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December 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm

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!!


December 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

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

December 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm


Nice! Easy to read and to the point. Thank you very much.


December 22, 2016 at 2:54 am

(?: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.