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Posted on 1998-12-28
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How do I match a string for multiple characters?

$string = "sgds*G$GJ#G()g";

I want to search $string for any instances of * OR # OR $.

What's the easiest (best) way to do this?

Thanks-
Matt
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Question by:tribal9
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by:ozo
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Do you mean
$string = 'sgds*G$GJ#G()g';
or did you define $GJ
What do you want to do with any instances of * OR # OR $
To check if $string contains any of them, you might say:
print '$string contains instances of * OR # OR $' if $string =~ /[*#\$]/;
or perhaps:
$string =~ m'[*#$]'
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by:martinag
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Is this what you want?

if ($string =~ /[\*\$#]/) {
  print "Found one!";
}
else {
  print "Sorry!";
}

Martin
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comvosora earned 80 total points
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Well, you can do a

@a = $string =~ /.*([#*$])+.*/gsi;

and get each occurence in one item of array @a (if you would like to count them, for instance)
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by:tribal9
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Ah, yes, Martin and Ozo, that was what I wanted.

The $G in the string was a typo (meant just the '$' char, not variable), and I am using it to block out unacceptable names from a form submission.

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by:ozo
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martinag's solution works, (although it's not neccessary to backwhack the * inside of a [] character class)
But the Accepted Answer does not work.
(and even with a \ in front of the $, the .* would mean it only gets the last occurance, contrary to comvosora's comment)
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