On Tue, 4 Feb 2003, Neil Conway wrote:

> Spencer's implementation is outperformed by some other RE engines,
> notably PCRE (www.pcre.org). But switching to another engine might
> impose backward-compatibility problems, in terms of the details of the
> RE syntax.

It would be a delight to be able to use more advanced (IMHO) Perl-
compatible regexes in PostgreSQL. Perhaps a global configuration variable 
to select which regex engine to use would help work around any backward 
compatibility problems? Or, somewhat uglier, a different syntax in SQL for 
the new regex engine?


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