PCRE2 — Perl-compatible regular expressions (revised API)


#include <pcre2.h>

int pcre2_pattern_info(const pcre2_code *code, uint32_t what,
   void *where);


This function returns information about a compiled pattern. Its arguments are:

 code     Pointer to a compiled regular expression pattern
 what     What information is required
 where    Where to put the information

The recognized values for the what argument, and the information they request are as follows:

 PCRE2_INFO_ALLOPTIONS      Final options after compiling
 PCRE2_INFO_ARGOPTIONS      Options passed to pcre2_compile()
 PCRE2_INFO_BACKREFMAX      Number of highest backreference
 PCRE2_INFO_BSR             What \R matches:
                              PCRE2_BSR_UNICODE: Unicode line endings
                              PCRE2_BSR_ANYCRLF: CR, LF, or CRLF only
 PCRE2_INFO_CAPTURECOUNT    Number of capturing subpatterns
 PCRE2_INFO_DEPTHLIMIT      Backtracking depth limit if set,
                              otherwise PCRE2_ERROR_UNSET
 PCRE2_INFO_EXTRAOPTIONS    Extra options that were passed in the
                              compile context
 PCRE2_INFO_FIRSTBITMAP     Bitmap of first code units, or NULL
 PCRE2_INFO_FIRSTCODETYPE   Type of start-of-match information
                              0 nothing set
                              1 first code unit is set
                              2 start of string or after newline
 PCRE2_INFO_FIRSTCODEUNIT   First code unit when type is 1
 PCRE2_INFO_FRAMESIZE       Size of backtracking frame
 PCRE2_INFO_HASBACKSLASHC   Return 1 if pattern contains \C
 PCRE2_INFO_HASCRORLF       Return 1 if explicit CR or LF matches
                              exist in the pattern
 PCRE2_INFO_HEAPLIMIT       Heap memory limit if set,
                              otherwise PCRE2_ERROR_UNSET
 PCRE2_INFO_JCHANGED        Return 1 if (?J) or (?-J) was used
 PCRE2_INFO_JITSIZE         Size of JIT compiled code, or 0
 PCRE2_INFO_LASTCODETYPE    Type of must-be-present information
                              0 nothing set
                              1 code unit is set
 PCRE2_INFO_LASTCODEUNIT    Last code unit when type is 1
 PCRE2_INFO_MATCHEMPTY      1 if the pattern can match an
                              empty string, 0 otherwise
 PCRE2_INFO_MATCHLIMIT      Match limit if set,
                              otherwise PCRE2_ERROR_UNSET
 PCRE2_INFO_MAXLOOKBEHIND   Length (in characters) of the longest
                              lookbehind assertion
 PCRE2_INFO_MINLENGTH       Lower bound length of matching strings
 PCRE2_INFO_NAMECOUNT       Number of named subpatterns
 PCRE2_INFO_NAMEENTRYSIZE   Size of name table entries
 PCRE2_INFO_NAMETABLE       Pointer to name table
 PCRE2_CONFIG_NEWLINE       Code for the newline sequence:
 PCRE2_INFO_SIZE            Size of compiled pattern

If where is NULL, the function returns the amount of memory needed for the requested information, in bytes. Otherwise, the where argument must point to an unsigned 32-bit integer (uint32_t variable), except for the following what values, when it must point to a variable of the type shown:

 PCRE2_INFO_FIRSTBITMAP     const uint8_t *
 PCRE2_INFO_JITSIZE         size_t
 PCRE2_INFO_SIZE            size_t

The yield of the function is zero on success or:

 PCRE2_ERROR_NULL           the argument code is NULL
 PCRE2_ERROR_BADMAGIC       the "magic number" was not found
 PCRE2_ERROR_BADOPTION      the value of what is invalid
 PCRE2_ERROR_BADMODE        the pattern was compiled in the wrong mode
 PCRE2_ERROR_UNSET          the requested information is not set

There is a complete description of the PCRE2 native API in the pcre2api(3) page and a description of the POSIX API in the pcre2posix(3) page.


This manual page is taken from the PCRE library, which is distributed under the BSD license.