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Re: string matching

by hippo (Bishop)
on Jan 26, 2017 at 23:31 UTC ( [id://1180409]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to string matching

The short answer is that you have an asterisk where you should have a space. So your if test might become:

if ($desc =~ /;FTP : /)

The longer answer is that if you are searching for a fixed string like this it is usually both more efficient and less error prone to use index instead of a regex match in the first place. eg:

if (index ($desc, ';FTP : ') > -1)

If you only want to trigger when $desc starts with that string (rather than containing it anywhere) then look for the index value being precisely zero.

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