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1 The perltest program
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4 The perltest.pl script tests Perl's regular expressions; it has the same
5 specification as pcretest, and so can be given identical input, except that
6 input patterns can be followed only by Perl's lower case modifiers and certain
7 other pcretest modifiers that are either handled or ignored:
9 /+ recognized and handled by perltest
10 /++ the second + is ignored
11 /8 recognized and handled by perltest
12 /J ignored
13 /K ignored
14 /W ignored
15 /S ignored
16 /SS ignored
17 /Y ignored
19 The pcretest \Y escape in data lines is removed before matching. The data lines
20 are processed as Perl double-quoted strings, so if they contain " $ or @
21 characters, these have to be escaped. For this reason, all such characters in
22 the Perl-compatible testinput1 file are escaped so that they can be used for
23 perltest as well as for pcretest. The special upper case pattern modifiers such
24 as /A that pcretest recognizes, and its special data line escapes, are not used
25 in the Perl-compatible test file. The output should be identical, apart from
26 the initial identifying banner.
28 The perltest.pl script can also test UTF-8 features. It recognizes the special
29 modifier /8 that pcretest uses to invoke UTF-8 functionality. The testinput4
30 and testinput6 files can be fed to perltest to run compatible UTF-8 tests.
31 However, it is necessary to add "use utf8; require Encode" to the script to
32 make this work correctly. I have not managed to find a way to handle this
33 automatically.
35 The other testinput files are not suitable for feeding to perltest.pl, since
36 they make use of the special upper case modifiers and escapes that pcretest
37 uses to test certain features of PCRE. Some of these files also contain
38 malformed regular expressions, in order to check that PCRE diagnoses them
39 correctly.
41 Philip Hazel
42 January 2012


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