Regexp::Common::list -- provide regexes for lists


Regexp::Common::list -- 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 the Regexp::Common manpage 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'}


 $Log:,v $
 Revision 2.103  2003/07/04 13:34:05  abigail
 Fixed assignment to
 Revision 2.102  2003/02/11 09:42:06  abigail
 Revision 2.101  2003/02/01 22:55:31  abigail
 Changed Copyright years
 Revision 2.100  2003/01/21 23:19:40  abigail
 The whole world understands RCS/CVS version numbers, that 1.9 is an
 older version than 1.10. Except CPAN. Curse the idiot(s) who think
 that version numbers are floats (in which universe do floats have
 more than one decimal dot?).
 Everything is bumped to version 2.100 because CPAN couldn't deal
 with the fact one file had version 1.10.
 Revision 1.2  2002/08/05 12:16:59  abigail
 Fixed 'Regex::' and 'Rexexp::' typos to 'Regexp::' (Found my Mike Castle).
 Revision 1.1  2002/07/28 21:41:07  abigail
 Split off from Regexp::Common.


the Regexp::Common manpage for a general description of how to use this interface.


Damian Conway (


This package is maintained by Abigail (


Bound to be plenty.

For a start, there are many common regexes missing. Send them in to


     Copyright (c) 2001 - 2003, Damian Conway. All Rights Reserved.
       This module is free software. It may be used, redistributed
      and/or modified under the terms of the Perl Artistic License

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