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Jim Avera
July 18, 2012 13:28
[perl #114192] .*? interferes with ...(*SKIP)(*FAIL)
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This is a bug report for perl from,
generated with the help of perlbug 1.39 running under perl 5.14.2.

I'm not sure this is a bug, but it seems awfully suspicious:

Given a regex T which matches the input,
if T involves (*SKIP)(*FAIL) then

   .*T matches
  .*?T does not match

What is it about the non-greedy prefix which interferes with T matching?

use strict; use warnings;
my $pattern=qr/
  (?: \@[\w\.]+ (*SKIP)(*FAIL) )  # dont match parts of email domain name
  (?: \bTHIS\b  )
my $_ = 'prefix before THIS after';
print "pattern = $pattern\n";
print "\$_ = '$_'\n";
for my $code (
  '(${pattern})',      # matches
  '(.*)(${pattern})',  # matches
  '(.*?)(${pattern})', # does NOT match
) {
  my $pat = eval "\"$code\"";
  printf "%-23s ", $code;
  if (/$pat/) {
    print " \$1=$1" if defined $1;
    print " \$2=$2" if defined $2;
    print " \$3=$3" if defined $3;
    print "\n";
  } else {
    die $@ if $@;
    print " Match failed.\n";

Site configuration information for perl 5.14.2:

Configured by Debian Project at Fri Mar 23 17:14:02 UTC 2012.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 14 subversion 2) configuration:
    osname=linux, osvers=2.6.24-31-server, archname=x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi
    uname='linux allspice 2.6.24-31-server #1 smp tue feb 14 13:12:22 utc 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 gnulinux '
    config_args='-Dusethreads -Duselargefiles -Dccflags=-DDEBIAN -Dcccdlflags=-fPIC -Darchname=x86_64-linux-gnu -Dprefix=/usr -Dprivlib=/usr/share/perl/5.14 -Darchlib=/usr/lib/perl/5.14 -Dvendorprefix=/usr -Dvendorlib=/usr/share/perl5 -Dvendorarch=/usr/lib/perl5 -Dsiteprefix=/usr/local -Dsitelib=/usr/local/share/perl/5.14.2 -Dsitearch=/usr/local/lib/perl/5.14.2 -Dman1dir=/usr/share/man/man1 -Dman3dir=/usr/share/man/man3 -Dsiteman1dir=/usr/local/man/man1 -Dsiteman3dir=/usr/local/man/man3 -Duse64bitint -Dman1ext=1 -Dman3ext=3perl -Dpager=/usr/bin/sensible-pager -Uafs -Ud_csh -Ud_ualarm -Uusesfio -Uusenm -Ui_libutil -DDEBUGGING=-g -Doptimize=-O2 -Duseshrplib -des'
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
    useithreads=define, usemultiplicity=define
    useperlio=define, d_sfio=undef, uselargefiles=define, usesocks=undef
    use64bitint=define, use64bitall=define, uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
    cc='cc', ccflags ='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DDEBIAN -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector -I/usr/local/include -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64',
    optimize='-O2 -g',
    cppflags='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DDEBIAN -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector -I/usr/local/include'
    ccversion='', gccversion='4.6.3', gccosandvers=''
    intsize=4, longsize=8, ptrsize=8, doublesize=8, byteorder=12345678
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=16
    ivtype='long', ivsize=8, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t', lseeksize=8
    alignbytes=8, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='cc', ldflags =' -fstack-protector -L/usr/local/lib'
    libpth=/usr/local/lib /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu /lib/../lib /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/lib/../lib /lib /usr/lib
    libs=-lgdbm -lgdbm_compat -ldb -ldl -lm -lpthread -lc -lcrypt
    perllibs=-ldl -lm -lpthread -lc -lcrypt
    libc=, so=so, useshrplib=true,
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=so, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags='-Wl,-E'
    cccdlflags='-fPIC', lddlflags='-shared -O2 -g -L/usr/local/lib -fstack-protector'

Locally applied patches:

@INC for perl 5.14.2:

Environment for perl 5.14.2:
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
    LOGDIR (unset)
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)

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