RegEx Replace Text -- strip leading and trailing spaces

ron barber rbarber at
Thu Apr 14 08:19:03 CDT 2005

Hi Wouter

On Apr 14, 2005, at 3:52 AM, Wouter wrote:

> On 14 Apr 2005, at 01:49, Ken Ray wrote:
>> On 4/13/05 2:47 PM, "Trevor DeVore" <lists at> wrote:
>>> get matchText(pString, "(?s)^[ \t\r\n]+(.*?)[ \t\r\n]+$", tReturnVal)

> Wow, lots of things happen when sleeping :-).
> The matchtext version is soooo much slower (about 30x which makes it 
> for me a no no in an extended repeat loop).

I  forgot where in your script you are using the matchtext but in a 
recent script, I was using matchtext on a large variable and it was 
taking a long time. When I switched and called matchtext for each line 
in a repeat for each loop, it became considerably faster:

put matchtext(bigtextvar,regex) into newtext was slow but

repeat for each line l in bigtextvar
put matchtext(l,regex) & return after newtext
end repeat

was much faster.


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