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Regex question

Ronald Schild
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Joined: Jun 09, 2008
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I'm trying to replace "\\r" into "\r". What I've come up with is someString.replaceAll("\\\\r", "\r"), but this replaces "\r" with "r", and "\\r" with "\r".

Can anyone explain to me why it is doing this?

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Ronald Schild
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Every regex '\' must be doubled, but also every string '\'. It does not replace "\\r" with "\r", it replaces "\r" with "r", a bit of confusion on my side.

More '\' is the way to go.

edit, so: "\\\\\\\\r" matches "\\r" (as parsed result).
[ July 16, 2008: Message edited by: Ronald Schild ]
Piet Verdriet
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In your case, there is no real need to use regex (as far as I can see). A simple String.replace(...) will do the job as well, and that method does not take a regex as parameter.
But, if you do need regex, and you want to keep the escaping to a minimum, you can always use \\Q ... \\E to make the regex engine ignore any meta characters:
<pre name="code" class="core">String s = "Some text \\\\r and some more \\\\r.";
System.out.println(s.replace("\\\\r", "\\r"));
System.out.println(s.replaceAll("\\Q\\\\r\\E", "\\\\r"));
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