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Indigo5 said:
> This may be a simple question, but how would I use a
> regular expression to convert reals to integers whenever
> possible.  For example, if I had the following lines
> 25.010      36.5     20.00
> 22.3          19.       35.
> I would want those converted to
> 25.010           36.5     20
> 22.3               19        35

   Try the following two lines together:


   The first line looks for a decimal point that's followed by some
digits that are trailed by zeroes.  If it finds that pattern, it gets
replaced with the decimal point followed by the digits WITHOUT the
trailing zeroes.  (The ?! is a negative look-ahead:  it means that the
zeroes have to stop when there is a non-digit right after them
(otherwise, 25.5500001 would get changed to 25.551).)  (The *? tells
the * character to be non-greedy.  Without the ? the * would "gobble"
up all the digits so that there would be no zeroes left to be gobbled
up by the 0* (and therefore no digits at all would get removed).)

   The first line alone does not remove the decimal point if it
appears with no trailing digits (like "19."), so that's why I added
the second line:  if there is a decimal point that is not followed by
any digits, remove it.

   I hope this helps.

   -- Jean-Luc

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