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Re: search and replace question

by Hue-Bond (Priest)
on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:21 UTC ( #827977=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to search and replace question

I've tried wildcard'ing the search string but cannot get it to work - I always seem to end up greedily taking up a lot of the rest of the file

Wildcards are greedy by default, which means that they'll take as much as they can, as you have already seen. Try appending a question mark to the quantifier, to make it non-greedy, ie use abc.*? instead of abc.*.

Also - I cannot get my search to find these "search strings" that are split over a line - I guess if I can get the wildcard working I could put a linefeed in there ?

Use the /s modifier in the regex.

 David Serrano
 (Please treat my english text just like Perl code, i.e. feel free to notify me of any syntax, grammar, style and/or spelling error. Thank you!).

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