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Answer: How can I split on a string except when inside quotes?

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Q&A > regular expressions > How can I split on a string except when inside quotes? - Answer contributed by Anonymous Monk

This doesn't handle all the subtle things (backslashes, single-quotes, etc) that Text::ParseWords does, but it works for the simple cases, and produces your expected output exactly (quotes intact): my @items = ($string =~ /(".*?"|\S+)/g);

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