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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 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) PCRE2_PARTIAL_HARD Return PCRE2_ERROR_PARTIAL for a partial match even if there is a full match PCRE2_PARTIAL_SOFT Return PCRE2_ERROR_PARTIAL for a partial 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.

26 April 2018 PCRE2 10.32