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I have a search and replace filter that should "roll up" pages underneath different apps.

MY URLs have the structure hostname/app-name/page.htm?query

App name could be one of several options.

My intent is that if I have requests come in on both

example.com/dave/page.htm?query

and

example.com/susan/page.htm?query

That both those requests get counted as "hits" for page.htm

I have the following ^/(dave|susan|adam)/([^\?]+)\?.*

and have set the replace field to be /2

I can see hits being rolled up for page.htm but am also seeing dave/page.htm and susan/page.htm show up.

What am I doing wrong?

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  • The filter field is of course set to Request URI Mar 19 '14 at 15:11
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Google's documentation for these filters doesn't mention that they can use regular expression groups for matching. I think that when you say /2 you are trying to fill in the second matching group. The normal regular expression syntax for that would include either a $ or a \ before the number. If it were going to work, it would either be /$2 or /\2.

I don't think you need functionality at all. You could just use the regular expression ^/(dave|susan|adam)/ on the Request URI field and replace it with /. That should work because it is almost exactly like the example used on the documentation page.

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  • Thanks for the answer. I'm no longer working on the project I needed this for so am unable to test this but this sounds like the right answer so I will give you the tick. :) Jan 15 '15 at 16:26

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