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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 7.7 28-Apr-08  Version 8.00 ??-???-??
5    ----------------------
6    
7    1.  The table for translating pcre_compile() error codes into POSIX error codes
8        was out-of-date, and there was no check on the pcre_compile() error code
9        being within the table. This could lead to an OK return being given in
10        error.
11    
12    2.  Changed the call to open a subject file in pcregrep from fopen(pathname,
13        "r") to fopen(pathname, "rb"), which fixed a problem with some of the tests
14        in a Windows environment.
15    
16    3.  The pcregrep --count option prints the count for each file even when it is
17        zero, as does GNU grep. However, pcregrep was also printing all files when
18        --files-with-matches was added. Now, when both options are given, it prints
19        counts only for those files that have at least one match. (GNU grep just
20        prints the file name in this circumstance, but including the count seems
21        more useful - otherwise, why use --count?) Also ensured that the
22        combination -clh just lists non-zero counts, with no names.
23    
24    4.  The long form of the pcregrep -F option was incorrectly implemented as
25        --fixed_strings instead of --fixed-strings. This is an incompatible change,
26        but it seems right to fix it, and I didn't think it was worth preserving
27        the old behaviour.
28    
29    5.  The command line items --regex=pattern and --regexp=pattern were not
30        recognized by pcregrep, which required --regex pattern or --regexp pattern
31        (with a space rather than an '='). The man page documented the '=' forms,
32        which are compatible with GNU grep; these now work.
33    
34    6.  No libpcreposix.pc file was created for pkg-config; there was just
35        libpcre.pc and libpcrecpp.pc. The omission has been rectified.
36    
37    7.  Added #ifndef SUPPORT_UCP into the pcre_ucd.c module, to reduce its size
38        when UCP support is not needed, by modifying the Python script that
39        generates it from Unicode data files. This should not matter if the module
40        is correctly used as a library, but I received one complaint about 50K of
41        unwanted data. My guess is that the person linked everything into his
42        program rather than using a library. Anyway, it does no harm.
43    
44    8.  A pattern such as /\x{123}{2,2}+/8 was incorrectly compiled; the trigger
45        was a minimum greater than 1 for a wide character in a possessive
46        repetition. The same bug could also affect patterns like /(\x{ff}{0,2})*/8
47        which had an unlimited repeat of a nested, fixed maximum repeat of a wide
48        character. Chaos in the form of incorrect output or a compiling loop could
49        result.
50    
51    9.  The restrictions on what a pattern can contain when partial matching is
52        requested for pcre_exec() have been removed. All patterns can now be
53        partially matched by this function. In addition, if there are at least two
54        slots in the offset vector, the offset of the earliest inspected character
55        for the match and the offset of the end of the subject are set in them when
56        PCRE_ERROR_PARTIAL is returned.
57    
58    10. Partial matching has been split into two forms: PCRE_PARTIAL_SOFT, which is
59        synonymous with PCRE_PARTIAL, for backwards compatibility, and
60        PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, which causes a partial match to supersede a full match,
61        and may be more useful for multi-segment matching, especially with
62        pcre_exec().
63    
64    11. Partial matching with pcre_exec() is now more intuitive. A partial match
65        used to be given if ever the end of the subject was reached; now it is
66        given only if matching could not proceed because another character was
67        needed. This makes a difference in some odd cases such as Z(*FAIL) with the
68        string "Z", which now yields "no match" instead of "partial match". In the
69        case of pcre_dfa_exec(), "no match" is given if every matching path for the
70        final character ended with (*FAIL).
71    
72    12. Restarting a match using pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match did not work
73        if the pattern had a "must contain" character that was already found in the
74        earlier partial match, unless partial matching was again requested. For
75        example, with the pattern /dog.(body)?/, the "must contain" character is
76        "g". If the first part-match was for the string "dog", restarting with
77        "sbody" failed. This bug has been fixed.
78    
79    13. The string returned by pcre_dfa_exec() after a partial match has been
80        changed so that it starts at the first inspected character rather than the
81        first character of the match. This makes a difference only if the pattern
82        starts with a lookbehind assertion or \b or \B (\K is not supported by
83        pcre_dfa_exec()). It's an incompatible change, but it makes the two
84        matching functions compatible, and I think it's the right thing to do.
85    
86    14. Added a pcredemo man page, created automatically from the pcredemo.c file,
87        so that the demonstration program is easily available in environments where
88        PCRE has not been installed from source.
89    
90    15. Arranged to add -DPCRE_STATIC to cflags in libpcre.pc, libpcreposix.cp,
91        libpcrecpp.pc and pcre-config when PCRE is not compiled as a shared
92        library.
93    
94    16. Added REG_UNGREEDY to the pcreposix interface, at the request of a user.
95        It maps to PCRE_UNGREEDY. It is not, of course, POSIX-compatible, but it
96        is not the first non-POSIX option to be added. Clearly some people find
97        these options useful.
98    
99    17. If a caller to the POSIX matching function regexec() passes a non-zero
100        value for nmatch with a NULL value for pmatch, the value of
101        nmatch is forced to zero.
102    
103    18. RunGrepTest did not have a test for the availability of the -u option of
104        the diff command, as RunTest does. It now checks in the same way as
105        RunTest, and also checks for the -b option.
106    
107    19. If an odd number of negated classes containing just a single character
108        interposed, within parentheses, between a forward reference to a named
109        subpattern and the definition of the subpattern, compilation crashed with
110        an internal error, complaining that it could not find the referenced
111        subpattern. An example of a crashing pattern is /(?&A)(([^m])(?<A>))/.
112        [The bug was that it was starting one character too far in when skipping
113        over the character class, thus treating the ] as data rather than
114        terminating the class. This meant it could skip too much.]
115    
116    20. Added PCRE_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART in order to be able to correctly implement the
117        /g option in pcretest when the pattern contains \K, which makes it possible
118        to have an empty string match not at the start, even when the pattern is
119        anchored. Updated pcretest and pcredemo to use this option.
120    
121    21. If the maximum number of capturing subpatterns in a recursion was greater
122        than the maximum at the outer level, the higher number was returned, but
123        with unset values at the outer level. The correct (outer level) value is
124        now given.
125    
126    22. If (*ACCEPT) appeared inside capturing parentheses, previous releases of
127        PCRE did not set those parentheses (unlike Perl). I have now found a way to
128        make it do so. The string so far is captured, making this feature
129        compatible with Perl.
130    
131    23. The tests have been re-organized, adding tests 11 and 12, to make it
132        possible to check the Perl 5.10 features against Perl 5.10.
133    
134    24. Perl 5.10 allows subroutine calls in lookbehinds, as long as the subroutine
135        pattern matches a fixed length string. PCRE did not allow this; now it
136        does. Neither allows recursion.
137    
138    25. I finally figured out how to implement a request to provide the minimum
139        length of subject string that was needed in order to match a given pattern.
140        (It was back references and recursion that I had previously got hung up
141        on.) This code has now been added to pcre_study(); it finds a lower bound
142        to the length of subject needed. It is not necessarily the greatest lower
143        bound, but using it to avoid searching strings that are too short does give
144        some useful speed-ups. The value is available to calling programs via
145        pcre_fullinfo().
146    
147    26. While implementing 25, I discovered to my embarrassment that pcretest had
148        not been passing the result of pcre_study() to pcre_dfa_exec(), so the
149        study optimizations had never been tested with that matching function.
150        Oops. What is worse, even when it was passed study data, there was a bug in
151        pcre_dfa_exec() that meant it never actually used it. Double oops. There
152        were also very few tests of studied patterns with pcre_dfa_exec().
153    
154    27. If (?| is used to create subpatterns with duplicate numbers, they are now
155        allowed to have the same name, even if PCRE_DUPNAMES is not set. However,
156        on the other side of the coin, they are no longer allowed to have different
157        names, because these cannot be distinguished in PCRE, and this has caused
158        confusion. (This is a difference from Perl.)
159    
160    
161    Version 7.9 11-Apr-09
162    ---------------------
163    
164    1.  When building with support for bzlib/zlib (pcregrep) and/or readline
165        (pcretest), all targets were linked against these libraries. This included
166        libpcre, libpcreposix, and libpcrecpp, even though they do not use these
167        libraries. This caused unwanted dependencies to be created. This problem
168        has been fixed, and now only pcregrep is linked with bzlib/zlib and only
169        pcretest is linked with readline.
170    
171    2.  The "typedef int BOOL" in pcre_internal.h that was included inside the
172        "#ifndef FALSE" condition by an earlier change (probably 7.8/18) has been
173        moved outside it again, because FALSE and TRUE are already defined in AIX,
174        but BOOL is not.
175    
176    3.  The pcre_config() function was treating the PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT and
177        PCRE_MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION values as ints, when they should be long ints.
178    
179    4.  The pcregrep documentation said spaces were inserted as well as colons (or
180        hyphens) following file names and line numbers when outputting matching
181        lines. This is not true; no spaces are inserted. I have also clarified the
182        wording for the --colour (or --color) option.
183    
184    5.  In pcregrep, when --colour was used with -o, the list of matching strings
185        was not coloured; this is different to GNU grep, so I have changed it to be
186        the same.
187    
188    6.  When --colo(u)r was used in pcregrep, only the first matching substring in
189        each matching line was coloured. Now it goes on to look for further matches
190        of any of the test patterns, which is the same behaviour as GNU grep.
191    
192    7.  A pattern that could match an empty string could cause pcregrep to loop; it
193        doesn't make sense to accept an empty string match in pcregrep, so I have
194        locked it out (using PCRE's PCRE_NOTEMPTY option). By experiment, this
195        seems to be how GNU grep behaves.
196    
197    8.  The pattern (?(?=.*b)b|^) was incorrectly compiled as "match must be at
198        start or after a newline", because the conditional assertion was not being
199        correctly handled. The rule now is that both the assertion and what follows
200        in the first alternative must satisfy the test.
201    
202    9.  If auto-callout was enabled in a pattern with a conditional group whose
203        condition was an assertion, PCRE could crash during matching, both with
204        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
205    
206    10. The PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY option was not working when pcre_dfa_exec() was
207        used for matching.
208    
209    11. Unicode property support in character classes was not working for
210        characters (bytes) greater than 127 when not in UTF-8 mode.
211    
212    12. Added the -M command line option to pcretest.
213    
214    14. Added the non-standard REG_NOTEMPTY option to the POSIX interface.
215    
216    15. Added the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE match-time option.
217    
218    16. Added comments and documentation about mis-use of no_arg in the C++
219        wrapper.
220    
221    17. Implemented support for UTF-8 encoding in EBCDIC environments, a patch
222        from Martin Jerabek that uses macro names for all relevant character and
223        string constants.
224    
225    18. Added to pcre_internal.h two configuration checks: (a) If both EBCDIC and
226        SUPPORT_UTF8 are set, give an error; (b) If SUPPORT_UCP is set without
227        SUPPORT_UTF8, define SUPPORT_UTF8. The "configure" script handles both of
228        these, but not everybody uses configure.
229    
230    19. A conditional group that had only one branch was not being correctly
231        recognized as an item that could match an empty string. This meant that an
232        enclosing group might also not be so recognized, causing infinite looping
233        (and probably a segfault) for patterns such as ^"((?(?=[a])[^"])|b)*"$
234        with the subject "ab", where knowledge that the repeated group can match
235        nothing is needed in order to break the loop.
236    
237    20. If a pattern that was compiled with callouts was matched using pcre_dfa_
238        exec(), but without supplying a callout function, matching went wrong.
239    
240    21. If PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT occurred during a recursion, there was a memory
241        leak if the size of the offset vector was greater than 30. When the vector
242        is smaller, the saved offsets during recursion go onto a local stack
243        vector, but for larger vectors malloc() is used. It was failing to free
244        when the recursion yielded PCRE_ERROR_MATCH_LIMIT (or any other "abnormal"
245        error, in fact).
246    
247    22. There was a missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 round one of the variables in the
248        heapframe that is used only when UTF-8 support is enabled. This caused no
249        problem, but was untidy.
250    
251    23. Steven Van Ingelgem's patch to CMakeLists.txt to change the name
252        CMAKE_BINARY_DIR to PROJECT_BINARY_DIR so that it works when PCRE is
253        included within another project.
254    
255    24. Steven Van Ingelgem's patches to add more options to the CMake support,
256        slightly modified by me:
257    
258          (a) PCRE_BUILD_TESTS can be set OFF not to build the tests, including
259              not building pcregrep.
260    
261          (b) PCRE_BUILD_PCREGREP can be see OFF not to build pcregrep, but only
262              if PCRE_BUILD_TESTS is also set OFF, because the tests use pcregrep.
263    
264    25. Forward references, both numeric and by name, in patterns that made use of
265        duplicate group numbers, could behave incorrectly or give incorrect errors,
266        because when scanning forward to find the reference group, PCRE was not
267        taking into account the duplicate group numbers. A pattern such as
268        ^X(?3)(a)(?|(b)|(q))(Y) is an example.
269    
270    26. Changed a few more instances of "const unsigned char *" to USPTR, making
271        the feature of a custom pointer more persuasive (as requested by a user).
272    
273    27. Wrapped the definitions of fileno and isatty for Windows, which appear in
274        pcretest.c, inside #ifndefs, because it seems they are sometimes already
275        pre-defined.
276    
277    28. Added support for (*UTF8) at the start of a pattern.
278    
279    29. Arrange for flags added by the "release type" setting in CMake to be shown
280        in the configuration summary.
281    
282    
283    Version 7.8 05-Sep-08
284    ---------------------
285    
286    1.  Replaced UCP searching code with optimized version as implemented for Ad
287        Muncher (http://www.admuncher.com/) by Peter Kankowski. This uses a two-
288        stage table and inline lookup instead of a function, giving speed ups of 2
289        to 5 times on some simple patterns that I tested. Permission was given to
290        distribute the MultiStage2.py script that generates the tables (it's not in
291        the tarball, but is in the Subversion repository).
292    
293    2.  Updated the Unicode datatables to Unicode 5.1.0. This adds yet more
294        scripts.
295    
296    3.  Change 12 for 7.7 introduced a bug in pcre_study() when a pattern contained
297        a group with a zero qualifier. The result of the study could be incorrect,
298        or the function might crash, depending on the pattern.
299    
300    4.  Caseless matching was not working for non-ASCII characters in back
301        references. For example, /(\x{de})\1/8i was not matching \x{de}\x{fe}.
302        It now works when Unicode Property Support is available.
303    
304    5.  In pcretest, an escape such as \x{de} in the data was always generating
305        a UTF-8 string, even in non-UTF-8 mode. Now it generates a single byte in
306        non-UTF-8 mode. If the value is greater than 255, it gives a warning about
307        truncation.
308    
309    6.  Minor bugfix in pcrecpp.cc (change "" == ... to NULL == ...).
310    
311    7.  Added two (int) casts to pcregrep when printing the difference of two
312        pointers, in case they are 64-bit values.
313    
314    8.  Added comments about Mac OS X stack usage to the pcrestack man page and to
315        test 2 if it fails.
316    
317    9.  Added PCRE_CALL_CONVENTION just before the names of all exported functions,
318        and a #define of that name to empty if it is not externally set. This is to
319        allow users of MSVC to set it if necessary.
320    
321    10. The PCRE_EXP_DEFN macro which precedes exported functions was missing from
322        the convenience functions in the pcre_get.c source file.
323    
324    11. An option change at the start of a pattern that had top-level alternatives
325        could cause overwriting and/or a crash. This command provoked a crash in
326        some environments:
327    
328          printf "/(?i)[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbd]|[\xc3\xa9\xc3\xbdA]/8\n" | pcretest
329    
330        This potential security problem was recorded as CVE-2008-2371.
331    
332    12. For a pattern where the match had to start at the beginning or immediately
333        after a newline (e.g /.*anything/ without the DOTALL flag), pcre_exec() and
334        pcre_dfa_exec() could read past the end of the passed subject if there was
335        no match. To help with detecting such bugs (e.g. with valgrind), I modified
336        pcretest so that it places the subject at the end of its malloc-ed buffer.
337    
338    13. The change to pcretest in 12 above threw up a couple more cases when pcre_
339        exec() might read past the end of the data buffer in UTF-8 mode.
340    
341    14. A similar bug to 7.3/2 existed when the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option was set and
342        the data contained the byte 0x85 as part of a UTF-8 character within its
343        first line. This applied both to normal and DFA matching.
344    
345    15. Lazy qualifiers were not working in some cases in UTF-8 mode. For example,
346        /^[^d]*?$/8 failed to match "abc".
347    
348    16. Added a missing copyright notice to pcrecpp_internal.h.
349    
350    17. Make it more clear in the documentation that values returned from
351        pcre_exec() in ovector are byte offsets, not character counts.
352    
353    18. Tidied a few places to stop certain compilers from issuing warnings.
354    
355    19. Updated the Virtual Pascal + BCC files to compile the latest v7.7, as
356        supplied by Stefan Weber. I made a further small update for 7.8 because
357        there is a change of source arrangements: the pcre_searchfuncs.c module is
358        replaced by pcre_ucd.c.
359    
360    
361    Version 7.7 07-May-08
362  ---------------------  ---------------------
363    
364  1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert  1.  Applied Craig's patch to sort out a long long problem: "If we can't convert
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460      requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from      requested, but also to allow for it to be overridden. This patch came from
461      Daniel Bergström.      Daniel Bergström.
462    
463    19. There was a typo in the file ucpinternal.h where f0_rangeflag was defined
464        as 0x00f00000 instead of 0x00800000. Luckily, this would not have caused
465        any errors with the current Unicode tables. Thanks to Peter Kankowski for
466        spotting this.
467    
468    
469  Version 7.6 28-Jan-08  Version 7.6 28-Jan-08
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