[issue2636] Regexp 2.7 (modifications to current re 2.2.2)

Alex Willmer report at bugs.python.org
Thu Nov 11 22:00:51 CET 2010

Alex Willmer <alex at moreati.org.uk> added the comment:

The re module throws an exception for re.compile(r'[\A\w]'). latest
regex doesn't, but I don't think the pattern is matching correctly.
Shouldn't findall(r'[\A]\w', 'a b c') return ['a'] and
findall(r'[\A\s]\w', 'a b c') return ['a', ' b', ' c'] ?

Python 2.6.6 (r266:84292, Sep 15 2010, 16:22:56)
[GCC 4.4.5] on linux2
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>>> import re
>>> for s in [r'\A\w', r'[\A]\w', r'[\A\s]\w']: print re.findall(s, 'a b c')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/re.py", line 177, in findall
    return _compile(pattern, flags).findall(string)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/re.py", line 245, in _compile
    raise error, v # invalid expression
sre_constants.error: internal: unsupported set operator
>>> import regex
>>> for s in [r'\A\w', r'[\A]\w', r'[\A\s]\w']: print regex.findall(s, 'a b c')
[' b', ' c']


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