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MANIFEST
META.yml
Makefile.PL
README
test.pl

README

INSTALLATION

perl Makefile.PL;
make;
make test;
make install;

NAME
    Regexp::Genex - get the strings a regex will match, with a regex

SYNPOSIS
     # first try:
     $ perl -MRegexp::Genex=:all -le 'print for strings(qr/a(b|c)d{2,3}e*/)'

     $ perl -x `pmpath Regexp::Genex`
    #!/usr/bin/perl -l

     use Regexp::Genex qw(:all);

     $regex = shift || "a(b|c)d{2,4}?";

     print "Trying: $regex";
     print for strings($regex);
     # abdd
     # abddd
     # abdddd
     # acdd
     # acddd
     # acdddd

     print "\nThe regex code for that was:\nqr/";
     print strings_rx($regex);
     print "/x\n";

     my $generator = generator($regex);
     print "Taking first two using generator";
     print $generator->() for 1..2;

     my $big_rx = 'b*?c*?d*?';   # * becomes {0,20}

     my $big = generator($big_rx, ($max_length = 100) );

     print "Taking string 100 of $big_rx";
     print $big->(100); # (caveats below)
     # ccccdddddddddddddddd   NOT 'd'x100 as you may expect

    __END__

HALF-BAKED ALPHA CODE
    This is alpha code that relies on experimental features of perl (regex
    (?{ }) and friends) and avoiding optimizations in the regex engine. New
    optimizations could break this module.

    The interface is also quite likely to change.

DESCRIPTION
    This module uses the regex engine to generate the strings that a given
    regex would match.

    Some ideas for uses:

      Test and debug your regex.
      Generate test data.
      Generate combinations.
      Generate data according to a lexical pattern (urls, etc)
      Edit the regex code to do your things (eg. add assertions)
      Generate strings, reverse & alternate for pseudo-variable look behind

EXPORT
    Nothing by default, everything with the ":all" tag.

    @list = strings( $regex, [ $max_length = 10 ] )
        Produce a list of strings that would match the regex.

    $regex_string = strings_rx( $regex )
        Returns the regex string used to implement the above. You'll need to
        "use re 'eval'" for this and maybe "no warnings 'regexp'"

    $generator = generator( $regex, [ $max_length = 10 ] )
        Return a closure to access the strings one at a time.

        Calling $generator->() will return the next string (starting from
        0). Calling $generator->($n) will reset the iterator to string $n
        and return it.

    $regex_string = generator_rx( $regex )
        Returns the regex string used to implement the above. You'll need to
        "use re 'eval'" for this and maybe "no warnings 'regexp'"

  Gx Package
    Small package which is not installed by default, nor officially approved
    as a namespace. It's not part of the public interface, don't use it in
    modules. Gx.pm is just a short cut to import Regexp::Genex qw(:all)
    mainly useful from the command line:

     perl -MGx -le 'print for strings(qr/a(b|c){2,4}/);'

LIMITATIONS
    Many regex elements such as anchors (^ $ \A \G), look ahead,
    look-behind, code elements and conditionals are not implemented. Some
    may be in the future. I'm considering making a pattern not wrapped in ^
    $ generate leading and trailing junk. Look-ahead inparticular, is
    unlikely to ever get implemented. Perhaps for finite languages.

    Regex elements which could match a number of things such as . [class] \w
    \s \D currently select a few items from the set of possibilities and the
    randomly select one at runtime. So . may become
    "("~","`","\307","9","\266")[rand 5]". The rand call is only repeat if
    the element is backtracked over. Try these a few times:

     perl -MRegexp::Genex=:all -e 'print strings_rx(qr/\d\w/);'
     perl -MRegexp::Genex=:all -le 'print for strings(qr/\d\w/);'
     perl -MRegexp::Genex=:all -le 'print for strings(qr/\d{1,2}\t\w{1,2}/);'

    If you pick apart the generated expression you'll note that the
    quantifier * translates to {0,20} (+ to {1,20}). This can be set (but
    don't tell ayone it was me that told you) with
    $Regexp::Genex::MAX_QUANTIFIER. 32767 is what perl uses. MAX_QUANTIFIER
    keeps string generation to smaller sizes.

    The generator actually has to replay the match up to where it was in
    order to get the next one. Pretty inefficient but I can't suspend/yield
    from within the regex. Best way forward might be to fork and use pipes
    for lazy generation.

    The /ismx mode handling is probably not all it could be, 'x' isn't very
    relevant, 'm' relates to unimplemented anchors, 'i' will mess with the
    case of you text items and 's' mean dot might produce newlines.

    Try:

     perl -MRegexp::Genex=:all -e 'print strings_rx(qr/aBc/i);'
     perl -MRegexp::Genex=:all -le 'print for strings(qr/aBc/i);'

    Currently, a small patch is required to YAPE::Regex to get this module
    to work correctly, see the end of this file. Hopefully it will be fixed
    soon (vers currently 3.01)

TODO
      keep funky state in %_
      work out a good max_length
      dynamically select chars in classes
      unimplemented: anchors, lookbehind, code

      testing code
      packaging
      could upload with patch
      note modifiers in effect in comment

AUTHOR
    Brad Bowman, <genex@bowman.bs>

SEE ALSO
    YAPE::Regex String::Random
    http://www.perlmonks.org/index.pl?node_id=284513