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I have a string like this

[ 123] : 01/01/07 This is a test line

How can I use regex to extract the number from the []. Number of digits varies.

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The pattern \d matches any single digit.
so you have number of digits in [] predefined? i mean if its 3 then u can use it so
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$mystring = "[2004/04/13] The date of this article.";
@myarray = ($mystring =~ m/(\d+)/g);
print join(",", @myarray);

Prints "2004,04,13". This does the same thing as before, except assigns the returned values from the pattern search into myarray.

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This gets whatever digits are between the [ and ]
    /\[(\d+)\]/

This gets whatever (digits or otherwise) are between the [ and ]
    /\[[^\]]+\]/
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