[R] yet another regular expression

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.CA.us
Mon Jun 30 16:15:18 CEST 2014

If everything Regular Expressions could do could be done with globbing then RE would likely not exist.

I have interpreted your problem as:

Start at the beginning of the string ("^")
match stuff that is not a colon ("[^:]")
match a colon (":')
keep stuff that is not a comma ("([^,]*)")
match a comma (",")
keep stuff that is not a right brace ("([^}]*)")
match a right brace and comma ("},")
match any characters (".*")
up to the end of the string ("$")

and then substitute that whole matched string with

the first kept match ("\\1")
a comma (",")
the second kept match ("\\2")

which gives


The separator comma could be wrapped with the first and second kept matches in this case to make a single kept match.. I was just methodically working my way through your pattern finding pieces of interest.
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On June 30, 2014 6:13:18 AM PDT, Jim Lemon <jim at bitwrit.com.au> wrote:
>Hi all,
>I have managed, with the help of glob2rx() to get two parts of a text 
>manipulation working. I have successfully gotten rid of the first and 
>second bits, but I have hit the wall trying to get rid of the last bit.
>an example:
> "\"Delete this\":value1,\"Delete this too\":value2},Delete last bit"
>sub("\"Delete this too\":","",
> sub(glob2rx("*this\":*"),"",initString),fixed=TRUE)
>This gives me:
>[1] "value1,value2},Delete last bit"
>and glob2rx("},*") just won't get rid of the last bit. I throw myself
>the mercy of the regular expression gurus.
>R-help at r-project.org mailing list
>PLEASE do read the posting guide
>and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.

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