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Match object

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Every time there is a regex operation a localized version of the match variable $/ gets set to the actual match. That variable has a lot more power than simply containing the match. We'll talk about that later but for now see this example

What was printed there, when printing the result of a regex match? $/ holds the match and is printed automatically but it could be also printed by itself:


use v6;

if 'It is monday evening' ~~ m/ monday || mon / {
    say $/;

$/.from  starting position of the match
$/.to    end position of the match
$/.chars number of characters matched
$/.Str   matched text
$/.orig  original matched string

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Published on 2012-01-01

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