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Regexp to match any character, including newline?

From: Joe Fineman
Subject: Regexp to match any character, including newline?
Date: 04 Oct 2003 18:02:06 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.1

It is sometimes a nuisance that "." in a regexp does not match
newlines.  For example, I want a regexp for text in parentheses that
contains the word "and" followed (anywhere) by a date.

  (.+ and .+ [1-2][0-9][0-9][0-9].+)

works only if the expression happens to be on one line.  I have tried
[^ ] with the space replaced by an unlikely character such as ASCII
000; that seems to work in isolation, but when I substitute it for
. in the above regexp, the result misbehaves, missing all the right
matches & finding the odd wrong one.  Is there an obvious solution to
this problem?
---  Joe Fineman

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