500pts: How can I shorten this regexp ? I cannot figure how to use {7} or somethinh like that here.

$line = `/bin/cat /proc/net/dev | /bin/grep eth0`;

if ( $line =~ m/eth\d+:(\d+)\s+\d+\s+\d+\s+\d+\s+\d+\s+\d+\s+\d+\s+\d+\s+(\d+)/ ) {
    print $1.' '.$2;
}


How can I shorten this regexp ? I cannot figure how to use {7} or somethinh like that here.

thanks
OctalysAsked:
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wlfsCommented:
$line =~ m/eth\d+:(\d+)(?:\s+\d+){7}\s+(\d+)/
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OctalysAuthor Commented:
it works.

What does `?:` means ?
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wlfsCommented:
Take care: The first number after the colon is not guaranteed to start immediately without whitespace. To be failsafe you should use

$line =~ m/eth\d+:\s*(\d+)(?:\s+\d+){7}\s+(\d+)/
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wlfsCommented:
(?:   ) does the same as (   ) except that it doesn't capture anything in $1, $2, ...  It can be used for grouping as in this case.
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OctalysAuthor Commented:
I see, thanks for the answer, I understand it now and it works great.
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