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On refining regexp by adding exceptions systematically

From: gnuist
Subject: On refining regexp by adding exceptions systematically
Date: 3 Oct 2002 05:27:55 -0700

Here is regular expression in emacs lisp that initially seems to work
for the job:


After running it on a number of uses, I find that 
there is an exception to it, namely PJP89898. 
Rather than rehashing the code after having forgotten it
and reworking my regexp expression
(every time I find an exception) in some convoluted way, is
there a systematic way to add an exception or a series of
exceptions to the regexp? I am sure that there are a number
of ways to do this and each has its merits.

I am using this regexp in two ways in a different program.
In the first one (looking-at regexp) so that it assumes that
cursor is on it. In the second one (search-forward-regexp regexp)
in a narrowed region so that one is trying to find if there is one.
It seems to me that it is a little tricky to do this. Perhaps an
example code would help with exception implemented for searching
on a line.

Thanks a lot!

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