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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
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3    
4  Version 8.10 03 May-2010  Version 8.31
5    -----------------------------
6    
7    1.  Fixing a wrong JIT test case and some compiler warnings.
8    
9    2.  Removed a bashism from the RunTest script.
10    
11    3.  Add a cast to pcre_exec.c to fix the warning "unary minus operator applied
12        to unsigned type, result still unsigned" that was given by an MS compiler
13        on encountering the code "-sizeof(xxx)".
14    
15    4.  Partial matching support is added to the JIT compiler.
16    
17    5.  Fixed several bugs concerned with partial matching of items that consist
18        of more than one character:
19    
20        (a) /^(..)\1/ did not partially match "aba" because checking references was
21            done on an "all or nothing" basis. This also applied to repeated
22            references.
23    
24        (b) \R did not give a hard partial match if \r was found at the end of the
25            subject.
26    
27        (c) \X did not give a hard partial match after matching one or more
28            characters at the end of the subject.
29    
30        (d) When newline was set to CRLF, a pattern such as /a$/ did not recognize
31            a partial match for the string "\r".
32    
33        (e) When newline was set to CRLF, the metacharacter "." did not recognize
34            a partial match for a CR character at the end of the subject string.
35    
36    6.  If JIT is requested using /S++ or -s++ (instead of just /S+ or -s+) when
37        running pcretest, the text "(JIT)" added to the output whenever JIT is
38        actually used to run the match.
39    
40    7.  Individual JIT compile options can be set in pcretest by following -s+[+]
41        or /S+[+] with a digit between 1 and 7.
42    
43    8.  OP_NOT now supports any UTF character not just single-byte ones.
44    
45    9.  (*MARK) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
46    
47    10. The command "./RunTest list" lists the available tests without actually
48        running any of them. (Because I keep forgetting what they all are.)
49    
50    11. Add PCRE_INFO_MAXLOOKBEHIND.
51    
52    12. Applied a (slightly modified) user-supplied patch that improves performance
53        when the heap is used for recursion (compiled with --disable-stack-for-
54        recursion). Instead of malloc and free for each heap frame each time a
55        logical recursion happens, frames are retained on a chain and re-used where
56        possible. This sometimes gives as much as 30% improvement.
57    
58    13. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a recursive subpattern
59        call.
60    
61    14. As documented, (*COMMIT) is now confined to within a positive assertion.
62    
63    15. It is now possible to link pcretest with libedit as an alternative to
64        libreadline.
65    
66    16. (*COMMIT) control verb is now supported by the JIT compiler.
67    
68    17. The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.1.0.
69    
70    18. Added --file-list option to pcregrep.
71    
72    19. Added binary file support to pcregrep, including the -a, --binary-files,
73        -I, and --text options.
74    
75    
76    Version 8.30 04-February-2012
77    -----------------------------
78    
79    1.  Renamed "isnumber" as "is_a_number" because in some Mac environments this
80        name is defined in ctype.h.
81    
82    2.  Fixed a bug in fixed-length calculation for lookbehinds that would show up
83        only in quite long subpatterns.
84    
85    3.  Removed the function pcre_info(), which has been obsolete and deprecated
86        since it was replaced by pcre_fullinfo() in February 2000.
87    
88    4.  For a non-anchored pattern, if (*SKIP) was given with a name that did not
89        match a (*MARK), and the match failed at the start of the subject, a
90        reference to memory before the start of the subject could occur. This bug
91        was introduced by fix 17 of release 8.21.
92    
93    5.  A reference to an unset group with zero minimum repetition was giving
94        totally wrong answers (in non-JavaScript-compatibility mode). For example,
95        /(another)?(\1?)test/ matched against "hello world test". This bug was
96        introduced in release 8.13.
97    
98    6.  Add support for 16-bit character strings (a large amount of work involving
99        many changes and refactorings).
100    
101    7.  RunGrepTest failed on msys because \r\n was replaced by whitespace when the
102        command "pattern=`printf 'xxx\r\njkl'`" was run. The pattern is now taken
103        from a file.
104    
105    8.  Ovector size of 2 is also supported by JIT based pcre_exec (the ovector size
106        rounding is not applied in this particular case).
107    
108    9.  The invalid Unicode surrogate codepoints U+D800 to U+DFFF are now rejected
109        if they appear, or are escaped, in patterns.
110    
111    10. Get rid of a number of -Wunused-but-set-variable warnings.
112    
113    11. The pattern /(?=(*:x))(q|)/ matches an empty string, and returns the mark
114        "x". The similar pattern /(?=(*:x))((*:y)q|)/ did not return a mark at all.
115        Oddly, Perl behaves the same way. PCRE has been fixed so that this pattern
116        also returns the mark "x". This bug applied to capturing parentheses,
117        non-capturing parentheses, and atomic parentheses. It also applied to some
118        assertions.
119    
120    12. Stephen Kelly's patch to CMakeLists.txt allows it to parse the version
121        information out of configure.ac instead of relying on pcre.h.generic, which
122        is not stored in the repository.
123    
124    13. Applied Dmitry V. Levin's patch for a more portable method for linking with
125        -lreadline.
126    
127    14. ZH added PCRE_CONFIG_JITTARGET; added its output to pcretest -C.
128    
129    15. Applied Graycode's patch to put the top-level frame on the stack rather
130        than the heap when not using the stack for recursion. This gives a
131        performance improvement in many cases when recursion is not deep.
132    
133    16. Experimental code added to "pcretest -C" to output the stack frame size.
134    
135    
136    Version 8.21 12-Dec-2011
137    ------------------------
138    
139    1.  Updating the JIT compiler.
140    
141    2.  JIT compiler now supports OP_NCREF, OP_RREF and OP_NRREF. New test cases
142        are added as well.
143    
144    3.  Fix cache-flush issue on PowerPC (It is still an experimental JIT port).
145        PCRE_EXTRA_TABLES is not suported by JIT, and should be checked before
146        calling _pcre_jit_exec. Some extra comments are added.
147    
148    4.  (*MARK) settings inside atomic groups that do not contain any capturing
149        parentheses, for example, (?>a(*:m)), were not being passed out. This bug
150        was introduced by change 18 for 8.20.
151    
152    5.  Supporting of \x, \U and \u in JavaScript compatibility mode based on the
153        ECMA-262 standard.
154    
155    6.  Lookbehinds such as (?<=a{2}b) that contained a fixed repetition were
156        erroneously being rejected as "not fixed length" if PCRE_CASELESS was set.
157        This bug was probably introduced by change 9 of 8.13.
158    
159    7.  While fixing 6 above, I noticed that a number of other items were being
160        incorrectly rejected as "not fixed length". This arose partly because newer
161        opcodes had not been added to the fixed-length checking code. I have (a)
162        corrected the bug and added tests for these items, and (b) arranged for an
163        error to occur if an unknown opcode is encountered while checking for fixed
164        length instead of just assuming "not fixed length". The items that were
165        rejected were: (*ACCEPT), (*COMMIT), (*FAIL), (*MARK), (*PRUNE), (*SKIP),
166        (*THEN), \h, \H, \v, \V, and single character negative classes with fixed
167        repetitions, e.g. [^a]{3}, with and without PCRE_CASELESS.
168    
169    8.  A possessively repeated conditional subpattern such as (?(?=c)c|d)++ was
170        being incorrectly compiled and would have given unpredicatble results.
171    
172    9.  A possessively repeated subpattern with minimum repeat count greater than
173        one behaved incorrectly. For example, (A){2,}+ behaved as if it was
174        (A)(A)++ which meant that, after a subsequent mismatch, backtracking into
175        the first (A) could occur when it should not.
176    
177    10. Add a cast and remove a redundant test from the code.
178    
179    11. JIT should use pcre_malloc/pcre_free for allocation.
180    
181    12. Updated pcre-config so that it no longer shows -L/usr/lib, which seems
182        best practice nowadays, and helps with cross-compiling. (If the exec_prefix
183        is anything other than /usr, -L is still shown).
184    
185    13. In non-UTF-8 mode, \C is now supported in lookbehinds and DFA matching.
186    
187    14. Perl does not support \N without a following name in a [] class; PCRE now
188        also gives an error.
189    
190    15. If a forward reference was repeated with an upper limit of around 2000,
191        it caused the error "internal error: overran compiling workspace". The
192        maximum number of forward references (including repeats) was limited by the
193        internal workspace, and dependent on the LINK_SIZE. The code has been
194        rewritten so that the workspace expands (via pcre_malloc) if necessary, and
195        the default depends on LINK_SIZE. There is a new upper limit (for safety)
196        of around 200,000 forward references. While doing this, I also speeded up
197        the filling in of repeated forward references.
198    
199    16. A repeated forward reference in a pattern such as (a)(?2){2}(.) was
200        incorrectly expecting the subject to contain another "a" after the start.
201    
202    17. When (*SKIP:name) is activated without a corresponding (*MARK:name) earlier
203        in the match, the SKIP should be ignored. This was not happening; instead
204        the SKIP was being treated as NOMATCH. For patterns such as
205        /A(*MARK:A)A+(*SKIP:B)Z|AAC/ this meant that the AAC branch was never
206        tested.
207    
208    18. The behaviour of (*MARK), (*PRUNE), and (*THEN) has been reworked and is
209        now much more compatible with Perl, in particular in cases where the result
210        is a non-match for a non-anchored pattern. For example, if
211        /b(*:m)f|a(*:n)w/ is matched against "abc", the non-match returns the name
212        "m", where previously it did not return a name. A side effect of this
213        change is that for partial matches, the last encountered mark name is
214        returned, as for non matches. A number of tests that were previously not
215        Perl-compatible have been moved into the Perl-compatible test files. The
216        refactoring has had the pleasing side effect of removing one argument from
217        the match() function, thus reducing its stack requirements.
218    
219    19. If the /S+ option was used in pcretest to study a pattern using JIT,
220        subsequent uses of /S (without +) incorrectly behaved like /S+.
221    
222    21. Retrieve executable code size support for the JIT compiler and fixing
223        some warnings.
224    
225    22. A caseless match of a UTF-8 character whose other case uses fewer bytes did
226        not work when the shorter character appeared right at the end of the
227        subject string.
228    
229    23. Added some (int) casts to non-JIT modules to reduce warnings on 64-bit
230        systems.
231    
232    24. Added PCRE_INFO_JITSIZE to pass on the value from (21) above, and also
233        output it when the /M option is used in pcretest.
234    
235    25. The CheckMan script was not being included in the distribution. Also, added
236        an explicit "perl" to run Perl scripts from the PrepareRelease script
237        because this is reportedly needed in Windows.
238    
239    26. If study data was being save in a file and studying had not found a set of
240        "starts with" bytes for the pattern, the data written to the file (though
241        never used) was taken from uninitialized memory and so caused valgrind to
242        complain.
243    
244    27. Updated RunTest.bat as provided by Sheri Pierce.
245    
246    28. Fixed a possible uninitialized memory bug in pcre_jit_compile.c.
247    
248    29. Computation of memory usage for the table of capturing group names was
249        giving an unnecessarily large value.
250    
251    
252    Version 8.20 21-Oct-2011
253    ------------------------
254    
255    1.  Change 37 of 8.13 broke patterns like [:a]...[b:] because it thought it had
256        a POSIX class. After further experiments with Perl, which convinced me that
257        Perl has bugs and confusions, a closing square bracket is no longer allowed
258        in a POSIX name. This bug also affected patterns with classes that started
259        with full stops.
260    
261    2.  If a pattern such as /(a)b|ac/ is matched against "ac", there is no
262        captured substring, but while checking the failing first alternative,
263        substring 1 is temporarily captured. If the output vector supplied to
264        pcre_exec() was not big enough for this capture, the yield of the function
265        was still zero ("insufficient space for captured substrings"). This cannot
266        be totally fixed without adding another stack variable, which seems a lot
267        of expense for a edge case. However, I have improved the situation in cases
268        such as /(a)(b)x|abc/ matched against "abc", where the return code
269        indicates that fewer than the maximum number of slots in the ovector have
270        been set.
271    
272    3.  Related to (2) above: when there are more back references in a pattern than
273        slots in the output vector, pcre_exec() uses temporary memory during
274        matching, and copies in the captures as far as possible afterwards. It was
275        using the entire output vector, but this conflicts with the specification
276        that only 2/3 is used for passing back captured substrings. Now it uses
277        only the first 2/3, for compatibility. This is, of course, another edge
278        case.
279    
280    4.  Zoltan Herczeg's just-in-time compiler support has been integrated into the
281        main code base, and can be used by building with --enable-jit. When this is
282        done, pcregrep automatically uses it unless --disable-pcregrep-jit or the
283        runtime --no-jit option is given.
284    
285    5.  When the number of matches in a pcre_dfa_exec() run exactly filled the
286        ovector, the return from the function was zero, implying that there were
287        other matches that did not fit. The correct "exactly full" value is now
288        returned.
289    
290    6.  If a subpattern that was called recursively or as a subroutine contained
291        (*PRUNE) or any other control that caused it to give a non-standard return,
292        invalid errors such as "Error -26 (nested recursion at the same subject
293        position)" or even infinite loops could occur.
294    
295    7.  If a pattern such as /a(*SKIP)c|b(*ACCEPT)|/ was studied, it stopped
296        computing the minimum length on reaching *ACCEPT, and so ended up with the
297        wrong value of 1 rather than 0. Further investigation indicates that
298        computing a minimum subject length in the presence of *ACCEPT is difficult
299        (think back references, subroutine calls), and so I have changed the code
300        so that no minimum is registered for a pattern that contains *ACCEPT.
301    
302    8.  If (*THEN) was present in the first (true) branch of a conditional group,
303        it was not handled as intended. [But see 16 below.]
304    
305    9.  Replaced RunTest.bat and CMakeLists.txt with improved versions provided by
306        Sheri Pierce.
307    
308    10. A pathological pattern such as /(*ACCEPT)a/ was miscompiled, thinking that
309        the first byte in a match must be "a".
310    
311    11. Change 17 for 8.13 increased the recursion depth for patterns like
312        /a(?:.)*?a/ drastically. I've improved things by remembering whether a
313        pattern contains any instances of (*THEN). If it does not, the old
314        optimizations are restored. It would be nice to do this on a per-group
315        basis, but at the moment that is not feasible.
316    
317    12. In some environments, the output of pcretest -C is CRLF terminated. This
318        broke RunTest's code that checks for the link size. A single white space
319        character after the value is now allowed for.
320    
321    13. RunTest now checks for the "fr" locale as well as for "fr_FR" and "french".
322        For "fr", it uses the Windows-specific input and output files.
323    
324    14. If (*THEN) appeared in a group that was called recursively or as a
325        subroutine, it did not work as intended. [But see next item.]
326    
327    15. Consider the pattern /A (B(*THEN)C) | D/ where A, B, C, and D are complex
328        pattern fragments (but not containing any | characters). If A and B are
329        matched, but there is a failure in C so that it backtracks to (*THEN), PCRE
330        was behaving differently to Perl. PCRE backtracked into A, but Perl goes to
331        D. In other words, Perl considers parentheses that do not contain any |
332        characters to be part of a surrounding alternative, whereas PCRE was
333        treading (B(*THEN)C) the same as (B(*THEN)C|(*FAIL)) -- which Perl handles
334        differently. PCRE now behaves in the same way as Perl, except in the case
335        of subroutine/recursion calls such as (?1) which have in any case always
336        been different (but PCRE had them first :-).
337    
338    16. Related to 15 above: Perl does not treat the | in a conditional group as
339        creating alternatives. Such a group is treated in the same way as an
340        ordinary group without any | characters when processing (*THEN). PCRE has
341        been changed to match Perl's behaviour.
342    
343    17. If a user had set PCREGREP_COLO(U)R to something other than 1:31, the
344        RunGrepTest script failed.
345    
346    18. Change 22 for version 13 caused atomic groups to use more stack. This is
347        inevitable for groups that contain captures, but it can lead to a lot of
348        stack use in large patterns. The old behaviour has been restored for atomic
349        groups that do not contain any capturing parentheses.
350    
351    19. If the PCRE_NO_START_OPTIMIZE option was set for pcre_compile(), it did not
352        suppress the check for a minimum subject length at run time. (If it was
353        given to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() it did work.)
354    
355    20. Fixed an ASCII-dependent infelicity in pcretest that would have made it
356        fail to work when decoding hex characters in data strings in EBCDIC
357        environments.
358    
359    21. It appears that in at least one Mac OS environment, the isxdigit() function
360        is implemented as a macro that evaluates to its argument more than once,
361        contravening the C 90 Standard (I haven't checked a later standard). There
362        was an instance in pcretest which caused it to go wrong when processing
363        \x{...} escapes in subject strings. The has been rewritten to avoid using
364        things like p++ in the argument of isxdigit().
365    
366    
367    Version 8.13 16-Aug-2011
368    ------------------------
369    
370    1.  The Unicode data tables have been updated to Unicode 6.0.0.
371    
372    2.  Two minor typos in pcre_internal.h have been fixed.
373    
374    3.  Added #include <string.h> to pcre_scanner_unittest.cc, pcrecpp.cc, and
375        pcrecpp_unittest.cc. They are needed for strcmp(), memset(), and strchr()
376        in some environments (e.g. Solaris 10/SPARC using Sun Studio 12U2).
377    
378    4.  There were a number of related bugs in the code for matching backrefences
379        caselessly in UTF-8 mode when codes for the characters concerned were
380        different numbers of bytes. For example, U+023A and U+2C65 are an upper
381        and lower case pair, using 2 and 3 bytes, respectively. The main bugs were:
382        (a) A reference to 3 copies of a 2-byte code matched only 2 of a 3-byte
383        code. (b) A reference to 2 copies of a 3-byte code would not match 2 of a
384        2-byte code at the end of the subject (it thought there wasn't enough data
385        left).
386    
387    5.  Comprehensive information about what went wrong is now returned by
388        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() when the UTF-8 string check fails, as long
389        as the output vector has at least 2 elements. The offset of the start of
390        the failing character and a reason code are placed in the vector.
391    
392    6.  When the UTF-8 string check fails for pcre_compile(), the offset that is
393        now returned is for the first byte of the failing character, instead of the
394        last byte inspected. This is an incompatible change, but I hope it is small
395        enough not to be a problem. It makes the returned offset consistent with
396        pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec().
397    
398    7.  pcretest now gives a text phrase as well as the error number when
399        pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec() fails; if the error is a UTF-8 check
400        failure, the offset and reason code are output.
401    
402    8.  When \R was used with a maximizing quantifier it failed to skip backwards
403        over a \r\n pair if the subsequent match failed. Instead, it just skipped
404        back over a single character (\n). This seems wrong (because it treated the
405        two characters as a single entity when going forwards), conflicts with the
406        documentation that \R is equivalent to (?>\r\n|\n|...etc), and makes the
407        behaviour of \R* different to (\R)*, which also seems wrong. The behaviour
408        has been changed.
409    
410    9.  Some internal refactoring has changed the processing so that the handling
411        of the PCRE_CASELESS and PCRE_MULTILINE options is done entirely at compile
412        time (the PCRE_DOTALL option was changed this way some time ago: version
413        7.7 change 16). This has made it possible to abolish the OP_OPT op code,
414        which was always a bit of a fudge. It also means that there is one less
415        argument for the match() function, which reduces its stack requirements
416        slightly. This change also fixes an incompatibility with Perl: the pattern
417        (?i:([^b]))(?1) should not match "ab", but previously PCRE gave a match.
418    
419    10. More internal refactoring has drastically reduced the number of recursive
420        calls to match() for possessively repeated groups such as (abc)++ when
421        using pcre_exec().
422    
423    11. While implementing 10, a number of bugs in the handling of groups were
424        discovered and fixed:
425    
426        (?<=(a)+) was not diagnosed as invalid (non-fixed-length lookbehind).
427        (a|)*(?1) gave a compile-time internal error.
428        ((a|)+)+  did not notice that the outer group could match an empty string.
429        (^a|^)+   was not marked as anchored.
430        (.*a|.*)+ was not marked as matching at start or after a newline.
431    
432    12. Yet more internal refactoring has removed another argument from the match()
433        function. Special calls to this function are now indicated by setting a
434        value in a variable in the "match data" data block.
435    
436    13. Be more explicit in pcre_study() instead of relying on "default" for
437        opcodes that mean there is no starting character; this means that when new
438        ones are added and accidentally left out of pcre_study(), testing should
439        pick them up.
440    
441    14. The -s option of pcretest has been documented for ages as being an old
442        synonym of -m (show memory usage). I have changed it to mean "force study
443        for every regex", that is, assume /S for every regex. This is similar to -i
444        and -d etc. It's slightly incompatible, but I'm hoping nobody is still
445        using it. It makes it easier to run collections of tests with and without
446        study enabled, and thereby test pcre_study() more easily. All the standard
447        tests are now run with and without -s (but some patterns can be marked as
448        "never study" - see 20 below).
449    
450    15. When (*ACCEPT) was used in a subpattern that was called recursively, the
451        restoration of the capturing data to the outer values was not happening
452        correctly.
453    
454    16. If a recursively called subpattern ended with (*ACCEPT) and matched an
455        empty string, and PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, pcre_exec() thought the whole
456        pattern had matched an empty string, and so incorrectly returned a no
457        match.
458    
459    17. There was optimizing code for the last branch of non-capturing parentheses,
460        and also for the obeyed branch of a conditional subexpression, which used
461        tail recursion to cut down on stack usage. Unfortunately, now that there is
462        the possibility of (*THEN) occurring in these branches, tail recursion is
463        no longer possible because the return has to be checked for (*THEN). These
464        two optimizations have therefore been removed. [But see 8.20/11 above.]
465    
466    18. If a pattern containing \R was studied, it was assumed that \R always
467        matched two bytes, thus causing the minimum subject length to be
468        incorrectly computed because \R can also match just one byte.
469    
470    19. If a pattern containing (*ACCEPT) was studied, the minimum subject length
471        was incorrectly computed.
472    
473    20. If /S is present twice on a test pattern in pcretest input, it now
474        *disables* studying, thereby overriding the use of -s on the command line
475        (see 14 above). This is necessary for one or two tests to keep the output
476        identical in both cases.
477    
478    21. When (*ACCEPT) was used in an assertion that matched an empty string and
479        PCRE_NOTEMPTY was set, PCRE applied the non-empty test to the assertion.
480    
481    22. When an atomic group that contained a capturing parenthesis was
482        successfully matched, but the branch in which it appeared failed, the
483        capturing was not being forgotten if a higher numbered group was later
484        captured. For example, /(?>(a))b|(a)c/ when matching "ac" set capturing
485        group 1 to "a", when in fact it should be unset. This applied to multi-
486        branched capturing and non-capturing groups, repeated or not, and also to
487        positive assertions (capturing in negative assertions does not happen
488        in PCRE) and also to nested atomic groups.
489    
490    23. Add the ++ qualifier feature to pcretest, to show the remainder of the
491        subject after a captured substring, to make it easier to tell which of a
492        number of identical substrings has been captured.
493    
494    24. The way atomic groups are processed by pcre_exec() has been changed so that
495        if they are repeated, backtracking one repetition now resets captured
496        values correctly. For example, if ((?>(a+)b)+aabab) is matched against
497        "aaaabaaabaabab" the value of captured group 2 is now correctly recorded as
498        "aaa". Previously, it would have been "a". As part of this code
499        refactoring, the way recursive calls are handled has also been changed.
500    
501    25. If an assertion condition captured any substrings, they were not passed
502        back unless some other capturing happened later. For example, if
503        (?(?=(a))a) was matched against "a", no capturing was returned.
504    
505    26. When studying a pattern that contained subroutine calls or assertions,
506        the code for finding the minimum length of a possible match was handling
507        direct recursions such as (xxx(?1)|yyy) but not mutual recursions (where
508        group 1 called group 2 while simultaneously a separate group 2 called group
509        1). A stack overflow occurred in this case. I have fixed this by limiting
510        the recursion depth to 10.
511    
512    27. Updated RunTest.bat in the distribution to the version supplied by Tom
513        Fortmann. This supports explicit test numbers on the command line, and has
514        argument validation and error reporting.
515    
516    28. An instance of \X with an unlimited repeat could fail if at any point the
517        first character it looked at was a mark character.
518    
519    29. Some minor code refactoring concerning Unicode properties and scripts
520        should reduce the stack requirement of match() slightly.
521    
522    30. Added the '=' option to pcretest to check the setting of unused capturing
523        slots at the end of the pattern, which are documented as being -1, but are
524        not included in the return count.
525    
526    31. If \k was not followed by a braced, angle-bracketed, or quoted name, PCRE
527        compiled something random. Now it gives a compile-time error (as does
528        Perl).
529    
530    32. A *MARK encountered during the processing of a positive assertion is now
531        recorded and passed back (compatible with Perl).
532    
533    33. If --only-matching or --colour was set on a pcregrep call whose pattern
534        had alternative anchored branches, the search for a second match in a line
535        was done as if at the line start. Thus, for example, /^01|^02/ incorrectly
536        matched the line "0102" twice. The same bug affected patterns that started
537        with a backwards assertion. For example /\b01|\b02/ also matched "0102"
538        twice.
539    
540    34. Previously, PCRE did not allow quantification of assertions. However, Perl
541        does, and because of capturing effects, quantifying parenthesized
542        assertions may at times be useful. Quantifiers are now allowed for
543        parenthesized assertions.
544    
545    35. A minor code tidy in pcre_compile() when checking options for \R usage.
546    
547    36. \g was being checked for fancy things in a character class, when it should
548        just be a literal "g".
549    
550    37. PCRE was rejecting [:a[:digit:]] whereas Perl was not. It seems that the
551        appearance of a nested POSIX class supersedes an apparent external class.
552        For example, [:a[:digit:]b:] matches "a", "b", ":", or a digit. Also,
553        unescaped square brackets may also appear as part of class names. For
554        example, [:a[:abc]b:] gives unknown class "[:abc]b:]". PCRE now behaves
555        more like Perl. (But see 8.20/1 above.)
556    
557    38. PCRE was giving an error for \N with a braced quantifier such as {1,} (this
558        was because it thought it was \N{name}, which is not supported).
559    
560    39. Add minix to OS list not supporting the -S option in pcretest.
561    
562    40. PCRE tries to detect cases of infinite recursion at compile time, but it
563        cannot analyze patterns in sufficient detail to catch mutual recursions
564        such as ((?1))((?2)). There is now a runtime test that gives an error if a
565        subgroup is called recursively as a subpattern for a second time at the
566        same position in the subject string. In previous releases this might have
567        been caught by the recursion limit, or it might have run out of stack.
568    
569    41. A pattern such as /(?(R)a+|(?R)b)/ is quite safe, as the recursion can
570        happen only once. PCRE was, however incorrectly giving a compile time error
571        "recursive call could loop indefinitely" because it cannot analyze the
572        pattern in sufficient detail. The compile time test no longer happens when
573        PCRE is compiling a conditional subpattern, but actual runaway loops are
574        now caught at runtime (see 40 above).
575    
576    42. It seems that Perl allows any characters other than a closing parenthesis
577        to be part of the NAME in (*MARK:NAME) and other backtracking verbs. PCRE
578        has been changed to be the same.
579    
580    43. Updated configure.ac to put in more quoting round AC_LANG_PROGRAM etc. so
581        as not to get warnings when autogen.sh is called. Also changed
582        AC_PROG_LIBTOOL (deprecated) to LT_INIT (the current macro).
583    
584    44. To help people who use pcregrep to scan files containing exceedingly long
585        lines, the following changes have been made:
586    
587        (a) The default value of the buffer size parameter has been increased from
588            8K to 20K. (The actual buffer used is three times this size.)
589    
590        (b) The default can be changed by ./configure --with-pcregrep-bufsize when
591            PCRE is built.
592    
593        (c) A --buffer-size=n option has been added to pcregrep, to allow the size
594            to be set at run time.
595    
596        (d) Numerical values in pcregrep options can be followed by K or M, for
597            example --buffer-size=50K.
598    
599        (e) If a line being scanned overflows pcregrep's buffer, an error is now
600            given and the return code is set to 2.
601    
602    45. Add a pointer to the latest mark to the callout data block.
603    
604    46. The pattern /.(*F)/, when applied to "abc" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
605        partial match of an empty string instead of no match. This was specific to
606        the use of ".".
607    
608    47. The pattern /f.*/8s, when applied to "for" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD, gave a
609        complete match instead of a partial match. This bug was dependent on both
610        the PCRE_UTF8 and PCRE_DOTALL options being set.
611    
612    48. For a pattern such as /\babc|\bdef/ pcre_study() was failing to set up the
613        starting byte set, because \b was not being ignored.
614    
615    
616    Version 8.12 15-Jan-2011
617    ------------------------
618    
619    1.  Fixed some typos in the markup of the man pages, and wrote a script that
620        checks for such things as part of the documentation building process.
621    
622    2.  On a big-endian 64-bit system, pcregrep did not correctly process the
623        --match-limit and --recursion-limit options (added for 8.11). In
624        particular, this made one of the standard tests fail. (The integer value
625        went into the wrong half of a long int.)
626    
627    3.  If the --colour option was given to pcregrep with -v (invert match), it
628        did strange things, either producing crazy output, or crashing. It should,
629        of course, ignore a request for colour when reporting lines that do not
630        match.
631    
632    4.  Another pcregrep bug caused similar problems if --colour was specified with
633        -M (multiline) and the pattern match finished with a line ending.
634    
635    5.  In pcregrep, when a pattern that ended with a literal newline sequence was
636        matched in multiline mode, the following line was shown as part of the
637        match. This seems wrong, so I have changed it.
638    
639    6.  Another pcregrep bug in multiline mode, when --colour was specified, caused
640        the check for further matches in the same line (so they could be coloured)
641        to overrun the end of the current line. If another match was found, it was
642        incorrectly shown (and then shown again when found in the next line).
643    
644    7.  If pcregrep was compiled under Windows, there was a reference to the
645        function pcregrep_exit() before it was defined. I am assuming this was
646        the cause of the "error C2371: 'pcregrep_exit' : redefinition;" that was
647        reported by a user. I've moved the definition above the reference.
648    
649    
650    Version 8.11 10-Dec-2010
651    ------------------------
652    
653    1.  (*THEN) was not working properly if there were untried alternatives prior
654        to it in the current branch. For example, in ((a|b)(*THEN)(*F)|c..) it
655        backtracked to try for "b" instead of moving to the next alternative branch
656        at the same level (in this case, to look for "c"). The Perl documentation
657        is clear that when (*THEN) is backtracked onto, it goes to the "next
658        alternative in the innermost enclosing group".
659    
660    2.  (*COMMIT) was not overriding (*THEN), as it does in Perl. In a pattern
661        such as   (A(*COMMIT)B(*THEN)C|D)  any failure after matching A should
662        result in overall failure. Similarly, (*COMMIT) now overrides (*PRUNE) and
663        (*SKIP), (*SKIP) overrides (*PRUNE) and (*THEN), and (*PRUNE) overrides
664        (*THEN).
665    
666    3.  If \s appeared in a character class, it removed the VT character from
667        the class, even if it had been included by some previous item, for example
668        in [\x00-\xff\s]. (This was a bug related to the fact that VT is not part
669        of \s, but is part of the POSIX "space" class.)
670    
671    4.  A partial match never returns an empty string (because you can always
672        match an empty string at the end of the subject); however the checking for
673        an empty string was starting at the "start of match" point. This has been
674        changed to the "earliest inspected character" point, because the returned
675        data for a partial match starts at this character. This means that, for
676        example, /(?<=abc)def/ gives a partial match for the subject "abc"
677        (previously it gave "no match").
678    
679    5.  Changes have been made to the way PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD affects the matching
680        of $, \z, \Z, \b, and \B. If the match point is at the end of the string,
681        previously a full match would be given. However, setting PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD
682        has an implication that the given string is incomplete (because a partial
683        match is preferred over a full match). For this reason, these items now
684        give a partial match in this situation. [Aside: previously, the one case
685        /t\b/ matched against "cat" with PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD set did return a partial
686        match rather than a full match, which was wrong by the old rules, but is
687        now correct.]
688    
689    6.  There was a bug in the handling of #-introduced comments, recognized when
690        PCRE_EXTENDED is set, when PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY and PCRE_UTF8 were also set.
691        If a UTF-8 multi-byte character included the byte 0x85 (e.g. +U0445, whose
692        UTF-8 encoding is 0xd1,0x85), this was misinterpreted as a newline when
693        scanning for the end of the comment. (*Character* 0x85 is an "any" newline,
694        but *byte* 0x85 is not, in UTF-8 mode). This bug was present in several
695        places in pcre_compile().
696    
697    7.  Related to (6) above, when pcre_compile() was skipping #-introduced
698        comments when looking ahead for named forward references to subpatterns,
699        the only newline sequence it recognized was NL. It now handles newlines
700        according to the set newline convention.
701    
702    8.  SunOS4 doesn't have strerror() or strtoul(); pcregrep dealt with the
703        former, but used strtoul(), whereas pcretest avoided strtoul() but did not
704        cater for a lack of strerror(). These oversights have been fixed.
705    
706    9.  Added --match-limit and --recursion-limit to pcregrep.
707    
708    10. Added two casts needed to build with Visual Studio when NO_RECURSE is set.
709    
710    11. When the -o option was used, pcregrep was setting a return code of 1, even
711        when matches were found, and --line-buffered was not being honoured.
712    
713    12. Added an optional parentheses number to the -o and --only-matching options
714        of pcregrep.
715    
716    13. Imitating Perl's /g action for multiple matches is tricky when the pattern
717        can match an empty string. The code to do it in pcretest and pcredemo
718        needed fixing:
719    
720        (a) When the newline convention was "crlf", pcretest got it wrong, skipping
721            only one byte after an empty string match just before CRLF (this case
722            just got forgotten; "any" and "anycrlf" were OK).
723    
724        (b) The pcretest code also had a bug, causing it to loop forever in UTF-8
725            mode when an empty string match preceded an ASCII character followed by
726            a non-ASCII character. (The code for advancing by one character rather
727            than one byte was nonsense.)
728    
729        (c) The pcredemo.c sample program did not have any code at all to handle
730            the cases when CRLF is a valid newline sequence.
731    
732    14. Neither pcre_exec() nor pcre_dfa_exec() was checking that the value given
733        as a starting offset was within the subject string. There is now a new
734        error, PCRE_ERROR_BADOFFSET, which is returned if the starting offset is
735        negative or greater than the length of the string. In order to test this,
736        pcretest is extended to allow the setting of negative starting offsets.
737    
738    15. In both pcre_exec() and pcre_dfa_exec() the code for checking that the
739        starting offset points to the beginning of a UTF-8 character was
740        unnecessarily clumsy. I tidied it up.
741    
742    16. Added PCRE_ERROR_SHORTUTF8 to make it possible to distinguish between a
743        bad UTF-8 sequence and one that is incomplete when using PCRE_PARTIAL_HARD.
744    
745    17. Nobody had reported that the --include_dir option, which was added in
746        release 7.7 should have been called --include-dir (hyphen, not underscore)
747        for compatibility with GNU grep. I have changed it to --include-dir, but
748        left --include_dir as an undocumented synonym, and the same for
749        --exclude-dir, though that is not available in GNU grep, at least as of
750        release 2.5.4.
751    
752    18. At a user's suggestion, the macros GETCHAR and friends (which pick up UTF-8
753        characters from a string of bytes) have been redefined so as not to use
754        loops, in order to improve performance in some environments. At the same
755        time, I abstracted some of the common code into auxiliary macros to save
756        repetition (this should not affect the compiled code).
757    
758    19. If \c was followed by a multibyte UTF-8 character, bad things happened. A
759        compile-time error is now given if \c is not followed by an ASCII
760        character, that is, a byte less than 128. (In EBCDIC mode, the code is
761        different, and any byte value is allowed.)
762    
763    20. Recognize (*NO_START_OPT) at the start of a pattern to set the PCRE_NO_
764        START_OPTIMIZE option, which is now allowed at compile time - but just
765        passed through to pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). This makes it available
766        to pcregrep and other applications that have no direct access to PCRE
767        options. The new /Y option in pcretest sets this option when calling
768        pcre_compile().
769    
770    21. Change 18 of release 8.01 broke the use of named subpatterns for recursive
771        back references. Groups containing recursive back references were forced to
772        be atomic by that change, but in the case of named groups, the amount of
773        memory required was incorrectly computed, leading to "Failed: internal
774        error: code overflow". This has been fixed.
775    
776    22. Some patches to pcre_stringpiece.h, pcre_stringpiece_unittest.cc, and
777        pcretest.c, to avoid build problems in some Borland environments.
778    
779    
780    Version 8.10 25-Jun-2010
781  ------------------------  ------------------------
782    
783  1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and  1.  Added support for (*MARK:ARG) and for ARG additions to PRUNE, SKIP, and
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785    
786  2.  (*ACCEPT) was not working when inside an atomic group.  2.  (*ACCEPT) was not working when inside an atomic group.
787    
788  3.  Inside a character class, \B is treated as a literal by default, but  3.  Inside a character class, \B is treated as a literal by default, but
789      faulted if PCRE_EXTRA is set. This mimics Perl's behaviour (the -w option      faulted if PCRE_EXTRA is set. This mimics Perl's behaviour (the -w option
790      causes the error). The code is unchanged, but I tidied the documentation.      causes the error). The code is unchanged, but I tidied the documentation.
791    
792  4.  Inside a character class, PCRE always treated \R and \X as literals,  4.  Inside a character class, PCRE always treated \R and \X as literals,
793      whereas Perl faults them if its -w option is set. I have changed PCRE so      whereas Perl faults them if its -w option is set. I have changed PCRE so
794      that it faults them when PCRE_EXTRA is set.      that it faults them when PCRE_EXTRA is set.
795    
796  5.  Added support for \N, which always matches any character other than  5.  Added support for \N, which always matches any character other than
797      newline. (It is the same as "." when PCRE_DOTALL is not set.)      newline. (It is the same as "." when PCRE_DOTALL is not set.)
798    
799  6.  When compiling pcregrep with newer versions of gcc which may have  6.  When compiling pcregrep with newer versions of gcc which may have
800      FORTIFY_SOURCE set, several warnings "ignoring return value of 'fwrite',      FORTIFY_SOURCE set, several warnings "ignoring return value of 'fwrite',
801      declared with attribute warn_unused_result" were given. Just casting the      declared with attribute warn_unused_result" were given. Just casting the
802      result to (void) does not stop the warnings; a more elaborate fudge is      result to (void) does not stop the warnings; a more elaborate fudge is
803      needed. I've used a macro to implement this.      needed. I've used a macro to implement this.
804    
805  7.  Minor change to pcretest.c to avoid a compiler warning.  7.  Minor change to pcretest.c to avoid a compiler warning.
806    
807  8.  Added four artifical Unicode properties to help with an option to make  8.  Added four artifical Unicode properties to help with an option to make
808      \s etc use properties (see next item). The new properties are: Xan      \s etc use properties (see next item). The new properties are: Xan
809      (alphanumeric), Xsp (Perl space), Xps (POSIX space), and Xwd (word).      (alphanumeric), Xsp (Perl space), Xps (POSIX space), and Xwd (word).
810    
811  9.  Added PCRE_UCP to make \b, \d, \s, \w, and certain POSIX character classes  9.  Added PCRE_UCP to make \b, \d, \s, \w, and certain POSIX character classes
812      use Unicode properties. (*UCP) at the start of a pattern can be used to set      use Unicode properties. (*UCP) at the start of a pattern can be used to set
813      this option. Modified pcretest to add /W to test this facility. Added      this option. Modified pcretest to add /W to test this facility. Added
814      REG_UCP to make it available via the POSIX interface.      REG_UCP to make it available via the POSIX interface.
   
 10. Added --line-buffered to pcregrep.  
815    
816  11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was  10. Added --line-buffered to pcregrep.
817      studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than  
818    11. In UTF-8 mode, if a pattern that was compiled with PCRE_CASELESS was
819        studied, and the match started with a letter with a code point greater than
820      127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of      127 whose first byte was different to the first byte of the other case of
821      the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized.      the letter, the other case of this starting letter was not recognized
822        (#976).
823  12. pcreposix.c included pcre.h before including pcre_internal.h. This caused a  
824      conflict in the definition of PCRE_EXP_DECL. I have removed the include of  12. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property
     pcre.h as pcre_internal.h includes pcre.h itself. (This may be a bit of  
     historical tidying that never got done.)  
   
 13. If a pattern that was studied started with a repeated Unicode property  
825      test, for example, \p{Nd}+, there was the theoretical possibility of      test, for example, \p{Nd}+, there was the theoretical possibility of
826      setting up an incorrect bitmap of starting bytes, but fortunately it could      setting up an incorrect bitmap of starting bytes, but fortunately it could
827      not have actually happened in practice until change 8 above was made (it      not have actually happened in practice until change 8 above was made (it
828      added property types that matched character-matching opcodes).      added property types that matched character-matching opcodes).
829    
830  14. pcre_study() now recognizes \h, \v, and \R when constructing a bit map of  13. pcre_study() now recognizes \h, \v, and \R when constructing a bit map of
831      possible starting bytes for non-anchored patterns.      possible starting bytes for non-anchored patterns.
832    
833  15. Extended the "auto-possessify" feature of pcre_compile(). It now recognizes  14. Extended the "auto-possessify" feature of pcre_compile(). It now recognizes
834      \R, and also a number of cases that involve Unicode properties, both      \R, and also a number of cases that involve Unicode properties, both
835      explicit and implicit when PCRE_UCP is set.      explicit and implicit when PCRE_UCP is set.
836    
837  16. If a repeated Unicode property match (e.g. \p{Lu}*) was used with non-UTF-8  15. If a repeated Unicode property match (e.g. \p{Lu}*) was used with non-UTF-8
838      input, it could crash or give wrong results if characters with values      input, it could crash or give wrong results if characters with values
839      greater than 0xc0 were present in the subject string. (Detail: it assumed      greater than 0xc0 were present in the subject string. (Detail: it assumed
840      UTF-8 input when processing these items.)      UTF-8 input when processing these items.)
841    
842  17. Added a lot of (int) casts to avoid compiler warnings in systems where  16. Added a lot of (int) casts to avoid compiler warnings in systems where
843      size_t is 64-bit.      size_t is 64-bit (#991).
844    
845  18. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with  17. Added a check for running out of memory when PCRE is compiled with
846      --disable-stack-for-recursion.      --disable-stack-for-recursion (#990).
847    
848    18. If the last data line in a file for pcretest does not have a newline on
849        the end, a newline was missing in the output.
850    
851    19. The default pcre_chartables.c file recognizes only ASCII characters (values
852        less than 128) in its various bitmaps. However, there is a facility for
853        generating tables according to the current locale when PCRE is compiled. It
854        turns out that in some environments, 0x85 and 0xa0, which are Unicode space
855        characters, are recognized by isspace() and therefore were getting set in
856        these tables, and indeed these tables seem to approximate to ISO 8859. This
857        caused a problem in UTF-8 mode when pcre_study() was used to create a list
858        of bytes that can start a match. For \s, it was including 0x85 and 0xa0,
859        which of course cannot start UTF-8 characters. I have changed the code so
860        that only real ASCII characters (less than 128) and the correct starting
861        bytes for UTF-8 encodings are set for characters greater than 127 when in
862        UTF-8 mode. (When PCRE_UCP is set - see 9 above - the code is different
863        altogether.)
864    
865    20. Added the /T option to pcretest so as to be able to run tests with non-
866        standard character tables, thus making it possible to include the tests
867        used for 19 above in the standard set of tests.
868    
869    21. A pattern such as (?&t)(?#()(?(DEFINE)(?<t>a)) which has a forward
870        reference to a subpattern the other side of a comment that contains an
871        opening parenthesis caused either an internal compiling error, or a
872        reference to the wrong subpattern.
873    
874    
875  Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010  Version 8.02 19-Mar-2010

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