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Re^3: Pattern matching with qr// and modifiers

by JavaFan (Canon)
on May 05, 2012 at 09:47 UTC ( #969031=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Pattern matching with qr// and modifiers
in thread Pattern matching with qr// and modifiers

I find it surprising that adding the modifier back later has no effect, and triggers no warnings. I guess Iíll just have to remember that once a regex has been compiled with qr//, its d, i, m, s, and x settings are thereafter immutable.
Well, isn't that the point of having a compiled regexp? Now, if you compile a regexp, you know exactly what you have. Otherwise, if I have a compiled regexp, I still don't know what it does, because modifiers can be applied. It also means that if you would do something like:
my $pat = gimme_pat(); # Some method returning a qr if ($str =~ /^ $pat $ # Anchor pattern/x) { ... }
will break if $pat uses spaces.

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Re^4: Pattern matching with qr// and modifiers
by Athanasius (Archbishop) on May 05, 2012 at 10:06 UTC

    Yes, this makes sense; but that “quotes (and possibly compiles)” in perlop is still worrying me. If I use qr// but it only quotes (and doesn’t compile), then, as you say, I still don’t really know what it does, do I?


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