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match_flag_type

The type match_flag_type is an implementation specific bitmask type (see C++ std 17.3.2.1.2) that controls how a regular expression is matched against a character sequence. The behavior of the format flags is described in more detail in the format syntax guide.

namespace boost{ namespace regex_constants{

typedef implemenation-specific-bitmask-type match_flag_type;

static const match_flag_type match_default = 0;
static const match_flag_type match_not_bob;
static const match_flag_type match_not_eob;
static const match_flag_type match_not_bol;
static const match_flag_type match_not_eol;
static const match_flag_type match_not_bow;
static const match_flag_type match_not_eow;
static const match_flag_type match_any;
static const match_flag_type match_not_null;
static const match_flag_type match_continuous;
static const match_flag_type match_partial;
static const match_flag_type match_single_line;
static const match_flag_type match_prev_avail;
static const match_flag_type match_not_dot_newline;
static const match_flag_type match_not_dot_null;
static const match_flag_type match_posix;
static const match_flag_type match_perl;
static const match_flag_type match_nosubs;
static const match_flag_type match_extra;

static const match_flag_type format_default = 0;
static const match_flag_type format_sed;
static const match_flag_type format_perl;
static const match_flag_type format_literal;

static const match_flag_type format_no_copy;
static const match_flag_type format_first_only;
static const match_flag_type format_all;

} // namespace regex_constants
} // namespace boost
Description

The type match_flag_type is an implementation specific bitmask type (see C++ std 17.3.2.1.2). When matching a regular expression against a sequence of characters [first, last) then setting its elements has the effects listed in the table below:

Element

Effect if set

match_default

Specifies that matching of regular expressions proceeds without any modification of the normal rules used in ECMA-262, ECMAScript Language Specification, Chapter 15 part 10, RegExp (Regular Expression) Objects (FWD.1)

match_not_bob

Specifies that the expressions "\A" and "\`" should not match against the sub-sequence [first,first).

match_not_eob

Specifies that the expressions "\'", "\z" and "\Z" should not match against the sub-sequence [last,last).

match_not_bol

Specifies that the expression "^" should not be matched against the sub-sequence [first,first).

match_not_eol

Specifies that the expression "$" should not be matched against the sub-sequence [last,last).

match_not_bow

Specifies that the expressions "\<" and "\b" should not be matched against the sub-sequence [first,first).

match_not_eow

Specifies that the expressions "\>" and "\b" should not be matched against the sub-sequence [last,last).

match_any

Specifies that if more than one match is possible then any match is an acceptable result: this will still find the leftmost match, but may not find the "best" match at that position. Use this flag if you care about the speed of matching, but don't care what was matched (only whether there is one or not).

match_not_null

Specifies that the expression can not be matched against an empty sequence.

match_continuous

Specifies that the expression must match a sub-sequence that begins at first.

match_partial

Specifies that if no match can be found, then it is acceptable to return a match [from, last) such that from!= last, if there could exist some longer sequence of characters [from,to) of which [from,last) is a prefix, and which would result in a full match. This flag is used when matching incomplete or very long texts, see the partial matches documentation for more information.

match_extra

Instructs the matching engine to retain all available capture information; if a capturing group is repeated then information about every repeat is available via match_results::captures() or sub_match_captures().

match_single_line

Equivalent to the inverse of Perl's m/ modifier; prevents ^ from matching after an embedded newline character (so that it only matches at the start of the text being matched), and $ from matching before an embedded newline (so that it only matches at the end of the text being matched).

match_prev_avail

Specifies that --first is a valid iterator position, when this flag is set then the flags match_not_bol and match_not_bow are ignored by the regular expression algorithms (RE.7) and iterators (RE.8).

match_not_dot_newline

Specifies that the expression "." does not match a newline character. This is the inverse of Perl's s/ modifier.

match_not_dot_null

Specifies that the expression "." does not match a character null '\0'.

match_posix

Specifies that the expression should be matched according to the POSIX leftmost-longest rule, regardless of what kind of expression was compiled. Be warned that these rules do not work well with many Perl-specific features such as non-greedy repeats.

match_perl

Specifies that the expression should be matched according to the Perl matching rules, irrespective of what kind of expression was compiled.

match_nosubs

Makes the expression behave as if it had no marked subexpressions, no matter how many capturing groups are actually present. The match_results class will only contain information about the overall match, and not any sub-expressions.

format_default

Specifies that when a regular expression match is to be replaced by a new string, that the new string is constructed using the rules used by the ECMAScript replace function in ECMA-262, ECMAScript Language Specification, Chapter 15 part 5.4.11 String.prototype.replace. (FWD.1).

This is functionally identical to the Perl format string rules.

In addition during search and replace operations then all non-overlapping occurrences of the regular expression are located and replaced, and sections of the input that did not match the expression, are copied unchanged to the output string.

format_sed

Specifies that when a regular expression match is to be replaced by a new string, that the new string is constructed using the rules used by the Unix sed utility in IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Portable Operating SystemInterface (POSIX ), Shells and Utilities. See also the Sed Format string reference.

format_perl

Specifies that when a regular expression match is to be replaced by a new string, that the new string is constructed using the same rules as Perl 5.

format_literal

Specifies that when a regular expression match is to be replaced by a new string, that the new string is a literal copy of the replacement text.

format_all

Specifies that all syntax extensions are enabled, including conditional (?ddexpression1:expression2) replacements: see the format string guide for more details.

format_no_copy

When specified during a search and replace operation, then sections of the character container sequence being searched that do match the regular expression, are not copied to the output string.

format_first_only

When specified during a search and replace operation, then only the first occurrence of the regular expression is replaced.


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