Regular expression

Hi,
I need a regular expression for a filename :
it must be composed with the following letters :

a to z
A to Z
0 to 9
dash sign -
underscore sign _

then how can I compare a string with it :

mystring =~ /myregex/ #return true or false

does it works like that ?

On Aug 6, 2008, at 10:26 AM, David N. wrote:

then how can I compare a string with it :

mystring =~ /myregex/ #return true or false

does it works like that ?

Yes. Although String#=~ returns the position the match starts, or nil
if there is no match. If the right-hand-side is not a Regexp, invokes
obj.=~, passing str as an argument. The default =~ in Object returns
false.

Since a Fixnum is not nil or false, it will be “true” and both nil and
false will be “false”.

The only other issue is that the dash (hyphen-minus; ‘-’) is special
inside a character class of regular expressions. For example, if you
wanted to match a dash or digit, you could use /[-0-9]/ so the -
appearing first is not treated as a character range operation.

-Rob

Rob B. http://agileconsultingllc.com
[email protected]

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