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From: Alan Huang (hygool_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-02-09 04:19:29

On 1/23/06, Sebastian Redl <sebastian.redl_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Alan Huang wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > In boost document I saw that the '^' matches all the blank chars in
> > the begin of line and the '$' matches all the blank chars in the end
> > of line. Just like regex( "^abc$" ) can't match the string " abc
> > ". What's wrong?
> You misunderstood. ^ doesn't match any characters, it simply fails if
> it's not the start of the line. In other words, it says, "The expression
> after me must match at the start of the line, not simply somewhere." $
> does the same for the end of the line.
> Therefore, "^cde" matches "cdefg", but not "abcde".
> If the boost documentation really says that ^ and $ match any blank
> chars, that's a bug and should be corrected.
> Sebastian Redl
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Thank you Redl,
But I made a expirementation and found that "^cde" couldn't neither match
"cdefg", nor "abcde",
On, there are these


A '^' character shall match the start of a line.

A '$' character shall match the end of a line.
I still can't understand it exactly, if "^cde$" only matches "cde", why we
need to write the regex as "^ced$"?

Yours Sincerely,
Alan Huang

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