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Need help with regular experssion in Java and escape characters

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I want to remove the string "{x=0}" from text. Not sure how to represent {

String text;
String regex = "/{"; //this gives compile error: illegal escape character
text = text.replaceAll(regex, "");

if I use the other \{ it will run but gives me run time error about illegal escape sequence ..

aslo how do I use this method to replace a sequence of spaces and tabs from text? what would be the regex?
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String regex = "\\{x=0\\}";
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and about spaces? see question
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>>what would be the regex?

Missed that sorry - well it would depend on the exact sequence. If it's any range of contiguous whitespace, try

s = s.replaceAll("\\s+", "");
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\\s
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\s Matches any white space character including space, tab, form-feed, and so on.
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polkadot - i'm confused by your treatment of this question. I answered both the main question here and the 'subquestion' yet

a. the comment marked as the accepted answer relates merely to syntax in a different language.

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b. The other comment marked as 'assisted' repeats info i'd already given.

 Why?
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by:sudhakar_koundinya
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CEHJ ,

The second comment was given in split seconds of time. And I am late.
If you think, you deserve the points. no problem. I am ready to give the points.
And finally it's  polkadot's decision. If he/she is willing to reopen and reassign the points

Regards
Sudhakar

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>>The second comment was given in split seconds of time.

Don't worry - i'm not blaming you sudhakar
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