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1  .TH PCRE 3  .TH PCRE_COMPILE 3
2  .SH NAME  .SH NAME
3  PCRE - Perl-compatible regular expressions  PCRE - Perl-compatible regular expressions
4  .SH SYNOPSIS  .SH SYNOPSIS
# Line 8  PCRE - Perl-compatible regular expressio Line 8  PCRE - Perl-compatible regular expressio
8  .PP  .PP
9  .SM  .SM
10  .br  .br
11  .B pcre *pcre_compile(const char *\fIpattern\fR, int \fIoptions\fR,  .B pcre *pcre_compile(const char *\fIpattern\fP, int \fIoptions\fP,
12  .ti +5n  .ti +5n
13  .B const char **\fIerrptr\fR, int *\fIerroffset\fR,  .B const char **\fIerrptr\fP, int *\fIerroffset\fP,
14  .ti +5n  .ti +5n
15  .B const unsigned char *\fItableptr\fR);  .B const unsigned char *\fItableptr\fP);
16    .
17  .SH DESCRIPTION  .SH DESCRIPTION
18  .rs  .rs
19  .sp  .sp
20  This function compiles a regular expression into an internal form. Its  This function compiles a regular expression into an internal form. Its
21  arguments are:  arguments are:
22    .sp
23    \fIpattern\fR       A zero-terminated string containing the    \fIpattern\fR       A zero-terminated string containing the
24                    regular expression to be compiled                    regular expression to be compiled
25    \fIoptions\fR       Zero or more option bits    \fIoptions\fR       Zero or more option bits
# Line 27  arguments are: Line 27  arguments are:
27    \fIerroffset\fR     Offset in pattern where error was found    \fIerroffset\fR     Offset in pattern where error was found
28    \fItableptr\fR      Pointer to character tables, or NULL to    \fItableptr\fR      Pointer to character tables, or NULL to
29                    use the built-in default                    use the built-in default
30    .sp
31  The option bits are:  The option bits are:
32    .sp
33    PCRE_ANCHORED         Force pattern anchoring    PCRE_ANCHORED         Force pattern anchoring
34      PCRE_AUTO_CALLOUT     Compile automatic callouts
35    PCRE_CASELESS         Do caseless matching    PCRE_CASELESS         Do caseless matching
36    PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY   $ not to match newline at end    PCRE_DOLLAR_ENDONLY   $ not to match newline at end
37    PCRE_DOTALL           . matches anything including NL    PCRE_DOTALL           . matches anything including NL
38    PCRE_EXTENDED         Ignore whitespace and # comments    PCRE_EXTENDED         Ignore whitespace and # comments
39    PCRE_EXTRA            PCRE extra features    PCRE_EXTRA            PCRE extra features
40                            (not much use currently)                            (not much use currently)
41      PCRE_FIRSTLINE        Force matching to be before newline
42    PCRE_MULTILINE        ^ and $ match newlines within data    PCRE_MULTILINE        ^ and $ match newlines within data
43    PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE  Disable numbered capturing paren-    PCRE_NO_AUTO_CAPTURE  Disable numbered capturing paren-
44                            theses (named ones available)                            theses (named ones available)
45    PCRE_UNGREEDY         Invert greediness of quantifiers    PCRE_UNGREEDY         Invert greediness of quantifiers
46    PCRE_UTF8             Run in UTF-8 mode    PCRE_UTF8             Run in UTF-8 mode
47      PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK    Do not check the pattern for UTF-8
48  PCRE must have been compiled with UTF-8 support when PCRE_UTF8 is used.                            validity (only relevant if
49                              PCRE_UTF8 is set)
50    .sp
51    PCRE must be built with UTF-8 support in order to use PCRE_UTF8 and
52    PCRE_NO_UTF8_CHECK.
53    .P
54  The yield of the function is a pointer to a private data structure that  The yield of the function is a pointer to a private data structure that
55  contains the compiled pattern, or NULL if an error was detected.  contains the compiled pattern, or NULL if an error was detected.
56    .P
57  There is a complete description of the PCRE API in the  There is a complete description of the PCRE native API in the
58  .\" HREF  .\" HREF
59  \fBpcreapi\fR  \fBpcreapi\fR
60  .\"  .\"
61    page and a description of the POSIX API in the
62    .\" HREF
63    \fBpcreposix\fR
64    .\"
65  page.  page.

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