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On 24/02/2012 17:43, Heiko Wundram wrote:
> Am 24.02.2012 17:40, schrieb Ronan Dunklau:
>> On 24/02/2012 17:09, Heiko Wundram wrote:
>>> Use the corresponding function of your programming language/framework of
>>> choice. E.g. Python delivers this as re.escape().
>> Thank you, but as I wrote in the original post, I don't know how
>> postgresql and python differ in their regexp syntax. Specifically, I
>> know that re.escape escapes any non-alphanumeric character, including
>> accented letters.
>> If you have any evidence proving that everything will work fine with
>> re.escape, I'll be more than happy to use it.
> This will work (AFAICT, _and_ as far as I've used it): the regex-syntax
> of Python is a superset of the regex-syntax of PostgreSQL (both are
> based on PCRE, not on the library, but the syntax), and as such you'll
> possibly do "too much" quoting, but never too little when simply using
> the Python-builtin.

Unfortunately for my use case, "too much" quoting can lead to errors in

I just tested it using the following code:

postgres=# create or replace function escape_re(atext varchar) returns
varchar as $$
  import re
  return re.escape(atext.decode('utf8'))
$$ language plpythonu;

postgres=# select escape_re('testé');

postgres=# select 'testé' ~ escape_re('testé');
ERROR:  invalid regular expression: invalid escape \ sequence

Ronan Dunklau

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