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Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting Regex issue with \s in character class. Post 303042635 by jim mcnamara on Wednesday 1st of January 2020 11:07:58 PM
Old 01-02-2020
It is a shorthand character class that mostly expands to [ \f\t\n\v] -- it is shorthand for a character class, like \d and others

Explained here:.

Regexp Tutorial - Shorthand Character Classes has this for \s:

\s stands for “whitespace character”¯. Again, which characters this actually includes, depends on the regex flavor. In all flavors discussed in this tutorial, it includes [ \t\r\n\f]. That is: \s matches a space, a tab, a line break, or a form feed. Most flavors also include the vertical tab, with Perl (prior to version 5.18) and PCRE (prior to version 8.34) being notable exceptions. In flavors that support Unicode, \s normally includes all characters from the Unicode “separator”¯ category. Java and PCRE are exceptions once again. But JavaScript does match all Unicode whitespace with \s.
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ISWALPHA(3)						     Linux Programmer's Manual						       ISWALPHA(3)

iswalpha - test for alphabetic wide character SYNOPSIS
#include <wctype.h> int iswalpha(wint_t wc); DESCRIPTION
The iswalpha() function is the wide-character equivalent of the isalpha(3) function. It tests whether wc is a wide character belonging to the wide-character class "alpha". The wide-character class "alpha" is a subclass of the wide-character class "alnum", and therefore also a subclass of the wide-character class "graph" and of the wide-character class "print". Being a subclass of the wide-character class "print", the wide-character class "alpha" is disjoint from the wide-character class "cntrl". Being a subclass of the wide-character class "graph", the wide-character class "alpha" is disjoint from the wide-character class "space" and its subclass "blank". Being a subclass of the wide-character class "alnum", the wide-character class "alpha" is disjoint from the wide-character class "punct". The wide-character class "alpha" is disjoint from the wide-character class "digit". The wide-character class "alpha" contains the wide-character classes "upper" and "lower". The wide-character class "alpha" always contains at least the letters 'A' to 'Z' and 'a' to 'z'. RETURN VALUE
The iswalpha() function returns nonzero if wc is a wide character belonging to the wide-character class "alpha". Otherwise it returns zero. CONFORMING TO
The behavior of iswalpha() depends on the LC_CTYPE category of the current locale. SEE ALSO
isalpha(3), iswctype(3) COLOPHON
This page is part of release 3.27 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/. GNU
1999-07-25 ISWALPHA(3)

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