New to using re. Search for a number before a string.

Captain Dunsel jonathan.nyquist at gmail.com
Sun Nov 3 01:19:57 CET 2013


On Friday, November 1, 2013 5:33:43 PM UTC-4, Captain Dunsel wrote:
> I have a text file that has lines with numbers occasionally appearing right before a person's name.  For example:
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> COLLEGE:ENROLLMENT:COMPLETED EVALUATIONS:624309FUDD, ELMER
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> where I want to search for the name "ELMER FUDD" and extract the number right in front of it "608309" when such a number appears but the length of the number is variable and using ?<= in a regular expression will only search for a fixed length.
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> Any ideas appreciated!

Thanks for your help, everyone!



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