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BM(3)				   BSD Library Functions Manual 			    BM(3)

NAME
     bm_comp, bm_exec, bm_free -- Boyer-Moore string search

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <bm.h>

     bm_pat *
     bm_comp(u_char *pattern, size_t patlen, u_char freq[256]);

     u_char *
     bm_exec(bm_pat *pdesc, u_char *text, size_t len);

     void
     bm_free(bm_pat *pdesc);

DESCRIPTION
     These routines implement an efficient mechanism to find an occurrence of a byte string
     within another byte string.

     bm_comp() evaluates the patlen bytes starting at pattern, and returns a pointer to a struc-
     ture describing them.  The bytes referenced by pattern may be of any value.

     The search takes advantage of the frequency distribution of the bytes in the text to be
     searched.	If specified, freq should be an array of 256 values, with higher values indicat-
     ing that the corresponding character occurs more frequently.  (A less than optimal frequency
     distribution can only result in less than optimal performance, not incorrect results.)  If
     freq is NULL, a system default table is used.

     bm_exec() returns a pointer to the leftmost occurrence of the string given to bm_comp()
     within text, or NULL if none occurs.  The number of bytes in text must be specified by len.

     Space allocated for the returned description is discarded by calling bm_free() with the
     returned description as an argument.

     The asymptotic speed of bm_exec() is O(len/patlen).

SEE ALSO
     regexp(3), strstr(3)

     Hume and Sunday, "Fast String Searching", Software Practice and Experience, Vol. 21, 11, pp.
     1221-48, November 1991.

BSD					  April 8, 2001 				      BSD
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