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<?php $match = 'two|words=motherfucker()'; if (preg_match('/^([^|=]*)(?:|(.*))(?:=(.*\(\)))?$/', $match, $var)) { print_r($var); } else { print('Not matching :('); }
Output for 4.3.0 - 7.2.0
Array ( [0] => two|words=motherfucker() [1] => two [2] => |words=motherfucker() )