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15.7.1.5 Matching and Searching with Split Data

Using the functions re_match_2 and re_search_2, you can match or search in data that is divided into two strings.

The function:

int
re_match_2 (struct re_pattern_buffer *buffer,
            const char *string1, const int size1,
            const char *string2, const int size2,
            const int start,
            struct re_registers *regs,
            const int stop)

is similar to re_match (see GNU Matching) except that you pass two data strings and sizes, and an index stop beyond which you don’t want the matcher to try matching. As with re_match, if it succeeds, re_match_2 returns how many characters of string it matched. Regard string1 and string2 as concatenated when you set the arguments start and stop and use the contents of regs; re_match_2 never returns a value larger than size1 + size2.

The function:

int
re_search_2 (struct re_pattern_buffer *buffer,
             const char *string1, const int size1,
             const char *string2, const int size2,
             const int start, const int range,
             struct re_registers *regs,
             const int stop)

is similarly related to re_search.