regex exclusion

Posted on 2008-10-22
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Last Modified: 2008-10-22

I using RegexBuddy to test a java regex expression that will match any string except one with "abc" anywhere in the string.

I.e. Match any strings except the ones with "abc"

1) www.test.com/ad/click-imp/ref?=center=701&pf_rd_i=2&p
2) www.test.com/abc/click-imp/ref=center=701&pf_rd_i=2&p
3) www.test.com/inventory_rep2_mn=70/abc/ws_gh790?%5Fencoding=UTF8
4) www.test.com/promotion/h/ref=xg_2_center/gh_321?%5Fencoding=UTF8

So I want to match string 1 and 4 but not 2 and 3. I tried a bunch of expression but so far the closest I've come is www.test.com/([^abc]++).*

Can an expert help me out?

Question by:acclimate
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 Pattern re = Pattern.compile("^(?:(?!abc).)*$",Pattern.DOTALL);

Author Comment

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Hi ddrudik,

I read a bunch of your other posts yesterday :)

I can't do the java commands because the application I'm using will only input regex. DOTALL and Pattern are taken literally.

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ddrudik earned 2000 total points
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Thanks for the question and the points.

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