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morgon has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi,

I am trying to construct a regex that extracts the string beween two quotes with the complication that that string may contain backslash-escaped quotes.

To illustrate:

my $rexeg = ???? # this is what I am after my ($m1) = '"hubba bubba"' =~ $regex; print "ok\n" if $m1 eq 'hubba bubba'; # should print "ok" my ($m2) = '"hubba \"bubba\""' =~ $regex; print "ok\n" if $m2 eq 'hubba "bubba"'; # should also print "ok"
I hope that is understandable...

I tried to do this with negative lookbehinds, but I attempt failed with "Variable length lookbehind not implemented", so am looking for some help here.

Many thanks!