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I need to get the type and id of videos from a big text, so to do that I used Regex with following expression

video\('(?<type>.*),(?<id>.*)'\);



now if the text is something like

video('abc,efg');
some text
video('abc,efg');
some text
video('abc,efg');
some text
video('abc,efg');


it works

but if text has single line, like
video('abc,efg');some text video('abc,efg');some text video'abc,efg');some text 
video('abc,efg');


it doesn't work, returns wrong values...
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Updated 6-Jan-10 6:29am
v2

.* is "greedy", but .*? is "lazy". The greedy version will find the longest match. The lazy version will find the shortest match. What you want here is the lazy version.

EDIT: Actually, your question marks should be fine. I forget what that construct does, but I've seen it before.




Edit by Asker :
the working one
video\('(?<type>.*?),(?<id>.*?)'\);


thanks
   
v3
Replace the .* with a statement that always rejects a '. Your regex will keep going on the line until it finds the last quote, not the next one. I forget what that is, but you can use expresso, which is easy to google, to help build and test regex.
   

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