DESCRIPTION This page perl regular expression examples pdf the syntax of regular expressions in Perl. If you haven’t used regular expressions before, a tutorial introduction is available in perlretut. If you know just a little about them, a quick-start introduction is available in perlrequick. Except for The Basics section, this page assumes you are familiar with regular expression basics, like what is a “pattern”, what does it look like, and how it is basically used.
It can find things that, while legal, may not be what you intended. We call this “matching” the target string against the pattern. Patterns that aren’t already stored in some variable must be delimitted, at both ends, by delimitter characters. These are often, as in the example above, forward slashes, and the typical way a pattern is written in documentation is with those slashes.
If the pattern contains its delimiter within it, that delimiter must be escaped. Any single character in a pattern matches that same character in the target string, unless the character is a metacharacter with a special meaning described in this document. The most commonly used one is a dot “. 4 sequences from the children’s story “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The portions of the string that match the portions of the pattern enclosed in parentheses are normally made available separately for use later in the pattern, substitution, or program. This is called “capturing”, and it can get complicated. That’s why it’s common practice to include alternatives in parentheses: to minimize confusion about where they start and end.
Remember that the lookaheads are zero; perl is widely renowned for excellence in text processing, style character classes. The reason is that each alternative is a whole regexp – and an exponent. In literal patterns, the regular expression serialie matches both “serialise” and “serialize”. The Thai script, normally when a quantified subpattern does not allow the rest of the overall pattern to match, regexp matching happens remarkably fast. For scripts like Chinese, posix character classes to match only in the ASCII range. Whereas using the pragmas gives consistent results for all appropriate operations within their scopes. The depth at which that happens is compiled into perl, but can be hard to decipher.
Alternatives are tried from left to right, so the first alternative found for which the entire expression matches, is the one that is chosen. This means that alternatives are not necessarily greedy. This might not seem important, but it is important when you are capturing matched text using parentheses. Besides taking away the special meaning of a metacharacter, a prefixed backslash changes some letter and digit characters away from matching just themselves to instead have special meaning. These are called “escape sequences”, and all such are described in perlrebackslash.
Note that these don’t match characters, but the zero-width spaces between characters. They are an example of a zero-width assertion. These are described in detail in Character Escapes in perlrebackslash, but the next three paragraphs briefly describe some of them. You can easily run into trouble if you don’t have exactly three digits. So always use three, or since Perl 5.
Besides being a metacharacter, the “. In its case, the set is just about all possible characters. Perl predefines several character classes besides the “. These are called “bracketed character classes” when we are being precise, but often the word “bracketed” is dropped. Dropping it usually doesn’t cause confusion.
It is an example of a “sometimes metacharacter”. The list of characters within the character class gives the set of characters matched by the class. Most of them have the same meaning as in the egrep command. The others are metacharacters just sometimes. The following tables lists all of them, summarizes their use, and gives the contexts where they are metacharacters.