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Re: Re: Multiline Regex

by InfiniteSilence (Curate)
on Feb 16, 2001 at 01:18 UTC ( #58720=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Multiline Regex
in thread Multiline Regex

Although the right solution is to use multiline mode, your code doesn't do anything as the test on the regex reveals. See here:
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my $data = join '', <DATA>; if($data =~ s|(?=^\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\nOS Type: unknown +$)|\n|gm) { print "yes, it worked!"; } #print $data; exit(1); __DATA__ bogus info this could be anything OS Type: unknown filler information OS Type: unknown
The above code returns nothing, meaning that the regex never does the substitution. From a quick rereading of the algorithm, it looks like he is trying to do the following:
1. Read through the file
2. find lines that start with IP addresses
3. ASK if the next line following it has some specific text
4. write an extra space BETWEEN the IP address line and the specific text line
I may be wrong, as the spec. was pretty poorly written. A quick command line example that does this is as follows:
perl -e "$q = qq(the brown dog\n is hailing a cab); if (($q=~m/\n(.*)/ +mg) && ($1 eq q( is hailing a cab))) { print qq(\n$1;)} else {print ' +no luck buddy.';}"

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Re: Re: Re: Multiline Regex
by the_slycer (Chaplain) on Feb 16, 2001 at 09:09 UTC
    Actually, the regex "mostly works".

    The problem with this regex is that the DATA does not have an immediate newline following it (there is a space). If the space is removed - or a simple (.+)? is added between the IP match and the newline, the first regex works fine. I'll leave someone else to do the benchmarks :-)

    That's of course, if the original poster wants the new line before the line with the IP
      Ack, sorry, nasty artefact of cut and paste :-/
      Well spotted and ++ to that man :-)

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