- (irregex-search <irx> <str> [<start> <end>])procedure
Searches for any instances of the pattern <irx> (a POSIX string, SRE sexp, or pre-compiled regular expression) in <str>, optionally between the given range. If a match is found, returns a match object, otherwise returns #f.
Match objects can be used to query the original range of the string or its submatches using the irregex-match-* procedures below.
(irregex-search "foobar" "abcFOOBARdef") => #f (irregex-search (irregex "foobar" 'i) "abcFOOBARdef") => #<match> (irregex-search '(w/nocase "foobar") "abcFOOBARdef") => #<match>
Note, the actual match result is represented by a vector in the default implementation. Throughout this manual, we'll just write #<match> to show that a successful match was returned when the details are not important.
Matching follows the POSIX leftmost, longest semantics, when searching. That is, of all possible matches in the string, irregex-search will return the match at the first position (leftmost). If multiple matches are possible from that same first position, the longest match is returned.