[Mailman-Users] MM-2.1.12 Bug (non critical)

Barry Warsaw barry at list.org
Fri May 15 21:51:25 CEST 2009

On May 15, 2009, at 2:48 PM, Carl Zwanzig wrote:

> I've run into this with countless applications- the programmer uses  
> a regexp since it's so powerful, but the user expects to enter  
> "zba*" and get everything starting with "zba". Ditto on not finding  
> something you can see in a listing.  Remember that while many list  
> admins are either programmers or system managers, many are just  
> users, and wouldn't know a regexp if it bit them.
> IMHO, some options (in order of my desirability)...
> radio buttons to select regexp or glob behavior (default to glob?)
> text around the box that says "it's a regexp"
> make the search use a glob

I tend to agree that "normal" users think of globs instead of  
regexps.  Unfortunately, there's no good non-filesystem glob module in  
Python that I know of.  Ideally, there'd be a module that translates  
globs to regexps.  That might not be too hard.


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