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Re^2: String Matching

by frozenwithjoy (Priest)
on Aug 14, 2012 at 16:49 UTC ( #987411=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: String Matching
in thread String Matching

Just for the record, the standard quantifiers in Perl regular expressions are, indeed, greedy.

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Re^3: String Matching
by Jenda (Abbot) on Aug 15, 2012 at 07:51 UTC

    They are greedy, but not too clever

    my $str = "xaxaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"; $str =~ /(a+)/; print "$1\n"; # prints "a" not "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"
    The quantifiers are greedy, but they refuse to let go of something they found unless forced even if they could get more someplace later.

    Enoch was right!
    Enjoy the last years of Rome.

      Um, they start from the left, stop when they find a match -- that is clever
        And predictable! I'd hate to regex in a world that wasn't predictable.

      I'll see you and raise you.   /(a*)/ (note * quantifier in place of +) matches, but captures nothing, not even a single 'a'.

      >perl -wMstrict -le "my $s = 'xaxaaaaa'; print qq{matched, captured '$1'} if $s =~ /(a*)/; " matched, captured ''

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