I’m trying to use a regular expression to erase only the matching part of an string. I’m using the
preg_replace function and have tried to delete the matching text by putting parentheses around the matching portion. Example:
This replaces the entire string with ” though. I only want to erase text2, but leave text1 and text3 intact. How can I match and replace just the part of the string that matches?
There is an alternative to using
text3 in the match pattern and then putting them back in via the replacement string. You can use assertions like this:
preg_replace('/(?<=text1)(text2)(?=text3)/', "", $txt);
This way the regular expression looks just for the presence, but does not take the two strings into account when applying the replacement.
http://www.regular-expressions.info/lookaround.html for more information.
Use backreferences (i.e. brackets) to keep only the parts of the expression that you want to remember. You can recall the contents in the replacement string by using
$text = preg_replace("'(text1)text2(text3)'is", "$1$2", $text);
Hope it works!
$1$2 which is the recommended way.
The simplest way has been mentioned several types. Another idea is lookahead/lookback, they’re overkill this time but often quite useful.