More regex madness

Mike Bonner bonnmike at
Wed Mar 16 22:09:45 EDT 2011

the * matches any number of chars matching the preceeding char.
so *varchar*will try to match varcharrrrrrr
To do what you want, use the period which stand for any char.

So.. ".*varchar.*default.*" might be closer to what you want. Can be some
weird results depending on whats in the string that is being regexed, but
should get you a start.

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM, Bob Sneidar <bobs at> wrote:

> Hi all.
> I read over the regex specifications, and I am more confused than ever. I
> want to find, say any text and "varchar" and any text and "default" and any
> text. I would think that:
> matchText("varchar(255) default `Yes`", "*varchar*default*") would return
> true, but no. I get:
> Message execution error:
> Error description: matchChunk: error in pattern expression
> Hint: bad escape sequence
> However:
> put matchText("varchar(255) default `Yes`", "varchar")
> returns true.
> How do I use wild cards?? I really thought I understood at least the basics
> of regex, but I see I do not.
> Bob
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