Regexp::Common::list(3) provide regexes for lists


use Regexp::Common qw /list/;
while (<>) {
/$RE{list}{-pat => '\w+'}/ and print "List of words";
/$RE{list}{-pat => $RE{num}{real}}/ and print "List of numbers";


Please consult the manual of Regexp::Common for a general description of the works of this interface.

Do not use this module directly, but load it via Regexp::Common.


Returns a pattern matching a list of (at least two) substrings.

If "-pat=P" is specified, it defines the pattern for each substring in the list. By default, P is "qr/.*?\S/". In Regexp::Common 0.02 or earlier, the default pattern was "qr/.*?/". But that will match a single space, causing unintended parsing of "a, b, and c" as a list of four elements instead of 3 (with "-word" being "(?:and)"). One consequence is that a list of the form ``a,,b'' will no longer be parsed. Use the pattern "qr /.*?/" to be able to parse this, but see the previous remark.

If "-sep=P" is specified, it defines the pattern P to be used as a separator between each pair of substrings in the list, except the final two. By default P is "qr/\s*,\s*/".

If "-lastsep=P" is specified, it defines the pattern P to be used as a separator between the final two substrings in the list. By default P is the same as the pattern specified by the "-sep" flag.

For example:

      $RE{list}{-pat=>'\w+'}                # match a list of word chars
      $RE{list}{-pat=>$RE{num}{real}}       # match a list of numbers
      $RE{list}{-sep=>"\t"}                 # match a tab-separated list
      $RE{list}{-lastsep=>',\s+and\s+'}     # match a proper English list

Under "-keep":

captures the entire list
captures the last separator


An alias for $RE{list}{-lastsep=>'\s*,?\s*PATTERN\s*'}

If "-word" is not specified, the default pattern is "qr/and|or/".

For example:

      $RE{list}{conj}{-word=>'et'}        # match Jean, Paul, et Satre
      $RE{list}{conj}{-word=>'oder'}      # match Bonn, Koln oder Hamburg


An alias for $RE{list}{conj}{-word=>'and'}


An alias for $RE{list}{conj}{-word=>'or'}


Damian Conway ([email protected])


This package is maintained by Abigail ([email protected]).


Bound to be plenty.

For a start, there are many common regexes missing. Send them in to [email protected].


This software is Copyright (c) 2001 - 2016, Damian Conway and Abigail.

This module is free software, and maybe used under any of the following licenses:

 1) The Perl Artistic License.     See the file COPYRIGHT.AL.
 2) The Perl Artistic License 2.0. See the file COPYRIGHT.AL2.
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