in reply to ^\s not equal \S?

use YAPE::Regex::Explain; print YAPE::Regex::Explain->new(qr/[\S*\W*]/)->explain; __END__ The regular expression: (?-imsx:[\S*\W*]) matches as follows: NODE EXPLANATION ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (?-imsx: group, but do not capture (case-sensitive) (with ^ and $ matching normally) (with . not matching \n) (matching whitespace and # normally): ---------------------------------------------------------------------- [\S*\W*] any character of: non-whitespace (all but \n, \r, \t, \f, and " "), '*', non-word characters (all but a-z, A-Z, 0-9, _), '*' ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ) end of grouping ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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