Re: Need help with regular expression to parse URLs

Tom Anderson <>
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:36:11 +0100
On Wed, 12 Aug 2009, Lew wrote:

markspace wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :

That hurted my brain

Roedy Green wrote:

I think it was an entry in an obsured coding contest.

RedGrittyBrick wrote:

I wouldn't be so sure.

"And then there's my URL matcher. A bit outdated, as it only matches HTTP,
FTP, News, NNTP, telnet, gopher, WAIS, mailto, file, prospero, LDAP,
z39.50, CID, MID, VEMMI, IMAP and NFS URLs. Many other URLs schemes have
seen the light the last 5 years. One of these days, I'll update the

I suspect[1] the monster is *not* deliberately obfuscated. It's just that
the space of valid URLs is monstrously large and complex.

That actually looks like a pretty straightforward regexp to me. It just
has loads of nested non-capturing groups, which are not easy on the eye.

[1] My brain hurted too much to be sure.

Besides, obfuscating regex is like dampening water.

Alternatively, pissing in an ocean of piss.


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