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Author timehorse
Recipients jfrechet, mrabarnett, niemeyer, rsc, timehorse
Date 2008-09-24.18:33:08
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Ah, I see the problem, if ptr is not incremented, then it will keep
matching the first expression, (^z*), so it would have to both 'skip'
the 'a' and NOT skip the 'a'.  Hmm.  You're right, Matthew, this is
pretty complicated.  Now, for your expression, Matthew,
r'(z*)|(^q*)|(\w+)', Perl gives:

"",undef,undef
undef,undef,"abc"
"",undef,undef

Meaning it doesn't even bother matching the ^q* since the ^z* matches
first.  This seems the logical behaviour and fits with the idea that a
Zero-Width match would both only match once and NOT consume any
characters.  An internal flag would just have to be created to tell the
2 find functions whether the current value of ptr would allow for a "No
Zero-Width Match" option on second go-around.
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