Re: [pcre-dev] Question about PCRE 8.31 version and bug fixe…

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Author: Jeannie Cain
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To: Philip Hazel
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Subject: Re: [pcre-dev] Question about PCRE 8.31 version and bug fixes only
Thank you so much for these details and updates, Philip! Much appreciated.


On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 6:36 AM Philip Hazel <philip.hazel@???> wrote:

> PCRE2 (the 10.xx series) was released at the start of 2015. At that time,
> the feature set of PCRE1 (the 8.xx) series was frozen. However, we
> continued to fix bugs in PCRE1 for some years because we know that it takes
> time for programs to be updated to the new API. (When I say "we" I mean "I"
> for the compiling and interpreting code, and the JIT maintainer for the JIT
> features, with help and contributions from PCRE users.) The most recent
> release of PCRE1 is 8.44, February 2020. Five years had passed since the
> release of PCRE2 and I had lost familiarity with the PCRE1 code, so I
> thought it was time to call a halt to PCRE1 after that release. I have to
> say that, another year having passed, there would have to be some totally
> catastrophic issue for me even to consider looking at the PCRE1 code again
> now.
>
> In the meantime, development has continued with PCRE2, as well as a lot of
> code refactoring, manual and automatic testing, and auditing. It is now a
> much better piece of software than PCRE1. We encourage all developers to
> move to PCRE2 if they can.
>
> Philip
>
>
> On Wed, 31 Mar 2021 at 11:38, Jeannie Cain via Pcre-dev <pcre-dev@???>
> wrote:
>
>> Hello -
>> Can you please tell me exactly what this means? Is there any current
>> ongoing support or simply "fixing" as someone flags an issue?
>>
>> Note that the PCRE 8.xx series (PCRE1) is now in a bugfix-only state. All
>> development is happening in the PCRE2 10.xx series.
>>
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