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This will probably take 2 seconds for anyone else, but I've been thrown in the deep end so please help.
Basically, I create a string (its a file name), called file, which has the form ddmmmyy_number of anodes, eg. 22aug06_twoanodes or 03jul06_allanodes.

I need to check the file names are of the right format, using preg_match. Can anyone please tell me what needs to go in it?? I know it's something like

preg_match("/[\0123]\d\$month\[0][6789]\_$ANODE$/", $file)

but can I really just use $month and _$ANODE?? (these are arrays, created already)

Please please help. Very urgent!!!!

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This does not consider invalid dates.


$months = array(
'jan', 'feb', 'mar', 'apr', 'may', 'jun',
'jul', 'aug', 'sep', 'oct', 'nov', 'dec'
$anodes = array(
'two', 'all'

$tests = array(
'03jul06_allanodes' ,

foreach ($tests as $test) {
echo "<b>Checking $test...</b><br />";
if (!preg_match('/^\d{2}([a-z]{3})\d{2}_(.+?)anodes$/', $test, $matches)) {
echo "Invalid file name.<br />";
if (! in_array($matches[1], $months)) {
echo "Invalid month.<br />";
if (! in_array($matches[2], $anodes)) {
echo "Invalid anode type.<br />";

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