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I'm not sure what you're asking for here:

I want to keep these matches in the context of the larger string, while still being able to distinguish matches. Is there a way to substitute and return the successful event...

If "keep these matches in the context of the larger string" means "don't alter the string", then you wouldn't do a substitution; just do a match (with capturing parens), and assign the return value of the match to an array:

my @strings = qw/XXXXXXXXXABXXXXXXX XXXXXXXBAXXXBBXXXX BBAABAABBXBX/; for my $string ( @strings ) { my @matches = ( $string =~ /([AB]{2})/g ); printf( "Found %d matches in %s: %s\n", scalar @matches, $string, join( ', ', @matches )); }
Perhaps you'd like to mention what you're really trying to accomplish?

In reply to Re: Regex Pipe Return by graff
in thread Regex Pipe Return by TapTapTaperoo

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