Marquinio Marquinio - 1 year ago 72
Java Question

String split not returning empty results

I'm trying to use


Problem is that I want it to include the blank results.

It returns:
[value1, value2, value3]

It should be:
[value1, value2, , value3]

Does anyone know the regexp to fix this?

Ok I found cause of problem. I'm actually reading a text file and it contains this line:


When I process this line reading the text file it produces the erroneous result mentioned above, which is it doesn't include any empty results in cases like this: :::::.

But when I use the above line in a test program it doesn't compile and I get a "invalid escape sequence". I think its because of the "\&".

Is there a workaround to this problem by using a regular expression?

Answer Source

split does include empty matches in the result, have a look at the docs here. However, by default, trailing empty strings (those at the end of the array) are discarded. If you want to include these as well, try split(":", -1).

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