Regex Help - Greedy vs. Non-Greedy
drew at mykitchentable.net
Wed Sep 9 16:32:42 UTC 2009
Daniel Bye wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 09, 2009 at 09:15:25AM -0700, Drew Tomlinson wrote:
>> I'm trying to do a search and replace in vim. I have lines like this:
>> http://site2/dir/;LastName, FirstName;Phone;
>> http://site3/dir/;LastName, FirstName;
>> I'm want to match "http:*" and stop matching at the first ";". My basic
>> regex is:
>> But it's matching *all* the semi-colons. Thus I've Googled and tried
>> various incatations to try and make my regex "non-greedy" but I can't
>> seem to come up with the correct combination.
>> How can I write a regex that stops matching at the first semi-colon?
> Tested in vi, not vim:
Thanks for your reply. I tried it in vim (or more specifically, gvim
7.2) and your example matches all semi-colons. However in vi, it does
stop at the first semi-colon as you say.
Can anyone please explain the difference?
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