Re: Easy way to check is sub!() succeeds?

But sub! always returns nil, even when it succeeds (in Perl, it will
return the number of substitutions made, enabling “next if
s/.$suf$//”)

Er, no it doesn’t.

irb(main):001:0> s=“aaabbb”
=> “aaabbb”
irb(main):002:0> s.sub!(/a+/,’’)
=> “bbb”
irb(main):003:0> s.sub!(/zzz/,’’)
=> nil

C:>ri String.sub!
------------------------------------------------------------ String#sub!
str.sub!(pattern, replacement) => str or nil
str.sub!(pattern) {|match| block } => str or nil

Gavin K. wrote:

irb(main):003:0> s.sub!(/zzz/,’’)
=> nil

Ok, that makes more sense. Turns out I was upsetting Ruby’s
scoping/aliasing. Eventually I got an error “Can’t modify frozen
string”, which tipped me off. Now I have:

ARGV.each do |file|
   path = file.dup   # copy to tweak
   zip.each do |suf, cmd|
      if path.sub!(%r{\.#{suf}$}, '')

And everything works ok. Seems like a loop w/i a loop thing? Anyways,
thanks for the sub!() ptr.

-Nate

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