Regular Expression matching with newlines

I ran across a regular expression modifier today that I have not used before. When matching some text that spans multiple lines, you can use the ‘s’ modifier at the end of the regular expression to treat the string as a single line.

For example, I was trying to match some html that spanned multiple lines like this

<td class='something'>  This is the text I want to match

This expression didn’t match:

preg_match_all("#<td class='someting'>(.+?)</td>#", $source_string, $matches);

But simply adding the ‘s’ flag after the closing #, it worked as desired:

preg_match_all("#<td class='someting'>(.+?)</td>#s", $source_string, $matches);

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