Regex returning a non-capturing group??

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  • #60651
    Profile photo of ca

    Okay, so I am new to regex, or at least to actually writing them, but here is what I have:

    The reference string:

    LDAP://CN=Doe\, John,OU=Users,DC=my,DC=domain

    The regex (that is not working as expected):


    Groups matched:

    LDAP://CN=Doe\, Joe
    Doe\, John

    Captured group:

    LDAP://CN=Doe\, John

    What I want to return:

    Doe, John

    By my understanding (which is obviously not correct) I was under the impression that if I included ?: for a captured group it would not return it in the match; and likewise, I do not want to return \ before the , in the middle of the name – which I actually do not know how to exclude a character in a returned result as such. Anyone able to shine some light on the matter?

    Thank you!!


  • #60666
    Profile photo of random commandline
    random commandline

    If you want a non-named capture group, enclose what you want in parentheses. If you want a named capture group, use this syntax. (?'name'regex)

    $string = 'LDAP://CN=Doe\, John,OU=Users,DC=my,DC=domain'
    $string -match 'LDAP://CN=(.*),OU=Users' ; $Matches[1] –replace '\\'
    Doe, John
    $string = 'LDAP://CN=Doe\, John,OU=Users,DC=my,DC=domain'
    $string -match "LDAP://CN=(?'name'.*),OU=Users" ; $Matches['name'] –replace '\\'
    Doe, John
  • #60685
    Profile photo of Al

    (?:pattern) is, really, a non capturing group. If you post just the pertinent part of your code, we'll be able to clarify your misunderstanding.

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