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+.TH PCRE_GET_SUBSTRING 3 "24 June 2012" "PCRE 8.30"
+PCRE - Perl-compatible regular expressions
+.B #include <pcre.h>
+.B int pcre_get_substring(const char *\fIsubject\fP, int *\fIovector\fP,
+.B " int \fIstringcount\fP, int \fIstringnumber\fP,"
+.B " const char **\fIstringptr\fP);"
+.B int pcre16_get_substring(PCRE_SPTR16 \fIsubject\fP, int *\fIovector\fP,
+.B " int \fIstringcount\fP, int \fIstringnumber\fP,"
+.B " PCRE_SPTR16 *\fIstringptr\fP);"
+.B int pcre32_get_substring(PCRE_SPTR32 \fIsubject\fP, int *\fIovector\fP,
+.B " int \fIstringcount\fP, int \fIstringnumber\fP,"
+.B " PCRE_SPTR32 *\fIstringptr\fP);"
+This is a convenience function for extracting a captured substring. The
+arguments are:
+ \fIsubject\fP Subject that has been successfully matched
+ \fIovector\fP Offset vector that \fBpcre[16|32]_exec()\fP used
+ \fIstringcount\fP Value returned by \fBpcre[16|32]_exec()\fP
+ \fIstringnumber\fP Number of the required substring
+ \fIstringptr\fP Where to put the string pointer
+The memory in which the substring is placed is obtained by calling
+\fBpcre[16|32]_malloc()\fP. The convenience function
+\fBpcre[16|32]_free_substring()\fP can be used to free it when it is no longer
+needed. The yield of the function is the length of the substring,
+PCRE_ERROR_NOMEMORY if sufficient memory could not be obtained, or
+PCRE_ERROR_NOSUBSTRING if the string number is invalid.
+There is a complete description of the PCRE native API in the
+.\" HREF
+page and a description of the POSIX API in the
+.\" HREF