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regen

$ go get go.spiff.io/regen

regen is a small tool to generate more or less random strings from Go RE2 regular expressions. You can read up on RE2 at https://github.com/google/re2/wiki/Syntax.

As a few examples:

$ regen -n 2 '0x[\da-f]{16}'
0x8f5858102a5ce124
0x3e4c9fee6c9f419d

$ regen -n 3 '[a-z]{6,12}(\+[a-z]{6,12})?@[a-z]{6,16}(\.[a-z]{2,3}){1,2}'
iprbph+gqastu@regegzqa.msp
abxfcomj@uyzxrgj.kld.pp
vzqdrmiz@ewdhsdzshvvxjk.pi

Essentially, all regen does is parse the regular expressions it's given and iterate over the tree produced by regexp/syntax and attempt to generate strings based on the ops described by its results. This could probably be optimized further by compiling the resulting Regexp into a Prog, but I didn't feel like this was worthwhile when it's a very small tool.

Currently, handling word boundaries is not supported and will cause regen to panic in response. The way line endings and EOT is handled are also likely incorrect and they'll need some more thinking put into them.

Some additional information can be found at https://godoc.org/go.spiff.io/regen.

Contributing

Currently, development of regen is happening over at https://git.spiff.io. If you'd like to submit a patch, please first open an issue on GitHub to discuss what you'd like to do and we can go from there. regen does not currently accept pull requests because changes are replicated from Gerrit to GitHub, but not vice versa.

License

regen is licensed under a 2-clause BSD license. This can be found in LICENSE.txt.

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