regex +linux +x86_64

The regex module provides an implementation of regular expressions which adheres closely to the POSIX Extended Regular Expressions (ERE) specification[0]. This implementation computes matches in linear time.

By default, matches will be found anywhere in the given string. The ^ and $ characters can be used to anchor the match to the beginning or end of the string.

find() returns a slice of captures for the first match. The first capture represents the entire matching string, while the rest represent the matching substrings for the subexpressions, specified in the regular expression using parentheses.

findall() finds all non-overlapping matches in the given string and returns a slice of slices of captures.

This module implements the POSIX match disambiguation rules by returning the longest match among the leftmost matches.

const re = regex::compile(`[Hh]are`)!;
defer regex::finish(&re);

const does_match = regex::test(&re, "Hello Hare, hello Hare.");
fmt::printfln("matched? {}", does_match)!;

const first_match = regex::find(&re, "Hello Hare, hello Hare.");
match (first_match) {
case void => void;
case let captures: []regex::capture =>
	defer regex::free_captures(captures);
	// captures[0]: The full matching string.
	// captures[1...]: A capture for every capture group.
	fmt::printfln("{} ({}, {})", captures[0].content,

const all_matches = regex::findall(&re, "Hello Hare, hello Hare.");
match (all_matches) {
case void => void;
case let matches: [][]regex::capture =>
	defer regex::free_matches(matches);
	// matches[0]: All captures for the first match.
	// matches[0][0]: The full matching string for the first match.
	// matches[0][1...]: A capture for every capture group in the
	//     first match.
	for (let i = 0z; i < len(matches); i += 1) {
		fmt::printfln("{} ({}, {})", matches[i][0].content,




type capture;

// Undocumented types:
type charclass;
type charset;
type charset_class_item;
type charset_lit_item;
type charset_range_item;
type inst;
type inst_any;
type inst_charset;
type inst_groupend;
type inst_groupstart;
type inst_jump;
type inst_lit;
type inst_match;
type inst_repeat;
type inst_skip;
type inst_split;
type regex;


type error;


fn compile(str) (regex | error);
fn find(*regex, str) (void | []capture);
fn findall(*regex, str) (void | [][]capture);
fn finish(*regex) void;
fn free_captures([]capture) void;
fn free_matches([][]capture) void;
fn strerror(error) str;
fn test(*regex, str) bool;


type capture[link]

type capture = struct {
	content: str,
	start: size,
	end: size,

A (sub)match found as a result of matching a certain string against a regex.

type charclass[link]

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type charclass = enum {


type charset[link]

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type charset = [](charset_lit_item | charset_range_item | charset_class_item);

type charset_class_item[link]

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type charset_class_item = charclass;

type charset_lit_item[link]

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type charset_lit_item = rune;

type charset_range_item[link]

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type charset_range_item = (u8, u8);

type inst[link]

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type inst = (inst_lit | inst_any | inst_split | inst_jump | inst_skip | inst_match |
inst_charset | inst_groupstart | inst_groupend | inst_repeat);

type inst_any[link]

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type inst_any = void;

type inst_charset[link]

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type inst_charset = struct {
	idx: size,
	is_positive: bool,

type inst_groupend[link]

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type inst_groupend = void;

type inst_groupstart[link]

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type inst_groupstart = void;

type inst_jump[link]

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type inst_jump = size;

type inst_lit[link]

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type inst_lit = rune;

type inst_match[link]

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type inst_match = bool;

type inst_repeat[link]

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type inst_repeat = struct {
	id: size,
	origin: size,
	min: (void | size),
	max: (void | size),

type inst_skip[link]

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type inst_skip = void;

type inst_split[link]

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type inst_split = size;

type regex[link]

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type regex = struct {
	insts: []inst,
	charsets: []charset,
	n_reps: size,


type error[link]

type error = !str;

A string describing the error the occurred.


fn compile[link]

fn compile(expr: str) (regex | error);

Compiles a string containing a regular expression into a regex struct.

fn find[link]

fn find(re: *regex, string: str) (void | []capture);

Attempts to match a regular expression against a string and returns the longest leftmost match, or void if there is no match.

fn findall[link]

fn findall(re: *regex, string: str) (void | [][]capture);

Attempts to match a regular expression against a string and returns all non-overlapping matches, or void if there are no matches.

fn finish[link]

fn finish(re: *regex) void;

Frees the memory used by a regex.

fn free_captures[link]

fn free_captures(s: []capture) void;

Frees a slice of captures.

fn free_matches[link]

fn free_matches(s: [][]capture) void;

Frees each match in a slice of matches, as well as the slice itself.

fn strerror[link]

fn strerror(err: error) str;

Converts regex error into a user-friendly string.

fn test[link]

fn test(re: *regex, string: str) bool;

Returns whether or not a regex matches a string.