I looked through related questions before posting this and I couldn't modify any relevant answers to work with my method (not good at regex).
Basically, here are my existing lines:
$code = preg_replace_callback( '/"(.*?)"/', array( &$this, '_getPHPString' ), $code ); $code = preg_replace_callback( "#'(.*?)'#", array( &$this, '_getPHPString' ), $code );
They both match strings contained between
"". I need the regex to ignore escaped quotes contained between themselves. So data between
'' will ignore
\' and data between
"" will ignore
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
For most strings, you need to allow escaped anything (not just escaped quotes). e.g. you most likely need to allow escaped characters like
"\t" and of course, the escaped-escape:
This is a frequently asked question, and one which was solved (and optimized) long ago. Jeffrey Friedl covers this question in depth (as an example) in his classic work: Mastering Regular Expressions (3rd Edition). Here is the regex you are looking for:
Version 1: Works correctly but is not terribly efficient.
Version 2: More efficient if you have possessive quantifiers or atomic groups (See: sin's correct answer which uses the atomic group method).
Here are the recommended regexes in PHP syntax for both double and single quoted sub-strings:
$re_sq = '/"[^"\\\\]*(?:\\\\.[^"\\\\]*)*"/s'; $re_dq = "/'[^'\\\\]*(?:\\\\.[^'\\\\]*)*'/s";
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