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RE_COMP(3)                  BSD Programmer's Manual                 RE_COMP(3)

NAME
     re_comp, re_exec - regular expression handler

SYNOPSIS
     #include <&lt;unistd.h>&gt;

     char *
     re_comp(const char *s);

     int
     re_exec(const char *s);

DESCRIPTION
     This interface is made obsolete by regex(3).

     The re_comp() function compiles a string into an internal form suitable
     for pattern matching.  The re_exec() function checks the argument string
     against the last string passed to re_comp().

     The re_comp() function returns 0 if the string s was compiled successful-
     ly; otherwise a string containing an error message is returned. If
     re_comp() is passed 0 or a null string, it returns without changing the
     currently compiled regular expression.

     The re_exec() function returns 1 if the string s matches the last com-
     piled regular expression, 0 if the string s failed to match the last com-
     piled regular expression, and -1 if the compiled regular expression was
     invalid (indicating an internal error).

     The strings passed to both re_comp() and re_exec() may have trailing or
     embedded newline characters; they are terminated by NULs. The regular ex-
     pressions recognized are described in the manual entry for ed(1),  given
     the above difference.

DIAGNOSTICS
     The re_exec() function returns -1 for an internal error.

     The re_comp() function returns one of the following strings if an error
     occurs:

           No previous regular expression,
           Regular expression too long,
           unmatched \(,
           missing ],
           too many \(\) pairs,
           unmatched \).

SEE ALSO
     ed(1),  ex(1),  egrep(1),  fgrep(1),  grep(1),  regex(3)

HISTORY
     The re_comp() and re_exec() functions appeared in 4.0BSD.

4.4BSD                           June 4, 1993                                1