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1  ChangeLog for PCRE  ChangeLog for PCRE
2  ------------------  ------------------
3    
4  Version 7.1 05-Mar-07  Version 7.3 09-Aug-07
5    ---------------------
6    
7     1. In the rejigging of the build system that eventually resulted in 7.1, the
8        line "#include <pcre.h>" was included in pcre_internal.h. The use of angle
9        brackets there is not right, since it causes compilers to look for an
10        installed pcre.h, not the version that is in the source that is being
11        compiled (which of course may be different). I have changed it back to:
12    
13          #include "pcre.h"
14    
15        I have a vague recollection that the change was concerned with compiling in
16        different directories, but in the new build system, that is taken care of
17        by the VPATH setting the Makefile.
18    
19     2. The pattern .*$ when run in not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode with newline=any failed
20        when the subject happened to end in the byte 0x85 (e.g. if the last
21        character was \x{1ec5}). *Character* 0x85 is one of the "any" newline
22        characters but of course it shouldn't be taken as a newline when it is part
23        of another character. The bug was that, for an unlimited repeat of . in
24        not-DOTALL UTF-8 mode, PCRE was advancing by bytes rather than by
25        characters when looking for a newline.
26    
27     3. A small performance improvement in the DOTALL UTF-8 mode .* case.
28    
29     4. Debugging: adjusted the names of opcodes for different kinds of parentheses
30        in debug output.
31    
32     5. Arrange to use "%I64d" instead of "%lld" and "%I64u" instead of "%llu" for
33        long printing in the pcrecpp unittest when running under MinGW.
34    
35     6. ESC_K was left out of the EBCDIC table.
36    
37     7. Change 7.0/38 introduced a new limit on the number of nested non-capturing
38        parentheses; I made it 1000, which seemed large enough. Unfortunately, the
39        limit also applies to "virtual nesting" when a pattern is recursive, and in
40        this case 1000 isn't so big. I have been able to remove this limit at the
41        expense of backing off one optimization in certain circumstances. Normally,
42        when pcre_exec() would call its internal match() function recursively and
43        immediately return the result unconditionally, it uses a "tail recursion"
44        feature to save stack. However, when a subpattern that can match an empty
45        string has an unlimited repetition quantifier, it no longer makes this
46        optimization. That gives it a stack frame in which to save the data for
47        checking that an empty string has been matched. Previously this was taken
48        from the 1000-entry workspace that had been reserved. So now there is no
49        explicit limit, but more stack is used.
50    
51     8. Applied Daniel's patches to solve problems with the import/export magic
52        syntax that is required for Windows, and which was going wrong for the
53        pcreposix and pcrecpp parts of the library. These were overlooked when this
54        problem was solved for the main library.
55    
56     9. There were some crude static tests to avoid integer overflow when computing
57        the size of patterns that contain repeated groups with explicit upper
58        limits. As the maximum quantifier is 65535, the maximum group length was
59        set at 30,000 so that the product of these two numbers did not overflow a
60        32-bit integer. However, it turns out that people want to use groups that
61        are longer than 30,000 bytes (though not repeat them that many times).
62        Change 7.0/17 (the refactoring of the way the pattern size is computed) has
63        made it possible to implement the integer overflow checks in a much more
64        dynamic way, which I have now done. The artificial limitation on group
65        length has been removed - we now have only the limit on the total length of
66        the compiled pattern, which depends on the LINK_SIZE setting.
67    
68    10. Fixed a bug in the documentation for get/copy named substring when
69        duplicate names are permitted. If none of the named substrings are set, the
70        functions return PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING (7); the doc said they returned an
71        empty string.
72    
73    11. Because Perl interprets \Q...\E at a high level, and ignores orphan \E
74        instances, patterns such as [\Q\E] or [\E] or even [^\E] cause an error,
75        because the ] is interpreted as the first data character and the
76        terminating ] is not found. PCRE has been made compatible with Perl in this
77        regard. Previously, it interpreted [\Q\E] as an empty class, and [\E] could
78        cause memory overwriting.
79    
80    10. Like Perl, PCRE automatically breaks an unlimited repeat after an empty
81        string has been matched (to stop an infinite loop). It was not recognizing
82        a conditional subpattern that could match an empty string if that
83        subpattern was within another subpattern. For example, it looped when
84        trying to match  (((?(1)X|))*)  but it was OK with  ((?(1)X|)*)  where the
85        condition was not nested. This bug has been fixed.
86    
87    12. A pattern like \X?\d or \P{L}?\d in non-UTF-8 mode could cause a backtrack
88        past the start of the subject in the presence of bytes with the top bit
89        set, for example "\x8aBCD".
90    
91    13. Added Perl 5.10 experimental backtracking controls (*FAIL), (*F), (*PRUNE),
92        (*SKIP), (*THEN), (*COMMIT), and (*ACCEPT).
93    
94    14. Optimized (?!) to (*FAIL).
95    
96    15. Updated the test for a valid UTF-8 string to conform to the later RFC 3629.
97        This restricts code points to be within the range 0 to 0x10FFFF, excluding
98        the "low surrogate" sequence 0xD800 to 0xDFFF. Previously, PCRE allowed the
99        full range 0 to 0x7FFFFFFF, as defined by RFC 2279. Internally, it still
100        does: it's just the validity check that is more restrictive.
101    
102    16. Inserted checks for integer overflows during escape sequence (backslash)
103        processing, and also fixed erroneous offset values for syntax errors during
104        backslash processing.
105    
106    17. Fixed another case of looking too far back in non-UTF-8 mode (cf 12 above)
107        for patterns like [\PPP\x8a]{1,}\x80 with the subject "A\x80".
108    
109    18. An unterminated class in a pattern like (?1)\c[ with a "forward reference"
110        caused an overrun.
111    
112    19. A pattern like (?:[\PPa*]*){8,} which had an "extended class" (one with
113        something other than just ASCII characters) inside a group that had an
114        unlimited repeat caused a loop at compile time (while checking to see
115        whether the group could match an empty string).
116    
117    
118    Version 7.2 19-Jun-07
119    ---------------------
120    
121     1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale,
122        which is apparently normally available under Windows.
123    
124     2. Re-jig the pcregrep tests with different newline settings in an attempt
125        to make them independent of the local environment's newline setting.
126    
127     3. Add code to configure.ac to remove -g from the CFLAGS default settings.
128    
129     4. Some of the "internals" tests were previously cut out when the link size
130        was not 2, because the output contained actual offsets. The recent new
131        "Z" feature of pcretest means that these can be cut out, making the tests
132        usable with all link sizes.
133    
134     5. Implemented Stan Switzer's goto replacement for longjmp() when not using
135        stack recursion. This gives a massive performance boost under BSD, but just
136        a small improvement under Linux. However, it saves one field in the frame
137        in all cases.
138    
139     6. Added more features from the forthcoming Perl 5.10:
140    
141        (a) (?-n) (where n is a string of digits) is a relative subroutine or
142            recursion call. It refers to the nth most recently opened parentheses.
143    
144        (b) (?+n) is also a relative subroutine call; it refers to the nth next
145            to be opened parentheses.
146    
147        (c) Conditions that refer to capturing parentheses can be specified
148            relatively, for example, (?(-2)... or (?(+3)...
149    
150        (d) \K resets the start of the current match so that everything before
151            is not part of it.
152    
153        (e) \k{name} is synonymous with \k<name> and \k'name' (.NET compatible).
154    
155        (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of
156            reference syntax.
157    
158        (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each
159            alternative starts with the same number.
160    
161        (h) \h, \H, \v, and \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace.
162    
163     7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and
164        PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED.
165    
166     8. A pattern such as  (.*(.)?)*  caused pcre_exec() to fail by either not
167        terminating or by crashing. Diagnosed by Viktor Griph; it was in the code
168        for detecting groups that can match an empty string.
169    
170     9. A pattern with a very large number of alternatives (more than several
171        hundred) was running out of internal workspace during the pre-compile
172        phase, where pcre_compile() figures out how much memory will be needed. A
173        bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with
174        alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of
175        workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available.
176    
177    10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings.
178    
179    11. Applied patch from Google to remove an optimization that didn't quite work.
180        The report of the bug said:
181    
182          pcrecpp::RE("a*").FullMatch("aaa") matches, while
183          pcrecpp::RE("a*?").FullMatch("aaa") does not, and
184          pcrecpp::RE("a*?\\z").FullMatch("aaa") does again.
185    
186    12. If \p or \P was used in non-UTF-8 mode on a character greater than 127
187        it matched the wrong number of bytes.
188    
189    
190    Version 7.1 24-Apr-07
191  ---------------------  ---------------------
192    
193   1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one   1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one
194      that is more "standard", making use of automake and other autotools. There      that is more "standard", making use of automake and other Autotools. There
195      is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent      is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent
196      on this.      on this.
197    
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212      .br or .in.      .br or .in.
213    
214   4. Updated comments in configure.ac that get placed in config.h.in and also   4. Updated comments in configure.ac that get placed in config.h.in and also
215      arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, with the name      arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, with the name
216      config.h.generic, for the benefit of those who have to compile without      config.h.generic, for the benefit of those who have to compile without
217      Autotools (compare pcre.h, which is now distributed as pcre.h.generic).      Autotools (compare pcre.h, which is now distributed as pcre.h.generic).
218    
219   5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan   5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan
220      Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated      Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated
221      makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files !compile.txt,      makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files
222      !linklib.txt, and pcregexp.pas.      makevp_c.txt, makevp_l.txt, and pcregexp.pas.
223    
224   6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out   6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out
225      to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his      to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his
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249  10. Fixed two bugs in the emulated memmove() function in pcre_internal.h:  10. Fixed two bugs in the emulated memmove() function in pcre_internal.h:
250    
251      (a) It was defining its arguments as char * instead of void *.      (a) It was defining its arguments as char * instead of void *.
252    
253      (b) It was assuming that all moves were upwards in memory; this was true      (b) It was assuming that all moves were upwards in memory; this was true
254          a long time ago when I wrote it, but is no longer the case.          a long time ago when I wrote it, but is no longer the case.
255    
256      The emulated memove() is provided for those environments that have neither      The emulated memove() is provided for those environments that have neither
257      memmove() nor bcopy(). I didn't think anyone used it these days, but that      memmove() nor bcopy(). I didn't think anyone used it these days, but that
258      is clearly not the case, as these two bugs were recently reported.      is clearly not the case, as these two bugs were recently reported.
259    
260  11. The script PrepareRelease is now distributed: it calls 132html, CleanTxt,  11. The script PrepareRelease is now distributed: it calls 132html, CleanTxt,
261      and Detrail to create the HTML documentation, the .txt form of the man      and Detrail to create the HTML documentation, the .txt form of the man
262      pages, and it removes trailing spaces from listed files. It also creates      pages, and it removes trailing spaces from listed files. It also creates
263      pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic from pcre.h and config.h. In the latter      pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic from pcre.h and config.h. In the latter
264      case, it wraps all the #defines with #ifndefs. This script should be run      case, it wraps all the #defines with #ifndefs. This script should be run
265      before "make dist".      before "make dist".
266    
267  12. Fixed two fairly obscure bugs concerned with quantified caseless matching  12. Fixed two fairly obscure bugs concerned with quantified caseless matching
268      with Unicode property support.      with Unicode property support.
269    
270      (a) For a maximizing quantifier, if the two different cases of the      (a) For a maximizing quantifier, if the two different cases of the
271          character were of different lengths in their UTF-8 codings (there are          character were of different lengths in their UTF-8 codings (there are
272          some cases like this - I found 11), and the matching function had to          some cases like this - I found 11), and the matching function had to
273          back up over a mixture of the two cases, it incorrectly assumed they          back up over a mixture of the two cases, it incorrectly assumed they
274          were both the same length.          were both the same length.
275    
276      (b) When PCRE was configured to use the heap rather than the stack for      (b) When PCRE was configured to use the heap rather than the stack for
277          recursion during matching, it was not correctly preserving the data for          recursion during matching, it was not correctly preserving the data for
278          the other case of a UTF-8 character when checking ahead for a match          the other case of a UTF-8 character when checking ahead for a match
279          while processing a minimizing repeat. If the check also involved          while processing a minimizing repeat. If the check also involved
280          matching a wide character, but failed, corruption could cause an          matching a wide character, but failed, corruption could cause an
281          erroneous result when trying to check for a repeat of the original          erroneous result when trying to check for a repeat of the original
282          character.          character.
283    
284  13. Some tidying changes to the testing mechanism:  13. Some tidying changes to the testing mechanism:
285    
286      (a) The RunTest script now detects the internal link size and whether there      (a) The RunTest script now detects the internal link size and whether there
287          is UTF-8 and UCP support by running ./pcretest -C instead of relying on          is UTF-8 and UCP support by running ./pcretest -C instead of relying on
288          values substituted by "configure". (The RunGrepTest script already did          values substituted by "configure". (The RunGrepTest script already did
289          this for UTF-8.) The configure.ac script no longer substitutes the          this for UTF-8.) The configure.ac script no longer substitutes the
290          relevant variables.          relevant variables.
291    
292      (b) The debugging options /B and /D in pcretest show the compiled bytecode      (b) The debugging options /B and /D in pcretest show the compiled bytecode
293          with length and offset values. This means that the output is different          with length and offset values. This means that the output is different
294          for different internal link sizes. Test 2 is skipped for link sizes          for different internal link sizes. Test 2 is skipped for link sizes
295          other than 2 because of this, bypassing the problem. Unfortunately,          other than 2 because of this, bypassing the problem. Unfortunately,
296          there was also a test in test 3 (the locale tests) that used /B and          there was also a test in test 3 (the locale tests) that used /B and
297          failed for link sizes other than 2. Rather than cut the whole test out,          failed for link sizes other than 2. Rather than cut the whole test out,
298          I have added a new /Z option to pcretest that replaces the length and          I have added a new /Z option to pcretest that replaces the length and
299          offset values with spaces. This is now used to make test 3 independent          offset values with spaces. This is now used to make test 3 independent
300          of link size.          of link size. (Test 2 will be tidied up later.)
301    
302  14. If erroroffset was passed as NULL to pcre_compile, it provoked a  14. If erroroffset was passed as NULL to pcre_compile, it provoked a
303      segmentation fault instead of giving the appropriate error message.      segmentation fault instead of returning the appropriate error message.
304    
305    15. In multiline mode when the newline sequence was set to "any", the pattern
306        ^$ would give a match between the \r and \n of a subject such as "A\r\nB".
307        This doesn't seem right; it now treats the CRLF combination as the line
308        ending, and so does not match in that case. It's only a pattern such as ^$
309        that would hit this one: something like ^ABC$ would have failed after \r
310        and then tried again after \r\n.
311    
312    16. Changed the comparison command for RunGrepTest from "diff -u" to "diff -ub"
313        in an attempt to make files that differ only in their line terminators
314        compare equal. This works on Linux.
315    
316    17. Under certain error circumstances pcregrep might try to free random memory
317        as it exited. This is now fixed, thanks to valgrind.
318    
319    19. In pcretest, if the pattern /(?m)^$/g<any> was matched against the string
320        "abc\r\n\r\n", it found an unwanted second match after the second \r. This
321        was because its rules for how to advance for /g after matching an empty
322        string at the end of a line did not allow for this case. They now check for
323        it specially.
324    
325    20. pcretest is supposed to handle patterns and data of any length, by
326        extending its buffers when necessary. It was getting this wrong when the
327        buffer for a data line had to be extended.
328    
329    21. Added PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF which is like ANY, but matches only CR, LF, or
330        CRLF as a newline sequence.
331    
332    22. Code for handling Unicode properties in pcre_dfa_exec() wasn't being cut
333        out by #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP. This did no harm, as it could never be used, but
334        I have nevertheless tidied it up.
335    
336    23. Added some casts to kill warnings from HP-UX ia64 compiler.
337    
338    24. Added a man page for pcre-config.
339    
340    
341  Version 7.0 19-Dec-06  Version 7.0 19-Dec-06
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