Earlier in this thread we already had a Perl 6 solution resembling this:
I think that does what you want here, though in this case it's the .comb
method that's forgetting the $0
capture, not the regex, so you raise an interesting point for the general case.
It's not specced yet, but the current standard grammar has two rules called "same" and "differ" that could be used for this, along with the "quantify via separator" form:
"ZBBBCZZ" ~~ m:g/ . ** <?same> /)
Though that is also kinda cheating on your general point by not capturing anything in the first place...
At the moment, forgetting a capture within Perl 6 regex involves forcefully rebinding the capture to nothing, or returning an alternate result via a closure. Perhaps there should be a way to declare temp bindings that are not intended for the final match. But maybe not, if it's just going to turn into an obscure feature. So more likely it'll be some kind of context that just happens to work that way when you expect it to, like .comb does, only inside regex syntax.
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