REGULAR OPTIONS. (All of the following text was plagarized without edit from 'man 3 regex'.) If you choose to import:all then you will have the. ' posix-extended ' regular expression syntax. The character '. ' matches any single character except the null character. ' + ': indicates that the regular. Regular expressions (often referred to simply as "regex") can be much more complex than expressions that use the wildcard characters which were discussed in.


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This is pretty much the oldest posix regular expressions expression flavor still in use today. One thing that sets this flavor apart is that most metacharacters require a backslash to give the metacharacter its flavor.


Using a backslash to escape a character that is never a metacharacter is an error. Shorthands are not supported. Other features using the usual metacharacters are the dot to match any character except a line break, the caret and dollar to match posix regular expressions start and end of the string, and the star to repeat the token zero or more times.

To match any of these characters literally, escape them with a backslash. Perl sometimes does incorporate features initially found in other languages, for example, Perl 5. The aforementioned quantifiers may, however, be made lazy or minimal or reluctant, matching as few characters as possible, by appending a question mark: The question-mark operator does not change the meaning of the dot operator, so this still can match the quotes in the input.

A posix regular expressions like ". Possessive matching[ edit ] In Java, quantifiers may be made posix regular expressions by appending a plus sign, which disables backing off, even if doing so would allow the overall match to succeed: Thus, possessive quantifiers are most useful with negated character classes, e.

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Possessive quantifiers are easier to implement than greedy and lazy quantifiers, and are typically more efficient at runtime. Posix regular expressions example, many implementations allow grouping subexpressions with parentheses and recalling the value they match in the same expression backreferences.

Posix regular expressions means that, among other things, a pattern can match strings of repeated words like "papa" or "WikiWiki", called squares in formal language theory. The pattern for these strings is. The language of squares is not regular, nor is it context-freedue to the pumping lemma.

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However, pattern matching with an unbounded number of backreferences, as supported by numerous modern tools, is still context sensitive. This has led to a nomenclature where the term regular expression has different meanings in formal language theory and pattern matching.

For this posix regular expressions, some people have taken to using posix regular expressions term regex, regexp, or simply pattern to describe the latter. Larry Wallauthor of the Perl programming language, writes in an essay about the design of Perl 6: Nevertheless, the term has grown with the capabilities of our pattern matching engines, so I'm not going to try to fight linguistic necessity here.

I will, however, generally call them "regexes" or "regexen", when I'm in an Anglo-Saxon mood. Only primary equivalence classes shall be recognized.

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If posix regular expressions collating element does not belong to an equivalence class, the equivalence class expression shall be treated as a collating symbol. A character class expression shall represent the union of two sets: An unspecified set of multi-character collating elements.

All character classes specified in the current locale shall be recognized. A character class expression is expressed as a character class name enclosed within bracket-colon "[: The following character class expressions shall be supported in all locales: In the POSIX locale, a range expression represents the set posix regular expressions collating elements that fall between two elements in the collation sequence, inclusive.

In other locales, a range expression has unspecified behavior: