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Hi,

I have the following code

preg_match_all('.u.',"Fuse",$matches);
print_r ($matches);

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Why it not return the word  "use" ?
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It should return 'Fus'.

And you forgot the delimiters:

preg_match_all('/.u./',"Fuse",$matches);

You're searching for:
any character
u
any character

HTH,
Dan
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by:joyacv2
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yes, you are right i want to say Fus, the script returns

Array ( [0] => Array ( [0] => us ) )

Why don't return Fus?
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Hi Dan, why I have to use /?
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by:Dan Craciun
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Put the delimiters and the result will be:
Array ( [0] => Array ( [0] => Fus ) )
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now works, what is the purpose of the /?
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by:Dan Craciun
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It's the custom in PHP. You don't have to use //, you can use %%, !! etc

I guess the reason is that you can specify the modifiers/flags after the last delimiter (for ex /expr/i will make the search case insensitive).

It's the way sed/awk use regular expressions and probably someone thought it would be easier to keep that format.

http://us.php.net/manual/en/pcre.examples.php
http://us.php.net/manual/en/regexp.reference.delimiters.php
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sorry, but i am a little confuse, i am reading a book for regular expressions and not mention anything about adding a / before .

Can you explain me a little bit about that?
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by:Dan Craciun
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Most languages do not require delimiters, but PHP does.

Read this: http://us.php.net/manual/en/regexp.reference.delimiters.php
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perfect!!!
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BTW, I recommend this site: http://www.regular-expressions.info/tutorial.html

I used it a lot while learning.
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