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PCRE2_DFA_MATCH(3) Library Functions Manual PCRE2_DFA_MATCH(3)


PCRE2 - Perl-compatible regular expressions (revised API)


#include <pcre2.h>

int pcre2_dfa_match(const pcre2_code *code, PCRE2_SPTR subject,
  PCRE2_SIZE length, PCRE2_SIZE startoffset,
  uint32_t options, pcre2_match_data *match_data,
  pcre2_match_context *mcontext,
  int *workspace, PCRE2_SIZE wscount);


This function matches a compiled regular expression against a given subject string, using an alternative matching algorithm that scans the subject string just once (except when processing lookaround assertions). This function is not Perl-compatible (the Perl-compatible matching function is pcre2_match()). The arguments for this function are:

code Points to the compiled pattern
subject Points to the subject string
length Length of the subject string
startoffset Offset in the subject at which to start matching
options Option bits
match_data Points to a match data block, for results
mcontext Points to a match context, or is NULL
workspace Points to a vector of ints used as working space
wscount Number of elements in the vector

For pcre2_dfa_match(), a match context is needed only if you want to set up a callout function or specify the heap limit or the match or the recursion depth limits. The length and startoffset values are code units, not characters. The options are:

PCRE2_ANCHORED Match only at the first position
On success, make a private subject copy
PCRE2_ENDANCHORED Pattern can match only at end of subject
PCRE2_NOTBOL Subject is not the beginning of a line
PCRE2_NOTEOL Subject is not the end of a line
PCRE2_NOTEMPTY An empty string is not a valid match
PCRE2_NOTEMPTY_ATSTART An empty string at the start of the subject
is not a valid match
PCRE2_NO_UTF_CHECK Do not check the subject for UTF
validity (only relevant if PCRE2_UTF
was set at compile time)
match even if there is a full match
match if no full matches are found
PCRE2_DFA_RESTART Restart after a partial match
PCRE2_DFA_SHORTEST Return only the shortest match

There are restrictions on what may appear in a pattern when using this matching function. Details are given in the pcre2matching documentation. For details of partial matching, see the pcre2partial page. There is a complete description of the PCRE2 native API in the pcre2api page and a description of the POSIX API in the pcre2posix page.

16 October 2018 PCRE2 10.33