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Re^4: regex not matching special char

by mnooning (Beadle)
on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:33 UTC ( #1008828=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: regex not matching special char
in thread regex not matching special char

Thanks for the tip on YAPE::Regex::Explain.

As kennethk pointed out - reading between the lines - the key is to know that a back slashed special character will not be taken as a word character, and hence will be seen as a word boundary itself. That is why the simple \b does not work.

Armed with a definitive answer as to what is happening, a simple work around can be constructed. In my case the strings I am looking for are actual directory names. I can split on the directory separator.

Thanks again.

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