in reply to How do I truncate a string while preserving words?


$string =~ s/^(.{0,$maxlength})\b.*$/$1.../s;
that should work as expected (at least as far as the presented code goes...).

Edit: explanation: you can ommit the upper bound, but not the lower bound, as you did. From perlre:

{n}? Match exactly n times {n,}? Match at least n times {n,m}? Match at least n but not more than m times
and you have to match the rest of the input (.*$) for it to be replaced too - otherwise you would simply insert the ellipsis (...) without truncating the input.


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