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<?php $text = "This is my test string that needs to be matched and not the test keywords following it"; if (preg_match("/(.*?)test/", $text, $match)) { print_r($match); } if (preg_match("/^(.*?)test/", $text, $match)) { print_r($match); } if (preg_match("/(.*)test/", $text, $match)) { print_r($match); } ?>
Output for 5.3.0 - 5.6.30, hhvm-3.10.1 - 3.17.3, 7.0.0 - 7.2.6
Array ( [0] => This is my test [1] => This is my ) Array ( [0] => This is my test [1] => This is my ) Array ( [0] => This is my test string that needs to be matched and not the test [1] => This is my test string that needs to be matched and not the )