user567679 user567679 - 1 month ago 6
Java Question

replaceAll in java giving wrong output

replaceAll is giving wrong output for the following code:-

package javaapplication3;

public class JavaApplication3
public static void main(String[] args)
String sa = "LTD.";
sa = sa.replaceAll("L.","LE");
sa = sa.replaceAll("LTD.","LTD&#8901");
catch (Exception e)


Output should be: LTD&#8901

But output is showing: LED.


replaceAll takes a regular expression as it's first argument. In a regular expression, . matches any single character, so in the first replaceAll statement, LT is replaced with LE. You can fix this by escaping the . with \\.

 sa = sa.replaceAll("L\\.","LE");
 sa = sa.replaceAll("LTD\\.","LTD&#8901");

More info on java regex:

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