re_comp, re_exec - regular expression handler
Compatibility Library (libcompat, -lcompat)
re_comp(const char *s);
re_exec(const char *s);
This interface is made obsolete by regex(3). It is available from the
compatibility library, libcompat.
The re_comp() function compiles a string into an internal form suitable
for pattern matching. The re_exec() function checks the argument string
against the last string passed to re_comp().
The re_comp() function returns 0 if the string s was compiled successfully;
otherwise a string containing an error message is returned. If
re_comp() is passed 0 or a null string, it returns without changing the
currently compiled regular expression.
The re_exec() function returns 1 if the string s matches the last compiled
regular expression, 0 if the string s failed to match the last compiled
regular expression, and -1 if the compiled regular expression was
invalid (indicating an internal error).
The strings passed to both re_comp() and re_exec() may have trailing or
embedded newline characters; they are terminated by NULs. The regular
expressions recognized are described in the manual entry for ed(1), given
the above difference.
The re_exec() function returns -1 for an internal error.
The re_comp() function returns one of the following strings if an error
No previous regular expression,
Regular expression too long,
too many \(\) pairs,
ed(1), egrep(1), ex(1), fgrep(1), grep(1), regex(3)
The re_comp() and re_exec() functions appeared in 4.0BSD.
BSD June 4, 1993 BSD
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