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need regex help to strip things like embedded C comments
printf("remember, /* this isn't a comment */");
printf("/* This isn't a comment %s */", /* but this is */ "/* this isn
+'t, though */);
// /* The code between these lines
int x = y + z;
// is not commented out. The line level comments take precedent */
In short, this is a potentially nasty problem. I would strongly recommend you read the very excellent Mastering Regular Expressions from O'Reilly by Jeffrey Friedl.
Regardless, any solution you come up with using regexes will probably only operate on a carefully crafted subset of the data, so proceed with caution. There are also variations depending upon which implementation of C you're using.