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If you happen to have a lot of patterns to match, I like the "build a sub on the fly" approach

my @patterns = qw/ foo bar baz /; ## if you need to return the pattern itself, return '$_' instead my $match_n_return = join( "\n", map{ "return \$1 if \$_[0] =~ /$_/o;" } @patterns ); my $sub = eval qq|sub { $match_n_return return undef }|; if( $@ ) { ## some syntax error in the eval string die $@ } my $matched = $sub->( "string you want to match" );

The only problem here is, you don't get a fine granularity of control for each match. But I like the fact that this can be used over and over, and that since all the regexes are pre-compiled, you save some time for repeated use

In reply to Re: Returning _which_ pattern matched...? by lestrrat
in thread Returning _which_ pattern matched...? by Boudicca

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