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Are wildcards possible in string replace functions? Like could I do str_replace("somevalue","anothervalue","originalstring*"); ? or use _ in defining the number of characters?

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Question by:drakkarnoir
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No.

You're going to want to look at regular expressions for what you're doing. Have a look at the following functions:

www.php.net/manual/en/function.preg-match.php
www.php.net/manual/en/function.preg-match-all.php
www.php.net/manual/en/function.preg-replace.php

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str_replace("somevalue","anothervalue","originalstring*"); ? or use _ in defining the number of characters?

I don't really see what you are trying to do. If you wanted a wild card, surely it would be in the pattern. Surely you don't need wild-cards in the original_string.
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Well you could make the string a variable prior to puting it in the function and concattinate that way ie:

$evalString="originalSting"."blah";
str_replace("somevalue","anothervalue",$evalString);

or if you have an array of strings to check:
$evalStringArr[0]="blah";
$evalStringArr[1]="blah";
$evalStringArr[2]="blah";
$evalString=implode(" -- ",$evalString);

/*
string implode ( string glue, array pieces )

Returns a string containing a string representation of all the array elements in the same order, with the glue string between each element.

*/

$newString=str_replace("somevalue","anothervalue",$evalString);
$evalStringArr=explode(" -- ",$newString);

and whala, you have all your data in original piecemeal yeah only had to run the function once, simple and rather clean...
try it out,
Not sure if it does what you want, but it would come rather close;-)

Red010knight
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