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The writer of said script needing rehabilitation probably doesn't have that much insight. Just try to tell me what you were trying to get done and that will be enough.

The worst case is when the original author never really had it clear in his/her mind what exactly that compound regex was trying to accomplish. They just kind of bodged and hacked till the usual input stream started coming out right. Trying to write a clear comment on the purpose of the regex helps with that too.

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