[R] Regular expressions on filenames
jholtman at gmail.com
Thu Jan 16 01:46:40 CET 2014
> x <- c( "FILE.XXX.csv"
+ , "FILE.YYY.xls")
> sub("\\.[^.]*$", "", x)
 "FILE.XXX" "FILE.YYY"
the '[^.]*' says to match anything BUT a period.
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On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM, Fisher Dennis <fisher at plessthan.com> wrote:
> R 3.0.2
> OS X
> I am writing code to read a large number of files in a particular folder. In some situations, there may be two versions of the file with different extensions, e.g.:
> I extracted the portion before the extension with:
> sub("\\..*$", "", basename(FILELIST))
> then used
> to find duplicates. All was well until I encountered files named:
> My regular expression extracted only the “FILE” portion of the text and claimed that the filenames (without the extensions) matched. Can someone provide me with the appropriate regular expression to deal with this? Thanks.
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