Regex: get the first match

Hello!

I want to parse a tagged string like this: “this ismy
string

i am doing:

this ismy string”.scan(/(.*)</i>/)
=> [[“this is
my string”]]

What i want is a regex that will return the first segment that
matches.
in the above case -> [[“this is”, “my string”]]

Is there any way to do this?

Thanks!

On 6/10/07, Trochalakis C. [email protected] wrote:

What i want is a regex that will return the first segment that
matches.
in the above case -> [[“this is”, “my string”]]

Is there any way to do this?

Thanks!

This is a FAQ, and yes I will give the solution :wink:
Regexps are gready par default, they consume as many chars as
possible, there are some possibilities - not tested:

(1) use non gready matches
this ismy string”.scan(/(.?)</i>/)
(2) use less general expressions
this ismy string”.scan(/(.[^<]
)</i>/)
(3) Combine both :wink:
this ismy string”.scan(/(.[^<]*?)</i>/)

HTH
Robert

P.S.
This really is a FAQ though

On 6/10/07, Robert D. [email protected] wrote:

=> [[“this ismy string”]]

This is a FAQ, and yes I will give the solution :wink:
Regexps are gready par default, they consume as many chars as
possible, there are some possibilities - not tested:

(1) use non gready matches
this ismy string”.scan(/(.?)</i>/)
(2) use less general expressions
this ismy string”.scan(/(.[^<]
)</i>/)
(3) Combine both :wink:
this ismy string”.scan(/(.[^<]*?)</i>/)

.Unless you want to match strings like <foo, it would be simple
to
just use [^<], and not .[^<]. .[^<]* will also not match . If
the
intent was to make the regexp not match that, a better regexp would be
[^<]+

HTH

in the above case -> [[“this is”, “my string”]]
The solution is :

this ismy string”.scan(/(.*?)</i>/)
=> [[“this is”], [“my string”]]

The regexp scope is default maximum as is possible to find.
If you use ‘?’ character you minimze the scope.
(.?) instead of (.) and the part of string don’t be include
into one result.

Regards,
Grzegorz Golebiowski

On Jun 10, 3:22 pm, GrzechG [email protected] wrote:

in the above case -> [[“this is”, “my string”]]

Regards,
Grzegorz Golebiowski

Thanks Grzegorz, nice trick!

On 6/10/07, Trochalakis C. [email protected] wrote:

matches.
into one result.

Regards,
Grzegorz Golebiowski

Thanks Grzegorz, nice trick!

You are welcome :wink:
Robert

On 6/10/07, Logan C. [email protected] wrote:

this ismy string”.scan(/(.*)</i>/)

this ismy string”.scan(/(.[^<]*?)</i>/)

.Unless you want to match strings like <foo, it would be simple to
just use [^<], and not .[^<]. .[^<]* will also not match . If the
intent was to make the regexp not match that, a better regexp would be [^<]+
Thanks for correcting my typos.
Robert

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