Regular expression



  • Hello friends, I was practicing with Regular expression and I want to delete some columns and I am using the following code

    search for: ^([^ ]+?):([^ ]+?):([^ ]+?):([^ ]+?):([^ ]+?).*
    And replace with: $1:$5

    Kenty:level57:Elite:Knight:edrty
    Mawk:level69:Elder:Druid:12wer
    Pog:level122:Elite:Knight:3edrt
    Tygger:level34:Elder:Druid:eeee

    and the result I get is

    Kenty:e
    Mawk:1
    Pog:3
    Tygger:e

    everything works fine up to replace with $1:$4, but with the 5 column does not work something I’m doing wrong, I hope you help me solve it



  • @adelinefiu
    You were very close. Just change the * for a +. The + is greedy and it will try to grab as many characters as possible up to the end of the line.

    Suggest read the FAQ, it has some good links. Also rexegg.com has a table outlining the meaning on the * and +.

    Terry


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