David Fetter wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 07, 2005 at 09:35:56AM +0900, a_ogawa wrote:
> > David Fetter wrote:
> > > We don't yet have this functionality, as the patch allows for
> > > using second and later regex matches "()" in the replacement
> > > pattern.
> > >
> > > The function is misnamed. It should be called
> > > regex_replace_all() or some such, as it violates the principle
> > > of least astonishment by replacing all instances by default.
> > > Every other regex replacement defaults to "replace first," not
> > > "replace all." Or maybe it should take a bool for "replace
> > > all," or...? Anyhow, it's worth a discussion :)
> > I think that the usage increases if "replace all" or "replace first" can
> > specified to this function.
> I think that this would be a case for function overloading:
> function regexp_replace(
> string text, pattern text, replacement text
> ) RETURNS TEXT; /* First only */
> string text, pattern text, replacement text, global bool
> ) RETURNS TEXT; /* Global if global is TRUE, first only otherwise */
> What do you think of this idea? One trouble is that there are some
> other options. For example, one could add switches for all
> combinations of "global," "case insensitive," "compile once," "exclude
> whitespace," etc. as perl does. Do we want to go this route?
My idea is opposite. I think that the regexp_replace() should make
"replace all" a default. Because the replace() of pgsql replaces all
string, and regexp_replace() of oracle10g is also similar.
And I think that it is better to be able to specify the option with text.
I think about this function specification:
string text, pattern text, replacement text
) RETURNS TEXT; /* Replace all */
string text, pattern text, replacement text, options text
) RETURNS TEXT; /* Change operation by the option. */
The options can use the following values.
f: Replace first only
i: Case insensitive
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