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--- Comment #2 from Dmitry Olshansky <> 2012-09-26 
06:46:49 PDT ---
I suspect that is a long standing bug with compile-time evaluation that
compiler parses regex pattern at compile time wrongly (unlike at R-T).
See also:

The problem is that once D compiler sees an initialized global variable it has
to const-fold it:

int fact10 = factorial(10);
//will compute and hardcode the value of factorial(10)

then with regex ...:
auto italic = regex( ... ); 
// *parses* and *generates* binary object for compiled regex pattern object
with all the datastructures for matching it 
All of this *at compile time* via CTFE, see about it here (near the bottom of):

Though previously it only caused unexpectedly long compilation time (CTFE is
slow) and in a select cases it failed with assert *during compilation*, it
never segfaulted.
Probably internal structure has subtle corruption that self-test failed to

E.g this one also works because italic regex is created at run-time:

import std.stdio;
import std.regex;

void main() {
 auto italic = regex( r"\*
                    \*", "gx" );
  string input = "this * is* interesting, *very* interesting";
  writeln( replace( input, italic, "<i>$1</i>" ) );

Also a tip: the second lookahead should be lookbehind! As is is it will test
that \* is not a space indeed... Also both can be just \s, because \s+ matches
whenever \s matches. And since you don't capture the contents of
lookahead/lookbehind it'll be faster/simpler to use a single \s.

About SafeD: it shouldn't segfault but the program listed is @system (as this
is the default) :). Otherwise since regex is @trusted, it's my responsibilty to
verfiy  that it is memory safe, so blame me (or rather the compiler).

To be actually in SafeD try putting @safe: at the top of your code or just tag
main and all functions with @safe.
AFAIK writeln in SafeD  wouldn't work as it's still @system (obviously it
should be safe/trusted). To be honest SafeD hasn't been addressed properly in
the standard library yet.

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