David Bradbury David Bradbury - 7 months ago 57
PHP Question

preg_match(); - Unknown modifier '+'

Alright, so I'm currently working on parsing an RSS feed. I've gotten the data I need no problem, and all I have left is parsing the game title.

Here is the code I currently have (ignore the sloppiness, it is just a proof of concept):

$url = 'http://raptr.com/conexion/rss';

$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
$result = curl_exec($ch);

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($result);

$lastgame = $xml->channel->item[0]->description;
preg_match('[a-zA-Z]+</a>.$', $lastgame, $match);

echo $match;

Everything was working great, but then I started getting this error:

Warning: preg_match() [function.preg-match]:
Unknown modifier '+' in raptr.php on line 14

The only thing I have left is to strip out the closing anchor tag and the period, but I can't seem to figure out why it isn't liking the '+'. Any ideas?

Edit: This should not be marked as a duplicate as it was asked two years before the other question.


You need to use delimiters with regexes in PHP. You can use the often used /, but PHP lets you use any matching characters, so @ and # are popular.

Further Reading.

If you are interpolating variables inside your regex, be sure to pass the delimiter you chose as the second argument to preg_quote().