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Re: Evaluating code in a regex at runtime: (??{...})

by dave_the_m (Prior)
on Jan 28, 2013 at 01:12 UTC ( #1015606=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Evaluating code in a regex at runtime: (??{...})

When a pattern is compiled, all the captures are allocated fixed indices: so for example when the following pattern is compiled, the indices shown are assigned.
/(....)...(...)...(??{foo()})....(...)/ ^ ^ ^ 1 2 3
In particular, the last capture is index number 3.

Each time the pattern is run, foo() might return a string or qr// which has a different number of captures; and which might recursively also include /(??{...})/ and further nested captures. This would make it nearly impossible to guess how to refer to the final capture in the outer pattern, unless we just always call it $3.

Dave.

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