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Help with a regex

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on Sep 07, 2007 at 14:03 UTC ( #637656=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help?? has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

#!/usr/bin/perl my $string="testing.123"; my $result = substr( $string, rindex( $string, '.' ) + 1 ); print "$result\n";
Using this, if $string doesn't have ".123" in it, I get the whole string output, but I don't want that. I just want the string output *if* it has ".123" at the end. I guess what I'm looking for is a test as to whether there's a ".0-9*" expression at the end. I need a ".", then any number of numerical values, but at least one. The "." has to be at the end.

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Re: Help with a regex
by grinder (Bishop) on Sep 07, 2007 at 14:46 UTC

    Your substr didn't work because the code doesn't check to see if rindex found the '.' it was looking for. If you do that, you don't need a regexp at all.

    if ((my $last_dot = rindex($string, '.')) > -1) { $result = substr( $string, 0, $last_dot + 1 ); }

    ... just in case you wanted to know why your code wasn't working as expected.

    • another intruder with the mooring in the heart of the Perl

Re: Help with a regex
by zer (Deacon) on Sep 07, 2007 at 14:23 UTC
    #!/usr/bin/perl my $string="testing.123"; $string =~ /\.([0-9]+)$/; $result = $1; print "$result\n";
Re: Help with a regex
by tirwhan (Abbot) on Sep 07, 2007 at 14:23 UTC

    Use capturing parentheses:

    #!/usr/bin/perl my $string="testing.123"; my ($result) = $string =~ m/(.*?\.)[0-9]+/; print "$result\n" if $result;

    All dogma is stupid.
Re: Help with a regex
by ikegami (Patriarch) on Sep 07, 2007 at 14:48 UTC
    If you want to stick to the string operations:
    my $pos = rindex( $string, '.' ); my $result = ($pos >= 0 ? substr( $string, $pos+1 ) : '' );
Re: Help with a regex
by WiseGuru (Initiate) on Sep 08, 2007 at 08:27 UTC

    my $string="testing.123";
    my @Strings;
    if($Strings[$#Strings] eq "123"){ DoSomething.... }

    this way you have got the last chunk of the string divided by a period, always, because if there is more than one period then you might not get what you want, but if you have ONLY ONE period and can garrantee it, then use

    my $string="testing.123";
    my $string2;
    if($string2 eq "123"){ DoSomething.... }

    good luck!

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