Thank you,

In fact, its called busy-ness, and I tend to believe I have quite a prowess in the was of Regular Expressions.

Reason I have the character class? You betchya! So I could do exactly what your friend did.

Reason I completely forgot? I'm an idiot and was too busy replying to 3 emails at once whilst on a phone call.

My fault? Completely ;-)

Yes, see its called impulsive reasoning, hence the reason I added the character class without needing it, embedding a character class predicate such as \w inside a character class enclosure alone is well.. Stupid and reduntant at best..

Therefore there was some sub-concious reasoning to my madness I can presume. And yes, I also know that that \w class wouldn't cover all the characters I needed in a possible filename, again, I was careless and quick

As for the compatibility of the \w character class within sed and awk:

I am well aware that this implementation works on Perl-Compatible Regular Expression patterns, and is not a necessarily supported by all regular expression standards


But this is a PHP-DB list, he is asking a PHP related question and I even specifically stated in my response:

preg_replace() which is a PCRE function using the PCRE pattern modifiers.

And finally this is a mailing list, not a kindergarten room. We're here to help, assist, and suggest advice. Not to wipe their bottoms.

I posted a suggestive solution to a problem. Thats all

SURE theres going to be different methods of approaching it, SURE it could not be the most perfect pattern, but its a suggestion where to head for the correct solution. HELL it wouldn't work with .asp files either. Or if your files were named .php4 or .phtml

Do I give a damn about that?

No. Are you a tech support officer Jeremy? Do you need to help them digest their baby jelly food?

Actually, enough of the hostility, I am honoured actually to think you went to the effort of sending off my 10 second quick drafted suggestive PCRE pattern off to Eric Pement of MBI..

Wow, touched. Imagine if I gave you guys some REAL PCRE patterns that I use!!!

Now that you'd honour me for wouldn't you! I can just picture you two drooling at the mouth now.

So is this Eric friend of yours some RegEx guru? I respect him if so, no harm intended, but I do think my suggestive help posting to this list was 'fit for purpose'

He never asked anyone to spoon feed him, and if you want to be a real world developer you better learn to use your resources and reference manuals.

I've had enough now.

Adios and cya later mate!

P.S. You (Jeremy) and Eric are Americans right?? :-) Just curious.

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Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] How can I solve this?

A friend of mine updated your regular expression... Check it out if your


Dear Jeremy,

Thanks for writing!

> I saw this regular expression and thought you might like it... :)

> >preg_replace("/^\/?(.*)\/[\w]+\.php$/","$1",$PHP_SELF)
> >
> >that strips that leading forward slash too ;-)

  \w is a PCRE (Perl-Compatible Regular Expression) that matches any
word character: a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and the underscore "_". sed and awk do
not support \w, although ssed (super-sed) supports \w if an -R switch
is added on the command line.

   Back to PHP and \w : Putting \w by itself inside a character class
"[...]" does absolutely nothing, just as "[a]" and "[9]" does nothing
special. It could be more efficiently written as:


   One additional problem is that the characters defined by \w does
not include the hyphen, the pound sign, or other punctuation marks
that sometimes find their way into filenames, like:


so in this case, a character set should be used:

        /^\/?(.*)\/[EMAIL PROTECTED]&*+=-]+\.php$/

Keep 'em coming!

Educational Technical Services, MBI

Jeremy Peterson, MACS
Automation Systems Administrator
Crowell Library
Moody Bible Institute
820 N. LaSalle Drive
Chicago, IL, 60610

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Phone:  312.329.8081
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