Better way to do Regexp.new(Regexp.escape("some string"))
It is relatively common to call
Regexp.new(Regexp.escape("some string")) or
Regexp.new(Regexp.quote("some string")) in Ruby (a quick search turns up over half a million matches in Github). However, these seems rather cumbersome. It would be nice to have a class instance method on
Regexp and/or an instance method on
String to go directly to an escaped regular expression.
Personally I'd rather see
#to_regexp added to
String. This would not overlap with the functionality that
Rexexp.new("string") provides since that doesn't quote the
It would also be good to see 9846 addressed along with this request so one could more easily duck type a method to accept both
Updated by shyouhei (Shyouhei Urabe) about 4 years ago
We looked at this issue at yesterday's developer meeting.
While looking at "Regexp.new Regexp.escape" search result of GitHub, we felt in common that some (if not most) of those usage are questionable. For instance multiple copies of String#to_regexp implementations specify Regexp::IGNORECASE along with the escaped text; which does not immediately make sense to me. There are other use cases in tests. Because they are written in their own DSLs, why not have custom matcher that escape strings appropriately.
Nobody was against adding this functionality but I think more closer look at use cases would give us better insight of the needs.