[Bioc-devel] C library or C package API for regular expressions

Morgan, Martin Martin.Morgan at roswellpark.org
Mon Jan 25 13:08:01 CET 2016

There is discussion at


pointing to


There is a Bioconductor example in that bundles the regex library at flowCore/src/


A second example is in the mzR package.

A real question is, do you really need this functionality at the C level?

A secondary question is that if several packages are using this functionality, then perhaps the library could be bundled separately and made available just once; zlibbioc does something like this (sort of; zlib is only needed on Windows). The flowCore and mzR maintainers (cc'd) might be a valuable resource in this regard.


From: Bioc-devel <bioc-devel-bounces at r-project.org> on behalf of Jiří Hon <xhonji01 at stud.fit.vutbr.cz>
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 4:33 AM
To: Charles Determan
Cc: bioc-devel at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [Bioc-devel] C library or C package API for regular expressions

Hi Charles,

thank you a lot for your helpful hint. There is still a thing that I'm
not sure about - Boost manual says that Boost.Regex is not header only
[1]. So as BH package contains only headers, I will have to bundle the
Boost.Regex library into the package code anyway. Am I right?



Dne 23.1.2016 v 13:35 Charles Determan napsal(a):
 > Hi Jiri,
 > I believe you can use the BH package. It contains most of the Boost
 > Regards,
 > Charles
 > On Saturday, January 23, 2016, Jiří Hon <xhonji01 at stud.fit.vutbr.cz>
 >> Dear package developers,
 >> I would like to ask you for advice. Please, what is the most seamless
 >> way to use regular expressions in C/C++ code of R/Bioconductor package?
 >> Is it allowed to bundle some C/C++ library for that (like PCRE or
 >> Boost.Regex)? Or is there existing C API of some package I can depend on
 >> and import?
 >> Thank you a lot for your attention and please have a nice day :)
 >> Jiri Hon
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