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On May 28, 2012, at 9:29 PM, Mike McGonagle wrote:

> how do I parse the string to get the left paren? 

As mentioned, you need to escape the parenthesis with a percent sign:

Alternatively, if your brackets are matching, try %b, e.g.:

print( ( 'obj index (0 6 45)' ):match( '%b()' ) )

> (0 6 45)