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RFC: extended regex modifiers similar to Perl 6 modifiers

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Brad Gilbert
February 15, 2015 18:05
RFC: extended regex modifiers similar to Perl 6 modifiers
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On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 11:48 PM, demerphq <> wrote:
> On 13 February 2015 at 21:58, Ricardo Signes <> wrote:
>> That said, I think we're at the point where we should be looking for non-flag
>> modifiers for our regex, or long-form flags.  /mxyzptlk is all well and good
>> for joking around, but sometimes it's nice to be able to read one's code, too!
> I think if we are going to go there then we should add new keywords
> and do this via a functional(ish) interface.
> So something like this:
> match( /PATTERN/, case_insensitive  => 1, extended_mode => 1,
> dot_matches_newline => 1, multiline => 1);
> (Those options correspond to /i /x /s and /m respectively)
> and something like this:
> search_and_replace(/PATTERN/, "REPLACEMENTS", global => 1, eval => 1,
> extended_eval =>1);
> (those options correspond to /g /e and /ee - extended_eval would imply
> eval, so the eval=>1 there is redundant)

Perhaps there is a page to be taken from Perl 6

In Perl 6 it would be written something like:

    s:global:ignorecase/PATTERN/{ EVAL "REPLACEMENTS" }/;
    s:g(True):ignorecase(True)/PATTERN/{ EVAL "REPLACEMENTS" }/;

So I think a way of writing it in Perl 5 could be something like:

    s/PATTERN/"REPLACEMENTS"/ :eval(2) :extended :ignorecase ;
    s/PATTERN/"REPLACEMENTS"/ :e(2) :x :i ;
    s/PATTERN/"REPLACEMENTS"/ :eval :eval :x :i(1) ;

A benefit of this addition is that it is currently a syntax error.

If you want to disable one of the options:

    use re '/:ignorecase';
    s/PATTERN/"REPLACEMENTS"/ :!ignorecase ;

All of the `:i(1)` type modifiers would have to be determinable at compile time,
but an arbitrary expression could possibly be allowed.

    use constant IC => 1;
    s/[a-z]/_/ :ignorecase(IC);
    s/[a-z]/_/ :ignorecase(IC*2);

I have absolutely no idea how much trouble any of this would
be to implement, it is just an idea I had.

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