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Pattern matching comments

Pattern matching comments

Pattern matching comments

I am trying to use regular expression to delete comments using /* whatever */ in a file.

The code is as follows-

$fileContent;       #Content of file contains /* */ and
print "BEFORE\n" . $fileContent . "\n---------------\n";
$fileContent=~ s/\/\*(.*)\*\///g;
print "AFTER \n" . $fileContent;

The 'AFTER' print out is identical to the 'BEFORE' print!

$fileContent=~ s/(\/\*)(.*)(\*\/)//g;
gives same print out.

$fileContent=~ s/(\/*)(.*)(*\/)//g; ΓΏ
gives error /(/*)(.*)(*/)/: ?+*{} follows nothing in regexp at comment.pl line 4.

The problem is that * and \ are both escape character, I think.

RE: Pattern matching comments

I tried s/\*[^*]*\*+([^/*][^*]*\*+)*/##g; from http://www.effectiveperl.com/EP.04.pdf, I used s/ instead of s# (don't know what s# is??) and  got error /\*[^*]*\*+([^/: unmatched [] in regexp at comment.pl line 4.


RE: Pattern matching comments

$fileContent=~ s#/\*[^*]*\*+([^/*][^*]*\*+)*/##g; works, thought don't know what s# is!

RE: Pattern matching comments

Is this what you are trying to do?  If your comment spans across multiple lines, then you need the 's' switch on the end of the s///gs.  Otherwise, the regex stops at the first line ending it hits.


$fileContent = 'some text
/* a comment

here */
more text after comment';

$fileContent =~ s/\/\*.*\*\///gs;
print "$fileContent\n";


 keep the rudder amid ship and beware the odd typo

RE: Pattern matching comments

s# is the same as s/ except that it uses the # character as the delimiter, so you can use / inside the regular expression without having to escape it. If you use the s(somechar) form you can use any character you want as the delimiter. You can even use paired delimiters like:


Being able to use any character you want comes in very handy when your regular expressions contain slashes.

Note that this "generalized" for also works for matching (use m#...#) and translating (tr#...#...#). It even works for quoted strings (q[...] instead of "...")!

See the perlop manpage under "Quote and Quotelike Operators" for more details.

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