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Answer: How can I find the first position of a substring case-insensitively?

by ambrus (Abbot)
on Oct 01, 2003 at 12:43 UTC ( #295598=categorized answer: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Q&A > strings > How can I find the first position of a substring case-insensitively? - Answer contributed by ambrus

You could use regexps, like this:

$needle = "a"; $haystack =~ /\Q$needle\E/i; $index = $-[0];
this works even if $needle has regexp-metacharacters in it.

But @- exists only in newer perls (from 5.6.1 I think). In perl 5.005 you could use something like

$needle = "a"; $haystack =~ /\Q$needle\E/i; $index = pos($haystack)-length($needle);
or
$needle = "a"; $haystack =~ /\Q$needle\E/i; $index = length($`);
but note that $` makes perl slower.

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