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One way to make sense of your former employee's code is to use the /x modifier on the regex, which lets you throw in whitespace for formatting without screwing up semantics (except that you'll need to encode whitespace as \s -- thanks, grinder). With this, the regex will look something like
m/ .* ( [\$#\%>~] | \@\w~\$ | \\ \[ \\ e \[ 0m \\ \] \s \[ 0m ) \s? /x
which basically says
  • skip past as many characters as possible, then
  • match one of three things
    • a single character that is one of $ # % > ~
    • a four character string beginning with @, following by a single "word" character, followed by ~ and $
    • the string "\[\e[0m\] [0m"
  • allow for an optional trailing space

With the "one of these three things" going into the Perl variable $1. In short, this regular expression isn't matching what you think its supposed to be matching. The third alternative looks like it's inteded to capture an escape sequence of some sort.

So yeah, it looks pretty messy.

In reply to Re: This looks like someone sneezed and hit the keyboard by dws
in thread This looks like someone sneezed and hit the keyboard by Anonymous Monk

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