replace letters with *

using php

could you only display first two letters of a name and the other letters *

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Amar BardoliwalaCommented:
Hello rgb192,

Following script should help you.

function show2chars($string)
	$str = substr($string,0,2);
	$str = str_pad($str,strlen($string),'*', STR_PAD_RIGHT);
	return $str;

print "<br/>Sarah => " . show2chars("Sarah");
print "<br/>James => " . show2chars("James");
print "<br/>Mary => " . show2chars("Mary");

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Thank you.

Amar Bardoliwala
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Since you tagged this as regex...

$result = preg_replace('/(?<!^.|^)./', "*", $input);

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Ray PaseurCommented:
rgb192Author Commented:
I had a question last week about doing this with an email but not hiding the domain name of the email

I either regex or substring work

Thank you
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