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Match Any character

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The . (dot) is a meta-character that will be ready to match any character.

As opposed to the Perl regular expressions in Perl 6 this includes newlines

If you want to match any character except newline you can use the \N special character class.

There are also some non-alnum characters that have special meaning though their meaning might be (a bit) different than in PCRE: A . can match any character. Even newline.


#!/usr/bin/env perl6
use v6;

my $str = 'The black cat climbed to the green tree.';

if ($str ~~ m/c./) {
    say "Matching '$/'";      # 'ck'

my $text = "
The black cat
climebed the greeen tree";

if ($text ~~ m/t./) {
    say "Matching '$/'";     # 't '  with the second ' on a new line

if ($text ~~ m/t\N/) {
    say "Matching '$/'";     # 'th'    of the word 'the'

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Published on 2012-01-01

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