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^(\d*)(-)?(\d*)?$
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m
^ asserts position at start of a line
1st Capturing Group
(\d*)
\d
matches a digit (equivalent to [0-9])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
2nd Capturing Group
(-)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
- matches the character - with index 4510 (2D16 or 558) literally (case sensitive)
3rd Capturing Group
(\d*)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
\d
matches a digit (equivalent to [0-9])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
$ asserts position at the end of a line
Global pattern flags
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.

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"
m

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