Regular Expression Editor

Randal L. Schwartz merlyn at
Thu Jan 14 18:38:42 UTC 2010

>>>>> "Carmel" == Carmel  <carmel_ny at> writes:

Carmel> I am looking for a RegExp editor. I have one that I have used under
Carmel> Windows; however, it will not obviously work on FreeBSD. What I need is
Carmel> one that I can write the expression in and then have it test the
Carmel> expression for both syntax and against example text that I enter. I
Carmel> have not been able to locate a FOSS solution for that although there are
Carmel> numerous commercial products available.

You need to be specific about the kind of regex.  While most regexp engines
have common things like . and * and ^ and $, the meanings may vary a bit, and
the more exotic things are certainly going to vary.

(For example, despite the name, "Perl Compatible [sic] Regular Expressions"
are *not* Perl compatible.)

What tool are you using your regexes with?

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