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REGEX Help - Negative Words

Posted on 2014-04-01
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I have the following REGEX and it works for my purposes, but I want to exclude strings that look like this "http://twitter.com/share/" or "http://twitter.com/share" (no trailing slash).

How would I alter this REGEX to NOT match those strings?

https?://(?:www\.)?twitter.com/(?:#!/|(?!share)|(?<!share)|intent/user\?screen_name=)?(\w+)
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Question by:EffinGood
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by:Terry Woods
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Perhaps this?
https?://(?:www\.)?twitter.com/(?!share)(?:#!/|intent/user\?screen_name=)?(\w+)

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I'm not entirely clear on what you're trying to achieve with the other parts of the pattern. Please clarify if that's not what you want.
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by:Terry Woods
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Tested, and seemingly working, here:
http://www.myregextester.com/?r=5b37e1fd
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by:EffinGood
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Hi Terry,

That was exactly what I needed! I had been putting "(?!share)" as an alternative using the pipe char, such as:
https?://(?:www\.)?twitter.com/(?:#!/|(?!share)|intent/user\?screen_name=)?(\w+)

Would you be a dear and explain to me why mine did not work and yours did? It would be ever so lovely and I'd consider you a hero for life.

Thank you!
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Terry Woods earned 500 total points
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Sure! You had an optional group being matched:
(?:#!/|(?!share)|intent/user\?screen_name=)?

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The whole group is optional because there's a ? character after it. This means any twitter url would match as long as the (\w+) part of the pattern matches, including a url with "share" in it.

Rather than including the negative lookahead in the optional part, I moved it out to make it a required part of the pattern.

Up, up and away....
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by:EffinGood
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Thanks mate! An answer and a 'splanation. Marvy!
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