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### Re^3: how to split the string into two or three numbers based on certain value.

by venky4289 (Novice)
 on Feb 12, 2013 at 08:19 UTC ( #1018314=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hi this works perfectly fine. Can you explain me the regulsr expression as i am nee to perl programming
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Re^4: how to split the string into two or three numbers based on certain value.
by AnomalousMonk (Canon) on Feb 12, 2013 at 15:41 UTC
Can you explain me the regulsr expression ...

I can begin to explain it and then pass you off to some explanations in the docs that do a better job than I could.

•  \G   Begin a 'global' search (i.e., a search controlled by the  /g regex modifier) at the exact position where the previous search left off, or at the start of the string (same as \A) if there was no previous search.
•  (\d{2,3}?)   Capture two or three decimal digits. Because the  ? 'lazy' match modifier controls matching, try first to capture two digits (normal matching would be 'greedy' and try to grab three).
•  (?(?{ \$^N < 32 }) (*FAIL))   If the two digits captured by the immediately previous capture group (see  \$^N   in perlvar) are numerically less than 32, fail that match and go back and try for three digits. Here's where I bail out. See Extended Patterns in perlre and search for the "(?(condition)yes-pattern)" discussion; also check the Conditional expressions section in perlretut. Check Special Backtracking Control Verbs in perlre for info on (*FAIL); see also the Backtracking control verbs discussion in perlretut. (Note that  (*FAIL) can be replaced by  (?!) if you're scared by the "WARNING: These patterns are experimental and subject to change..." language prefacing documentation of these verbs.)
HTH.

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