On Monday 17 January 2005 04:40 pm, trans.  (T. Onoma) wrote:
| On Monday 17 January 2005 04:26 pm, Zach Dennis wrote:
| | trans. (T. Onoma) wrote:
| | > Let me painfully honest: I hate parsing, especially w/ regexp, and I
| | > don't care if it's because I stupid and suck at it. It shouldn't have
| | > to be this hair pulling! Anyway... Can some one please give the regular
| | > expression to match the first square bracket's contents. In this case
| | > it would be "Hello".
| | >
| | > s = <<-EOS
| | > [Hello]
| | > This [b]is[b.] a test.
| | > [Hello.]
| | > EOS
| |
| | The trick here is to make sure you are non-greedy.
| |
| | s =~ /\[([^\]]*)\]/
|
| Thanks. I _see_ now why mine wasn't working, though I don't _understand_
| why it wasn't working. I was using the / /x extension, because I generally
| like to space the parts my regexps out to read easier, but for some reason
| that causes the above to match [b] instead. Oh well, I just won't do that.

Oops scratch that. That's not the reason either (sigh). But I got it working 
now anyway. Thanks.

T.