in reply to RE: Quantifiers in regular expressions
in thread Quantifiers in regular expressions

Here's a simple modification to the example code that will show what the regex matched when you typed it in:
#!/usr/bin/perl while(<>) { chomp; # chomp so this next output is pretty. # newlines aren't discarded when you <> print "\"$1\" was matched out of \"$_\"" if m/(your_pattern)/; }
Be sure to include the parenthesis around the entire regex that way it will save what it matches in $1.

Do recall that while the regex operators are greedy by default you can suffix them with ? and they'll go to nongreedy. An example:
#!/usr/bin/perl while(<>) { chomp; print "\"$1\" was matched out of \"$_\"\n" if m/(\w{5}?)/; }
This will match "mywor" out of "myword"

Have fun regexing.