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RFC: Deprecate separated /aa; multiple /ii

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Karl Williamson
February 8, 2015 15:52
RFC: Deprecate separated /aa; multiple /ii
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I've been meaning to write about these for months, but didn't get around 
to it.  It may very well be too late for 5.22.

The effect of /a is increased when it occurs twice, such as /aa.  The 
a's can be separated as in /ama.  I was the one who wrote the code to 
add these, and the reason I didn't require the a's to be together was 
because I didn't have a commit bit, and was trying to keep all my 
patches as simple as possible.  It seems to me that it is easier to 
understand and maintain code where the repeated modifiers aren't separated

I also would like to deprecate multiple uses of /i.  This would be to 
pave the way for potentially being able to specify full vs simple case 
insensitive matching.

I grepped cpan for potential breakages from these, and found no current 
uses there.

I can't imagine a need to ever do this for other modifiers.

The only modifiers that do have such repeated uses on cpan are the 
obvious /e, and /g (in /egg)

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