Regex – Non greedy (reluctant) regex matching in sed

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I'm trying to use sed to clean up lines of URLs to extract just the domain.

So from:

http://www.suepearson.co.uk/product/174/71/3816/

I want:

http://www.suepearson.co.uk/

(either with or without the trailing slash, it doesn't matter)

I have tried:

 sed 's|\(http:\/\/.*?\/\).*|\1|'

and (escaping the non-greedy quantifier)

sed 's|\(http:\/\/.*\?\/\).*|\1|'

but I can not seem to get the non-greedy quantifier (?) to work, so it always ends up matching the whole string.

Best Solution

Neither basic nor extended Posix/GNU regex recognizes the non-greedy quantifier; you need a later regex. Fortunately, Perl regex for this context is pretty easy to get:

perl -pe 's|(http://.*?/).*|\1|'