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[[Category:API Functions|strfind]]
[[Category:API String Functions|strfind]]
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Revision as of 05:56, January 4, 2006

string.find(s, pattern [, init [, plain]])

Find the first occurance of the pattern in the string passed. If an instance of the pattern is found a pair of values representing the start and end of the string is returned. If the pattern cannot be found nil is returned.

> = string.find("Hello Lua user", "Lua")
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> = string.find("Hello Lua user", "banana")

We can optionally specify where to start the search with a third argument. The argument may also be negative which means we count back from the end of the string and start the search.

> = string.find("Hello Lua user", "Lua", 1)  -- start at first character
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> = string.find("Hello Lua user", "Lua", 8)  -- "Lua" not found again after character 8
> = string.find("Hello Lua user", "e", -5)   -- first "e" 5 characters from the end
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The pattern argument can be a regular expression which allows more complex searchs. See the PatternsTutorial for more information. We can turn off the regular expression feature by using the optional fourth argument plain. plain takes a boolean value and must be preceeded by init. E.g.,

> = string.find("Hello Lua user", "%su")          -- find a space character followed by "u"
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> = string.find("Hello Lua user", "%su", 1, true) -- turn on plain searches, now not found

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