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bug#31727: 25.3; format-spec clobbers match data


From: Noam Postavsky
Subject: bug#31727: 25.3; format-spec clobbers match data
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 13:39:34 -0400

On 5 June 2018 at 13:30, Ryan Thompson <address@hidden> wrote:
>
> The following code throws an error:
>
> (progn
>    (string-match "h.*o" "hello")
>    (format-spec "This sets the %s" (format-spec-make ?s "match data"))
>    (match-string 0 "hello"))
>
> This is because the implementation of "format-spec" uses regular
> expressions internally, and does not save the match data and restore it
> afterward.

(elisp) Match Data:

Notice that all functions are allowed to overwrite the match data
unless they’re explicitly documented not to do so.





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