When I reload my syntax file I receive this error:

E890: trailing char after ']': /v(.)@<=w+[nrs]/

Here's the line it's bugging out on, does anyone see why this doesn't work?

syntax keyword langMethod /\v(\.)\@<=\w+[]/
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    [] is an empty collection. Why do you have that in your pattern?
    – romainl
    May 10 '16 at 6:21
  • I apologize I copied the commented out version of my regex, the actual one has [\r\n\s] in the collection.
    – hhsnopek
    May 10 '16 at 14:58
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    Then the error message should be sufficient: you need to escape the backslashes. Try [\\r\\n\\s].
    – romainl
    May 10 '16 at 15:44
  • Same error message as before, tho now the parsed regex looks as so: /v(.)@<=w+\r\n\s]/ Shouldn't there be a [ after w+?
    – hhsnopek
    May 10 '16 at 15:48
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    Does Neovim support patterns with syn keyword? I think Vim doesn't - all it allows is an optional tail (or abbreviation).
    – muru
    May 12 '16 at 20:08

Ok, I think I've figured it out. It has to do with your "very magic" option. You have a lookbehind: (\.)\@<=. However, in very magic mode you are not supposed to escape the @ in a lookaround.

On a slightly unrelated note, You have a \s in your character class []. You can't use shortcuts in character classes. (@muru pointed out that what you're looking for here with this character class is \_s which matches whitespace and newlines.) So the final expression I've come up with is the following:


See if that works for you.

It is my personal preference never to use the \v flag for this very reason. Too many exceptions to remember. I just like to use the default regex and learn one set of rules. :P

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    To match newlines with \s: \_s.
    – muru
    May 12 '16 at 20:05

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