Interactively build regular expressions

txt2regex
txt2regex can be interactive or noninteractive and generates regular expressions for a variety of dialects based on user input. In interactive mode, the regex string builds as you select menu options. The sample output here is from noninteractive mode, try running it standalone and see for yourself. It's written in bash and is available as the 'txt2regex' package at least under debian/ubuntu.
Sample Output
$ txt2regex --make date --prog vi,perl

### date LEVEL 1: mm/dd/yyyy: matches from 00/00/0000 to 99/99/9999

 RegEx vi  : [0-9]\{2\}/[0-9]\{2\}/[0-9]\{4\}
 RegEx perl: [0-9]{2}/[0-9]{2}/[0-9]{4}

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By: bwoodacre
2009-04-29 04:00:22

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That thing is awesome! I'm not too bad with sed regex, but it's a nice gadget with which to tinker.
xizdaqrian · 473 weeks and 2 days ago
hah, this is a lot of fun.
unixx · 473 weeks and 2 days ago
great
servermanaged · 473 weeks and 1 day ago
There is also a package, 'regexxer' that is a GTK GUI-based perl-syntax regex interface, so you can play around with perl regular expressions on an input file and see the effect of your changes as you write the expression. It doesn't help you build the expressions, just to test them faster.
bwoodacre · 473 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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