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The Java official documentation states:

The string "boo:and:foo", for example, yields the following results with these expressions Regex Result :

{ "boo", "and", "foo" }"

And that's the way I need it to work. However, if I run this:

public static void main(String[] args){

        String test = "A|B|C||D";

        String[] result = test.split("|");

        for(String s : result){

            System.out.println(">"+s+"<");

        }

    }

it prints:

><

>A<

>|<

>B<

>|<

>C<

>|<

>|<

>D<

Which is far from what I would expect:

>A<

>B<

>C<

><

>D<

Why is this happening?

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Use proper escaping: string.split("\\|")

Or the helper Pattern.quote() which has been created for exactly this purpose:

string.split(Pattern.quote("|"))

which works with arbitrary input strings. Very useful when you need to quote / escape user input.

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