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Either expl3 doesn't support lookbehind or I'm doing something wrong.

\documentclass[margin=5mm,varwidth]{standalone}
\usepackage{expl3}
\begin{document}
  \ExplSyntaxOn
    % must match dot that precedes "d"
    \regex_match:nnTF{(?<=d)\.}{hello world.this is. some test}{match}{NO~match}
  \ExplSyntaxOff
\end{document}
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    Page 233 of interface3.tex (at the end of the l3regex part) says: "The following features are likely to be implemented at some point in the future: • General look-ahead/behind assertions." So I suppose it's not possible yet. You can open an issue/feature request in the LaTeX3 repo for this to be implemented. – Phelype Oleinik Nov 17 at 20:09
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    you get a warning from your code. – Ulrike Fischer Nov 17 at 20:09
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    @bp2017 I'd not call it a disappointment, rather too much work for too few people. l3regex alone is more than 3000 lines of code and was written mostly by Bruno, so I believe that what is not yet implemented is due to the amount of effort vs. the number of use cases. Should you have an use case and present it, I think that you stand better chances of having this implemented... – Phelype Oleinik Nov 17 at 21:04
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    Look ahead/behind are not strictly regular, and at an implementation level, Bruno decided that the speed impact would be non-trivial – Joseph Wright Nov 17 at 21:11
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    @bp2017 you don't even need to look in the log it is a warning not a info message, it is printed on the terminal as well as the log file. – David Carlisle Nov 18 at 1:05
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The LaTeX3 regex engine covers a documented set of features. In particular, look-behind is not currently implemented. The l3regex implementation uses a finite state automata, and it is possible to implement look around: see https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/2557/how-to-simulate-backreferences-lookaheads-and-lookbehinds-in-finite-state-auto. However, the work is tricky and has not to-date been tackled.

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