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Re^2: Text matching repost

by Neighbour (Friar)
on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:19 UTC ( #976821=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Text matching repost
in thread Text matching repost

I later realised that instead of using
if (/$start/ or /$stop/) { print; }
I could just as well use (and more efficient too):
if ($&) { print; }
The meaning of $& is explained in perlvar as
The string matched by the last successful pattern match.
You can also use $MATCH if you use English;

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Re^3: Text matching repost
by afoken (Abbot) on Jun 18, 2012 at 14:24 UTC
    I could just as well use (and more efficient too):
    if ($&) { print; }

    Ummm, no. $& is one of the "ugly three" variables (the other two are $` and $') that kill performance. From perlvar:

    The use of this variable anywhere in a program imposes a considerable performance penalty on all regular expression matches. To avoid this penalty, you can extract the same substring by using @-. Starting with Perl 5.10, you can use the /p match flag and the ${^MATCH} variable to do the same thing for particular match operations.

    Apart from that, it may work for this special problem, but it does not work if $& evaluates to false:

    perl -E '$x="a0b"; $x=~/0/; say $&; if ($&) { die "not reached!" } if + ($x=~/0/) { say "matched zero" }'


    0 matched zero


    Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)
      Good call, it shall be
      if (scalar @-) { print; }
      then :)

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