Regexp.match(line) question

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by m b, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. m b

    m b Guest

    I new to Ruby. It's a lot of fun to learn..

    if I do this:


    and then:

    str.each_line do |line|

    ruby prints out variable line and say its a RegexpError
    'empty range in character class' as if it interprets line as a Regexp
    What am I doing wrong? There are a lot of strange characters in variable l=
    maybe that is the issue?
    m b, Jun 13, 2011
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  2. I'm not sure about the issue, but the usual idiom for this is:

    File.foreach("filename.dat") do |line|

    This way:
    - The file handler is automatically closed for you, you don't have to
    ensure that you call close on it, it's done for you.
    - You only have one line at a time in memory, since that seems to be
    your unit of data. If the file is huge it will make a difference in
    the amount of memory you will consume at a time.

    In any case, String#match calls Regexp#match, so calling match on one
    or the other should make no difference. Can you show a small example
    of a file that breaks?

    Jesús Gabriel y Galán, Jun 13, 2011
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  3. m b

    m b Guest

    Aha.. Thats a better way to do it.. File.foreach Thanx.

    the string-variable line both starts and and ends with a '/' . Its =
    a series of paths from a linux system hd =20

    But its a String to be searched and not a Regexp

    m b, Jun 13, 2011
  4. m b

    m b Guest

    I found out what I was doing the wrong way..

    I'm reading the search pattern with readline
    and I wrote it -->/ruby/ =20
    That didnt make it a Regexp.
    Now I found that if I write it -->ruby
    and then it works..


    m b, Jun 13, 2011
  5. You must have a different regular expression in your test other than
    /ruby/ because that is valid:

    irb(main):001:0> m =3D /ruby/.match "text"
    =3D> nil
    irb(main):002:0> m =3D /ruby/.match "ruby"
    This is not true. The sequence /ruby/ *is* a valid regular expression.

    10:01:30 ~$ ruby19 -e 'p /ruby/'
    10:01:38 ~$ ruby19 -e 'p /ruby/.class'
    10:01:42 ~$

    There must be something else going on. Please post your _complete_
    code you actually have.

    Kind regards


    remember.guy do |as, often| as.you_can - without end
    Robert Klemme, Jun 14, 2011
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