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Re^2: regexp over multiple lines
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The monks have been helping you solve the individual problem that you've defined, but missed the very important point you made here - that your files are XML. Using an XML parser, whether XML::Twig, XML::Simple, XML::LibXML, or something else, is THE way to process XML files (and to head off the argument: Yes, even you can use CPAN). Trying to do so via regular expressions is simply madness. You're recreating tools that have already been created and debugged and replacing them with half baked code that will no doubt miss many edge cases.