noahy noahy - 1 year ago 112
Java Question

How to use beginning and endline markers in regex for Java String?

Why doesn't the following change the text for me in Android?

String content = "test\n=test=\ntest";
content = content.replaceAll("^=(.+)=$", "<size:large>$1</size:large>")

It returns the original value with no changes. I would expect it to replace the middle

What am I missing here?

Edit: Okay, I understand why
don't work. The point is that I need something that matches text both at the beginning and end of a line, e.g. a line that contains only "=some text=". Most of the answers given aren't sufficient, for the following reasons:

doesn't have anything to do with line endings, so matches any line with two
in it that are not side by side.

matches the whole line, but has the same problem as the previous

gets closer, but won't match two lines in a row (e.g.
) It also won't match an instance on the first or last line

almost works, but again won't match an instance on the first or last line

is the only one that seems will actually match every line that starts and ends with
, for example, but $1 contains both the replacement and the original string.

content = content.replaceAll("(?<=(\n|^))=(.+)=(?=(\n|$))", "<size:large>$2</size:large>");
is the only answer that seems to actually do what it should.

Answer Source

Your original regex works fine if you turn on multiline mode, using (?m):

content = content.replaceAll("(?m)^=(.+)=$", "<size:large>$1</size:large>");

Now ^ and $ do indeed match at line boundaries.

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