Opened 10 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

#2556 closed Bugs (fixed)

Perl regex replacement

Reported by: jcombe@… Owned by: John Maddock
Milestone: Boost 1.38.0 Component: regex
Version: Boost 1.37.0 Severity: Problem
Keywords: Cc:


I have code that reads a lookup table from memory and then attempts to search for the word found in the lookup table in some data using a regular expression:-


Where this matches I call replace with the following


This falls down when the word is "2lt" as I get the following to search for


With replacement


What happens is it sees $12 as the substring to replace and since I only have two pairs of brackets in my regular expression $12 does not exist and so in effect the 2 in my input data is lost.

I am using Perl format regular expressions (boost::regex::perl)

In Perl I can resolve this by making the replacement


When I do this using boost I get the literal text as above output (including ${1} etc.) not the text that I expect. Since I've told Boost to use Perl syntax I would expect a regular expression replacement in Perl and Boost to behave the same way.

Is this a bug ?

Thanks Jon

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comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by John Maddock

Status: newassigned

Looks like a bug, or at least a missing feature.

Will fix.

John Maddock.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by John Maddock

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

(In [50370]) Fix gcc warnings from ICU wrappers. Add optional support for marked sub-expression location information. Add support for ${n} in format replacement text. Fixes #2556. Fixes #2269. Fixes #2514.

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