thanos1983 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello everyone,

This should be straight forward but I am stuck and I have not find a solution to my minor problem. I have written a small script to convert mp4 to mp3 files and I am getting stuck when files contain single quote.

I know that I could use quotemeta but it escapes more characters that what I need. I only need to escape the specific character '.

Sample of code and what I have tried:

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use feature 'say'; my $string = "This sting it's bothering to escape ' single characters" +; $string =~s/(\W)/\\$1/g; say $string; __END__ $ perl This\ sting\ it\'s\ bothering\ to\ escape\ \'\ single\ characters

I also found this relevant question Escaping single quote in $string. Unfortunately all proposed solutions remove the quote and I want to keep it.

Any hint is appreciated.

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