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From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Sat, Sep 01, 2001 at 08:55:15PM +0200
Message-ID: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: [PHP] potential preg_replace bug; unsure however

> I built a Perl-style regex to match function calls in C-like
> languages where $name is the functions name. The functions
> are assumed to accept a single string as parameter.
> 
> Here it is.
> 
>    /$name\s*\(\s*\"(.*)\"\s*\)\s*;/s
> 
> The expression is successfully preg_match'ed on a stream
> of code, but when preg_replace is passed the same expression
> it does not return. The piece of code I tested this with was
> fairly small so that an increased demand of computation time
> is unlikely be the reason for this behaviour.
> 
> Substituting the subexpression (.*) by ([^\"]*) remedies this.
> 
> The version of the PHP install is 4.05.
> 
> 
> Any ideas?
> 
> 
>   D. Alvarez Arribas <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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<Reply>

Well... Don't think this is a bug. Regexps usualy are greedy. They
try to take as much code/text as they can get. And well... '.*' can
take up about everything it encounters. Actually (IMO) you should
try to avoid using '.*'. What you mentioned "Substituting the
subexpression (.*) by ([^\"]*) remedies this." is a much better
solution. It's what you're looking for in the first place. I mean...
you're looking for some text that goes 'till the ". Why would you
want to use '.*' then?

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