Regular Expressions

Posted on 2006-11-08
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Last Modified: 2010-04-16
I need the exact regular expressions syntax to do the following.  Here is the input statement:

      server=myServer;database=myDatabase;User Id=myuser;pwd=mypass;

I need to make it so that my regex statement will trigger a match for only the "server" and "database" portions of the string above.  In other words, it should return a match AS IF it sees a string like this:


I found a regex which almost does what I want, this returns a match on each name/value pair for each of the four (4) sets.


I need to modify this so that it only grabs a match for "server" and "database", but I don't see how (or if it's even possible) to match based on groups of words.

Question by:Zoplax
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ozymandias earned 800 total points
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For example :

Regex r = new Regex("(server|database)[^;]*;");
MatchCollection matches = r.Matches("server=myServer;database=myDatabase;User Id=myuser;pwd=mypass;");
foreach(Match match in matches){

outputs :

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Try this
string s = "server=myServer;User Id=myuser;database=myDatabase;pwd=mypass;";
string result = Regex.Replace(s, @"(?!(server|database)=)\b[^=;]+\b=[^;]+(;|$)","");
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joechina earned 200 total points
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If you want to ignore the case:
string s = "Server=myServer;User Id=myuser;database=myDatabase;pwd=mypass;";
string Result = Regex.Replace(s, @"(?!(server|database)=)\b[^=;]+\b=[^;]+(;|$)","",RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);
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by:Fernando Soto
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Hi Zoplax;

This Regex will do what you want and will find them in any order that they may be inputted.

      string input = "server=myServer;database=myDatabase;User Id=myuser;pwd=mypass;";
      string output = string.Empty;
      MatchCollection mc = Regex.Matches(input, @"((?:server|database)\s*=\s*.+?)(?:;|$)",
      foreach( Match m in mc )
            output += m.Groups[1].Value + ";";

      // The variable output will contain "server=myServer;database=myDatabase;"


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