRE_MINOR in their code, and 08 or 09 may be
153        interpreted as invalid octal numbers. I've updated the previous comment in
154        configure.ac, and also added a check that gives an error if 08 or 09 are
155        used.
156    
157    14. Change 8.00/11 was not quite complete: code had been accidentally omitted,
158        causing partial matching to fail when the end of the subject matched \W
159        in a UTF-8 pattern where \W was quantified with a minimum of 3.
160    
161    15. There were some discrepancies between the declarations in pcre_internal.h
162        of _pcre_is_newline(), _pcre_was_newline(), and _pcre_valid_utf8() and
163        their definitions. The declarations used "const uschar *" and the
164        definitions used USPTR. Even though USPTR is normally defined as "const
165        unsigned char *" (and uschar is typedeffed as "unsigned char"), it was
166        reported that: "This difference in casting confuses some C++ compilers, for
167        example, SunCC recognizes above declarations as different functions and
168        generates broken code for hbpcre." I have changed the declarations to use
169        USPTR.
170    
171    16. GNU libtool is named differently on some systems. The autogen.sh script now
172        tries several variants such as glibtoolize (MacOSX) and libtoolize1x
173        (FreeBSD).
174    
175    17. Applied Craig's patch that fixes an HP aCC compile error in pcre 8.00
176        (strtoXX undefined when compiling pcrecpp.cc). The patch contains this
177        comment: "Figure out how to create a longlong from a string: strtoll and
178        equivalent. It's not enough to call AC_CHECK_FUNCS: hpux has a strtoll, for
179        instance, but it only takes 2 args instead of 3!"
180    
181    18. A subtle bug concerned with back references has been fixed by a change of
182        specification, with a corresponding code fix. A pattern such as
183        ^(xa|=?\1a)+$ which contains a back reference inside the group to which it
184        refers, was giving matches when it shouldn't. For example, xa=xaaa would
185        match that pattern. Interestingly, Perl (at least up to 5.11.3) has the
186        same bug. Such groups have to be quantified to be useful, or contained
187        inside another quantified group. (If there's no repetition, the reference
188        can never match.) The problem arises because, having left the group and
189        moved on to the rest of the pattern, a later failure that backtracks into
190        the group uses the captured value from the final iteration of the group
191        rather than the correct earlier one. I have fixed this in PCRE by forcing
192        any group that contains a reference to itself to be an atomic group; that
193        is, there cannot be any backtracking into it once it has completed. This is
194        similar to recursive and subroutine calls.
195    
196    
197    Version 8.00 19-Oct-09
198    ----------------------
199    
200    1.  The table for translating pcre_compile() error codes into POSIX error codes
201        was out-of-date, and there was no check on the pcre_compile() error code
202        being within the table. This could lead to an OK return being given in
203        error.
204    
205    2.  Changed the call to open a subject file in pcregrep from fopen(pathname,
206        "r") to fopen(pathname, "rb"), which fixed a problem with some of the tests
207        in a Windows environment.
208    
209    3.  The pcregrep --count option prints the count for each file even when it is
210        zero, as does GNU grep. However, pcregrep was also printing all files when
211        --files-with-matches was added. Now, when both options are given, it prints
212        counts only for those files that have at least one match. (GNU grep just
213        prints the file name in this circumstance, but including the count seems
214        more useful - otherwise, why use --count?) Also ensured that the
215        combination -clh just lists non-zero counts, with no names.
216    
217    4.  The long form of the pcregrep -F option was incorrectly implemented as
218        --fixed_strings instead of --fixed-strings. This is an incompatible change,
219        but it seems right to fix it, and I didn't think it was worth preserving
220        the old behaviour.
221    
222    5.  The command line items --regex=pattern and --regexp=pattern were not
223        recognized by pcregrep, which required --regex pattern or --regexp pattern
224        (with a space rather than an '='). The man page documented the '=' forms,
225        which are compatible with GNU grep; these now work.
226    
227    6.  No libpcreposix.pc file was created for pkg-config; there was just
228        libpcre.pc and libpcrecpp.pc. The omission has been rectified.
229    
230    7.  Added #ifndef SUPPORT_UCP into the pcre_ucd.c module, to reduce its size
231        when UCP support is not needed, by modifying the Python script that
232        generates it from Unicode data files. This should not matter if the module
233        is correctly used as a library, but I received one complaint about 50K of
234        unwanted data. My guess is that the person linked everything into his
235        program rather than using a library. Anyway, it does no harm.
236    
237    8.  A pattern such as /\x{123}{2,2}+/8 was incorrectly compiled; the trigger
238        was a minimum greater than 1 for a wide character in a possessive
239        repetition. The same bug could also affect patterns like /(\x{ff}{0,2})*/8
240        which had an unlimited repeat of a nested, fixed maximum repeat of a wide
241        character. Chaos in the form of incorrect output or a compiling loop could
242        result.
243    
244    9.  The restrictions on what a pattern can contain when partial matching is
245        requested for pcre_exec() have been removed. All patterns can now be
246        partially matched by this function. In addition, if there are at least two
247        slots in the offset vector, the offset of the earliest inspected character
248        for the match and the offset of the end of the subject are set in them when
249        PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL is returned.
250    
251    10. Partial matching has been split into two forms: PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT, which is
252        synonymous with PCRE_PARTIAL, for backwards compatibility, and
253        PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, which causes a partial match to supersede a full match,
254        and may be more useful for multi-segment matching.
255    
256    11. Partial matching with pcre_exec() is now more intuitive. A partial match
257        used to be given if ever the end of the subject was reached; now it is
258        given only if matching could not proceed because another character was
259        needed. This makes a difference in some odd cases such as Z(*FAIL) with the
260        string "Z", which now yields "no match" instead of "partial match". In the
261        case of pcre_dfa_exec(), "no match" is given if every matching path for the
262        final character ended with (*FAIL).
263    
264    12. Restarting a match using pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match did not work
265        if the pattern had a "must contain" character that was already found in the
266        earlier partial match, unless partial matching was again requested. For
267        example, with the pattern /dog.(body)?/, the "must contain" character is
268        "g". If the first part-match was for the string "dog", restarting with
269        "sbody" failed. This bug has been fixed.
270    
271    13. The string returned by pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match has been
272        changed so that it starts at the first inspected character rather than the
273        first character of the match. This makes a difference only if the pattern
274        starts with a lookbehind assertion or \b or \B (\K is not supported by
275        pcre_dfa_exec()). It's an incompatible change, but it makes the two
276        matching functions compatible, and I think it's the right thing to do.
277    
278    14. Added a pcredemo man page, created automatically from the pcredemo.c file,
279        so that the demonstration program is easily available in environments where
280        PCRE has not been installed from source.
281    
282    15. Arranged to add -DPCRE_STATIC to cflags in libpcre.pc, libpcreposix.cp,
283        libpcrecpp.pc and pcre-config when PCRE is not compiled as a shared
284        library.
285    
286    16. Added REG_UNGREEDY to the pcreposix interface, at the request of a user.
287        It maps to PCRE_UNGREEDY. It is not, of course, POSIX-compatible, but it
288        is not the first non-POSIX option to be added. Clearly some people find
289        these options useful.
290    
291    17. If a caller to the POSIX matching function regexec() passes a non-zero
292        value for nmatch with a NULL value for pmatch, the value of
293        nmatch is forced to zero.
294    
295    18. RunGrepTest did not have a test for the availability of the -u option of
296        the diff command, as RunTest does. It now checks in the same way as
297        RunTest, and also checks for the -b option.
298    
299    19. If an odd number of negated classes containing just a single character
300        interposed, within parentheses, between a forward reference to a named
301        subpattern and the definition of the subpattern, compilation crashed with
302        an internal error, complaining that it could not find the referenced
303        subpattern. An example of a crashing pattern is /(?&A)(([^m])(?<A>))/.
304        [The bug was that it was starting one character too far in when skipping
305        over the character class, thus treating the ] as data rather than
306        terminating the class. This meant it could skip too much.]
307    
308    20. Added PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART in order to be able to correctly implement the
309        /g option in pcretest when the pattern contains \K, which makes it possible
310        to have an empty string match not at the start, even when the pattern is
311        anchored. Updated pcretest and pcredemo to use this option.
312    
313    21. If the maximum number of capturing subpatterns in a recursion was greater
314        than the maximum at the outer level, the higher number was returned, but
315        with unset values at the outer level. The correct (outer level) value is
316        now given.
317    
318    22. If (*ACCEPT) appeared inside capturing parentheses, previous releases of
319        PCRE did not set those parentheses (unlike Perl). I have now found a way to
320        make it do so. The string so far is captured, making this feature
321        compatible with Perl.
322    
323    23. The tests have been re-organized, adding tests 11 and 12, to make it
324        possible to check the Perl 5.10 features against Perl 5.10.
325    
326    24. Perl 5.10 allows subroutine calls in lookbehinds, as long as the subroutine
327        pattern matches a fixed length string. PCRE did not allow this; now it
328        does. Neither allows recursion.
329    
330    25. I finally figured out how to implement a request to provide the minimum
331        length of subject string that was needed in order to match a given pattern.
332        (It was back references and recursion that I had previously got hung up
333        on.) This code has now been added to pcre_study(); it finds a lower bound
334        to the length of subject needed. It is not necessarily the greatest lower
335        bound, but using it to avoid searching strings that are too short does give
336        some useful speed-ups. The value is available to calling programs via
337        pcre_fullinfo().
338    
339    26. While implementing 25, I discovered to my embarrassment that pcretest had
340        not been passing the result of pcre_study() to pcre_dfa_exec(), so the
341        study optimizations had never been tested with that matching function.
342        Oops. What is worse, even when it was passed study data, there was a bug in
343        pcre_dfa_exec() that meant it never actually used it. Double oops. There
344        were also very few tests of studied patterns with pcre_dfa_exec().
345    
346    27. If (?| is used to create subpatterns with duplicate numbers, they are now
347        allowed to have the same name, even if PCRE_DUPNAMES is not set. However,
348        on the other side of the coin, they are no longer allowed to have different
349        names, because these cannot be distinguished in PCRE, and this has caused
350        confusion. (This is a difference from Perl.)
351    
352    28. When duplicate subpattern names are present (necessarily with different
353        numbers, as required by 27 above), and a test is made by name in a
354        conditional pattern, either for a subpattern having been matched, or for
355        recursion in such a pattern, all the associated numbered subpatterns are
356        tested, and the overall condition is true if the condition is true for any
357        one of them. This is the way Perl works, and is also more like the way
358        testing by number works.
359    
360    
361    Version 7.9 11-Apr-09
362    ---------------------
363    
364    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
365        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
366        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
367        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
368        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
369        pcretest is linked with readline.
370    
371    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
372        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
373        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
374        but BOOL is not.
375    
376    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
377        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
378    
379    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
380        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
381        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
382        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
383    
384    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
385        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
386        the same.
387    
388    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
389        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
390        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
391    
392    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
393        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
394        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
395        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
396    
397    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
398        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
399        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
400        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
401    
402    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
403        condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
404        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
405    
406    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
407        used for matching.
408    
409    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
410        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
411    
412    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
413    
414    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
415    
416    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
417    
418    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
419        wrapper.
420    
421    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
422        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
423        string constants.
424    
425    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
426        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
427        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
428        these, but not everybody uses configure.
429    
430    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
431        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
432        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
433        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
434        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
435        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
436    
437    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
438        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
439    
440    21. If PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT occurred during a recursion, there was a memory
441        leak if the size of the offset vector was greater than 30. When the vector
442        is smaller, the saved offsets during recursion go onto a local stack
443        vector, but for larger vectors malloc() is used. It was failing to free
444        when the recursion yielded PCRE_ERROR_MATCH_LIMIT (or any other "abnormal"
445        error, in fact).
446    
447    22. There was a missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 round one of the variables in the
448        heapframe that is used only when UTF-8 support is enabled. This caused no
449        problem, but was untidy.
450    
451    23. Steven Van Ingelgem's patch to CMakeLists.txt to change the name
452        CMAKE_BINARY_DIR to PROJECT_BINARY_DIR so that it works when PCRE is
453        included within another project.
454    
455    24. Steven Van Ingelgem's patches to add more options to the CMake support,
456        slightly modified by me:
457    
458          (a) PCRE_BUILD_TESTS can be set OFF not to build the tests, including
459              not building pcregrep.
460    
461          (b) PCRE_BUILD_PCREGREP can be see OFF not to build pcregrep, but only
462              if PCRE_BUILD_TESTS is also set OFF, because the tests use pcregrep.
463    
464    25. Forward references, both numeric and by name, in patterns that made use of
465        duplicate group numbers, could behave incorrectly or give incorrect errors,
466        because when scanning forward to find the reference group, PCRE was not
467        taking into account the duplicate group numbers. A pattern such as
468        ^X(?3)(a)(?|(b)|(q))(Y) is an example.
469    
470    26. Changed a few more instances of "const unsigned char *" to USPTR, making
471        the feature of a custom pointer more persuasive (as requested by a user).
472    
473    27. Wrapped the definitions of fileno and isatty for Windows, which appear in
474        pcretest.c, inside #ifndefs, because it seems they are sometimes already
475        pre-defined.
476    
477    28. Added support for (*UTF8) at the start of a pattern.
478    
479    29. Arrange for flags added by the "release type" setting in CMake to be shown
480        in the configuration summary.
481    
482    
483    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
484    ---------------------
485    
486    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
487        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
488        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
489        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
490        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
491        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
492    
493    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
494        scripts.
495    
496    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
497        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
498        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
499    
500    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
501        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
502        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
503    
504    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
505        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
506        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
507        truncation.
508    
509    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
510    
511    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
512        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
513    
514    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
515        test 2 if it fails.
516    
517    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
518        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
519        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
520    
521    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
522        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
523    
524    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
525        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
526        some environments:
527    
528          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
529    
530        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
531    
532    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
533        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
534        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
535        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
536        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
537    
538    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
539        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
540    
541    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
542        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
543        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
544    
545    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
546        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
547    
548    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
549    
550    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
551        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
552    
553    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
554    
555    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
556        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
557        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
558        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
559    
560    
561    Version 7.7 07-May-08
562    ---------------------
563    
564    1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
565        a string to a long long, pretend we don't even have a long long." This is
566        done by checking for the strtoq, strtoll, and _strtoi64 functions.
567    
568    2.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to restore ABI compatibility with
569        pre-7.6 versions, which defined a global no_arg variable instead of putting
570        it in the RE class. (See also #8 below.)
571    
572    3.  Remove a line of dead code, identified by coverity and reported by Nuno
573        Lopes.
574    
575    4.  Fixed two related pcregrep bugs involving -r with --include or --exclude:
576    
577        (1) The include/exclude patterns were being applied to the whole pathnames
578            of files, instead of just to the final components.
579    
580        (2) If there was more than one level of directory, the subdirectories were
581            skipped unless they satisfied the include/exclude conditions. This is
582            inconsistent with GNU grep (and could even be seen as contrary to the
583            pcregrep specification - which I improved to make it absolutely clear).
584            The action now is always to scan all levels of directory, and just
585            apply the include/exclude patterns to regular files.
586    
587    5.  Added the --include_dir and --exclude_dir patterns to pcregrep, and used
588        --exclude_dir in the tests to avoid scanning .svn directories.
589    
590    6.  Applied Craig's patch to the QuoteMeta function so that it escapes the
591        NUL character as backslash + 0 rather than backslash + NUL, because PCRE
592        doesn't support NULs in patterns.
593    
594    7.  Added some missing "const"s to declarations of static tables in
595        pcre_compile.c and pcre_dfa_exec.c.
596    
597    8.  Applied Craig's patch to pcrecpp.cc to fix a problem in OS X that was
598        caused by fix #2  above. (Subsequently also a second patch to fix the
599        first patch. And a third patch - this was a messy problem.)
600    
601    9.  Applied Craig's patch to remove the use of push_back().
602    
603    10. Applied Alan Lehotsky's patch to add REG_STARTEND support to the POSIX
604        matching function regexec().
605    
606    11. Added support for the Oniguruma syntax \g<name>, \g<n>, \g'name', \g'n',
607        which, however, unlike Perl's \g{...}, are subroutine calls, not back
608        references. PCRE supports relative numbers with this syntax (I don't think
609        Oniguruma does).
610    
611    12. Previously, a group with a zero repeat such as (...){0} was completely
612        omitted from the compiled regex. However, this means that if the group
613        was called as a subroutine from elsewhere in the pattern, things went wrong
614        (an internal error was given). Such groups are now left in the compiled
615        pattern, with a new opcode that causes them to be skipped at execution
616        time.
617    
618    13. Added the PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT option. This makes the following changes
619        to the way PCRE behaves:
620    
621        (a) A lone ] character is dis-allowed (Perl treats it as data).
622    
623        (b) A back reference to an unmatched subpattern matches an empty string
624            (Perl fails the current match path).
625    
626        (c) A data ] in a character class must be notated as \] because if the
627            first data character in a class is ], it defines an empty class. (In
628            Perl it is not possible to have an empty class.) The empty class []
629            never matches; it forces failure and is equivalent to (*FAIL) or (?!).
630            The negative empty class [^] matches any one character, independently
631            of the DOTALL setting.
632    
633    14. A pattern such as /(?2)[]a()b](abc)/ which had a forward reference to a
634        non-existent subpattern following a character class starting with ']' and
635        containing () gave an internal compiling error instead of "reference to
636        non-existent subpattern". Fortunately, when the pattern did exist, the
637        compiled code was correct. (When scanning forwards to check for the
638        existencd of the subpattern, it was treating the data ']' as terminating
639        the class, so got the count wrong. When actually compiling, the reference
640        was subsequently set up correctly.)
641    
642    15. The "always fail" assertion (?!) is optimzed to (*FAIL) by pcre_compile;
643        it was being rejected as not supported by pcre_dfa_exec(), even though
644        other assertions are supported. I have made pcre_dfa_exec() support
645        (*FAIL).
646    
647    16. The implementation of 13c above involved the invention of a new opcode,
648        OP_ALLANY, which is like OP_ANY but doesn't check the /s flag. Since /s
649        cannot be changed at match time, I realized I could make a small
650        improvement to matching performance by compiling OP_ALLANY instead of
651        OP_ANY for "." when DOTALL was set, and then removing the runtime tests
652        on the OP_ANY path.
653    
654    17. Compiling pcretest on Windows with readline support failed without the
655        following two fixes: (1) Make the unistd.h include conditional on
656        HAVE_UNISTD_H; (2) #define isatty and fileno as _isatty and _fileno.
657    
658    18. Changed CMakeLists.txt and cmake/FindReadline.cmake to arrange for the
659        ncurses library to be included for pcretest when ReadLine support is
660        requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
661        Daniel Bergström.
662    
663    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
664        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
665        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
666        spotting this.
667    
668    
669    Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
670    ---------------------
671    
672    1.  A character class containing a very large number of characters with
673        codepoints greater than 255 (in UTF-8 mode, of course) caused a buffer
674        overflow.
675    
676    2.  Patch to cut out the "long long" test in pcrecpp_unittest when
677        HAVE_LONG_LONG is not defined.
678    
679    3.  Applied Christian Ehrlicher's patch to update the CMake build files to
680        bring them up to date and include new features. This patch includes:
681    
682        - Fixed PH's badly added libz and libbz2 support.
683        - Fixed a problem with static linking.
684        - Added pcredemo. [But later removed - see 7 below.]
685        - Fixed dftables problem and added an option.
686        - Added a number of HAVE_XXX tests, including HAVE_WINDOWS_H and
687            HAVE_LONG_LONG.
688        - Added readline support for pcretest.
689        - Added an listing of the option settings after cmake has run.
690    
691    4.  A user submitted a patch to Makefile that makes it easy to create
692        "pcre.dll" under mingw when using Configure/Make. I added stuff to
693        Makefile.am that cause it to include this special target, without
694        affecting anything else. Note that the same mingw target plus all
695        the other distribution libraries and programs are now supported
696        when configuring with CMake (see 6 below) instead of with
697        Configure/Make.
698    
699    5.  Applied Craig's patch that moves no_arg into the RE class in the C++ code.
700        This is an attempt to solve the reported problem "pcrecpp::no_arg is not
701        exported in the Windows port". It has not yet been confirmed that the patch
702        solves the problem, but it does no harm.
703    
704    6.  Applied Sheri's patch to CMakeLists.txt to add NON_STANDARD_LIB_PREFIX and
705        NON_STANDARD_LIB_SUFFIX for dll names built with mingw when configured
706        with CMake, and also correct the comment about stack recursion.
707    
708    7.  Remove the automatic building of pcredemo from the ./configure system and
709        from CMakeLists.txt. The whole idea of pcredemo.c is that it is an example
710        of a program that users should build themselves after PCRE is installed, so
711        building it automatically is not really right. What is more, it gave
712        trouble in some build environments.
713    
714    8.  Further tidies to CMakeLists.txt from Sheri and Christian.
715    
716    
717    Version 7.5 10-Jan-08
718    ---------------------
719    
720    1.  Applied a patch from Craig: "This patch makes it possible to 'ignore'
721        values in parens when parsing an RE using the C++ wrapper."
722    
723    2.  Negative specials like \S did not work in character classes in UTF-8 mode.
724        Characters greater than 255 were excluded from the class instead of being
725        included.
726    
727    3.  The same bug as (2) above applied to negated POSIX classes such as
728        [:^space:].
729    
730    4.  PCRECPP_STATIC was referenced in pcrecpp_internal.h, but nowhere was it
731        defined or documented. It seems to have been a typo for PCRE_STATIC, so
732        I have changed it.
733    
734    5.  The construct (?&) was not diagnosed as a syntax error (it referenced the
735        first named subpattern) and a construct such as (?&a) would reference the
736        first named subpattern whose name started with "a" (in other words, the
737        length check was missing). Both these problems are fixed. "Subpattern name
738        expected" is now given for (?&) (a zero-length name), and this patch also
739        makes it give the same error for \k'' (previously it complained that that
740        was a reference to a non-existent subpattern).
741    
742    6.  The erroneous patterns (?+-a) and (?-+a) give different error messages;
743        this is right because (?- can be followed by option settings as well as by
744        digits. I have, however, made the messages clearer.
745    
746    7.  Patterns such as (?(1)a|b) (a pattern that contains fewer subpatterns
747        than the number used in the conditional) now cause a compile-time error.
748        This is actually not compatible with Perl, which accepts such patterns, but
749        treats the conditional as always being FALSE (as PCRE used to), but it
750        seems to me that giving a diagnostic is better.
751    
752    8.  Change "alphameric" to the more common word "alphanumeric" in comments
753        and messages.
754    
755    9.  Fix two occurrences of "backslash" in comments that should have been
756        "backspace".
757    
758    10. Remove two redundant lines of code that can never be obeyed (their function
759        was moved elsewhere).
760    
761    11. The program that makes PCRE's Unicode character property table had a bug
762        which caused it to generate incorrect table entries for sequences of
763        characters that have the same character type, but are in different scripts.
764        It amalgamated them into a single range, with the script of the first of
765        them. In other words, some characters were in the wrong script. There were
766        thirteen such cases, affecting characters in the following ranges:
767    
768          U+002b0 - U+002c1
769          U+0060c - U+0060d
770          U+0061e - U+00612
771          U+0064b - U+0065e
772          U+0074d - U+0076d
773          U+01800 - U+01805
774          U+01d00 - U+01d77
775          U+01d9b - U+01dbf
776          U+0200b - U+0200f
777          U+030fc - U+030fe
778          U+03260 - U+0327f
779          U+0fb46 - U+0fbb1
780          U+10450 - U+1049d
781    
782    12. The -o option (show only the matching part of a line) for pcregrep was not
783        compatible with GNU grep in that, if there was more than one match in a
784        line, it showed only the first of them. It now behaves in the same way as
785        GNU grep.
786    
787    13. If the -o and -v options were combined for pcregrep, it printed a blank
788        line for every non-matching line. GNU grep prints nothing, and pcregrep now
789        does the same. The return code can be used to tell if there were any
790        non-matching lines.
791    
792    14. Added --file-offsets and --line-offsets to pcregrep.
793    
794    15. The pattern (?=something)(?R) was not being diagnosed as a potentially
795        infinitely looping recursion. The bug was that positive lookaheads were not
796        being skipped when checking for a possible empty match (negative lookaheads
797        and both kinds of lookbehind were skipped).
798    
799    16. Fixed two typos in the Windows-only code in pcregrep.c, and moved the
800        inclusion of <windows.h> to before rather than after the definition of
801        INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES (patch from David Byron).
802    
803    17. Specifying a possessive quantifier with a specific limit for a Unicode
804        character property caused pcre_compile() to compile bad code, which led at
805        runtime to PCRE_ERROR_INTERNAL (-14). Examples of patterns that caused this
806        are: /\p{Zl}{2,3}+/8 and /\p{Cc}{2}+/8. It was the possessive "+" that
807        caused the error; without that there was no problem.
808    
809    18. Added --enable-pcregrep-libz and --enable-pcregrep-libbz2.
810    
811    19. Added --enable-pcretest-libreadline.
812    
813    20. In pcrecpp.cc, the variable 'count' was incremented twice in
814        RE::GlobalReplace(). As a result, the number of replacements returned was
815        double what it should be. I removed one of the increments, but Craig sent a
816        later patch that removed the other one (the right fix) and added unit tests
817        that check the return values (which was not done before).
818    
819    21. Several CMake things:
820    
821        (1) Arranged that, when cmake is used on Unix, the libraries end up with
822            the names libpcre and libpcreposix, not just pcre and pcreposix.
823    
824        (2) The above change means that pcretest and pcregrep are now correctly
825            linked with the newly-built libraries, not previously installed ones.
826    
827        (3) Added PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBREADLINE, PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBZ, PCRE_SUPPORT_LIBBZ2.
828    
829    22. In UTF-8 mode, with newline set to "any", a pattern such as .*a.*=.b.*
830        crashed when matching a string such as a\x{2029}b (note that \x{2029} is a
831        UTF-8 newline character). The key issue is that the pattern starts .*;
832        this means that the match must be either at the beginning, or after a
833        newline. The bug was in the code for advancing after a failed match and
834        checking that the new position followed a newline. It was not taking
835        account of UTF-8 characters correctly.
836    
837    23. PCRE was behaving differently from Perl in the way it recognized POSIX
838        character classes. PCRE was not treating the sequence [:...:] as a
839        character class unless the ... were all letters. Perl, however, seems to
840        allow any characters between [: and :], though of course it rejects as
841        unknown any "names" that contain non-letters, because all the known class
842        names consist only of letters. Thus, Perl gives an error for [[:1234:]],
843        for example, whereas PCRE did not - it did not recognize a POSIX character
844        class. This seemed a bit dangerous, so the code has been changed to be
845        closer to Perl. The behaviour is not identical to Perl, because PCRE will
846        diagnose an unknown class for, for example, [[:l\ower:]] where Perl will
847        treat it as [[:lower:]]. However, PCRE does now give "unknown" errors where
848        Perl does, and where it didn't before.
849    
850    24. Rewrite so as to remove the single use of %n from pcregrep because in some
851        Windows environments %n is disabled by default.
852    
853    
854    Version 7.4 21-Sep-07
855    ---------------------
856    
857    1.  Change 7.3/28 was implemented for classes by looking at the bitmap. This
858        means that a class such as [\s] counted as "explicit reference to CR or
859        LF". That isn't really right - the whole point of the change was to try to
860        help when there was an actual mention of one of the two characters. So now
861        the change happens only if \r or \n (or a literal CR or LF) character is
862        encountered.
863    
864    2.  The 32-bit options word was also used for 6 internal flags, but the numbers
865        of both had grown to the point where there were only 3 bits left.
866        Fortunately, there was spare space in the data structure, and so I have
867        moved the internal flags into a new 16-bit field to free up more option
868        bits.
869    
870    3.  The appearance of (?J) at the start of a pattern set the DUPNAMES option,
871        but did not set the internal JCHANGED flag - either of these is enough to
872        control the way the "get" function works - but the PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED
873        facility is supposed to tell if (?J) was ever used, so now (?J) at the
874        start sets both bits.
875    
876    4.  Added options (at build time, compile time, exec time) to change \R from
877        matching any Unicode line ending sequence to just matching CR, LF, or CRLF.
878    
879    5.  doc/pcresyntax.html was missing from the distribution.
880    
881    6.  Put back the definition of PCRE_ERROR_NULLWSLIMIT, for backward
882        compatibility, even though it is no longer used.
883    
884    7.  Added macro for snprintf to pcrecpp_unittest.cc and also for strtoll and
885        strtoull to pcrecpp.cc to select the available functions in WIN32 when the
886        windows.h file is present (where different names are used). [This was
887        reversed later after testing - see 16 below.]
888    
889    8.  Changed all #include <config.h> to #include "config.h". There were also
890        some further <pcre.h> cases that I changed to "pcre.h".
891    
892    9.  When pcregrep was used with the --colour option, it missed the line ending
893        sequence off the lines that it output.
894    
895    10. It was pointed out to me that arrays of string pointers cause lots of
896        relocations when a shared library is dynamically loaded. A technique of
897        using a single long string with a table of offsets can drastically reduce
898        these. I have refactored PCRE in four places to do this. The result is
899        dramatic:
900    
901          Originally:                          290
902          After changing UCP table:            187
903          After changing error message table:   43
904          After changing table of "verbs"       36
905          After changing table of Posix names   22
906    
907        Thanks to the folks working on Gregex for glib for this insight.
908    
909    11. --disable-stack-for-recursion caused compiling to fail unless -enable-
910        unicode-properties was also set.
911    
912    12. Updated the tests so that they work when \R is defaulted to ANYCRLF.
913    
914    13. Added checks for ANY and ANYCRLF to pcrecpp.cc where it previously
915        checked only for CRLF.
916    
917    14. Added casts to pcretest.c to avoid compiler warnings.
918    
919    15. Added Craig's patch to various pcrecpp modules to avoid compiler warnings.
920    
921    16. Added Craig's patch to remove the WINDOWS_H tests, that were not working,
922        and instead check for _strtoi64 explicitly, and avoid the use of snprintf()
923        entirely. This removes changes made in 7 above.
924    
925    17. The CMake files have been updated, and there is now more information about
926        building with CMake in the NON-UNIX-USE document.
927    
928    
929    Version 7.3 28-Aug-07
930    ---------------------
931    
932     1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the
933        line "#include <pcre.h>" was included in pcre_internal.h. The use of angle
934        brackets there is not right, since it causes compilers to look for an
935        installed pcre.h, not the version that is in the source that is being
936        compiled (which of course may be different). I have changed it back to:
937    
938          #include "pcre.h"
939    
940        I have a vague recollection that the change was concerned with compiling in
941        different directories, but in the new build system, that is taken care of
942        by the VPATH setting the Makefile.
943    
944     2. The pattern .*$ when run in not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode with newline=any failed
945        when the subject happened to end in the byte 0x85 (e.g. if the last
946        character was \x{1ec5}). *Character* 0x85 is one of the "any" newline
947        characters but of course it shouldn't be taken as a newline when it is part
948        of another character. The bug was that, for an unlimited repeat of . in
949        not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode, PCRE was advancing by bytes rather than by
950        characters when looking for a newline.
951    
952     3. A small performance improvement in the DOTALL UTF-8 mode .* case.
953    
954     4. Debugging: adjusted the names of opcodes for different kinds of parentheses
955        in debug output.
956    
957     5. Arrange to use "%I64d" instead of "%lld" and "%I64u" instead of "%llu" for
958        long printing in the pcrecpp unittest when running under MinGW.
959    
960     6. ESC_K was left out of the EBCDIC table.
961    
962     7. Change 7.0/38 introduced a new limit on the number of nested non-capturing
963        parentheses; I made it 1000, which seemed large enough. Unfortunately, the
964        limit also applies to "virtual nesting" when a pattern is recursive, and in
965        this case 1000 isn't so big. I have been able to remove this limit at the
966        expense of backing off one optimization in certain circumstances. Normally,
967        when pcre_exec() would call its internal match() function recursively and
968        immediately return the result unconditionally, it uses a "tail recursion"
969        feature to save stack. However, when a subpattern that can match an empty
970        string has an unlimited repetition quantifier, it no longer makes this
971        optimization. That gives it a stack frame in which to save the data for
972        checking that an empty string has been matched. Previously this was taken
973        from the 1000-entry workspace that had been reserved. So now there is no
974        explicit limit, but more stack is used.
975    
976     8. Applied Daniel's patches to solve problems with the import/export magic
977        syntax that is required for Windows, and which was going wrong for the
978        pcreposix and pcrecpp parts of the library. These were overlooked when this
979        problem was solved for the main library.
980    
981     9. There were some crude static tests to avoid integer overflow when computing
982        the size of patterns that contain repeated groups with explicit upper
983        limits. As the maximum quantifier is 65535, the maximum group length was
984        set at 30,000 so that the product of these two numbers did not overflow a
985        32-bit integer. However, it turns out that people want to use groups that
986        are longer than 30,000 bytes (though not repeat them that many times).
987        Change 7.0/17 (the refactoring of the way the pattern size is computed) has
988        made it possible to implement the integer overflow checks in a much more
989        dynamic way, which I have now done. The artificial limitation on group
990        length has been removed - we now have only the limit on the total length of
991        the compiled pattern, which depends on the LINK_SIZE setting.
992    
993    10. Fixed a bug in the documentation for get/copy named substring when
994        duplicate names are permitted. If none of the named substrings are set, the
995        functions return PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING (7); the doc said they returned an
996        empty string.
997    
998    11. Because Perl interprets \Q...\E at a high level, and ignores orphan \E
999        instances, patterns such as [\Q\E] or [\E] or even [^\E] cause an error,
1000        because the ] is interpreted as the first data character and the
1001        terminating ] is not found. PCRE has been made compatible with Perl in this
1002        regard. Previously, it interpreted [\Q\E] as an empty class, and [\E] could
1003        cause memory overwriting.
1004    
1005    10. Like Perl, PCRE automatically breaks an unlimited repeat after an empty
1006        string has been matched (to stop an infinite loop). It was not recognizing
1007        a conditional subpattern that could match an empty string if that
1008        subpattern was within another subpattern. For example, it looped when
1009        trying to match  (((?(1)X|))*)  but it was OK with  ((?(1)X|)*)  where the
1010        condition was not nested. This bug has been fixed.
1011    
1012    12. A pattern like \X?\d or \P{L}?\d in non-UTF-8 mode could cause a backtrack
1013        past the start of the subject in the presence of bytes with the top bit
1014        set, for example "\x8aBCD".
1015    
1016    13. Added Perl 5.10 experimental backtracking controls (*FAIL), (*F), (*PRUNE),
1017        (*SKIP), (*THEN), (*COMMIT), and (*ACCEPT).
1018    
1019    14. Optimized (?!) to (*FAIL).
1020    
1021    15. Updated the test for a valid UTF-8 string to conform to the later RFC 3629.
1022        This restricts code points to be within the range 0 to 0x10FFFF, excluding
1023        the "low surrogate" sequence 0xD800 to 0xDFFF. Previously, PCRE allowed the
1024        full range 0 to 0x7FFFFFFF, as defined by RFC 2279. Internally, it still
1025        does: it's just the validity check that is more restrictive.
1026    
1027    16. Inserted checks for integer overflows during escape sequence (backslash)
1028        processing, and also fixed erroneous offset values for syntax errors during
1029        backslash processing.
1030    
1031    17. Fixed another case of looking too far back in non-UTF-8 mode (cf 12 above)
1032        for patterns like [\PPP\x8a]{1,}\x80 with the subject "A\x80".
1033    
1034    18. An unterminated class in a pattern like (?1)\c[ with a "forward reference"
1035        caused an overrun.
1036    
1037    19. A pattern like (?:[\PPa*]*){8,} which had an "extended class" (one with
1038        something other than just ASCII characters) inside a group that had an
1039        unlimited repeat caused a loop at compile time (while checking to see
1040        whether the group could match an empty string).
1041    
1042    20. Debugging a pattern containing \p or \P could cause a crash. For example,
1043        [\P{Any}] did so. (Error in the code for printing property names.)
1044    
1045    21. An orphan \E inside a character class could cause a crash.
1046    
1047    22. A repeated capturing bracket such as (A)? could cause a wild memory
1048        reference during compilation.
1049    
1050    23. There are several functions in pcre_compile() that scan along a compiled
1051        expression for various reasons (e.g. to see if it's fixed length for look
1052        behind). There were bugs in these functions when a repeated \p or \P was
1053        present in the pattern. These operators have additional parameters compared
1054        with \d, etc, and these were not being taken into account when moving along
1055        the compiled data. Specifically:
1056    
1057        (a) A item such as \p{Yi}{3} in a lookbehind was not treated as fixed
1058            length.
1059    
1060        (b) An item such as \pL+ within a repeated group could cause crashes or
1061            loops.
1062    
1063        (c) A pattern such as \p{Yi}+(\P{Yi}+)(?1) could give an incorrect
1064            "reference to non-existent subpattern" error.
1065    
1066        (d) A pattern like (\P{Yi}{2}\277)? could loop at compile time.
1067    
1068    24. A repeated \S or \W in UTF-8 mode could give wrong answers when multibyte
1069        characters were involved (for example /\S{2}/8g with "A\x{a3}BC").
1070    
1071    25. Using pcregrep in multiline, inverted mode (-Mv) caused it to loop.
1072    
1073    26. Patterns such as [\P{Yi}A] which include \p or \P and just one other
1074        character were causing crashes (broken optimization).
1075    
1076    27. Patterns such as (\P{Yi}*\277)* (group with possible zero repeat containing
1077        \p or \P) caused a compile-time loop.
1078    
1079    28. More problems have arisen in unanchored patterns when CRLF is a valid line
1080        break. For example, the unstudied pattern [\r\n]A does not match the string
1081        "\r\nA" because change 7.0/46 below moves the current point on by two
1082        characters after failing to match at the start. However, the pattern \nA
1083        *does* match, because it doesn't start till \n, and if [\r\n]A is studied,
1084        the same is true. There doesn't seem any very clean way out of this, but
1085        what I have chosen to do makes the common cases work: PCRE now takes note
1086        of whether there can be an explicit match for \r or \n anywhere in the
1087        pattern, and if so, 7.0/46 no longer applies. As part of this change,
1088        there's a new PCRE_INFO_HASCRORLF option for finding out whether a compiled
1089        pattern has explicit CR or LF references.
1090    
1091    29. Added (*CR) etc for changing newline setting at start of pattern.
1092    
1093    
1094    Version 7.2 19-Jun-07
1095    ---------------------
1096    
1097     1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale,
1098        which is apparently normally available under Windows.
1099    
1100     2. Re-jig the pcregrep tests with different newline settings in an attempt
1101        to make them independent of the local environment's newline setting.
1102    
1103     3. Add code to configure.ac to remove -g from the CFLAGS default settings.
1104    
1105     4. Some of the "internals" tests were previously cut out when the link size
1106        was not 2, because the output contained actual offsets. The recent new
1107        "Z" feature of pcretest means that these can be cut out, making the tests
1108        usable with all link sizes.
1109    
1110     5. Implemented Stan Switzer's goto replacement for longjmp() when not using
1111        stack recursion. This gives a massive performance boost under BSD, but just
1112        a small improvement under Linux. However, it saves one field in the frame
1113        in all cases.
1114    
1115     6. Added more features from the forthcoming Perl 5.10:
1116    
1117        (a) (?-n) (where n is a string of digits) is a relative subroutine or
1118            recursion call. It refers to the nth most recently opened parentheses.
1119    
1120        (b) (?+n) is also a relative subroutine call; it refers to the nth next
1121            to be opened parentheses.
1122    
1123        (c) Conditions that refer to capturing parentheses can be specified
1124            relatively, for example, (?(-2)... or (?(+3)...
1125    
1126        (d) \K resets the start of the current match so that everything before
1127            is not part of it.
1128    
1129        (e) \k{name} is synonymous with \k<name> and \k'name' (.NET compatible).
1130    
1131        (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of
1132            reference syntax.
1133    
1134        (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each
1135            alternative starts with the same number.
1136    
1137        (h) \h, \H, \v, and \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace.
1138    
1139     7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and
1140        PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED.
1141    
1142     8. A pattern such as  (.*(.)?)*  caused pcre_exec() to fail by either not
1143        terminating or by crashing. Diagnosed by Viktor Griph; it was in the code
1144        for detecting groups that can match an empty string.
1145    
1146     9. A pattern with a very large number of alternatives (more than several
1147        hundred) was running out of internal workspace during the pre-compile
1148        phase, where pcre_compile() figures out how much memory will be needed. A
1149        bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with
1150        alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of
1151        workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available.
1152    
1153    10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings.
1154    
1155    11. Applied patch from Google to remove an optimization that didn't quite work.
1156        The report of the bug said:
1157    
1158          pcrecpp::RE("a*").FullMatch("aaa") matches, while
1159          pcrecpp::RE("a*?").FullMatch("aaa") does not, and
1160          pcrecpp::RE("a*?\\z").FullMatch("aaa") does again.
1161    
1162    12. If \p or \P was used in non-UTF-8 mode on a character greater than 127
1163        it matched the wrong number of bytes.
1164    
1165    
1166    Version 7.1 24-Apr-07
1167    ---------------------
1168    
1169     1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one
1170        that is more "standard", making use of automake and other Autotools. There
1171        is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent
1172        on this.
1173    
1174     2. Part of the patch fixed a problem with the pcregrep tests. The test of -r
1175        for recursive directory scanning broke on some systems because the files
1176        are not scanned in any specific order and on different systems the order
1177        was different. A call to "sort" has been inserted into RunGrepTest for the
1178        approprate test as a short-term fix. In the longer term there may be an
1179        alternative.
1180    
1181     3. I had an email from Eric Raymond about problems translating some of PCRE's
1182        man pages to HTML (despite the fact that I distribute HTML pages, some
1183        people do their own conversions for various reasons). The problems
1184        concerned the use of low-level troff macros .br and .in. I have therefore
1185        removed all such uses from the man pages (some were redundant, some could
1186        be replaced by .nf/.fi pairs). The 132html script that I use to generate
1187        HTML has been updated to handle .nf/.fi and to complain if it encounters
1188        .br or .in.
1189    
1190     4. Updated comments in configure.ac that get placed in config.h.in and also
1191        arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, with the name
1192        config.h.generic, for the benefit of those who have to compile without
1193        Autotools (compare pcre.h, which is now distributed as pcre.h.generic).
1194    
1195     5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan
1196        Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated
1197        makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files
1198        makevp_c.txt, makevp_l.txt, and pcregexp.pas.
1199    
1200     6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out
1201        to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his
1202        copy. The trailing space was an accident, so I've just removed it.
1203    
1204     7. Add -Wl,-R... flags in pcre-config.in for *BSD* systems, as I'm told
1205        that is needed.
1206    
1207     8. Mark ucp_table (in ucptable.h) and ucp_gentype (in pcre_ucp_searchfuncs.c)
1208        as "const" (a) because they are and (b) because it helps the PHP
1209        maintainers who have recently made a script to detect big data structures
1210        in the php code that should be moved to the .rodata section. I remembered
1211        to update Builducptable as well, so it won't revert if ucptable.h is ever
1212        re-created.
1213    
1214     9. Added some extra #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 conditionals into pcretest.c,
1215        pcre_printint.src, pcre_compile.c, pcre_study.c, and pcre_tables.c, in
1216        order to be able to cut out the UTF-8 tables in the latter when UTF-8
1217        support is not required. This saves 1.5-2K of code, which is important in
1218        some applications.
1219    
1220        Later: more #ifdefs are needed in pcre_ord2utf8.c and pcre_valid_utf8.c
1221        so as not to refer to the tables, even though these functions will never be
1222        called when UTF-8 support is disabled. Otherwise there are problems with a
1223        shared library.
1224    
1225    10. Fixed two bugs in the emulated memmove() function in pcre_internal.h:
1226    
1227        (a) It was defining its arguments as char * instead of void *.
1228    
1229        (b) It was assuming that all moves were upwards in memory; this was true
1230            a long time ago when I wrote it, but is no longer the case.
1231    
1232        The emulated memove() is provided for those environments that have neither
1233        memmove() nor bcopy(). I didn't think anyone used it these days, but that
1234        is clearly not the case, as these two bugs were recently reported.
1235    
1236    11. The script PrepareRelease is now distributed: it calls 132html, CleanTxt,
1237        and Detrail to create the HTML documentation, the .txt form of the man
1238        pages, and it removes trailing spaces from listed files. It also creates
1239        pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic from pcre.h and config.h. In the latter
1240        case, it wraps all the #defines with #ifndefs. This script should be run
1241        before "make dist".
1242    
1243    12. Fixed two fairly obscure bugs concerned with quantified caseless matching
1244        with Unicode property support.
1245    
1246        (a) For a maximizing quantifier, if the two different cases of the
1247            character were of different lengths in their UTF-8 codings (there are
1248            some cases like this - I found 11), and the matching function had to
1249            back up over a mixture of the two cases, it incorrectly assumed they
1250            were both the same length.
1251    
1252        (b) When PCRE was configured to use the heap rather than the stack for
1253            recursion during matching, it was not correctly preserving the data for
1254            the other case of a UTF-8 character when checking ahead for a match
1255            while processing a minimizing repeat. If the check also involved
1256            matching a wide character, but failed, corruption could cause an
1257            erroneous result when trying to check for a repeat of the original
1258            character.
1259    
1260    13. Some tidying changes to the testing mechanism:
1261    
1262        (a) The RunTest script now detects the internal link size and whether there
1263            is UTF-8 and UCP support by running ./pcretest -C instead of relying on
1264            values substituted by "configure". (The RunGrepTest script already did
1265            this for UTF-8.) The configure.ac script no longer substitutes the
1266            relevant variables.
1267    
1268        (b) The debugging options /B and /D in pcretest show the compiled bytecode
1269            with length and offset values. This means that the output is different
1270            for different internal link sizes. Test 2 is skipped for link sizes
1271            other than 2 because of this, bypassing the problem. Unfortunately,
1272            there was also a test in test 3 (the locale tests) that used /B and
1273            failed for link sizes other than 2. Rather than cut the whole test out,
1274            I have added a new /Z option to pcretest that replaces the length and
1275            offset values with spaces. This is now used to make test 3 independent
1276            of link size. (Test 2 will be tidied up later.)
1277    
1278    14. If erroroffset was passed as NULL to pcre_compile, it provoked a
1279        segmentation fault instead of returning the appropriate error message.
1280    
1281    15. In multiline mode when the newline sequence was set to "any", the pattern
1282        ^$ would give a match between the \r and \n of a subject such as "A\r\nB".
1283        This doesn't seem right; it now treats the CRLF combination as the line
1284        ending, and so does not match in that case. It's only a pattern such as ^$
1285        that would hit this one: something like ^ABC$ would have failed after \r
1286        and then tried again after \r\n.
1287    
1288    16. Changed the comparison command for RunGrepTest from "diff -u" to "diff -ub"
1289        in an attempt to make files that differ only in their line terminators
1290        compare equal. This works on Linux.
1291    
1292    17. Under certain error circumstances pcregrep might try to free random memory
1293        as it exited. This is now fixed, thanks to valgrind.
1294    
1295    19. In pcretest, if the pattern /(?m)^$/g<any> was matched against the string
1296        "abc\r\n\r\n", it found an unwanted second match after the second \r. This
1297        was because its rules for how to advance for /g after matching an empty
1298        string at the end of a line did not allow for this case. They now check for
1299        it specially.
1300    
1301    20. pcretest is supposed to handle patterns and data of any length, by
1302        extending its buffers when necessary. It was getting this wrong when the
1303        buffer for a data line had to be extended.
1304    
1305    21. Added PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF which is like ANY, but matches only CR, LF, or
1306        CRLF as a newline sequence.
1307    
1308    22. Code for handling Unicode properties in pcre_dfa_exec() wasn't being cut
1309        out by #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP. This did no harm, as it could never be used, but
1310        I have nevertheless tidied it up.
1311    
1312    23. Added some casts to kill warnings from HP-UX ia64 compiler.
1313    
1314    24. Added a man page for pcre-config.
1315    
1316    
1317    Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
1318    ---------------------
1319    
1320     1. Fixed a signed/unsigned compiler warning in pcre_compile.c, shown up by
1321        moving to gcc 4.1.1.
1322    
1323     2. The -S option for pcretest uses setrlimit(); I had omitted to #include
1324        sys/time.h, which is documented as needed for this function. It doesn't
1325        seem to matter on Linux, but it showed up on some releases of OS X.
1326    
1327     3. It seems that there are systems where bytes whose values are greater than
1328        127 match isprint() in the "C" locale. The "C" locale should be the
1329        default when a C program starts up. In most systems, only ASCII printing
1330        characters match isprint(). This difference caused the output from pcretest
1331        to vary, making some of the tests fail. I have changed pcretest so that:
1332    
1333        (a) When it is outputting text in the compiled version of a pattern, bytes
1334            other than 32-126 are always shown as hex escapes.
1335    
1336        (b) When it is outputting text that is a matched part of a subject string,
1337            it does the same, unless a different locale has been set for the match
1338            (using the /L modifier). In this case, it uses isprint() to decide.
1339    
1340     4. Fixed a major bug that caused incorrect computation of the amount of memory
1341        required for a compiled pattern when options that changed within the
1342        pattern affected the logic of the preliminary scan that determines the
1343        length. The relevant options are -x, and -i in UTF-8 mode. The result was
1344        that the computed length was too small. The symptoms of this bug were
1345        either the PCRE error "internal error: code overflow" from pcre_compile(),
1346        or a glibc crash with a message such as "pcretest: free(): invalid next
1347        size (fast)". Examples of patterns that provoked this bug (shown in
1348        pcretest format) are:
1349    
1350          /(?-x: )/x
1351          /(?x)(?-x: \s*#\s*)/
1352          /((?i)[\x{c0}])/8
1353          /(?i:[\x{c0}])/8
1354    
1355        HOWEVER: Change 17 below makes this fix obsolete as the memory computation
1356        is now done differently.
1357    
1358     5. Applied patches from Google to: (a) add a QuoteMeta function to the C++
1359        wrapper classes; (b) implement a new function in the C++ scanner that is
1360        more efficient than the old way of doing things because it avoids levels of
1361        recursion in the regex matching; (c) add a paragraph to the documentation
1362        for the FullMatch() function.
1363    
1364     6. The escape sequence \n was being treated as whatever was defined as
1365        "newline". Not only was this contrary to the documentation, which states
1366        that \n is character 10 (hex 0A), but it also went horribly wrong when
1367        "newline" was defined as CRLF. This has been fixed.
1368    
1369     7. In pcre_dfa_exec.c the value of an unsigned integer (the variable called c)
1370        was being set to -1 for the "end of line" case (supposedly a value that no
1371        character can have). Though this value is never used (the check for end of
1372        line is "zero bytes in current character"), it caused compiler complaints.
1373        I've changed it to 0xffffffff.
1374    
1375     8. In pcre_version.c, the version string was being built by a sequence of
1376        C macros that, in the event of PCRE_PRERELEASE being defined as an empty
1377        string (as it is for production releases) called a macro with an empty
1378        argument. The C standard says the result of this is undefined. The gcc
1379        compiler treats it as an empty string (which was what was wanted) but it is
1380        reported that Visual C gives an error. The source has been hacked around to
1381        avoid this problem.
1382    
1383     9. On the advice of a Windows user, included <io.h> and <fcntl.h> in Windows
1384        builds of pcretest, and changed the call to _setmode() to use _O_BINARY
1385        instead of 0x8000. Made all the #ifdefs test both _WIN32 and WIN32 (not all
1386        of them did).
1387    
1388    10. Originally, pcretest opened its input and output without "b"; then I was
1389        told that "b" was needed in some environments, so it was added for release
1390        5.0 to both the input and output. (It makes no difference on Unix-like
1391        systems.) Later I was told that it is wrong for the input on Windows. I've
1392        now abstracted the modes into two macros, to make it easier to fiddle with
1393        them, and removed "b" from the input mode under Windows.
1394    
1395    11. Added pkgconfig support for the C++ wrapper library, libpcrecpp.
1396    
1397    12. Added -help and --help to pcretest as an official way of being reminded
1398        of the options.
1399    
1400    13. Removed some redundant semicolons after macro calls in pcrecpparg.h.in
1401        and pcrecpp.cc because they annoy compilers at high warning levels.
1402    
1403    14. A bit of tidying/refactoring in pcre_exec.c in the main bumpalong loop.
1404    
1405    15. Fixed an occurrence of == in configure.ac that should have been = (shell
1406        scripts are not C programs :-) and which was not noticed because it works
1407        on Linux.
1408    
1409    16. pcretest is supposed to handle any length of pattern and data line (as one
1410        line or as a continued sequence of lines) by extending its input buffer if
1411        necessary. This feature was broken for very long pattern lines, leading to
1412        a string of junk being passed to pcre_compile() if the pattern was longer
1413        than about 50K.
1414    
1415    17. I have done a major re-factoring of the way pcre_compile() computes the
1416        amount of memory needed for a compiled pattern. Previously, there was code
1417        that made a preliminary scan of the pattern in order to do this. That was
1418        OK when PCRE was new, but as the facilities have expanded, it has become
1419        harder and harder to keep it in step with the real compile phase, and there
1420        have been a number of bugs (see for example, 4 above). I have now found a
1421        cunning way of running the real compile function in a "fake" mode that
1422        enables it to compute how much memory it would need, while actually only
1423        ever using a few hundred bytes of working memory and without too many
1424        tests of the mode. This should make future maintenance and development
1425        easier. A side effect of this work is that the limit of 200 on the nesting
1426        depth of parentheses has been removed (though this was never a serious
1427        limitation, I suspect). However, there is a downside: pcre_compile() now
1428        runs more slowly than before (30% or more, depending on the pattern). I
1429        hope this isn't a big issue. There is no effect on runtime performance.
1430    
1431    18. Fixed a minor bug in pcretest: if a pattern line was not terminated by a
1432        newline (only possible for the last line of a file) and it was a
1433        pattern that set a locale (followed by /Lsomething), pcretest crashed.
1434    
1435    19. Added additional timing features to pcretest. (1) The -tm option now times
1436        matching only, not compiling. (2) Both -t and -tm can be followed, as a
1437        separate command line item, by a number that specifies the number of
1438        repeats to use when timing. The default is 50000; this gives better
1439        precision, but takes uncomfortably long for very large patterns.
1440    
1441    20. Extended pcre_study() to be more clever in cases where a branch of a
1442        subpattern has no definite first character. For example, (a*|b*)[cd] would
1443        previously give no result from pcre_study(). Now it recognizes that the
1444        first character must be a, b, c, or d.
1445    
1446    21. There was an incorrect error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" if
1447        a subpattern (or the entire pattern) that was being tested for matching an
1448        empty string contained only one non-empty item after a nested subpattern.
1449        For example, the pattern (?>\x{100}*)\d(?R) provoked this error
1450        incorrectly, because the \d was being skipped in the check.
1451    
1452    22. The pcretest program now has a new pattern option /B and a command line
1453        option -b, which is equivalent to adding /B to every pattern. This causes
1454        it to show the compiled bytecode, without the additional information that
1455        -d shows. The effect of -d is now the same as -b with -i (and similarly, /D
1456        is the same as /B/I).
1457    
1458    23. A new optimization is now able automatically to treat some sequences such
1459        as a*b as a*+b. More specifically, if something simple (such as a character
1460        or a simple class like \d) has an unlimited quantifier, and is followed by
1461        something that cannot possibly match the quantified thing, the quantifier
1462        is automatically "possessified".
1463    
1464    24. A recursive reference to a subpattern whose number was greater than 39
1465        went wrong under certain circumstances in UTF-8 mode. This bug could also
1466        have affected the operation of pcre_study().
1467    
1468    25. Realized that a little bit of performance could be had by replacing
1469        (c & 0xc0) == 0xc0 with c >= 0xc0 when processing UTF-8 characters.
1470    
1471    26. Timing data from pcretest is now shown to 4 decimal places instead of 3.
1472    
1473    27. Possessive quantifiers such as a++ were previously implemented by turning
1474        them into atomic groups such as ($>a+). Now they have their own opcodes,
1475        which improves performance. This includes the automatically created ones
1476        from 23 above.
1477    
1478    28. A pattern such as (?=(\w+))\1: which simulates an atomic group using a
1479        lookahead was broken if it was not anchored. PCRE was mistakenly expecting
1480        the first matched character to be a colon. This applied both to named and
1481        numbered groups.
1482    
1483    29. The ucpinternal.h header file was missing its idempotency #ifdef.
1484    
1485    30. I was sent a "project" file called libpcre.a.dev which I understand makes
1486        building PCRE on Windows easier, so I have included it in the distribution.
1487    
1488    31. There is now a check in pcretest against a ridiculously large number being
1489        returned by pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). If this happens in a /g or /G
1490        loop, the loop is abandoned.
1491    
1492    32. Forward references to subpatterns in conditions such as (?(2)...) where
1493        subpattern 2 is defined later cause pcre_compile() to search forwards in
1494        the pattern for the relevant set of parentheses. This search went wrong
1495        when there were unescaped parentheses in a character class, parentheses
1496        escaped with \Q...\E, or parentheses in a #-comment in /x mode.
1497    
1498    33. "Subroutine" calls and backreferences were previously restricted to
1499        referencing subpatterns earlier in the regex. This restriction has now
1500        been removed.
1501    
1502    34. Added a number of extra features that are going to be in Perl 5.10. On the
1503        whole, these are just syntactic alternatives for features that PCRE had
1504        previously implemented using the Python syntax or my own invention. The
1505        other formats are all retained for compatibility.
1506    
1507        (a) Named groups can now be defined as (?<name>...) or (?'name'...) as well
1508            as (?P<name>...). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are
1509            also .NET compatible.
1510    
1511        (b) A recursion or subroutine call to a named group can now be defined as
1512            (?&name) as well as (?P>name).
1513    
1514        (c) A backreference to a named group can now be defined as \k<name> or
1515            \k'name' as well as (?P=name). The new forms, as well as being in Perl
1516            5.10, are also .NET compatible.
1517    
1518        (d) A conditional reference to a named group can now use the syntax
1519            (?(<name>) or (?('name') as well as (?(name).
1520    
1521        (e) A "conditional group" of the form (?(DEFINE)...) can be used to define
1522            groups (named and numbered) that are never evaluated inline, but can be
1523            called as "subroutines" from elsewhere. In effect, the DEFINE condition
1524            is always false. There may be only one alternative in such a group.
1525    
1526        (f) A test for recursion can be given as (?(R1).. or (?(R&name)... as well
1527            as the simple (?(R). The condition is true only if the most recent
1528            recursion is that of the given number or name. It does not search out
1529            through the entire recursion stack.
1530    
1531        (g) The escape \gN or \g{N} has been added, where N is a positive or
1532            negative number, specifying an absolute or relative reference.
1533    
1534    35. Tidied to get rid of some further signed/unsigned compiler warnings and
1535        some "unreachable code" warnings.
1536    
1537    36. Updated the Unicode property tables to Unicode version 5.0.0. Amongst other
1538        things, this adds five new scripts.
1539    
1540    37. Perl ignores orphaned \E escapes completely. PCRE now does the same.
1541        There were also incompatibilities regarding the handling of \Q..\E inside
1542        character classes, for example with patterns like [\Qa\E-\Qz\E] where the
1543        hyphen was adjacent to \Q or \E. I hope I've cleared all this up now.
1544    
1545    38. Like Perl, PCRE detects when an indefinitely repeated parenthesized group
1546        matches an empty string, and forcibly breaks the loop. There were bugs in
1547        this code in non-simple cases. For a pattern such as  ^(a()*)*  matched
1548        against  aaaa  the result was just "a" rather than "aaaa", for example. Two
1549        separate and independent bugs (that affected different cases) have been
1550        fixed.
1551    
1552    39. Refactored the code to abolish the use of different opcodes for small
1553        capturing bracket numbers. This is a tidy that I avoided doing when I
1554        removed the limit on the number of capturing brackets for 3.5 back in 2001.
1555        The new approach is not only tidier, it makes it possible to reduce the
1556        memory needed to fix the previous bug (38).
1557    
1558    40. Implemented PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY to recognize any of the Unicode newline
1559        sequences (http://unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr18/) as "newline" when
1560        processing dot, circumflex, or dollar metacharacters, or #-comments in /x
1561        mode.
1562    
1563    41. Add \R to match any Unicode newline sequence, as suggested in the Unicode
1564        report.
1565    
1566    42. Applied patch, originally from Ari Pollak, modified by Google, to allow
1567        copy construction and assignment in the C++ wrapper.
1568    
1569    43. Updated pcregrep to support "--newline=any". In the process, I fixed a
1570        couple of bugs that could have given wrong results in the "--newline=crlf"
1571        case.
1572    
1573    44. Added a number of casts and did some reorganization of signed/unsigned int
1574        variables following suggestions from Dair Grant. Also renamed the variable
1575        "this" as "item" because it is a C++ keyword.
1576    
1577    45. Arranged for dftables to add
1578    
1579          #include "pcre_internal.h"
1580    
1581        to pcre_chartables.c because without it, gcc 4.x may remove the array
1582        definition from the final binary if PCRE is built into a static library and
1583        dead code stripping is activated.
1584    
1585    46. For an unanchored pattern, if a match attempt fails at the start of a
1586        newline sequence, and the newline setting is CRLF or ANY, and the next two
1587        characters are CRLF, advance by two characters instead of one.
1588    
1589    
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