preg match php problem!

Posted on 2010-09-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
We're trying to do a basic preg match in a file, if the preg match is false, we want to add a line in a file, and then if we re-run the preg match and the line already exists, then just skip that part...

for some reason it ALWAYS goes in the IF statement.... Some help would be appreciated!

we tried preg_match_all, preg_match, strpos, strstr..

string to look for:
exten => h,n,AGI(e911/hangup_check.agi,${UNIQUEID},${LEG_ID},${EPOCH})

string to look for to replace:
exten => h,n,AGI(e911/911cdr.agi,${UNIQUEID})

string to replace if above line is found:
exten => h,n,AGI(e911/hangup_check.agi,${UNIQUEID},${LEG_ID},${EPOCH})
exten => h,n,AGI(e911/911cdr.agi,${UNIQUEID})
$inputSED3 = file_get_contents("/opt/911Gateway/sbc_etc/extensions_911.conf");

if ( preg_match_all("/exten => h,n,AGI(e911\/hangup_check.agi,\${UNIQUEID},\${LEG_ID},\${EPOCH})/", $inputSED3, $matches) === 0 )


  echo "in?";


    $input = preg_replace('/exten => h,n,AGI\(e911\/911cdr\.agi,\${UNIQUEID}\)/', "exten => h,n,AGI(e911/hangup_check.agi,\${UNIQUEID},\${LEG_ID},\${EPOCH})\nexten => h,n,AGI(e911/911cdr.agi,\${UNIQUEID})", $inputSED3);

    file_put_contents("/opt/911Gateway/sbc_etc/extensions_911.conf", $input);


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Question by:devteam
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Expert Comment

by:Marco Gasi
ID: 33642303
Try this reg exp

"//(exten => h,n,AGI\(e911\/hangup_check.agi,\$\{UNIQUEID\},\$\{LEG_ID\},\$\{EPOCH\}\))/igm/"

Best regards
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Accepted Solution

Terry Woods earned 500 total points
ID: 33642308
There are special characters in the string you're searching for that affect the pattern, and you haven't escaped them all. You can use preg_quote to do the hard work for you. Try this:

$inputSED3 = file_get_contents("/opt/911Gateway/sbc_etc/extensions_911.conf");

$find = 'exten => h,n,AGI(e911/hangup_check.agi,${UNIQUEID},${LEG_ID},${EPOCH})';

if ( preg_match_all("/".preg_quote($find, "/")."/", $inputSED3, $matches) === 0 )


  echo "in?";


    $input = preg_replace('/'.preg_quote('exten => h,n,AGI(e911/911cdr.agi,${UNIQUEID})','/').'/', "exten => h,n,AGI(e911/hangup_check.agi,\${UNIQUEID},\${LEG_ID},\${EPOCH})\nexten => h,n,AGI(e911/911cdr.agi,\${UNIQUEID})", $inputSED3);

    file_put_contents("/opt/911Gateway/sbc_etc/extensions_911.conf", $input);


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Author Closing Comment

ID: 33646796
Thank you for the quick response, that works like a charm.. I wasn't aware of this preg_quote!! that's very helpful :)

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