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Re: Store regular expressions in a file.

by sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
on Nov 11, 2010 at 12:08 UTC ( #870837=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Store regular expressions in a file.

The magic voodoo you are looking for is:   qr/some_expression/.

This operator compiles a regular expression that is made from some_string.

When constructing the string, be careful:   you might be tempted to use interpolation (double-quotes...) but this will cause the “rabbit-food” of the regex syntax itself to be turned into escape-characters.

Furthermore, you might find that you can successfully put a string-variable reference into the regular expression string (i.e. without using qr//), and find that it is properly interpolated.   If you simply want to substitute “a particular string to search for” into an otherwise-fixed expression, this is one way to do that.

If the regexes to be used are truly arbitrary, however, you will want to use qr//, and to enclose that statement in an eval block to trap runtime errors caused by invalid regex syntax.

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[Your Mother]: Stick with what you know. Or post a SOPW and if it's not complicated I guarantee someone will answer; me if it's straightforward and no one else gets it better first.
[1nickt]: ++YourMother (Grammar Vigilante of Bristol)
[Lady_Aleena]: Um, how does grep do multiline? print "$file:$_" if grep { /get_(array|hash| data)\(.+\)/ } $_; only returns the same 18 lines the command line grep does.
[Lady_Aleena]: my scratchpad has what I have so far.
[choroba]: what do you mean by multiline?
[Discipulus]: thanks 1nickt!
[choroba]: grep is a filter, it selects elements from a list based on a boolean condition
[moritz]: you need to read the file in one go to do a multiline regex match
[erix]: ha ha, I like the Vigilante
[Lady_Aleena]: Forget it. I'm getting angry with it.

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