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10.7 Extended Regular Expressions

Extended regular expressions were introduced in Section 8.4, "Extended Regular Expressions" in Chapter 8 . The additional metacharacters available in elvis are:

\+

Matches one or more of the preceding regular expressions.

\?

Matches zero or one of the preceding regular expressions.

\@

Matches the word under the cursor.

\=

Indicates where to put the cursor when the text is matched. For instance, hel\=lo would put the cursor on the second l in the next occurrence of hello .

\{...\}

Describes an interval expression, such as x\{1,3\} to match x , xx , or xxx .

POSIX bracket expressions (character classes, etc.) are not available,[2 ] nor is alternation with the | character or grouping with parentheses.

[2] Well, in elvis 2.0 they're there, they just don't work. This is fixed in elvis 2.1.


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