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bug#20655: According to docs non-greedy regexp should work in guile but

From: Michael Gerdau
Subject: bug#20655: According to docs non-greedy regexp should work in guile but they don't
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 23:58:53 +0200
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Hi list,

the guile documentation under
directly references Regular expressions used in Emacs which do
support non-greedy regexp.

However in the archive of the guile-devel ML I found a thread that seems
to indicate that guile simply does not support non-greedy regexp, which
is perfectly in line with my findings (see below).
The thread I'm referring to is found under

If non-greedy regexp do work the following two statements should provide
the exakt same strings:
(match:substring (string-match "_(.*?)_" "a_ä_ö_de_fü_") 1)
(match:substring (string-match "_([^_]*)_" "a_ä_ö_de_fü_") 1)

However for me they don't. Here is a log how I tested it:
$ guile
GNU Guile 2.0.11
Copyright (C) 1995-2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Guile comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `,show w'.
This program is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `,show c' for details.

Enter `,help' for help.
scheme@(guile-user)> (match:substring (string-match "_(.*?)_"
"a_ä_ö_de_fü_") 1)
$1 = "ä_ö_de_fü"
scheme@(guile-user)> (match:substring (string-match "_([^_]*)_"
"a_ä_ö_de_fü_") 1)
$2 = "ä"
scheme@(guile-user)> ,q

For the record:
I check the same regexp in Perl where they provide the same result.

AFAICT this is either misleading if not an outright documentation bug,
or a missing feature in guile.

Kind regards,
 Michael Gerdau       email: address@hidden
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