NAME

Net::NNTP::Functions - code to implement NNTP-standard functions

SYNOPSIS

  use Net::NNTP::Functions;

  my ($first1, $last1) = messagespec( "4-12" );  # Returns (4, 12)
  my ($first2, $last2) = messagespec( 4 );       # Returns (4, undef)
  my ($first3, $last3) = messagespec( [4, 12] ); # Returns (4, 12)
  my ($first4, $last4) = messagespec( "4-3" );   # Returns (4, -1)

  my $match = wildmat( 'rec.*', $string );

DESCRIPTION

The NNTP specification, as described by Net::NNTP, defines two speficiations: MESSAGE-SPEC, for defining a range of messages, and PATTERN, for pattern-matching over NNTP. These functions attempt to implement this behaviour.

Functions

messagespec ( ARRAYREF | MESSAGEID | MESSAGENUMBER )

Returns an array (or array reference) of two items (FIRST and LAST for reference), based on the passed item. If we get an ARRAYREF, it's assumed to be list of two items FIRST and LAST; if it's a MESSAGEID or MESSAGENUMBER then FIRST is the value, and LAST is 'undef';

If the LAST item is less than FIRST, then we set LAST to '-1'. This allows later functions to (correctly) interpret this for a list of all items after FIRST.

wildmat ( EXPRESSION, STRING )

Implements the WILDMAT format, as described in the Net::NNTP page (which I won't repeat here).

Doesn't currently implement the entire functionality; all that currently works is the anchoring, '*', and '?'. Ranges of characters ('[]') and invertings ('^') don't work. (Correction: they might work, I haven't tried).

Taken from http://cvs.trainedmonkey.com/viewcvs.cgi/colobus/colobus?rev=1.41 .

SEE ALSO

Net::NNTP, specifically its manual page sections on WILDMAT and MESSAGESPEC.

TODO

Write the rest of the functionality for wildmat().

AUTHOR

Tim Skirvin <tskirvin@killfile.org>. wildmat() in its current form was written by Jim Winstead Jr.

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2003 by Tim Skirvin <tskirvin@killfile.org>. This code may be distributed under the same terms as Perl itself.