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Re: a regular expression question

by toolic (Bishop)
on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:12 UTC ( #1009395=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to a regular expression question

Be less greedy:


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Re^2: a regular expression question
by brassbin (Novice) on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:26 UTC

    i know the netgroup file i'm processing probably doesn't have 3 spaces before the first comma, what if it does?

    i thought regular expression matches the short possible pattern, not the longest, am i wrong?


      As toolic mentioned, the .* construct is greedy and tries to get the longest match. If you turn it into .*?, it then looks for the shortest match. If you read the link he provided, you could verify that yourself.


      When your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like your thumb.

        Thank you toolic, roboticus!

        i haven't figured out all the rules yet of posting, but i meant to say thank you for your help

        i don't know why a line that contains the words

        thank you

        doesn't show up

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