So I'm trying to check for match and if match, extract a variable name out of a string. The variable name should be preceded by "$" and cannot be escaped with "\", so for example "$name" should extract "name" and "\$name" or "name" shouldn't match. Heres the command:
$match = preg_match("/^(?<!\\)(\$.*)$/", $potential, $name);
My thought is that you will need to escape certain characters to consume the regular expression in PHP
$match = preg_match('/^(?<!\\\\)(\$.*)$/', $potential, $name);
Edit: the backslash is the escape character in both Regex and PHP, you will need to doubly escape the slashes.