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[Emacs-diffs] Changes to emacs/man/search.texi

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: [Emacs-diffs] Changes to emacs/man/search.texi
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 04:37:22 -0500

Index: emacs/man/search.texi
diff -c emacs/man/search.texi:1.30 emacs/man/search.texi:1.31
*** emacs/man/search.texi:1.30  Sun Nov 11 15:08:57 2001
--- emacs/man/search.texi       Thu Mar 21 04:37:22 2002
*** 463,468 ****
--- 463,475 ----
  match), while @samp{ab*?}  will match just @samp{a} (the shortest
  valid match).
+ Non-greedy operators match the shortest possible string starting at a
+ given starting point; in a forward search, though, the earliest
+ possible starting point for match is always the one chosen.  Thus, if
+ you search for @samp{a.*?$} against the text @samp{abbab} followed by
+ a newline, it matches the whole string.  Since it @emph{can} match
+ starting at the first @samp{a}, it does.
  @item address@hidden@address@hidden
  is a postfix operator that specifies repetition @var{n} times---that
  is, the preceding regular expression must match exactly @var{n} times

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