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bug#11025: Fwd: bug#9681: Broken behaviour of re-search-backward (.+ mat
bug#11025: Fwd: bug#9681: Broken behaviour of re-search-backward (.+ matching only a single character)
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:29:20 +0100
Oops! It's a feature, not a bug...
Sorry for the noise.
I just found the same problem addressed in bug#9681.
I understood the current behavior of re-search-backward.
see my reply.
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From: Jack Duthen <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: bug#9681: Broken behaviour of re-search-backward (.+
matching only a single character)
On Thu, Oct 06, 2011 at 08:57:09AM -0400, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> re-search-* stops at the first character position that has a match.
> And then it chooses the longest match at that position.
> So, again: it definitely needs better documentation,
> and IMO it also needs fixing.
For my own imenu-prev-index-position-function, I needed
a backward regexp search which would match something like ".+"
the way one (like Stepan) can expect rather than the way it actually
does (as described by Stefan).
So, I just wrote a function to do that.
The way it handles the COUNT variable is not as good as one could want
but, as I almost never use it, I don't care.
It's not very efficient but, since I can't notice the time it takes
when used in the "*rescan" menu and since I can't imagine a better algorithm,
it's ok for me.
(defun jd-re-search-backward (regexp &optional bound noerror count)
(let ((orig-point (point)) bom)
(when (re-search-backward regexp bound noerror count)
(setq bom (point)) ; should not be useful
(while (re-search-forward regexp orig-point 'noerror)
;; remember the last beginning of match
(setq bom (match-beginning 0)))
;; set match data (erased by the last failing search) and return T