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1 <html>
2 <head>
3 <title>pcre_compile specification</title>
4 </head>
5 <body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" text="#00005A" link="#0066FF" alink="#3399FF" vlink="#2222BB">
6 <h1>pcre_compile man page</h1>
7 <p>
8 Return to the <a href="index.html">PCRE index page</a>.
9 </p>
10 <p>
11 This page is part of the PCRE HTML documentation. It was generated automatically
12 from the original man page. If there is any nonsense in it, please consult the
13 man page, in case the conversion went wrong.
14 <br>
15 <br><b>
17 </b><br>
18 <P>
19 <b>#include &#60;pcre.h&#62;</b>
20 </P>
21 <P>
22 <b>pcre *pcre_compile(const char *<i>pattern</i>, int <i>options</i>,</b>
23 <b>const char **<i>errptr</i>, int *<i>erroffset</i>,</b>
24 <b>const unsigned char *<i>tableptr</i>);</b>
25 </P>
26 <P>
27 <b>pcre16 *pcre16_compile(PCRE_SPTR16 <i>pattern</i>, int <i>options</i>,</b>
28 <b>const char **<i>errptr</i>, int *<i>erroffset</i>,</b>
29 <b>const unsigned char *<i>tableptr</i>);</b>
30 </P>
31 <br><b>
33 </b><br>
34 <P>
35 This function compiles a regular expression into an internal form. It is the
36 same as <b>pcre[16]_compile2()</b>, except for the absence of the
37 <i>errorcodeptr</i> argument. Its arguments are:
38 <pre>
39 <i>pattern</i> A zero-terminated string containing the
40 regular expression to be compiled
41 <i>options</i> Zero or more option bits
42 <i>errptr</i> Where to put an error message
43 <i>erroffset</i> Offset in pattern where error was found
44 <i>tableptr</i> Pointer to character tables, or NULL to
45 use the built-in default
46 </pre>
47 The option bits are:
48 <pre>
49 PCRE_ANCHORED Force pattern anchoring
50 PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT Compile automatic callouts
51 PCRE_BSR_ANYCRLF \R matches only CR, LF, or CRLF
52 PCRE_BSR_UNICODE \R matches all Unicode line endings
53 PCRE_CASELESS Do caseless matching
54 PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY $ not to match newline at end
55 PCRE_DOTALL . matches anything including NL
56 PCRE_DUPNAMES Allow duplicate names for subpatterns
57 PCRE_EXTENDED Ignore white space and # comments
58 PCRE_EXTRA PCRE extra features
59 (not much use currently)
60 PCRE_FIRSTLINE Force matching to be before newline
61 PCRE_JAVASCRIPT_COMPAT JavaScript compatibility
62 PCRE_MULTILINE ^ and $ match newlines within data
63 PCRE_NEWLINE_ANY Recognize any Unicode newline sequence
64 PCRE_NEWLINE_ANYCRLF Recognize CR, LF, and CRLF as newline
65 sequences
66 PCRE_NEWLINE_CR Set CR as the newline sequence
67 PCRE_NEWLINE_CRLF Set CRLF as the newline sequence
68 PCRE_NEWLINE_LF Set LF as the newline sequence
69 PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE Disable numbered capturing paren-
70 theses (named ones available)
71 PCRE_NO_UTF16_CHECK Do not check the pattern for UTF-16
72 validity (only relevant if
73 PCRE_UTF16 is set)
74 PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK Do not check the pattern for UTF-8
75 validity (only relevant if
76 PCRE_UTF8 is set)
77 PCRE_UCP Use Unicode properties for \d, \w, etc.
78 PCRE_UNGREEDY Invert greediness of quantifiers
79 PCRE_UTF16 Run in <b>pcre16_compile()</b> UTF-16 mode
80 PCRE_UTF8 Run in <b>pcre_compile()</b> UTF-8 mode
81 </pre>
82 PCRE must be built with UTF support in order to use PCRE_UTF8/16 and
83 PCRE_NO_UTF8/16_CHECK, and with UCP support if PCRE_UCP is used.
84 </P>
85 <P>
86 The yield of the function is a pointer to a private data structure that
87 contains the compiled pattern, or NULL if an error was detected. Note that
88 compiling regular expressions with one version of PCRE for use with a different
89 version is not guaranteed to work and may cause crashes.
90 </P>
91 <P>
92 There is a complete description of the PCRE native API in the
93 <a href="pcreapi.html"><b>pcreapi</b></a>
94 page and a description of the POSIX API in the
95 <a href="pcreposix.html"><b>pcreposix</b></a>
96 page.
97 <p>
98 Return to the <a href="index.html">PCRE index page</a>.
99 </p>


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