About regular expressions
|Article:HOWTO83117|||||Created: 2012-12-04|||||Updated: 2013-10-27|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO83117|
A regular expression is a set of symbols and syntactic elements that Mail Security uses to match patterns of text. Mail Security matches regular expressions on a line-by-line basis. It does not evaluate the line feed (newline) character at the end of each input expression phrase.
You can build regular expressions using a combination of normal alphanumeric characters and metacharacters. For example, some email messages contain a trailing number at the end of the subject line text. Trailing numbers often indicate that a message is spam. Consider the following sample subject line:
Here's a hot stock pick!43234
To write a rule to match email subject lines that have trailing numbers, compare the subject against the following regular expression:
This regular expression contains the normal alphanumeric characters 0-9 and the following metacharacters: circumflex (^), period (.), plus (+), and open and close brackets ([ , ]). By using the subject attribute, the = operator, and the regular expression as the value, you can build a content filtering rule to catch any email messages whose subject lines end with a trailing number.
See Regular expressions.
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