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Title: Deprecate unrecognized backslash+letter escapes in re
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib), Regular Expressions Versions: Python 3.5
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: serhiy.storchaka Nosy List: cvrebert, ezio.melotti, mrabarnett, pitrou, python-dev, serhiy.storchaka
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2015-03-09 13:28 by serhiy.storchaka, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

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re_deprecate_escaped_letters.patch serhiy.storchaka, 2015-03-09 13:28 review
Messages (3)
msg237645 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-03-09 13:28
Regular expressions use the backslash character for two functions:
1) to indicate special forms;
2) to allow special characters to be used without invoking their special meaning.

If backslash + character is not recognized as special form (1), it interpreted in meaning (2).

Usually new special forms have form backslash + ASCII letter, because unlike to other characters single ASCII letters do not have special meaning in any regular expression engine or programming language. This using the backslash with inner ASCII letter dangerous. Currently it means just this letter literally, but in future it can mean special form. For example \u and \U forms were added in 3.3 and this could break regular expression patters that use \u and \U before.

To avoid possible breaking it makes sense to reject unrecognized backslash + ASCII letter sequences. Proposed patch adds deprecation warnings when unknown escape of ASCII letter is used. The idea was proposed by Matthew Barnett [1].

msg239181 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2015-03-24 20:59
New changeset 014031a4d398 by Serhiy Storchaka in branch 'default':
Issue #23622: Unknown escapes in regular expressions that consist of ``'\'``
msg239197 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2015-03-24 23:35
New changeset 7384db2fce8a by Serhiy Storchaka in branch 'default':
Fixed using deprecated escaping in regular expression in (issue23622).
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:13adminsetgithub: 67810
2015-03-24 23:35:06python-devsetmessages: + msg239197
2015-03-24 21:18:22serhiy.storchakasetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
stage: patch review -> resolved
2015-03-24 20:59:00python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
messages: + msg239181
2015-03-13 18:03:34serhiy.storchakasettitle: Deprecate unrecognized backslash+letter escapes -> Deprecate unrecognized backslash+letter escapes in re
2015-03-13 17:33:16cvrebertsetnosy: + cvrebert
2015-03-09 13:28:27serhiy.storchakacreate