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\s*(:?\.-)\s*|\s*(:?-\.\.\.)\s*
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gm
1st Alternative
\s*(:?\.-)\s*
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v ])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
1st Capturing Group
(:?\.-)
:
matches the character : with index 5810 (3A16 or 728) literally (case sensitive)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v ])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
2nd Alternative
\s*(:?-\.\.\.)\s*
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v ])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
2nd Capturing Group
(:?-\.\.\.)
:
matches the character : with index 5810 (3A16 or 728) literally (case sensitive)
- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v ])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
m modifier: multi line. Causes ^ and $ to match the begin/end of each line (not only begin/end of string)
Your regular expression does not match the subject string.Try launching the debugger to find out why.

Regular Expression
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gm

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