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On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 10:13 PM, Duncan Cross <> wrote:
> However, if you'd like to see what a "pure-Lua" solution would look
> like, here is one. It's not exactly identical, because unlike your
> regex it will fail to match things like 'pi()' and 'pipi', but I can't
> imagine that was intentional anyway.

That's the thing about regexes; a reasonably complicated one takes a
whole mailing list thread to untangle ;)

Another approach is to use a lexical analylizer:

require 'lexer'

local names = {
-- functions
 ceil=1, abs=1, floor=1, mod=1, exp=1, log=1, pow=1, sqrt=1,
 acos=1, asin=1, atan=1, cos=1, sin=1, tan=1, deg=1, rad=1,
-- constants
 pi = 0

function match(str)
  local res = {}
   local tok = lexer.c(str)
   local t,val = tok()
   while t do
     if t == 'iden' and names[val] then
       if names[val] == 0 then table.insert(res,val) -- a constant!
      else -- a function; is it followed by parens?
        t,val = tok()
        if t == '(' then return table.insert(res,val..'(') end
   t,val = tok()
 return res

This has the advantage of not being confused by things like /* sin(x) */

steve d.