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Re: Question on re-search-forward and infinite loop

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: Question on re-search-forward and infinite loop
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 22:11:24 +0100

On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 10:01 PM, David Maus <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi,
> By accident I stumpled on a way to force Emacs in a infinite loop with
> `re-search-forward'.
> If I create a shiny new buffer, insert something like this:
> ,----
> | (while (re-search-forward "^[ \t]*"))
> | Something else
> `----
>  -- go back beyond the while-clause and evaluate it, Emacs enters an
>    infinite loop. As far as I was able to find out
>    `re-search-forward' with this regexp moves point to the beginning
>    of the next line above the "S" of "Something else" and stays there
>    forever so it never reaches end-of-buffer.
> As I dunno much (or better: anything) on Emacs' interiors my question
> is: Why does this happen?

If the match on next line is 0 chars long then it will not move forward.

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