"Jim C. Nasby" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> Unless you're doing muti-line regex, what's the point of a $ anywhere
> but the end of the expression? Am I missing something? Likewise with ^.

Leaving out the backslashes, you can do things like (foo$|baz|qux)(baz|qux|)
to say that all 9 combinations of those two tokens are valid except that foo
must be followed by the empty second half.

But it can always be refactored into something more normal like

> I'm inclined to escape $ as Tom suggested.

Yeah, I have a tendency to look for the most obscure counter-example if only
to be sure I really understand precisely how obscure it is. I do agree that
it's not a realistic concern. Especially since I never even realized we
handled regexps here at all :)

IIRC some regexp engines don't actually treat $ specially except at the end of
the regexp at all. Tom's just suggesting doing the same thing here where
complicated regexps are even *less* likely and dollars as literals more.

  Gregory Stark
  EnterpriseDB          http://www.enterprisedb.com

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