Python – Regular expression syntax for “match nothing”


I have a python template engine that heavily uses regexp. It uses concatenation like:

re.compile( regexp1 + "|" + regexp2 + "*|" + regexp3 + "+" )

I can modify the individual substrings (regexp1, regexp2 etc).

Is there any small and light expression that matches nothing, which I can use inside a template where I don't want any matches? Unfortunately, sometimes '+' or '*' is appended to the regexp atom so I can't use an empty string – that will raise a "nothing to repeat" error.

Best Answer

This shouldn't match anything:


So if you replace regexp1, regexp2 and regexp3 with '$^' it will be impossible to find a match. Unless you are using the multi line mode.

After some tests I found a better solution


It is impossible to match and will fail earlier than the previous solution. You can replace a with any other character and it will always be impossible to match