extract all after last period

Posted on 2009-03-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
retrieve everything after the last period
I'm in essence trying to retrieve the file extension
Question by:NewtonianB
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my $s = "test3.24.testing.233.txt";
my ($ext) = $s =~ /\.([^.]*)$/;
print "$ext\n";

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great! what do the parenthesis signify, it doesn't work without them

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the parenthesis around $ext
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mrjoltcola earned 250 total points
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The regex match operator =~ returns a matches in a list context.

my ($v1, $v2, $v3)   is a list
my $v1, $v2, $v3 is not a list, it is 3 scalars.

You can rewrite the whole thing if you want to:

if($s =~ /\.([^.]*)$/) {
   my $ext = $1;

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