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+.TH PCRELIMITS 3 "05 November 2013" "PCRE 8.34"
+PCRE - Perl-compatible regular expressions
+There are some size limitations in PCRE but it is hoped that they will never in
+practice be relevant.
+The maximum length of a compiled pattern is approximately 64K data units (bytes
+for the 8-bit library, 16-bit units for the 16-bit library, and 32-bit units for
+the 32-bit library) if PCRE is compiled with the default internal linkage size,
+which is 2 bytes for the 8-bit and 16-bit libraries, and 4 bytes for the 32-bit
+library. If you want to process regular expressions that are truly enormous,
+you can compile PCRE with an internal linkage size of 3 or 4 (when building the
+16-bit or 32-bit library, 3 is rounded up to 4). See the \fBREADME\fP file in
+the source distribution and the
+.\" HREF
+documentation for details. In these cases the limit is substantially larger.
+However, the speed of execution is slower.
+All values in repeating quantifiers must be less than 65536.
+There is no limit to the number of parenthesized subpatterns, but there can be
+no more than 65535 capturing subpatterns. There is, however, a limit to the
+depth of nesting of parenthesized subpatterns of all kinds. This is imposed in
+order to limit the amount of system stack used at compile time. The limit can
+be specified when PCRE is built; the default is 250.
+There is a limit to the number of forward references to subsequent subpatterns
+of around 200,000. Repeated forward references with fixed upper limits, for
+example, (?2){0,100} when subpattern number 2 is to the right, are included in
+the count. There is no limit to the number of backward references.
+The maximum length of name for a named subpattern is 32 characters, and the
+maximum number of named subpatterns is 10000.
+The maximum length of a name in a (*MARK), (*PRUNE), (*SKIP), or (*THEN) verb
+is 255 for the 8-bit library and 65535 for the 16-bit and 32-bit libraries.
+The maximum length of a subject string is the largest positive number that an
+integer variable can hold. However, when using the traditional matching
+function, PCRE uses recursion to handle subpatterns and indefinite repetition.
+This means that the available stack space may limit the size of a subject
+string that can be processed by certain patterns. For a discussion of stack
+issues, see the
+.\" HREF
+Philip Hazel
+University Computing Service
+Cambridge CB2 3QH, England.
+Last updated: 05 November 2013
+Copyright (c) 1997-2013 University of Cambridge.