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Re: Finding C style comments using isearch-forward-regexp

From: Kai Großjohann
Subject: Re: Finding C style comments using isearch-forward-regexp
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 22:25:18 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090016 (Oort Gnus v0.16) Emacs/21.3.50

"Stefan Monnier <>" <> 

>> - any sequence of [^*] is allowed
>> - a * followed by [^/] is allowed
>> The above two can be repeated.
>> I think that avoids backtracking.
> It will avoid matching past the comment-end, but it doesn't prevent the
> regexp routines from pushing stuff on the stack in case we need
> to backtrack (the routines are not clever enough).

Hm.  Does that mean that even, say, .* on a file with a single very
long line will put too much stuff on the stack?

Is there a way to tell the routines to never backtrack?  I think
there is a way for Perl, and Perlish things went into the Emacs
regexp engine...
A preposition is not a good thing to end a sentence with.

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