Regular Expression Editor

RW rwmaillists at
Thu Jan 14 23:46:19 UTC 2010

On Thu, 14 Jan 2010 14:24:49 -0500
Carmel <carmel_ny at> wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:38:41 -0800
> Randal L. Schwartz <merlyn at> replied:
> >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?
> OK, I was using RegExp Buddy <> on a Windows
> machine. I would like to find something similar to it for a FreeBSD
> environment. The expressions I create are used primarily with 'sieve'
> in conjunction with Dovecot. I am also thinking of possibly creating a
> few for use with Postfix.

Try this

It's based on Cyrus but AFAIK they both use the libc regex

Sieve is a little odd in that you need double escaping

In general I think most people would use command line tools to test

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