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Death to Dot Star!
The last task, to match a question, can be solved quite easily by reversing the string.
my ($m) = reverse($myvar) =~ /"\?(.*?)"/s;
$m = reverse $m;
print "matched <$m>\n";
Note that it's OK to use .*?
here. And due to optimizations in the regex engine it's even faster to use it than a negative char class, if the following pattern is constant as it is in this case.
It's also very easy to make it work for escaped quotes by adding a negative look-ahead.
my ($m) = reverse($myvar) =~ /"\?(.*?)"(?!\\)/s;
Note that here you must
instead of a negative char class since you want the engine to backtrack.