In parsing a log file lines that contains XML-ish content with a single regex, I'm having trouble understanding the subtleties of optional capture.
The string I'm parsing is like:
<blah1 phase="2" type="MyType" more_keys="Values" <Unwanted/> <SomeTa
And I'm trying to extract the content of the "type", and the tag name of a tag that ends with "TagIwant".
The Tag may or may not be present.
I'm able to capture both pieces with the RE:
but - the match fails if I append a "?" to the expression, in an attempt to make it optional.
I.e. this fails:
perl -E '$x=q|<blah1 phase="2" type="MyType" more_keys="Values" <Unwa
+nted/> <SomeTagIwant><k1="v1"></SomeTagIwant>|; say for $x=~/\btype
Which returns only "MyType", and not the second expected capture of "SomeTagIwant".
The "\b" is an attempt to deal with variations like <SomeTagIwant/> and <SomeTagIwant k3="v3" /> .
I'm hoping for (1) Explanations for why the "?" fails, and (2) Suggestions on how to fix it.
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