Perl Compatible Regular Expressions

ChangeLog for PCRE ------------------ Version 7.2 19-June-07 --------------------- 1. If the fr_FR locale cannot be found for test 3, try the "french" locale, which is apparently normally available under Windows. 2. Re-jig the pcregrep tests with different newline settings in an attempt to make them independent of the local environment's newline setting. 3. Add code to to remove -g from the CFLAGS default settings. 4. Some of the "internals" tests were previously cut out when the link size was not 2, because the output contained actual offsets. The recent new "Z" feature of pcretest means that these can be cut out, making the tests usable with all link sizes. 5. Implemented Stan Switzer's goto replacement for longjmp() when not using stack recursion. This gives a massive performance boost under BSD, but just a small improvement under Linux. However, it saves one field in the frame in all cases. 6. Added more features from the forthcoming Perl 5.10: (a) (?-n) (where n is a string of digits) is a relative subroutine or recursion call. It refers to the nth most recently opened parentheses. (b) (?+n) is also a relative subroutine call; it refers to the nth next to be opened parentheses. (c) Conditions that refer to capturing parentheses can be specified relatively, for example, (?(-2)... or (?(+3)... (d) \K resets the start of the current match so that everything before is not part of it. (e) \k{name} is synonymous with \k<name> and \k'name' (.NET compatible). (f) \g{name} is another synonym - part of Perl 5.10's unification of reference syntax. (g) (?| introduces a group in which the numbering of parentheses in each alternative starts with the same number. (h) \h, \H, \v, and \V match horizontal and vertical whitespace. 7. Added two new calls to pcre_fullinfo(): PCRE_INFO_OKPARTIAL and PCRE_INFO_JCHANGED. 8. A pattern such as (.*(.)?)* caused pcre_exec() to fail by either not terminating or by crashing. Diagnosed by Viktor Griph; it was in the code for detecting groups that can match an empty string. 9. A pattern with a very large number of alternatives (more than several hundred) was running out of internal workspace during the pre-compile phase, where pcre_compile() figures out how much memory will be needed. A bit of new cunning has reduced the workspace needed for groups with alternatives. The 1000-alternative test pattern now uses 12 bytes of workspace instead of running out of the 4096 that are available. 10. Inserted some missing (unsigned int) casts to get rid of compiler warnings. 11. Applied patch from Google to remove an optimization that didn't quite work. The report of the bug said: pcrecpp::RE("a*").FullMatch("aaa") matches, while pcrecpp::RE("a*?").FullMatch("aaa") does not, and pcrecpp::RE("a*?\\z").FullMatch("aaa") does again. 12. If \p or \P was used in non-UTF-8 mode on a character greater than 127 it matched the wrong number of bytes. Version 7.1 24-Apr-07 --------------------- 1. Applied Bob Rossi and Daniel G's patches to convert the build system to one that is more "standard", making use of automake and other Autotools. There is some re-arrangement of the files and adjustment of comments consequent on this. 2. Part of the patch fixed a problem with the pcregrep tests. The test of -r for recursive directory scanning broke on some systems because the files are not scanned in any specific order and on different systems the order was different. A call to "sort" has been inserted into RunGrepTest for the approprate test as a short-term fix. In the longer term there may be an alternative. 3. I had an email from Eric Raymond about problems translating some of PCRE's man pages to HTML (despite the fact that I distribute HTML pages, some people do their own conversions for various reasons). The problems concerned the use of low-level troff macros .br and .in. I have therefore removed all such uses from the man pages (some were redundant, some could be replaced by .nf/.fi pairs). The 132html script that I use to generate HTML has been updated to handle .nf/.fi and to complain if it encounters .br or .in. 4. Updated comments in that get placed in and also arranged for config.h to be included in the distribution, with the name config.h.generic, for the benefit of those who have to compile without Autotools (compare pcre.h, which is now distributed as pcre.h.generic). 5. Updated the support (such as it is) for Virtual Pascal, thanks to Stefan Weber: (1) pcre_internal.h was missing some function renames; (2) updated makevp.bat for the current PCRE, using the additional files makevp_c.txt, makevp_l.txt, and pcregexp.pas. 6. A Windows user reported a minor discrepancy with test 2, which turned out to be caused by a trailing space on an input line that had got lost in his copy. The trailing space was an accident, so I've just removed it. 7. Add -Wl,-R... flags in for *BSD* systems, as I'm told that is needed. 8. Mark ucp_table (in ucptable.h) and ucp_gentype (in pcre_ucp_searchfuncs.c) as "const" (a) because they are and (b) because it helps the PHP maintainers who have recently made a script to detect big data structures in the php code that should be moved to the .rodata section. I remembered to update Builducptable as well, so it won't revert if ucptable.h is ever re-created. 9. Added some extra #ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8 conditionals into pcretest.c, pcre_printint.src, pcre_compile.c, pcre_study.c, and pcre_tables.c, in order to be able to cut out the UTF-8 tables in the latter when UTF-8 support is not required. This saves 1.5-2K of code, which is important in some applications. Later: more #ifdefs are needed in pcre_ord2utf8.c and pcre_valid_utf8.c so as not to refer to the tables, even though these functions will never be called when UTF-8 support is disabled. Otherwise there are problems with a shared library. 10. Fixed two bugs in the emulated memmove() function in pcre_internal.h: (a) It was defining its arguments as char * instead of void *. (b) It was assuming that all moves were upwards in memory; this was true a long time ago when I wrote it, but is no longer the case. The emulated memove() is provided for those environments that have neither memmove() nor bcopy(). I didn't think anyone used it these days, but that is clearly not the case, as these two bugs were recently reported. 11. The script PrepareRelease is now distributed: it calls 132html, CleanTxt, and Detrail to create the HTML documentation, the .txt form of the man pages, and it removes trailing spaces from listed files. It also creates pcre.h.generic and config.h.generic from pcre.h and config.h. In the latter case, it wraps all the #defines with #ifndefs. This script should be run before "make dist". 12. Fixed two fairly obscure bugs concerned with quantified caseless matching with Unicode property support. (a) For a maximizing quantifier, if the two different cases of the character were of different lengths in their UTF-8 codings (there are some cases like this - I found 11), and the matching function had to back up over a mixture of the two cases, it incorrectly assumed they were both the same length. (b) When PCRE was configured to use the heap rather than the stack for recursion during matching, it was not correctly preserving the data for the other case of a UTF-8 character when checking ahead for a match while processing a minimizing repeat. If the check also involved matching a wide character, but failed, corruption could cause an erroneous result when trying to check for a repeat of the original character. 13. Some tidying changes to the testing mechanism: (a) The RunTest script now detects the internal link size and whether there is UTF-8 and UCP support by running ./pcretest -C instead of relying on values substituted by "configure". (The RunGrepTest script already did this for UTF-8.) The script no longer substitutes the relevant variables. (b) The debugging options /B and /D in pcretest show the compiled bytecode with length and offset values. This means that the output is different for different internal link sizes. Test 2 is skipped for link sizes other than 2 because of this, bypassing the problem. Unfortunately, there was also a test in test 3 (the locale tests) that used /B and failed for link sizes other than 2. Rather than cut the whole test out, I have added a new /Z option to pcretest that replaces the length and offset values with spaces. This is now used to make test 3 independent of link size. (Test 2 will be tidied up later.) 14. If erroroffset was passed as NULL to pcre_compile, it provoked a segmentation fault instead of returning the appropriate error message. 15. In multiline mode when the newline sequence was set to "any", the pattern ^$ would give a match between the \r and \n of a subject such as "A\r\nB". This doesn't seem right; it now treats the CRLF combination as the line ending, and so does not match in that case. It's only a pattern such as ^$ that would hit this one: something like ^ABC$ would have failed after \r and then tried again after \r\n. 16. Changed the comparison command for RunGrepTest from "diff -u" to "diff -ub" in an attempt to make files that differ only in their line terminators compare equal. This works on Linux. 17. Under certain error circumstances pcregrep might try to free random memory as it exited. This is now fixed, thanks to valgrind. 19. In pcretest, if the pattern /(?m)^$/g<any> was matched against the string "abc\r\n\r\n", it found an unwanted second match after the second \r. This was because its rules for how to advance for /g after matching an empty string at the end of a line did not allow for this case. They now check for it specially. 20. pcretest is supposed to handle patterns and data of any length, by extending its buffers when necessary. It was getting this wrong when the buffer for a data line had to be extended. 21. Added PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF which is like ANY, but matches only CR, LF, or CRLF as a newline sequence. 22. Code for handling Unicode properties in pcre_dfa_exec() wasn't being cut out by #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP. This did no harm, as it could never be used, but I have nevertheless tidied it up. 23. Added some casts to kill warnings from HP-UX ia64 compiler. 24. Added a man page for pcre-config. Version 7.0 19-Dec-06 --------------------- 1. Fixed a signed/unsigned compiler warning in pcre_compile.c, shown up by moving to gcc 4.1.1. 2. The -S option for pcretest uses setrlimit(); I had omitted to #include sys/time.h, which is documented as needed for this function. It doesn't seem to matter on Linux, but it showed up on some releases of OS X. 3. It seems that there are systems where bytes whose values are greater than 127 match isprint() in the "C" locale. The "C" locale should be the default when a C program starts up. In most systems, only ASCII printing characters match isprint(). This difference caused the output from pcretest to vary, making some of the tests fail. I have changed pcretest so that: (a) When it is outputting text in the compiled version of a pattern, bytes other than 32-126 are always shown as hex escapes. (b) When it is outputting text that is a matched part of a subject string, it does the same, unless a different locale has been set for the match (using the /L modifier). In this case, it uses isprint() to decide. 4. Fixed a major bug that caused incorrect computation of the amount of memory required for a compiled pattern when options that changed within the pattern affected the logic of the preliminary scan that determines the length. The relevant options are -x, and -i in UTF-8 mode. The result was that the computed length was too small. The symptoms of this bug were either the PCRE error "internal error: code overflow" from pcre_compile(), or a glibc crash with a message such as "pcretest: free(): invalid next size (fast)". Examples of patterns that provoked this bug (shown in pcretest format) are: /(?-x: )/x /(?x)(?-x: \s*#\s*)/ /((?i)[\x{c0}])/8 /(?i:[\x{c0}])/8 HOWEVER: Change 17 below makes this fix obsolete as the memory computation is now done differently. 5. Applied patches from Google to: (a) add a QuoteMeta function to the C++ wrapper classes; (b) implement a new function in the C++ scanner that is more efficient than the old way of doing things because it avoids levels of recursion in the regex matching; (c) add a paragraph to the documentation for the FullMatch() function. 6. The escape sequence \n was being treated as whatever was defined as "newline". Not only was this contrary to the documentation, which states that \n is character 10 (hex 0A), but it also went horribly wrong when "newline" was defined as CRLF. This has been fixed. 7. In pcre_dfa_exec.c the value of an unsigned integer (the variable called c) was being set to -1 for the "end of line" case (supposedly a value that no character can have). Though this value is never used (the check for end of line is "zero bytes in current character"), it caused compiler complaints. I've changed it to 0xffffffff. 8. In pcre_version.c, the version string was being built by a sequence of C macros that, in the event of PCRE_PRERELEASE being defined as an empty string (as it is for production releases) called a macro with an empty argument. The C standard says the result of this is undefined. The gcc compiler treats it as an empty string (which was what was wanted) but it is reported that Visual C gives an error. The source has been hacked around to avoid this problem. 9. On the advice of a Windows user, included <io.h> and <fcntl.h> in Windows builds of pcretest, and changed the call to _setmode() to use _O_BINARY instead of 0x8000. Made all the #ifdefs test both _WIN32 and WIN32 (not all of them did). 10. Originally, pcretest opened its input and output without "b"; then I was told that "b" was needed in some environments, so it was added for release 5.0 to both the input and output. (It makes no difference on Unix-like systems.) Later I was told that it is wrong for the input on Windows. I've now abstracted the modes into two macros, to make it easier to fiddle with them, and removed "b" from the input mode under Windows. 11. Added pkgconfig support for the C++ wrapper library, libpcrecpp. 12. Added -help and --help to pcretest as an official way of being reminded of the options. 13. Removed some redundant semicolons after macro calls in and because they annoy compilers at high warning levels. 14. A bit of tidying/refactoring in pcre_exec.c in the main bumpalong loop. 15. Fixed an occurrence of == in that should have been = (shell scripts are not C programs :-) and which was not noticed because it works on Linux. 16. pcretest is supposed to handle any length of pattern and data line (as one line or as a continued sequence of lines) by extending its input buffer if necessary. This feature was broken for very long pattern lines, leading to a string of junk being passed to pcre_compile() if the pattern was longer than about 50K. 17. I have done a major re-factoring of the way pcre_compile() computes the amount of memory needed for a compiled pattern. Previously, there was code that made a preliminary scan of the pattern in order to do this. That was OK when PCRE was new, but as the facilities have expanded, it has become harder and harder to keep it in step with the real compile phase, and there have been a number of bugs (see for example, 4 above). I have now found a cunning way of running the real compile function in a "fake" mode that enables it to compute how much memory it would need, while actually only ever using a few hundred bytes of working memory and without too many tests of the mode. This should make future maintenance and development easier. A side effect of this work is that the limit of 200 on the nesting depth of parentheses has been removed (though this was never a serious limitation, I suspect). However, there is a downside: pcre_compile() now runs more slowly than before (30% or more, depending on the pattern). I hope this isn't a big issue. There is no effect on runtime performance. 18. Fixed a minor bug in pcretest: if a pattern line was not terminated by a newline (only possible for the last line of a file) and it was a pattern that set a locale (followed by /Lsomething), pcretest crashed. 19. Added additional timing features to pcretest. (1) The -tm option now times matching only, not compiling. (2) Both -t and -tm can be followed, as a separate command line item, by a number that specifies the number of repeats to use when timing. The default is 50000; this gives better precision, but takes uncomfortably long for very large patterns. 20. Extended pcre_study() to be more clever in cases where a branch of a subpattern has no definite first character. For example, (a*|b*)[cd] would previously give no result from pcre_study(). Now it recognizes that the first character must be a, b, c, or d. 21. There was an incorrect error "recursive call could loop indefinitely" if a subpattern (or the entire pattern) that was being tested for matching an empty string contained only one non-empty item after a nested subpattern. For example, the pattern (?>\x{100}*)\d(?R) provoked this error incorrectly, because the \d was being skipped in the check. 22. The pcretest program now has a new pattern option /B and a command line option -b, which is equivalent to adding /B to every pattern. This causes it to show the compiled bytecode, without the additional information that -d shows. The effect of -d is now the same as -b with -i (and similarly, /D is the same as /B/I). 23. A new optimization is now able automatically to treat some sequences such as a*b as a*+b. More specifically, if something simple (such as a character or a simple class like \d) has an unlimited quantifier, and is followed by something that cannot possibly match the quantified thing, the quantifier is automatically "possessified". 24. A recursive reference to a subpattern whose number was greater than 39 went wrong under certain circumstances in UTF-8 mode. This bug could also have affected the operation of pcre_study(). 25. Realized that a little bit of performance could be had by replacing (c & 0xc0) == 0xc0 with c >= 0xc0 when processing UTF-8 characters. 26. Timing data from pcretest is now shown to 4 decimal places instead of 3. 27. Possessive quantifiers such as a++ were previously implemented by turning them into atomic groups such as ($>a+). Now they have their own opcodes, which improves performance. This includes the automatically created ones from 23 above. 28. A pattern such as (?=(\w+))\1: which simulates an atomic group using a lookahead was broken if it was not anchored. PCRE was mistakenly expecting the first matched character to be a colon. This applied both to named and numbered groups. 29. The ucpinternal.h header file was missing its idempotency #ifdef. 30. I was sent a "project" file called which I understand makes building PCRE on Windows easier, so I have included it in the distribution. 31. There is now a check in pcretest against a ridiculously large number being returned by pcre_exec() or pcre_dfa_exec(). If this happens in a /g or /G loop, the loop is abandoned. 32. Forward references to subpatterns in conditions such as (?(2)...) where subpattern 2 is defined later cause pcre_compile() to search forwards in the pattern for the relevant set of parentheses. This search went wrong when there were unescaped parentheses in a character class, parentheses escaped with \Q...\E, or parentheses in a #-comment in /x mode. 33. "Subroutine" calls and backreferences were previously restricted to referencing subpatterns earlier in the regex. This restriction has now been removed. 34. Added a number of extra features that are going to be in Perl 5.10. On the whole, these are just syntactic alternatives for features that PCRE had previously implemented using the Python syntax or my own invention. The other formats are all retained for compatibility. (a) Named groups can now be defined as (?<name>...) or (?'name'...) as well as (?P<name>...). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are also .NET compatible. (b) A recursion or subroutine call to a named group can now be defined as (?&name;) as well as (?P>name). (c) A backreference to a named group can now be defined as \k<name> or \k'name' as well as (?P=name). The new forms, as well as being in Perl 5.10, are also .NET compatible. (d) A conditional reference to a named group can now use the syntax (?(<name>) or (?('name') as well as (?(name). (e) A "conditional group" of the form (?(DEFINE)...) can be used to define groups (named and numbered) that are never evaluated inline, but can be called as "subroutines" from elsewhere. In effect, the DEFINE condition is always false. There may be only one alternative in such a group. (f) A test for recursion can be given as (?(R1).. or (?(R&name;)... as well as the simple (?(R). The condition is true only if the most recent recursion is that of the given number or name. It does not search out through the entire recursion stack. (g) The escape \gN or \g{N} has been added, where N is a positive or negative number, specifying an absolute or relative reference. 35. Tidied to get rid of some further signed/unsigned compiler warnings and some "unreachable code" warnings. 36. Updated the Unicode property tables to Unicode version 5.0.0. Amongst other things, this adds five new scripts. 37. Perl ignores orphaned \E escapes completely. PCRE now does the same. There were also incompatibilities regarding the handling of \Q..\E inside character classes, for example with patterns like [\Qa\E-\Qz\E] where the hyphen was adjacent to \Q or \E. I hope I've cleared all this up now. 38. Like Perl, PCRE detects when an indefinitely repeated parenthesized group matches an empty string, and forcibly breaks the loop. There were bugs in this code in non-simple cases. For a pattern such as ^(a()*)* matched against aaaa the result was just "a" rather than "aaaa", for example. Two separate and independent bugs (that affected different cases) have been fixed. 39. Refactored the code to abolish the use of different opcodes for small capturing bracket numbers. This is a tidy that I avoided doing when I removed the limit on the number of capturing brackets for 3.5 back in 2001. The new approach is not only tidier, it makes it possible to reduce the memory needed to fix the previous bug (38). 40. Implemented PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY to recognize any of the Unicode newline sequences ( as "newline" when processing dot, circumflex, or dollar metacharacters, or #-comments in /x mode. 41. Add \R to match any Unicode newline sequence, as suggested in the Unicode report. 42. Applied patch, originally from Ari Pollak, modified by Google, to allow copy construction and assignment in the C++ wrapper. 43. Updated pcregrep to support "--newline=any". In the process, I fixed a couple of bugs that could have given wrong results in the "--newline=crlf" case. 44. Added a number of casts and did some reorganization of signed/unsigned int variables following suggestions from Dair Grant. Also renamed the variable "this" as "item" because it is a C++ keyword. 45. Arranged for dftables to add #include "pcre_internal.h" to pcre_chartables.c because without it, gcc 4.x may remove the array definition from the final binary if PCRE is built into a static library and dead code stripping is activated. 46. For an unanchored pattern, if a match attempt fails at the start of a newline sequence, and the newline setting is CRLF or ANY, and the next two characters are CRLF, advance by two characters instead of one. Version 6.7 04-Jul-06 --------------------- 1. In order to handle tests when input lines are enormously long, pcretest has been re-factored so that it automatically extends its buffers when necessary. The code is crude, but this _is_ just a test program. The default size has been increased from 32K to 50K. 2. The code in pcre_study() was using the value of the re argument before testing it for NULL. (Of course, in any sensible call of the function, it won't be NULL.) 3. The memmove() emulation function in pcre_internal.h, which is used on systems that lack both memmove() and bcopy() - that is, hardly ever - was missing a "static" storage class specifier. 4. When UTF-8 mode was not set, PCRE looped when compiling certain patterns containing an extended class (one that cannot be represented by a bitmap because it contains high-valued characters or Unicode property items, e.g. [\pZ]). Almost always one would set UTF-8 mode when processing such a pattern, but PCRE should not loop if you do not (it no longer does). [Detail: two cases were found: (a) a repeated subpattern containing an extended class; (b) a recursive reference to a subpattern that followed a previous extended class. It wasn't skipping over the extended class correctly when UTF-8 mode was not set.] 5. A negated single-character class was not being recognized as fixed-length in lookbehind assertions such as (?<=[^f]), leading to an incorrect compile error "lookbehind assertion is not fixed length". 6. The RunPerlTest auxiliary script was showing an unexpected difference between PCRE and Perl for UTF-8 tests. It turns out that it is hard to write a Perl script that can interpret lines of an input file either as byte characters or as UTF-8, which is what "perltest" was being required to do for the non-UTF-8 and UTF-8 tests, respectively. Essentially what you can't do is switch easily at run time between having the "use utf8;" pragma or not. In the end, I fudged it by using the RunPerlTest script to insert "use utf8;" explicitly for the UTF-8 tests. 7. In multiline (/m) mode, PCRE was matching ^ after a terminating newline at the end of the subject string, contrary to the documentation and to what Perl does. This was true of both matching functions. Now it matches only at the start of the subject and immediately after *internal* newlines. 8. A call of pcre_fullinfo() from pcretest to get the option bits was passing a pointer to an int instead of a pointer to an unsigned long int. This caused problems on 64-bit systems. 9. Applied a patch from the folks at Google to, to fix "another instance of the 'standard' template library not being so standard". 10. There was no check on the number of named subpatterns nor the maximum length of a subpattern name. The product of these values is used to compute the size of the memory block for a compiled pattern. By supplying a very long subpattern name and a large number of named subpatterns, the size computation could be caused to overflow. This is now prevented by limiting the length of names to 32 characters, and the number of named subpatterns to 10,000. 11. Subpatterns that are repeated with specific counts have to be replicated in the compiled pattern. The size of memory for this was computed from the length of the subpattern and the repeat count. The latter is limited to 65535, but there was no limit on the former, meaning that integer overflow could in principle occur. The compiled length of a repeated subpattern is now limited to 30,000 bytes in order to prevent this. 12. Added the optional facility to have named substrings with the same name. 13. Added the ability to use a named substring as a condition, using the Python syntax: (?(name)yes|no). This overloads (?(R)... and names that are numbers (not recommended). Forward references are permitted. 14. Added forward references in named backreferences (if you see what I mean). 15. In UTF-8 mode, with the PCRE_DOTALL option set, a quantified dot in the pattern could run off the end of the subject. For example, the pattern "(?s)(.{1,5})"8 did this with the subject "ab". 16. If PCRE_DOTALL or PCRE_MULTILINE were set, pcre_dfa_exec() behaved as if PCRE_CASELESS was set when matching characters that were quantified with ? or *. 17. A character class other than a single negated character that had a minimum but no maximum quantifier - for example [ab]{6,} - was not handled correctly by pce_dfa_exec(). It would match only one character. 18. A valid (though odd) pattern that looked like a POSIX character class but used an invalid character after [ (for example [[,abc,]]) caused pcre_compile() to give the error "Failed: internal error: code overflow" or in some cases to crash with a glibc free() error. This could even happen if the pattern terminated after [[ but there just happened to be a sequence of letters, a binary zero, and a closing ] in the memory that followed. 19. Perl's treatment of octal escapes in the range \400 to \777 has changed over the years. Originally (before any Unicode support), just the bottom 8 bits were taken. Thus, for example, \500 really meant \100. Nowadays the output from "man perlunicode" includes this: The regular expression compiler produces polymorphic opcodes. That is, the pattern adapts to the data and automatically switches to the Unicode character scheme when presented with Unicode data--or instead uses a traditional byte scheme when presented with byte data. Sadly, a wide octal escape does not cause a switch, and in a string with no other multibyte characters, these octal escapes are treated as before. Thus, in Perl, the pattern /\500/ actually matches \100 but the pattern /\500|\x{1ff}/ matches \500 or \777 because the whole thing is treated as a Unicode string. I have not perpetrated such confusion in PCRE. Up till now, it took just the bottom 8 bits, as in old Perl. I have now made octal escapes with values greater than \377 illegal in non-UTF-8 mode. In UTF-8 mode they translate to the appropriate multibyte character. 29. Applied some refactoring to reduce the number of warnings from Microsoft and Borland compilers. This has included removing the fudge introduced seven years ago for the OS/2 compiler (see 2.02/2 below) because it caused a warning about an unused variable. 21. PCRE has not included VT (character 0x0b) in the set of whitespace characters since release 4.0, because Perl (from release 5.004) does not. [Or at least, is documented not to: some releases seem to be in conflict with the documentation.] However, when a pattern was studied with pcre_study() and all its branches started with \s, PCRE still included VT as a possible starting character. Of course, this did no harm; it just caused an unnecessary match attempt. 22. Removed a now-redundant internal flag bit that recorded the fact that case dependency changed within the pattern. This was once needed for "required byte" processing, but is no longer used. This recovers a now-scarce options bit. Also moved the least significant internal flag bit to the most- significant bit of the word, which was not previously used (hangover from the days when it was an int rather than a uint) to free up another bit for the future. 23. Added support for CRLF line endings as well as CR and LF. As well as the default being selectable at build time, it can now be changed at runtime via the PCRE_NEWLINE_xxx flags. There are now options for pcregrep to specify that it is scanning data with non-default line endings. 24. Changed the definition of CXXLINK to make it agree with the definition of LINK in the Makefile, by replacing LDFLAGS to CXXFLAGS. 25. Applied Ian Taylor's patches to avoid using another stack frame for tail recursions. This makes a big different to stack usage for some patterns. 26. If a subpattern containing a named recursion or subroutine reference such as (?P>B) was quantified, for example (xxx(?P>B)){3}, the calculation of the space required for the compiled pattern went wrong and gave too small a value. Depending on the environment, this could lead to "Failed: internal error: code overflow at offset 49" or "glibc detected double free or corruption" errors. 27. Applied patches from Google (a) to support the new newline modes and (b) to advance over multibyte UTF-8 characters in GlobalReplace. 28. Change free() to pcre_free() in pcredemo.c. Apparently this makes a difference for some implementation of PCRE in some Windows version. 29. Added some extra testing facilities to pcretest: \q<number> in a data line sets the "match limit" value \Q<number> in a data line sets the "match recursion limt" value -S <number> sets the stack size, where <number> is in megabytes The -S option isn't available for Windows. Version 6.6 06-Feb-06 --------------------- 1. Change 16(a) for 6.5 broke things, because PCRE_DATA_SCOPE was not defined in pcreposix.h. I have copied the definition from pcre.h. 2. Change 25 for 6.5 broke compilation in a build directory out-of-tree because pcre.h is no longer a built file. 3. Added Jeff Friedl's additional debugging patches to pcregrep. These are not normally included in the compiled code. Version 6.5 01-Feb-06 --------------------- 1. When using the partial match feature with pcre_dfa_exec(), it was not anchoring the second and subsequent partial matches at the new starting point. This could lead to incorrect results. For example, with the pattern /1234/, partially matching against "123" and then "a4" gave a match. 2. Changes to pcregrep: (a) All non-match returns from pcre_exec() were being treated as failures to match the line. Now, unless the error is PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH, an error message is output. Some extra information is given for the PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT and PCRE_ERROR_RECURSIONLIMIT errors, which are probably the only errors that are likely to be caused by users (by specifying a regex that has nested indefinite repeats, for instance). If there are more than 20 of these errors, pcregrep is abandoned. (b) A binary zero was treated as data while matching, but terminated the output line if it was written out. This has been fixed: binary zeroes are now no different to any other data bytes. (c) Whichever of the LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE environment variables is set is used to set a locale for matching. The --locale=xxxx long option has been added (no short equivalent) to specify a locale explicitly on the pcregrep command, overriding the environment variables. (d) When -B was used with -n, some line numbers in the output were one less than they should have been. (e) Added the -o (--only-matching) option. (f) If -A or -C was used with -c (count only), some lines of context were accidentally printed for the final match. (g) Added the -H (--with-filename) option. (h) The combination of options -rh failed to suppress file names for files that were found from directory arguments. (i) Added the -D (--devices) and -d (--directories) options. (j) Added the -F (--fixed-strings) option. (k) Allow "-" to be used as a file name for -f as well as for a data file. (l) Added the --colo(u)r option. (m) Added Jeffrey Friedl's -S testing option, but within #ifdefs so that it is not present by default. 3. A nasty bug was discovered in the handling of recursive patterns, that is, items such as (?R) or (?1), when the recursion could match a number of alternatives. If it matched one of the alternatives, but subsequently, outside the recursion, there was a failure, the code tried to back up into the recursion. However, because of the way PCRE is implemented, this is not possible, and the result was an incorrect result from the match. In order to prevent this happening, the specification of recursion has been changed so that all such subpatterns are automatically treated as atomic groups. Thus, for example, (?R) is treated as if it were (?>(?R)). 4. I had overlooked the fact that, in some locales, there are characters for which isalpha() is true but neither isupper() nor islower() are true. In the fr_FR locale, for instance, the \xAA and \xBA characters (ordmasculine and ordfeminine) are like this. This affected the treatment of \w and \W when they appeared in character classes, but not when they appeared outside a character class. The bit map for "word" characters is now created separately from the results of isalnum() instead of just taking it from the upper, lower, and digit maps. (Plus the underscore character, of course.) 5. The above bug also affected the handling of POSIX character classes such as [[:alpha:]] and [[:alnum:]]. These do not have their own bit maps in PCRE's permanent tables. Instead, the bit maps for such a class were previously created as the appropriate unions of the upper, lower, and digit bitmaps. Now they are created by subtraction from the [[:word:]] class, which has its own bitmap. 6. The [[:blank:]] character class matches horizontal, but not vertical space. It is created by subtracting the vertical space characters (\x09, \x0a, \x0b, \x0c) from the [[:space:]] bitmap. Previously, however, the subtraction was done in the overall bitmap for a character class, meaning that a class such as [\x0c[:blank:]] was incorrect because \x0c would not be recognized. This bug has been fixed. 7. Patches from the folks at Google: (a) "to handle a corner case that may or may not happen in real life, but is still worth protecting against". (b) "corrects a bug when negative radixes are used with regular expressions". (c) avoid use of std::count() because not all systems have it. (d) Split off pcrecpparg.h from pcrecpp.h and had the former built by "configure" and the latter not, in order to fix a problem somebody had with compiling the Arg class on HP-UX. (e) Improve the error-handling of the C++ wrapper a little bit. (f) New tests for checking recursion limiting. 8. The pcre_memmove() function, which is used only if the environment does not have a standard memmove() function (and is therefore rarely compiled), contained two bugs: (a) use of int instead of size_t, and (b) it was not returning a result (though PCRE never actually uses the result). 9. In the POSIX regexec() interface, if nmatch is specified as a ridiculously large number - greater than INT_MAX/(3*sizeof(int)) - REG_ESPACE is returned instead of calling malloc() with an overflowing number that would most likely cause subsequent chaos. 10. The debugging option of pcretest was not showing the NO_AUTO_CAPTURE flag. 11. The POSIX flag REG_NOSUB is now supported. When a pattern that was compiled with this option is matched, the nmatch and pmatch options of regexec() are ignored. 12. Added REG_UTF8 to the POSIX interface. This is not defined by POSIX, but is provided in case anyone wants to the the POSIX interface with UTF-8 strings. 13. Added CXXLDFLAGS to the Makefile parameters to provide settings only on the C++ linking (needed for some HP-UX environments). 14. Avoid compiler warnings in get_ucpname() when compiled without UCP support (unused parameter) and in the pcre_printint() function (omitted "default" switch label when the default is to do nothing). 15. Added some code to make it possible, when PCRE is compiled as a C++ library, to replace subject pointers for pcre_exec() with a smart pointer class, thus making it possible to process discontinuous strings. 16. The two macros PCRE_EXPORT and PCRE_DATA_SCOPE are confusing, and perform much the same function. They were added by different people who were trying to make PCRE easy to compile on non-Unix systems. It has been suggested that PCRE_EXPORT be abolished now that there is more automatic apparatus for compiling on Windows systems. I have therefore replaced it with PCRE_DATA_SCOPE. This is set automatically for Windows; if not set it defaults to "extern" for C or "extern C" for C++, which works fine on Unix-like systems. It is now possible to override the value of PCRE_DATA_ SCOPE with something explicit in config.h. In addition: (a) pcreposix.h still had just "extern" instead of either of these macros; I have replaced it with PCRE_DATA_SCOPE. (b) Functions such as _pcre_xclass(), which are internal to the library, but external in the C sense, all had PCRE_EXPORT in their definitions. This is apparently wrong for the Windows case, so I have removed it. (It makes no difference on Unix-like systems.) 17. Added a new limit, MATCH_LIMIT_RECURSION, which limits the depth of nesting of recursive calls to match(). This is different to MATCH_LIMIT because that limits the total number of calls to match(), not all of which increase the depth of recursion. Limiting the recursion depth limits the amount of stack (or heap if NO_RECURSE is set) that is used. The default can be set when PCRE is compiled, and changed at run time. A patch from Google adds this functionality to the C++ interface. 18. Changes to the handling of Unicode character properties: (a) Updated the table to Unicode 4.1.0. (b) Recognize characters that are not in the table as "Cn" (undefined). (c) I revised the way the table is implemented to a much improved format which includes recognition of ranges. It now supports the ranges that are defined in UnicodeData.txt, and it also amalgamates other characters into ranges. This has reduced the number of entries in the table from around 16,000 to around 3,000, thus reducing its size considerably. I realized I did not need to use a tree structure after all - a binary chop search is just as efficient. Having reduced the number of entries, I extended their size from 6 bytes to 8 bytes to allow for more data. (d) Added support for Unicode script names via properties such as \p{Han}. 19. In UTF-8 mode, a backslash followed by a non-Ascii character was not matching that character. 20. When matching a repeated Unicode property with a minimum greater than zero, (for example \pL{2,}), PCRE could look past the end of the subject if it reached it while seeking the minimum number of characters. This could happen only if some of the characters were more than one byte long, because there is a check for at least the minimum number of bytes. 21. Refactored the implementation of \p and \P so as to be more general, to allow for more different types of property in future. This has changed the compiled form incompatibly. Anybody with saved compiled patterns that use \p or \P will have to recompile them. 22. Added "Any" and "L&" to the supported property types. 23. Recognize \x{...} as a code point specifier, even when not in UTF-8 mode, but give a compile time error if the value is greater than 0xff. 24. The man pages for pcrepartial, pcreprecompile, and pcre_compile2 were accidentally not being installed or uninstalled. 25. The pcre.h file was built from, but the only changes that were made were to insert the current release number. This seemed silly, because it made things harder for people building PCRE on systems that don't run "configure". I have turned pcre.h into a distributed file, no longer built by "configure", with the version identification directly included. There is no longer a file. However, this change necessitated a change to the pcre-config script as well. It is built from, and one of the substitutions was the release number. I have updated so that ./configure now finds the release number by grepping pcre.h. 26. Added the ability to run the tests under valgrind. Version 6.4 05-Sep-05 --------------------- 1. Change 6.0/10/(l) to pcregrep introduced a bug that caused separator lines "--" to be printed when multiple files were scanned, even when none of the -A, -B, or -C options were used. This is not compatible with Gnu grep, so I consider it to be a bug, and have restored the previous behaviour. 2. A couple of code tidies to get rid of compiler warnings. 3. The pcretest program used to cheat by referring to symbols in the library whose names begin with _pcre_. These are internal symbols that are not really supposed to be visible externally, and in some environments it is possible to suppress them. The cheating is now confined to including certain files from the library's source, which is a bit cleaner. 4. Renamed as to go with; it also makes the file's purpose clearer. 5. Reorganized pcre_ucp_findchar(). Version 6.3 15-Aug-05 --------------------- 1. The file did not have general read permission in the tarball. 2. There were some problems when building without C++ support: (a) If C++ support was not built, "make install" and "make test" still tried to test it. (b) There were problems when the value of CXX was explicitly set. Some changes have been made to try to fix these, and ... (c) --disable-cpp can now be used to explicitly disable C++ support. (d) The use of @[email protected] directly caused a blank line preceded by a backslash in a target when C++ was disabled. This confuses some versions of "make", apparently. Using an intermediate variable solves this. (Same for CPP_LOBJ.) 3. $(LINK_FOR_BUILD) now includes $(CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD) and $(LINK) (non-Windows) now includes $(CFLAGS) because these flags are sometimes necessary on certain architectures. 4. Added a setting of -export-symbols-regex to the link command to remove those symbols that are exported in the C sense, but actually are local within the library, and not documented. Their names all begin with "_pcre_". This is not a perfect job, because (a) we have to except some symbols that pcretest ("illegally") uses, and (b) the facility isn't always available (and never for static libraries). I have made a note to try to find a way round (a) in the future. Version 6.2 01-Aug-05 --------------------- 1. There was no test for integer overflow of quantifier values. A construction such as {1111111111111111} would give undefined results. What is worse, if a minimum quantifier for a parenthesized subpattern overflowed and became negative, the calculation of the memory size went wrong. This could have led to memory overwriting. 2. Building PCRE using VPATH was broken. Hopefully it is now fixed. 3. Added "b" to the 2nd argument of fopen() in dftables.c, for non-Unix-like operating environments where this matters. 4. Applied Giuseppe Maxia's patch to add additional features for controlling PCRE options from within the C++ wrapper. 5. Named capturing subpatterns were not being correctly counted when a pattern was compiled. This caused two problems: (a) If there were more than 100 such subpatterns, the calculation of the memory needed for the whole compiled pattern went wrong, leading to an overflow error. (b) Numerical back references of the form \12, where the number was greater than 9, were not recognized as back references, even though there were sufficient previous subpatterns. 6. Two minor patches to in order to allow it to compile on older versions of gcc, e.g. 2.95.4. Version 6.1 21-Jun-05 --------------------- 1. There was one reference to the variable "posix" in pcretest.c that was not surrounded by "#if !defined NOPOSIX". 2. Make it possible to compile pcretest without DFA support, UTF8 support, or the cross-check on the old pcre_info() function, for the benefit of the cut-down version of PCRE that is currently imported into Exim. 3. A (silly) pattern starting with (?i)(?-i) caused an internal space allocation error. I've done the easy fix, which wastes 2 bytes for sensible patterns that start (?i) but I don't think that matters. The use of (?i) is just an example; this all applies to the other options as well. 4. Since libtool seems to echo the compile commands it is issuing, the output from "make" can be reduced a bit by putting "@" in front of each libtool compile command. 5. Patch from the folks at Google for to be a bit more thorough in checking for a suitable C++ installation before trying to compile the C++ stuff. This should fix a reported problem when a compiler was present, but no suitable headers. 6. The man pages all had just "PCRE" as their title. I have changed them to be the relevant file name. I have also arranged that these names are retained in the file doc/pcre.txt, which is a concatenation in text format of all the man pages except the little individual ones for each function. 7. The NON-UNIX-USE file had not been updated for the different set of source files that come with release 6. I also added a few comments about the C++ wrapper. Version 6.0 07-Jun-05 --------------------- 1. Some minor internal re-organization to help with my DFA experiments. 2. Some missing #ifdef SUPPORT_UCP conditionals in pcretest and printint that didn't matter for the library itself when fully configured, but did matter when compiling without UCP support, or within Exim, where the ucp files are not imported. 3. Refactoring of the library code to split up the various functions into different source modules. The addition of the new DFA matching code (see below) to a single monolithic source would have made it really too unwieldy, quite apart from causing all the code to be include in a statically linked application, when only some functions are used. This is relevant even without the DFA addition now that patterns can be compiled in one application and matched in another. The downside of splitting up is that there have to be some external functions and data tables that are used internally in different modules of the library but which are not part of the API. These have all had their names changed to start with "_pcre_" so that they are unlikely to clash with other external names. 4. Added an alternate matching function, pcre_dfa_exec(), which matches using a different (DFA) algorithm. Although it is slower than the original function, it does have some advantages for certain types of matching problem. 5. Upgrades to pcretest in order to test the features of pcre_dfa_exec(), including restarting after a partial match. 6. A patch for pcregrep that defines INVALID_FILE_ATTRIBUTES if it is not defined when compiling for Windows was sent to me. I have put it into the code, though I have no means of testing or verifying it. 7. Added the pcre_refcount() auxiliary function. 8. Added the PCRE_FIRSTLINE option. This constrains an unanchored pattern to match before or at the first newline in the subject string. In pcretest, the /f option on a pattern can be used to set this. 9. A repeated \w when used in UTF-8 mode with characters greater than 256 would behave wrongly. This has been present in PCRE since release 4.0. 10. A number of changes to the pcregrep command: (a) Refactored how -x works; insert ^(...)$ instead of setting PCRE_ANCHORED and checking the length, in preparation for adding something similar for -w. (b) Added the -w (match as a word) option. (c) Refactored the way lines are read and buffered so as to have more than one at a time available. (d) Implemented a pcregrep test script. (e) Added the -M (multiline match) option. This allows patterns to match over several lines of the subject. The buffering ensures that at least 8K, or the rest of the document (whichever is the shorter) is available for matching (and similarly the previous 8K for lookbehind assertions). (f) Changed the --help output so that it now says -w, --word-regex(p) instead of two lines, one with "regex" and the other with "regexp" because that confused at least one person since the short forms are the same. (This required a bit of code, as the output is generated automatically from a table. It wasn't just a text change.) (g) -- can be used to terminate pcregrep options if the next thing isn't an option but starts with a hyphen. Could be a pattern or a path name starting with a hyphen, for instance. (h) "-" can be given as a file name to represent stdin. (i) When file names are being printed, "(standard input)" is used for the standard input, for compatibility with GNU grep. Previously "<stdin>" was used. (j) The option --label=xxx can be used to supply a name to be used for stdin when file names are being printed. There is no short form. (k) Re-factored the options decoding logic because we are going to add two more options that take data. Such options can now be given in four different ways, e.g. "-fname", "-f name", "--file=name", "--file name". (l) Added the -A, -B, and -C options for requesting that lines of context around matches be printed. (m) Added the -L option to print the names of files that do not contain any matching lines, that is, the complement of -l. (n) The return code is 2 if any file cannot be opened, but pcregrep does continue to scan other files. (o) The -s option was incorrectly implemented. For compatibility with other greps, it now suppresses the error message for a non-existent or non- accessible file (but not the return code). There is a new option called -q that suppresses the output of matching lines, which was what -s was previously doing. (p) Added --include and --exclude options to specify files for inclusion and exclusion when recursing. 11. The Makefile was not using the Autoconf-supported LDFLAGS macro properly. Hopefully, it now does. 12. Missing cast in pcre_study(). 13. Added an "uninstall" target to the makefile. 14. Replaced "extern" in the function prototypes in with "PCRE_DATA_SCOPE", which defaults to 'extern' or 'extern "C"' in the Unix world, but is set differently for Windows. 15. Added a second compiling function called pcre_compile2(). The only difference is that it has an extra argument, which is a pointer to an integer error code. When there is a compile-time failure, this is set non-zero, in addition to the error test pointer being set to point to an error message. The new argument may be NULL if no error number is required (but then you may as well call pcre_compile(), which is now just a wrapper). This facility is provided because some applications need a numeric error indication, but it has also enabled me to tidy up the way compile-time errors are handled in the POSIX wrapper. 16. Added VPATH=.libs to the makefile; this should help when building with one prefix path and installing with another. (Or so I'm told by someone who knows more about this stuff than I do.) 17. Added a new option, REG_DOTALL, to the POSIX function regcomp(). This passes PCRE_DOTALL to the pcre_compile() function, making the "." character match everything, including newlines. This is not POSIX-compatible, but somebody wanted the feature. From pcretest it can be activated by using both the P and the s flags. 18. AC_PROG_LIBTOOL appeared twice in Removed one. 19. libpcre.pc was being incorrectly installed as executable. 20. A couple of places in pcretest check for end-of-line by looking for '\n'; it now also looks for '\r' so that it will work unmodified on Windows. 21. Added Google's contributed C++ wrapper to the distribution. 22. Added some untidy missing memory free() calls in pcretest, to keep Electric Fence happy when testing. Version 5.0 13-Sep-04 --------------------- 1. Internal change: literal characters are no longer packed up into items containing multiple characters in a single byte-string. Each character is now matched using a separate opcode. However, there may be more than one byte in the character in UTF-8 mode. 2. The pcre_callout_block structure has two new fields: pattern_position and next_item_length. These contain the offset in the pattern to the next match item, and its length, respectively. 3. The PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT option for pcre_compile() requests the automatic insertion of callouts before each pattern item. Added the /C option to pcretest to make use of this. 4. On the advice of a Windows user, the lines #if defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32) _setmode( _fileno( stdout ), 0x8000 ); #endif /* defined(_WIN32) || defined(WIN32) */ have been added to the source of pcretest. This apparently does useful magic in relation to line terminators. 5. Changed "r" and "w" in the calls to fopen() in pcretest to "rb" and "wb" for the benefit of those environments where the "b" makes a difference. 6. The icc compiler has the same options as gcc, but "configure" doesn't seem to know about it. I have put a hack into that adds in code to set GCC=yes if CC=icc. This seems to end up at a point in the generated configure script that is early enough to affect the setting of compiler options, which is what is needed, but I have no means of testing whether it really works. (The user who reported this had patched the generated configure script, which of course I cannot do.) LATER: After change 22 below (new libtool files), the configure script seems to know about icc (and also ecc). Therefore, I have commented out this hack in 7. Added support for pkg-config (2 patches were sent in). 8. Negated POSIX character classes that used a combination of internal tables were completely broken. These were [[:^alpha:]], [[:^alnum:]], and [[:^ascii]]. Typically, they would match almost any characters. The other POSIX classes were not broken in this way. 9. Matching the pattern "\b.*?" against "ab cd", starting at offset 1, failed to find the match, as PCRE was deluded into thinking that the match had to start at the start point or following a newline. The same bug applied to patterns with negative forward assertions or any backward assertions preceding ".*" at the start, unless the pattern required a fixed first character. This was a failing pattern: "(?!.bcd).*". The bug is now fixed. 10. In UTF-8 mode, when moving forwards in the subject after a failed match starting at the last subject character, bytes beyond the end of the subject string were read. 11. Renamed the variable "class" as "classbits" to make life easier for C++ users. (Previously there was a macro definition, but it apparently wasn't enough.) 12. Added the new field "tables" to the extra data so that tables can be passed in at exec time, or the internal tables can be re-selected. This allows a compiled regex to be saved and re-used at a later time by a different program that might have everything at different addresses. 13. Modified the pcre-config script so that, when run on Solaris, it shows a -R library as well as a -L library. 14. The debugging options of pcretest (-d on the command line or D on a pattern) showed incorrect output for anything following an extended class that contained multibyte characters and which was followed by a quantifier. 15. Added optional support for general category Unicode character properties via the \p, \P, and \X escapes. Unicode property support implies UTF-8 support. It adds about 90K to the size of the library. The meanings of the inbuilt class escapes such as \d and \s have NOT been changed. 16. Updated pcredemo.c to include calls to free() to release the memory for the compiled pattern. 17. The generated file chartables.c was being created in the source directory instead of in the building directory. This caused the build to fail if the source directory was different from the building directory, and was read-only. 18. Added some sample Win commands from Mark Tetrode into the NON-UNIX-USE file. No doubt somebody will tell me if they don't make sense... Also added Dan Mooney's comments about building on OpenVMS. 19. Added support for partial matching via the PCRE_PARTIAL option for pcre_exec() and the \P data escape in pcretest. 20. Extended pcretest with 3 new pattern features: (i) A pattern option of the form ">rest-of-line" causes pcretest to write the compiled pattern to the file whose name is "rest-of-line". This is a straight binary dump of the data, with the saved pointer to the character tables forced to be NULL. The study data, if any, is written too. After writing, pcretest reads a new pattern. (ii) If, instead of a pattern, "<rest-of-line" is given, pcretest reads a compiled pattern from the given file. There must not be any occurrences of "<" in the file name (pretty unlikely); if there are, pcretest will instead treat the initial "<" as a pattern delimiter. After reading in the pattern, pcretest goes on to read data lines as usual. (iii) The F pattern option causes pcretest to flip the bytes in the 32-bit and 16-bit fields in a compiled pattern, to simulate a pattern that was compiled on a host of opposite endianness. 21. The pcre-exec() function can now cope with patterns that were compiled on hosts of opposite endianness, with this restriction: As for any compiled expression that is saved and used later, the tables pointer field cannot be preserved; the extra_data field in the arguments to pcre_exec() should be used to pass in a tables address if a value other than the default internal tables were used at compile time. 22. Calling pcre_exec() with a negative value of the "ovecsize" parameter is now diagnosed as an error. Previously, most of the time, a negative number would have been treated as zero, but if in addition "ovector" was passed as NULL, a crash could occur. 23. Updated the files, config.sub, config.guess, and aclocal.m4 with new versions from the libtool 1.5 distribution (the last one is a copy of a file called libtool.m4). This seems to have fixed the need to patch "configure" to support Darwin 1.3 (which I used to do). However, I still had to patch to ensure that ${SED} is set (it isn't on my workstation). 24. Changed the PCRE licence to be the more standard "BSD" licence. Version 4.5 01-Dec-03 --------------------- 1. There has been some re-arrangement of the code for the match() function so that it can be compiled in a version that does not call itself recursively. Instead, it keeps those local variables that need separate instances for each "recursion" in a frame on the heap, and gets/frees frames whenever it needs to "recurse". Keeping track of where control must go is done by means of setjmp/longjmp. The whole thing is implemented by a set of macros that hide most of the details from the main code, and operates only if NO_RECURSE is defined while compiling pcre.c. If PCRE is built using the "configure" mechanism, "--disable-stack-for-recursion" turns on this way of operating. To make it easier for callers to provide specially tailored get/free functions for this usage, two new functions, pcre_stack_malloc, and pcre_stack_free, are used. They are always called in strict stacking order, and the size of block requested is always the same. The PCRE_CONFIG_STACKRECURSE info parameter can be used to find out whether PCRE has been compiled to use the stack or the heap for recursion. The -C option of pcretest uses this to show which version is compiled. A new data escape \S, is added to pcretest; it causes the amounts of store obtained and freed by both kinds of malloc/free at match time to be added to the output. 2. Changed the locale test to use "fr_FR" instead of "fr" because that's what's available on my current Linux desktop machine. 3. When matching a UTF-8 string, the test for a valid string at the start has been extended. If start_offset is not zero, PCRE now checks that it points to a byte that is the start of a UTF-8 character. If not, it returns PCRE_ERROR_BADUTF8_OFFSET (-11). Note: the whole string is still checked; this is necessary because there may be backward assertions in the pattern. When matching the same subject several times, it may save resources to use PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK on all but the first call if the string is long. 4. The code for checking the validity of UTF-8 strings has been tightened so that it rejects (a) strings containing 0xfe or 0xff bytes and (b) strings containing "overlong sequences". 5. Fixed a bug (appearing twice) that I could not find any way of exploiting! I had written "if ((digitab[*p++] && chtab_digit) == 0)" where the "&&" should have been "&", but it just so happened that all the cases this let through by mistake were picked up later in the function. 6. I had used a variable called "isblank" - this is a C99 function, causing some compilers to warn. To avoid this, I renamed it (as "blankclass"). 7. Cosmetic: (a) only output another newline at the end of pcretest if it is prompting; (b) run "./pcretest /dev/null" at the start of the test script so the version is shown; (c) stop "make test" echoing "./RunTest". 8. Added patches from David Burgess to enable PCRE to run on EBCDIC systems. 9. The prototype for memmove() for systems that don't have it was using size_t, but the inclusion of the header that defines size_t was later. I've moved the #includes for the C headers earlier to avoid this. 10. Added some adjustments to the code to make it easier to compiler on certain special systems: (a) Some "const" qualifiers were missing. (b) Added the macro EXPORT before all exported functions; by default this is defined to be empty. (c) Changed the dftables auxiliary program (that builds chartables.c) so that it reads its output file name as an argument instead of writing to the standard output and assuming this can be redirected. 11. In UTF-8 mode, if a recursive reference (e.g. (?1)) followed a character class containing characters with values greater than 255, PCRE compilation went into a loop. 12. A recursive reference to a subpattern that was within another subpattern that had a minimum quantifier of zero caused PCRE to crash. For example, (x(y(?2))z)? provoked this bug with a subject that got as far as the recursion. If the recursively-called subpattern itself had a zero repeat, that was OK. 13. In pcretest, the buffer for reading a data line was set at 30K, but the buffer into which it was copied (for escape processing) was still set at 1024, so long lines caused crashes. 14. A pattern such as /[ab]{1,3}+/ failed to compile, giving the error "internal error: code overflow...". This applied to any character class that was followed by a possessive quantifier. 15. Modified the Makefile to add as a prerequisite for because I was told this is needed for a parallel build to work. 16. If a pattern that contained .* following optional items at the start was studied, the wrong optimizing data was generated, leading to matching errors. For example, studying /[ab]*.*c/ concluded, erroneously, that any matching string must start with a or b or c. The correct conclusion for this pattern is that a match can start with any character. Version 4.4 13-Aug-03 --------------------- 1. In UTF-8 mode, a character class containing characters with values between 127 and 255 was not handled correctly if the compiled pattern was studied. In fixing this, I have also improved the studying algorithm for such classes (slightly). 2. Three internal functions had redundant arguments passed to them. Removal might give a very teeny performance improvement. 3. Documentation bug: the value of the capture_top field in a callout is *one more than* the number of the hightest numbered captured substring. 4. The Makefile linked pcretest and pcregrep with -lpcre, which could result in incorrectly linking with a previously installed version. They now link explicitly with 5. no longer needs to recognize Cygwin specially. 6. A problem in for Windows platforms is fixed. 7. If a pattern was successfully studied, and the -d (or /D) flag was given to pcretest, it used to include the size of the study block as part of its output. Unfortunately, the structure contains a field that has a different size on different hardware architectures. This meant that the tests that showed this size failed. As the block is currently always of a fixed size, this information isn't actually particularly useful in pcretest output, so I have just removed it. 8. Three pre-processor statements accidentally did not start in column 1. Sadly, there are *still* compilers around that complain, even though standard C has not required this for well over a decade. Sigh. 9. In pcretest, the code for checking callouts passed small integers in the callout_data field, which is a void * field. However, some picky compilers complained about the casts involved for this on 64-bit systems. Now pcretest passes the address of the small integer instead, which should get rid of the warnings. 10. By default, when in UTF-8 mode, PCRE now checks for valid UTF-8 strings at both compile and run time, and gives an error if an invalid UTF-8 sequence is found. There is a option for disabling this check in cases where the string is known to be correct and/or the maximum performance is wanted. 11. In response to a bug report, I changed one line in from -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/[email protected][email protected] \ to -Wl,--out-implib,.libs/@[email protected] \ to look similar to other lines, but I have no way of telling whether this is the right thing to do, as I do not use Windows. No doubt I'll get told if it's wrong... Version 4.3 21-May-03 --------------------- 1. Two instances of @[email protected] omitted from the Windows targets in the Makefile. 2. Some refactoring to improve the quality of the code: (i) The utf8_table... variables are now declared "const". (ii) The code for \cx, which used the "case flipping" table to upper case lower case letters, now just substracts 32. This is ASCII-specific, but the whole concept of \cx is ASCII-specific, so it seems reasonable. (iii) PCRE was using its character types table to recognize decimal and hexadecimal digits in the pattern. This is silly, because it handles only 0-9, a-f, and A-F, but the character types table is locale- specific, which means strange things might happen. A private table is now used for this - though it costs 256 bytes, a table is much faster than multiple explicit tests. Of course, the standard character types table is still used for matching digits in subject strings against \d. (iv) Strictly, the identifier ESC_t is reserved by POSIX (all identifiers ending in _t are). So I've renamed it as ESC_tee. 3. The first argument for regexec() in the POSIX wrapper should have been defined as "const". 4. Changed pcretest to use malloc() for its buffers so that they can be Electric Fenced for debugging. 5. There were several places in the code where, in UTF-8 mode, PCRE would try to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string. Often this had no effect on PCRE's behaviour, but in some circumstances it could provoke a segmentation fault. 6. A lookbehind at the start of a pattern in UTF-8 mode could also cause PCRE to try to read one or more bytes before the start of the subject string. 7. A lookbehind in a pattern matched in non-UTF-8 mode on a PCRE compiled with UTF-8 support could misbehave in various ways if the subject string contained bytes with the 0x80 bit set and the 0x40 bit unset in a lookbehind area. (PCRE was not checking for the UTF-8 mode flag, and trying to move back over UTF-8 characters.) Version 4.2 14-Apr-03 --------------------- 1. Typo "#if SUPPORT_UTF8" instead of "#ifdef SUPPORT_UTF8" fixed. 2. Changes to the building process, supplied by Ronald Landheer-Cieslak [ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on non-Windows platforms [NOT_ON_WINDOWS]: new variable, "#" on Windows platforms [WIN_PREFIX]: new variable, "cyg" for Cygwin * use autoconf substitution for OBJEXT, EXEEXT, BUILD_OBJEXT and BUILD_EXEEXT Note: automatic setting of the BUILD variables is not yet working set CPPFLAGS and BUILD_CPPFLAGS (but don't use yet) - should be used at compile-time but not at link-time [LINK]: use for linking executables only make different versions for Windows and non-Windows [LINKLIB]: new variable, copy of UNIX-style LINK, used for linking libraries [LINK_FOR_BUILD]: new variable [OBJEXT]: use throughout [EXEEXT]: use throughout <winshared>: new target <wininstall>: new target <dftables.o>: use native compiler <dftables>: use native linker <install>: handle Windows platform correctly <clean>: ditto <check>: ditto copy DLL to top builddir before testing As part of these changes, -no-undefined was removed again. This was reported to give trouble on HP-UX 11.0, so getting rid of it seems like a good idea in any case. 3. Some tidies to get rid of compiler warnings: . In the match_data structure, match_limit was an unsigned long int, whereas match_call_count was an int. I've made them both unsigned long ints. . In pcretest the fact that a const uschar * doesn't automatically cast to a void * provoked a warning. . Turning on some more compiler warnings threw up some "shadow" variables and a few more missing casts. 4. If PCRE was complied with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8 option, a class that contained a single character with a value between 128 and 255 (e.g. /[\xFF]/) caused PCRE to crash. 5. If PCRE was compiled with UTF-8 support, but called without the PCRE_UTF8 option, a class that contained several characters, but with at least one whose value was between 128 and 255 caused PCRE to crash. Version 4.1 12-Mar-03 --------------------- 1. Compiling with gcc -pedantic found a couple of places where casts were needed, and a string in dftables.c that was longer than standard compilers are required to support. 2. Compiling with Sun's compiler found a few more places where the code could be tidied up in order to avoid warnings. 3. The variables for cross-compiling were called HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS; the first of these names is deprecated in the latest Autoconf in favour of the name CC_FOR_BUILD, because "host" is typically used to mean the system on which the compiled code will be run. I can't find a reference for HOST_CFLAGS, but by analogy I have changed it to CFLAGS_FOR_BUILD. 4. Added -no-undefined to the linking command in the Makefile, because this is apparently helpful for Windows. To make it work, also added "-L. -lpcre" to the linking step for the pcreposix library. 5. PCRE was failing to diagnose the case of two named groups with the same name. 6. A problem with one of PCRE's optimizations was discovered. PCRE remembers a literal character that is needed in the subject for a match, and scans along to ensure that it is present before embarking on the full matching process. This saves time in cases of nested unlimited repeats that are never going to match. Problem: the scan can take a lot of time if the subject is very long (e.g. megabytes), thus penalizing straightforward matches. It is now done only if the amount of subject to be scanned is less than 1000 bytes. 7. A lesser problem with the same optimization is that it was recording the first character of an anchored pattern as "needed", thus provoking a search right along the subject, even when the first match of the pattern was going to fail. The "needed" character is now not set for anchored patterns, unless it follows something in the pattern that is of non-fixed length. Thus, it still fulfils its original purpose of finding quick non-matches in cases of nested unlimited repeats, but isn't used for simple anchored patterns such as /^abc/. Version 4.0 17-Feb-03 --------------------- 1. If a comment in an extended regex that started immediately after a meta-item extended to the end of string, PCRE compiled incorrect data. This could lead to all kinds of weird effects. Example: /#/ was bad; /()#/ was bad; /a#/ was not. 2. Moved to autoconf 2.53 and libtool 1.4.2. 3. Perl 5.8 no longer needs "use utf8" for doing UTF-8 things. Consequently, the special perltest8 script is no longer needed - all the tests can be run from a single perltest script. 4. From 5.004, Perl has not included the VT character (0x0b) in the set defined by \s. It has now been removed in PCRE. This means it isn't recognized as whitespace in /x regexes too, which is the same as Perl. Note that the POSIX class [:space:] *does* include VT, thereby creating a mess. 5. Added the class [:blank:] (a GNU extension from Perl 5.8) to match only space and tab. 6. Perl 5.005 was a long time ago. It's time to amalgamate the tests that use its new features into the main test script, reducing the number of scripts. 7. Perl 5.8 has changed the meaning of patterns like /a(?i)b/. Earlier versions were backward compatible, and made the (?i) apply to the whole pattern, as if /i were given. Now it behaves more logically, and applies the option setting only to what follows. PCRE has been changed to follow suit. However, if it finds options settings right at the start of the pattern, it extracts them into the global options, as before. Thus, they show up in the info data. 8. Added support for the \Q...\E escape sequence. Characters in between are treated as literals. This is slightly different from Perl in that $ and @ are also handled as literals inside the quotes. In Perl, they will cause variable interpolation. Note the following examples: Pattern PCRE matches Perl matches \Qabc$xyz\E abc$xyz abc followed by the contents of $xyz \Qabc\$xyz\E abc\$xyz abc\$xyz \Qabc\E\$\Qxyz\E abc$xyz abc$xyz For compatibility with Perl, \Q...\E sequences are recognized inside character classes as well as outside them. 9. Re-organized 3 code statements in pcretest to avoid "overflow in floating-point constant arithmetic" warnings from a Microsoft compiler. Added a (size_t) cast to one statement in pcretest and one in pcreposix to avoid signed/unsigned warnings. 10. SunOS4 doesn't have strtoul(). This was used only for unpicking the -o option for pcretest, so I've replaced it by a simple function that does just that job. 11. pcregrep was ending with code 0 instead of 2 for the commands "pcregrep" or "pcregrep -". 12. Added "possessive quantifiers" ?+, *+, ++, and {,}+ which come from Sun's Java package. This provides some syntactic sugar for simple cases of what my documentation calls "once-only subpatterns". A pattern such as x*+ is the same as (?>x*). In other words, if what is inside (?>...) is just a single repeated item, you can use this simplified notation. Note that only makes sense with greedy quantifiers. Consequently, the use of the possessive quantifier forces greediness, whatever the setting of the PCRE_UNGREEDY option. 13. A change of greediness default within a pattern was not taking effect at the current level for patterns like /(b+(?U)a+)/. It did apply to parenthesized subpatterns that followed. Patterns like /b+(?U)a+/ worked because the option was abstracted outside. 14. PCRE now supports the \G assertion. It is true when the current matching position is at the start point of the match. This differs from \A when the starting offset is non-zero. Used with the /g option of pcretest (or similar code), it works in the same way as it does for Perl's /g option. If all alternatives of a regex begin with \G, the expression is anchored to the start match position, and the "anchored" flag is set in the compiled expression. 15. Some bugs concerning the handling of certain option changes within patterns have been fixed. These applied to options other than (?ims). For example, "a(?x: b c )d" did not match "XabcdY" but did match "Xa b c dY". It should have been the other way round. Some of this was related to change 7 above. 16. PCRE now gives errors for /[.x.]/ and /[=x=]/ as unsupported POSIX features, as Perl does. Previously, PCRE gave the warnings only for /[[.x.]]/ and /[[=x=]]/. PCRE now also gives an error for /[:name:]/ because it supports POSIX classes only within a class (e.g. /[[:alpha:]]/). 17. Added support for Perl's \C escape. This matches one byte, even in UTF8 mode. Unlike ".", it always matches newline, whatever the setting of PCRE_DOTALL. However, PCRE does not permit \C to appear in lookbehind assertions. Perl allows it, but it doesn't (in general) work because it can't calculate the length of the lookbehind. At least, that's the case for Perl 5.8.0 - I've been told they are going to document that it doesn't work in future. 18. Added an error diagnosis for escapes that PCRE does not support: these are \L, \l, \N, \P, \p, \U, \u, and \X. 19. Although correctly diagnosing a missing ']' in a character class, PCRE was reading past the end of the pattern in cases such as /[abcd/. 20. PCRE was getting more memory than necessary for patterns with classes that contained both POSIX named classes and other characters, e.g. /[[:space:]abc/. 21. Added some code, conditional on #ifdef VPCOMPAT, to make life easier for compiling PCRE for use with Virtual Pascal. 22. Small fix to the Makefile to make it work properly if the build is done outside the source tree. 23. Added a new extension: a condition to go with recursion. If a conditional subpattern starts with (?(R) the "true" branch is used if recursion has happened, whereas the "false" branch is used only at the top level. 24. When there was a very long string of literal characters (over 255 bytes without UTF support, over 250 bytes with UTF support), the computation of how much memory was required could be incorrect, leading to segfaults or other strange effects. 25. PCRE was incorrectly assuming anchoring (either to start of subject or to start of line for a non-DOTALL pattern) when a pattern started with (.*) and there was a subsequent back reference to those brackets. This meant that, for example, /(.*)\d+\1/ failed to match "abc123bc". Unfortunately, it isn't possible to check for precisely this case. All we can do is abandon the optimization if .* occurs inside capturing brackets when there are any back references whatsoever. (See below for a better fix that came later.) 26. The handling of the optimization for finding the first character of a non-anchored pattern, and for finding a character that is required later in the match were failing in some cases. This didn't break the matching; it just failed to optimize when it could. The way this is done has been re-implemented. 27. Fixed typo in error message for invalid (?R item (it said "(?p"). 28. Added a new feature that provides some of the functionality that Perl provides with (?{...}). The facility is termed a "callout". The way it is done in PCRE is for the caller to provide an optional function, by setting pcre_callout to its entry point. Like pcre_malloc and pcre_free, this is a global variable. By default it is unset, which disables all calling out. To get the function called, the regex must include (?C) at appropriate points. This is, in fact, equivalent to (?C0), and any number <= 255 may be given with (?C). This provides a means of identifying different callout points. When PCRE reaches such a point in the regex, if pcre_callout has been set, the external function is called. It is provided with data in a structure called pcre_callout_block, which is defined in pcre.h. If the function returns 0, matching continues; if it returns a non-zero value, the match at the current point fails. However, backtracking will occur if possible. [This was changed later and other features added - see item 49 below.] 29. pcretest is upgraded to test the callout functionality. It provides a callout function that displays information. By default, it shows the start of the match and the current position in the text. There are some new data escapes to vary what happens: \C+ in addition, show current contents of captured substrings \C- do not supply a callout function \C!n return 1 when callout number n is reached \C!n!m return 1 when callout number n is reached for the mth time 30. If pcregrep was called with the -l option and just a single file name, it output "<stdin>" if a match was found, instead of the file name. 31. Improve the efficiency of the POSIX API to PCRE. If the number of capturing slots is less than POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD, use a block on the stack to pass to pcre_exec(). This saves a malloc/free per call. The default value of POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD is 10; it can be changed by --with-posix-malloc-threshold when configuring. 32. The default maximum size of a compiled pattern is 64K. There have been a few cases of people hitting this limit. The code now uses macros to handle the storing of links as offsets within the compiled pattern. It defaults to 2-byte links, but this can be changed to 3 or 4 bytes by --with-link-size when configuring. Tests 2 and 5 work only with 2-byte links because they output debugging information about compiled patterns. 33. Internal code re-arrangements: (a) Moved the debugging function for printing out a compiled regex into its own source file (printint.c) and used #include to pull it into pcretest.c and, when DEBUG is defined, into pcre.c, instead of having two separate copies. (b) Defined the list of op-code names for debugging as a macro in internal.h so that it is next to the definition of the opcodes. (c) Defined a table of op-code lengths for simpler skipping along compiled code. This is again a macro in internal.h so that it is next to the definition of the opcodes. 34. Added support for recursive calls to individual subpatterns, along the lines of Robin Houston's patch (but implemented somewhat differently). 35. Further mods to the Makefile to help Win32. Also, added code to pcregrep to allow it to read and process whole directories in Win32. This code was contributed by Lionel Fourquaux; it has not been tested by me. 36. Added support for named subpatterns. The Python syntax (?P<name>...) is used to name a group. Names consist of alphanumerics and underscores, and must be unique. Back references use the syntax (?P=name) and recursive calls use (?P>name) which is a PCRE extension to the Python extension. Groups still have numbers. The function pcre_fullinfo() can be used after compilation to extract a name/number map. There are three relevant calls: PCRE_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE yields the size of each entry in the map PCRE_INFO_NAMECOUNT yields the number of entries PCRE_INFO_NAMETABLE yields a pointer to the map. The map is a vector of fixed-size entries. The size of each entry depends on the length of the longest name used. The first two bytes of each entry are the group number, most significant byte first. There follows the corresponding name, zero terminated. The names are in alphabetical order. 37. Make the maximum literal string in the compiled code 250 for the non-UTF-8 case instead of 255. Making it the same both with and without UTF-8 support means that the same test output works with both. 38. There was a case of malloc(0) in the POSIX testing code in pcretest. Avoid calling malloc() with a zero argument. 39. Change 25 above had to resort to a heavy-handed test for the .* anchoring optimization. I've improved things by keeping a bitmap of backreferences with numbers 1-31 so that if .* occurs inside capturing brackets that are not in fact referenced, the optimization can be applied. It is unlikely that a relevant occurrence of .* (i.e. one which might indicate anchoring or forcing the match to follow \n) will appear inside brackets with a number greater than 31, but if it does, any back reference > 31 suppresses the optimization. 40. Added a new compile-time option PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE. This has the effect of disabling numbered capturing parentheses. Any opening parenthesis that is not followed by ? behaves as if it were followed by ?: but named parentheses can still be used for capturing (and they will acquire numbers in the usual way). 41. Redesigned the return codes from the match() function into yes/no/error so that errors can be passed back from deep inside the nested calls. A malloc failure while inside a recursive subpattern call now causes the PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY return instead of quietly going wrong. 42. It is now possible to set a limit on the number of times the match() function is called in a call to pcre_exec(). This facility makes it possible to limit the amount of recursion and backtracking, though not in a directly obvious way, because the match() function is used in a number of different circumstances. The count starts from zero for each position in the subject string (for non-anchored patterns). The default limit is, for compatibility, a large number, namely 10 000 000. You can change this in two ways: (a) When configuring PCRE before making, you can use --with-match-limit=n to set a default value for the compiled library. (b) For each call to pcre_exec(), you can pass a pcre_extra block in which a different value is set. See 45 below. If the limit is exceeded, pcre_exec() returns PCRE_ERROR_MATCHLIMIT. 43. Added a new function pcre_config(int, void *) to enable run-time extraction of things that can be changed at compile time. The first argument specifies what is wanted and the second points to where the information is to be placed. The current list of available information is: PCRE_CONFIG_UTF8 The output is an integer that is set to one if UTF-8 support is available; otherwise it is set to zero. PCRE_CONFIG_NEWLINE The output is an integer that it set to the value of the code that is used for newline. It is either LF (10) or CR (13). PCRE_CONFIG_LINK_SIZE The output is an integer that contains the number of bytes used for internal linkage in compiled expressions. The value is 2, 3, or 4. See item 32 above. PCRE_CONFIG_POSIX_MALLOC_THRESHOLD The output is an integer that contains the threshold above which the POSIX interface uses malloc() for output vectors. See item 31 above. PCRE_CONFIG_MATCH_LIMIT The output is an unsigned integer that contains the default limit of the number of match() calls in a pcre_exec() execution. See 42 above. 44. pcretest has been upgraded by the addition of the -C option. This causes it to extract all the available output from the new pcre_config() function, and to output it. The program then exits immediately. 45. A need has arisen to pass over additional data with calls to pcre_exec() in order to support additional features. One way would have been to define pcre_exec2() (for example) with extra arguments, but this would not have been extensible, and would also have required all calls to the original function to be mapped to the new one. Instead, I have chosen to extend the mechanism that is used for passing in "extra" data from pcre_study(). The pcre_extra structure is now exposed and defined in pcre.h. It currently contains the following fields: flags a bitmap indicating which of the following fields are set study_data opaque data from pcre_study() match_limit a way of specifying a limit on match() calls for a specific call to pcre_exec() callout_data data for callouts (see 49 below) The flag bits are also defined in pcre.h, and are PCRE_EXTRA_STUDY_DATA PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA The pcre_study() function now returns one of these new pcre_extra blocks, with the actual study data pointed to by the study_data field, and the PCRE_EXTRA_STUDY_DATA flag set. This can be passed directly to pcre_exec() as before. That is, this change is entirely upwards-compatible and requires no change to existing code. If you want to pass in additional data to pcre_exec(), you can either place it in a pcre_extra block provided by pcre_study(), or create your own pcre_extra block. 46. pcretest has been extended to test the PCRE_EXTRA_MATCH_LIMIT feature. If a data string contains the escape sequence \M, pcretest calls pcre_exec() several times with different match limits, until it finds the minimum value needed for pcre_exec() to complete. The value is then output. This can be instructive; for most simple matches the number is quite small, but for pathological cases it gets very large very quickly. 47. There's a new option for pcre_fullinfo() called PCRE_INFO_STUDYSIZE. It returns the size of the data block pointed to by the study_data field in a pcre_extra block, that is, the value that was passed as the argument to pcre_malloc() when PCRE was getting memory in which to place the information created by pcre_study(). The fourth argument should point to a size_t variable. pcretest has been extended so that this information is shown after a successful pcre_study() call when information about the compiled regex is being displayed. 48. Cosmetic change to Makefile: there's no need to have / after $(DESTDIR) because what follows is always an absolute path. (Later: it turns out that this is more than cosmetic for MinGW, because it doesn't like empty path components.) 49. Some changes have been made to the callout feature (see 28 above): (i) A callout function now has three choices for what it returns: 0 => success, carry on matching > 0 => failure at this point, but backtrack if possible < 0 => serious error, return this value from pcre_exec() Negative values should normally be chosen from the set of PCRE_ERROR_xxx values. In particular, returning PCRE_ERROR_NOMATCH forces a standard "match failed" error. The error number PCRE_ERROR_CALLOUT is reserved for use by callout functions. It will never be used by PCRE itself. (ii) The pcre_extra structure (see 45 above) has a void * field called callout_data, with corresponding flag bit PCRE_EXTRA_CALLOUT_DATA. The pcre_callout_block structure has a field of the same name. The contents of the field passed in the pcre_extra structure are passed to the callout function in the corresponding field in the callout block. This makes it easier to use the same callout-containing regex from multiple threads. For testing, the pcretest program has a new data escape \C*n pass the number n (may be negative) as callout_data If the callout function in pcretest receives a non-zero value as callout_data, it returns that value. 50. Makefile wasn't handling CFLAGS properly when compiling dftables. Also, there were some redundant $(CFLAGS) in commands that are now specified as $(LINK), which already includes $(CFLAGS). 51. Extensions to UTF-8 support are listed below. These all apply when (a) PCRE has been compiled with UTF-8 support *and* pcre_compile() has been compiled with the PCRE_UTF8 flag. Patterns that are compiled without that flag assume one-byte characters throughout. Note that case-insensitive matching applies only to characters whose values are less than 256. PCRE doesn't support the notion of cases for higher-valued characters. (i) A character class whose characters are all within 0-255 is handled as a bit map, and the map is inverted for negative classes. Previously, a character > 255 always failed to match such a class; however it should match if the class was a negative one (e.g. [^ab]). This has been fixed. (ii) A negated character class with a single character < 255 is coded as "not this character" (OP_NOT). This wasn't working properly when the test character was multibyte, either singly or repeated. (iii) Repeats of multibyte characters are now handled correctly in UTF-8 mode, for example: \x{100}{2,3}. (iv) The character escapes \b, \B, \d, \D, \s, \S, \w, and \W (either singly or repeated) now correctly test multibyte characters. However, PCRE doesn't recognize any characters with values greater than 255 as digits, spaces, or word characters. Such characters always match \D, \S, and \W, and never match \d, \s, or \w. (v) Classes may now contain characters and character ranges with values greater than 255. For example: [ab\x{100}-\x{400}]. (vi) pcregrep now has a --utf-8 option (synonym -u) which makes it call PCRE in UTF-8 mode. 52. The info request value PCRE_INFO_FIRSTCHAR has been renamed PCRE_INFO_FIRSTBYTE because it is a byte value. However, the old name is retained for backwards compatibility. (Note that LASTLITERAL is also a byte value.) 53. The single man page has become too large. I have therefore split it up into a number of separate man pages. These also give rise to individual HTML pages; these are now put in a separate directory, and there is an index.html page that lists them all. Some hyperlinking between the pages has been installed. 54. Added convenience functions for handling named capturing parentheses. 55. Unknown escapes inside character classes (e.g. [\M]) and escapes that aren't interpreted therein (e.g. [\C]) are literals in Perl. This is now also true in PCRE, except when the PCRE_EXTENDED option is set, in which case they are faulted. 56. Introduced HOST_CC and HOST_CFLAGS which can be set in the environment when calling configure. These values are used when compiling the dftables.c program which is run to generate the source of the default character tables. They default to the values of CC and CFLAGS. If you are cross-compiling PCRE, you will need to set these values. 57. Updated the building process for Windows DLL, as provided by Fred Cox. Version 3.9 02-Jan-02 --------------------- 1. A bit of extraneous text had somehow crept into the pcregrep documentation. 2. If --disable-static was given, the building process failed when trying to build pcretest and pcregrep. (For some reason it was using libtool to compile them, which is not right, as they aren't part of the library.) Version 3.8 18-Dec-01 --------------------- 1. The experimental UTF-8 code was completely screwed up. It was packing the bytes in the wrong order. How dumb can you get? Version 3.7 29-Oct-01 --------------------- 1. In updating pcretest to check change 1 of version 3.6, I screwed up. This caused pcretest, when used on the test data, to segfault. Unfortunately, this didn't happen under Solaris 8, where I normally test things. 2. The Makefile had to be changed to make it work on BSD systems, where 'make' doesn't seem to recognize that ./xxx and xxx are the same file. (This entry isn't in ChangeLog distributed with 3.7 because I forgot when I hastily made this fix an hour or so after the initial 3.7 release.) Version 3.6 23-Oct-01 --------------------- 1. Crashed with /(sens|respons)e and \1ibility/ and "sense and sensibility" if offsets passed as NULL with zero offset count. 2. The config.guess and config.sub files had not been updated when I moved to the latest autoconf. Version 3.5 15-Aug-01 --------------------- 1. Added some missing #if !defined NOPOSIX conditionals in pcretest.c that had been forgotten. 2. By using declared but undefined structures, we can avoid using "void" definitions in pcre.h while keeping the internal definitions of the structures private. 3. The distribution is now built using autoconf 2.50 and libtool 1.4. From a user point of view, this means that both static and shared libraries are built by default, but this can be individually controlled. More of the work of handling this static/shared cases is now inside libtool instead of PCRE's make file. 4. The pcretest utility is now installed along with pcregrep because it is useful for users (to test regexs) and by doing this, it automatically gets relinked by libtool. The documentation has been turned into a man page, so there are now .1, .txt, and .html versions in /doc. 5. Upgrades to pcregrep: (i) Added long-form option names like gnu grep. (ii) Added --help to list all options with an explanatory phrase. (iii) Added -r, --recursive to recurse into sub-directories. (iv) Added -f, --file to read patterns from a file. 6. pcre_exec() was referring to its "code" argument before testing that argument for NULL (and giving an error if it was NULL). 7. Upgraded to allow for compiling in a different directory from the source directory. 8. Tiny buglet in pcretest: when pcre_fullinfo() was called to retrieve the options bits, the pointer it was passed was to an int instead of to an unsigned long int. This mattered only on 64-bit systems. 9. Fixed typo (3.4/1) in pcre.h again. Sigh. I had changed pcre.h (which is generated) instead of, which it its source. Also made the same change in several of the .c files. 10. A new release of gcc defines printf() as a macro, which broke pcretest because it had an ifdef in the middle of a string argument for printf(). Fixed by using separate calls to printf(). 11. Added --enable-newline-is-cr and --enable-newline-is-lf to the configure script, to force use of CR or LF instead of \n in the source. On non-Unix systems, the value can be set in config.h. 12. The limit of 200 on non-capturing parentheses is a _nesting_ limit, not an absolute limit. Changed the text of the error message to make this clear, and likewise updated the man page. 13. The limit of 99 on the number of capturing subpatterns has been removed. The new limit is 65535, which I hope will not be a "real" limit. Version 3.4 22-Aug-00 --------------------- 1. Fixed typo in pcre.h: unsigned const char * changed to const unsigned char *. 2. Diagnose condition (?(0) as an error instead of crashing on matching. Version 3.3 01-Aug-00 --------------------- 1. If an octal character was given, but the value was greater than \377, it was not getting masked to the least significant bits, as documented. This could lead to crashes in some systems. 2. Perl 5.6 (if not earlier versions) accepts classes like [a-\d] and treats the hyphen as a literal. PCRE used to give an error; it now behaves like Perl. 3. Added the functions pcre_free_substring() and pcre_free_substring_list(). These just pass their arguments on to (pcre_free)(), but they are provided because some uses of PCRE bind it to non-C systems that can call its functions, but cannot call free() or pcre_free() directly. 4. Add "make test" as a synonym for "make check". Corrected some comments in the Makefile. 5. Add $(DESTDIR)/ in front of all the paths in the "install" target in the Makefile. 6. Changed the name of pgrep to pcregrep, because Solaris has introduced a command called pgrep for grepping around the active processes. 7. Added the beginnings of support for UTF-8 character strings. 8. Arranged for the Makefile to pass over the settings of CC, CFLAGS, and RANLIB to ./ltconfig so that they are used by libtool. I think these are all the relevant ones. (AR is not passed because ./ltconfig does its own figuring out for the ar command.) Version 3.2 12-May-00 --------------------- This is purely a bug fixing release. 1. If the pattern /((Z)+|A)*/ was matched agained ZABCDEFG it matched Z instead of ZA. This was just one example of several cases that could provoke this bug, which was introduced by change 9 of version 2.00. The code for breaking infinite loops after an iteration that matches an empty string was't working correctly. 2. The pcretest program was not imitating Perl correctly for the pattern /a*/g when matched against abbab (for example). After matching an empty string, it wasn't forcing anchoring when setting PCRE_NOTEMPTY for the next attempt; this caused it to match further down the string than it should. 3. The code contained an inclusion of sys/types.h. It isn't clear why this was there because it doesn't seem to be needed, and it causes trouble on some systems, as it is not a Standard C header. It has been removed. 4. Made 4 silly changes to the source to avoid stupid compiler warnings that were reported on the Macintosh. The changes were from while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n'); to while ((c = *(++ptr)) != 0 && c != '\n') ; Totally extraordinary, but if that's what it takes... 5. PCRE is being used in one environment where neither memmove() nor bcopy() is available. Added HAVE_BCOPY and an autoconf test for it; if neither HAVE_MEMMOVE nor HAVE_BCOPY is set, use a built-in emulation function which assumes the way PCRE uses memmove() (always moving upwards). 6. PCRE is being used in one environment where strchr() is not available. There was only one use in pcre.c, and writing it out to avoid strchr() probably gives faster code anyway. Version 3.1 09-Feb-00 --------------------- The only change in this release is the fixing of some bugs in for the "install" target: (1) It was failing to install pcreposix.h. (2) It was overwriting the pcre.3 man page with the pcreposix.3 man page. Version 3.0 01-Feb-00 --------------------- 1. Add support for the /+ modifier to perltest (to output $` like it does in pcretest). 2. Add support for the /g modifier to perltest. 3. Fix pcretest so that it behaves even more like Perl for /g when the pattern matches null strings. 4. Fix perltest so that it doesn't do unwanted things when fed an empty pattern. Perl treats empty patterns specially - it reuses the most recent pattern, which is not what we want. Replace // by /(?#)/ in order to avoid this effect. 5. The POSIX interface was broken in that it was just handing over the POSIX captured string vector to pcre_exec(), but (since release 2.00) PCRE has required a bigger vector, with some working space on the end. This means that the POSIX wrapper now has to get and free some memory, and copy the results. 6. Added some simple autoconf support, placing the test data and the documentation in separate directories, re-organizing some of the information files, and making it build pcre-config (a GNU standard). Also added libtool support for building PCRE as a shared library, which is now the default. 7. Got rid of the leading zero in the definition of PCRE_MINOR because 08 and 09 are not valid octal constants. Single digits will be used for minor values less than 10. 8. Defined REG_EXTENDED and REG_NOSUB as zero in the POSIX header, so that existing programs that set these in the POSIX interface can use PCRE without modification. 9. Added a new function, pcre_fullinfo() with an extensible interface. It can return all that pcre_info() returns, plus additional data. The pcre_info() function is retained for compatibility, but is considered to be obsolete. 10. Added experimental recursion feature (?R) to handle one common case that Perl 5.6 will be able to do with (?p{...}). 11. Added support for POSIX character classes like [:alpha:], which Perl is adopting. Version 2.08 31-Aug-99 ---------------------- 1. When startoffset was not zero and the pattern began with ".*", PCRE was not trying to match at the startoffset position, but instead was moving forward to the next newline as if a previous match had failed. 2. pcretest was not making use of PCRE_NOTEMPTY when repeating for /g and /G, and could get into a loop if a null string was matched other than at the start of the subject. 3. Added definitions of PCRE_MAJOR and PCRE_MINOR to pcre.h so the version can be distinguished at compile time, and for completeness also added PCRE_DATE. 5. Added Paul Sokolovsky's minor changes to make it easy to compile a Win32 DLL in GnuWin32 environments. Version 2.07 29-Jul-99 ---------------------- 1. The documentation is now supplied in plain text form and HTML as well as in the form of man page sources. 2. C++ compilers don't like assigning (void *) values to other pointer types. In particular this affects malloc(). Although there is no problem in Standard C, I've put in casts to keep C++ compilers happy. 3. Typo on pcretest.c; a cast of (unsigned char *) in the POSIX regexec() call should be (const char *). 4. If NOPOSIX is defined, pcretest.c compiles without POSIX support. This may be useful for non-Unix systems who don't want to bother with the POSIX stuff. However, I haven't made this a standard facility. The documentation doesn't mention it, and the Makefile doesn't support it. 5. The Makefile now contains an "install" target, with editable destinations at the top of the file. The pcretest program is not installed. 6. pgrep -V now gives the PCRE version number and date. 7. Fixed bug: a zero repetition after a literal string (e.g. /abcde{0}/) was causing the entire string to be ignored, instead of just the last character. 8. If a pattern like /"([^\\"]+|\\.)*"/ is applied in the normal way to a non-matching string, it can take a very, very long time, even for strings of quite modest length, because of the nested recursion. PCRE now does better in some of these cases. It does this by remembering the last required literal character in the pattern, and pre-searching the subject to ensure it is present before running the real match. In other words, it applies a heuristic to detect some types of certain failure quickly, and in the above example, if presented with a string that has no trailing " it gives "no match" very quickly. 9. A new runtime option PCRE_NOTEMPTY causes null string matches to be ignored; other alternatives are tried instead. Version 2.06 09-Jun-99 ---------------------- 1. Change pcretest's output for amount of store used to show just the code space, because the remainder (the data block) varies in size between 32-bit and 64-bit systems. 2. Added an extra argument to pcre_exec() to supply an offset in the subject to start matching at. This allows lookbehinds to work when searching for multiple occurrences in a string. 3. Added additional options to pcretest for testing multiple occurrences: /+ outputs the rest of the string that follows a match /g loops for multiple occurrences, using the new startoffset argument /G loops for multiple occurrences by passing an incremented pointer 4. PCRE wasn't doing the "first character" optimization for patterns starting with \b or \B, though it was doing it for other lookbehind assertions. That is, it wasn't noticing that a match for a pattern such as /\bxyz/ has to start with the letter 'x'. On long subject strings, this gives a significant speed-up. Version 2.05 21-Apr-99 ---------------------- 1. Changed the type of magic_number from int to long int so that it works properly on 16-bit systems. 2. Fixed a bug which caused patterns starting with .* not to work correctly when the subject string contained newline characters. PCRE was assuming anchoring for such patterns in all cases, which is not correct because .* will not pass a newline unless PCRE_DOTALL is set. It now assumes anchoring only if DOTALL is set at top level; otherwise it knows that patterns starting with .* must be retried after every newline in the subject. Version 2.04 18-Feb-99 ---------------------- 1. For parenthesized subpatterns with repeats whose minimum was zero, the computation of the store needed to hold the pattern was incorrect (too large). If such patterns were nested a few deep, this could multiply and become a real problem. 2. Added /M option to pcretest to show the memory requirement of a specific pattern. Made -m a synonym of -s (which does this globally) for compatibility. 3. Subpatterns of the form (regex){n,m} (i.e. limited maximum) were being compiled in such a way that the backtracking after subsequent failure was pessimal. Something like (a){0,3} was compiled as (a)?(a)?(a)? instead of ((a)((a)(a)?)?)? with disastrous performance if the maximum was of any size. Version 2.03 02-Feb-99 ---------------------- 1. Fixed typo and small mistake in man page. 2. Added 4th condition (GPL supersedes if conflict) and created separate LICENCE file containing the conditions. 3. Updated pcretest so that patterns such as /abc\/def/ work like they do in Perl, that is the internal \ allows the delimiter to be included in the pattern. Locked out the use of \ as a delimiter. If \ immediately follows the final delimiter, add \ to the end of the pattern (to test the error). 4. Added the convenience functions for extracting substrings after a successful match. Updated pcretest to make it able to test these functions. Version 2.02 14-Jan-99 ---------------------- 1. Initialized the working variables associated with each extraction so that their saving and restoring doesn't refer to uninitialized store. 2. Put dummy code into study.c in order to trick the optimizer of the IBM C compiler for OS/2 into generating correct code. Apparently IBM isn't going to fix the problem. 3. Pcretest: the timing code wasn't using LOOPREPEAT for timing execution calls, and wasn't printing the correct value for compiling calls. Increased the default value of LOOPREPEAT, and the number of significant figures in the times. 4. Changed "/bin/rm" in the Makefile to "-rm" so it works on Windows NT. 5. Renamed "deftables" as "dftables" to get it down to 8 characters, to avoid a building problem on Windows NT with a FAT file system. Version 2.01 21-Oct-98 ---------------------- 1. Changed the API for pcre_compile() to allow for the provision of a pointer to character tables built by pcre_maketables() in the current locale. If NULL is passed, the default tables are used. Version 2.00 24-Sep-98 ---------------------- 1. Since the (>?) facility is in Perl 5.005, don't require PCRE_EXTRA to enable it any more. 2. Allow quantification of (?>) groups, and make it work correctly. 3. The first character computation wasn't working for (?>) groups. 4. Correct the implementation of \Z (it is permitted to match on the \n at the end of the subject) and add 5.005's \z, which really does match only at the very end of the subject. 5. Remove the \X "cut" facility; Perl doesn't have it, and (?> is neater. 6. Remove the ability to specify CASELESS, MULTILINE, DOTALL, and DOLLAR_END_ONLY at runtime, to make it possible to implement the Perl 5.005 localized options. All options to pcre_study() were also removed. 7. Add other new features from 5.005: $(?<= positive lookbehind $(?<! negative lookbehind (?imsx-imsx) added the unsetting capability such a setting is global if at outer level; local otherwise (?imsx-imsx:) non-capturing groups with option setting (?(cond)re|re) conditional pattern matching A backreference to itself in a repeated group matches the previous captured string. 8. General tidying up of studying (both automatic and via "study") consequential on the addition of new assertions. 9. As in 5.005, unlimited repeated groups that could match an empty substring are no longer faulted at compile time. Instead, the loop is forcibly broken at runtime if any iteration does actually match an empty substring. 10. Include the RunTest script in the distribution. 11. Added tests from the Perl 5.005_02 distribution. This showed up a few discrepancies, some of which were old and were also with respect to 5.004. They have now been fixed. Version 1.09 28-Apr-98 ---------------------- 1. A negated single character class followed by a quantifier with a minimum value of one (e.g. [^x]{1,6} ) was not compiled correctly. This could lead to program crashes, or just wrong answers. This did not apply to negated classes containing more than one character, or to minima other than one. Version 1.08 27-Mar-98 ---------------------- 1. Add PCRE_UNGREEDY to invert the greediness of quantifiers. 2. Add (?U) and (?X) to set PCRE_UNGREEDY and PCRE_EXTRA respectively. The latter must appear before anything that relies on it in the pattern. Version 1.07 16-Feb-98 ---------------------- 1. A pattern such as /((a)*)*/ was not being diagnosed as in error (unlimited repeat of a potentially empty string). Version 1.06 23-Jan-98 ---------------------- 1. Added Markus Oberhumer's little patches for C++. 2. Literal strings longer than 255 characters were broken. Version 1.05 23-Dec-97 ---------------------- 1. Negated character classes containing more than one character were failing if PCRE_CASELESS was set at run time. Version 1.04 19-Dec-97 ---------------------- 1. Corrected the man page, where some "const" qualifiers had been omitted. 2. Made debugging output print "{0,xxx}" instead of just "{,xxx}" to agree with input syntax. 3. Fixed memory leak which occurred when a regex with back references was matched with an offsets vector that wasn't big enough. The temporary memory that is used in this case wasn't being freed if the match failed. 4. Tidied pcretest to ensure it frees memory that it gets. 5. Temporary memory was being obtained in the case where the passed offsets vector was exactly big enough. 6. Corrected definition of offsetof() from change 5 below. 7. I had screwed up change 6 below and broken the rules for the use of setjmp(). Now fixed. Version 1.03 18-Dec-97 ---------------------- 1. A erroneous regex with a missing opening parenthesis was correctly diagnosed, but PCRE attempted to access brastack[-1], which could cause crashes on some systems. 2. Replaced offsetof(real_pcre, code) by offsetof(real_pcre, code[0]) because it was reported that one broken compiler failed on the former because "code" is also an independent variable. 3. The erroneous regex a[]b caused an array overrun reference. 4. A regex ending with a one-character negative class (e.g. /[^k]$/) did not fail on data ending with that character. (It was going on too far, and checking the next character, typically a binary zero.) This was specific to the optimized code for single-character negative classes. 5. Added a contributed patch from the TIN world which does the following: + Add an undef for memmove, in case the the system defines a macro for it. + Add a definition of offsetof(), in case there isn't one. (I don't know the reason behind this - offsetof() is part of the ANSI standard - but it does no harm). + Reduce the ifdef's in pcre.c using macro DPRINTF, thereby eliminating most of the places where whitespace preceded '#'. I have given up and allowed the remaining 2 cases to be at the margin. + Rename some variables in pcre to eliminate shadowing. This seems very pedantic, but does no harm, of course. 6. Moved the call to setjmp() into its own function, to get rid of warnings from gcc -Wall, and avoided calling it at all unless PCRE_EXTRA is used. 7. Constructs such as \d{8,} were compiling into the equivalent of \d{8}\d{0,65527} instead of \d{8}\d* which didn't make much difference to the outcome, but in this particular case used more store than had been allocated, which caused the bug to be discovered because it threw up an internal error. 8. The debugging code in both pcre and pcretest for outputting the compiled form of a regex was going wrong in the case of back references followed by curly-bracketed repeats. Version 1.02 12-Dec-97 ---------------------- 1. Typos in pcre.3 and comments in the source fixed. 2. Applied a contributed patch to get rid of places where it used to remove 'const' from variables, and fixed some signed/unsigned and uninitialized variable warnings. 3. Added the "runtest" target to Makefile. 4. Set default compiler flag to -O2 rather than just -O. Version 1.01 19-Nov-97 ---------------------- 1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeat of empty string for patterns like /([ab]*)*/, that is, for classes with more than one character in them. 2. Likewise, it wasn't diagnosing patterns with "once-only" subpatterns, such as /((?>a*))*/ (a PCRE_EXTRA facility). Version 1.00 18-Nov-97 ---------------------- 1. Added compile-time macros to support systems such as SunOS4 which don't have memmove() or strerror() but have other things that can be used instead. 2. Arranged that "make clean" removes the executables. Version 0.99 27-Oct-97 ---------------------- 1. Fixed bug in code for optimizing classes with only one character. It was initializing a 32-byte map regardless, which could cause it to run off the end of the memory it had got. 2. Added, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA, the proposed (?>REGEX) construction. Version 0.98 22-Oct-97 ---------------------- 1. Fixed bug in code for handling temporary memory usage when there are more back references than supplied space in the ovector. This could cause segfaults. Version 0.97 21-Oct-97 ---------------------- 1. Added the \X "cut" facility, conditional on PCRE_EXTRA. 2. Optimized negated single characters not to use a bit map. 3. Brought error texts together as macro definitions; clarified some of them; fixed one that was wrong - it said "range out of order" when it meant "invalid escape sequence". 4. Changed some char * arguments to const char *. 5. Added PCRE_NOTBOL and PCRE_NOTEOL (from POSIX). 6. Added the POSIX-style API wrapper in pcreposix.a and testing facilities in pcretest. Version 0.96 16-Oct-97 ---------------------- 1. Added a simple "pgrep" utility to the distribution. 2. Fixed an incompatibility with Perl: "{" is now treated as a normal character unless it appears in one of the precise forms "{ddd}", "{ddd,}", or "{ddd,ddd}" where "ddd" means "one or more decimal digits". 3. Fixed serious bug. If a pattern had a back reference, but the call to pcre_exec() didn't supply a large enough ovector to record the related identifying subpattern, the match always failed. PCRE now remembers the number of the largest back reference, and gets some temporary memory in which to save the offsets during matching if necessary, in order to ensure that backreferences always work. 4. Increased the compatibility with Perl in a number of ways: (a) . no longer matches \n by default; an option PCRE_DOTALL is provided to request this handling. The option can be set at compile or exec time. (b) $ matches before a terminating newline by default; an option PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY is provided to override this (but not in multiline mode). The option can be set at compile or exec time. (c) The handling of \ followed by a digit other than 0 is now supposed to be the same as Perl's. If the decimal number it represents is less than 10 or there aren't that many previous left capturing parentheses, an octal escape is read. Inside a character class, it's always an octal escape, even if it is a single digit. (d) An escaped but undefined alphabetic character is taken as a literal, unless PCRE_EXTRA is set. Currently this just reserves the remaining escapes. (e) {0} is now permitted. (The previous item is removed from the compiled pattern). 5. Changed all the names of code files so that the basic parts are no longer than 10 characters, and abolished the teeny "globals.c" file. 6. Changed the handling of character classes; they are now done with a 32-byte bit map always. 7. Added the -d and /D options to pcretest to make it possible to look at the internals of compilation without having to recompile pcre. Version 0.95 23-Sep-97 ---------------------- 1. Fixed bug in pre-pass concerning escaped "normal" characters such as \x5c or \x20 at the start of a run of normal characters. These were being treated as real characters, instead of the source characters being re-checked. Version 0.94 18-Sep-97 ---------------------- 1. The functions are now thread-safe, with the caveat that the global variables containing pointers to malloc() and free() or alternative functions are the same for all threads. 2. Get pcre_study() to generate a bitmap of initial characters for non- anchored patterns when this is possible, and use it if passed to pcre_exec(). Version 0.93 15-Sep-97 ---------------------- 1. /(b)|(:+)/ was computing an incorrect first character. 2. Add pcre_study() to the API and the passing of pcre_extra to pcre_exec(), but not actually doing anything yet. 3. Treat "-" characters in classes that cannot be part of ranges as literals, as Perl does (e.g. [-az] or [az-]). 4. Set the anchored flag if a branch starts with .* or .*? because that tests all possible positions. 5. Split up into different modules to avoid including unneeded functions in a compiled binary. However, compile and exec are still in one module. The "study" function is split off. 6. The character tables are now in a separate module whose source is generated by an auxiliary program - but can then be edited by hand if required. There are now no calls to isalnum(), isspace(), isdigit(), isxdigit(), tolower() or toupper() in the code. 7. Turn the malloc/free funtions variables into pcre_malloc and pcre_free and make them global. Abolish the function for setting them, as the caller can now set them directly. Version 0.92 11-Sep-97 ---------------------- 1. A repeat with a fixed maximum and a minimum of 1 for an ordinary character (e.g. /a{1,3}/) was broken (I mis-optimized it). 2. Caseless matching was not working in character classes if the characters in the pattern were in upper case. 3. Make ranges like [W-c] work in the same way as Perl for caseless matching. 4. Make PCRE_ANCHORED public and accept as a compile option. 5. Add an options word to pcre_exec() and accept PCRE_ANCHORED and PCRE_CASELESS at run time. Add escapes \A and \I to pcretest to cause it to pass them. 6. Give an error if bad option bits passed at compile or run time. 7. Add PCRE_MULTILINE at compile and exec time, and (?m) as well. Add \M to pcretest to cause it to pass that flag. 8. Add pcre_info(), to get the number of identifying subpatterns, the stored options, and the first character, if set. 9. Recognize C+ or C{n,m} where n >= 1 as providing a fixed starting character. Version 0.91 10-Sep-97 ---------------------- 1. PCRE was failing to diagnose unlimited repeats of subpatterns that could match the empty string as in /(a*)*/. It was looping and ultimately crashing. 2. PCRE was looping on encountering an indefinitely repeated back reference to a subpattern that had matched an empty string, e.g. /(a|)\1*/. It now does what Perl does - treats the match as successful. ****