[Gretl-users] Quotation marks (" ") and string manipulation

Allin Cottrell cottrell at wfu.edu
Tue May 19 12:08:14 EDT 2015

On Tue, 19 May 2015, Sven Schreiber wrote:

> Am 19.05.2015 um 01:02 schrieb Hélio Guilherme:
>> After digging down the code, there is a solution to your problem. You
>>  have to use the octal representation for the replacing character.
>> The following code will replace single quotes for double quotes:
>> string Texto2 = regsub(Texto, "[']", "\0042") print Texto2
>> --- Leaving the regsub code as is, maybe the documentation should be
>>  improved. Get it from
>> https://developer.gnome.org/glib/stable/glib-Perl-compatible-regular-expressions.html#g-regex-replace
>>  If Allin or Jack want me to have a try to improve the regex
>> processing I could have a go.
> At first sight from what I quickly tried to do with escaped double quotes 
> (\") in the regsub() function I would think you're right and there's a bug 
> there.

There may be something going on with GLib versions here. On Linux with 
GLib 2.44.0 the following works fine:

string s1 = sprintf("string with \"quoted\" bit")
print s1
string s2 = regsub(s1, "\"", "*")
print s2

? string s1 = sprintf("string with \"quoted\" bit")
Generated string s1
? print s1
string with "quoted" bit
? string s2 = regsub(s1, "\"", "*")
Generated string s2
? print s2
string with *quoted* bit


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