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I am proofreading the WikiSource edition of Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar, a famous grammar book of the Biblical Hebrew language.

It has many references to the Bible using a MediaWiki template in this form: {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=2|verse=3}}; this creates a link to Genesis chapter 2 verse 3.

This template has already been used in many places where it is needed, but i want to put it automatically everywhere else. Basically, there are many pieces of text that go like this:

<p>this preposition appears in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=2|verse=3}} and also in 4:5.</p>

I want to turn this into:

<p>this preposition appears in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=2|verse=3}} and also in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=4|verse=5}}.</p>

I can do it using this regex:


The problem: sometimes the source text is

<p>this preposition appears in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=2|verse=3}} and also in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Ru|chapter=4|verse=5}} and 4:5.</p>

I want to turn this into:

<p>this preposition appears in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=2|verse=3}} and also in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Ru|chapter=4|verse=5}} and {{GHGbible-ref|book=Ru|chapter=4|verse=5}}.</p>

... but the previous regex turns this into

<p>this preposition appears in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=2|verse=3}} and also in {{GHGbible-ref|book=Ru|chapter=4|verse=5}} and {{GHGbible-ref|book=Gn|chapter=4|verse=5}}.</p>

If you don't spot the difference, then it's in the book part: I want 'Ru' and not 'Gn', i.e. the book value of the last GHGbible-ref before (\d+):(\d+), not the first one.

I probably have to modify the (.+) part so it doesn't match GHGbible-ref, or something like that, but i can't think of a way to do it.

Thanks in advance.

In reply to matching any string except a regex by amir_e_a

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